DF95 Clinic Notes

Notes based on Thursday’s mini clinic session has prompted me to share some tips based on observations.

  1. Rob would rather not be training for a collegiate rowing regatta so please program your radio and activate the FAILSAFE feature. When the RECEIVER loses transmitter signal the sails will go out and rudder will go hard to starboard or port and your boat will circle as opposed to sailing away. This will not work if you forget to put the boat switch ON! The FlySky links for this are below.
  2. Write your cell phone number on your cockpit cover in the hope that it may be returned in case of an irretrievable runaway.
  3. Always use a freshly charged battery in the boat and never let you radio batteries go below 4.9.
  4. If your jib luff is wobbly tension your backstay.
  5. Your rudder is ineffective without water flow so get forward motion first and don’t trim sails completely to “close hauled” until then to prevent another stall.
  6. Use CorrosionX on all metal contact surfaces every month.
  7. Rinse your boat with fresh water shortly after use and leave your cockpit hatch off when boat is stored.
  8. Always use a neck lanyard for your Radio as they are not waterproof.
  9. In big breeze, better to over stand the lay slightly line then be short.
  10. Useful FlySky links: 

FlySky SetupFail safe and more 

Trim and subtrim

5 functions


Binding to multiple receivers

Flysky FS-i6 best Beginners radio

Jim P

DF95 Series #5

Pleasant weather with a stiff NE wind and the prospect of Rob’s and Jim’s training session brought 14 members to the cove this morning.  12 members were racing including new member Henry DiPietro who has raced with us before as a guest.  Al Meyer was there also for practice and Manny kept score. Many thanks, Manny. We were delighted to welcome a special guest, Don Ouimette, AMYA Region 1 Director to our group. Pat Donovan and Bill Raposa also visited for a while.The morning started with Jim Pascalides showing us how to get out of irons. This was very useful with weather conditions like we had today with the wind varying in strength and direction and the choppy waves. Jim then had us circling the marks of the starting line and stopping our boats on his whistle. Rob then showed us how to select the best direction from the start and then we just practiced half a dozen starts.  Then on to the racing. We had eight races today and our guest, Don, won the first race….and the second and went on to win two more and that was enough to make him the overall winner today. Paul with two second places and two thirds put him second and Rob with two wins and two seconds was third this morning. The other race winners were Jim P and Rich who were fifth and sixth respectively. Ahead of them in fourth place was Wilkie…..a triumphant return!  Well done to all.  As always a lot of fun with a good bunch of competitors.
The full results are on our website mhbmyc.org

The next DF95 race day is on Thursday, June 17th at 11.00 when the tide will be coming in with a high at 2.10 pm.
But before that, on next Tuesday, June 15th it will be the Soling fleet starting at 11.00 when the tide will be coming in with a high at 12.30.I’m leaving for London this weekend and I’ll be back for racing on July 20th.Have lots of fun,Derek

Distinguished Visitor

Today, we will have a visitor at the cove. Don Ouimette is our Region 1 Director of AMYA. Don is also the current Commodore of Housatonic MYC in Middlebury, CT. Come and meet Don at our DF95 racing today! 🤗

Soling Series #5

It was hotter today than it has been, but with a cooling breeze, just right for racing. However, only 6 racers were tempted to go down to the cove as well as Manny who kept score. Thanks, Manny. We had six races around our “normal” course with a southerly wind. Paul won the first race but that was it, as Bill David won the other five guaranteeing first place overall.  Paul with two seconds and one third was second.  Kim and Bill Raposa had identical points, but Kim’s two second places versus Bill’s one second place meant that the third spot went to Kim. Dick Mahoney had some rudder problems and was fifth.  I was last. Paul has posted the results on our website mhbmyc.orgOnly three boats finished the final race as Bill R lost control of his jib, Paul lost battery power and so did I (water taken on again). Jim Kelly paid us a call at the end of proceedings. Hi Jim.There was some close racing today and, as always, an enjoyable time.
I’m off to London for 5 weeks leaving this weekend. Manny has kindly volunteered to keep score and bring the starter to the beach. He will also make sure that Paul Mercer is given the weekly scores so that the results can be posted on our website mhbmyc.org
Many thanks to Manny and Paul.
The next racing for Solings is Tuesday, June 15th at 11.00 when the tide will be coming in with a high at 12.30But next Thursday is the turn of DF95s at 11.00 on Thursday, June 10th. Low tide at 1.46 pmWe will start with Jim P and Rob and starting line rules. Not to be missed!
Stay well, safe, and have fun,Derek

This week 6/8 & 6/10

Ideal weather conditions for racing this week. Join us on both Tuesday and Thursday. Remember – – on Thursday there will be a clinic on Racing Rules for Starts at 11AM on the beach before we race. Please plan to attend. 😎

Soling Series #4

The wet holiday weekend finally gave way to another beautiful late spring New England morning, a little hazy, but nice nonetheless. The only thing missing was the breeze, but even that arrived by the 11.00 start when 6 boats took to the water. My boat had not yet fully recovered from last week’s “flash flood” so I kept score ably assisted by Manny and, later, Jim Kelly. The wind was from the southwest with the tide coming in. The course was south to the red mark and the green offset, taken to port, then downwind with the line closed, around the northern red mark taken to port, and back to the line.
There were four different winners today, Paul won two, Bill D won two, Dick Mahoney and Bill R won one each. The fourth race was supposed to be twice around as the wind had strengthened, but the wind died at the first mark so the guys decided to stick with once around after all. The same thing happened in the sixth and final race as all the boats gathered at the northern mark and got close to stopping. Kim rounded the mark first and looked the likely winner, but Bill R got some speed from somewhere and just stole the win. The fifth race was the only one that was actually twice around.
We have joint winners overall today, Paul and Bill D. Applying the tie break, they both had 2 wins, they both had 2 seconds, they both had1 third and they both had 1 fourth (which they both threw out), so they were truly equal.
In third place was Kim and in fourth, fifth and sixth were Bill R, Dick and Danny and these three were separated by only one point.
The full results are on our website mhbmyc.org

The club is also selling two Soling kits, so if you or someone you know would like to build a Soling please see the details on our website in the “Boats for Sale” section.

The next time to enjoy Soling racing will be Tuesday, June 8th at 11.00 when the tide will be low and heading to a turn at 12.25.

But next Thursday, June 3rd it will be the turn of the DF95 racers with a start at 11.00 and a tide that will be coming in from a low at 09.40

Stay safe, well, and happy,

DF95 Series #3

Yet another beautiful New England spring day with a strong wind from the west shifting to southwest. The waves added some complexity to the course.The conditions attracted 11 members to the cove and there were 9 boats in the water at the start of today’s event but Manny decided not to race this morning and Albert used the time to practice. Pat brought his boat, but didn’t race so that left seven to do battle. It was good to see Dick Mahoney back racing and today marked the return of a recovering Wilkie and Jim Kelly to the cove. Great to see you both. Jim kept score and offered miscellaneous advice. Many thanks, Jim.  Judy David came along to support Bill and brought their son, Ken.  Welcome!The start line was in it’s more or less usual position and from there the course headed south to take the green mark to port then headed north to take the red mark to starboard and back to the line.We held six races and had three different winners: Rich Field won three and was the clear winner overall. Paul won two and was the runner-up. Rob won one.In third place today there was a tie between Bill D and Kim, but Bill gets it on places.  Rob was fifth just one point behind Bill and Kim.  That was my fault as Rob didn’t compete in the final race because he was in the rowboat rescuing my boat which had lost all controls. Sorry, Rob, but thanks for the rescue, Dick wasn’t on his usual form and finished sixth. By process of elimination, I must have been seventh. Oh well.Thanks to Rob and Jim for troubleshooting my boat’s problem. It appears that I might need a new receiver……that’s my next job.The full results are shown on our website mhbmyc.org
The next DF95 excursion will be on Thursday, June 3rd at 11.00when the tide will be coming in from a low at 09.40But before then, next Tuesday, June 1st it will be the turn of the Soling fleet when the tide will becoming in with a high at 14.11 “Errors and omissions” seems to be a regular feature now! In the “Wooden Boat” email I listed Paula’s town as Mansfield. It is, in fact, Marshfield MA.  Apologies.In other news, I had a visit from Jim Linville of the Minuteman club to look at Solings for sale, so Rob made a double journey to bring over number 94. Dave Cochran’s former boat and this was the one chosen. So, another $300 for our (or is it Kim’s) treasure chest.Stay safe and well and have a great weekend,Derek

Soling Series #3

It was “you know what” this morning, but a trifle on the chilly side with a strong southwest wind. There were only 5 Solings in the water this morning and Manny and I kept score and started the seven races. Pat Donovan joined us and enjoyed a pleasant time with the five racing aces. We used our traditional starting line and the course headed south to round the red mark and green offset to port then downwind to the red mark with the line open. A port rounding of the red and back to the line.  For the seventh and last race, the same course was run twice around. We had four different winners today:  Paul Mercer won 3, Danny McHugh won 2 and Bill Raposa and Kim Hanna won one each.Very unusually, Bill David didn’t win a race today. That’s more than unusual. It’s unprecedented! The full results are posted on our website mhbmyc.org and they reveal that Paul was the overall winner with Danny second. The next three were separated by just one point: Bill R, Bill D and Kim.Well sailed everyone. Lots of fun and a good friendly time.The fun continues on Thursday, May 27th when it’s the turn of the DF95 fleet starting at 11.00 when the tide will be going out from a high at 09.30.Solings resume battle next Tuesday, June 1st at 11.00 when the tide will be coming in heading for a high at 2.11 pmIn the “Errors and Ommissions” section today, I have to apologize for entering the name of Bill D’s wife wrongly in the last write-up. It is, of course, Judy……and I knew that.Wilkie is home from the hospital and all went well. Good news. Well done, Wilkie.Stay safe and well,Derek
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DF95 Series #2 May 20, 2021

I’ll never get tired of saying this. It was yet another beautiful New England Spring morning and today there was a wind from the west and then the northwest and then from the southwest which made competitive sailing possible and enjoyable.There were quite a few spectators today including a number of members without their boats. These included Bill David’s wife Linda, Shelly and Bill Northup, Pat Donovan, Bill Raposa and we were pleased to see Will Plante with his son, Steve. I kept score for the seven races held today. Albert Meyer brought his new DF95 and practiced, but didn’t race.Race winners today were Rob Hill with three, Bill David with two, and Paul Mercer and Kim Hanna with one each. Rich Field did well with three second places and one third and Manny did well for his first race this year. The full results will be on our website at mhbmyc.org  Well done to all.Another relaxed, friendly morning at the cove that resulted in first place for Rob, with Paul in second place. Just one point behind was Rich and just one more point down was Bill D.  Really close racing! We heard that Wilkie’s procedure went to plan and he will spend the next few days recovering and getting back his fighting fitness.  Well done, Wilkie.

Ed Haddad has made a very generous gift of all his spare boat parts so, together with the parts donated by Dick Priestley, we should be able to keep our elegant Soling fleet going for a while. The next DF95 race day is Thursday, May 27th at 11.00 when the tide will be going out from a high at 09.30.
But on Tuesday before then, May 25th it’s the return of the Soling fleet with the tide going out to a low at 12.48.
All the latest news on our website mhbmyc.orgStay safe and well,Derek