Nine races were completed on a superb winters morning with a light northerly breeze, that got stronger as the morning went on. Eleven competitors and some close fought racing made this another enjoyable morning at the farm. Graham K 21 was a casualty even before racing started with winch/setup problems and took no further part . Race 1 had the V9 of Mick C 46 quick of the blocks, with Bob G 58 hot on his heels after a 6month absence from the sport sailing his EVO 3 very well, close behind and the eventual winner by 1 point Rob W 97 sailing his very fast purple Brit Pop, it was always going to be the person who made the fewest mistakes that was going to take this event especially with a trick final 40 yards on the beat to the weather mark where the wind shift could catch you unawares at any time. Jen Hand 69 had some good results as did Alan Newman 0 but consistency as always was the name of the game. Bob G 58 just getting 3rd on count back from Jen H 69. Thanks to everybody for a most enjoyable morning. I am sure when we see the series results it is all still to play for, and so the next round on the 27th March should be a nail biter .
A windy wet day was forecast for this round of the DF/RG Winter series, It may have put one or two off, but as it turned out , the rain stayed away and there was some great racing in B suit conditions till around 11am and then although only Mick C changed down to C rig along with Norman F it really was one of those rare times when C suit paye’d , Ivan Stevenson was sailing out of his skin and had a string of good results, Bob Geary we welcomed back after a six month break also sailed well in fact winning the first race. A few skippers will be pleased with there results and will know deep down that they just need to work on the consistency and they will start rise up the leader board, in the DF series. In the RG series Phil has now got a B swing rig and managed to keep going even though some of the off wind legs were a bit hairy with some major Dives . Jo managed to steal a couple of firsts and is clearly enjoying his racing. 11 skippers out on what could have been a dodgy day weather wise was excellent, Thanks to the guys who got the stuff out ready and put things away at the end. Only two rounds left in the Winter series, so be there for round 7 on the 20th March .
A FANTASTIC DAY
What a fantastic mornings racing at Scotland Farm, Bright sunshine 10 to 12 knot breeze from the north, say no more. The day started with the Bacon Buttie gang at just after 8am which continued till around 0930 and was then a self-service area for those who wanted more , Jen hand sorting all the goodies out of the wind in the gazebo. Racing started promptly at 10 am with a long first beat that proved more than tricky, the shifts were large and some small but you had to take advantage of every little bit. Micks V9 first race unraveled before the start with the pivot point string, coming loose, Chris 74 with his second time out BritPop took full advantage closely followed by Jen Hand 69, and Alan Newman 0 getting a third with his AB4, the next three races were won by Mick C 46 with some ding dong battles all through the fleet and some very close racing, Phil Harpham 43 sailing his Evo did very well recording a filth overall. A half time break and the cakes came out to celebrate Gordon and Micks birthdays and along with more bacon butties loadsa money found its way into the container, all in aid of Sports Relief, total raised £ 62.50 a princely sum from the 12 competitors which was down on last time out but those who missed it missed a great day sailing . Our thanks go to Norman and Ed who put the gazebo up late on Saturday, Jen Hand for organizing the bacon butties, the cake suppliers, and I would also like to say how nice it was to see Roger Bacon and his wife Liz after quite a long absence due to other problems, we would like to wish them both well for the future and hope to see them at lake side more often in the future. Results below and a few pictures of the days mainly eating and chatting.
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What a splendid day at Scotland Farm – and not a Britpop in sight! It shows how close the rest of us are. All of the top 3 today had at least 2 wins. The results (below) tell the rest of the story.
The wind was as promised, from the south west, strong enough to have 6 out of 7 in B rig, the odd one out in C. B proved to be the better rig for most of the morning but by the close of play it should really have been C – but nobody wanted to blink first, leading to some exciting skirmishes.