Tuesday 3rd September
A dry if not bright night greeted seven skippers for the last 95 evening of 2019.
the wind from the SE and at top of B rig strength at times clean
tacking and making the most of the gusts downwind was required to stay
at the front.
racing was enjoyed and with minimum gaps between races we just about
managed to get in the usual 8 before it went dark. Honours went to Derek
on the night with John the overall series winner.
Next DF95 racing is on 14th September at 13:00
24th August 2019
Amazing weather brought the crowds out crabbing, and with
the little wind there was coming from the worst direction for us, it made for
an awkward start line, not ideal, but better than trying to negotiate bodies at
the bridge end, but hey it`s the same for everyone, as they say.
Five of us set out to tackle a sausage shape course of two
laps per race, and ten races were had, before we called it a day for lack of
Some got lucky with port starts, some got lucky with a shift
at just the right time, but some of us didn`t get lucky, getting caught in crab
lines, or being taken out by a six meter, or breaking down midway through, but
hey it could have happened to anyone, as they say, yeah maybe, but a six meter,
that’s when you know it’s not your day.
So it was a bit of a mixed bag for most, unlike Peter who
sailed consistently well taking, six bullets in his score and taking top spot,
with Eric second.
We are back on the water with the 95 to do it all again, on
Tuesday 27th Aug at 6.30pm.
20th August 2019
An overcast evening with rain threatening, and a light
breeze down the lake, were the conditions the five skippers who turned out had
to deal with.
A triangular course of two laps per race was set and eight races
were had in the time. With the wind that there was changing direction and
dropping as the night went on, a slight course change was needed for the last
Derek was on hand to help with RO duties, and keep his hand
in by taking the helm of the odd boat.
Chris as in recent weeks was once again on song, and with
his consistent sailing took top spot. Unusual to see John have an off night,
leaving Bob to take second place with some fine results.
The next outing for the 95 is on Saturday 24th Aug 1pm start.
13th Aug 2019
A pleasant nights sailing was had by the six skippers who
turned out for the fourth event of the series, with the sun shining and a good
blow straight down the lake, a triangular course of two laps per race was set,
and eight races were had in the time.
Chris was on excellent form and took all eight bullets after
boat averages were taken into account.
John once again was the victim of servo problems, which
seems to have plagued him in recent weeks, and put an end to his challenge
midway through proceedings
Thanks to Derek who was on hand to do the starting and
scoring, and he also borrowed the odd boat to show us how it can be done.
Next up for the 95 is on Tuesday the 20th Aug,
Tuesday, 6th August 2019
A glance at
the results table is a reflection of the less than friendly conditions which greeted
seven skippers with just three left on the water by the end of the customary
Initially the fleet was split between B rig and C rig which proved successful for Derek (sailing Chris Haworth’s new yacht) with yours truly and Chris C with the B rig.
A break for
a change of rig to Cs proved to be the right choice although Chris persevered
with his B rig and Walter had no choice as a C rig is now on his shopping list.
Yours truly suffered a mast stub breakage and continued with the RO duties and
a blast with Bob’s.
breakages continued, including winch failure for Walter. On the positive side
Bob J’s yacht was flying and even allow
for John Plant and myself creating an average score of two, he was still a
clear winner as the yacht took five firsts with Bob doing three of them.
to the fleet that were not blessed with what can only be said as a difficult
howler of a gusting wind in the worst possible direction.
Yachting Section Secretary
23rd July 2019
On the hottest and most humid
night of this year, five core skippers enjoyed eight races in fickle A rig
conditions which at times became a drifting session only to be followed, within
minutes, by a filling breeze!
As ever, many thanks to Derek who
set a challenging course with varied start line amendments when required.
As you will gather from the
results, John S proved his class and allowing for the ‘average score’ when
Derek was successful and a wrong course instruction (via yours truly), he
managed a clean sweep.
Next week the DF95 club racing is
CANCELLED – but for those skippers who let their boats be used for team racing
there is FREE fish and chips on offer.
Tuesday, 16 July 1019
In near perfect ‘blessed’ A rig conditions the core fleet
were pleased to have John and Susan Sharman to swell the fleet.
The westerly breeze provided a challenging course kindly set
by Derek who, as usual performed the RO duties and along with John Taylor took
the helm and as the norm showed us the way!
A word for Susan S: whose result belies the unnecessary penalty
turns and over staying at the beat marker whilst at the head of the fleet.
So, as per the norm, consistent finishes prove rewarding and
Chris (yet again) is the man to beat although if not for a faulty sail winch
John may well have reversed the order.
On the whole an excellent night to be on the water and for those who could not make it there is another opportunity next week when we have event one of the third series.
9TH July 2019
On arrival, a healthy blow of about 10mph was coming almost straight
down the lake, so the five skippers who turned out prepared to tackle a
triangular course which was set by our race officer Derek, with us all on A`s
we set out on time, but as the evening progressed the wind was dropping all the
time making it ever challenging as the night wore on, we managed to just get
our eight races in as the wind decided to leave us.
Chris once again was on good form and sailing consistently,
and after taking into account borrowed boat averages (as Derek took a few out)
he came out with seven bullets on the night, and won the event convincingly
over Bob and Garry in second and third respectively.
So for some reason a low turnout again, and with us now well
into the year it`s a shame more 95`s are not on the water, so if you have a 95
and are reading this, come on down to our next meeting which is on Tuesday 16th
July 6.30pm start, and join in the fun.
2nd July 2019
With a strong NNW wind it was B rigs all round for the eight
skippers that turned out. A triangular two lap course was set and eight races
were had in the time.
Very challenging conditions to say the least, as gusts were
coming through seemingly from all directions, and it was no surprise that a
couple suffered breakdowns as we progressed. David had winch failure in the
first race and that put paid to his evening, and Garry had a sail collapse and
that cost him a few races, Mark too had problems late on.
Derek was present to lend a hand on tuning, and to borrow
the odd boat and show us how it should be done, sailing in the unpredictable
So to the racing. Chris with his experience had his boat
tuned perfectly from off, and he sailed consistently well all night taking the
honours easily with six bullets, Garry after all his troubles put in a creditable
performance in the second half, and recovered from his misfortunes to edge
second place. For the rest of us it was a difficult night, but pretty much even
as the results show, there were only three points separating third to sixth
So not an easy night, but still enjoyable and with a good
turnout made for a good night’s sailing, and I’m sure we all learnt from the
Our Next DF 95 meet is on Tuesday 9th July
Saturday 29th June
With an iffy forecast although to remain dry, 9 Skippers met up for the Saturday’s afternoon series.It’s not too bad as you can still go out shopping in the morning, if that’s your thing.
first couple of races were a bit unsure as the wind hadn’t quite made
up it’s mind to where it was going to settle and one race was even
abandoned due to a great wind shift. Derek had been shuffling the start
line and order of buoys to be taken on each race.
at about race four the cast was set and a triangle followed by a
sausage course was sailed from just outside the clubhouse. John Sharman
was to be troop leader as he was off to a sprint start on nearly every
race, leaving the rest to just get in each others way.
kindly alternated among struggling crew to help trim and get the best
from their boat. When you see that it doesn’t matter which boat he’s
been sailing, you then know your success is down to your interpretation
of how you sail it.
After about five races a
welcome coffee break was called. The wind further increased and the
sailing got better. John S. continued in his conquest to better his
score and also helped struggling skippers to trim their boats just like
We finished sailing at 4pm just as the wind got up even more and looked like threatening the use of a smaller sail.
had the perfect score of 8 points from the ten races sailed. Bob J.
came second and Eric A. in third place. The next in the Saturday series
is for the smaller Df 65 in July and then back on to the DF95 in August.