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DF65 Social Racing 2022 #10

17 boats turned up to race with the wind threatening to increase during the day. The wind direction from the south east and A rig was chosen to be used. As racing progressed the wind increased in strength and altered in direction, this caused the wind to become very shifty with big gusts and areas of no wind. The direction was now from over the clubhouse and at times coming down vertically and going in all directions with many boats turning into submarines on the downwind legs.

When the scores were finally added up, it was all very close at the top with only 5 points separating the first four boats.  Thanks to RO Simon Bates who managed to give us 10 races in the difficult conditions.

  1. Alan Watkinson        19 pts 4wins
  2. Mike de St Paer         22 pts 3wins
  3. Neil Westbrook        22 pts 4th
  4. Richard Robinson   24 pts 1win
  5. James Douglas          36 pts 2wins
  6.  John Carlin                36 pts
  7. Charles Legg              45 pts
  8. Don Mackinnon        57 pts
  9. Richard Walker         70 pts
  10. Paul Hounslow          73 pts
  11. Paul Little                   78 pts
  12. Martin James            79 pts
  13. John Beech                 94 pts
  14. Andrew Potter          97 pts 2 x7ths
  15. Malcolm Harvey      97 pts
  16. Paul Whalley           110 pts
  17. Ken Roscoe               129 pts

DF65 Social Racing 2022 #8 (23/2/22)

Now on the tail end of three named storms the wind had died down to a top end of A rig. Heavy gusts had the boats submarining on the run. The wind again this week was from the top end of the lake at an angle over the houses. A course was set with the start halfway up the lake sailing from the far side heading towards the houses for the windward mark. With tricky wind shifts it was difficult to decide which way to approach.

Graham’s consistency with two first, a second and 4 thirds just managed to pip Neil even with his five firsts. There were a few gear failures and a dunked transmitter!!

Many thanks to RO John Carlin who kept the races running smoothly under difficult conditions and he even fitted in a couple of general recalls.

  1. Graham Birkett     20 pts 2 wins
  2. Neil Westbrook      23 pts 5 wins
  3. Alan Watkinson     24 pts 1 win
  4. Mike de St Paer      28 pts 1 win
  5. Richard Robinson 28 pts
  6. Dave Williams        38 pts 1 win
  7. Don Mackinnon    66 pts
  8. Richard Walker     69 pts
  9. John Beech              74 pts
  10. Stan Metcalf           79 pts
  11. Martin James          81 pts
  12. Malcolm Harvey   94 pts
  13. Andrew Potter       96 pts
  14. Sally Collings         97 pts
  15. Charles Legg        107 pts
  16. Paul Whalley       110 pts

After 10 races

DF65 Social Racing 2022 #7 (16/2/22)

12 sailors arrived expecting storm Dudley; at 10.00am we were going to go with A+ but the wind did freshen and with the heavy gusts B rig was used.

The wind from the top end over the houses proved to be very difficult to judge and created many opportunities to either catch up or lose in the lulls depending on the course you decided to take. The stars of the day were Alan, Neil and Richard R managing all 10 wins between them. The most call backs on the start line also went to Alan with 5!!

Many thanks to Sally our RO who managed to keep the races on track managing a full 10, especially as there were many drop outs due to gear failure.

  1. Alan Watkinson        13 pts 6 wins
  2. Neil Westbrook         16 pts 2 wins
  3. Richard Robinson    27 pts 2 wins
  4. Dave Williams           34 pts
  5. Mike De St Paer        35 pts
  6. Andrew Potter          39 pts
  7. John Carlin                41 pts
  8. Richard Walker        46 pts
  9. Charles Legg             78 pts
  10. Malcolm Harvey     90 pts
  11. Paul Whalley          102 pts
  12. Ken Roscoe             103 pts

DF65 Social Racing 2022 #6 (9/2/22)

Sixteen Sailors turned out for this weeks DF65 Race No 6 of the Winter Series.

It was a brisk and chilly Westerly breeze, with ‘A’ rigs the choice of sails for the day.  The breeze stayed steady at about force 2 – 3, with choppy conditions down at the start line and the lower gate proving a bit tricky, with lighter conditions up at the top end of the course.

Today’s Race officer – James Douglas – did a grand job of keeping the racing flowing quickly, and handled the difficult task of policing the start line in poor light on the far side of the lake. Neil and Richard both suffered radio equipment problems, significantly affecting their results today, but they will be back fighting fit for more DF65 action.

Great racing as ever, in the growing DF65 fleet, with everyone enjoying a high standard of racing and camaraderie.

  1. John Brierley            84  10 pts
  2. Mike de St Paer         35  19 pts
  3. Alan Watkinson        373  25 pts
  4. Dave Potter             946  26 pts
  5. Andrew Peter          919   33 pts
  6. Richard Robinson     901   37 pts
  7. John Carlin               11   39 pts
  8. Charles Legg             21   44 pts
  9. Dave Williams          233  56 pts
  10. Sally Collings            829  62 pts
  11. Richard Walker           39  69 pts
  12. Matthew Stephenson   85  72 pts
  13. Neil Westbrook           03  81 pts
  14. John Beech                  80  88 pts
  15. Malcolm Harvey       1019  89 pts
  16. Paul Whalley               53  97 pts

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

 

DF65 Social Racing 2022 #1

14 sailors arrived to find a bright & crisp morning with a medium breeze circa 15knots blowing straight down the lake. A rigs were chosen as the order of the day.

OOD Richard Robinson set a course using the full length of the lake utilizing the top windward & Leeward gate marks and finishing midway up the second beat.

10 races were completed with the wind providing some challenging switches in direction with James Douglas leading the pack home with a tie for 2nd broken only on count back between Mike & Dave.

  1. James Douglas           73     13 pts  5x1st
  2. Mike De St Paer          35    21 pts  2x1st, 2x2nd, 3x3rd
  3. David Williams         233    21 pts  2x1st, 2x2nd, 2x3rd
  4. John Carlin                    11     24 pts  1x1st
  5. Simon Bates                 69    31 pts
  6. Neil Westbrook           03     42 pts
  7. Don MacKinnon       933     44 pts
  8. Paul Little                     45      60 pts
  9. Richard Walker           39     62 pts
  10. John Beech                    80     83 pts
  11. Malcolm Harvey      1019    83 pts
  12. Paul Whaley                  53     87 pts
  13. Charles Legg                 21     92 pts
  14. Sally Collings             829    94 pts