DMBC Racing 7th December 2019
It was another fine day for racing at the lake this Saturday.
With both 6m and DF95 yachts due to race and only moderate winds, it was decided to trial both classes sailing on the same course with the Dragonflite 95s starting one minute after the 6m yachts. Other than one incident half way through the day, both fleets managed to sail largely unencumbered. This meant that both fleets could have easily sailed 16 races in the allotted time, although in the event the DF95s only sailed 14 as numbers dwindled.
Doug Penman (13) was giving his new (to him) yacht her first outing and must have been delighted with the outcome, the results showing a very dominant performance, with eleven wins. It is true to say that he had fewer reliability issues than the other yachts in the fleet, who suffered from a variety of electrical and mechanical issues, but his boat speed was clear to see. Steve Watts (30) was the closest rival, despite intermittent winch issues. Early results suggest that Graeme Harris (118) would have also been a close rival for a win had his boat not have had to retire when still in the hunt due to radio issues. Peter Knightly (36) picked up third place from the returning Kevin Boyd (02). Alan Williams (14) showed good speed on occasions, but was unlucky to suffer from a string of reliability and control problems including loss of steering and an unspooled winch.
Keith Simmons (625) was keen to take revenge on the returning Paul Newman (265) who had beaten him last time they sailed against each other. Keith’s boat was nicely in the groove while Paul struggled to find the sweet spot with his boat tuning. The results for the first five races were identical and set the tone for the day. David Brooke (236) was in a solid third place often snapping at the heels of the two lead boats. Andrew Fulcher (14) was enjoying his sailing and getting closer to the lead with every race, before having to head for home at lunch. For race 9 onwards the fleet was joined by Chris Wool (711) who rapidly improved and was soon shaking up the competitive order, winning after only three races. In the end, It was Keith on top, followed by Paul, David and Chris.
It was great to see yet another 6m on the water as this majestic class grows in popularity, I also heard that one or two Df95 are lurking on Santa’s lists, so let’s hope that those members have been nice, not naughty!
A very enjoyable day’s sailing with a successful experiment. When weather conditions allow, we will continue to arrange racing in this way.
Of course, none of this could happen without our stalwart RO, starter and recorder – John Kiff and the mark moving prowess of Graeme Harris, my thanks to you both.