DF 95 Racing 9th August 2020
Wow, fantastic mornings racing for the DF 95 fleet, 11 skippers turned up in warm overcast conditions, A steady North Easterly had racing on the East bank with the now usual but VERY important safety talk re Covid 19 Sanitize and keep your distance,,, 2 metres always be aware !!!! The clockwise control area has been arranged for your Safety, so ensuring you adhere to the rules will keep eveybody happy and healthy. And so it was on the day. Well done everybody.
Racing started bang on time, and the long beat got very tricky in the last third with some big and little shifts that caught a few out, Gordon B was out of the blocks fast and his 86 year old legs had a job to keep up, but they did and he held on after two long beats and runs to get the bullitt, Pete W in second and MickCh in third, It was great to see Keith H back after quite a while away, we have not seen his new boat yet ( maybe next week ). This fleet is very competetive now and the racing was very close, it was a perfect breeze, and I am not scared to say Weed free, after much hard work instigated by Roger Bowtle and a couple of others in midweek after clearing the North Bank and the East Bank of all floaty stuff ,, and then the 5 ton heaped up in the corner,, it made a massive difference as the wind changed to a Northerly on Friday.
Race 2 Mick Ch took the win from Jen H, with Mick Co taking a well deserved third spot, Gordon B was sailing extremley well and as you can see he had a great day ,spoiled only by getting stuck on the mark and being out of contetion for the last two races , decent results in those two could well have given him 2nd spot overall. Mike Williams showed some pleasing signs as did others, but have to say the shifts caught a few out both upwind and down. Just want to mention the word consistancy , have a look at your results and try and see where you may have done better, If you allow your sails to flap for 2 seconds you will loose 1 yard , key is do not take your eye off the trim on your boat for one second !!!!! , Also have to say some of the best racing we have had at the farm for some time ( we must keep on top of the floaty weed at all times) it really does make a differnce .
A Win for Mick Ch well done ,Jen H 2nd and Gordon 3rd and many many thanks to all who helped with rakes and dingy and stuff to make the morning very enjoyable.