DF95 Racing 6/22/23

After a period of off again, on again and off again, we finally agreed to race this morning. Nine members brought their boats to the cove. Judy David and Connie Sampson started the races and kept score. Thank you both very much.

The chosen course: The starting line was between the orange and red marks, head north and take the blue mark to port, south to the orange taken to port, back north to the blue taken to port, and downwind to the line. We ran this course for all six races.

There was a family on the beach with five young girls swimming. As Bill David was the first to practice and spoke nicely to them, they decided to root for him and shouted, “Double zero, double zero”.

It didn’t help as Bill was sidelined with a battery that wouldn’t hold its charge. It drifted back to the shore. Rich Field wasn’t so lucky. The same thing happened to his boat and the fail-safe worked but he had to row out and rescue his boat. This happened in the first race. What a coincidence that the involuntary battery discharge would happen to two boats in the same race. Short circuits, anybody?

The other boat that didn’t finish the first race was Wilkie, but at least he finished the next two races before retiring with unknown causes.

Bill Raposa, Ward Hough and I continued to work hard as spectators. Ward is from Little Compton and is considering getting a boat to race with us.

The wind was gusty and changeable and provided a challenge that was, however, overcome by Jim Kelly who won 5 races and, with one throwout, he had a perfect score. The only other winner was Henry who also had 4 second places and one third to finish second overall today. Kim was third with 2 seconds and 3 thirds. The next four places went to Al, David, Wilkie, and Albert.

Very unusually Bill David and Rich left pointless today.

All the news and results can be found on our website mhbmyc.org

Good luck to our sailors who will be taking part in the Patriot Travelers Trophy races at Leicester, MA this coming Saturday.

DF95s race again in our club next Thursday, June 29th when the tide will be coming in from a low at 10.10.

Before that, the Solings take their turn on Tuesday, June 27th when the tide will be coming in, heading for a high at 3.35

Whatever you’re doing this weekend, have a great time.