Please select your home edition
Edition
Lennon Thermalite 728x90 2
Report of the Month sponsored by Henri Lloyd Win a Henri Lloyd Dri-Pac for yourself and the author of the report that receives the most votes.
Your name

Your email address

Why do you like this report?



Product Feature
Zhik Seaboots
Zhik Seaboots

RC Laser and Df65 Southport Winter Series at West Lancs - Day 5

by Tony Wilson on 6 Mar 5 March 2017

The forecast was for some rain and light-ish winds from the South. The marsh and the wetlands in the area were looking waterlogged and very wet.

On route there was the regular joggers along the prom stretching their spandex. Although mainly only the serious outdoor people on this dreary morning as it had already started to rain. Also the wild life and bird watchers were out with their binoculars and telescopes as big as over sized drainpipes drooped over their shoulders, swiftly making their way to the hide outs.

8 RC Lasers and only 6 for the Dragon Force decided to brave the elements. Rumour was that the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show was on this weekend down at Alexander Palace.

A rigs for Dragons and a bit of a mix for the Lasers, but mainly the B's were used in the morning.

4 quick races were had and then it was inside for a warm up with Tea and biscuits. Wind chill was a bit of a factor as it was only 5 degrees and when you're wet as well, then it ain't no fun, although nobody was really complaining. Some had the proper gear on, you know the stuff that makes you resemble an off shore deep sea fisherman. While a couple of us were starting to feel a bit damp from the inside.

3 more races were had before lunch, and it had continued with the light rain.

Shaun Holbeche and John Sharman seemed to be running the Laser show, while the rest of us were taking it it turns to sort out our own pecking order, still in our usual friendly banter mood. With cold limbs resembling half thawed out chicken drummers, I can tell you that hand dryer (warmer) had seen some use in the boys changing rooms.

Over the lunch break it looked like we had seen the last of the rain and there even seemed to be a glimmer of sunshine. It was only a glimmer mind you.

Then Alan had to jump in the boat to rearrange the buoys and bring them in a bit as the wind direction started to change, or the lack of it.

It was now all of us out with the A sails for 5 afternoon races. The rain reappeared for the last hour and bar a minor radio issue from one guy and another that had left us over lunch, the rest had weathered the coldness. It's not been this damp for a while but hats off to the brave and thanks to the West Lanc's guys for some great intense racing. We did have fun, honest or we wouldn't be coming back for more.

Just one event left in this series and that's in a fortnight (19th March 2017).

Day 5 Results:

RC Laser
1 John Sharman (on countback)
2 Shaun Holbeche
3 Ewan McBride

Df 65
1 John Brierley
2 Alan Watkins
3 Mike Parkington

Related Articles

Mustang Tuesday Sailing at Fleetwood
Giving it a whirl on a windy day Many will remember I had a couple of visits to Fleetwood's Tuesday RC Mustang sailing yachts last year. Well now I've gone and got myself one. Last Tuesday looked an ideal day to give it a whirl, as I tend to like the windy days. Posted on 24 Mar
RC Laser & Df65 Southport Winter Series overall
A very windy finale at West Lancs Relentless rain for the last month or so - have we not had enough? The journey in saw more of it, but just as you arrived at 10:00, magically it stopped. It was windy... very windy... probably 25mph from the west. Posted on 23 Mar
Fleetwood Dragon Force Spring Series day 1
First time out this season on the filled lake With a full lake now we were the first to reintroduce our boats for some Saturday racing. You felt like you were abroad in the Mediterranean somewhere as the water had a lovely Blue/Green colour looking typically tropical. Posted on 21 Mar
RC Laser Fleetwood Spring Series day 1
Sluice gate open at the bridge end As you approached Laidleys Walk, you couldn't but help notice that there was water in the Model boating lake. Then, just as you rounded the Sea Cadet HQ roundabout, you realised that there wasn't enough in the lake to actually sail in. Posted on 17 Mar
Lymington DF65 March Championship
Competitive and cheap racing in the marina On Saturday March 11th Lymington Town Sailing Club's RC Yachting section met for their March monthly championship. Posted on 16 Mar
Scottish IOM Travellers at Levenhall
18 skippers for first event of the 2017 season The first event of the Scottish Travellers IOM series for 2017 attracted eighteen skippers with fifteen from six of the Scottish District clubs together with three raiders from Killingworth south of the border. Posted on 12 Mar
Fleetwood Df65 Winter/Spring Series Round 5
Concluding part of the series Saturday saw the concluding part of the Df65 Winter series. As only 2 events were sailed at the end of 2016, the start of 2017 was included to make up a series. The first one was cancelled due to no water leaving a further 5 up to date. Posted on 7 Mar
RC Laser Spring Series at Fleetwood day 4
A problem with marks moving in the high winds By only 3 replying with a yes and a possible maybe to the email invite from Liz, it was looking doubtful to whether we would be racing at all. Ken did decide to turn up in the end as the weather looked like it just might turn for the better. Posted on 27 Feb
IOM Belton Trophy at Chelmsford
Eastern District IOM Championship Series Round 1 Chelmsford Radio Yacht Club hosted the Belton Trophy and Round 1 of the Eastern District IOM Championship Series (EDCS) on Sunday 19th February 2017. Posted on 27 Feb
One Metres at Rotherham
IOM Northern District Winter Series event Twenty IOMs with sixteen visitors from both sides of the Pennines and from the Northern & Midland Districts entered the Rotherham leg of the Northern District Winter Series at Harthill Reservoir on Sunday. Posted on 22 Feb