So here we are at the pointy end of the 2017 season. Mid February and we’ve had the first of the TT events at West Lancs YC which proved to be a great success. We are hoping to keep a good results page over the 2017 season so you know who’s top of the pile in the two DF Racing classes.
DF Racing UK 2017 TT Series, Overall Points Table to Round 11 (DF95 Nationals)
Please find below the up to date score sheet for the 2017 TT series so far. More than 110 skippers have now taken part and scored points in the series.
Whilst the table above is a little on the small side there is a link to a PDF version which is somewhat easier on the eyes. Click the link to take a look DF TT to 95 Nats
DF95 National Championships 2017 – 10th & 11th June at Two Islands RYC
So the DF95 circus rolled into the car park at Furzton Lake in Milton Keynes on Friday afternoon and were greeted by some great breeze, sunny skies and the promise of some superb racing over the weekend.
Mike Weston talking tuning – Photo Sue Brown
After a good amount of boat tuning and some informal racing it was time for the Friday night debrief in the pub which is just a stones throw from the lake. Some food was eaten, some drink was taken and folks took the time to catchup on the last couple months since we all last met up and did similar!
Race Control ready for the off – Photo Sue Brown
Saturday morning arrived and with the race team at the lakeside and the competitors sort of well rested the 0945 briefing took place and under the guidance of PRO Mike Kemp the racing got underway with the two seeding heats to decide the initial A & B fleets for the mornings racing.
Solid B rig conditions looked like being the order of the day and it was no surprise that John Tushingham and Mike Weston took the two wins in the seeding heats and with both fleets decided the racing proper began, JT took races 2 and 3 followed by Buzz Coleman and Mike Weston with Ken Binks and Derek Priestley not too far behind.
Breezy start – Photo Sue Brown
A win for Derek in race 4 meant JT took a second place finish, one of just a handful that he would count. Tim Long was awarded redress for a final leg incident which demoted him to B fleet for race 5 which he promptly won followed quite quickly by the A fleet heat as Tim and Derek opted to stay with the B rig whilst others changed down to C only for the breeze to drop, shift a little, get up again then drop out on certain parts of the course.
This was the way of the day with some big breeze on parts of the course and just when you thought you’d got the measure of it the breeze would just leave you in a big hole, spin through 90 – 180 degrees and pipe up once more. The leeward gate was a particular problem for this and there were quite a few places to be gained or lost by making the correct, or incorrect, choice in this area.
Even JT had the odd head scratching moment at this end of things but at the end of day one he hadn’t taken his foot off the gas and he had taken top spot in all the days remaining races to head off to the pub in a commanding top spot.
Top mark action – Photo Sue Brown
Derek had had a good day at the mill and despite a couple of hiccups towards the end of the day he went into the evening social in second spot. Third through fifth were tightly bunched with Buzz Ken and Mike all within a couple of points of each other. Further down the fleet of 37 boats the places were similarly tight with several groups of skippers within just a couple of points.
Saturday social was well received with several skippers enjoying some fine Gin to celebrate National Gin Day. Lots more useful catchup and drinking was followed by some rest and another days racing.
Sunday didn’t initially look quite so breezy and the wind had shifted a little overnight which meant a bit of a course change was required before the 0945 briefing and some brave skippers took to the water with an A rig, seeking an advantage, which they rapidly changed for the 12th race as the wind had re appeared on parts of the course whilst still being so very absent on other parts meaning that B rig was once again the choice of the day.
JT took race 11 with Derek second and Buzz in third, Mike took race 12 with on form skippers Peter Baldwin and Chris More making a visit to the podium spots. JT was back on form for 13 with our only overseas skipper Tjakko in second and Ken in third.
Race fourteen saw several of the top skippers take a discard as JT had battery issues and Derek was somewhat off the pace finishing tenth. The race win was taken by Nigel Brown from Ken with Peter Baldwin rounding out the top three.
Relaxing between races – Photo Sue Brown
Fifteen and sixteen saw two Fleetwood members taking wins, Derek in one and class newcomer Shaun Holbeche taking the other. JT recovered the next two with Derek taking 19 and Ken rounding off the Championship with a win in 20. Tjakko and Shaun found good form in the final two races, both taking a second place finish with JT taking the third spot both times.
The final tally saw JT take another convincing win to be crowned UK National Champion 2017 with Derek taking the second step some way behind with Ken taking third and Mike Weston in fourth less than a handful of points behind. John Brierley took fifth spot by just a single point from Buzz in sixth. 7th and 8th were again separated by just a single point with Phil Playle ahead of Tjakko. Another handful of points covered 9th, Nigel, and 10th, Peter.
John Tushingham – UK DF95 Champion 2017 – Photo Sue Brown
Some bigger gaps covered the next few spots but even down the field you could easily have thrown a blanket over 26th to 29th and other battles, proving that even though the scores are higher, the racing is genuinely just as tight throughout the field meaning that every race counts and positions changed right down to the last race.
In the end everyone went away with big smiles, some went away with sunburn and I went away with an ice cream which was just fine by me. The race team at two Islands RYC did a sterling job under the guidance of PRO Mike Kemp and from all the skippers we owe you all great thanks for giving up your weekend to help with the running of the event. Mike Ewart especially who was kept busy with the rescue boat, both moving marks and rescuing tangled boats!
Sue Brown was on hand with her excellent photography skills and she has a great album which is online now and you can take a look at the 240 odd photos by clicking here
The next stop on the 2017 tour is Dartmoor at the end of July and we’ll have details online as soon as we have them available.
DF65/DF95 Travellers Trophy Rounds 9 & 10 at Gosport, 20th & 21st May 2017
Skippers and the Gosport race team gathered on Saturday morning for Round 9 of the TT series, today for Dragon Force 65’s.
Whilst the weather was initially dry, there was the threat of some rain with possible thunder storms in the forecast. Although we were to see a couple of showery periods, fortunately the thunder didn’t arrive.
A good turn out of 25 skippers meant the use of two fleets on Gosport’s smaller North lake. With the wind essentially from SSW a course was set of triangle, sausage, another beat to the windward mark before a reach to the offset finish line.
Seeding heat B got under way with John Tushingham leading from Buzz Coleman and Paul Davis. When first John, then Buzz and then Paul miscounted the number of times they needed to round the leeward and subsequently the windward marks, it looked for a short while that we might be in for a very long heat! The rest of the fleet followed them around what was in effect an additional sausage.
No such antics in the A fleet seeding race where David Brown, Brian Holland and Wayne Stobbs showed a clean trio of transoms to the rest.
John, Buzz and Paul would continue to show the way up to race 5 when Paul started to slip back into the clutches of John Brierley. The final result saw the win for JT, Buzz 2nd, Paul 3rd and 1 point further back John B in 4th.
The highest placed home skipper was David Reynolds sailing a borrowed boat, but as his position was 10th, it goes to show that Gosport without Nigel Brown at the IOM Worlds and Alex Cory still coming to the grips of sleepless fatherhood nights, need to up their act and consistency. The best way is more practice!
Nonetheless, apart from the weather which did turn somewhat chilly an interesting day’s racing was enjoyed by all. It is interesting to note that despite a few concerns before the event that the introduction of the use of A+ rigs might create an uneven playing field, on the day there was only one attempt at using an A+ and it only lasted one heat. So there certainly seems nothing to fear on that front then.
Sunday was an altogether brighter and warmer day although with a pretty steady breeze from ESE/SE, race officer Chris Durant was able to set a windward and leeward gate course maximising the use of the smaller North lake.
22 skippers would start out, with a couple of later withdrawals still meaning 2 fleets. Concentration levels on the racing were clearly so intense as no less than 2 skippers missed their footing on the pathway and ended up in the lake.
The 95’s proved that even the smaller lake is perfectly adequate to achieve good racing. John Tushingham, Buzz Coleman and John Brierley were the most consistent through the day whilst Mike Weston, taking a break from his assistance with the 65’s on Saturday, much appreciated by those he was able to help, won a thrilling Race 5, afterwards admitting that it probably wasn’t the sun that was making him sweat, but the chasing pack of JT, Buzz, JB and Roy Scott.
On then to the next round but don’t forget next year as we certainly hope that the series will return to Gosport.
Thank you to all for their support, cooperation and excellent sportsmanship, good clean racing in the true spirit.
Sailing Sec and Race Officer Day1
Videos available for watching the action from
Day 1 – https://youtu.be/hGJA9-qTzoA
Day 2 Pt 1 – https://youtu.be/ZdzzdZLDW44
Day 2 Pt 2 – https://youtu.be/00RgffWcghU
Day 2 Pt 3 – https://youtu.be/00RgffWcghU
DF65 Saturday Results – DFRacingTT9GosportResults
DF95 Sunday Results – DFRacingTT10GosportResults
DF65/DF95 Travellers Trophy Rounds 7 & 8 at Eastbourne 1st/2nd April 2017
24 skippers presented themselves at Eastbourne on 1st April for the DF Travellers Trophy this being round 7 of the 2017 series. Clear sunny conditions meant that racing got underway in two fleets, in a 12mph south-south-west breeze which allowed PRO John Henderson to set a windward – leeward course roughly parallel with the north bank of the Princes Park lake.
By lunchtime the wind had moved to a more south westerly direction and was gusting to about 15mph and the decision was made to move to the opposite side of the lake to enable sailing to take place in the best breeze available with the best view for skippers of the now reset course. Windward legs were quite a challenge with no one side being favoured. Royal Lymington YC’s Simon McCarthy emerged as the very worthy winner, possibly due to some local knowledge gained on his last visit to Eastbourne, when as a 12 year old he competed in an IOM open meeting 20 years ago!
Simon’s tally of 13 points from 9 races speaks for itself, his closest rival Peter Baldwin of Birkenhead coming in second with 17 points. In third place, was local man Jes Collier on 25 points.
18 yachts took to the water on the following sunny Sunday morning for the DF95 event, which was slow to get going due to a gentle northerly breeze flicking through 30-40 degrees making life difficult for PRO John Henderson and his team, and skippers alike. After an hours racing in light and shifty conditions the land breeze gave in to a building sea breeze from the south-south east. There was a short break whilst race control was re-situated on the north bank, and welcome teas and coffees were taken from the ladies running the busy EDMYC tea trolley.
What ensued was a magnificent remainder of the day’s racing in a breeze which built from 10mph to about 15mph by the close of the afternoon, with the odd gust making it top of A rig conditions in the latter races, however, nobody felt the need to change down.
The eventual winner was Peter Baldwin of Birkenhead with a total of 40 points from 21 races, from local skipper Jes Collier in second on 53 points. Another Eastbourne skipper, Geoff Ball, was third with a total of 71 points, a fine achievement in his first season of radio yachting.
Results can be found at:-
Some action shots from the Eastbourne TT Weekend.
A vote of thanks goes out to the Eastbourne PRO John Henderson and his team both lakeside and back at the clubhouse, the bacon butties at registration were only surpassed by the delicious sausage ‘dog rolls at lunchtime, and the cakes were spot on!
West Lancs TT 1 & 2
Our roving reporter Tim Lanigan has compiled a report of the goings on at West Lancs YC which appears on the homepage and below you’ll find the results tables. Click on each table for a larger version.