It was a tough day at the office for both race team and skippers. Both did great work in challenging conditions. Light breeze filled and allowed us 22 races. Tush first by some margin. Ken and Snackers separated by two point in second and third with Wayne ‘I can see France from here’ Stobbs some way back in fourth. Highlight of the day was Jim la Roche winning his first DF race, swiftly followed by another win. Great job Jim. Thanks to Jez and his race team, to get so many races in conditions like we had was excellent, well done.
95’s tomorrow, 10am kick off. Drink and food now….in that order.
The final TT’s of our shortened 2021 season have now gone live on the MYA online entry system and we also have an event page for the two days of racing which will happen over the weekend of the 13 – 14 November. Head over to the event page by clicking here and get your entry in!
In 2020 this was the only TT event to actually happen and it’ll be good to get back to the club, hopefully it won’t be quite so brutal!
Meantime there is an elite band of sailors beginning to gather in Eastbourne for this weekend’s TT event.
So this week is raceweek once again. This time it’s DF TT 5 and 6 at Eastbourne. 20 entries for the 65 and 28 for the 95. There is still time to get an entry in, check out the event page here for details.
So we’ve got home, had a snooze and a snack and despite battling a snotty nose and a sore throat (not covid I’ve done a test) I’ve managed to get a report written and posted about this weekends excellent adventure. Lots of fun times mixed with some seriously tough racing in a super strong fleet.
So today was difficult for everyone. Yesterday saw us all in small rigs and today we were all in big rigs and at times we could have done with bigger rigs. An early postponement as the wind filled in but it was patchy for most of the day when we got going. Full up to date results posted below. one day left, it could be any one of three or four peoples race!
So, we are just two days away from the gun going on the 2021 DF95 Nationals up at Fleetwood MYPBC and the big question is…..who’s the favourite for the title? Lets take a quick look at the contenders.
First up we have Global Champ John Tushingham, fresh from his top spot finish at the DF65 Nationals a couple of weeks back he’s got to be right up there for the win. He’s been tuning up his new 95 at his club for a couple of months now and always enjoys a trip to Fleetwood.
US skipper Mark Golison was second at the Global’s in 2018 behind JT. As 3 times US 95 Champ he should be in with a good shot of beating JT, could jetlag be an issue? Who knows?
Swede Jonas “Black sails” Samson is another strong contender for the win, he showed well at the Global’s in ’18 and shouldn’t be overlooked.
If he’s allowed out of the country Aussie skipper Chris Dance is a canny chap on the racecourse and could well be a threat.
Craig Richards showed well at the IOM Nationals with his new boat, but will he fair well in a restricted class?
Tjakko Keizer is always strong unless there are jellyfish!
There’s always Tim “Snackers” Long to look out for, he’ll either have a great championship or drink too much and enjoy the social far too much and not feature.
In short, there are any number of skippers that could make a great challenge for the 2021 title, to finish anywhere in the top ten of this fleet would be a great result for any skipper. Racing is sure to be tight with a bad route up the beat having the potential to cost you anything from one to five places or more.
The weather looks like it should offer us some breeze for practice day and Friday’s racing but the weekend forecast currently sees the wind dying and moving around a lot which could give the race team a headache or two over the last two days of racing.
I’ll try and post a couple of end of day updates as we go along but there’s bound to be lots of pictures and info on Facebook which is much quicker than me, a pint or four and a steam powered laptop!