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RC Laser Summer Series at Fleetwood Model Yacht Club - Week 3

by Tony Wilson 9 Aug 2022 04:04 BST 7 August 2022
RC Laser Summer Series at Fleetwood week 3 © Bob Jolly

With a dry forecast and moderate wind we had a handful of the regular RC Skippers, plus a couple of potential interested guys. Roger, who has just moved into the area, was keen to visit his now new local pond and why not.

Rusty, who sails DF95's was looking into sailing another class just maybe and as the RC Laser was the first he was offered on a passer by trial, it seemed a good choice.

Shaun had sorted a good West beating course two thirds up the lake to a couple of marks ninety degrees to the start line, a slight diagonal run back down to the first starter and a midway beat to the centre to finish. All marks taken to Port and nice and square.

Six boats were racing, while Roger and Rusty were having a bit of a play away from the course.

The first bullet went to Shaun followed by Ian Hawtin. The sail choice for all was 'C' rig while Tony was chancing his 'B' for the first couple of races, but not to be. The second race was won by Robert with Shaun taking second place and John Armstrong having bleeping Transmitter problems showing a low voltage.

The next couple of races went to Shaun again and after this race four, John was changing his second brand new receiver pack. Race five and six were taken first by Tony, then Ian for their only wins of the day, bringing us up to lunch.

John, after his third exchange had now flattened this time his trusty old pack and was unsure to whether it was a shorting Servo, Receiver or Winch that may have been the culprit, decided to call it a day. Eric had been having a few overpowering problems and decided to change down to the storm rig for the afternoon's sailing.

There was some good sailing after lunch with some close finishes, but not too much pressure on Shaun, giving him the rest of the lion's share apart from Robert taking another. Eric called short the afternoon's sailing a couple of races earlier as it was servo problems all along that he had been fighting against.

A good day's sailing into a good wind with none of those funny corners that put you in irons. Same again next week for the concluding part of the series.

The scores at the end of 12 races had 3 Skippers on 37 points apart from the runaway kid. After the 2 discards, had the 3 Skippers with just 2 points separating.


1 Shaun Holbeche 12 pts
2 Tony Wilson 26 pts
3 Rob Wheeler 27 pts
4 Ian Hawtin 28 pts

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