A short report by Keith below many thanks mate ,,,, as I remember the forecast scared a lot of people to death.
Keith did the main OOD assisted by Mick Ch and a few , Mick was going on his Hols so did not sail .
Fantastic days sailing. Wind top of B suit & no rain, shame only 5 turned up. Half way through the morning we stopped for coffee& a piece of Micks & Gordons birthday cake. Keith did a good job of rescuing buoys that had been blown on to the bank the previous weekend& setting a good course along the east bank. Chris E did well in the challenging conditions & came out on top followed closely by Rob Wilson. For those not used to the conditions there was plenty of help & advice. A good days sailing.
10 Skippers for round 9 won by Chris E, with Rob W in second and Adrian C in third. All the wins were recorded by the top three , A few skippers missing ,,
report by Chris E many thanks
The racing started off on the South bank with the conditions very different at the start where there was plenty of steady wind to the windward mark, where there was not very much, but a fair start line made the first beat very fair to all those who started either at the windward end of the line or those at the leeward end.
Rob started off well by winning the first race but others were close on his tail. The second race saw an incident around the first mark for which Chris E sought clarity, and he subsequently accepted responsibility and withdrew from the race in which Adrian sailed well to record a win. Rob returned to winning ways in the third race.
At the break the wind had come around so much that we reset the course to sail off the East bank.
This brought a change in the sailing and Chris E soon took to the course and conditions and recorded 4 out of 5 wins, but all of the races were close between himself and Rob with others coming in very close behind. The standard has clearly improved this year and competitiveness has increased with skippers learning about their boat set up and sailing strategy when starting and approaching a marks.
Another good day for the DF 65’s with 11 skippers out on a mixed weather morning, started well enough but most changed down to just A rig and by the end we had a bit of driving rain, On form today was Pete Walters with 4 wins from 6 races , each race was three full on beats so a very long course,. Close on his heels was Jen Hand who would do well not to follow people who sail the wrong course !!!!!, Dave Rigby was also on form today winning the first race and getting some nice results, Keith Holmes and Mick C struggled on the day, But hey well done to Pete for the win and well done Jen for a very fine 2nd ,
Many thanks to Roger Bowtle for getting all the gear out ready for racing Mick C for changing the bouys around to give 2 good beats and everyone else for helping out and getting the stuff put away and sign board in .
The scores below are slightly different ,, in that , it was decided before the start we should race till 1 pm and the majority vote was taken , those that had to leave early were given average points , worked out By our treasurer ( cos she is good with numbers ) after Geoff had worked it out on HMS ,,,,,,,,,,, anyway below is what it is.
“On a cold and frosty Morning” , hey hey 15 skippers turned up for round 8 , not a cloud in the sky, not a breath of wind, not a ripple on the water. We started the morning with a great chat and questions and answers on rig set up and tune, superbly managed by Chris E Piccy below, Unfortunatley the wind was not going to play ball but all the lessons learned will be carried for ward to two weeks time and Skippers will have done there shrouds to allow adjustment both ways ( up and down or tighter and looser ) and all the other tips picked up. eventually Mick & Bob had a course on the South bank and boats were launched ready for the first start,,,, The wind Changed through 180 degrees as the countown was about to start so the course was left the same on the water and reversed verbally, with no loss of time, Chris E stormed into an early lead and never gave it up Peter C was 2nd with Keith taking third, I have to say at this point ,,, for some reason , for such a nice day everybody thought it was summer and lake decided to bring out some salad which kinda affected things a bit, strange but true. Race two was won by Keith thereby keeping his average good cos there was not going to be many races, and we decided to do one more race and have coffee ………………………… not sure how long the race was but allsorts of talk about places on the water , abandoning it ,, all sorts by hey Mick Ch got a puff here and a puff there and was eventually overhauling the leader Roger B and a couple of others and was rounding the weather mark for the second time in total control of the race Ha Ha ,, any way a few more puffs and he did after a pit stop go on to win with Keith making a massive recovery to come home second. Coffee and a vote to agree on what is best, No wind lets go home won, so plenty more chit chat about rig tune etc and that was that, I cannot remember a morning when it has been so light and frustrating, but thats sailing , well done to Keith and well done to all the helpers, for a great mornings banter, for the 15 that showed up thank you all for supporting the club it fantastic to see the number at the club so healthy, long may it continue. I was going to mention how well Geoff Streeter did today but it might upset too many people, if you know what I Mean ,,, so decided not to mention it !!!!