DF 65 Charity Event – Coalhouse Fort MBC

What perfect weather for the Coalhouse Fort MBC Dragon Force 65 IMG_0884Charity Event in aid of the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Fund on Sunday 8th May 2016. Apart from the wind coming initially from the ENE and then veering more to the east, the conditions were great for this Charity Event.

Skippers from Coalhouse Fort MBC and Southend MBC were joined by David Brown from Eastbourne and in a relaxed fun atmosphere, completed some 16 races to determine the overall winner. After the 16 races the fleet was split into two, an A & B Heat with the top three in each heat receiving prizes donated by Coalhouse Fort MBC and Sochs Sails. In addition to the winning prizes, there was a raffle with prizes being donated by RC Yachts, CAT sails, Sochs Sails and Howard Dalton, and our thanks to all for their donations. There was no entry fee, with all proceeds going to the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Fund.

IMG_0885With the wind initially coming from the ESE, John Newton the Race Officer, assisted by Malcolm Schaffer, set a windward/leeward course with a spreader mark at the windward end and a gate at the leeward end. Since most of the competitors had never experienced a ‘gate’ course before it was interesting to see how they coped. For the first three races, IMG_0883Howard Dalton led almost from start to finish with everybody following him round the port mark at the leeward end, with John Wren and David Brown keeping in touch. However, Glenn Meekcoms suddenly appeared to recognise that rounding the starboard mark at the gate provided some advantage and consequently took the next three races from Angela Mears, who had been leading until Glenn took a different course. As more people recognised the advantage to be gained of rounding the starboard mark at the gate, David Brown started to make his impression. By lunch time, David Brown was leading, with Howard Dalton second, Glenn Meekcoms third and Angela Mears fourth.

After lunch the wind had veered more easterly and the Race Officer initially changed the IMG_0886start line and the first mark, but then went on to change the course two roundings of triangle all on port, thereby doing away with the gate. This seemed to cause some skippers more problems whilst others such as Angela Mears started to come into their own once they got used to the change. However, through the whole day David Brown was consistent which eventually led to him winning the overall event on 28 points, followed by Angela Mears on 33 points and Glenn Meekcoms third on 37 points. Unfortunately Howard Dalton who had been in the running had a rudder issue which meant he missed out on one race and suffered in at least two others because he had not centred the new servo properly.

Overall Results:

Pos. Skipper Sail # Club/City Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
1 David Brown 73 Eastbourne 28.0 2.0 3.0 5.0 3.0 4.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 9.0 3.0 3.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 5.0 1.0
2 Angela Mears 348 Southend 33.0 4.0 4.0 6.0 2.0 2.0 5.0 3.0 2.0 2.0 6.0 8.0 1.0 1.0 3.0 1.0 3.0
3 Glenn Meekcoms 418 Southend 37.0 7.0 7.0 4.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 4.0 5.0 8.0 1.0 1.0 5.0 3.0 7.0 2.0 2.0
4 Howard Dalton 364 Southend 51.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 5.0 6.0 3.0 7.0 4.0 1.0 14.0 9.0 8.0 6.0 6.0 3.0 7.0
5 Lesley Parks 602 Southend 61.0 6.0 8.0 3.0 4.0 9.0 10.0 6.0 9.0 10.0 2.0 2.0 6.0 5.0 2.0 4.0 4.0
6 Rodney Latham 777 Lee Valley 67.0 3.0 9.0 9.0 9.0 8.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 3.0 7.0 4.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 7.0 10.0
7 Jim La Roche 990 Coalhouse Fort 85.0 8.0 5.0 8.0 6.0 3.0 6.0 10.0 8.0 7.0 9.0 5.0 7.0 8.0 9.0 10.0 5.0
8 John Wren 380 Southend 91.0 11.0 2.0 2.0 12.0 5.0 8.0 2.0 3.0 11.0 8.0 6.0 11.0 11.0 11.0 11.0 11.0
9 Jamie Stevens 700 Southend 92.0 5.0 6.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 9.0 9.0 7.0 4.0 4.0 14.0 10.0 10.0 12.0 8.0 9.0
10 Steven Bines 0 Coalhouse Fort 109.0 10.0 11.0 10.0 13.0 13.0 12.0 11.0 11.0 5.0 10.0 10.0 4.0 7.0 5.0 9.0 6.0
11 Bryan Spencer 97 Southend 111.0 9.0 10.0 12.0 10.0 10.0 11.0 8.0 10.0 6.0 5.0 7.0 9.0 9.0 10.0 14.0 8.0
12 Ian kemp 590 Coalhouse Fort 151.0 12.0 13.0 14.0 11.0 12.0 7.0 14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0 8.0 6.0 12.0
13 Dave Bland 488 Coalhouse Fort 167.0 13.0 12.0 11.0 8.0 11.0 14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0

Following the main event, to ensure the less experienced skippers shared the spoils, the Race Officer split the fleet into two heats, the bottom half in terms of scores going into the ‘B’ Heat, and the top half going into the ‘A’ Heat and the top three from each heat winning a prize.

The results of this was as follows:

‘B’ Heat

1st Bryan Spencer; 2nd Steve Bines; 3rd Jamie Stevens

‘A’ Heat

1st Angela Mears; 2nd Glenn Meekcoms; 3rd Lesley Parks

The event raised £234.52 in total for the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Fund, and our thanks to all those who contributed and especially to those who provided the prizes.

It was a great day, with all the competitors behaving by doing turns when asked and at the end of the day indicating they had a good time.

We hope to do it all again next year and hopefully a few more skippers will take part.

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