DF65 Social Racing 2023 – 6/9/23

A light breeze generally from the club house end of the lake greeted the 6 sailors, down on our normal numbers, 2 working clubhouse restoration, holidays and DF95 nationals accounting for others but this still a competitive fleet.

A lake inspection and algae free trial sail meant racing got underway about 15 mins late. A full size course was set with the start line at the far end of the lake, to a windward and spreader mark before a run down to a gate at the far end. The wind had freshened slightly but there were shifts and holes to test all competitors. With only 6 in the fleet it was agreed that first across the line would record the results.

In the first race, the fleet split very quickly into 2 groups with Clive and Mike leading the way with the remainder battling it out for the minor placings. Mike taking the win, and Richard piping Dave for 3rd.

The second race followed a similar pattern with Mike and Clive doing battle at the front, and Dave and Richard having a tight dual for 3rd, Dave taking the honours this time.

The 3rd race saw Mike over the line a he took Clive out whilst returning, the 2 remained entangled for a while. Meanwhile Martin took full advantage and lead Dave for most of the race until Clive passed both on the final beat as the wind began to die. Martin holding on to 2nd place.

The 4th race was a test of patience for sailors as the wind continued to drop, meaning the holes got larger and the wind shifts even harder to pick. Once again Martin sailed a great race to lead virtually from start to finish with Clive 2nd and Mike 3rd.  At this stage it was agreed to call it as the wind dropped further and the lake was like a mill pond.

Final results after 4 races (one discard)

  1.    53        Clive Warren                                      4pts
  2.    35        Mike de St Paer                                 6pts
  3.    54        Martin Wittingham-Jones          8pts
  4.    33        Dave Williams                                  10pts
  5.    39        Richard Walker                               12pts
  6.    45        Paul Little                                          15pts