We had 9 skippers for event 4 in the Winter series DF95.
The course was set on a bias and starting from under the bridge. One lap, just to see how it went, had us beating up to the half way mark on the near side. Across the pond to the far side and then a reach across and another back to the pump house and concluding in an ‘M’ shaped course.
Derek nominated himself as score master being the first one home. He repeated his success up until race 6 when he decided to leave out a race for a friendly chat. Tony lent out his boat for a couple of races, where it’s been decided as, similarly to the Lasers, when you lend out a boat to a guest skipper you get an average of your score or their score if better. You can’t lose, so this is encouraged to do, but you cannot win the first couple of races and then leave them to it.
After race six we had a coffee break and, apart from the first race, the rest were all two laps. Derek continued where he left off and really only had Gordon on his heels. The first wins were by nearly half a lap, but by the end of the racing as Derek tired we were all coming in just after him and we had learnt most of his route. Race nine had another lent out boat, but for just the one race.
The scores in the end after race 12 had Derek and Gordon on
the same score of 25 points, but then as you take off the discards,
Derek wins. Eric Austwick was in third place.
We had some good racing and we did it all in ‘A’ rig.
As storm Deirdre passed over the coastline, five foolhardy skippers tested their skills in C rigs and managed just a handful of races before the horizontal rain set in. A mixture of calamities, including Peter and myself being hooked up and drifting to end of the lake not to mention a blown servo and last but not least a broken jib pivot cord added to the ‘enjoyment’! Congrats to Gordon as the results reflect some excellent course management and yacht maintenance.
Saturday, 19th January 2019
With quite a few regulars missing four skippers from Fleetwood made the 12pm start joined by two visitors from Scotland who must have completed at least a 500 mile round trip to come to the event. With the wind from ESE it made course setting difficult, half the length of the lake was used and a simple sausage course set. One lap was sailed for the first two races which was extended to two for the rest of the day. The wind swung around and changed strength quite often during just about every race which allowed for some tactical racing. We were joined after race five by Tony, John also put in a cameo appearance for three races. Gordon B. took the honours followed by Gordon R. who was racing his new 95 for the first time and got better as the afternoon went on. Peter was third and supplied us with a nice shiny refurbished buoy to use as the windward mark. For Bill it was a day to forget as several new boat issues plagued him all afternoon, his boat only being put together the night before. All in all a pleasant, good natured afternoons sailing with a reasonable A rig breeze, bring on the warm weather!
5 of the country’s top 10 ranked IOM skippers battled it out in a fleet of 17 boats at Fleetwood’s Twixmas regatta last Sunday.
With visitors from the Midlands & Yorkshire joining the 8 local members the sailors enjoyed a day of cut & thrust close quarters racing between 10am & 3,30pm interspersed with Bacon Butties, Mince pies & Mulled Wine, & cups of tea & coffee.
The wind very conveniently blew straight down the lake with a few subtle shifts & slightly varying strength between 10 & 12 knots. A full-length course was set of 2 full laps making each race approx 1000 metres.
14 races were completed before bad light stopped play at sometime after 3pm.
In the end the usual suspects came out on top with Walshy & Tushy tying for 1st , Walshy winning on countback. An interloper, Shaun Priestley, stole 3rd place by 1 point from Chris Harris, then Darin Ballington & Derek Priestley 5th & 6th made up the 5 of the top 10 rankers. David Winder (Winder Boats of Merlin Rocket & Solo fame) turned up with a very swish looking newly finished boat to Dave Holloms “Dead Reckoning” design, which looked beautiful & showed great promise.
So ended a great weekend 2 day “Twixmas Regatta with 18 DF 95’s on sat & 17 IOM’s on Sunday. It certainly blew away the cobwebs!!
See you next Twixmas!
Fleetwood club now have some 16 IOM’s within our membership and we hope to re-start IOM club racing this season.
And here are the results of the DF95 event on the previous day.
10th Nov 2018
The first event in our Winter Series saw nine skippers turning out, in what was mainly a dry day with a few light showers, and a light breeze, so it was A rigs all round. A figure eight course was set with two laps per race, fourteen were had in the time before the light faded.
It wasn`t until the fifth race before the full complement of skippers were all in the same race, due to breakdowns of one sort or another. Gordon was in good form taking eight bullets in the day and took the honours from Chris and David.
It was good to welcome Mike back after a short absence and he fared well finishing mid table, even with having problems with his winch. For Eric it was a day to forget as his new Kawasaki green boat was reluctant to play most of the time.
Our next DF 95 outing is on Saturday the 15th December at 12 noon.
In ideal autumnal B rig conditions the majority of the Squadron were otherwise absent including DP representing the club at the IOM ranking.
Nevertheless six skippers enjoyed ten competitive races including with breaks for tuning and refreshments.
Tony W missed the first couple of races and admirably managed (including a 3rd) with his A rig. I am sure we will soon be seeing him sporting his new B.
The first one lapper saw David F taking the bullet and the remaining two lappers, over an excellent tacking course, proved to be fruitful for yours truly with DF in hot pursuit.
As you will see from the results sixteen of the Squadron raced on a Saturday and we also welcomed a couple of guest appearances with Tim Lanigan being the overall winner.
The next 95 racing is the first of the winter series on Saturday, November 10th when we will be starting at 12 NOON to allow for the available daylight hours.
Weather awful, non stop rain for most part, delayed start, great wind
straight down the lake.
Two lap triangular course
Should have been C rig to start, but Peter and Eric only had B, Eric’s
rig was broken so he had to rebuild that, so we had an early lunch and
ventured out as the rain eased, Bob started on C rig the others on B.
Peter broke down behind the start line first race (rudder servo) joined
us again in the third race.
The wind eased and Bob changed to B in third race, race 6 and we changed
to A as it eased again, tenth race Eric’s rudder servo went this time, so
we called it a day.
Report kindly provided by Bob Jolly.
The next Saturday event is on the 29th September at 10am and as we have now finished the evening events it would be really good to see more of the Squadron on the water!