The DF fleet arrived to a more or less flat calm, and there was some discussion about whether racing could take place. As so often happems, while this was going on a slight breeze from the far end appeared, and after a short delay there was enough to get round the course.
Although the breeze remained patchy to say the least, there was some very good racing all across the fleet.
After 5 races it went completely flat again and it was agreed that the day was over.
There were 4 winners out of 5 races, with Clive winning 2, but James Douglas ran out the overall winner with no race wins but a string of seconds.
The next 4 boats were covered by 2 points with final positions as shown below.
Many thanks to Dave who once again ran all the racing.
Final Positions were:
- James Douglas 8 pts
- John Carlin 10 pts 1 win
- Clive Warren 11 pts 2 wins
- Alan Watkinson 12 pts 1 win
- Mike de St Paer 12 pts 1 Win
- Neil Westbrook 21 pts
- Richard Walker 29 pts
- John Beech 30pts
- Dave Howard 35 pts
- Frans King 36 pts
- Malcolm Harvey 39 pts
DF95 Social Racing
Following on from the morning DF65 sailing 7 skippers stayed behind to partake in the DF95 sailing. The wind was very similar to the morning with it generally coming down the lake but also swinging through 45deg making it difficult for the helms. Picking the right shifts to take was paramount. A slightly extended lunch was taken to allow the breeze to fill in for the first race. Richard Walker had a slight advantage by using a very unofficial A+ rig. It was really interesting to monitor the performance of the larger rig, which was approx 20% bigger than the standard A rig. As there were only seven boats Clive oversaw the start sequence and the first over the line recorded the finishing places. The same course as the morning was used and single lap races were the order of the day, due to lack of wind and to attempt to get 6 races completed
As expected the “A+rig” was too much of an advantage and Richard won every race except the last which he didn’t start, Clive was very consistent finishing with 5 second places and the remainder of the places were closely fought by the rest of the field with Alan finishing in 3rd
thanks to a first place in the last race
The Photo attached shows the A+Rig (numberless sail) in the foreground
- Richard Walker 72 5pts (A+ rig)
- Clive Warren 93 10pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 16pts
- John Beech 288 18pts
- Malcolm Harvey 2019 21pts
- Frans King 59 26pts
- Dave Howard 00 29pts