The 6 Dragon Force sailors on the water this morning, benefitted from a fairly consistent breeze, by Lakeside standards, and the bright sunshine that we had expected.
The racing was kept very relaxed, but was competitive nonetheless. I dropped by, for 40 minutes, and was really pleased to see Mike Hyland (05) back in action, and had the opportunity to meet Michael Thomas with his newly setup DF65 (not yet registered), and Mike Pearson, who was also checking things out to see if radio sailing will suit him. He thinks it will! It was also good to see Jim Cheek (730) after his shining example at the DF65 Nationals in Gosport.
Maurice, Peter L, Colin S (still looking for a One Metre!), were also there, all keeping well packed together in most of the racing that I saw.
With a prediction of sunshine, but little likelihood of a gale, 4 of us turned up at Lakeside, this morning, more in hope han anything else.
As it turned out, we had a very pleasant morning of racing, though with such a small number, we didn’t score for the seasonal points.
This was Mark Robinson’s first time on the water with his partially refurbished STARK.
The other courageous sailors were Brian Quinn (11), John Bennett(14) and John Arrow(44), and we had a number of family spectators and two prospective new members, (RM sailors), who left with Club joining forms in their pockets. My printer will be in action this evening.
So this morning was a good reminder, that Lakeside’s odd wind conditions can make racing interesting, as well as, occasionally, frustrating, and that even when winds are predicted as very light airs or less, good racing is sometimes possible. We had a good time this morning, anyway. And the geese enjoyed our company!
On a gorgeous sunny spring morning, today, we had 10 Dragon Force 65s on the water, for 2 full hours of good tight racing. We had one new skipper in Jonathan Blake, racing Mark Jenkins’ DF65, and though he didn’t feel he was doing so well, he completed the course each time,not far behind the pack, which is quite an achievement. Anyway, Jonathan, welcome to the radio yacht racing ‘fold’.
We didn’t keep any records, but it was good to see that the early finishers seemed to change around quite a bit, and with regular changes it wind direction, there was plenty of room for good tactics.
Here are a fewphotos that I managed to squeeze in between trying to keep myself on course.
Help for those new to Radio Yacht Racing, and not so new
We have a number of members and prospective members, who are fairly new to radio sailing, so I thought these three links, below, might be useful reading. Actually, they are good reading for anyone who hasn’t seen them before. These sites are about setting up the boat, One Metres primarily, and getting the most from your rig. One talks about racing too. They are just three articles that I have found online over the years. I have several more, but if you find a useful site, would you let me know. I would like to build up a list of useful links, for the benefit of all. Thanks.