11 December 2018 at 15:54 #2136
An absolute cracking day turned on for the second last Puddleduck for the year.
Throughout the day the wind was light and fluky in parts of the course and those skippers who worked out just where, generally did well.
Plenty of Orange Icarex in evidence today with both Tony #732 and Don #99 sporting the distinctive colour.
Ron #71 tried out the legal and permitted shorter keel in hopes of some extra performance, however it didn’t stay on his boat for long as the gentle puffs laid it low and he quickly lost power.
New sailor Dave C (#white sails no number) struggled with the light conditions in his standard A rigged boat. It’s confirmed he has a set of A+ Icarex Blue ordered and will be sporting those when we recommence Sailing in 2019.
Tony #732 arrived a little late today and took over PRO duties until Col #23 suffered winch failure at the start of race three. This put him out of contention for the rest of the day so Tony then launched and did very well sailing just 4 of the seven races.
Kermit #82 sailed with purpose and aggression throughout the program and was unlucky not to finish higher in the field than he did.
David Jones DF95 #21 popped in to check out the Puddleduck venue and came away suitably impressed. David is a regular at Risdon Brook Dam Sailing IOM’s and DF95’s.
Mike #64 sailed consistently and well all day despite doing a mighty job taking photographs and operating the starting sequence at the same time. Close finishing battles between Mike and Dave W #48 were stunning with mere millimetres separating their boats as they crossed the finish line.
Geoff #80 sailed well and was at the pointy end for most of the day. Just a couple of late finishes making the difference between a podium finish and his fourth place.
Dave W #48 is now reaching new performance levels sailing the flying custard. Today he tried a faster footing approach as opposed to his usual higher pointing one. It definitely worked as his overall third for the day shows.
He hasn’t been with us long but Don #99 is staking his claim at Puddleduck with his Icarex clad Orange meteor. Though he never won a race outright, his consistently high placings have earned him a well deserved second place today.
What can I say about Pete #78 Pink Bits? With four firsts and three seconds he was unstoppable. By race seven he was taking more than a 60 second time penalty and still winning. Congratulations on a masterclass of boat handling and race strategy Pete. All this in a boat that was leaking badly and needing a drain before the next race!
After 7 race and two drops the results were.
Ron on 34 points, Dave C on 33, Tony on 32, Kermit on 27, Mike and Geoff both finished on 21, Geoff on countback took the higher placing, Dave W on 15 points, Don on 14 and Pete on just 6 points. 👀
Congratulations everyone and thank you for being part of another fantastic day’s sailing and fun.
Next week is the last DF’s @ the Duck for the year and we are planning a group BBQ at the side of the tasting room to celebrate. Puddleduck have a reverse BYO arrangement where you can bring whatever food you wish. So, bring along some snags or whatever and we’ll have a cookup around 12 noon. The only stipulation there is that all drinks are to be purchased from Puddleduck. To help your choices here I am putting up a photo of their drinks menu for your viewing pleasure. This BBQ is intended to be informal and inclusive so if you can, bring family and friends along to enjoy it too, they will be made most welcome. .
There is intended to be DF95 races also on this day but if family are there let’s share the transmitters around and get them hooked.… err…… interested! … in RC sailing!
Thanks again for a great day!
11 December 2018 at 18:09 #2137
Certainly was another fine day of DF65 racing at the Duck, and a fair turnout of boats to boot.
Thanks to all involved.
11 December 2018 at 18:15 #2138
Another ripper day at the Duck. Thanks guys.
11 December 2018 at 20:56 #2139
I AGREE WITH THAT CURSED PINK DEVIL IT WAS A SUPERB DAYS SAILING THANKS TO LONGTALL FOR AS ALWAYS AN EXCELLENT REPORT ON OUR SAILING AN PREDATOR FOR WHOM WE OWE A DEBT OF GRATITUDE FOR THE SUPERB PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE TIME WE HAVE SAILED AT THE POND AND TO THE OTHER FRUSTRATED SAILORS I SAY WE WILL HAVE OUR DAY AT THE EXPENSE OF OL PINKIE AND THE RED DEVIL NEXT YEAR …… TIGHT SAILS AN FAIR WINDS
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