DragonForce Winter Series #4 29/1/20

The forecast this week looked to be a promising A Rig breeze from the WSW and so should have given the 12 sailors a good Windward Leeward course along the South bank.  Those sailors who put their boats on the water before the 11am start time indicated that the A rig was probably best as there were a number of strong gusts powering down the lake.  By the time the first race started however, it was becoming clear that an A+ rig would have been a better choice as the breeze slowly dropped in strength and backed towards the SW by the end of racing, leading to plenty of frustrated sailors trying to find the wind.

John was fast out of the blocks, winning the first race.  In race two, Ernie called two boats OCS, leaving Andrew to get well clear for his first of two wins on the day.  John then took a convincing lead and a win in race 3 after rounding the windward mark in a breeze that carried him down the run whilst everyone else sat and waited for the next gust at the windward mark.  Peter then got into a groove and took four out of the next five races, with only Andrew spoiling his run of form with a second win in Race 7.

After eight races the fleet decided to call it a day, with only an occasional breeze seen across the lake and rather different to the 12 gusting 26 knot forecast.  Thanks once again to Ernie for running this weeks racing.

  1. Peter Baldwin           63       8pts
  2. John Brierley             84      11pts
  3. Andrew Peter             19      14pts
  4. Richard Robinson    01       21pts
  5. Dave Williams           233     31pts
  6. Alan Watkinson       233      32pts
  7. Mike St Paer                 35      39pts
  8. Sally Collings           829W   43pts   2x4th
  9. Richard Walker           39      43pts   1x4th
  10. John Carlin                    11       44pts
  11. Dave Pickup                  86      47pts
  12. Chris Weston             829B   61pts

8 races sailed