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As promised Dave Pickett has edited and uploaded a number of photos onto his Flickr site, please clicky here to take a look. Thanks Dave!

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Eastbourne Roundup

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Lots of great banter over a windless (ish) weekend sat round a pond in Eastbourne. Full weekend roundup is available on the Results page.

Eastbourne Blues

Driving down to Eastbourne yesterday was difficult for most of the travellers, some set off early and had short delays, others set off later and had more significant travel trauma but Friday night is usually a fun fleet night out and the Tomato & Cheese Italian provided a good deal of amusement.

This morning was a sloooow start, the 0945 briefing went well with some added pond history thrown in for good measure but even with the extended history lesson we still couldn’t muster enough wind to complete the three seeding races before pretty much midday. Much sitting around, much laying and re-laying of the course only to find that the wind had moved around once more or completely gone.  The tea trolley did good trade whilst waiting for the breeze which finally appeared just before lunch.

Seeding race victors were Nigel Brown, John Tush and Tim Long. Tony Marshall took race two, Peter Baldwin race three, Tushy took 4 and Buzz triumphed in the final race of the day…race 5.

A super tough day for all involved, the race team had a horrible job and did a superb job to get the five races in with the three fleets. Jez was a whiz in the dinghy and the shore team did a sterling job too. Tea trolley and catering team did equally well keeping us fed and hydrated.

Nigel was victorious on the day, five points clear of Derek and Tim, tied on 15. Tushy could only muster a 4th place finish on 16 points with Ken Binks and Peter Baldwin in fifth and sixth spots.

Well done to all 36 skippers that took part, travelling far and wide to enjoy yet another nice day by a pond.

More tomorrow and the wind is forecast to be just as light…or lighter.

Results below.

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DF65 Northern Champs

Birkenhead delivered its usual mix of conditions with some breeze blowing in some directions at some times. Not often in one direction for all of one race but still it wasn’t raining.

Sixteen races, a mix of winners but the usual suspects were towards the pointy end of the fleet. Tushy won the day, local skipper John Brierley took second with Dave Darwell in third.

No disasters apart from Tim’s winch packing up before the start and then sinking quite a bit in the last three races. It’ll be the last time he treats his boat to a new rudder servo before an event!

Thanks to all at Birkenhead, lots of well organised racing with plenty of tea….

Upside down Results below.

Eastbourne TT Entry Details

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Sorry, sorry, sorry I’ve been busy and forgot to upload the details for you all.  Some of you have seen the entry details already and have put your entries in, others are probably waiting for me to do this!

Anyhow, the event page is now online with details of the NoR and entry for both days at Eastbourne. Remember that we are sailing back to front at this event and we’ll be racing DF95’s on Saturday and DF65’s on Sunday.

Get your entry in early to allow the organisers to sort out how they’ll run the event.