DF65 Social Racing 2022 #4 (26/1/22)

The 17 sailors who turned up this week were greeted by a light a fickle wind from a SSW/SW direction.  Race Officer Richard Walker aided by Neil and Peter set a course of a single windward/leeward lap using most of the lake length.  This typically gave at least one windward(ish) leg , although that could be in either direction.  Peter Baldwin set off with a good initial setup for the conditions, winning the first two races.  There were then different winners in the next four races with Richard Robinson, John Carlin, Neil Westbrook and Alan Watkinson all having their time at the front of the fleet.  Peter then managed wins in races seven and eight (2 laps) to take the overall win.  He was pushed to the very end by Richard Robinson in second and consistent Mike De St Paer in third.

Thanks to Richard for running the racing today, assisted by both the race leaders and latterly by Bernie at the finish. There were some very close and fast finishes as the wind often swung and increased to create a fast downwind finish for over half of the fleet.

  1. Peter Baldwin               63       10pts  4 wins
  2. Richard Robinson     901       14pts   1 win
  3. Mike De St Paer            35       16 pts
  4. John Carlin                      11       30 pts  1 win
  5. Alan Watkinson         373       34 pts  1 win
  6. Andrew Potter            194       36 pts
  7. Andrew Peter              919       37 pts
  8. Neil Westbrook            03       40 pts  1 win
  9. Don McKinnon           933      40 pts
  10. Dave Williams             233      43 pts
  11. Stan Metcalfe                 46     51 pts
  12. Dan Skinner                    27     55 pts
  13. Paul Little                        45     58 pts
  14. Charles Legg                  21       77 pts
  15. John Beech                     80       85 pts
  16. Paul Whalley                 53       87 pts
  17. Malcolm Harvey      1019      97 pts

After 8 races

RG/DF65 Winter Series 2021 #4 (22/1/21)

Overcast with a little drizzle in the air at times but the wind was straighter than forecast from the far end.
8 skippers entered the day with a mixture of rigs to begin with, but all ended up in their full height swing rigs by race 3.
A few skippers changed hulls after tea break, Martin swapping his Pocket Rocket for a borrowed Skinny giving him a well deserved win in race 7, Alan also swapped to his Scurry to see if he could improve. Dave Williams had a great second half to the racing and rounded it off with a well deserved win in race 9. The swapping of hulls to trial new things is something we do during club racing with everyone’s blessing and can only strengthen the fleet within the club, by trying out different design and rig combinations.
Race winners on the day were…Graham Elliott (Electronica) 5, Peter Baldwin (Uno) 1, John Brierley (Uno) 2, Martin Roberts (Scurry) 1 and Dave Williams (Uno) 1.
Thanks to Bernie for starting, calling early starters and finishing, of course Jack for making everyone a brew at half time.
  1. Graham Elliott      09          electronica                          11 pts   5 wins
  2. John Brierley         84           Uno                                        16 pts   2 wins
  3. Peter Baldwin       63           Uno                                        23 pts   1 win
  4. Dave Williams       33           Uno                                        33 pts   1 win
  5. Martin Roberts     22           Pocket Rocket/ Skinny  38 pts   1 win
  6. Neil Westbrook     03           uno                                        45 pts   1 x 3rd
  7. Charles Legg          26           Uno                                        45 pts
  8. Alan Watkinson    23           Pocket Rocket                   52 pts
After 10 races

DF65 Social Racing 2022 #3 (19/1/22)

Sunny, windy and the wind straight down the lake, were the conditions that met sixteen sailors for the DF65 racing today. B rig was the rig of choice, but which at times was over powering in the gusts. RO for the day John Brierley set the course over the full length of the lake and the starting line was extremely competitive with many competitors wanting to get to the clubhouse bank first and gain an advantage. Alan Watkinson continued his form from Saturday, to run out the winner with Dave Williams close behind. Competition was keen for the other podium position, with John Carlin edging out Richard Robinson by the end.

  1. Alan Watkinson       13 pts 5 wins
  2. Dave Williams          22 pts 1 win
  3. John Carlin                30 pts 1 win
  4. Richard Robinson  31 pts 2 wins
  5. Mike de St Paer       35 pts
  6. James Douglas         37 pts. 1 win
  7. Charles Legg             48 pts
  8. Stan Metcalf              55 pts
  9. Richard Walker        57 pts
  10. Dan Skinner              71 pts
  11. Sally Collings           74 pts
  12. Paul Little                  80 pts
  13. Malcolm Harvey     86 pts
  14. John Beech                99 pts
  15. Barry Baugh           106 pts
  16. Paul Whalley          123 pts

Next Saturday (22/1/22) is the 3rd race in the Winter Series for the RG and DF65, with a start time 1200hrs.  Visitors always welcome – please enter via the upcoming events link.

IOM Winter Series 2021 #2 (15/1/22)

A bright afternoon with the wind from the clubhouse end, met the six competitors in the second IOM Winter series. Alan Watkinson started of strongly with a win and continued to show he had set a perfect trim.

Martin Roberts then got into his stride with 3 wins with the other competitors close behind in the variable but generally stable wind. Charles Legg was having problems with a borrowed boat leaking badly, his new K2 should solve that problem. Bill Culshaw and John Berry were also in the mix at times, then John Brierley managed two wins to round off the six races sailed before tea break. When the competitors came out for the afternoon session, there was – nothing. The wind had disappeared completely and RO Dave Williams after consulting the sailors called time on the days proceedings. Thanks go to Dave and Bernie along with Jack for running the afternoons racing.

Martin Roberts         Vanilla              7 pts    3 wins

John Brierley             Britpop             9 pts    2 wins
Alan Watkinson        Britpop           12 pts    1 win
Bill Culshaw               Britpop           18 pts
John Berry                  Lintel MMX  23 pts
Charles Legg              A2                     30 pts
After 6 races

DF65 Social Racing 2022 #2 (12/1/22)

18 sailors arrived expecting a decent wind, but it was not to be until the last few races. Malcolm our OD set us off on a course using all the marks on the lake which was interesting, but unfortunately took 30 mins to complete. In addition, during this race the wind direction unfortunately changed 180 degrees making it very difficult to identify positions on the finish line.

A series of short races followed, making it then possible to manage 9 races. Thanks again to Malcolm running the races under difficult conditions.

  1. Richard Robinson    13 pts 3 wins
  2. Mike de St Paer         23 pts. 1 win
  3. James Douglas          30 pts 2 wins
  4. Andrew Potter          30 pts. 1 win
  5. John Carlin                 31 pts
  6. Alan Watkinson       40 pts 2 wins
  7. Richard Walker        44 pts
  8. Neil Westbrook        48 pts
  9. David Williams         49 pts
  10. Don Mackinnon        61 pts
  11. Dan Skinner               65 pts
  12. Stan Metcalf              70 pts
  13. Charles Legg             74 pts
  14. Tony Marsden          81 pts
  15. Barry Baugh              86 pts
  16. Sally Collings          103 pts
  17. John Beech               106 pts
  18. Ken Roscoe.              125 pts


RG/DF65 Winter series 2021 #3 (8/1/21)

​Well, if we had started one hour earlier we would of all been soaked and sailing in C rig, as it was, we started on time at 12 midday with a medium top suit breeze and no rain all afternoon.

8 RG65 boats entered the race which is a decent turnout, unfortunately we lost Charles Legg and Dave Williams for the last 3 races with gear failure.
7 races completed before tea break with all skippers using there full height, full area A rigs. After the break the wind piped up a little, especially the gusts and everyone either changed down a rig to reduced height but still full area swing or conventional rig. Another 5 races after break gave us a total of 12 races for the day, racing was hotly contested with no one skipper really dominating and not much separating the top 3 positions.
Race winners were, Graham Elliott (7) ELECTRONICA, John Brierley (4) UNO and Peter Baldwin (1) UNO.
Well done to all and thanks once again to Bernie for starting and finishing the fleet.
Graham Elliot           09      electronica           13pts    7 wins
John Brierley            84       uno                          21pts   4 wins
Peter Baldwin          63       uno                           23pts   1win
Martin Roberts        33       pocket rocket       41pts
​Neil westbrook        03       uno                           50pts
Alan Watkinson       23       pocket rocket      59pts
Dave Williams          33       uno                           64pts
Charles Legg             26       uno                           71pts
After 12 races