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IOM Winter Championship and DF 95 Winter Series Round 2 18th December 2016

Another fine day at the farm , 10 degrees, sunshine, a light south westerly, with a few pigs in blankets on the horizon. 5 of the clubs best human beings  turned out for a bit of racing and mulled wine tasting, A gentle programe was set with plenty of time for rig adjustments and tuning after each glass of mulled wine and 6 races were completed. The assistant race office was there around 0845 and had plenty of time to get the dingy round ( not used ) get the board out and set up the start box, both classes started at the same time with a long  long beat and a run followed by a long beat to the finish.  Mick Cooper sailed well to win the I.O.M having match raced Graham around the course, results below, and Mick Chamberlain won the DF 95, results further below. Around 1130 we all retired to the clubhouse for mulled wine and sausage rolls,  pigs , Mince pies, and some terrible jokes, we had a couple more races and then all mucked in to get the kit away and go home, funny but no shouting on the bank , not one call for starboard, It was so peacefull, a fitting end to the season , Good time to check the calendar to see when you are race office next year!!!!!  Happy Xmas everybody




Mick Cooper winner                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            DF 95 results below



Mick C 46 winner of the DF 95


A bright sunny day with a light south westerly greeted the 22 skippers at Lincoln; Bacon butties were consumed in fine style cooked with meticulous precision and loving care by Jan Cooper and Jill Burke our resident chefese’s in the galley.  Briefing followed and a long course was set on the East Bank with a good long start line, as the fleet were good to go as a single fleet. Stephen Haywood started well with a fine win in his Cheinz, closely followed by John Tushingham in a borrowed V9 and then Chris Elliott with his Brit Pop. Race two and Darin Ballington clicked into top gear to take the win and the next  four races leaving all in his wake, John Tushingham just hanging on to stay in contention. Lunch was called after race eight and 2 choices of soup and lots of French bread were served up by the club and super chef Jan, it helped to take the chill off the mid December morning.

Darin Ballington obviously had a little too much soup or the wrong flavour because races nine and ten his performance took a bit of a dip, Craig Raistrick, new to the sport and new to the Lincoln club came in with two bullets’ sailing his MX 14. Racing all through the fleet was fast and furious, and because the windward mark was a little further out than we would have wanted , if you were not round in the first  five it could get a little congested and heated, and although there were a few shouts of “Protest” everybody was well behaved and completed the penalty turns if required “ almost “.

Looking through the fleet a number of skippers improved during the day, and the general feeling was a good days racing was had by all. Congratulations to our winner Darin, and runner up John , but in truth congratulations must go to all the skippers for the way they conducted themselves on the day, with 22 yachts on the start line it can’t have been easy.

Thanks to  all the helpers at Lincoln, Jan and Jill in the galley especially , Ivan and Gordon who manned the finish line, Phil H who helped out a lot and Alan who brought the French bread along, If I have forgotten anybody sorry, We all know the OOD who kept up the pace rather like a sergeant Major, and enabled us to get in a good number of races.


snip-of-results        Please note as this was also Lincoln Clubs i.o.m winter series round two, a seperate series of results will be posted later in the week .

A few pics of the day ,


The wonderful Jan who manned the galley for us all on Sunday



Turkey for Xmas ,,, well done Craig



Guess somebody was over at the start !!!!



All good fun on the bank .



Nice .



Brit Pop’s, Rubix and Lintal do batlle .



Late afternoon sun down on the farm .



This may or may not cause debate Blue has luffed and hit the mark , what happens next .



Darrin Ballington being presented with some liquid for winning on the day, congratulations.



Vinnie Zammitt won first prize in the raffle, here he is praying for a better result next time. well done Vinnie

Dragon Force 65 Winter Series Round 3 4th December 2016

December 4, 2016 8:39 PM / Leave a comment

A fantastic morning sailing for the 10 skippers at Lincoln, Sunshine, a light north easterly, Mince pies at half time courtesy of Joe Harpham for a belated birthday, it could not have been better. Phil Harpham our OOD for the day with late replacement assistant, his son Joe had everything ready for us to enjoy our morning.

Mick Chamberlain started well with a win but then just before the second race suffered a rudder servo failure, Ivan kindly gave Mick a spare and he was ready for the third race. Keith Holmes took the next two races with Ivan claiming victory in the 4th race, it was nip and tuck all through the fleet with Ivan getting some good positions late on. Keith finally took the honours for the day by a single point. Congratulations to him and all the competitors for a great morning, the last of this series before 2017.




IOM Winter Championship and DF95 Winter Series 27th November 2016

November 27, 2016 9:16 PM / Leave a comment

Nine  competitors showed up for round 1, of this series some from quite long distances, we have to thank 3 race officers one from Leicestershire one from Grimsby and one from the other side of Lincoln, They travelled so we could enjoy our racing , Hats off to them. 5 competitors out of a possible 25, An umbelievable poor turnout for such a nice day.

The breeze was quite light from the North and the I.O.M’s  did three laps of a windward leeward course, and the DF 95 did two. 10 races were completed and Dave Burke  sailing his brand new Brit Pop swept the board, with Keith Holmes in his 3 year old Chienz runner up in the I.O.M class.  So many thanks Bert , Norman, and Roger. results below .

The DF 95 fleet was 4 boats out of a possible 5, and they had some close racing, unfortunatley Gordon B 38 slipped on the bank and snapped his mast, otherwise it could have been closer Mick Chamberlain took the honours on the day, with Ivan coming in second.




I do realize everybody has an agenda on a Sunday morning,  but on this showing a lot more support is needed at the club.