Dragon Force 65 Sunday Championship Series

Round 1 of the Autumn Dragon Force 65 Sunday Championship Series took place on Sunday 1st October 2017 which was an overcast day with the odd spot of rain and a good consistent breeze at about 10mph from the South West.

Based on this, it was a windward/leeward course in the middle of the lake, starting between marks 7 and 8, a beat to 12, downwind to 7, back to 12, downwind to 7 and finish between 12 and the bank. This remained constant even though the wind did veer slightly towards the SSW.

Coalhouse Fort Marks

As such, all skippers started the day on ‘A’ sails and coped very well, until race 6 when the wind suddenly increased to about 14mph when several skippers were unable to tack and control their boats so retired. At this stage an early lunch break was taken and everybody agreed to change to ‘B’ sails even though at the end of the break the wind had reduced again.

We welcomed Ian Kemp back after an extended absence due to his sailing his ‘big’ boat, but he seemed to suffer a rudder problem after the lunch break and so had to retire.

Whilst John Newton had hit a purple patch and won all the races, the rest of the fleet, especially Dave Bland, George Patten and Keith Gray fought over second and third places, such that Dave was able to take second on 26 points and George and Keith sharing third on 27 points, with George taking the position base on his two second places.

Pos. Skipper Sail # Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 John Newton 43 8.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
2 Dave Bland 88 26.0 5.0 5.0 6.0 3.0 4.0 2.0 8.0 3.0 2.0 2.0
3 George Patten 95 27.0 8.0 3.0 5.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 5.0 8.0 3.0 4.0
4 Keith Gray 27 27.0 4.0 2.0 3.0 6.0 3.0 8.0 3.0 5.0 4.0 3.0
5 James Beale 188 32.0 6.0 4.0 2.0 4.0 5.0 8.0 4.0 2.0 5.0 8.0
6 Terry Wright 97 34.0 2.0 7.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 8.0 2.0 4.0 6.0 5.0
7 Ian Kemp 590 55.0 3.0 6.0 7.0 8.0 7.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0

This being Round 1 it leaves John Newton leading the Autumn Dragon Force 65 Sunday Championship Series on 7 points, followed by Dave Bland on 6 points and George Patten third on 5 points.

Skipper Sail # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Disc. Result
John Newton 43 7                     7   7
Dave Bland 88 6                     6   6
James Beale 188 5                     5   5
Keith Gray 27 4                     4   4
George Patten 95 3                     3   3
Terry Wright 97 2                     2   2
Ian Kemp 590 1                     1   1
Dennis Graham 23                       0   0
Glenn Meekcoms 418                       0   0
Angela Mears 348                       0   0
Geoff Appleton 16                       0   0
Dave Crane 182                       0   0
Howard Dalton 364                       0   0
Jim La Roche 90                       0   0
Steve Bines 836                       0   0
Malcolm Schaffer 101                       0   0
Buzz Coleman 12                       0   0
Bill Still 0                       0   0
Rodney Latham 777                       0   0
John Lambert 877                       0   0
Chris Theodorou 873                       0   0
Lance Bennett 010                       0   0
Mark Hainsworth 34                       0   0
Dave Sellens 790                       0   0
Discards – Half+1                              

Round 2 will be next Sunday 8th October 2017.

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