What a great morning, with 9 boats on the water, the most Marbleheads that we have had on the water for some time. With the strong, teasing breeze, getting stronger through the morning, it was a sound reminder of how wonderful these yachts are. Such exciting racing.
Although there were 9 of us, Chris Averis’s Paradox (107) had winch problems, which turned him in to a spectator, and I (44) always knew that I had to pace myself with ‘good old’ sciatica, so I took several breaks to take a few photos, hence the blog. Sometimes I can take the odd photo when racing, but not today!
John Bennett(14) took the prize, with Chris Wilson(6) second, and Barry White(57) third. However, this top three hides some good performances, and a lot of good tactics on the downwind legs as well as the beats. There is one photo here that illustrates the wide upwind options, and the speed of everything. But there wasn’t one boat on boat penalty, I don’t think. These photos were all taken from one heat.
The six Marbleheads on the water enjoyed some good racing with a variable breeze from the SW to W. When I dig the score sheet out of the car and send the scan to John B, no doubt we will hear the final result for the whole year, but for today, Chris W clearly dominated today, winning most of the races.
Chris Averis has been a member of the Club in the past, and has been a regular spectator in the last few months. He now has his Marblehead ready to race, and is working on his One Metre. He intends to join for 2019, if he hasn’t done so already. Welcome Chris.
As you will have heard, we plan to adopt the Dragon Flite 95, and start racing on alternate Sundays, from march 2019. This is very much a trial, but the DF95 is becoming established around the Country, and is very popular as another restricted class yacht.
Some members will not have seen a DF95, so here is a photo of mine, alongside my DF65. Although racing will not start until March, I hope to bring my ’95’ to Lakeside, most Wednesdays, for a bit of casual sailing on the side, to make sure it is working OK. Anyone who is interested in the DF95 will be welcome to try mine out.
It does not come supplied with the spots, you might be pleased to know!
Of course, we hope that the DF95 will attract new member a well, so please spread the word.
We had 7 boats on the water, at first, with 8 from tea break onwards, in very light wind conditions. With a long square course, there was plenty of room for tactics, specially on the long beats. One side of the lake was good for one race, and hopeless the next, so getting the right position on the start line was important. John Bennett’s full report will be on the Race Results page, but here are a few photos from one race, when I took time out – hence no ‘44’.l
Thank you everyone. As ever, a great morning’s racing, with a great team.
I am very pleased to announce that Radio Sailing Eastleigh, the Sail Division of Eastleigh and District Model Boat Club, will be adopting the Dragon Flite 95 (DF95) as one of its racing classes, from March 2019. We will continue to race One Metres, Marbleheads and Dragon Force 65s.
The DF95 is a relatively inexpensive, yet high performance radio controlled racing yacht, that is gaining popularity around the UK and abroad. We believe that it will be specially suited to racing at Eastleigh Lakeside, which is our home water.
We will also be permitting the use of the A+ rig for Dragon Force 65 racing, as of March 2019. This will give these popular yachts better performance, which should make for much more exciting racing in the light breezes that we usually experience at Eastleigh.
These yachts are an inexpensive way of getting started in radio yacht racing. However, they are not toys. Many of our top radio sailors in the Country are racing these yachts, and there are national and international events of the highest standard.
Anyone interested in trying either of these fun yachts, at Eastleigh Lakeside, or trying radio yacht racing for the first time, please contact me by email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Was this the last of our summer weather? Five Marblehead sailors were at Lakeside, desperately trusting that the weather forecast would come true. It did. At 10:00-10:15, what had earlier been absolute stillness, turned in to a very useable NW to SE breeze, with a few directions in between.
With 5 boats and a variety of courses using the whole lake, and matching the backing wind, there was plenty of room for tactics.