Dragon Force 65 Sunday Series

Sunday 25th June saw the penultimate round of the Spring Dragon Force 65 Sunday Series at Coalhouse Fort. Initially it was an overcast and cooler day than recently, but it very quickly started to warm up and brighten. The wind was a strong breeze, almost at the top of ‘A’ sails, primarily from the SW veering to WSW at times, and as such it was a windward/leeward course, starting between marks 7 and 8, down to 12, back to 8, down to 12, back to 8 and finishing between 12 and the bank.

We welcomed Terry Wright with his new boat, which after a bit of tweaking from several skippers was going reasonably well. Bill Still is struggling with his original Dragon Force sails but is rumoured to be interested in purchasing some better sails, so watch this space. For the first 5 races there was competition between Dennis Graham with his V6 and John Newton with his V1, but unfortunately John suffered a winch problem and had to retire for the rest of the day. It was then left to Dennis and Jim La Roche to battle it out, with Dennis taking the overall win on the day with 12 points, followed by Jim with 25 points and Dave Bland third on 35 points.  

Results:









Pos Skipper Sail # Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
1 Dennis Graham 23 12.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0
2 Jim La Roche 90 25.0 4.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 4.0 1.0
3 Dave Bland 88 35.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 4.0 5.0 4.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 3.0 1.0 3.0
4 Chris Theodorou 873 44.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 6.0 6.0 2.0 5.0 5.0 4.0 6.0 6.0 8.0
5 John Newton 43 48.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0
6 Terry Wright 00 52.0 8.0 8.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 5.0 4.0 3.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 4.0
7 Bill Still 0 54.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 5.0 4.0 8.0 6.0 8.0 6.0 4.0 3.0 8.0

With seven rounds in this shortened series and two discards, Dennis Graham still leads the Spring Dragon Force 65 Sunday Series with 6 points, followed by Malcolm Schaffer on 20 points and Dave Bland third on 23 points.

























Pos. Skipper Sail # Total Discard Result
1 Dennis Graham 23 26 20 6
2 Malcolm Schaffer 101 41 21 20
3 Dave Bland 88 40 17 23
4 John Lambert 877 45 21 24
5 Steve Bines 836 50 23 27
6 John Newton 43 52 23 29
7 Glenn Meekcoms 418 53 23 30
8 Jim La Roche 990 56 22 34
9 Dave Crane 182 58 23 35
10 Chris Theodorou 873 58 22 36
11 Keith Gray 27 59 22 37
12 George Patten 95 58 21 37
13 Buzz Coleman 12 61 22 39
14 Lance Bennett 010 62 23 39
15 Mark Hainsworth 34 63 22 41
16 Dave Sellens 790 64 23 41
17 Angela Mears 348 64 23 41
18 Bill Still 0 64 23 41
19 Geoff Appleton 16 64 22 42
20 Rodney Latham 777 66 23 43
21 Terry Wright 3 68 23 45
22 Howard Dalton 364 72 23 49
23 Ian kemp 590 72 23 49

The final round of this series will take place on Sunday 2nd July with Round 1 of the Summer Series starting on Sunday 16th July 2017. We will be looking at a new scoring system plus a potential handicap series based on a skippers percentage performance.

The Percentage performance will be based on the following formula:

Percentage performance = (P*C)-S/(C*N)*100 where

P = Maximum Number of points (I.e fleet plus 1)

C = Number of countable heats (I.e. races less discards)

S = the individuals points

N = Number of competitors

This will allow a skipper to monitor his performance and hopefully measure any improvement, but more will become clear as we move forward.

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