So this morning dawned a little grey but a lot less windy than yesterday. So much lighter in fact that we started the seeding races in A rig.
With the wind forecast to build and click round throughout the day it wasn’t long before the first course change and the first rig change of the day.
This was the order of the day, course changes and rig changes interrupted only by lunch.
Nine complete races ended with Tushy winning with Derek second, John Brierley third, Tim forth and travellers Chris and Chuck rounding out the top six.
Sorry about the upside down results, I’m tired and will sort it out over the next few days.
So we got a couple of races in after lunch, a short postponement due to it being too breezy saw us complete five races with two fleets.
Our two foreign visitors showed well finishing fifth and forth with a couple of good races between them. Tim Ling took third spot, Ken Binks took second with Tushy taking the top step.
Just six points separated second to sixth spot ensuring that the first DF Racing TT of 2020 picked up where the 2019 season left off.
DF95 racing tomorrow possibly in B rigs.
So the chilli at lunchtime was really tasty, almost as tasty as the breeze. It’s not the easiest of days to be sailing a DF65 but boy is it fun. During the lunch break we’ve had a gust of 42knts which is pretty extreme for any radio sailing class let alone one of the smallest. There are lots of smiling skippers and we are just about to start the afternoon session. Results later.
So we’re here and it seems that the wind is here too. We have had a few more entries since the last update and I think we stand at around 34 for both days, maybe a couple more than that on Sunday.
So the forecast looks like a cracker, mid twenties (mph) tomorrow and a little less on Sunday. We’ve also got two skippers heading in from the colonies to get the 2020 DF Racing UK TT series away with a truly international field as well as the usual mix of UK based skippers from all corners of the country.
Big winds will really require some concentration from the DF65 skippers tomorrow to get round the course cleanly, whilst dealing with the classic Southport “glare” should we see some sunshine…..which is entirely possible.
Meantime its beer o’clock and time to head to the bar.
Fancy a trip to the RYA Dinghy Show?
So the TT season opener is less than a couple of weeks away and we are getting on for 30 entries for the event, a little down on last year but there is still plenty of time to get your entry in to the organisers. Check out the event page by clicking here for the up to date entry list.
AGM, get involved, cast your votes and help us to continue to shape the DF UK Association.
RYA Dinghy Show – The Association will be there with a stand in the West corridor on a pretty cool stand. There will be lots to see around the show and our stand will be jam packed with DF Racing yachts, rigs and happy people.
Mike Weston has been asked to run the pool at the show and will be there with his fleet of DF65 yachts getting the general public involved in radio sailing. He could do with a couple of helpers for both days to man the pool. I’m sure you know how to get hold of Mike to offer your services. Obviously this will get you free entry to the show and you might even be able to get a look around the show too.
Catch you pondside soon!
Cosy race officials from 2018 – Photo Anna McKone
So we’ve had the entry open for a couple of days now for the 2020 DF Racing UK TT opener at West Lancs. 16 entries so far as of the 11th January. I know of quite a few names that haven’t appeared yet. Get those entries in it’ll help the organisers get a handle on how many people they need to cook food for!!
Entry list and entry details are available by clicking here.
Alan out in the ice breaking rescue boat @ West Lancs YC
The season opener at West Lancs YC is just a couple of weeks away and the MYA entry has now gone live. The event is always a great giggle, this year will prove to be similar I should imagine.
Check out the event page by clicking here.