Tuesday 28th May
last event of 2019 series 1 for the DF95 had some familiar themes, 7
Yachts, guest helms, wind from the West, Chris Chatfield the man to beat
from the start (We all tried and Derek almost succeeded).
the wind from the West and at mid B rig strength a course was set using
the full length of the lake, start near the clubhouse, up to the two
buoys closest to the far end used as a spreader and back to the matching
pair at the other end of the lake used as a gate. A longish beat to the
finish about half way along the lake completed the course. The first 5
races used this course, it was then shortened slightly to allow the sea
cadets some rowing practice at the top end of the lake which proved
quite popular anyway as it reduced the downwind running (on the bank).
The last race was held over two laps to use up all the available time.
to Mike Benson for keeping the starts prompt to maximise time on the
water. Thanks also again to Bob for throughout the series organising all
the things that are easily overlooked, scoresheet, charging of the
starter, advise on the scoring etc etc etc.
12 skippers overall for series 1, Chris taking the honours with just one blip on the evening when the wind was extremely light. For series 2 it would be great to see more yachts on the water, so come and join in, the slates wiped clean and the weather should be getting warmer.
Sunday, 26 May 2019
Allowing for the absence of notable absentees including
Derek, eight of the fleet’s skippers were ‘blessed’ with an unseasonable howler
of a westerly, not to mention intermittent rain.
As we use an average system the final result does not reveal
three different skippers taking bullets with Mike Benson’s Britpop, not to
mention John Plant gaining some excellent top three finishes with yours truly’s
Shaun suffered electrical gremlins which when eventually
sorted saw him well up the fleet only to return and spoil his day.
It was good to see David back on the water if somewhat
inhibited by his lack of mobility specially on the fast downwind run which
proved more that interesting at the mark!
As you will see, Gordon enjoyed an excellent result with his
new boat as opposed to Eric who could not compete until he acquires B and C
So, after sixteen races over an excellent full lake course,
much deserved congrats to John Sharman who proves once again that the cream
rises to the top.
Many thanks to Bob Jolly for taking the RO duties.
The next IOM club session is Wednesday the 19th June at 630pm and the second event is Sunday the 30th June at 10am.
25th May 2019
With the wind from the west, a two lap course consisting of
a long beat with a few tacks to the windward mark, a short reach to a sort of
spreader, then a run down to a gate and a beat to a finish was set for the
seven skippers who turned out.
With us all on A rig, the weather was a little overcast with
some light rain, but that didn`t dampen the enthusiasm of the sailors as we
stayed on the water until 4pm, getting in our customary eight races , with a
break for lunch.
Chris was on good form and took the honours quite
comfortably with six bullets, Garry once again put in a good show finishing
second with Eric A third.
No breakdowns of note, and we all got through unscathed, and
ready to do it all again this coming Tuesday evening 28th May 6.30pm
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23rd May 2019
With an in-between wind for either A+ or A sail, the
majority of the thirteen skippers who turned out including one guest chose the
A, but in hindsight the A+ would have been a better choice, as the conditions changed
a little as the evening wore on.
With the wind from the west a two lap sausage course was set
and we had eight races on the night.
Garry thought ahead and set out with the A+ from the start,
he was in majestic form taking all the races bar one, which Derek won with a
borrowed boat, but after borrowed boat average rule we use, Garry won that as
well, so taking all eight races. Ken once again was on good form taking second
spot and Walter third.
John was the only real casualty on the night with
rudder/servo problems after a collision, and that cost him five races.
So good to see a great turnout once again, and hope we get
something of the same or better next time out, which is on Thurs 30th
May 6.30pm start, for the last event of Series one.
DF 65 Capt.
Tuesday 21st May
Yachts this week with a bit of sharing again, Derek and Gary taking the
helm for some races. What a difference a week makes as the wind was
from the the West, more or less straight down the lake, strong enough
that all bar two used the B rig for the first two races, all then
changing up to the A rig. Each race used three quarters of the lake for
lead for the majority of the first three races before his boat took on a
large amount of water during race 5 after the hatch had been removed to
fix a problem encountered the race before and not sealed back down
sufficiently, let’s hope he is back on the water soon leading the way
The finish was slightly later than usual taking advantage of the available daylight.
The next DF95 racing at Fleetwood is this Saturday.
18th May 2019
Great conditions for the A+ rig as nine skippers turned out
for our second event in the Saturday Series. Not all own a set yet, and for
those that did it was a clear advantage.
With the wind from the West, a triangular course was set,
with a longish beat to the windward mark, then reach across, and then a run
down to a gate, with a beat to the finish line. With a break for lunch midway
through proceedings, we managed ten races in the time before calling it a day.
Garry sailed consistently all event taking seven bullets,
and won the day comfortably, with Bob and Ken taking second and third spots
So a great day was had, and with no crabbers on our bank to
hinder us helped immensely, if only it was like that every time.
Our next outing for the 65, is on Thurs 23rd May
DF 65 Capt.