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DF 65 Winter series round 3, 30th January 2022

Wow after the gales of Saturday In which some mad nutter sailed there boats at the farm with C rigs !!!! we had a very blissful start, in fact so blissful there was only a dogs breath for the first race, Which was won by Mick C 46 , Pete got the second spot, And Dave Rigby romped home with third, For race two and beyond we all moved to the East bank where, correct me if I am wrong the wind really filled in and we got a whole knot of wind, that is of course after we had had our early coffee break, It really was a good fleet out 14 skippers and there was a lot of helpful tuning on the bank , to the less experienced skippers, Mike W 76 winch packed up I hear on race 5 , just when we were getting 3/4 knots ,, Roger B 74 was having a much better day, and was enjoying himself. Pete W 65 was playing a very consistent game with three second places before his bullet in race 4 , but then Mick C 46 bounced back as the breeze fill in a bit with two bullets in races 5 and 6 giving him three race wins in all ( he told me to tell you that ) Pete W 65 and Keith managed two each , with Mike W 76 claiming the other win. The breeze had started to fill in and there was some great races. There was an incident in one of the races, between two skippers, and although the results will stand the issue I hope will be sorted over the next couple of weeks so we all know what may be acceptable for club racing, So no need to worry your little heads at this time. .

So Many thanks to the Race team and Roger B for organising the event so well in trying conditions , and of course well done to the green machine of Pete Walters, who took the win on the day that was held in the very best spirit that you can all be proud of , Keep your eye open for the accumulative results coming soon .

I.O.M Winter series round 8 23rd January 2022

16 skippers out for round 8 , A very light affaire from the get go , with just a couple of knots from the South South West enabling Pete W to lay a pretty good course on the East bank. Off to a cracking start was Keith H 88 who took the win with Dave Rigby 57 a distant second and Chris E 74 in third spot, the second race saw Graham K 157 get an exceptional start that he kept out front for the whole race, Chris E 74 took second with Gravesy 11 in third spot, just about the best he could muster in this very competitive fleet. Still a few skippers missing on this very light breeze day, Races 4 the breeze increased maybe a couple of knots and saw Pete W 65 take his first win with Jen H 69 second and Chris E 74 taking third spot to keep his scores fairly low. Kevin Hope our visitor for the day needed a few bits sorting before he joined the racing in race 4 but for only the second time radio racing he did well with the Erica , that clearly need a bit of sorting that I am sure the club members can help with, but his results were promising.

Pete W 65 then went through a grey period with the 4th places before nailing in in the final race. Mick C 46 can be quite please with his new Venti . but let me tell you it was all about the start , if you failed at the start you just failed to get through, The fleet at Lincoln is getting very competitive, but at the same time is pretty calm in the bank side and the racing was very good despite the lack of breeze.

Very well done to Pete W 65 for his win , and also the top three on the podium . Thanks to all helpers and the OOD’s to enable us to have some great racing.

The Start
The Bank
Great racing
65 Edging it
oh dear
more practice needed
Venti 46 at speed

DF 95 Winter series round 4 16th January 2022

Wow,,, After all the ice reported throughout the midlands Lincoln escaped and had some very good racing at Scotland farm. 13 skippers showed up including two visitors David Geldard and Colin Toll, I hope they enjoyed the racing.

The wind was light from the South West and was fairly constant enabling the course to be set on the East bank, Mike and Maryann were the OOD’s and worked well together as a team, ( Husband and Wife ) with I noticed Maryann tearing around in the dingy to rescue a boat very well done. First race was won by Mick C 46 with the other Mick C 53 in close attendance and David G in third, it was three full beats ,so a long course, Mike W 76 took the next two bullets and the battle was on, with little contests going on throughout the fleet. Race four could have seen at least a second place for David G but with two metre’s to the finish line ran into a big clump of weed and came to a complete standstill and needed rescuing allowing Mick C 46 to take the win and Pete Cogill to take second spot, Mick C 53 managed to take third spot, which helped in his overall position, and kept him in the game,

Jen Hand was not having the best of days just not finding the speed she usually has. Chris G 489 was enjoying his racing with the boat he brought from Chaz Jordan, and came good at the end with a couple of seconds places against the unstoppable Mick C 46 . Chris G 489 despite trying so hard to use a new rule in the rule book ,to try and gain an unfair advantage,( still looking for the rule ) on no less than two occasions whilst behind,,, he warned Mick C 46 that his shoe laces were undone, causing him to look down and loose concentration ,, and then being told it was the other boot,,,,, this behaviour needs to stop HA HA , Mick managed to take the last three Bullets and take the honours for the day, which was raced in an unbelievable great spirit. Many thanks to all who made a great day of racing and many thanks to the OOD and helpers .

Very well done Mick C 46 for the win , keep your eye on the calendar for the next round .

I.O.M Winter series round 7, 9th January 2022

As I could not be on site for the racing some skippers have contributed some words, I would like to thank them for their time.

A 2nd weekend of Mick Chamberlain missing a great morning’s racing, Many thanks Covid 19 ,16 skippers turned up on a glorious Sunday Morning a fresh breeze from the Northern sector enabled Tim Hand and mum Jen to set a course on the East bank . Tim H 44 set the early pace getting good results in the first three races ,The usual suspects were pushing the front with Chris E 74 getting good results including a bullet in race three, but Darin B 98 then came into his own with three wins on the trot, however the standard of racing is getting to a point where if you don’t get the first beat and start right, you are not coming through the fleet as you once were. Several commented on the past where back markers were being lapped, no more, all the fleet were on the final beat as the first boats finished, so big improvements all round .

 I know I am getting deaf ( Pete W 65 ) however the banks were very quiet with very little discussion about rule infringement, penalties being taken when called. someone mentioned it was due to a lack of the commodore being present!! only joking. Darren was the man to beat regardless of the time he spent sorting numerous rigs out for other skippers who commented on the boat improvement, thanks Darren. We also had two prospective new members at the lake, Kevin and Sam, both known to me from dinghy racing with both having a good racing pedigree on the National and European front in fireball dinghies, Sam has built his own IOM but only has an A rig, if someone has a spare B for a reasonable price Sam would be interested. Kevin has an older boat which needs some TLC but has all the bits. What a great mornings racing. From Pete Walters

Great conditions, sunny, SW 9 to 15kts. East bank. Good course set by RO. Same as last week.
Darin B 98 gave lots of help and advice to anyone who asked.
Chris G 11 missed first two, had to replace his kicker, striped thread.
New boat joined in later in the morning. Kevin Hope New member to be we all hope he will come again
Tim H 44 retired early, broken shroud.
Discipline starts, very gentlemanly.
Lots of courtesy shown on the water. Most polite.
Must be the largest Sunday IOM fleet.
Great morning racing From Mike Williams

Top of A suit with stronger gust to start but it did get lighter at the end , lack of preparation and maintenance, does not help some skippers cause, Darin should take a bow and a big thanks to him for all the help he gave to skippers with encouraging tips, Tim also got involved rescuing a couple of boats including his Mums Jen 69 from Mick Cooper 39.

After some “conservative” starts, Mike W 76 made a few  encouraging moves through the lower half of the fleet on several occasions.
New sails on 76 from the “Nigel at CAT ” look very nice, promising for the future. 
Helpful measurement data  from 98, very useful. a personal point of view from Mike Williams

As you can see Darin won with I am sure a fight Chris E 74 got second on Countback from Pete W 65 Dave Rigby 57 continues to improve and Chris Graves 11 despite missing the first two races and using his discards managed to hold onto 5th place. It was with great regret that I missed the racing but congratulations to all skippers who took part, and many congratulations to Darin for his win both on and off the water

Well done to the OODs for what I am told was a great morning. Mick C 46

Darin Leading Pete with Chris paying close attention
Lovely day at the farm