DragonForce 65 Results

Sunday 9.12.18

DF65 8th round Autumn series 💨 Westerly 15mph Temp 10’ 9 skippers had 14 races between 10.15 & 1.30 using A rigs then Bs, we had 7 skippers record wins in today’s tricky conditions on a course Start 4&5, 1p, 4p and finish at flag and 1( altered later to 1&2 the days racing proved close with Jim on 36 points from Glenn on 37 & Buzz on 38, good things James stayed on the water all day, it stayed dry & the top 3 in the series are split by 1 point.

Sorry it’s short I spent 30 minutes doing an in depth report just for it to ^*+~•#~ disappear


Sunday 25.11.18 Round 7

DF65 Autumn Series Wind 14 mph Northeast Temp 8’ and cold but dry all day.We had 6 skippers today for10 races + a new guy (Paul) who just tag alone on his A rig. Today’s course was started at flag and 12, 9p, 13p, 9p 13p and finish between 11&12 everyone on Bs Right from the get go the gremlins attacked , Malcom rudder, Terry no spark, Keith put the wrong sails on(don’t ask) James all sorts of dramas Geoff switch problems. So a late start it was then, a few races then off to observe the 2 minutes silence .James continued to suffer throughout the day, Geoff’s switch kept playing up,none the less there were a good few photo finish’s and remained all Smash’y and Nice’y throughout the day, the final result was Yukio 1 point clear of Keith who was 2 points clear of Geoff . Racing finished 1.15ish  we did have a constant strength and direction wind today so there were no fluky wins.       NB it’s IOM next Sunday girls so I’ll see you in 2 weeks


Sunday 18.11.18

6 th Round of the Autumn series for DF65 WIND easterly 14 mph Temp 6’ bright but cold, 9 skippers today for 11 long races on a course Start flag and12 9p,13p,9p,13p & finish between 11&12 . All but 1 skipper on As, then got beat by the only one on the right sail and all change down to Bs, ( extra point for that man) who had to wait for them.         Anyway some very good intense racing was there to be had all day for most,James started well before PE set in and he only lasted for 5 races, Steve visited the dark side then later lost his batteries,Geoff Howell lost another winch and missed a couple of races.                   However a late starting Buzz took one race to tweak his boat then he won all before him , however I think Geoff Howell kept him honest and finished only one point behind  and Keith quietly came home third a further 7 points back.

It must be said that with the tricky conditions and the sun so low in the sky the manners used on the lake were commendable ( to the point of sickly)  well done. Oh and the points are stacking up nicely.         NB please park on the grass next week 👍

Sunday 11.11.18

DF65 Round 5 Wind SW 14 mph Temp 11’&sunny. We had 12 skippers today who all bar one started the day on B rigs. The course was set at Post and 8 ( later changed to 7) 12p,Xp,12p, Xp and finish at 12 and post.we had 9 long races from 10.15 & 1.25 with a break for 2 minutes silence . The day sore many rig changes an the loss of 2 skippers early in the day electrical gremlins & one late on with winch failure. After a doggy start Glenn stole the day on 13 points from Yukio experiencing these conditions for the first time in second on 19 points and you’ve guest it Mr Consistent himself Geoff Howell on 22 points.(I thought he was having a crap day )but he hung on in there.            On reflection a very good days sport but…… yes I know there’s always a but, some of the starts were at bit ambitious .                  NB   Note to all skippers when the start is on the bank please give some space to those that are going to recall boats that are over the line.  Thanks girls😘

Sunday 4.11.18

DF65 Round 4. Wind south east 4mph lifting to 7 mph towards the end of playTemp 12’ and bright.     9 skippers all using A+ rigs had 13 races on a course Start 7@8,11p,6p and finish between 7&8 from 10.10 till .1.20……. Birthday boy himself Keith won the day buy 1 point on 27 from Yukio on 28 and Malcom going off the boil towards the end on 30 points . Perhaps a few to many protest today, I thought we were doing better on these issues!

Sunday 7 Oct

Sunday 16.9.18 weekly DF65.

WIND 10mph picking up to 16 mph through the day. Temp 18’ 9 skippers raced for 12 races from 10.10 till 1.20. 8 started on A+ & 1 on A’s .A course was set at Start flag and 7, 12P,XP,12P, XP and finish flag and7.

A good breeze suddenly changed and only Geoff H and Yukio finished race 6,everyone came off to change down to A’s but most opted for B’s and even those were on the limits on the run. These conditions seemed to cause some frustrating moves and or comments from some skippers. “We need to do better girls”

Talking of doing better RACE 7 PLACE 7. ??????? AND RACE 12 more than 4 boats finished( I’ve put the rest in red). Nag over.

Our new member Yukio won the day very convincingly on 17 points including 5 wins from Geoff Appleton on 27 points and Mr Consistent himself Geoff Howell with 37 points. Dave suffered a winch failure I believe, Malcom batteries and Steve A crap B rig (his words). It’s true to say a testing day which we collectively need to handle better 😘

Sunday 9.9.18 DF65 WEEKLY.

WIND 8-12mph Temp 16-20’. 9 skippers today contested 15 races from 10.05 till 1.35 in very varied conditions on a course set with the start between 7&8,p13,7s,8s & finish between 11&12. The sail choice was tricky for some throughout the day A+ was the way to go @10o/c but As became the norm generally.Terry regretted going to Bs, Malcom started the day on Bs then decided to act as observer for the remainder of the day and done the scoring ( which become very useful).James was lucky to save his boat that ended up with a huge crack in the hull, Geoff suffered a winch failure that was a shame because he was taking the fight to Jonny, Jay suffered a radio failure & Bill went home not feeling to well. So the field had depleted by 44.4% which lends its self to a good argument regards taking skippers off the water to observe, it clearly would have run aground today. The course lead to 15 races all with close , tight, blanket finish’s at the line, the consequences (88.8%) really enjoyed the course but I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of that one. Hay Ho ! Jonny won the day clearly on 29points from Jim on 40 points with a hit and miss boat on the day and Terry in 3rd on 50 points,James on a borrowed boat .from Jonny finished on 51 points.

Sunday 2.9.18 DF65 weekly meeting

Wind Easterly somewhere between nought &zero m.p.h which gradually lifted to 2-4 mph and got up nicely as we finished.temp 24’ and nice and bright . Today we had 12 skippers and when they finally finished faffing around we got underway at 10.20 for 15 races that took us to 1.35 all on A+ off course.  The course was difficult to set and thanks to Buzz he sorted one that was good for the whole day. A start between the blue flag and 7,Xp,7p,Xp,7p and finish between red flag and 8.

We had two new skippers today Malcom X from Norfolk and Yukio from London a new member. We also decided to call one skipper off each race to “ observe”the sailing standards or look at your phone messages or stand with your back to the water.    (Come on guys you can do better than that). James used a special magnetic cleaner on his hull and boy did it work it attracted everything. Keith started to sail anything other than No 27 & mumbling about batteries. It’s fare to say there were a lot of penalties done through out the day and most where carried out voluntarily but markX  caught out even the best of us at sometime or other. Anyway I’m putting off the blindingly obvious Buzz thrashed is winning on 17.5 points from Malcom on 45.7 points “after missing a couple of races” and the Red Devil himself on 46.2 points (Dennis) Geoff Howell kept his form up in 4th place.Good day Good atmosphere

PS. Who was sailing boat 84 race 1.  &  who was sailing boat 139 in race 9.


Sunday 19 Aug

Wind South West12-16 mph & some, temp20’.  7 skippers today using B and C rigs for 14 races from 10.20 till 1.20 Course. START 11&12, 14p, 8p, and finish 11&12.   James and Jonny used Bs through out the day (no Cs) And George changed up for the last few races.   Dave Sellens loaned his Cs to Geoff hence the number 91 on the water.                 Malcolm and Terry finished early with transmitter and rudder gremlins and James strove to overcome pesky little issues all day. 5 of the skippers did at least record wins on what was an enjoyable but tricky day ( tacking was not always a given).                        Jonny was a convincing winner with 21 points ( even winning from the far bank after he recovered his boat) , making his brother James eat a big lump of humble pie in doing so. Nonetheless James got 2nd place on 39 points and Mr consistent Geoff in 3rd with 42 points ( first time on a C rig) and has never used a B either so well done to all those little victories we had today


Sunday 12 Aug

Thanks to Terry for report and results

Wind southerly 8-13 MPH and a lot of 20+ gusts. Temperature 18’

Today we had 10 skippers using a choice of rigs but A’s being preferred choice (all 4 were used at some point in the day). The course was set as start between 7 and 8 then 12P, XP, 12P, XP and finished between 7 and 8. The first race got underway at 10:10 and the final race was done by 1 o’clock due to a depleted field and the rain had arrived.

The day, to be fair was difficult especially for James and Terry with breakdowns, Dave Sellens had to go early and lent his boat to Terry who managed to break that as well.

Some skippers were trying to guess the wind and changed down to B or C rig but A was the one to use.

Dennis stole the day and won all 10 races so 8 points to him, Geoff Howell (Mr consistent) was 2nd on 20 points and our guest for the day (and for the future we hope) was third with 36 points, he also acquired a 2nd boat today so he and his son can race 👍

I must also mention our other junior Jay Daltrey who managed a 2nd and 3rd once he regained his confidence.

Another day without much need to ask for penalties to be done especially in such tricky conditions.

Sunday 5.8.18 DF65.

With thanks to Terry Wright for report and results
Wind Easterly 3-8 mph , Temp 26’.   We had 6 skippers today for 12 races and all using A rigs. The first course was set at Start bank & 7, 4p ,7p,4p,7p & finish between 4&5 for the 1st 6 races , the second course was set at Start 8&9,s6,s4, p7,p9 & finish between bank &6. Terrys day was troubled from the start with electrical gremlins,
The conditions brought about some ambitious moves at the marks resulting in a fare amount of penalties being done, all quite voluntarily its fare to say. Malcom with a lot less mistakes came out on top with 15 points from Keith on 20 and Geoff Howell in 3 rd on 23.
Well done to those Guys


Sunday 22.7.18. DF65 weekly meeting.   

Wind Westerly 4-8 mph (horrible) Temp 26’ (stuffy).    7 skippers today all on A+ and a difficult day to set a course, we kicked off at 10.10 on a Start between 8-9, p12, pX and finish between 8-9 for 19 races that finished at 1.30. Glen had a good day and came out on top with 31 points from Geoff Howell on 35 and Geoff Appleton on 45. The wind was anywhere from becalmed to gusting to much for the A+ particularly at Mark X and did cause quite a few lost positions to the dash to the finish line.  Just the one breakdown today for Keith with a bat flattery.  A memorable day in so much that you didn’t get a chance to protest because the sinner was already doing their penalty turn ( keep it up lads).      PS forgot to remind you it’s IOM next Sunday


Sunday 15 July

One again finishing orders are being recorded showing more than one boat with the same number as finishing a race. E.g See what was recorded this week for race 5 as an example of poor recording. It is the responsibility of whoever finishes first to ACCURATELY record boats finishing orders.

Wind South West 3-4mph increasing to 8-10 mph by end of play.Temp 32’ in the car park at 2o/c 6 skippers had 11 races all on A+ rigs on a course starting between the bank and 13,p 11,p12 ,p13,p11, p13 & finish between 11&12 .The 1st race started a little late at 10.10 whilst we waited for some wind . Most skippers seemed to be tweaking there sails most of the day apart from Keith who sailed away to win the day on 9 points from Malcom on 16 and Dave on 29. We had a winch failure on one boat after 5 races but other than that the sailing just got better as the wind picked up gradually till the last race at1.25pm

Sunday 8 July

Thanks to Terry for report and results

Wind North East 5-6 mph , Temp HOT 9 skippers contested 12 races from 10.15 till1.30 with pleased to report no permanent break downs all day.(there’s a first).
The course was set at Start. Bank And 13,P11,P12,P13,P14,P11,P12,P13 & finish between 11&12. George had a bit of a personal issue with mark11 (5 times in total)& lost every time & mark 14 could catch the unwary out at times. Once again we took turns to sit out and observe and today’s lesson was to listen to what they reported and not argue .
The days honours went to Malcom ( which included 7 wins from 10 races), from Dennis in second & Geoff Howell third . It was a good turn out on such a hot day and some really close racing (and I do mean close)


Sunday 1.7.18.

Report and results thank to Terry

DF65 weekly meeting Wind 12 mph, Temp 28’(but I nice cooling breeze on the bank) 8 skippers arrived for 8 races from 10.30 till 1.15ish on a mix of A & A+ sails. Course for the 1 st 3 races was bank &12, pt @ 9,pt@12, pt@9,pt @12 & finish between 8&9 Course for the rest of the day.
Start bank& 12, pt@8, St@7, pt @ X,pt @12. One more lap and finish between 8&9. Malcom gave a briefing before racing and the end result was that 1 skipper would observe each race and would be allotted there average points for this race ( to the nearest full point).
Jim took the day on 7 points ( despite a detour) Malcom helped himself with 2 late race wins to finish 2nd place on 14 points and Terry after a pre race breakdown finally turned his boat to take 3rd place on 16 points. We had a welcomed visit from John & Cathy that was nicely timed with our extended lunch break ( it was hot ).
A very good days racing with on the water politeness in abundance