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DF 65 Summer series round 5 28th August 2022

Only 6 skipper available on this very light and fluky morning, I had heard a couple of reports, one said relatively weed free , the other said a bit of floaty weed, however at this time of year a pond with no weed is like a bird with no bike, (Mike Sarne back in the 60’s )

Moving on Dave Rigby filled in for Dave Darwell and helped Peter Walters get stuff set up but with no wind at all it was decided not to bother with the dingy, always a mistake as Pete was to find out later. He was of course worried that enough skippers would turn up to retrieve the dingy, 6 did , luckily and probably the worst turnout to date this year.

Pete W 65 started well taking the first three wins ( not enough wind to call them bullets ) and on virtually each leg the wind direction went around the clock , making course setting impossible.

And then a Mistake, “and it is always the mistake that will cost you” Pete W 65 launched his boat and very quickly realised he had not switched it on, Dave R 180 gave chase ( with his boat ) but Pete W was far to quick even with no breeze !!!!! Pete W eventually having to launch the Dingy and go and retrieve his boat ,whilst the other carried on their race, which is painful but the correct thing to do , and it happened to a certain Mick C 46 in the DF 95 two weeks ago. ” try not to make mistakes” . Moving on Dave R 180 recorded his first win with Alun N 232 2nd and Mike W 76 3rd , It was great to see Pete Webster back and also Geoff Streeter, both having been absent for a while, Pete W got back to winning ways taking the 5th race, and it all looked pretty exciting on paper but in reality it probably was not, Dave R 180 finally clinching the win, by shear persistence, and with a worst race being 3rd his consistency was unquestionable, the top two skippers on the day were on the podium , so very well done to them and of course everybody who sailed and made the morning pleasurable for all.

DF 65 ‘s at Fleetwood both pics
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