DF95 Summer Series 2024 #2 – 11/5/24

An almost perfect sailing day for the second DF 95 Saturday Summer Series race. Unfortunately, only 8 sailors arrived due to a clash with a sail measuring course at West Kirby and of course the Global DF65 Championship with John Brierley competing, we wish him well.

John Carlin volunteered to set the start line upsetting the fishermen due to walking over their lines but nevertheless he put the start in an excellent position with a good beat down to the windward mark at the Clubhouse end, port to a spreader and then up to a gate past the start line but to one side to avoid the fishing lines then to the finish after two laps in the usual position.

Starting on time Clive took the first race with a comfortable margin followed by John C and Dave W. Race two saw Clive make a rare mistake allowing Dave W to take the win. Clive then got into stride and took the next four races. He did not have his own way with John C, Alan and Neil fighting to beat him.

After a refreshing coffee break for some, Clive faded giving an opening for John C to take the next two races and then the final race to Neil. All the boats were very evenly matched up to the windward mark on the first lap before the leaders started to pull away down wind and then maximise their positions. John B, Dave H and Malcolm were also having good close races with Dave H just picking up sixth due to his third position from John B. Dave W was unfortunate to burn out his steering servo after five races in the top four.

After ten races it was decided to call a halt due to tiredness setting in. Thanks to Malcolm for his score keeping.

  1. Clive Warren         9pts 5 wins
  2. John Carlin           11pts 3 wins
  3. Alan Watkinson  19pts
  4. Neil Westbrook   21pts 1 win
  5. Dave Williams     27pts 1 win
  6. Dave Howard       36pts 1 x 3rd
  7. John Beech            36 pts
  8. Malcolm Harvey 46pts

DF65 & DF95 Social Racing 2024 – 8/5/24


A very select band of just 5 sailors raced today.  This was in part due to a number of regulars being away on holiday but may also have been due to the lack of any sort of breeze up until the normal race start time.  The time was occupied going through some tips and adjustments to A+ rig settings before there was a light WNW to NW breeze by 11:15 and racing could begin.  The marks were used in the current positions and with the small fleet size a single windward and leeward mark was opted for with a finish about a third of the way up the lake.

Clive had a cracking start and took wins in the first two races, with Peter chasing hard, but never managing to break through with Frans and Alan taking the other podium spots.  Peter then took the next three race wins with Clive having to settle for second in a couple with Richard Frans and Alan all fighting for the podium spots.  Clive then had a win in race 6 before Peter had wins in the final two.

From what looked like an unpromising start we fitted in 8 races to finish soon after 12:30 with the boats moving at all times, even though there were some holes in the breeze to catch out the unwary.

  1. Peter Baldwin           63   7pts  5 wins
  2. Clive Warren             53  10pts  3 wins
  3. Richard Walker        39  16pts
  4. Alan Watkinson    373  19pts
  5. Frans King                95  25pts


A lovely afternoon greeted the 6 skippers for the afternoon of 95 sailing, the wind remained similar to the morning predominantly from the north west, but with the normal Gautby Rd shifts and holes to catch all the helms out at some stage. A rigs were the order of the day.
The course remained the same as the morning for the first 4 races, then the finish line was moved to the end of the lake to produce a longer beat to the finish. With the small field self marshalling at the start and first over the finishing line recorded the race result and 8 races were sailed with 2 discards.
The first race saw the only blip on Peters scorecard with Clive taking the honours. Race 2 saw Alan pushing Peter all the way to the line with Frans following his 3rd place in the first race with another. Peter continued to read the shifts better than everyone else and finished with a run of 1st places. The minor places were a closely fought battle with Alan, Frans, Martin and Clive all in the mix, with Clive taking 2nd overall with a consistent set of 2nd places and Frans just piping Alan by a point for 3rd overall.
In summary and enjoyable afternoons racing in the sunshine and light breeze with plenty of tuning tips from Peter along the way.
  1. Peter Baldwin     172   6 pts   7 wins
  2. Clive Warren         93  11 pts   1 win
  3. Frans King             59  19pts
  4. Alan Watkinson   23  20pts  (only 6 races)
  5. Martin W-Jones  77  26pts
  6. Dave Howard        00  28pts

DF65 & DF95 Social Racing 2024 – 24/4/24


The forecast NE breeze, today, had luckily swung round to a more N/NW direction ensuring the wind was pretty much down the lake with only the odd puff now and then from a more NE direction, which allowed those on the right side of the beats to pick up places.

A+ rigs were selected and despite some reasonably strong puffs they didn’t cause too much carnage downwind.

Starting at the clubhouse end of the lake we sailed to the farthest mark for a port rounding then back downwind through the gate and up to the finish. Start line lulls in the wind provided chaos in a couple of starts otherwise the racing was close with the usual opportunities to make up places if you got the shifts right or lose places if you didn’t

John won convincingly with 5 race wins despite the best efforts of a couple of competitors to slow him down. The next places were very tight with Simon in second on countback and Andrew in third

  1. 11 John  Carlin             13pts 5 wins
  2. 69 Simon Bates          22pts 2 wins
  3. 194 Andrew Potter    22pts 1 win
  4. 53 Clive Warren          23pts 23pts 2 wins
  5. 03 Neil Westbrook     23pts
  6. 233 Dave Williams     32pts
  7. 373 Alan Watkinson  37pts
  8. 00 Dave Howard          52pts
  9. 95 Frans King               53pts
  10. 829 Sally Collings       54pts
  11. 80 John Beech               57pts
  12. 45 Paul Little                 60pts
  13. 39 Richard Walker      66pts


The sun was shinning and a good north westerly breeze welcomed the 9 skippers who turned up for the afternoons racing, which was a good turnout with a number of regulars not available. The same course as the morning was set with the start line at the clubhouse end  of the lake, single windward mark, then straight back to a gate with a beat back to the finish line. The choice of rig for the was A, although a brisk walk was required to keep up with the boats downwind and the breeze meant that shifts rather than holes was the main problem facing the helms. The morning 65 racing had problems with the main starting system and the back up was unavailable so Paul Little used an app on his phone to get us underway. As it turned out Paul can’t multi-task so after 3 races stopped sailing to be our RO for the rest of the day, our thanks go to Paul for this gesture.
9 races were sailed with Clive coming out of the blocks with 3 straight wins, before Alan took the fourth race, after bagging 2 seconds. Neil was also consistent with a couple of second and third places.  There were also some interesting individual battles happening throughout the fleet, with Dave, John B and Frans fighting it out in the middle order.  The second half of the racing Alan and Clive both taking another 2 wins each with Neil getting a win as well. The battle in the middle fleet was also hotting up and saw John B taking a second and 2 thirds and Frans finally finding that bit of extra speed taking 2 seconds.  All in all, a great afternoon for sailing.
Results after 9 races with 2 discards
1.  Clive Warren          10pts   5 wins
2.  Neil Westbrook    19pts   1 win
3.  Alan Watkinson   20pts   3 wins
4.  John Beech            24pts
5.  Frans King             28pts
6.  Dave Howard        32pts
7.  Malcolm Harvey  43pts
8. Martin Whittingham-Jones – retired after 3 races
9.  Paul Little  – retired to be RO

DF95 Summer Series 2024 #1 – 20/4/24

A nice spring day welcomed the 12 skippers who entered the first DF95 summer season, which considering at least 5 regulars were unable to attend for various reasons. A very warm welcome to our new member Ian Davies who showed a good turn of speed throughout the afternoon.
The wind was a light breeze from the north west which swung randomly to be a northerly or westerly at random intervals, providing opportunity for all to gain or loose places all over the course.  As the far end of the lake was in calmness for most of the afternoon, a windward mark ¾ of the way up was used, taken to port with no spreader, so straight back down the lake to a gate before the finishing line half way up the lake. Our RO for the afternoon was Paul Ps better half Sharon who kept us under control. 14 races were sailed mainly single laps but with a couple of 2 lappers thrown in the mix towards the end of the day.  The racing was as always super competitive with 6 different winners and 8 helms finishing in the top 3 at some stage
The first half saw 4 different winners, first race was our new member Ian Davies, taking the honours, and showing that this was no fluke, followed this up with another in race 4. Alan took races 2 and 7, and Paul P races 3 and 5 with Frans race 6. On the heels of the leaders there were some consistent performances by John C, Neil and Clive. S o it was all to play for after the Coffee break.
The second half  saw 2 new names on the score sheet, Clive came out of the blocks with wins in race 8, 10 and 14,  and Neil in 9 and 11 with Alan adding another 2 to his collection from earlier in the day. Paul P and John C again sailing consistently behind the race leaders.
At the end of the session the results were very close as the complete results below show very clearly.

DF65 & DF95 Social Racing 2024 – 17/4/24


North West breeze today blowing straight down the lake, or as near as, resulting in quite a popple on the water at the club end where the gate marks were situated. Quite cold on arrival and no one seemed keen to go for a wade, but the start line and the beat looked very fair, with a single windward mark but no spreader. This clearly meant that the leading pack had to navigate their way through the boats still on the beat, but this seemed to work well. In fact there were more boat to boat incidents elsewhere on the course as the some of the heavier gusts affected boat handling.

Initial thoughts of A rig changed quickly to B rig which proved to be the right choice over the morning. As always there were some flat spots and lulls, and the heavier gusts were just at the top end of B rig conditions but quite manageable.

Malcolm Harvey very kindly offered to RO the morning’s racing – thank you Malcolm – and Dave Williams stormed away to win the first race, followed by Mike who won the next two and Simon who won race 4.

Once again racing was much closer than the end results might suggest, with some big gains to be made – or lost – coming up from the gate to the finish depending on which gate mark was taken. Despite the strength of the breeze there were some significant shifts all through the mornings sailing making it a day to keep your competitors covered.

Mike was able to win 4 of the next 5 races to win overall, with Clive and Sally also winning races in another very competitive 10 races for the 65 fleet.

Thanks again to Malcolm for ROing, and to Malcolm and Dave for sorting out the results which were as follows:

  1. Mike de St Paer    10 pts         6 wins
  2. Simon Bates          37 pts         1 win
  3. Clive Warren         38 pts         1 win
  4. Andrew Potter      38.5 pts
  5. Dave Williams      45 pts         1 win
  6. Neil Westbrook    47 pts
  7. Alan Watkinson   48 pts
  8. John Beech             50 pts
  9. Dave Howard         51.5 pts
  10. Sally Collings         52 pts 1 win
  11. Paul Plested            53 pts
  12. Frans King               60 pts


11 skippers were treated to a great afternoon sail, the sun shone and took the edge off the north westerly breeze blowing down the lake from the non clubhouse end with a bit of bias from the industrial estate.

The choice of rig was B rig which turned out to be the right choice although it was top end and touching a C rig in some of the gusts. The wind was fairly steady but there were a few gusts that could catch the unaware helm out downwind, matched with a few shifts (not as many as usual) and it was a fabulous afternoon for 95 sailing.

The course was similar to the morning but the first mark was slightly further up the lake to make the course slightly longer. A mixture of 1 and 2 lap races were sailed with a total of 8 races completed. Normal afternoon format applied with self monitoring starts and first to finish taking note of the finishing positions.

Racing was as competitive as ever in the 95 fleet with 7 helms recording a top 3 place. Paul Little had an afternoon to forget with various boat and rig issues limiting him to only 2 finishes.  John C took the honours in the opening race after a close tussle with Clive and Paul P, and the second race was more of the same with the finishing order reversed. Clive then took the next two with John B notching up a 3rd place in what was a consistent set of results hovering just outside the top 3. Paul P then got his second win, before Mike dSP finally got the hang of his new B rig finishing 1,2,1 in the last 3 races. Overall a great afternoon sailing in near perfect conditions for a B rig.

Final results

  1. Clive Warren          9pts  3 wins
  2. Paul Plested          15pts   1 win
  3. Mike De St Paer   18 pts  2 wins
  4. John Carlin            21pts    1 win
  5. John Beech            24pts
  6. Alan Watkinson  27pts
  7. Frans King            34pts
  8. Dave Howard       35pts
  9. Neil Westbrok      41pts
  10. Malcolm Harvey 50pts
  11. Paul Little              68pts

DF65 & DF95 Social Racing 2024 – 10/4/24


Spring has (allegedly) sprung, but there wasn’t much evidence of it at Gautby road this morning, where arriving sailors were greeted by a rising S.Easterly breeze, persistent rain and a temperature of around 7deg C. Not a great Spring day.

On the up side there was a bit of breeze, and early launchers returned to say that A+ should actually be A, and even then there were some chunky gusts at the top end of A rig. The resident fishermen started to pack up straight away and were no problem at all.

The usual course was used, other than that one of the gate marks was missing and it was agreed simply to do a port hand leeward mark rounding. Strangely no one seemed keen to go for a paddle and replace the mark.

There were 11 skippers to start – a good turnout given the unpromising conditions – and after a small delay while everyone changed rigs Dave Williams got the racing started.

The first three races had three different winners, and the final beat up from the bottom mark proved tricky to get right. The starting line looked port end biased from the lake edge but proved to be a good compromise. Mike and John then shared the remaining 5 races between them with Mike just running out the winner.

Sally had boat trouble after only two races but very kindly stayed on to RO the rest of the morning. Thank you!

Clive managed three races, but then after sorting out what looked like a rudder servo problem returned to race; unfortunately with the hatch not completely sealed. His boat partially sank, but was fortunately close to the bank and nudged ashore safely, which ended his day. Dave Howard arrived late and only completed one race before having to fix a rigging issue. All in all an eventful mornings racing.

Racing was closer than the results might suggest, with places being swapped right up to the line. Final results as shown below with thanks to Dave and Malcolm for sorting them out, and thanks again to Sally.

  1. Mike de St Paer          7.2pts      4 wins
  2. John Carlin                 10 pts        3 wins
  3. Neil Westbrook         17 pts
  4. Paul Plested               22 pts
  5. Dave Williams          30 pts         1 win
  6. Frans King                 30 pts
  7. Richard Walker        32 pts
  8. Malcolm Harvey     46 pts
  9. Clive Warren             50 pts         3 races
  10. Sally Collings            63 pts         2 races
  11. Dave Howard            64 pts         1 race


Following a morning of wetness with a chilly wind only 4 brave skippers got their boats rigged for the afternoon, the weather forecast and Easter holidays putting a lot of people off. As it turned out, the afternoon weather forecast didn’t materialise and the rain stayed away. The wind eased slightly from the morning making the A rig a perfect choice, the generally South Easterly direction remained similar to the morning, with the normal shifts and holes associated with Gautby Rd to keep the helms on their toes, it was very easy to pick a bad shift and end up head to wind, loosing meters.
Paul martialled the start line and the first home recorded the scores.
8 races were sailed, a mixture of one and two lap, Paul started as he meant to go on taking the first 2 races, before Clive stepped up to take the 3rd. Meanwhile after taking a second in the first race Dave managed to tune his boat to a standstill and took time out to make some rigging adjustments in the clubhouse. Race 4 and Paul was on top again before Mike got in on the act taking race 5. Once again Paul took line honours in races 6 and seven before Mike won the final race. All races were very close between the boats with the lead changing hands regularly in most races but it was Pauls day who had his boat set up just right and mastered the conditions with 5 wins.
1,   Paul Plessed      –    5 wins
2.   Mike de St Paer  –  2 wins
3.   Clive Warren       –   1 win
4.   Dave Howard