DF65 Social Racing 2024 – 14/2/24

Continued strong DF65 turnout today with 13 skippers, all of whom might have been forgiven for thinking it was Groundhog day at Gautby road. No sign of Punxsutawney Phil, the legendary groundhog alleged to herald spring and, for the second week running, not much sign of any wind either.

It blew in fits and starts approximately from the clubhouse, and the usual course was used with a fairly generous top spreader to try and get away from the flat patch in the top corner out into the wind.

The line looked to be somewhat starboard end biased, but Frans did a race one flyer start from the Port end, and although eventually overhauled after sailing into one of the many flat spots made everyone realise that there were some options at the start.

It seemed to pay to try and sail just outside the windward side flat patch to pick up a lift into the windward mark, but every race seemed to bring exceptions with those sailing close along the windward shore winning out, and in other races getting completely beached while others sailed round – or even either side of them.

Mike dSP eventually ran out the winner with 3 wins, and all agreed after 2 hours that 8 races were enough for the day.

Thanks once again to Dave Williams for sorting out the result with averages, which finished as shown below:

  1. Mike de St Paer      9 pts   3 wins
  2. Alan Watkinson     13 pts  1 win
  3. Andrew Potter        19 pts 2 wins
  4. James Douglas       20 pts
  5. Neil Westbrook     21.6 pts  1 win / 2 seconds
  6. Paul Plested            21.6 pts  1 win / 1 second
  7. John Carlin              31 pts
  8. Dave Williams       39 pts
  9. Charles Legg          40 pts
  10. Richard Walker     41 pts
  11. Dave Howard         46 pts
  12. Frans King              52 pts
  13. Malcolm Harvey   62 pts