Thursday 7th June
Well a good turnout of eleven skippers endured the evening’s calm conditions, and we made the best of what there was.
A simple course was set, and it was the usual contenders who coped best, with John taking five bullets in the evening coming top, and Chris second.
By the time we got to our last race, there was barely a breath, so a reduced course was set to get our eight races in. It was fascinating to watch, as there must have been about seven boats side by side on the run in, or rather drift in, going for the finish line, some getting a small lift and others not, then it would alternate, a real lottery.
One good thing to report for the night, there were no mechanical failures this week.
Well let’s hope for better conditions next time out, and we can have some proper exciting racing.
DF 65 Capt.
Unfortunately not much to report this week on what should have been an exciting climax to the series, with Chris and John fighting it out for overall top spot with only twenty eight points separating them before the event.
Instead we had to endure an evening of drifting and taking a gamble on searching for a lift of any sort, which were few and far between. To give you an idea of the conditions it took us nearly half an hour to complete race 1, a short triangular course of two laps, so this was shortened to one lap, and we persevered managing five races in the evening before it became an absolute calm.
It was of no surprise that Chris and John were managing the conditions better than the rest of us, and it was John who came out on top for the evening, but it was not enough to prevent Chris taking the title of Series 1 winner by only six points.
Thanks goes to the sixteen different skippers who turned out during the series to make the events possible.
So now we move on to Series 2, which begins Thurs 7th June at 6.30pm.
Hope to see you there.
DF 65 Capt.
The final event of series one featured, for one reason or another, only five of the Squadron who initially sported the rarely used C rig and in a rapidly decreasing breeze culminated with the A rig which then included Tony Wilson (alias ‘flyingtony’) who is a much welcomed addition to the fleet!
David took the honours with a near faultless display and this is just reward, especially considering that he travels from Kendal.
This series was contested by seventeen of the Squadron and (no surprise) congratulations are in order to DP, our overall winner and to a worthy runner-up John Sharman.
Next Tuesday, the 5th of June, is the first event of series 2.
DF95 Club Captain
A brisk north easterly welcomed six enthusiasts to the lake. ‘A ‘rigs were the consensus of opinion and in glorious warm conditions a testing triangular course was set.
Three pilots dominated the field, however no-one could afford to be complacent – Tim, David and Shaun biting at each others’ heels.
Lunch brought a fleet-wide downsizing of sails and the racing continued to be nip and tuck. The results show that Shaun had his inevitable love/hate relationship with his craft. To his credit the boat was repaired and he sailed on. Bob suffered from loose bowsies and consequently was unable to tame the wind. It was suggested that more roughage in his diet might solve the problem.
Peter acquitted himself admirably and might have finished higher had he not displayed impeccable manners. Finally, watch out for Richard sailing 317. He improved hand over fist as the day progressed.
After twelve races we called it a day – and what a day it was!
Report and race officer of the day – Michael Benson
Nine skippers turned out in the pleasant warm evening sunshine, a simple triangle course was set in the A rig conditions, and eight races were completed in the time.
Breakdowns spoiled the night for a couple, Harry winch and receiver, and Walter rudder, preventing them competing in all races.
A word for Mike, who in the last race of the evening, decided he`d like to take a dip and have a closer look at the jellyfish, and to show them his transmitter. Seriously though he did hurt his foot, and we hope he recovers soon.
Chris C took the honours this week with three bullets and three seconds. Thanks to Peter for doing the scoring, and to everyone for not laughing when Mike fell in.
Our next 65 meet is on Thurs 31st May at 6.30pm
DF 65 Capt.
Tonight eleven of the DF95 Squadron enjoyed ideal conditions in an A rig breeze which cooled the evening sunshine.
DP set a couple of excellent courses and reminded the fleet of the often problematic confusion at the port/starboard priority at the marker rule which resulted in trouble free and highly competitive racing.
Three skippers took bullets and it is to be noted that Susan S is now getting amongst the middle of the fleet!
Next Tuesday the 29th is the last of this series and I hope to see you on the water.
DF95 Club Captain