Frozen Fingers Dragon Force 65 (Round 5)

The penultimate round of the Frozen Fingers 65 Championship Series took place on a very cold Sunday 12th February 2017. Initially it was a strong wind from the NNE which veered to ENE and eventually E as the day went on. Some skippers decided to start on ‘B’ Sails but soon found they were disadvantaged and so at the first coffee break changed up to ‘A’ sails to join the rest of the fleet.

Because the wind varied so much there were several changes to the course, which started as a windward/leeward course in the middle of the lake with rounds to port, but this was then changed to two rounds of a triangle all on port, but eventually ended up as two rounds of a triangle all on starboard.

Whilst Buzz Coleman was beaten into first on three occasions, due primarily to him making a mistake, he dominated the racing as usual, and so was the overall winner on 13 points. With John Newton and Howard Dalton taking the remaining wins between them, there was some close racing with the rest of the fleet, but with his greater consistency, John was able to take second on 33 points, followed by Howard in third on 46 points. Four points then separated the next four skippers, namely, Malcolm Schaffer, Glenn Meekcoms and Angela Mears, demonstrating just how close the racing was.

Pos. Skipper Sail # Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
1 Buzz Coleman 12 13.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 1.0
2 John Newton 43 33.0 5.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 4.0 2.0 4.0 3.0 5.0 1.0 5.0
3 Howard Dalton 364 46.0 4.0 6.0 3.0 3.0 7.0 1.0 4.0 6.0 6.0 2.0 2.0 6.0 5.0 4.0
4 Malcolm Schaffer 101 47.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 2.0 5.0 3.0 2.0 8.0 11.0 5.0 7.0 7.0 2.0
5 Glenn Meekcoms 418 49.0 3.0 5.0 5.0 6.0 3.0 4.0 7.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 7.0 2.0 3.0 6.0
6 Angela Mears 348 51.0 11.0 4.0 6.0 4.0 5.0 7.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 4.0 3.0
7 Dave Bland 488 82.0 6.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 6.0 6.0 9.0 9.0 3.0 6.0 9.0 8.0 8.0 11.0
8 Dave Chamberlain 208 91.0 8.0 8.0 11.0 10.0 8.0 9.0 6.0 7.0 9.0 11.0 8.0 4.0 6.0 8.0
9 Steve Bines 836 92.0 7.0 10.0 8.0 8.0 9.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 7.0 7.0 6.0 9.0 9.0 7.0
10 George Patten 95 116.0 11.0 9.0 9.0 9.0 11.0 10.0 10.0 10.0 10.0 8.0 11.0 11.0 10.0 9.0

This being the penultimate round of the Frozen Fingers Dragon Force 65 Championship Series, there is still only one discard but does lead to a change of leadership. Buzz Coleman and John Newton both have 10 points, but with three wins versus one, Buzz now leads the Championship, followed by John, with Dennis Graham dropping to third on 11 points, and Glenn Meekcoms not far behind on 13 points. So, all still to play for in the final round on Sunday March 26th 2017.

Pos. Name Sail# Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Total Disc. Result
1 Buzz Coleman 12 7 11 1 1 1   21 11 10
2 John Newton 43 2 1 5 8 2   18 8 10
3 Dennis Graham 73 1 5 3 2 11   22 11 11
4 Glen Meekcoms 418 7 3 2 3 5   20 7 13
5 Dave Bland 488 4 4 14 5 7   34 14 20
6 Geoff Appleton 16 7 2 4 8 11   32 11 21
7 Malcolm Schaffer 101 7 11 6 7 4   35 11 24
8 Jim La Roche 990 7 6 14 4 11   42 14 28
9 Angela Mears 348 7 11 7 8 6   39 11 28
10 Steven Bines 836 5 9 14 6 9   43 14 29
11 Dave Chamberlain 208 7 11 8 8 8   42 11 31
12 John Lambert 877 3 11 14 8 11   47 14 33
13 Rodney Latham 777 7 7 14 8 11   47 14 33
14 George Patten 0 6 10 11 8 10   45 11 34
15 Ian Kemp 590 7 8 12 8 11   46 12 34
16 Peter Mann 67 7 11 10 8 11   47 11 36
17 Howard Dalton 364 7 11 9 8 3   38 1 37
18 Dave Sellens 790 7 11 13 8 11   50 13 37
19 Mike Weston 69 7 11 14 8 11   51 14 37

Just a quick reminder that the Dragon Force 65 Monthly Championship starts in March, so hopefully we will see all skippers taking part in that at some point – please take a look at the ‘Events Diary’ on the web site for all the dates.

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