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DF65 Nationals 2021 @ Poole RYC
After our last outing at Weecher back in July the DF65 Nationals @ Poole RYC would be the first run out for many of the UK’s skippers since West Lancs waaaay back in February 2020 before the world changed. Luckily for us the great organisation from the gang at Poole RYC made us feel safe and welcome.
A bunch of keen people turned up on Thursday afternoon to scope out the location and the local drinking places as well as resting up from some pretty long drives to Poole from all corners of the UK and beyond.
Friday dawned with little breeze, which became a theme, and as the club came to life the usual suspects emerged and started setting boats up and taking to the water to see if they had remembered how to sail after the long layoff. Some informal racing took place then it was back to the hotel and pub for a debrief before dinner was had and stories of the last 18 months were regaled along with brave talk about weekend performances.
Once again Saturday dawned a little hazy ( both weather and heads) with not much promise of breeze from any specific direction. Tea was drunk, stories were told, more new faces introduced themselves and before we knew it it was 0945, briefing time. PRO Peter Wiles introduced himself and his team and we were given the details of our day. Obligatory skipper photo taken and we all headed out onto the big lake for the seeding races to decide who would sail where.
Unsurprisingly John Tushingham won his race with Peter Baldwin winning his and DF Fleet newcomer Jerry Ibberson taking the win in his race. None of those races were easily won. The outer lake course was shiftier than a shifty thing that has just been appointed head of shifts at Oxford University, you get the picture. Pressure from the left, head there, it dies so you head right hoping to make it there before it dies and you have to go left once again. Why not stick it up the middle then I hear you say….well there was less than no pressure there as well as the washing machine of doom where the wind went round in circles.
The race team made the best of their lot and set us fair courses for what prevailed but it was a game of snakes and ladders for the first couple of races. Then, as if by magic, the sea breeze kicked in and we enjoyed racing from the far end of the club lake towards the seaward end for the rest of the day. Not as brisk as perhaps forecast but a great deal better than the morning breeze. It paid to go out to the catwalk but you could futter up the middle hoping the breeze would allow you to tack back out before the port entrance to the mark was really required….it rarely worked that way.
So into the heats proper and with three fleets and the light breeze anywhere between 40 – 50 minutes was required to complete a full race. Race 2 was won by Norwegian Odd Stray who showed well the week before at the IOM Nationals in Fleetwood and had come down on the train. Second spot was Dave Burke who would, over the weekend be quite effective but quiet as a mouse on the racecourse. Third spot was retired Swede Ulf Lindburg who spent the weekend in a lounge chair enjoying the late summer sunshine looking smoother than melted butter!
Race three and Tushy found his feet and took the win from Ken Binks and Alton Water’s Malcolm Price who was looking racy in the light stuff. Tushy, Peter Baldwin and Odd made hay in race four. The final full race of the day was , once again Tushy’s with Ulf in second and Gosport’s Nigel Brown in third.
Race 6 C and B heats were held in dying breeze and as the six o’clock deadline for racing rolled by it was clear that the A fleet would take whatever they got first thing on Sunday. Fish and chips by the lake were very welcome and well organised by the club and as the sun went down it saw Tushy leading with Odd second, Peter third, Tim Long fourth and a strong looking Malcolm in fifth spot. Back to the hotel / pub combo for a few easy pints and an early bath for most.
Sunday was almost a repeat of Saturday and we started with A fleet on the big lake and another game of snakes and ladders where some of the top five took big scores and ended up back in B fleet hoping that the wind would somehow get better. C fleet went on in similar conditions and then B fleet had a left, right race which saw Tim Long staring at a demotion to C fleet until he gambled it all on right and overhauled a whole bunch of boats to get promoted back to A fleet quite comfortably. It wasn’t to be for a few others.
With the wind not helping the race team it was decided to take an early lunch at 11.25 and make the move back to the club lake and wait for the sea breeze which kicked in just after another splendid ploughman’s lunch expertly prepared by the ladies in the galley. Underway less than an hour after the stoppage it was almost like PRO Peter and his team have done this sort of thing before,
So on to race 7 and Ken was at the pointy end of the race followed by Tushy and Buzz Coleman who had spent most of Saturday telling himself he couldn’t do it and his boat wasn’t right. Well it was now. 8 Was Tushy’s from Nigel and Mickey Chamberlain who hadn’t made an impact up until now but would go one better in 9 and take second from Tushy with Dave Burke in third spot.
With top spot assured Tushy could ease off in the final race but you could have thrown a blanket over place 2 – 10 and not known the outcome. Dave Burke took the final race from Lincoln’s Peter Walters with Tushy making sure he had a discard to play with in third. Error of the day came from Tim Long who managed to make an epic mess of the finish which had he done it properly would have seen him finish the Championship third, however, tiredness and a lack of nightclub action had caused the issue and there were no other guilty parties in his own incident.
Some boat faff and tidying later we had a great prizegiving with the top seven in reverse order, Mick Chamberlain, Jonas Samson, Nigel Brown, Ken Binks, Derek Priestley, Tim Long and Odd Stray in fourth spot.
The top three were Tushy at the top of the pile, a slightly pleased Buzz Coleman in second and Dave Burke in a very well deserved third spot.
As ever you can look all the way down the results sheet and see clusters of close scores and close competition that the class promotes and thrives on. Nine points separated second to sixth spot and it was clearly a very nip and tuck championship played out in testing conditions and stunning late summer skies, if you weren’t there then you missed out.
Well done Tushy who, once again gave us all a good spanking and made it look easy. A bigger thank you however to those new faces that turned up and got stuck in at something you’ve not tried before, a great effort from all of you.
The biggest thanks of all however got to the Poole RYC and the oodles of helpers that pitched in and helped out so that we could all enjoy our racing. The race team made a great job of giving us challenging courses to race on, the boatman made alterations as required, the galley crew fed and watered us and the behind the scenes crew who stuck it all together. I certainly left the club for my 6 hour drive home having had a jolly good weekend.
Thank you Poole RYC.
Results and rogues gallery of winners below.
As things are back to normal we also had Sue Brown, ably assisted by the lovely Ness taking photos this weekend. They can be found by clicking here.
Don’t forget the DF95 Nationals in Fleetwood at the end of the month, places available, get in touch!
DF TT 2021 Rounds 1 & 2 – Weecher
After a sixteen month Covid break, the DF Racing UK Travellers Trophy series eventually got back on the road for the first two rounds at the Keighley club high up on the Yorkshire hills.
Saturday morning was a shock to the system, after the recent heatwave the temperature came plummeting down, gloves and hats were much in evidence, unthinkable the day before. Despite the cold, race officer John Sharman got the fleet of 23 DF65s away in what was an awkward wind direction, A+ rigs were the order of the day, but the gusts proved very challenging at times with steady thumbs required downwind to keep the hull under the rig, a true test of boat control but great fun nonetheless.
The fleet was split into two fleets using the tried and tested HMS scoring system and the winners of race one, the seeding heats, were John Brierley and Jim La Roche. From race two on it was the usual names of Derek Priestley and John Tushingham who shared out the rest of the race wins, closely followed by the very consistent John Brierley who only once scored outside the top four in any race. It was a day for those that had visited their opticians recently, by necessity the leeward mark was rather distant but it did set you up for a good long beat back up the lake and despite the length of the course there were some incredibly close finishes, not least in the final race ten where runaway leaders Derek and John were scrapping it out for the overall win with Derek just managing to to get across the line in a near photo finish to put them both equal on points, but winning the event on countback with five wins against John’s four.
We were happy to see the sun come out in the afternoon and lift the temperature to a more acceptable level. So, racing over for the day everyone retired to their hotels for the evening for a bit of R&R in preparation to do it all again the next day.
With the DF65s packed away it was the turn of the DF95s to strut their stuff. Unfortunately the wind was only around 8mph and blowing from the north, which meant the race officer John Tushingham gave the fleet a long walk to the new race area. The breeze proved a bit fickle, coming and going and throwing in large shifts to keep things interesting! At least the sun was out and temperatures were back to something like normal.
Twenty four boats took to the water and despite the size of the fleet the race officer decided to run just one fleet. Despite a slight forced bias to the start line there were only a few general recalls throughout the day. Dave Burke following up his good form from Saturday with a bullet in race one, followed over the line by yesterday’s winner Derek Priestly with Askerns Dave Darwell of to a good start in third. Peter Baldwin scored tthe first of his four race wins in race two, with Derek following up again in second. Race three saw Dave Darwell put in yet another good race to take the gun from Dave Burke. Peter Baldwin and John Brierley took the bullets in races four and five before Dave Darwell found yet another gear and took out the next three races to carve out a strong overall lead. Chris More then found some excellent form taking four second places and a last race win to put together an excellent run in the afternoon session.
At the close of play Dave Burke scored a couple of second places in the final two races to take the day from a very happy Dave Darwell by a slim two points followed up by a close battle between Peter Baldwin and the fast finishing Chris More. Derek Priestley had an uncharacteristicly inconsistent day but still managed fifth overall from John Brierley.
Throughout the weekend it was great to see so many new faces to the DF TT series and a refreshing new look to the top of the results sheet on Sunday. Congratulations to DF regular Dave Burke achieving his first overall victory in the series.
The series takes a short break now before ‘big September’ which kicks off with the DF65 Nationals at new venue Poole and rounding off with the sell out DF95 nationals at Fleetwood.
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