It has now been confirmed that Wyre BC will be draining the lake on Wednesday 7th December so this Sunday’s Laser meeting will be the last for a while.
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Further information will be posted here as and when available; in the meantime, get your wellies ready for some exciting weeding.
Same nine skippers as last week turned up for our final Wednesday evening meeting of 2016. The wind was almost non-existent and we were plagued with floating weed so after four races we called it a night. The results as usual are below (and no, your eyes don’t deceive you, yours truly first!!) with the final league table for the series.
Congratulations to Chris Chatfield, winner and Chris Haworth, runner up.
Let’s start by listing some of the things we could have done today instead of racing at the Fleetwood DF65 Open Meeting. We could have worked in a factory sorting secondhand golf balls into little plastic boxes, worked a 12 hour shift in an abattoir or undertaken some god awful DIY jobs like rodding drains, hacking Leylandii roots with a blunt axe or creosoted fence panels. We also might have been to a Whacky Warehouse birthday party with 23 hyperactive kids, had root canal work done by a satanic backstreet dentist or worst of all… we could have spent the day cushion and candle shopping with our significant others (Oh the inhumanity!) And lets not forget.. we were all fit and healthy enough to spend the day outside messing with around boats and for that reason alone and the alternatives listed above, we should be grateful. But be honest for a moment, today was a pretty poor do all things considered!
We somehow managed 12
crapshoots races which involved sailing up and down the lake with varying degrees of success. Is this a beat or a run?! was a common refrain, as was oh ****ing ****, ****ing weeded again, this is ******* ****!
Look, there’s no point putting lipstick on a pig, it was a difficult day. We came, we trawled, we did our best with the odd crushing defeat snatched from the jaws of mediocrity, a few horizon jobs from John Tushingham and a nice bit of close racing breaking out throughout the fleet before it went rubbish again. At various other times there was a swirling upside down wind, torrential downpours and big clumps of weed decimating the fleet like some horrendous WW1 battle involving mud, angry Germans and machine guns.
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; just one more race and hopefully we’ll be allowed to go home before it gets dark?!
I’d normally post some lovely photographs right about here but no one has any, or maybe they took some and looked at them and thought their camera had broken and gone into that weird ‘solid wall of dull grey’ mode again and therefore haven’t sent them to me. Either way you’re not missing much.
Big thanks to Eric for being our stalwart of a race officer and Derek for trying to set us a decent course in a washing machine wind. Thanks to Ken Crabtree for organising the event and finally thanks to everyone who attended for keeping the racing fun and the atmosphere jovial despite the conditions. Oh and special mention for our longest travelled competitor, John Armstrong from Two Islands, we let you down today but promise it will be better for the Nationals!
For what they are worth the results are shown below but don’t weed too much into the them 😉
Another good turnout this evening, 14 skippers including one guest. Conditions didn’t look good at the start, practically no wind and ripples on about only a fifth of the lake, if that much. The first race was like a slow waltz, just drifting round the course and it took us about 20 minutes to complete. All of a sudden though, the wind picked up and after an hour and three quarters we had completed eight races so then called it a day. Thanks to Derek for again acting as OOD even though we do drive him to despair at times! This has been the last meeting of our first series, owing to Wyre BC dragging the lake next Wednesday to try and rid it of the dreaded weed so the second set of results below are the final positions. Congratulations to Chris Chatfield (winner) and Paul Reid (runner-up).
Eleven skippers tonight. A fairly strong wind so all started with B rigs. Derek kindly acted as the OOD (not fully recovered from the exertions at Dragonfest) and set a longish course, taking about 15 minutes per race. By the seventh race everyone was feeling a bit cold so we called it a day but by then the fleet had gradually reduced to six for the final two races. Why? Many reasons: seized bearings; kicker coming unscrewed; ballast weight dropped off (and still on bottom of lake); rig breakages. This latter was overcome by the skippers dropping down to the C suit for the last few races which proved to be advantageous as the wind had increased sufficiently to cause some torpedoing with the B rigs. Next week will be last in this first series as Wyre BC will be dragging the lake to remove the weed the following week. Chris C is currently in the lead and the only skipper likely to catch him, other than Derek, is Paul R, provided he can get round the windward mark without grinding to a halt!!!
As usual, results and positions to date below.
Well now we know what type of weed we are dealing with – Sago Pond Weed, also known as Fennel Pond Weed. If anyone knows how we can eradicate it please contact a club official.