Dragon Force 65 Racing – Wednesday 14 March


Although the morning was open to all classes, in fact all 7 sailors brought ‘65s’, so we had good racing numbers, in brisk, top of A rig conditions, in perfect mild spring weather.  Even with quite a long Olympic Triangle as a course, we were still able to get through 8 races, or more.  I wasn’t counting, or scoring.

We welcomed David Ritchie to his debut, with his newly purchased DF.

2018 One Metre Racing Season

A fine group of men twiddling their thingies

Sunday 11 March – One Metre Sunday Trophy

Last Sunday marked the first event of the new season One Metre racing on Sundays.

03 leading a ‘slalom’ upwind leg

We were blessed with an encouraging weather prediction, which held true to form, as it usually does (?).  We had a good racing breeze throughout the morning, which faded as we were packing up, and a fine drizzle sent us on our way.

03 still out there somewhere


The morning was dominated by John Tufnall with Britpop 03 ( or 03 Blue), and here is John Bennet’s race report:

Nine sailors (one was late on parade) came along this morning in warmer conditions with a threat of rain that did not materialise. The NE wind made course setting a little tricky, so we tried several !! Twelve races were held without race officer duties which does speed things up a bit but the impartiality is missed at times. First places were shared by 5 sailors: John Tufnall 7, John Bennett 2, Chris Wilson 1, Phil Meakins 1, John Arrow 1. A couple of general recalls happened on the start line due to a real bumper car situation for one and a “flying start” when a gust of wind took many over the line a bit earlier than intended for another. The usual fickle air was turning some “runs” into “beats”at the south end of the lake and a few gusts saw some submarining but it was just as likely you would get becalmed. The final beat to the line was tricky/fickle and places were won and lost much to the glee and frustration of the sailors. With seven “firsts” under his belt it was pretty clear who the winner was and with the two discards the results are : 1st John Tufnall 17, 2nd Chris Wilson 29, 3rd John Bennett 32, 4th Julyan Richardson 40, 5th John Arrow 46, 6th Phil Meakins 52, 7th Maurice Clayton 57, 8th Mark Jenkins 57, 9th Peter Luk 73.

So, very well done to John Tufnall !!