In the end, 20 sailors registered for the first day of the Twixmas event at Fleetwood Model Yacht and Power Boat Club. After a short briefing by Derek Priestley, racing got under way shortly after 10:00 under the watchful eye of Bob Jolly as RO assisted by scorer Judith Baldwin.
The fleet raced as one on a course with two beats at a slightly different angle to try and make the best of the shifty 5 to 10 knot breeze. Dave Burke was quick out of the blocks to win Race 1. Derek took wins in Races 2 and 3, with Dave then picking up Race 4.
This was followed by a short break for mulled wine and hot mince pies and then resumed with Race 5 where it was the turn of Mick Chamberlain to take the win, followed by Jen Hand picking up Races 6 and 7 by a good margin from the rest of the field. The final race (number 8) before lunch provided yet another winner in the form of John Sharman.
After a quick break for lunch, John again showed the fleet a clean pair of heels to win Race 9. Race 10 then provided another new winner in the form of Chris Chatfield, followed by the first win for Peter Baldwin in Race 11. Derek picked up Race 12 from Peter right on the finish line, The final race which may have been unlucky for some was won by Peter as a small compensation for narrowly missing out on Race 12.
When the final scores were added up, only one point separated the top three, with John Sharman (Keighley) taking the win on countback from Dave Burke (Lincoln) and Peter Baldwin (Birkenhead) in third just one point behind them.
Unless you’ve been under a stone for the last month you’ll no doubt be aware that there are a couple of pretty major events happening in 2020.
DF95 Garda action 2019. Photo Sue Brown
First up is the DF95 European Regatta which, once again, is happening at the great Lake Garda venue at Campione. The 2019 event attracted a good few competitors from a number of countries and overall the event went off well.
To encourage more skippers to attend the 2020 event has been pushed back a little and will now take place between 15th & 17th May. This should ensure that the temperature is a little more acceptable for the competitors. This event makes up one round of the 2020 DF Racing UK TT series and the NoR has been published on our Events page.
There is also an event website which will keep you bang up to date with what’s going on. Clicky here to take a look.
Looks like a nice place for a DF65 get together….
Later on in the year, in early September, we are all gearing up for the second DF Racing Global Championship. This time the event is featuring the DF65 and is being held in Sweden, about an hour South of Stockholm.
There is already a lot of interest in the event which takes place from 6th – 11th September. The Swedes are keen to get as many skippers involved however the entry is limited to 70 skippers. Although there are currently 74 registered skippers it is worth getting yourself on the list if you fancy a trip
If this event is half as good as the 2018 Globals in Texas…well, we are in for a treat!
Check out the event website by clicking here.
It is with a certain amount of sadness that we are writing to inform you that Keith Coxon, founding DF Racing Class Captain, has decided to stand down from this role. He will continue in his role as Chairman until the 2020 AGM.
We would like to offer him our sincere thanks for all the good work he has done during his tenure and we wish him all the best for the future. I’m sure we’ll see you around Keith!
This left hole in the committee, however after much discussion (some of it wine fueled) we have co-opted Jim La Roche as our new Class Captain. Jim will be nominated for election at the upcoming AGM, details of which will be available soon.
We think Jim fits the bill well, he travels well, enjoys the odd glass of red wine and is well up to speed with both the DF65 and DF95 classes having competed in the TT series for some years.
Hopefully you guys will welcome Jim to the role and offer him your support.
Jim enjoying a glass of wine…..
So I’ve taken a bit of time and have compiled a bit of an end of season report which will hopefully remind you of how our 2019 DF TT series went down. Clicky here to have a read.
DF Racing 2020…..a bigger crowd than this……probably!
So we’ve completed the 2019 season and rather than being down in the dumps about it we’ve been busy organising the 2020 race calendar, well at least Tushy has! It’s all confirmed and it’s now time for you to get on with earning those brownie points that will allow you to get involved in 2020. The racing will be a little different next year with several single boat events over a weekend to allow the bigger fleets we have seen to get a decent amount of racing in. We also have another away weekend with the DF95 at Lake Garda, an event that was well worth the visit last year. Dates for the Nationals are all included in the calendar including the newly formatted three day DF95 Nationals at Fleetwood.
Anyhow, take a look by clicking here.
You might have thought that the last event of the season would go out with a whimper rather than a bang, quite the opposite in fact, lots of great racing, plenty of amusing social and hey presto the season is over.
I’ve written a report, Sue has taken some photos, Peter has compiled the results, fancy taking a look at how it all played out? Clicky here to have a read. There will be an end of season overall report to come later this week.
So today was a day of a single half. The wind came out of the pump house corner all day in varying strengths and with slight variations in direction.
Whilst the course wasn’t champagne Fleetwood it was quite a good vintage and led to some close racing.
After four races it was Shaun Priestley at the top trailed by Buzz and Tim.
By the end of the day it was still Shaun at the top and Tim in third spot but Buzz had been replaced by John Brierley who sailed an excellent afternoon.
Results, right way up today, below along with the top five mugshots.
Full weekend and overall report coming early next week.
So it was a day of many halves, first we had just about enough wind to get started, so we did, then it went away and came back from another direction, then it went away again, then it came back from another direction and got up a bit for the last race.
Derek and his great race team made the best of the conditions and allowed us to get eight races in on perhaps four different courses, no small task!
In the end it was Shaun Priestley who took the day by 0.7 of a point from John Brierley with Ken Binks in third spot a handful of points behind. The top six were separated by less than ten points once again showing how close the racing is in this class.
Sideways results and the top five rogues gallery below.
Last day of school tomorrow!
Well with just a couple of days to go before the Fleetwood DF Racing TT event it’s probably time to take a look at who could do what at the top of the table.
Top three, but which order?
Essentially Tushy boxed the series off some time ago and counting 8 wins he cannot be beaten. The battle for second & third spots between Derek & Buzz might be more of a matey push and shove rather than a battle as Derek is on PRO duty this weekend and counting average points he is unlikely to score better than he is doing now. Buzz could have a good weekend and capitalise which would give him the second spot, however he could just as easily have had a rubbish drive up followed by a poor evening in the pub, then the bed might be lumpy and give him a poor night’s sleep which would put him in a bad mood at breakfast leading to an uncompetitive weekend of racing, he might even fall in the pond, who knows!
For me it is fourth, fifth and sixth spots that offer the most exciting prospect for position changes. John B, Peter and Ken are within spitting distance of each other which means there could be some gains to be made by either skipper, Ken is on mighty form with the DF65, John B shows well with the DF95 and Peter is the thinking man’s skipper and shows well with both boats, it’s anyone’s fourth spot.
Behind them in seventh and eighth it’s Nigel & Tim. Nigel will hope for some bad luck ahead of him but with 17 points to Ken ahead of him he really does need major disaster to occur. Tim won’t better his score as he isn’t competing and Wayne is too far adrift in ninth spot to mount any real challenge.
And so further down the table the scenarios are waiting to be played out, the weather could also play it’s part, will Derek be able to use the whole length of the lake, possibly not. Lots of exciting stuff to look forward to, including the usual sensible socials and also the end of season prize giving after Sunday’s racing.
Good luck everyone!
For an up to date entry list for both days please check out the event page.
See Wayne, clear line of sight……
Less than a week now until the gun goes on the final DF Racing TT Series weekend of 2019 and with nearly 40 entries for the DF65 and over 40 for the DF95 it promises to be a good weekend of racing. The wind looks reasonable, although it’s a little far out to make any promises that it’ll be straight down the lake with blue skies and a steady F4….but we’ll see what Uncle Derek can get sorted for us.
Entries are probably acceptable up until 5 minutes before the gun goes on Saturday morning so come along and have a go!
Full entry lists are available by clicking here.