DragonForce Autumn Series #6 6/11/19

Nine sailors attended for this weeks race in cold and damp conditions, a light variable wind from the clubhouse caused a few problems. If you missed the correct shift, places were easily lost.
New member John Carling with his dinghy racing experience took a win and had other very good results. John B took the overall win, but he was pushed very hard by Andrew and Alan and Dave who all had wins.
  1. John Brierley         16pts
  2.  Andrew Peter       24pts
  3. Dave Williams      27pts
  4. Alan Watkinson   30pts.   2 x 1st
  5. John Carling          30pts.    1 x 1st
  6. Derek Mathews    37pts
  7. Sally Collings        40 pts
  8. Colin Deakin         44 pts
  9. Chris Weston        64 pts

DragonForce Autumn Series #5 30/10/19

A sunny, but cold day met the 13 DF65s for the 5th Autumn series race today.  The wind was from the clubhouse end which ensured a gusty A rig day which bordered on B rig.  Again our Race Officer Ernie set a longer one lap course due to the numbers sailing.  Richard,Neil and Dave W got of to strong starts but it was Kris and John that we’re steadily pulling ahead. There was plenty of close racing down the fleet with the windy runs being very interesting.  It was good to see Graham back on the water but it was Neil’s last race for a month as Malta is calling.
10 races were completed .
1.John Brierley             84            11pts
2.Kris Morrow.             94           16pts
3.Andrew Peters.          19           32pts
4.Dave Williams.        233          34pts
5.Neil Westbrook.        03           38pts
6.Richard Robinson.   01           43pts
7.Sally Collings.          829          51pts
8.Derek Mathews.        57           55pts
9.John Carling.               11           60pts
10.Dave Pickup.             86          63pts
11.Chris Weston.          194          74pts
12.Alan Watkinson.     373         87pts.
13.Graham Reeves.                       93pts.

DragonForce Autumn Series #4 23/10/19

A light breeze from the SE with a few tasty gusts gave the 14 competitors sporting A+ rigs some interesting moments this week. As the wind was changing in strength and shifting quite rapidly, judging your approach to the starting line could be tricky and there were several general recalls this week, usually when a strong lifting gust came unexpectedly.

Wins from the 10 races were spread between six helms, with relative newcomers to the DF65 fleet, Richard and Bernie each taking a win this week.  However, it was the consistency of John Brierley that gave him the win over Peter Baldwin in 2nd and Andrew Peter in 3rd.

  1. John Brierley           84         15 pts
  2. Peter Baldwin          63         17 pts
  3. Andrew Peter            19         29 pts
  4. Alan Watkinson      373        34 pts
  5. Bernie McNulty         81        36 pts
  6. David Williams         233       39 pts
  7. Derek Mathews          57        51 pts
  8. Colin Deakin               93         53 pts
  9. Dave Pickup                86         57 pts
  10. Richard Robinson    01          58 pts
  11. Sally Collings            829        71 pts
  12. John Carling                11          76 pts
  13. David Halstead         855       98 pts
  14. Chris Weston             194      104 pts

Many thanks to Ernie and Neil for running the racing and for giving some helpful tips to those at the back of the fleet.

This Saturday (26th October), there is racing for the DF65 and RG65 starting at 12:00.


DragonForce Autumn Series #3 16/10/19

After a bumper turnout last week, only 8 sailors made it to the start line this week  for a host of reasons including last minute gear failure.  There was a good Westerly breeze for an A rig sail and the races were turned around quickly by Race Officer Ernie ably assisted by Neil who also helped with boat tuning as he was unable to sail himself.

Peter took the overall win with six firsts, with Kris second (two firsts and a clutch of seconds) and Alan third.  Colin and Derek had the other two wins from the 10 races sailed.

  1. Peter Baldwin            63       11pts
  2. Kris Morrow               94       15pts
  3. Alan Watkinson       373       26pts
  4. Derek Matthews         57       29pts
  5. Dave Williams            233      34pts
  6. Colin Deakin                  93      36pts
  7. Sally Collings              829     46pts
  8. John Carling                   11      62pts

Please note that there will be an RG65/DF65 Winter Race on Saturday 26th October, Start time of 12:00.  Visitors very welcome in either class.

DragonForce Autumn Series #2 9/10/19

A gusty WSW breeze of 3 to 12 knots with some stronger gusts made for a tricky set of races for the 15 skippers this week. Key to getting a good result was having a clear lane off the start line and keeping the boat moving during the large shifts.  John mastered the conditions better than most and gained the lions share of the wins with 5 under his belt.  The remaining 5 were shared evenly between Alan, Andrew, Dave W, Neil and Peter. After ten races, John came out on top, with Neil second and Peter in third.

It was good to see so many racing this week and very useful to have the consistent eye of Ernie watching over the starts. Thanks once again Ernie.

  1. John Brierley             84     13pts
  2. Neil Westbrook         03     25pts
  3. Peter Baldwin            63     26pts
  4. Alan Watkinson       373    33pts
  5. Dave Williams          233    39pts
  6. Bernie McNulty          81     43pts
  7. Andrew Peter             919    44pts
  8. Derek Matthews         57     62pts (2x4th)
  9. Sally Collings              829   62pts (0x4th)
  10. Dave Pickup                 86     67pts
  11. Richard Robinson     01       70pts
  12. Zoe Matthews             19      79pts
  13. Colin Deakin                93      82pts
  14. John Carling                 11       99pts
  15. David Halstead          855    105pts