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DF65 Winter series Round 4

Good turnout at Lincoln despite conditions, that put many off We also have two write ups from two top skippers who were competing so enjoy. results and a couple of piccys below

Seven brave skippers were greeted with rain and plenty of wind for round 4 of the DF 65 winter series.

Adrian C assisted by Roger B set a course up the East bank with a very long beat and a wide splitter gate at the end of the run. Most of the fleet opted for the B rig which would prove to be a handful at times with tacking quite tricky .

Dave Rigby 57 was fastest out of the blocks taking race one from Jen 69 and Pete 65. These three would have extremely close racing for the majority of the day. Pete quickly got into his stride taking the next two races from Dave with Jen staying in touch.

Mike Williams 76 found a great way up to beat in race three and hung on to take the win from Pete.

Race five saw Jen find the turbo button to taking the win from Dave before a welcome break was called. A few changed down to C rig during the break following an increase in wind strength. Placings were wide open at this stage with all to play for after coffee.

The wind freshened and unfortunately this was the start of Pete’s problems. His C Rig jib pivot was in the wrong place forcing a retirement. Jen carried on where she left of winning race 6 from Dave and Mike. The C rigs were now very competitive certainly downwind where the B rig boats were examining their rudders. Pete changed back to B rig joining the fun downwind. Jen and Dave traded wins with and Roger close behind. Pete got water in his electrics ending his day leaving Jem and Dave to fight it out for the win. Roger was now going very well and was in the mix in each race. Going into the last race all was even following Dave’s win in race 10 so all to play for in the final race.

Jen and Roger 74 had good starts and rounded the windward mark clear of Dave and Mike. A very tricky downwind leg left the positions unchanged and set up a very interesting last beat.

Roger headed to the middle to the lake closely followed by Jen. Dave stayed closed to the bank and closed on Jen. As the wind increased Jen struggled to tack and opted to Jibe round. Dave found a lull and duly tacked giving him a slight advantage over Jen and Roger. The last half of the beat was very tense with Dave keeping Jen covered to take the win and Roger coming a well-deserved third.

Considering how strong the wind was racing was very close and of a great standard.

Overall a great days racing sailed in a brilliant sporting manner. It’s a real shame we lost Pete for the last two races, well done to everyone. From Dave Rigby 57 the winner on the day

The forecast suggested a C rig day, however on arrival Roger 74 was sporting the C but a B seemed to be to be the more likely rig as the gusts were Infrequent and you either had the luck or not to be caught downwind. The B rigs led the first few races with Jen, Dave and Pete swopping places as getting tacks in  at times was a challenge and you could be parked for some time if you got it wrong. We were racing the East Bank with a long beat and run followed by a half beat to the finish, races took about 14 to 15 minutes with Adrian keeping  the races running. After coffee Pete W tried the C rig, first time on and incorrectly rigged, outcome , DNF. Jen was putting some bullets together with Dave coming in close with some very close finishing,  Pete W went back to a B rig however water had got in into the boat somehow and after a good pint of emptying the receiver had failed, waterlogged end of racing for him. Jen and Dave shared the last few race bullets with Dave securing the overall. A challenging day with a strong breeze a constant fine drizzle but racing competitive as normal. Thanks to Adrian and Roger for sorting the racing. The car horn finishing gun was a nice touch, whether that was just to keep Adrian dry!!. From Pete Walters 65

Very very well done to Roger Bowtle and Adrian Cripps on an excellent job dealing with OOD duties especially finishing sat in car and using car horn as finishing whistle !!!!! and windscreen wipers keeping screen clear, brilliant , Also interesting was Dave and Jen both had 4 win apiece, racing is very competitive, and everybody is upping their game . Mick C pictures below from Peter’s camera phone.

Just thinking !!!
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