June Championships

Next Tuesday (21st) is the June Championship, we would really like to get the numbers back up, it makes much better racing when there are more of us. The whether does not count as an excuses now as it is June but it is England so maybe it still does. If your boat is broken and you don’t know how to fix it or what parts you need you need to get in touch with us and we can help. The championship will be at Pinetops (next to Otter Nurseries on Milford Road). Please arrive at 6:00pm to help set up and get ready, first start WILL be at 6:30pm. It will be a £2 entry fee if you enter in advance or £3 on the day. To enter please email rc@ltscmail.co.uk with your name, sail number, boat name and club, before midday on Monday (20th). The Prize giving will be held at LTSC, the bar will be open and there will be some spot prize but if you are not there you will not get them. Hope to see many of you there.

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Change of venue

We have made the decision that the Sea Water Baths is not the best place to race, we have now been put down the western end of the pool where the wind is always light and very shifty. So we are now going to be racing on the lake at Pinetops Nurseries, thank you very much to Rory for letting us use his facilities. We feel that this will give much better racing and will be a more practical place so we will be racing there from now on. The Lymington Town SC bar will still be open after racing on Tuesdays. However we do need to do a few things to make Pinetops the perfect venue.

Rory has asked that we have a life ring nearby so that when someone ‘accidently falls in’ for not abiding by the rules there is something nearby for them to use should they need it. If anyone has one that they would like to get rid of then please contact me and we can sort something out.

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Saturday 23rd April – Team Racing

Just a reminder that we are holding our Team Racing Championship this Saturday (23rd) at Pinetops. It will not count to anything, just turn up and you will get paired with someone and we will have short sharp races and there will be some small prizes. If you could arrive at 1:30 so we can sort out teams and set up that would be great.

A reminder also that our first Tuesday evening is on the 26th April, 6:30 start at the Sea Water Baths.

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Results from the 2nd April

I do not have any results from the racing on the 2nd April. If you have the results can you email them to me so I  can add them to the series and put them on the website. Thanks.

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Saturday 9th April – Race Report

So the week before our monthly champs, 6 people decided to take advantage of a last time up on the championship waters.  A nice breeze, top end of A rig at times and plenty of Rory Right-handers to keep the beats interesting.  A nice windward leeward course was the course option with the big puffs down the course making it entertaining.

Ado came out fighting in race one taking the win but maybe peaking to early after suffering kicker issues or lack of….  This opened the door for Alex ‘Haymaker’ Hayman to take 8 wins from 9 races clearly showing he’s on the pace now.

The the middle of the fleet was Stan, Rory and Mike having some close racing and local knowledge coming out on top with Rory more so taking the advantage.  Eric started well but was plagued with a few issues which brought an early close to his day.

Monthly Champs next weekend, email rc@ltscmail.co.uk to enter, let’s make it a good one with a decent turn out. See you there.

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Racing schedule for the next few weeks

Summer is coming and that means we switch to Tuesday evenings instead of Saturdays. We will still be doing normal Saturday race this Saturday (9th April) at Pinetops with a 2 o’clock start.

The following Saturday (16th April) is our monthly championship. Usual plan, 2 o’clock start  at Pinetops, can you email rc@ltscmail.co.uk to enter before 12 noon on Friday the 15th April please.

On Saturday the 23rd of April will be some team racing at Pinetops. It will not count to anything but a few of us have done it after racing the past few week and had great fun. Just turn up and you will get paired with someone and we will have short sharp races and there will be some small prizes.

Then on Tuesday the 26th of April will be our first Tuesday Evening. Hugo informs me that the pool will be full again by then so we will be back on the Sea Water Bath, for the time being. But watch your emails and the website (www.ltscrcyachting.co.uk). That will be a 6:30 start on the dot start, no waiting. If you could arrive at 6:00 to help set up then that would be great. We hope to have the bar open in LTSC as well.

Now that Tuesday evening will be starting soon there are no excuses, so dust your boat off and come racing with us. If your boat is broken or needs tuning, bring it to one of our session and I am sure one of us will be able to help. We do also have lots of spare bits that you can get from us.

Hope to see you all sailing your DF 65’s soon.

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Saturday 6th February – Race Report

Five intrepid helms took on the strongest conditions we have yet seen at Setley, One ‘A’ rig (Toby) lasted one race, Three ‘B’ rigs Cake, Eric, and Andy made the full distance, as did the one ‘C’ rig (Jon)

Andy took the first race despite a challenging downwind leg where the gap closed considerably. At this stage the ‘B’ rigs looked to have a clear edge over the ‘C’ rig upwind, while the ‘C’ rig was able to chase down the out of control ‘B’ rigs on the downwind leg. Race two was close, Cake made the windward mark first but downwind was challenging with the ‘B’ rig and Jon slipped past by the leeward mark to take a close win. Race three saw a reversal of position with Cake leading from start to finish. Race 4 was very close, about a boat length separating Jon and Cake and the finish line. Thereafter the wind shifted up another gear and the ‘C’ rig was able to hold its own upwind and was ‘reasonably’ under control downwind.

Its amazing what these little boats can take. Aside from a slipped kicker fitting on Eric’s boat the rest came through unscathed.

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January 23rd – Setley

So, Saturday the 23rd was the re-run of the January Championships after the previous weekend the wind failed to play ball.  Forecast looked good and Setley provided some challenging but fun conditions with a slight chill in the air.

 

With some big shifts and bands of breeze across the course made for some very close racing for the 16 competitors including Nigel Brown of Cat Sails.  The ever consistent Jon Harvey started off strong winning two of the first four races, with Liam Willis taking the win in race 2, and Simon ‘Cake’ McCarthy taking race 4 which then setting the president for the afternoon, counting two first and a second in the last three races.

 

Andy Hind seemed to be on a mission to make a part flyer work, several times pulling it off and leading a close knit bunch round the first mark.  New to the fleet Nigel Wallbank finished the day in 9th showing potential and pace mixing it with the leading bunch and one to watch.

 

This was enough for Cake to take the win, from Nigel Brown who took 2nd on count back from Jon Harvey.  4th and 5th were taken by Paul Davis and Max Crowe.

 

Next month’s championships will be the third weekend of February, 20th.  Venue and time to be confirmed closer to the time.  For those who fancy a change of scenery, Portsmouth have their championships at Canoe Lake the first Saturday of the month and  are always welcoming.

 

Until then, Setley Pond again this weekend, racing starting at 2, looks like breeze this time, so let’s make the most of it.

 

Regards

 

LTSC RC Yachting

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Saturday 31st October DF65 Monthly Championships

Lymington Sea Water Baths
 

So, 25 entries with 21 competitors in the end including four visitors from Portsmouth and Eastleigh were greeted with some lovely summer weather for our October Championships at the Lymington Sea Water Baths. With a nice short windward leeward course set, the fleet were split into two flights with some very close racing!

 

After race one it looked like the visitors were here to give the local fleet a run for their money, with Clive Cokayne and Wayne Stobbs of Portsmouth pushing Paul Davis and Simon McCarthy all the way. Although race three was the turning point as Simon took the win to stamp his authority on the event and went on to take the next three races making it four race wins off the belt.

 

Slightly further down the field we had some newbies mixing it up in the heart of the starts. Andy Hind after only 20 minutes sailing before hand was owning the pin end on the starts, sometimes getting caught out by the acceleration of the DF65’s! One to watch!

 

Liam Willis and George Richards made sure they got theory monies worth of racing going between Heat’s B & A. Mr Consistant Jon Harvey started well but then the price of a few bad starts took its toll dropping him to B fleet.

 

Richard Russell and LTSC’s Commodore Nick Ingram are still flying the flag for the out of the box set up with standard sails, showing you can compete straight out of the box set up.

 

In the end Simon ‘Cake’ McCarthy did enough to take the win from Paul Davis, with Clive Cokayne taking third and first visitor. Alex Hayman and Wayne Stobbs rounded off the top 5.

 

Thanks must go to the visitors for making the trip over, Clive Cokayne, Wayne Stobbs, Chris Forman and Robin Antcliffe (We will pop over and have an away day sometime), but all of this wouldn’t have been made possible or as slick with our our resident Race Officer and his team, so a big thanks to Nigel Wallbank and team!!!

 

The next championship weekend is November 21st, time and venue to be confirmed. But there will be racing next Saturday at the Sea Water Baths, meeting around 1:30 with racing kicking off around 2.

 

Hope to see you then, LTSC RC Yachting.

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Setley -24th October

So on a slightly overcast afternoon, 8 DF65 ventured to Setley to find so decent conditions. Breeze was relatively light with some nice little gusts straight up the pond meaning a nice triangle sausage course.

With starts becoming more and more controlled and competitive it was key to get off the line well to give you the best chances on the first beat. Dan McCarthy and Toby Collyer seemed to start well and get the jump on the fleet closely followed by Jon Harvey, Paul Davis and Team Willis. Stan Cockeram showed signs of glory until he got to the windward mark where the distance and judging the laylines caught him out. Richard Russell gave everyone a two race advantage after arriving late, took a race or two to get back into the swing of things and show he still had it and flying the flag for the standard sails gang!

But in the end the ever consistent, Jon Harvey came out on top by one point over Paul Davis after his late charge, then to round of the top 3 was the Senior of Team Willis, Keith Willis. Full results bellow.

Big thank you to our Race Officer, Meriel McCarthy, once again keeping us all in check and run nice swift races.

Next week is the Championship week, with prizes to be won. The venue will be back at the Salt Water Baths, meeting from 1:30 with a prompt 2 o’clock start. Then scores on the doors and prizes will be in the club afterwards.

See you all then!

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