DF65 Autumn Series 3
2nd Dec 2017
Zero wind and showers greeted us as we arrived at the lake, and as thirteen skippers including two guests had turned out, one felt sorry for those who had travelled a distance to join us, so we waited, and waited some more, till finally a very light breeze appeared and we all rushed to the side of the lake, and quickly a simple course was laid, and boats were on the water ready for the off.
Difficult at first with just a drift, and patience was tested to the full, as most were going nowhere fast. As time went by conditions improved gradually, and we managed to get some acceptable racing in, and by the end of the allotted time we had managed five races, with Tim taking the honours once again in this the third in the series.
Thanks goes to Peter for doing the scoring duties.
DF65 Class Captain
DF95 Autumn Series 3
Today we welcomed David Burke and Anna Mckone to the Squadron and you will note from the results table that there is no substitute for experience as David took the honours including three bullets! Derek P, who set the course in a frustratingly fickle light breeze, again shared his boat with John Plant and even with a short course we still managed only five races before the dark ensued.
On the positive side a major benefit was the absence of jellyfish and hopefully, with due diligence, this is the last reference to the havoc they can cause.
As ever, we are in debt to Peter Jackson for doing the RO duties whilst braving the elements.
Event 4 is Saturday 16th December at 12 noon
See you on the water.
DF95 Class Captain
The Christmas Jumper IOM race is back at FLEETWOOD on WED 27th of December. Dress code is Christmas Jumpers and silly hats! Bacon Butties at briefing, tea & coffee all day and mince pies at the prize giving. Please bring your own lunch.
Entry fee £5 all inclusive!
The standard SSi’s apply… 9.45 briefing, crack on with the racing and no race to start after 3pm.
Entries to Uncle Derek: firstname.lastname@example.org 07770 641125
- Derek Priestley
- Tim Lanigan
- Shaun Holbeche
- John Taylor
- Mick chamerlain
- Chris Chatfield
- Darin Ballington
- Tracy Ballington
- Martin Roberts
- Mick Parkington
- Sue Parkington
- Damien Ackroyd
- Paul Allen
Competitors from Gosport, Hampton Court, Leeds & Bradford, Llandudno and the the host club, Fleetwood Model Yacht & Power Boat Club took part in the Model Yachting Association’s National Championships for vane-steered “Marblehead” Class yachts, over the weekend 28th & 29th October, at Fleetwood Model Yacht Lake on Laidleys Walk.
There was lots of silverware up for grabs. Highest placed competitors on the Saturday were Robert and Alan Bell sailing for Fleetwood, and received the Northern District Championship Trophy. The following day Edward Greenwood and Bob Jolly from Fleetwood Club were top scorers and received the Clapham Cup. They also received the Model Maker Trophy for the highest placed competitors who were not previous National Championship winners. The National Championship winners were decided by totalling the scores for the two days of racing. This gave a tie between Robert and Alan Bell on equal points with Peter Whiteside and Tony Wilson, also of the Fleetwood Club. After a sail-off, Alan and Robert were the winners and received the National Championship Trophy plus the Commodore’s Cup. Highest placed Vintage yacht was sailed by Alan Oxlade of Gosport Club.
Tony’s report on Yachts & Yachting
Article on the Blackpool Gazette
Saturday 11th November 2017
A total of 9 skippers turned out, and we also welcomed Ken back after a lengthy lay off, and he soon got back into the swing of things, taking a fourth in his first race.
A Triangular shape course was set for an awkward A rig wind, with many dead spots on the lake it made it frustrating at times, but credit goes to all for getting on with it without any fuss, and after changing from two laps to one for the last few races, we completed our eight races in the allocated time.
Tim took the honours with five bullets, and Chris in second, congratulations to them, and many thanks goes to Peter Jackson for acting as race officer.
DF 65 Fleet Captain
When the lake was built in 1929 the current picturesque sea-facing sand dunes were not a feature and a NNW breeze did not present the frustration of reaching the ‘sheltered’ beat to the windward markers which the squadron of nine contended with today.
In saying that, the breeze built and after six classic Olympic style courses we attempted a basic two lap ‘sausage’ to the far upwind marker and back which proved to be even more challenging, if not only entertaining!
After missing the prompt 12 noon start, John Sharman continued his winning ways with Tim L hot in pursuit.
As ever, we are in debt to Peter Jackson for doing the RO duties whilst braving the cold.
Event 3 is Saturday 2nd December at 2.30pm
See you on the water.
DragonFlite 95 Club Captain
Members are reminded that the club’s AGM is on Sunday 19th November 2017, 2.30pm in the club house. The closing date for motions and nominations for office has now passed but if you want to vote or ask any questions this is your chance. The agenda is below.
I hope to see many of you there.
Ken Crabtree (General Secretary)
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An unwelcome guest to the Squadron was ‘Brian’ a building storm force wind and, more consequential, the horizontal rain which resulted in even the five never-say-die skippers calling it a day and retreating to the welcome shelter of the clubhouse.
The first two races around a course kindly set by Tim L were completed sporting B rigs and as ‘Brian’ became more of a factor a break and a change to C rigs was a no-brainer. The remaining two races were a matter of survival with yours truly suffering perhaps the only ‘Jelly Attacks’ of the day! On the plus side Chris C successfully tested his repaired leaking hull and there were no breakages which, considering the conditions is a testament to the design and development of the 95.
Congrats to Tim L on yet another set of firsts and many thanks to Peter Jackson who acted as RO.
DragonFlite 95 Club Captain