So with the event called on yesterday and a hardy group of skippers assembled in the car park it seemed like the deluge of snow wasn’t putting too many people off attending round 3 of the DF Racing TT series.
It was gone 10am before there was any let up in the snow and once it stopped it was quickly replaced by a biting NorEaster. The decision was made to get on with it using the available marks in the water and with C rigs on boats the 17 skippers we’re ready for the first race.
A block of four races were held with Ken Binks winning the majority and Dutch skipper Tjakko Keizer taking the other win with third places being taken by Tim Long, Wayne Stobbs and Nigel Brown.
After a brief break we cracked into the next block of races with Ken, Tjakko and Tim continuing to set the pace.
After 8 races the wind had increased a little more and it had begun to snow once again. It was decided that this would be a good time to call the day and at 1330 the prizes were handed out to the top three skippers. Ken won the day with a great display of heavy weather sailing, Tjakko took second place and Tim completed the top three.
So by just after 1400 we were in the hotel bar and it’s looking doubtful that some of us will make it to the 20.00 dinner booking!
DF95 tomorrow with a better day forecast we’ll see how we get on. No photos just yet. Results will be published later.
Just had the following update from the Coalhouse race team. The weekends racing is on but wrap up warm.
The Good news Both Days will go ahead as planned. Briefing at 09:45 registration from 09:00.
Be aware there is zero protection from the forecast wind direction, you will need to wrap up warm. Footwear to keep you dry is essential as the lake side is both wet and muddy!
Due to the historical nature of the site no tents or windbreaks can be erected using any method which breaks the ground surface.
Parking will be in the carpark to the right not on the grass as usual, there will be someone to direct you. ONLY the race committee may park by the lake.
Look forward to seeing you all tommorrow
So we’ve just had a mail from this weekends race team to warn us that the impending weather and conditions at the lakeside may lead to a cancellation of rounds 3 and 4 of the TT series. We will get a decision early tomorrow morning and post it online for general consumption.
We are less than a week away from rounds 3 & 4 of the DF Racing TT Series which will be rolling into Coalhouse Fort RYC on Saturday morning for a weekend of racing that promises to be just as close as last time round. There are sure to be a couple of new winners once again with current Champ John Tushingham taking in some IOM Racing in Malta, leaving the door wide open for everyone else to get involved.
Speaking of getting involved please take a look at the NoR on the events page and get your entry in.
Hopefully we’ll see a bit more breeze at this years CHF TT! – Photo Sue Brown.
So as the weather gets better (does it?) there are plenty of events to be looking forward to, this coming weekend we have the Invicta Trophy taking place at Chipstead in Kent, next weekend 17th & 18th March we have the third and fourth rounds of the 2018 DF Racing TT series at Coalhouse Fort, a great venue and still plenty of time to ping an entry over to the organisers.
We’ve also had a mail from the guys at Gosport who are busy making sure that your 2018 DF65 National Championship goes smoothly and we get great breeze and sunny skies. They would like to remind you that there is still plenty of time to get your entry in for this event. The entry list at the end of February stood at 29 skippers which is good for the first month of entries and with two months to go it would be reasonable to expect a few more skippers to come out of hibernation before the closing date.
You can view the entry list by clicking here.
You can check out the NoR and other essential info by clicking here. One point that isn’t specifically mentioned in the NoR is Junior entry fees, these have been confirmed as £15 per junior skipper.
Birkenhead have issued a number of dates for their DF / RG Race Series, a crazy but rewarding place to sail which has produced a great many of the worlds top skippers. Details of the series can be found on the events page.
More details available on the Events page.