6M WINTER SERIES. NOVEMBER RACE REPORT.
Seven skippers gathered on a very grey looking morning to contest the latest round of the series. The forecast one has to say, was not encouraging with a light Easterly wind and rain. However, you never know with Dartmoor as the day turned out to be much better than expected, resulting in a good day’s racing and the normal 16 races being run.
A rather unwell Graeme Harris laid an Olympic style course assisted by Dave Morris, unfortunately Graeme’s efforts were not to be rewarded as he felt unable to stay and race. Hopefully we will see him on the start line next time. The racing was close as is the norm with the 6 M’s particularly amongst the Dolphin design boats, in fact too close at times! The resultant collisions were taken in good spirit and showed that all of the helms were trying really hard, particularly 02 (Kevin Boyd) who seemed to be invariably involved somehow! The Ravenna designed Number 30 (Steve Watts) was the boat to beat on the day with Morley Varker racing the DRSKY 57 from the John Kiff stable usually to be found in hot pursuit.
For several races 30 tried a new approach to mainsail luff tension adopting a corrugated design which wasn’t quick! This resulted in a change at the front allowing Tim Nicholas racing the newly purchased Gretel to take his first win with the much-admired white boat. Martin Smith (03) took a commanding win in another race, establishing a good lead over the chasing pack and showed just how competitive a Dolphin could be.
With DMBC staging the SW area and National Championships for the class next year, an opportunity was taken by the Fleet Captain (Peter Knightly) during one of the breaks to talk about next year and what possibly needs to be organised for those events. This resulted in a number of helms indicating their desire to be involved within a fleet event planning sub -committee. With several boats still undergoing renovation, awaiting sails and indications by other members about possible boat purchases club entry levels should be high.
Of course, even Series racing do not run itself and as such the fleet remains indebted to our regular race officials who stand on the bank in all weathers to allow them to play. The 6’s are graceful boats and good to watch on a small course so if you have an hour or two to spare why not come and watch. I caught the 6 bug and maybe you would too!!
See you on the Start Line. (next race Sat 1st of December)