” N.T.W.S ” 27th December 2020
A window of nice weather !!! Storm Bella , it came and it went , and in between left a very nice Sunday where A + rigs were deployed in all case except one, which was due to a rig breakage. Breeze South West around 8 to 10 knots straight down the lake as we like it . Seven skippers and two helpers had another good mornings racing, Its not so easy anymore at the club with many skippers improving and you have to be on your toes in this sort of company, ( keeping socially distanced of course ) .
Pete W 65 was not hanging around taking wins in the first two races, that were all about the shifts on the beat, and Pete played them to perfection, leaving some pretty good skippers checking there trim. Race Three and Mick Ch may well hahve thought his luck or maybee even skill had returned, but his dream was shatterd in race four, with the shear pace of the little green 65 of Pete. Keith who has the skills to match the best was finding pace difficult to find, as were many others. Mike W 176 had a brief flurry and pulled a very good second, But like I said you needed to be inch perfect on the shifts, one missed and it was not easy to recover.
Meanwhile Pete 65 was rampaging on with three straight wins that even John Tushingham would have been proud of ,, and then the wind filled in for the last two or three races, a bit of dive bombing on the run and well overpressed on the beat, despite the forecast saying it would reduce, Keith 669 took race nine, his first win of the day,,, and then Mick Ch cleared up the last two races in probably B suit conditions , maybe drawing on his experience at Birkenhead two years ago when the whole fleet struggled to keep boats afloat when in C suit !!!!! “Memories”
The day belonged to Pete W 65who has come on in leaps and bound since starting Radio Sailing this year , Pete Webster was at a disadvantage from the start having to sail with a B rig , but all in all a great set of races, which quite a few skippers missed out on. VERY WELL DONE PETE WALTERS
Many many thanks to Greg who did our scoring and took a, few pics which we are all grateful for, Pete forgot the bottle of red , so I took it home and had it with a nice joint or pork ( Cheers mate ) Well this is the last race of 2020 , a year which has knocked the country back a bit and has not help our beloved Sport, lets hope that 2021 will improve after the first couple of months so the we can all meet up with our mates again .
Great close racing, come and join Lincoln for 2021 ,, the competetion gets better and better ” HAPPY NEW YEAR ”
Not spell checked in case your asking !!!!
I generally seem to start off by saying how great the racing was at the lake
on Sunday!!!! But not this week, the racing this week exceeded all expectations
and was I quote probably the best I have seen throughout 2020. The weather,
Sunshine, Breeze, probably 9 to 11 knots, straight down the East bank , gave
the 13 skippers a perfect beat and run course, the great company and
camaraderie, throughout racing took your breath away.
We had a newish Sedici 13 ( 13 oh no ) at the lake for the first time, and unfortunately
before the start it had a drum and lines failure, that engaged a couple of
skippers sorting repairs during the first race, to enable Pete to enjoy the rest of the morning . Rob Wilson GBR 97 was quick off thestart line with Keith gbr 88 in hot pursuit, Dave Rigby with his Vision taking
third spot. Race two and all 14 skippers were in the line for the start, Tim Hand gbr 44
got the win with Keith gbr 88 gaining another 2nd place , and Dave R gbr 57
getting third spot, Racing was very competitive all through the fleet and some
amazing battles going on Jen Hand and Chris Graves both with Brit Pops giving
it everything. Adrian Cripps rarely seen this year started off steady but by
halfway had picked up the pace.
Race 3 and 4 saw Mick Ch gbr 46 pick up the pace with two wins, and yet again Consistent
Keith gbr 88 proving once again you do not have to win every race with 4
seconds in a row, and the rest fighting over 3 rd spot, Race 5 and Keith gbr 88
finally took the win with Dave Rigby and Rob Wilson 2nd and 3rd Mick Ch had
lent his boat to the clubs guest for the morning , Vice Chair of the MYA Darin
Ballington, who did rather well with it as you would expect. Race 6 and Mick Ch
got his boat back, and got another bullet, with Dave and Tim in hot pursuit.
Race 7 Keith got his second win of the day in the Sedici through steady
conservative sailing , Chris G gbr 11 taking 2nd place and Rob with 3rd, Tim
seemed to go off the boil a little in the last 3 races but in race 8 Jen Hand
gbr 69 got the win from Adrian gbr 77 with Keith getting one of his worst
results of the morning 3rd !!! the other being a 5th, Last race of the morning
and the breeze had increased a tad and some boats had the odd dive, The Sedici
of Mick Ch took the win with Keith coming home in 2nd place and Dave R taking
3rd spot .
The racing was, as I have said before, fantastic with a very good nature, and
friendly spirit. But I need to thank firstly Tim and Jen Hand who tacked some non-slip
carpet to the jetty’s, and also to Tim for sorting out the start line buoys ,
many thank also to Greg and Tony who came and did our scoring and also took a
few photos , and also to all the skippers who helped put the gear out and then put the gear away. Oh and by the way thanks to Rob our OOD fantastic job mate , get that britpop sorted .
Very well done to Keith Holmes who won the day with a very consistent
set of results he sailed exceptionally well and should be proud of the cool
calm way in which he achieved his result , it just proves what I have always
said , ” you don’t need to win every race to win a series”
It was also very nice to see Ed Whitaker who has been absent for a while ,
he is having his hip replacement operation on the 12th January so give him a
couple of months and he will be back with us ( Covid allowing )
“SCOTTO” read the news on thursday !!
14Th December 2020 “Not the Winter series”
DF 95 racing at Lincoln and 8 skippers showed up with 7 racing, A good south easterly around 7/10 knots enabled racing to take place on the south bank, It rained for the first half hour and then cleared up to give the skippers some great racing. A few skippers were missing and they missed a very good morning, and until we can see the light with this Covid stuff, many are staying home even though the bank at the farm is probably the safest place to be.
Tony did a fab job and got everything ready and sorted out the almost perfect beat run beat that allowed us to do 9 races and stop for coffee and some home made cake made with the skillfull hands of Mck Cooper.
Mick Ch 46 slow to get going had a fine day and got into his stride after the cake, Jen Hand was keeping him honest and sailed a great set of races again after the cake, Pete W 678 was not having the best of days, but was always there or there abouts, Mike W 839 is really getting to grips with radio sailing and came close on occasions. Mick Cooper had a bit to much cake and after a great first race faded for some reason , Nice to see Alan N 438 getting to grips, as was Greg C , who only lost a place on countback . The rain came back with half hour to go and the wind increase a tad for the last two races that were nip and tuck for Mick Ch and Jen H.
In all a fab mornings racing and our thanks to Tony and his helpers . all good natured stuff from the skippers, who would like to bow out this DF 95 class for 2020 by saying Happy Xmas to all and if you fancy a go come down and see us , in 2021
First time back at the lake for a while, The forecast may well have put a few off, wind 2knots gusting 6 from the south west, temperature not getting above 1 C all day, well we all know that 80% of the time you arrive at the lake and it is different. ended up 6 C and not much breeze.
9 skippers decided to stretch their legs and get some exercise, 7 actually raced one came and went and we welcomed a potential new member , Welcome Tim Cripps , Well the sun shone it was not too cold and there was a zephyr or two to get us round the course and we all had a nice chit chat, coffee and a mince pie. So to the racing ,, well it was steady, the first three races we sailed on the East bank had coffee and sailed on the South bank, Mike Williams had his new brit pop to try out , and Tim had brought along a DF 95 to have a go with, it was all very pleasant. The results you can see below , The other Highlight was Geoff Streeter won that thingy that we do on a Saturday night each month, so well done Geoff. Another member tried out some drone footage sorry cant post on here right now ,,, bit of a typo on the results , it is I.O.M “not the winter series round 4 ” I think”
Those that misssed it not to worry I am sure the full English was worth it !!!!!