8 R/C Lasers raced at Fleetwood on Sunday in a beautiful sunny north westerly wind of approx 15 knots.
We started at 10am and at a leisurely pace, 8 x 2 lap half mile races were completed by 2pm having had a break of 30mins for lunch.
We walked along the top of the grass bank keeping clear of each other & the general public.
We shared the lake with some power boats, and about 40 families crabbing and picnicking, all enjoying the summer sun. But there is plenty of room around Fleetwood lake and all appeared to be enjoying the day.
We plan to repeat the exercise next Sunday with IOM’s.
Results by Peter Iles
Many thanks to all that took part and the contributions from Derek and Peter.
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With a very light wind forecast and being held on a Bank Holiday, I was feeling a bit negative to whether the day would actually go ahead. Surprised to when a good handful of Laser skippers had actually turned up, I set to into putting a Mustang together..The wind slowly filtered through and the day was looking better as a constant wind of about 5 MPH began to blow from a westerly corner of the lake. We managed to club together five Lasers and four Mustangs, so we could in effect do some racing. A sausage shape windward / leeward course of two laps and finish a bit further up the field was the order. We tend to play these days by ear and it was fair enough to just race and not bother with results and this seemed to keep us in check and not get to over excited as we sometimes do. The morning went to the Lasers, being lighter in weight and able to cope better with very light winds. Eric A. was having some good results and was usually the winner. The wind all the time picking up a touch and even Mike P. on just a B rig was doing fine with the Laser. We had a spectator from Manchester that had a go with a Mustang and then a couple of more goes with separate Lasers until his misses and family dragged him away. He says he had a little black boat at home that he was hoping to sail on a pond. Couldn’t think of what it was called but remembered a Dragon emblem on the sail. Only had it about 2 Years and still in the packet. So we hope to have whetted his appetite. After lunch and the Mustangs came alive. As the wind picked up a little more all the while, by the end of the day it was breaking the 10 MPH barrier. Leaving the Lasers by a greater margin, the Mustangs seemed to be now coming in first. Another spectator this time from Cambridge was able to also have a brief go with one of the boats at the end of play and was very grateful. Some had exchanged boats through the day for a try with something different.You could say a day of two halves and all in all a fair day.
Eleven Skippers enjoyed a good day sailing with a fresh wind coming from the bridge end of the lake. The course set was central lake thus avoiding the ends, especially the club sheltered area to save any unwanted headaches. Three main buoys were used all taken to port for two laps with a line set at about 45 degrees as the wind was coming from the club house. Shaun and Derek set the standard and were the main contenders for the day. These two remained for most part of the day with ‘B’ rig, while the majority were swapping back and forth and mainly sticking with their C sail to keep better control. Derek left us just before lunch for a hand full of races, while Darren was baby sitting his boat and didn’t actually do too bad even getting a worthy third on one race. He returned after lunch to continue leading the troops. Shaun eventually clinched the day with Derek in second and John P. in third.12 races sailed and some good battles with places changing all the time among the fleet. Results 1 Shaun Holbeche 14 pts
Sunday 17th February – Winter Series 4 – This time we had 7 Skippers. Again we completed 20 races and it was split into 10 races for Winter Series 4A and 10 races for Winter Series 4B.
The date was changed from the 24th February due to there benig no water in the lake at Southport.
Sunday 10th February – Winter Series 3 – 6 Skippers turned out again. The day saw the Laser Fleet complete 20 races, 10 races for Winter Series 3A and 10 races for Winter Series 3B.
Sunday 27th January – Winter Series 2 – 5 Skippers turned up this week and you guest it too Windy again, Racing Abandoned.
Sunday 13th January – Winter Series 1 – 6 Skippers turned out, Winds and Gusts to strong for even Lasers in either Lake. We even had two Skippers sailing in the Kiddies Pool (yes there was enough water). Racing abandoned.