DragonForce Summer Series #1 3/7/19

A light but reasonably steady wind  from the WNW and clear sun greeted the 8 sailors who turned out this week to sail in A+ rigs.  There were some large shifts to be found on the long course, which usually held for some time giving good gains if you timed it right.  Neil Westbrook started the day with a win and then two further wins in races 3 and 5.  Peter Baldwin won 6 out of the 7 other races sailed giving him first overall, with Dave Williams gaining the other win.  Although missing out on a race win, Richard Walker had a consistent day scoring several 2nds and thirds to end up third behind Neil and Peter. Racing was very close in most race, such that if you went into irons you could move from being well placed to last position.

  1.   Peter Baldwin            63           10pts
  2.   Neil Westbrook         03           18pts
  3.   Richard Walker         39          24pts
  4.   Dave Williams           233        25pts
  5.   Alan  Watkinson       373         35pts
  6.   Derek Matthews         57         40pts    1x2nd & 2x4th
  7.   Dave Pickup                 86          40pts   1x2nd
  8.   Chris Weston              194         68pts  (winch issues missing 6 races)

10 races sailed.  Many thanks to Ernie and Sally for running the races and scoring.

DragonForce Spring Series #13 26/6/19

  1. A light breeze from the clubhouse greeted sailors this week with shifts that seem to grow larger as the morning went on as the breeze dropped in strength.  Key to success was finding the breeze (and having a bit of luck) to keep your boat moving as much as possible.  John Brierley, Neil Westbrook and Peter Baldwin were all vying for the lead in most races, with each sharing 3 wins apiece at the end.  Dave Williams was the other winner of the 10 races completed. When the scores were added up, Peter was first on  14pts, John second on 16 pts and Neil third on 18 pts.

Thanks again go to Ernie for acting as Race Officer for the morning.

  1.  Peter Baldwin               14 pts
  2.  John Brierley                 16 pts
  3.  Neil Westbrook             18 pts
  4.  Alan Watkinson           28 pts
  5.  Kris Morrow                  38 pts
  6.  Dave Williams              39 pts
  7.  Colin Deakin                  52 pts
  8.  Richard Walker            53 pts
  9.  Chris Weston                 70 pts

10 races sailed

DragonForce Spring Series #12 19/6/19

A light NNW breeze filled the lake as the 6 sailors started in A+ rigs and a good length course set by Neil.  There were some large shifts occurring and if you tacked on the shift rather than the initial header there were some good gains to be found.  John took the day again with 9 wins from the 12 races, although Neil and occasionally Alan were pushing him hard all the way to the finish.  There were some close finishes for Ernie to record with everyone finishing within 20 seconds in most races and occasionally just 10 seconds.

Thanks go to Ernie for again acting as RO.

    1. John Brierley        11 pts
    2. Neil Westbrook    16 pts
    3. Alan Watkinson   32 pts
    4. Peter Baldwin       37 pts
    5. Dave  Williams      46 pts  (2x3rd)
    6. Colin Deakin          46 pts (0x3rd)

12 races sailed

DragonForce Spring Series #11 12/6/19

After the tremendous rain storms, 6 sailors turned up to a full lake but hardly any wind. Ernie set a long course and kept a tight schedule and managed to hold 10 races. Renewed member Kris, who now has boat 94, found his old form and took a very hard fought 2nd place.
1st      John Brierley          11pts
2nd   Kris Morrow            21pts
3rd    Alan Watkinson     23pts
4th    Neil Westbrook      24pts
5th     Derek Matthews   25pts   (2 x 4ths)
6th     Dave Williams       25pts    (1 x 4th)
10 Races sailed

DragonForce Spring Series #10 5/6/19

Seven sailors kept under the watchful eyes of Sally and Ernie completed nine races in what turned out to be very difficult conditions, with light winds coming over the houses at inconsistent times making some of the legs a lottery.
1st.         John Brierley          9pts
2nd.       Neil Westbrook    16pts
3rd.        Alan Watkinson   19 pts
4th.        Dave Williams      22pts
5th.        Richard Walker    26pts
6th.        Colin Deakin         33pts
7th.         Chris Weston       50pts

DragonForce Spring Series #9 29/5/19

Great turnout this week with 11 boats competing including one ex member borrowing Ernies’ boat and showing some good speed at times.

A wise decision was made to start in A rigs with a gusty wind down the lake from the clubhouse, but with some significant shifts keeping everyone on their toes, especially as the shifts sometimes lasted for less than a second and may tack you without warning! John was again this week the person to beat with 5 wins from the 10 races sailed and the other wins shared by 4 sailors.

  1.   John Brierley                  11 pts
  2.   Peter Baldwin                21 pts
  3.   Andrew Peter                 25 pts
  4.   Dave Williams               32 pts  (1x2nd)
  5.   Alan Watkinson            32pts  (0x2nd)
  6.   Neil Westbrook             35 pts
  7.   Kris Morrow                   43 pts
  8.   Derek Matthews           59 pts
  9.   Colin Deakin                  63 pts
  10.   Richard Walker             70 pts
  11.   Chris  Weston                 87 pts

10 Races sailed