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DF 95 Summer Series round 7, 11th September 2022

Series conclusion , the last round of the Summer series was held in a very ultra light South Easterly. The day was very nice with the temperature around 20 C or more and 9 skippers, enjoyed a mornings racing at a leisurely pace, Two skippers fairly new to the club were OOD’s for the morning but plenty of help was on hand. early on 4/5 skippers manned the rakes and cleared what weed there was from the East Bank, Most of the buoys were on the South side where racing had been held the week before with no weed issues, so it was decided to make use of them, a good beat and run course was set with two laps for the first couple of races, Mick Cooper 53 had this one all wrapped up as the first three headed for the finish line, however after writing the course on the course board, not everybody seemed to read it, which allowed Mick C 46 to cross the finish in the correct manner just inches from Mike W 76 , Pete W 00 sailed his socks off and got 3rd spot before Cooperman managed to get back and finish correctly, Ok drama over , All races were ultra light winds and it was all you could do to keep moving , in the second race Both Micks thought they had weed and come to the jetty a pit stop if you like , neither boat had weed and so they carried on with a huge launch from the jetty and continued on their way Cooperman finally got it right and took the bullet, with Pete Webster getting another well deserved result in taking third spot.

Everybody was finding the light conditions a real task, Dave Clark ( Clarkey) did not bring a boat and so one or two skippers let him have a go which he thoroughly enjoyed, he did not realise as OOD you are allowed to sail as well . Ed 31 was really struggling and when he lost his connection, decided to just do the scoring, An interesting morning all sailed in the best spirit , a morning like I do not think I have seen at Scotland Farm , a breeze usually comes from somewhere ( and I know the sea is a long way away)

but hey ho we had a few missing today and this was the last of the summer series. Mick Cooper 53 sailed a brilliant set of races and was very consistent till the last, but at the end of the morning Mick C 46 took the win. Light airs sailing is an art , and you need to keep the boat moving , with as less tacks as you can, only practice practice practice, will help you move forward, and good luck with that.!!!!!

Well done Mick C 46 , and many thanks to all skippers for a nice morning.

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