Just before we do the race report I have been speaking to Martin Lambert who is quite poorly at the moment. He asked me to send his best wishes to all the members and to let you know how much he misses the competition, I did this at the briefing Martin, and everybody who was there, and I am sure everybody who reads this report wishes you all the very best, and we all look forward to seeing you at lake side when the weather gets warmer.
Another fantastic Sunday Morning saw 9 competitors come to the line for round 6, the weather was forecast as windy , but A rigs were the order of the day until coffee break. For one reason or another it was a slightly depleted line up, but first race up was Bob G with his evo 3 showing the rest the way home, an unfortunate incident with something green and slimy halted his progress in race 2 , a rare happening . Sailing was done from the East bank and a long windward leeward course was set with two laps, Mick C had a couple of wins as did Neil C and then in race 5 Bob G scored another first. The wind had been increasing over the previous hour and as there had been one or dives downwind the general consensus was to change to B rigs, Good results were posted by Mick C and Neil C, and Chaz J won race 7, also in race 7 there was a dead heat for third place between Jenny H and Neil C , the conditions seemed also to suit the AB 4 of Gordon B who was getting some good places including a third in the last race, Mick H was not going too well and will be disappointed with his morning, To be fair the starter was playing up a bit and also I noticed he had rudder problems , Ivan mentioned it may be time to get a faster boat, well thats what I thought he said !, but we had 5 different winners of the races, showing the fleet improving overall. Thanks go to all who helped with the dingy and putting the gear away, and we all just made it before the rain started. A great mornings racing, results are below .
Look out for the series standings , and remember the next round is on,
SUN 15TH ROUND 7 I.O.M Winter Series No race will start after 1300 hr.
Nice light wind day.
It seems that the Dragon Force winter series has to be sailed in conditions of no wind! Today started that way but as the morning wore on a very light and variable zephyr allowed 4 races to be sailed. 7 skippers went home having learned that sailing requires several skills, one of which is patience.
Eleven brave souls came down to the farm to race, it could have been 14, but 3 sensible skippers decided the wind was a tad too strong. The snow had disappeared and in fact it was a little muddy underfoot , The sun came out in fits, but the wind straight out of the north-west was biting. C rig was the order of the day, no ifs no buts, and if you left your c rig at home !?/\$?*\….. and so racing took place along the south bank. First out of the blocks was Dave B gbr 30 followed by Chris E, gbr 0 , there seemed to be a little confusion at the weather mark, and as always happens quite a few boats follow the leader. When the whistle blows for the briefing ,, ( listen up ). Darin B, gbr 92 did not make the same mistake again and went on to win the next 5 races without reply , with a variety of yachts getting 2nd place Dave gbr 30 doing best and then going on to win race 7 and 8. The breeze did not relent all morning and 9 races were sailed, as the morning wore on retirements for one reason or another took there toll and we lost 5 boats. Our thanks go to Chris Corrin who decided to stay be our race officer, and all the other guys who stayed to help when it would have been so easy to just go home. The results are below the first picture , close run thing with Darin getting result on countback .