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Report and Results DF95 TT6 on 24th March 2024 at Lincoln Radio Sailing Club

First of all, a big shout out to the helpers on Sunday who endured a slightly better day than Saturday, as the weather improved and temperatures warmed as the wind eased during the day. Our thanks go to:

Dave Rigby – RO
Rob Wilson – ARO
Colin Helliwell – Fleetboard and scoring
Judith Baldwin – Finish line and Fleetboard
Colin Toll – Finish
Mick Chamberlain – Galley and provider of the best bacon rolls
Jen Hand – Organiser

Onto the racing. The day dawned with a good breeze from the west ensuring all the competitors started with their B rigs. Racing was extremely close with the main challenge avoiding the fluffed tack which could send you from a strong position to the back of the fleet.

After the Briefing from Dave Rigby we got into the seeding races for the two heats. In the morning we all sailed on B rigs and there was a reasonably consistent wind down the lake with enough shifts to make life interesting. Despite the port bias line it paid to start towards the windward end of the line so you avoided the melee as boats tried to tack off the bank. The 13 to 23mph wind was forecast to drop after 4pm which would have worked out well, however the wind decided to switch off early in the A heat for race 5 and become extremely shifty. Get it right and you were a winner, get it wrong and the you were destined for the back of the fleet as the author can testify. The one bonus of the wind dropping was it allowed us all to warm up a bit. Standing in a constant cool wind is tiring and chilly however we enjoyed broken cloud and sunshine.

Craig Richards and John Tushingham were tied together for the lead again like yesterday in their seeding race with Craig winning on the finish line, and Peter Baldwin and Dave Adams took out the other. Through the day John Tushingham proved to be the most consistent sailor and beat Craig Richards by one point with Nigel Barrow third having faded again in the last two races with Derek Priestley and Peter Baldwin completing the top 5.

At the prize giving John Tushingham thanked all the organisers.

All in all a great weekends racing enjoyed with great spirit and everyone appreciated the support and efforts of Lincoln Sailing Club.

Results

1st John Tushingham
2nd Craig Richards
3rd Nigel Barrow
4th Derek Priestley
5th Peter Baldwin
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