So we concluded the DF Racing TT series yesterday with the DF95 racing at Lincoln and we have a winner. A Mr Tushingham of Ilkley seemed to do rather well throughout the season and has come out top of the pile and scoops a very nice trophy for his fireplace.
No doubt it will keep the DF65 and DF95 Nationals trophies company……
Well done John.
Full results available on the results page.
2017 DF Racing Champ John Tushingham with a very handsome chap…
So I’m back at HQ for a brief hour or two having spent another day tramping up and down the bank at Lincoln MYC. Today we notched up a mere 5.5 Miles again, this time under a big blue sky with some scudding fluffy clouds to show us that the breeze was definitely there.
An early kick off meant that there were still a few underperforming skippers during the morning session including JT who used two of his three discards in the first couple of races. Uncle Derek took the first from Snackers and Buzz. Race 2 was Ken from Buzz and Mike and it wasn’t until race 3 that JT found the front of the fleet however he wasn’t to win another race until the afternoon session when he really perked up a bit.
In reality there was no standout performance from any one skipper today, there were consistency issues for many skippers who found the conditions challenging with almost all the skippers catching some ‘salad’ in each race. Whilst it doesn’t stop a DF95 dead like it can do with a 65 it does make a noticeable difference to the performance and if you could get into remove it you certainly saw the difference, but could you cope with the places you lost in performing the task. And so began salad roulette.
So the race wins were shared between the top five or so skippers with overall scores being a little higher than usual across the fleet.
The day ended with JT top of the pile, Buzz sailed well to pip Mike Weston to second by a single point with Ken in 4th, Derek 5th, Snackers 6th and Liz in 7th having had a great days sailing.
Prizes were handed out as were the overall series prizes. So that concludes the 2017 DF Racing TT Series and with more than 150 skippers taking part we’ll call it a success.
Next season kicks off at West Lancs in February when we will start another TT series.
Some of today’s winners pictured below along with the results sheet.
So if you’ve ever wondered how the DF Racing crowd take their social, let me tell you it’s seriously…..
A forecast of some showers followed by some afternoon sunshine were about right, the breeze didn’t do quite what had been suggested which meant a day of A plus sailing for most with a couple of races in A suit for some.
As ever the Lincoln race team were super organised and ran a great day of racing and along with the tea ladies the competitors were kept fed and watered through the day.
The racing itself ended up being somewhat predictable at the top of the scoreboard with JT taking top spot including a brace of 5th place scores to count it certainly wasn’t the usual whitewash. The usual bunch fought it out along with the 21 skippers and in the end the best of the rest was Derek Priestley followed in third spot by Tim Long. Fourth to sixth were covered by just 8 points with Weston, Ken and Peter Baldwin in that order.
The rest of the fleet were similarly close with the usual battles taking place and keeping everyone on their toes.
The final day of the TT series happens tomorrow and with a slightly better overall forecast it promises to be a cracker.
Results sheet below.
Prize winners below also….
So after 5.5 miles of walking we are off to the pub!
Although the entry for the Lincoln end of season shindig was due to close on the 2nd November it has been extended until the Saturday morning of the 4th approximately 10 minutes before the start gun sounds!
As you may be aware from the previous post it seems there was some confusion over the entry email, this is now sorted and as requested could you please ping an entry through to Ed Whittaker via the link on the event page.
The racing will be great as usual and the social will be equally as good on both Friday and Saturday evenings at The Railway pub just a short drive from the lake.
We do have the up to date results for the series so far, these are posted on the Results page.
With a week to go until the season finale at Lincoln we are somewhat lacking in entries, however we’ve found the problem and rectified it. If you have already entered the event and have not heard back from Ed Whittaker having used the email link on the Notice of Race, could you please enter again. Ed has agreed to keep the entry open up until race day.
It seems that the original NoR had an incorrect email address which has certainly sent a few emails to the wrong place.
Clicky here for the NoR page and we’ll see you there.
Last years Lincoln DF95 event….chilly! – Photo Sue Brown.
Sorry this report is a little late but I’ve been on holiday and had only my phone and a patchy wifi signal over the last week.
Anyhow, whilst I was away the DF Racing circus rolled onto the moors above the Aire Valley and it seems that the skippers had a jolly good weekend of close racing.
Rather than write a fresh report I’ll point you all to the Yachts and Yachting website where Race Officer Tushingham has posted his report for the weekend. Check it out here.
Sunday’s winner, Buzz “Eyore” Coleman