IOM Summer Series Round 8 21st July 2019
Guys and Gals I know i keep saying it ,,,,,, but another great day at the lake perfect breeze 10 knots straight down the east bank nice and warm and a great fleet of 11 skippers ,,could have been more but Rob, Graham , Bob ,and Geoff B , Jen could not make it ,
They probably missed one of the best days at the lake , gotta say NO blinking weed at all and it has been good all year, Racing was tight at the front, tight in the middle , and tight at the back , everybody is sailing realy well just lately .
We welcomed Geoff S with his new charge an AB4 and whilst it will take time to adjust, he has gone well today and I am pleased to report has enjoyed every minute of it. Chris E started well as did Mick Cooper with Chris G looking sharp. Race two had Chris G Britpop from the Sedici of Mick C and then Chris E who is always a strong force in any conditions.
Race three and Mick C took was to be the first of four straight wins with a variety of runners up, It was all about the shifts and utter concentration, and then from race seven with Chris E gaining a couple of bullits and Chris G always in contention, Adrian seemed to fade in the last three races but had some firm placings during the morning. Mick Cooper showed some fine form and considering he only started sailing four years ago, can now be assured he is in the top flight at the club only just beating Roger B on countback ( up to 9th place) , All in all a fab days racing and that is what it is all about .
Many thanks to Roger B and Ed W for keeping is all organised with some excellent course setting and getting 9 long races in , and not forgetting all the helpers for putting the dingy away etc etc
DF65 Summer Series Round 4 14th July 2019
The wind direction was as forecast, from the NE ish with only small variations at irregular intervals. Strength was light, 5-7 mph punctuated by a sharp dry squall mid morning just to keep us all awake.
Thanks to Alan N for running the morning, assisted by others as required, but particularly Roger who not only got the racing kit set up and ready but also managed to do some work on the mower as well.
IOM Summer Series Round 7 7th July 2019
Beautiful morning at the lake , 11 Skippers showed up, only thing missing was a decent breeze. OOD,s had a dificult task today as the wind was doing some 180 degree turns , however it was as they say the same for all and we got in 5 long races , each with three almost full length beats. Mick with the Sedici was quick today and took the first four races, Jen hand sporting her brand new Brit Pop was also quick, The breeze at times just switched off and then came back and you were lucky or you missed out some would say it was a lottery, but it was a pleasant morning, Thanks to the OOD’s and to Alan for manning the finish line and all the helpers with the dingy etc . Geoff may have taken a few pics so I will add these later, also just to Add that Geoff has now become a I.O.M owner, so will be joining us soon .
A few pics from a calm lake for round 7 , many thanks Geoff
DF 95 Summer Series Round 4 30th June 2019
What can I say , yet another spanking good day at Lincoln , sunshine and a B suit breeze from the South West around 12/14 knots .
Scared to say it,, but no salad, Mick Chamberlain OOD opted for a South bank course with a bit of a hand dog dog leg giving two good beats , as the morning wore on the breeze moved more into the Sout and we should have moved to the east bank ( but Did Not)
The fleet all bar Mick Chamberlain started on A suit which in fairness was the right choice Mick one the first race but only just and so the fleet were not convinced ,,, race two the wind did get up a bit and Mick won that one by quite a large margin, so we had a ten minute break for anybody who wnted to change, most did but Sam Gill our visitor and new to DF racing only had an A rig so had to stick, but I have to say he had some decent races and ended up 4th overall, Gordon and Jen pushed Mick hard and on occasions got in front , but they could not make it stick, Mick leg seemed a lot better he was agile on the bank and was going very well on the water. We also had a pair of Stan’s at the lake both prospective new members who have got themselves a DF 95 each and were keen to learn what they could minus their boats this week, Highlite of the day was Geoff Streeter getting a third in race 4 , Geoff has come a long way in the short time he has been sailing and unfortunatley had to rush off to pick up family from the airport, but what a way to finish his day. Even better was the “Scotto” was drawn ,,,,,,,,and Gordon Bennett took home the £ 25.00 well done mate as they say you have to be in to to win it. 2nd time Gordon has won it, apparently he is pretty good with the Gee Gee’s ,.
Many thanks to all who helped out and I do believe round five is on 28th July and there will be specific training for this class all are welcome it starts at 0930 for about an hour