DF65 Social Racing #3 9/9/20

Another very pleasant sailing day, sunny with a fresh WNW 15 – 20 mph breeze straight down the lake, made ‘ A’ rigs the order of the day. Ten sailors attended, with guest sailor Dorian Crease, from Two Islands Club in Milton Keynes, showing us all how to do it – by coming 1st. overall today ! It was very close racing all day.

The top three placed sailors were all on equal points before discards, and only separated by one point finally. The other podium places were decided on count-back, giving Richard Robinson 2nd place with 3 x 1st’s, and Alan Watkinson 3rd place with 2 x 1st’s. The chasing pack saw Andrew Peter in 4th, with 4 x 2nd’s and Mike de St Paer in 5th with 1 x win.

Thanks to RO Dave Williams who managed to keep us all in line, apart from one General Recall..

  1. Dorian Crease                683   18pts  3x1st
  2. Richard Robinson           01    19pts  3x1st
  3. Alan Watkinson             373    19pts  2x1st
  4. Andrew Peter                  919    22pts
  5. Mike de St Paer                35    33pts  1x1st
  6. Derek Matthews              57   40pts
  7. John Carlin                         11    58pts
  8. Chris Weston                  194   60pts
  9. David Potter                    946  62pts 1x1st
  10. Malcolm Harvey           1019  71pts

Other points of interest for the day were Charles Legg – on the Far Side, tutoring newcomer Barry, who intends now to join us racing from next week. Dave Potter dipping out after 4 races ( and 1 win ) to show us how fast his foiling catamaran can sail, and Graham Reeves brought along his Vane 36 to try out a brand new 3D laser printed Vane Gear. [ Back to the Future ?]





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DF65 Social Racing #2 2/9/20

The wind before the start of racing raised questions on which rig to use and the general view is that A+ should be used although there were a number of gusts passing down the lake from the East.  By the time we started racing however, the wind had dropped as the rain started.  The course of 2 beats for half of the lake proved to be plenty long enough and only allowed for 7 races to be completed with the strength of the wind.  The first race was won by Dave Williams in a close finish with Sally Collings. Having run Race 1, Peter Baldwin, then took wins in Races 2, 3, 5 and 7, with Richard Walker taking Race 4 and Sally Collings taking race 6. After suffering electrical problems between Races 1 and 2, Don Mackinnon offered to run the remaining races.  Results have therefore been calculated based upon an average of any race undertaken.

  1. Peter Baldwin       63       7.2pts
  2. Sally Collings      829      16pts
  3. Dave Williams     233      18pts
  4. Derek Matthews   57      24pts
  5. Alan Watkinson  373      25pts
  6. Richard Walker      39     27pts
  7. Don Mackinnon   933     30pts
  8. Charles Legg             21     39.6pts
  9. Colin Deakin            93      40pts
  10. Malcolm Harvey   1019    46pts

RG65 Social Racing #4 29/8/20

Another ‘Marathon’ Session, starting at 11.00am, with 16 races completed by the 4.00pm finish.  5 x RG65 and 2 x DF 65’s competed, in a moderate but shifty Northerly force 3- 4 breeze, with some tricky gusts and swirls firing down through the gaps in the buildings. ( Bring back the trees ?! )

Derek Matthews had to leave early, and Brad Gibson arrived late, so the results may be slightly skewed, but Graham Elliott took the overall win for the day, with 9 x 1sts, Brad with 7 x 1st’s took 2nd overall, with Peter Baldwin definitely ‘off-form’ , taking 3rd overall with no wins but 6 x 2nd’s.

The RG’s won the day on pure speed, but the DF65’s, sailing a slightly shorter course, were not far behind, with Andrew Peter taking 4 x 3rds and 5th overall, proving that DF’s can compete successfully on these mixed RG / DF Race days (with the help of a slightly shorter course).

Very enjoyable sailing, with cakes very kindly provided at break times by Alan Watkinsons’ wife Jocelyn , and thanks once again to RO Bernie doing us proud, as ever.

  1. Graham Elliott    55     Argon                     17pts      9 wins
  2. Brad Gibson           9     Electronica          31pts       7 wins
  3. Peter Baldwin      63    Pocket Rocket    35pts
  4. Alan Watkinson   23    Scurry                   43pts
  5. Andrew Peter      919   DF65                      52pts
  6. Dave Williams      33    Pocket Rocket    63pts
  7. Derek Mathews    57   DF65                       88pts

Start times will now revert to the normal 13.00hrs for all future Saturday racing with room for plenty more sailors to compete.  A booking system will be created to allow online booking.  More details will be published soon.

We return to IOM racing for the next two weeks.  If you wish to join us and have a go, boats are available to loan for anyone wanting to sail. – contact Andrew Peter (see contacts pages)

DF65 Social Racing #1 26/8/20

Ten sailors gathered today for the first DF65 social racing day when results were taken. Charles Legg very kindly offered to record finishing results after finding that he was missing a keel boat when assembling his boat. All but one of the fleet opted to use the A Rig as the breeze was a gusty 10 to 15 knot breeze straight down the lake. Peter Baldwin took the first four races before Mike de St Paer took his first of two wins in Races 5 and then another in 10, followed by Alan Watkinson in Races 6 and 7. Peter had another win in Race 8 and was just beaten across the finish by Dave Williams in Race 9. After 10 races, the final results had some very close points finishes and four race winners were:

  1. Peter Baldwin 63 12pts 5 wins
  2. Mike de St Paer 35 23pts 2 wins and 3x2nd
  3. Alan Watkinson 373 23pts 2 wins and 2x2nd
  4. Neil Westbrook 03 28pts
  5. Dave Williams 233 36pts 1 win
  6. Andrew Peter 19 47pts
  7. Derek Matthews 57 48pts
  8. Richard Walker 39 49pts
  9. Sally Collings 129 52pts
  10. Chris Weston 194 68pts

Racing will take place again next Wednesday with a race limit of 13 boats.

There is also racing for DF and RG65 on Saturday 29th starting at 11:00.

RG65 & DF65 Winter Series #4 15/02/20

Another week on and another storm in the form of Dennis threatened to batter the boats at this, the last of the RG65/DF65 Winter series.  As it turned out, the club happened to be in a fortunate location with manageable winds and very little rain.  The average direction at the start was SSE and so diagonally across the lake from the clubhouse to the far corner.

Four RG’s and three DF’s were on the start line for the first race after John Brierleys journey from North Wales was blocked by floods and fallen trees and other visitors decided that Dennis was going to cause problems for their journey.  The three DF’s opted for their B rig due to the expected gusts whilst in the RG’s there was a mix of B swings and low aspect A conventional rigs.

Key to getting a good result was keeping the boat moving and being on the right tack for the rapid shifts that occurred.  Boats could be overpowered in a gust one second and sat waiting for the wind the next.  Seven races were completed before tea with some strong gusts causing problems downwind for most boats.  At the break Neil had three wins, with Alan and Peter two apiece in the RG fleet.  Andrew took the lions share of 6 wins in the DF fleet with Richard one, having taken the first.

After the break, the wind initially seemed to have moderated due to the light rain now falling, but the rain soon stopped and the gusts started again, some of which were from a S or SSW direction.  After completing 11 races, the RG wins were shared between Neil (conventional A) with 5, Peter (swing B) with 4 and Alan (conventional A) taking 2 wins. Peter took the day by two points from Neil who had an unfortunate sinking feeling during the last race, with Alan in third.  Andrew comfortably took the overall win in the DF fleet with 10 wins, with John Carlin second after Richard dropped out at race 6.

RG result

  1. Peter Baldwin            63            14pts       4 wins
  2. Neil Westbrook         03            16pts       5 wins
  3. Alan Wilkinson          23            22pts      2 wins
  4. Dave Williams            33            30pts

DF result

  1. Andrew Peter             19             9pts        10 wins
  2. John Carlin                  11            20pts
  3. Richard Robinson     01           26pts         1 win

Next week (22nd February) is round 6 of the IOM Winter series.

DragonForce Winter Series #5 5/2/20

A beautiful sunny morning greeted the 10 DF65s to Birkenhead with A+ rigs the order of the day.  Racing was moved to the east bank by Race Officer Ernie, to give a windward / leeward course, but with the recent high winds there was a lot of debris along the bank and competitors that took the right hand gate kept clear of obstructions, whilst the left hand gate was the favoured one to gain the lift of the bank but the risk of picking up twigs was high.
There were four race winners and Don gained his first win with Neil having the most wins with 4.  Again it was the consistency of John to take the win, with Richard rapidly improving and take second place.  John C also had a very good day with a steady performance.  Thanks once again to Ernie for running the racing.
  1. John Brierley                 84      14pts
  2. Richard Robinson        01      17pts
  3. Neil Westbrook             03     24pts
  4. John Carlin                      11      33pts
  5. Alan Watkinson          373     38pts
  6. Don MacKinnon         983     40pts
  7. Dave Pickup                   86      41pts
  8. Mike St Paer                   35      50pts.   1x3rd
  9. Richard Walker             39      50pts   0x3rd
  10. Chris Weston               194      67pts.
10 races sailed