DF65 Social Racing #5 26/9/20

Light wind and rain at the start of the Wednesday race the wind from the top end of the lake. 6 sailors, but unfortunately Don had transmitter/receiver problems from the start so elected to act as RO. Due to the wind, a short course was sailed but later with the wind filling , the final few races used the full extent of the lake. 10 races were held with race wins going to Richard, John and Dave. Close finishes seem to be the order of the day with fractions of an inch (centimetres) separating the boats. The day went to Richard with his six wins.

  1. Richard Robinson   11 Pts
  2. Dave Williams          16 pts
  3. Neil Westbrook        19 pts
  4. John Carlin                25 pts
  5. Malcolm Harvey     40 pts

Thanks again to Don Mackinnon for being RO.

DF65 Social Racing #4 16/9/20

6 members took part in the usual Wednesday Social race. With a very light A+ wind from the clubhouse end Sally showed her skill in mastering the conditions and took three wins but was pushed hard by Mike de St Paer. John Carlin missed the first few races drying out his transmitter after a involuntary dunking! With the wind now increasing the lead changed with John and Mike taking two wins each. The results could have been so different if Derek had not been so keen with his three recalls. Chris was consistently third and will be a sailor to watch in future. This was Barry’s first race and has now certainly got the bug thanks to Charles’s tuition.

  1. Mike de St Paer    12pts
  2. Sally Collings       17pts. 3 x 1sts
  3. Derek Matthews  17pts. 1 x 1st
  4. Chris Weston        22pts
  5. John Carlin             23pts
  6. Barry                         33pts

DF65 Social Racing #3 9/9/20

Another very pleasant sailing day, sunny with a fresh WNW 15 – 20 mph breeze straight down the lake, made ‘ A’ rigs the order of the day. Ten sailors attended, with guest sailor Dorian Crease, from Two Islands Club in Milton Keynes, showing us all how to do it – by coming 1st. overall today ! It was very close racing all day.

The top three placed sailors were all on equal points before discards, and only separated by one point finally. The other podium places were decided on count-back, giving Richard Robinson 2nd place with 3 x 1st’s, and Alan Watkinson 3rd place with 2 x 1st’s. The chasing pack saw Andrew Peter in 4th, with 4 x 2nd’s and Mike de St Paer in 5th with 1 x win.

Thanks to RO Dave Williams who managed to keep us all in line, apart from one General Recall..

  1. Dorian Crease                683   18pts  3x1st
  2. Richard Robinson           01    19pts  3x1st
  3. Alan Watkinson             373    19pts  2x1st
  4. Andrew Peter                  919    22pts
  5. Mike de St Paer                35    33pts  1x1st
  6. Derek Matthews              57   40pts
  7. John Carlin                         11    58pts
  8. Chris Weston                  194   60pts
  9. David Potter                    946  62pts 1x1st
  10. Malcolm Harvey           1019  71pts

Other points of interest for the day were Charles Legg – on the Far Side, tutoring newcomer Barry, who intends now to join us racing from next week. Dave Potter dipping out after 4 races ( and 1 win ) to show us how fast his foiling catamaran can sail, and Graham Reeves brought along his Vane 36 to try out a brand new 3D laser printed Vane Gear. [ Back to the Future ?]





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DF65 Social Racing #2 2/9/20

The wind before the start of racing raised questions on which rig to use and the general view is that A+ should be used although there were a number of gusts passing down the lake from the East.  By the time we started racing however, the wind had dropped as the rain started.  The course of 2 beats for half of the lake proved to be plenty long enough and only allowed for 7 races to be completed with the strength of the wind.  The first race was won by Dave Williams in a close finish with Sally Collings. Having run Race 1, Peter Baldwin, then took wins in Races 2, 3, 5 and 7, with Richard Walker taking Race 4 and Sally Collings taking race 6. After suffering electrical problems between Races 1 and 2, Don Mackinnon offered to run the remaining races.  Results have therefore been calculated based upon an average of any race undertaken.

  1. Peter Baldwin       63       7.2pts
  2. Sally Collings      829      16pts
  3. Dave Williams     233      18pts
  4. Derek Matthews   57      24pts
  5. Alan Watkinson  373      25pts
  6. Richard Walker      39     27pts
  7. Don Mackinnon   933     30pts
  8. Charles Legg             21     39.6pts
  9. Colin Deakin            93      40pts
  10. Malcolm Harvey   1019    46pts

RG65 Social Racing #4 29/8/20

Another ‘Marathon’ Session, starting at 11.00am, with 16 races completed by the 4.00pm finish.  5 x RG65 and 2 x DF 65’s competed, in a moderate but shifty Northerly force 3- 4 breeze, with some tricky gusts and swirls firing down through the gaps in the buildings. ( Bring back the trees ?! )

Derek Matthews had to leave early, and Brad Gibson arrived late, so the results may be slightly skewed, but Graham Elliott took the overall win for the day, with 9 x 1sts, Brad with 7 x 1st’s took 2nd overall, with Peter Baldwin definitely ‘off-form’ , taking 3rd overall with no wins but 6 x 2nd’s.

The RG’s won the day on pure speed, but the DF65’s, sailing a slightly shorter course, were not far behind, with Andrew Peter taking 4 x 3rds and 5th overall, proving that DF’s can compete successfully on these mixed RG / DF Race days (with the help of a slightly shorter course).

Very enjoyable sailing, with cakes very kindly provided at break times by Alan Watkinsons’ wife Jocelyn , and thanks once again to RO Bernie doing us proud, as ever.

  1. Graham Elliott    55     Argon                     17pts      9 wins
  2. Brad Gibson           9     Electronica          31pts       7 wins
  3. Peter Baldwin      63    Pocket Rocket    35pts
  4. Alan Watkinson   23    Scurry                   43pts
  5. Andrew Peter      919   DF65                      52pts
  6. Dave Williams      33    Pocket Rocket    63pts
  7. Derek Mathews    57   DF65                       88pts

Start times will now revert to the normal 13.00hrs for all future Saturday racing with room for plenty more sailors to compete.  A booking system will be created to allow online booking.  More details will be published soon.

We return to IOM racing for the next two weeks.  If you wish to join us and have a go, boats are available to loan for anyone wanting to sail. – contact Andrew Peter (see contacts pages)

DF65 Social Racing #1 26/8/20

Ten sailors gathered today for the first DF65 social racing day when results were taken. Charles Legg very kindly offered to record finishing results after finding that he was missing a keel boat when assembling his boat. All but one of the fleet opted to use the A Rig as the breeze was a gusty 10 to 15 knot breeze straight down the lake. Peter Baldwin took the first four races before Mike de St Paer took his first of two wins in Races 5 and then another in 10, followed by Alan Watkinson in Races 6 and 7. Peter had another win in Race 8 and was just beaten across the finish by Dave Williams in Race 9. After 10 races, the final results had some very close points finishes and four race winners were:

  1. Peter Baldwin 63 12pts 5 wins
  2. Mike de St Paer 35 23pts 2 wins and 3x2nd
  3. Alan Watkinson 373 23pts 2 wins and 2x2nd
  4. Neil Westbrook 03 28pts
  5. Dave Williams 233 36pts 1 win
  6. Andrew Peter 19 47pts
  7. Derek Matthews 57 48pts
  8. Richard Walker 39 49pts
  9. Sally Collings 129 52pts
  10. Chris Weston 194 68pts

Racing will take place again next Wednesday with a race limit of 13 boats.

There is also racing for DF and RG65 on Saturday 29th starting at 11:00.