Sunday 23rd February dawned, the forecast was for 20 knots plus, cloudy with a small chance of rain as 25 skippers from as far away as Cornwall and Norwich descended on Scotland Farm for Lincoln Model Yacht Club’s first main event after severing ties with Hykeham Sailing Club. The lake is wide open and free from trees and buildings and it allows the race officer to set courses whatever the wind direction. The wind was southerly and gave a 180 metre beat and run. Rig choice played a big part with some very big gusts tearing down the lake. Some skippers went straight to C rig whilst others went up a size and put the B rig on, managing for the most part to handle the gusts. In the seeding races a V8 sailed by Dennis Payne and a Britpop sailed by Peter Sutton were both winners, and then the main event got started, and in the first three races Darin Ballington stamped his authority down with a first, second, and a third, with his shiny red Britpop. John Tushingham with his dark grey Departure was no slouch, being just one point behind at that stage, with Dave Burke and his blue Britpop keeping them both honest. Lincoln’s very own Martin Lambert sailing a very nice but quite old Lintel was having some bad luck with the marker buoys despite getting a third in the seeding race. Good form was also being shown by the Moster of Graham Whalley and the V8 of Dennis Payne. Also the old Gadget of Rob Wilson was showing some fine form. The next two races were taken by Darin, with John only managing a couple of thirds. Martin recovered well and got a second, his best result so far. It was all about consistency and being able to manage the gusts. Most people had decided that B rig was the best, but keeping it under control was not so easy with major wipe outs down wind being a regular occurrence. Race Officer, Chris Elliot kept the racing going with a short lunch break, and only one protest to deal with that took moments to resolve. The racing was excellent both to participate and to watch. Vinnie Zammit was sailing his new MX14, of which more are in build as I speak, and this could be a boat of the future. Peter Cropper sailed his Nemesis well, and am sure was happy with his 5th position overall. Seven different designed boats in the top ten proves that I.O.M. racing is hugely competitive and exciting. In the end it all came down to the last race of the day with both Darin and John fighting it out. Darin got the first place he needed to take the event from John, with Dave in third place. The Ladies also had a great day with newcomers Tracy and Jen improving as the day went on, but in the end it was Liz who took home the chocolates, sailing her departure into 14th place overall. Many thanks to everybody who competed and for the courteous behaviour shown by all. I should mention that half way through the event Dave Hollum dived very close to the bank and was lucky not to roll in. Once he had recovered he was told “that kind of behaviour would not be tolerated and to keep it for the football field” Dave apologised and promised it would not happen again.
Some picture and the results follow
APOLAGIES John Tushingham was quoted in the report and the final results as sailing an MX14, he was in fact sailing a Dave Hollom designed Departure apolagies to whom they may concern
If any body has any more pics send them in and i will try and put them on the website
As Sunday 23rd draws near 28 entries have been received for the last race in the Midland District Winter Series, Scotland Farm, Lincoln’s new venue will complete preparations shortly, It is likely that two fleets will be organised by race officer Chris Elliot with a four up and four down situation, Some top skippers in the UK are entered and it should be a thrilling climax, The wind is forecast for southerly and up to 20 knots and cloudy , temperatures look quite good at around 10/11 C and it may well mean C rig is the order of the day. On show will be some of the latest designs from designers in the UK and abroad. Bacon or sausage Buttie’s will be on offer from 0830am till 11 am but do need to be pre ordered to give the chef a chance, If you have ordered no problem
Helpers for the event so far are Seymour, Gordon,Ivan, Mick H, Bob, Jackie,Bev If anybody else has a couple of hours to spare please let me know. the event starts at 10am and should run through till about 4pm latest.
entries so far, still time !!!!!!
My last post was all about the I.O.M but may have left you confused simply because there was no mention of cake , The reason for the cake was it was two members birthdays that weekend so at half time Jackie brought down some cake for us all which we enjoyed. Onto the Dragon Force, I believe we have 11/12 boats of this class in the club at the moment, and we had 9 Dragons racing straight after the main event, the course was shortened a little , and we still had a windward leeward course , 2 laps and three races in quick succession, The club Dragon was raced by a visitor to the lake Jim who we hope to see more of and his mate Phil had a rg65 which is a Dragon but just a tad more sophisticated , The racing was close and damn good fun and it just proved that even if you had the original sails on the boat it was still competitive, Martin won the first race, with Mick second and Phil third , Mick then won the next two races so just stole the day from Martin. results below . I can see a big future at the club for this class and it may be time to start thinking about an open Meeting later in the early summer unfortunately we did not take any pictures of the dragon racing so I have dug a few up from elsewhere .
series results will be posted soon
The forecast lived up to its promise and gave us all a wonderful days racing. We welcomed visitors from Huntingdon and Manor park and also a couple of chaps with there Dragon Force yachts from slightly nearer. First up was the I.O.M’s and 15 skippers came to the line, with Radio problems ruling out two competitors , thirteen boats raced two laps of a windward leeward course, The wind was a nice 70% top suit sail and the beats kept the skippers alert with many shifts that had to be taken advantage of, It looked as though Mick Chamberlain was going to be hard to beat as he won the first two races , with Martin Lambert Dave Gunson and Darin Ballington in hot Pursuit. Finally Darin found his form and took the next two races, with Mick C having gear failure in the fourth race and coming in a lowly tenth. Darin again took the honours in race Five, with the consistent Martin L sailing his Lintel coming second in the last three races, The last race Darin had a gear snitch at the final leeward mark which after leading the race allowed both |Martin and Mick to get in front , after a close battle Mick took the last race with Martin second and Darin Third. David G came a creditable fourth with Alan Newman in fifth position. One to watch out for is Bob Geary who came in 6th, He has a new boat on order and I am sure you will see some good performances when it arrives. I am sure that a lot of skippers will take heart from some very close and competitive racing, Tracy Ballington did very well considering it was her first time out with the Gadget, and Our very own Jenny Hand having radio problems from the start, she has some work to do this week to ensure she is on the start line next week. I have not mentioned everybody but you all deserve a round of applause for your performances, and I am sure you can all see little area’s where you can make small improvements to your strategy and trim to get you up the leader board as the season progresses .
when we normally do the results we do not allow a discard , however I have used the M.Y.A H.M.S scoring system to be abler to show you all how you did on a race by race basis , This system allows a Discard for each 6 races sailed , I am trying to find out if we can use the H.M.S without the discard in place but until I do I have posted the results, SO BEAR IN MIND THEY ARE NOT CORRECT , If you want to know where you came add the points up in total .
I will post a report on the Dragon Force and the results using the same format