DF Fleet Autumn Series 2

Saturday 11th November 2017

DF65 Fleet

A total of 9 skippers turned out, and we also welcomed Ken back after a lengthy lay off, and he soon got back into the swing of things, taking a fourth in his first race.

A Triangular shape course was set for an awkward A rig wind, with many dead spots on the lake it made it frustrating at times, but credit goes to all for getting on with it without any fuss, and after changing from two laps to one for the last few races, we completed our eight races in the allocated time.

Tim took the honours with five bullets, and Chris in second, congratulations to them, and many thanks goes to Peter Jackson for acting as race officer.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Fleet Captain

 

DF95 Fleet

When the lake was built in 1929 the current picturesque sea-facing sand dunes were not a feature and a NNW breeze did not present the frustration of reaching the ‘sheltered’ beat to the windward markers which the squadron of nine contended with today.
In saying that, the breeze built and after six classic Olympic style courses we attempted a basic two lap ‘sausage’ to the far upwind marker and back which proved to be even more challenging, if not only entertaining!
After missing the prompt 12 noon start, John Sharman continued his winning ways with Tim L hot in pursuit.
As ever, we are in debt to Peter Jackson for doing the RO duties whilst braving the cold.
Event 3 is Saturday 2nd December at 2.30pm
See you on the water.
Garry Benson
DragonFlite 95 Club Captain

DF95 Autumn Series 1

An unwelcome guest to the Squadron was ‘Brian’ a building storm force wind and, more consequential, the horizontal rain which resulted in even the five never-say-die skippers calling it a day and retreating to the welcome shelter of the clubhouse. 

The first two races around a course kindly set by Tim L were completed sporting B rigs and as ‘Brian’ became more of a factor a break and a change to C rigs was a no-brainer. The remaining two races were a matter of survival with yours truly suffering perhaps the only ‘Jelly Attacks’ of the day! On the plus side Chris C successfully tested his repaired leaking hull and there were no breakages which, considering the conditions is a testament to the design and development of the 95.

 

Congrats to Tim L on yet another set of firsts and many thanks to Peter Jackson who acted as RO.

 

Garry Benson

DragonFlite 95 Club Captain

Dragon Warmup Weekender – results

Saturday – Dragonforce 65 Open

11 skippers turned out for the DF65’s to be greeted by a dubious wind coming over the sand dunes.

Despite the efforts of club members (notably Eddie Greenwood and Bob Jolly and their incredible jellyfish trawl net) we did suffer from a bad case of the jellies. I suppose it the same for everyone but annoying none the less.


Well done to John Plant for winning the day (with v2 boat and original sails)

Sunday – Dragonflite 95 Open

Firstly, a special mention to those who made the smooth completion of sixteen highly competitive races possible: Tim Lanigan for his excellent course setting in a shifting A rig breeze which varied from NNW right through to WNW. Peter Jackson for calculating the hand written results which enabled various competitors, (especially Brian Holland from Abersoch), getting on the road home in good time.

The breeze and the sunshine provided ‘Champagne Sailing’ the problem being that Champagne is normally accompanied with oysters and not the Genus Aurelia ie the Moon Jellyfish! This, of course, had its influence on more than one occasion, although the final positions still proved that the cream rises to the top.

Congratulations to John Sharman on a well deserved victory and it was really good to see Eric and Russell back amongst us after their recent sabbaticals.

I hope to see you on the water on the 14/15th of October at the Dragon TT Weekend at Weecher’s Reservoir, Keighley and Saturday the 21st at Fleetwood for the first of our Autumn Series.

Garry Benson / DF95 Club Captain

DF Squadron 2017 Saturday Series 6

Saturday 9th September

A very poor turnout saw the DF95 event at 12 noon being cancelled. Final positions will be posted later.

Four skippers for the DF65 meeting donned B rigs in a strong NNW wind and managed the usual eight races without any disasters. This was the sixth and last meeting in this series, the results and final league table are below. Congratulations to Chris Chatfield, winner of the series and Eddie Greenwood, runner up in what was a closely fought contest..

   

KC DF65 Fleet Captain

DF Squadron Club Racing Series 3 No.7

DF95 Series 3 Event 7

Tuesday 5th September

The final Tuesday evening DF95 racing in a brisk B Rig Westerly was hotly contested by nine skippers and a culmination of circumstances including Chris C’s failing rudder servo, and myself having a detached winch main sheet resulted in one of the closest event results of the year.
Congratulations to John Sharman’s well-deserved event win and to Chris Chatfield and Derek P for the Series Overall first and second respectfully!
This series was contested by seventeen of the Fleetwood DF95 Squadron and big thanks to those who travel a considerable distance and also to DP, CC and to Peter Jackson for their invaluable help to make this racing so enjoyable.
This Saturday we have 95 racing at 12 noon followed by our Fleetwood Dragon Open (Saturday the 16th DF65s and on Sunday 17th September the 95s) .
Don’t forget the Dragon Travellers TT at Weecher Reservoir, Keighley on the 14/15th October.

See you on the water.
Garry Benson
DF95 Club Captain

  

DF65 Wed. 6th Sept

A blustery westerly wind and choppy waters pointed to use of C rigs but nine hardy skippers opted for the Bs. As most of our buoys had been blown out of position a starting line the full width of the lake was easier to manage in the conditions and a shortish course of what is best described as a sausage followed by a short reach and then a short beat to finish at the start line allowed Peter to take shelter from the wind in his car. Was Paul too cocky that he was in an unassailable position overall? Or was his B rig playing up. Whatever, John took adavantage to score another event win.

Many thanks to Peter for scoring and generally organising things in my absence for the series.

 

So the final league table shows Paul and John tied on 390 points. How to resolve that? Count back? John has only four events so no count backs. Does that make Paul the winner? Or do we say John got 390 from only four events so he wins? Or, if we look at race wins in each of their four best events we get: Paul 11; John 14. So, with my captain’s hat on I have decided that the latter two viewpoints prevail and John is the winner with Paul runner-up.

KC DF65 Fleet Captain

Fleetwood Dragon Warmup Weekender

You are cordially invited to the Fleetwood Dragon WW which is not a TT event.

Here’s the craic:

Saturday 16th of September – DF65

  • 09:45 Briefing
  • 10:00 Warning Signal for first race
  • No race to start later than 16:00
  • Decant for a debrief in the Mount on Saturday evening

Sunday 17th of September – DF95

  • 09:45 Briefing
  • 10:00 Warning Signal for first race
  • No race to start later than 15:30

How to enter & further information:

  • Entry costs £4 a day or £6 for both, pay on the day
  • We need your name & which days & sail number please:
  • Use the contact form to enter

Entry List:

Saturday DF65’s

  • Tim Lanigan 502 Fleetwood
  • Chris Chatfield 183 Fleetwood
  • Snackers McSnacker Shorts 99 from that Abersoch
  • Brian Holland 795 Abersoch
  • Bob Jolly 314 Fleetwood
  • Garry Benson 688 Fleetwood

Sunday DF95’s

  • Chris Chatfield 183 Fleetwood
  • Tim Lanigan 420 Fleetwood
  • Peter Iles 98 Fleetwood
  • Brian Holland 795 Abersoch
  • Bob Jolly 214 Fleetwood
  • Garry Benson 20 Fleetwood

The Jellyfish Question:

As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know.

When it comes to the Jellyfish in the lake at the moment… Yes, they have developed a taste for keels but the situation is improving. The population of strangely coloured water blobs is on the decline… fingers crossed eh 🙂

 

DF Squadron Club Racing Series 3 No.6

DF65  Wed. 30th August

A fine sunny evening with a good old westerly wind. A rigs all round except for Harry who chose a B rig for the first few races. A fair few DNSs and DNFs; technical problems and jellyfish. Garry caught one in the sixth race whilst in the lead and finished as a DNF.

Next week is the last one in the series and it looks like it could be a tie between Paul and John for the title. If it is we’ll need countbacks.

    

Ken Crabtree  DF65 Fleet Captain

DF95 Tue. 29th August

Although the racing was not without its uninvited marine life the 95 fleet are in debt to the Jelly Removal Squad’s endeavours which certainly reduced the frustration level from previous weeks.
Nevertheless Chris C seemed to not only attract the inevitable but he also managed to be ‘hooked up’ and be inseparable the length of the lake and whilst being in first position on both occasions! Still, as you will see, the discards came to his rescue.
The weather proved to be favourable and many thanks to Derek for setting another challenging beating and running course which resulted in some exciting tacking duals throughout the fleet during which Derek then demonstrated that with some fine tuning and a master at the ‘helm’ (see race 6) any of this one design can get a bullet.
Next week is the final event in the series and another opportunity to get some tuning in prior to the upcoming Fleetwood Dragon Open (16/17 September) and the Dragon Travellers TT at Weecher Reservoir, Keighley on the 14/15th October.

See you on the water.

Garry Benson

DF95 Club Captain