With a very light and flukey south easterly breeze, A+ rigs were installed on all except two boats. [167 & 53]. We managed to sail eight single lap races, and the race positions were extremely closely fought and hard won in the sometimes difficult wind conditions.
Guest sailor Guy Roberts from Stratford sailed well in his first ever DF65 races, managing a third in race 4, even with a reduced ‘A’ rig. And Sally doing extremely well overall, even though she had to do her ‘ Cinderella’ flit again, missing the last two races.
Finally, James Douglas did a grand job as race officer today, so many thanks to him for running the racing.
A reminder to all DF65 sailors that the Saturday series of RG/DF65 races are open to any DF65 sailors who wish to compete, using a slightly shorter course for the DF’s than the RG’s and separate scores kept. The afternoon usually has very good racing for all, if there are sufficient numbers in both classes on the water.
As a secondary reminder, there will be a one off Practice tune up session of racing for DF95’s on the morning of Saturday 11th September starting at approximately 10am. Please register via the Upcoming Events list so that we know who is likely to attend.
- Andrew Peter 919 10 Pts
- Sally Collings 829 17 Pts
- Alan Watkinson 373 18 Pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 19 Pts
- Andrew Potter 194 20 Pts
- David Williams 233 22 Pts
- Guy Roberts 167 39 Pts
- Stan Metcalf 46 40 Pts
- Paul Whalley 53 50 Pts
There was a select turnout of 5 for this weeks IOM racing as a few regular sailors were competing away, which is going to be common over the forthcoming weeks with much of the National Event racing calendar compressed into a 2 month period.
- Brad Gibson 26 pop 10pts 8 wins
- Martin Roberts 22 Vanilla 15pts 3wins
- Alan Watkinson 23 brit pop 28pts
- Dave Hollom 62 Dead Reckoning 32pts
- Charles Legg 25 Rubix 41pts
After 11 races
For this, the first Wednesday race day after 8 weeks of lake closure, 13 sailors signed up and 12 arrived to sail. Unfortunately, Charles Legg had electrical problems right from the start so could not sail, and Neil Westbrook very kindly agreed to act as race officer and was assisted by Charles.
With a brisk West North Westerly breeze, ‘A’ rigs were chosen, and after a single lap first race, just to check we had all remembered how to sail, Neil set a two lap full length course, and we managed 8 races.
In the blustery conditions, with boats occasionally falling over, race positions changed frequently, and the close racing gave everyone a reminder of how enjoyable it is to be sailing again.
- Peter Baldwin 63 6 Pts
- Andrew Peter 19 16 Pts
- Dave Williams 233 18 Pts [ 1 X 1st ]
- John Carlin 11 18 Pts
- Andrew Potter 194 28 Pts
- James Douglas 73 29 Pts
- Richard Walker 39 34 Pts
- Simon Bates 69 36 Pts
- Sally Collings 829 43 Pts
- Paul Whalley 53 57 Pts
Brad Gibson on day 3 of the Wetsuit Outlet UK Moth Nationals 2021 © Mark Jardine / IMCA UK
Earlier in the year, we covered the lockdown project of Brad who was significantly modifying his foiling moth. The boat was recently put to the test whilst sailed at the 2021 Moth Nationals in Stokes Bay.
His participation at the event led to a more detailed article on the project by Yachts and Yachting Managing Editor Mark Jardine, who talked to Brad about the project and is something that other club members may find of interest. The article is available by clicking this link
After a 7 week break due to high algae levels, Sailing at the lake restarted for the RG and DF65 fleets after a lake and clubhouse tidy. Thanks go to all those who turned out to get the club into reasonable shape.
The weather forecasts during the week had looked very promising with at least 10mph straight down the lake, but the weather gods had other ideas and a patchy, light generally westerly (but anywhere from S to NW in direction) greeted the select band of 4 RG65 sailors who turned out for the afternoon. Peter Baldwin launched his Uno for the first time and had a close race with John Brierley (Uno), overtaking John downwind to take the first race win. John then took race 2 after a close battle around a shorter course, close covering Peter up the last beat to the finish. Race 3 started with Alan demonstrating how fast an RG65 can do a turn after electrical failure led to the rudder being hard over. It was finally nursed into the side by the other sailors before the race could start. Unfortunately, John then also suffered electrical problems leaving only Peter and Charles Legg to finish the race in that order. A early break was called to allow boats to be repaired. Alan needed a total electrical rebuild and so he changed to his Pocket Rocket and John opted to sit the remainder of the afternoon out.
Three more races were sailed before light rain and even less wind led to a decision by the three sailors to end racing early after only 6 starts. Peter took the win in each race, with Charles and Alan having tight battles behind him, with Alan taking second place in two of of these three “mini match” races.
Thanks go to Bernie and Jack for turning out to run the races for us once again. Racing continues on Wednesday with DF65’s and then next Saturday (21st August) in IOM’s.
- Peter Baldwin 63 Uno 5pts
- Charles Legg 26 Uno 13pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 Scurry 15pts (and Pocket Rocket races 4-6)
- John Brierley 84 Uno 18pts
With significantly reduced Algae levels in the lake, the club plans to start racing again on Saturday 14th August with an RG/DF65 afternoon. With restrictions now significantly eased, the club will allow non-members to join us for the racing. For now, we will still be using the event booking system and links listed under “Upcoming Events” and request that everyone uses this for both booking a place or cancelling if you cannot make it.
Prior to the start of sailing, we will need to tidy the clubhouse and site and so working parties are scheduled for Friday 13th and Saturday 14th, both starting at 10am. Racing should begin on time at 1pm on the Saturday.