Nine skippers turned up for the last in Winter series No 5. Probably ideal conditions if you don’t like being blown away and all races were taken in A rig. Again we welcomed a couple of friendly visitors from north of the border Bill Lees and Gordon Rae. The first six races were more or less the full length of the lake up to a lonely little mark bang in the middle at the very top. Run down and a short beat to a finish at the second bench. After a tea break our boat man Peter made us a gate at the bottom end and we decided the change was for two half length lake races for a change. The wind put a northerly slant in so we then did away with the gate and the new brightly flourescent lime green buoy became the leeward mark while keeping to the half lake option. Gordon Bayliffe had rudder problems for the last three races which probably dropped him a couple of places on the finish order. John Sharman won the day having half of the wins to himself. The remaining six races were divided among Peter, Gordon B. and Gordon R. The next Saturday series starts at the slightly later time of 1pm.
The final event in the Winter Series, turned out to be a
real challenge for the five skippers who turned out, in what was almost
impossible conditions as Storm Hannah blew through, but the little Dragons did
us proud and managed to cope with the huge chop and very strong wind and gusts.
We managed to get in five races before the conditions
worsened, and it became too dangerous to sail, so we had to call it a day
All that said there was some very close racing, especially
between Garry and John, who even tied one race, and both finished on the same
points, but Garry took the honours on count back, and with John missing the
first race this maybe cost him in the end.
So this brings to an end our Winter Series with the final
result as follows:-
3rd place: Walter Audley 200 pts.
2nd place: John Plant 254 pts.
1st place: Garry Benson 300 pts.
We now move on to our next event, and the start of the Saturday
Series, which is on 6th April start 1pm.
We now have for sale at very competitive prices some high quality items of clothing each bearing the club’s insignia. See below for details and how to obtain. The caps are one-size. If your size of fleece or polo shirt is not in stock it can be ordered and delivered very quickly.
Many thanks to Tony Wilson for finding the following article in Model Ships and Power Boats issue October 1950 (cost 1/-, that’s one shilling to anyone under 48!) Could there be a young Eddie G in that crowd of observers?
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.