DF Squadron Report


Series 1 Event 6 | Tuesday 23 May 2017

As you will see from the results table Shaun Holbeche dominated the fleet of nine who also had the added hazard of bandits at six o’clock ie Jelly Fish! This made for some amazing reversals of fortunes as they have no prejudice to who they cling to.

Nevertheless, and even allowing for a very fickle WSW failing breeze, we managed eight one lap races and gained valuable tuning knowledge for the forthcoming Nationals.

We are have another DF95 POP-UP this coming Bank Holiday – Monday the 29th – 10.30am. This is another golden opportunity to avoid the traffic jams and prepare for the Nationals in Milton Keynes.


Series 1 Event 6 | Wednesday 24th May 2017

A few spits and spots from a sea fret before the start had us thinking we might be in for a wet evening but no, just overcast and no bl**dy wind again!! A simple course of an obtuse angled triangle finishing on a run proved quite a challenge: six skippers each taking a first place including Tim S who had his first ever first place. (Since he bought that s/h boat from John Tush he’s shooting up the leader board! Think JT might have forgotten to remove the turbo drive!)


Ken Crabtree  DF65 Fleet Captain

Schooner 1st Quarter Results 2017

A Class

1st      John Mac
2nd    = Roy Pickering
2nd    = Tony Carey
3rd      Tom Pearsall

B Class

1st      John Plant
2nd      Mike Priest
3rd    = Bary Ward
3rd    = Graham Ardron
3rd    = Tim Saam

C Class

1st    = Terry Griffiths
1st    = Ray Baron
2nd      Ian Thompson
3rd      Harry Wilkinson

DF Squadron Club Racing 5

This evening we were again blessed with excellent late spring weather and the rapidly diminishing breeze again provided varied results although, as per the norm, Tim Lanigan prevailed with another set of consistent results.

A good turnout of nine skippers initially sported B rigs which were rapidly upgraded to the A rig as the WNW breeze abated and the testing one lap course which was shortened for the last two had the added advantage of avoiding the setting sun.

As you will now be pleased to see, I have now (and about time) managed to get my head around the MYA scoring program and as there are two more events in this series I will publish the overall positions asap.

Garry Benson
95 Squadron Club Captain

DF65 Wednesday 17th May

KC reporting from beautiful Pembrokeshire and with other regulars in Bermuda, Turkey and Spain it wasn’t a bad turnout. Looks like it will be a close race between John and Garry but Paul is creeping up on the rails.

DF Squadron 2017 Saturday Series Event 2

DF65s and DF95s 13th May 2017

The Gods were, as forecast, kind to the five 65 skippers and the three 95 skippers who enjoyed eight races for which different courses were set accordingly. Eddie prevailed with the 65s and Mike Benson for the 95s. From a personal point of view I was grateful to Peter Jackson for his ROD duties and for Mike, Bob and Robin for allowing myself (who managed to forget his rigs) and for allowing Peter for using their boats in various races.

Garry Benson

Classic and Vintage Vane M Class Weekend Results

Saturday 6th May

1st Alan & David Bell FMY&PBC Foxtrot Designed by C.Adams 19 points

2nd John Plant & Derek Priestley FMY&PBC Blood Axe R. Stollery 16

3rd Peter Whiteside FMY&PBC Bosun S.Witty 14

4th David Mathers Vintage MYG Wasp S.Witty 12

5th= Martin Bandey Vintage MYG 7

5th= Peter Iles FMY&PBC S.Witty 7

Alan & David Bell were top “Vintage” design and received Walter Jones Trophy

John Plant & Derek Priestley were top “Classic” and won Mayoral Cup

Thanks to Bob Jolly for the Photographs.

Sunday 7th May 2017

1st Peter Whiteside FMY &PBC Bosun S,Witty 17 points

2nd Alan & David Bell FMY&PBC Foxtrot C.Adams 17

3rd Damian Ackroyd FMY&PBC Blood Axe R.Stollery 16

4th John Plant & Eddie Greenwood FMY&PBC Sula W.Sykes 15

5th David Mathers Vintage MYG Wasp S.Witty 10

6th Martin Bandey Vintage MYG 0

1st place was decided by a sail off, with Peter Whiteside winning both beats to windward.
He received the Hayes Trophy for top “Vintage” yacht

Top “Classic” was sailed by Damian Ackroyd who won the Pearson Trophy.

All trophy winners received a FMY&PBC engraved glass tumbler.

Thanks are due to Race Officer Eric Watkinson and to Tony Wilson who acted as mate for those without.

DF Squadron Club Racing 4

DF95s Series 1 Event 4 Tuesday 9th May

In an ever diminishing northwest breeze twelve skippers, which included our most recent fleet member David Rose, managed to complete eight single lap races. As you will see from the attached table we had five different individual winners with Shaun being the runaway leader and Chris proving that consistency has its rewards!

A reminder that we have 95 club racing this Saturday (13.5.17) at 2.30pm.

Garry Benson DF95 Fleet Captain

DF65s Series 1 Event 4 Wednesday 10th May

A fine sunny evening and a light northerly wind enticed eleven skippers for what turned out to be some challenging racing. We included the dreaded marker on the north side of the lake and it proved to be the downfall of a few skippers, myself in particular, getting endearingly attached to it on two occasions. Paul Reid is coming into good form winning five of the eight races. Peter Jackson decided to test his knees and even though he retired for the last two races he still finished third, pipping Garry on count back, a very good result.


Ken Crabtree DF65 Fleet Captain

DF Squadron Club Racing 3

DF65 Wednesday 3rd May 2017

The wind was stronger than forecast, which may account for the lower turn-out, but at least it was an easterly (with a slight hint of northerly) so we could set a course with a convenient start line. We all opted for the B rig which coped quite well. The first two races took almost half an hour so the course was shortened slightly but then the wind started to increase and boats were torpedoing and turning in uncontrolled circles so after four races some skippers opted to go down to the C rig and some opted to go home! By the end of the sixth race we had had enough; too windy and feeling cold so we called it a night. Still, we had a challenging hour and forty minutes of racing, The results are below and as we have now had three meetings there are also the current league positions.


DF95 Tuesday 2nd May – Series 1 Event 3

It was good to have Russell back racing after his holiday when Mark Rose also proved that there is no substitute for experience as, after Derek missed the last three races, he deservedly topped the podium. In saying that we had four different skippers taking a bullet and there was close racing throughout.

Many thanks to David Rose for scoring and voluntarily being race officer. You will note that we managed nine races which were contested in a superb A rig breeze and probably the warmest evening of the year so far.

The results are below.

Garry Benson  DF95 Captain