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.