A very light to non existent breeze from the south ish delayed the start by half an hour, the nine competitors then sailed through without taking a tea break and completed 4 races before retiring to the club for a drink and chat .
Congratulations to Keith for winning the first winter series od DF 65 racing .
A gentle breeze from the North East allowed a course up and down the East bank with only a little shading from the North. A minor adjustment of the windward mark was enough to avoid all the “holes”.
Duty Officer, Niel Colman, kept a steady pace all morning and 11 races were completed in the time allowed.
4 IOMs and 2 DFs , although disappointing, turned out to be a reasonable attendance considering the weather. Heavy rain, with periods of even heavier rain, continued for the period up to the refreshment break, followed by a gradual improvement into blue sky and sunshine at the end. The wind was pretty consistent but blowing off the car park meant considerable turbulence over a large part of the course. There did not appear to be any incidences of weed. In view of the small fleet all boats were started at the same time without problems.
Thanks to the Duty RO Norman Fish who was at the lake early to set up and kept a steady pace through the morning.
This marks the end of the Summer Season, check the web page for the final placings.
The 3rd running of this event brought a Northerly breeze top suit conditions and beautiful sunshine , The 28 competitors enjoyed great racing in two fleets , Seeding went as planned for some and not for others , the Brit Pop of Darin B taking the next three races with John T not to far behind and Dave B keeping the leaders honest, new boy Craig Raistrick from Rotherham showing some fine form in his MX 14. Tim Hand a dingy sailor, back for the first time in a year with an I.O.M sailed a borrowed V9 into 7th place. The weather stayed fine all day untill the last heat of the last race when the heavens opened and ensured we all went home with wet pants, The prize giving took a little change in the top three got their just deserts and the next three winners were drawn from a hat and if you weren’t there you missed out,. Every body went home very happy after a great day’s racing, and many congratulations to our winner Darin Ballington GBR 98 for his victory.
Most important was the Team that helped it all happen on the day and many thanks to Liz Bacon who handled the bacon buttie’s on the day , ( yes that’s right ) her right hand lady was Jan Cooper ,Jackie Hunt who did the scoring with help from Liz Tushingham who had a day off from sailing, Our finish line judges Ed and Alan who did a brilliant job Mick Chamberlain who fluffed around all day, Phil Harpham our race officer who did brilliantly, and most of all Jen Hand for putting this annual event on ,If I have forgotton anybody Sorry , and I think it fair to say that Clive would have been looking down and would have heartily approved at the good-natured manner in which the sailing took place.
Many Thanks to all we raised £ 85.00 for the R.N.L.I a great achievement.
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