7 skippers came to the start line which, although being low, is understandable for a Bank Holiday weekend. The weather started dull and cloudy with a few drops of rain early on, but the clouds cleared, the sun came out and the temperature rose. The wind was was light and variable but always present. The direction was West moving round to North West requiring a change of course mid morning. A very pleasant morning for sailing you might think -BUT- the weed was back in quantity. From the first race to the last problems there were problems throughout the fleet. As is usual all skippers were affected at some point and despite high levels of frustration no dummies were thrown.
Officers for the day were Kieth Holmes and Roger Bacon who ran a well organised morning despite trying circumstances.
!7 in all,13 for the Championship and 4 for the DF95 series turned out for a breezy round 7 of this series A suit was used in the warm up around 0930 but not 15 minutes had passed when most skipper were sent scurrying for there B suit. The wind was from the west which made the windward mark a little testing as the Sout Bank is still unsailable, We welcomed Steve Haywood from Market Bosworth, who like a few others treated this as a warm up before next weeks Nationals and he went on to win by a convincing margin, The start line having a little stb end bias meant a little bunching at that end but generally no problems. Phil Harpham had to retire afetr only one race with sail damage, and then helped Rob Wilson our OOD with race control , many thanks to him for that. Chaz Jordan was the next casualty and left after race 4, Rob Wilson had a bad start with his first three races and will be regretting it because the final out come would have been a lot tighter. The sailing was fast a furious and a great advert for radio saing thanks to the OOD team Rob and Joe. Next round is on 11th September so try not to miss it , results and DF 95 report below. .
Four DF95’s came to the line with a mixture of rigs from A to C and the racing was fantastic , Ivan fell foul of Mick C Bigger boat on a couple of occasion in uncontrollabe racing accidents ( say no more ) except sorry . Alan Edgar borrowed a DF 95 for the first time and apperard to enjoy himself. but the clear winner of the day and all nine races was Gordon Bennett now fully recoverd from his hand injury , again a great days racing and nice to see 4 boats racing .
Mick and Ivan Admin
15 competitors came to the lake and were rewarded with 8 good races in a light westerly breeze. We welcomed a new member Doug Hearne to the fold sailing his Brad Gibson designed alternative. Dave Burke mastered the conditions the best with three wins on the bounce, closely followed by Keith Holmes. It was nice to see so many happy faces despite sometimes challenging conditions, and a bit of an eye sight test at the weather mark. Next up is round six on the 4th September .
Well done to the race team Dave B and Jen H results below
Another great day racing at Scotland Farm , The sun shone the wind blew and the 8 competitors had some fantastic racing from the East bank in B rig conditions, that at times should have been C rig, A few breakages early on did not help and Gordon fresh back from his injury had to be content on sitting it out on the bank with electric problems. New to Dragon racing Keith Holmes started well with three wins before having a grey patch and then finishing strongly, Bob Geary lying second in the series could only manage a fourth, and Chris Corrin when his boat “was working” managed 3 seconds and a fourth, Ivan Stevenson was steady as a rock all morning and it payed , with him getting a third place overall, Winner on the day Mick Chamberlain GBR 46. Ten races were held and many thanks go to David Thomas for keeping us all in check.