Race report: DF65 November 2019
The November round of the Winter DF65 Series was blessed with excellent crisp Dartmoor weather
with plenty of sunshine and a gradually fading breeze.
Eight skippers took part, all sporting “A+” rigs with the exception of Matt Owen, who understandably struggled with an underpowered yacht sporting a standard “A” setup.
It was Steve Watts (383) that got off to the best start, with wins in the first two races, with
KimVasey (858) enjoying his new bright blue boat and Dain O’Driscoll with his striking yellow yacht
(63) and Keith Simmons (825) all hot on Steve’s heels.
In races three and four Steve was puzzled by an increasing loss of mobility, hampering his ability to
track his boat along the bank. In the spirit of friendly competition that characterises this class, fellow competitors helpfully pointed out to him that his trousers had fallen down…..Once dressed again, Steve was able to rediscover his form.
By lunch a pattern was emerging, with Steve and Keith equal in first place, Kim and Dain in very close competition for third as they both increasingly overcame their inexperience in DF65s. Dave
Brook(595) and Peter Knightly (78) locking horns for fifth place.
After the break, Dain came out firing on all cylinders with his first win only for Kim to retaliate with a
series of first and second places, with all four leading boats taking it in turns to swap podium
Alan Williams continued to struggle with a boat clearly less keen to race than him and swapped
places with Matt. Meanwhile Dave started to dominate the midfield battle.
After 16 good races, Keith emerged winner. Steve held second, despite the best efforts of a charging Kim, Dain fading into fourth place.
Thanks as always to John Kiff for his fantastic race management, Kim for mark retrieval and everyone for making day run very smoothly.
Most importantly, today was characterised by good humoured and close competition, few fouls and
a great atmosphere. Thank you all!