Dragon Force 65 Sunday Championship Series

Sunday 24th September 2017 saw the final round of the Summer Dragon Force 65 Sunday Championship Series on what was a good sunny day. The wind was initially primarily for the East and a gentle breeze which made the A+ sails the order of the day.

This created a problem in terms of setting a course, but it was eventually decided to make it a triangle and sausage all on Starboard, starting between mark 6 and the bank, up to X, down to 7, back to 6, up X, back to 6 and finish between marks 7 and 8. This was considered to be a different but interesting course, which did appear to cause some skippers an issue in at least the first race!

However, after two races the wind had veered to south-east and so there was a change to a windward/leeward course, starting between 5 and 6, a beat to 8, down to 5, a beat to 8, back to 5 and finish between marks 7 and 8. At the same time the wind increased to about 10 mph gusting occasionally to 12 mph, but everybody stayed on their A+ sails.

Coalhouse Fort Marks

Whilst John Newton won all the races with 7 points, there was some close competition for second a third place between Dave Crane and George Patten, with Dave’s overall consistency helping to take second place on 16 points and George third on 21 points. As you will see we welcomed Dave Sellens back, albeit for just one race, following an extended absence due to an on going health issue – we wish Dave all the best for the future.

Pos. Skipper Sail # Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 John Newton 43 7.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
2 Dave Crane 182 16.0 4.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 2.0 4.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
3 George Patten 95 21.0 3.0 5.0 2.0 8.0 5.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
4 Steve Bines 836 28.0 7.0 3.0 5.0 2.0 3.0 5.0 5.0 6.0 5.0
5 Terry Wright 97 30.0 5.0 6.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 3.0 8.0 4.0 8.0
6 Bill Still 327 34.0 6.0 4.0 6.0 5.0 6.0 6.0 4.0 5.0 4.0
7 Dave Sellens 91 50.0 2.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0

Being the final round of the Summer Dragon Force 65 Sunday Championship Series, leaves John Newton as the overall winner on 62 points followed by Dennis Graham on 55 points and Glenn Meekcoms third on 46 points. It should be pointed out that Dennis was away at the Dragon Force 65 Nationals in Eastbourne and so unable to challenge for first place on the day.

Pos. Skipper Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Disc. Result
1 John Newton 43   11 10 17   8   10 13 4 7 80 18 62
2 Dennis Graham 23   10   16   7 9 9 12 8   71 16 55
3 Glenn Meekcoms 418   8 12 15     8   11     54 8 46
4 George Patten 95 2 7 5 8 7 3 4 5 5 6 5 57 14 43
5 Keith Gray 27 6 5 7 10 6   10 7   7   58 17 41
6 James Beale 188 3   1 13 4 6 2 6 3 5   43 6 37
7 Angela Mears 348   9 11 14               34 0 34
8 Howard Dalton 364     9 12         10     31 0 31
9 Dave Bland 88   3 8 6 3 4   3 6 3   36 6 30
10 Terry Wright 97 4 2 2 4 2 5 5 2 7 2 3 38 8 30
11 Dave Crane 182   4 4 3 8   7   4   6 36 7 29
12 Geoff Appleton 16 5     9 5   1 8       28 1 27
13 Jim La Roche 90   6   7     6   8     27 6 21
14 Malcolm Schaffer 101       11         9     20 0 20
15 Steve Bines 836     6 2 1   3 4     4 20 1 19
16 Bill Still 0 1   3 5   2   1 2 1 2 17 3 14
17 Buzz Coleman 12               11       11 0 11
18 Ian kemp 590   1   1               2 0 2
19 Rodney Latham 777           1     1     2 0 2
20 Dave Sellens 790                     1 1 0 1
21 John Lambert 877                       0 0 0
22 Chris Theodorou 873                       0 0 0
23 Lance Bennett 010                       0 0 0
24 Mark Hainsworth 34                       0 0 0
  Discards – Half+1                              

Just a reminder, we start with Round 1 of the Autumn Dragon Force 65 Sunday Championship Series next Sunday 1st October 2017 and look forward to seeing everybody at the lake after their excursion to Eastbourne this weekend.

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