Rounds DF 3 and 4 of DF Travellers Trophy Series for DF65 & DF95 Boats

Coalhouse Fort RYC will be hosting Rounds 3 & 4 of the DF Travellers Series atDF Travellers Series - Round 3 and 4 their Coalhouse Fort, Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, RM18 8PB venue, on Saturday 17th March (DF65) and 18th March (DF95). Please drive safely through the village and park as requested on the grass in front of the Fort as directed.

This event is open to all MYA members with registered DF65 and DF95 boats. Please use the MYA Online Entry Form where possible, or email John Newton (newtoj46@uwclub.net) or Geoff Appleton (geoff.appleton@blueyonder.co.uk), indicating which event(s) you are entering Please make sure you include your name, MYA No.; Sail No(s); Frequency; emergency contact details and any health issues.

There will be a skippers briefing at 09:45 on both days with the first race shortly after at about 10:00am. No race will start after 4:00pm and any race in progress at 4:30pm will be abandoned.

MYA Standard Sailing Instructions (SSI’s) and DF Class rules will be used. Skippers are reminded they are required to sail in accordance with the RYA Racing Charter.

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Dragon Force 65 Eastern District Championship

18 skippers turned out for the inaugural running of this championship, hosted by the18422938_10155259000094400_1650074771849423272_o[1024] Southend club at the Coalhouse Fort lake. The early morning rain cleared before the start to leave a clear sky, although the variable strength WSW wind forced a slightly compromised course of 3 beats & 2 runs to be set. Despite the wind swinging more westerly at times, the course remained unchanged throughout the day.

Following the briefing, the fleet was divided into 2 heats and the racing continued at good pace all morning. The competition was close, with DF65 ED Championship atricky wind shifts causing moments of joy and despair as some tacked into a massive hole while others rode a huge lift to the windward mark. The last few meters often proved cruellest of all with several places being lost or gained right at the line. 5 races were completed before the lunch break at 1 PM, all won by the ever consistent Buzz Coleman.

Racing resumed at 1.30 with the wind now around 12 MPH and the occasional gust of up to 20MPH, fortunately, the sun warmed us enough to get striped off to tee shirts. The afternoon provided more close racing as a few of the early contenders faded whilst others found their stride. This closed the points table up considerably over the last 4 races, before looming black clouds suggested a prudent end toDF65 ED Championship b the days racing at 3.45.

It was encouraging seeing several new skippers entering their first open event & even more so to watch their performance improve as their confidence grew throughout the day. All our first timers said they had an enjoyable day, some even won prizes, with many commenting on the friendly atmosphere that the 65’s events always seem to produce. I think we even persuaded some to enter the nationals later in the year which cannot be a bad thing.

Buzz Coleman proved the class of the field, winning all but one of the races, but did give us mere mortals some hope by forgetting to switch his boat on before launching in one race. Dennis Graham took advantage of Buzz’s mistake to win that race & with it secured 2nd place overall by 1 point. Mark Hainsworth’s third place was well deserved for his consistency in his first open event, together with another first timer, Pete Mann, 3 points further back in 4th place, it looks like the Eastern District has some up & coming new talent in this class.

Results:

Pos. Skipper Sail # Club/City Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 Buzz Coleman 12 Coalhouse Fort RYC 7.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 9.0 1.0
2 Dennis Graham 23 Coalhouse Fort RYC 22.0 1.0 7.0 3.0 5.0 4.0 6.0 3.0 1.0 5.0
3 Mark Hainsworth 34 Alton Water RCSC 23.0 2.0 5.0 2.0 2.0 6.0 5.0 9.0 4.0 3.0
4 Peter Mann 67 Southend MBC 26.0 4.0 2.0 7.0 4.0 2.0 11.0 10.0 3.0 4.0
5 Brian Foskett 405 Southend MBC 32.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 9.0 15.0 17.0 5.0 5.0 2.0
6 Malcolm Schaffer 101 Coalhouse Fort RYC 36.0 6.0 3.0 8.0 12.0 12.0 4.0 6.0 2.0 7.0
7 Keith Gray 27 Coalhouse Fort RYC 48.0 8.0 15.0 6.0 7.0 11.0 2.0 8.0 15.0 6.0
8 Richard Williams 164 Alton Water RCSC 54.0 7.0 12.0 5.0 8.0 14.0 13.0 2.0 8.0 12.0
9 Lance Bennett 010 Southend MBC 55.0 5.0 13.0 15.0 11.0 3.0 3.0 11.0 13.0 9.0
10 John Moore 102 Southend MBC 60.0 4.0 11.0 10.0 10.0 5.0 8.0 14.0 12.0 19.0
11 John Lambert 877 Coalhouse Fort RYC 63.0 8.0 10.0 19.0 3.0 9.0 12.0 15.0 7.0 14.0
12 Mike Percival 159 Alton Water RCSC 63.0 7.0 9.0 12.0 13.0 16.0 9.0 12.0 6.0 8.0
13 Geoff Appleton 16 Coalhouse Fort RYC 65.0 3.0 8.0 16.0 16.0 8.0 15.0 7.0 12.0 12.0
14 Dave Bland 88 Coalhouse Fort RYC 67.0 5.0 14.0 11.0 6.0 7.0 10.0 16.0 14.0 17.0
15 Jim La Roche 90 Coalhouse Fort RYC 71.0 9.0 18.0 13.0 15.0 13.0 7.0 4.0 10.0 15.0
16 Jamie Cornwell-Stevens 700 Southend MBC 77.0 2.0 6.0 9.0 19.0 17.0 14.0 13.0 18.0 16.0
17 Chris Theodorou 873 Coalhouse Fort RYC 96.0 9.0 17.0 14.0 17.0 10.0 16.0 18.0 17.0 13.0
18 George Patten 95 Coalhouse Fort RYC 96.0 6.0 16.0 17.0 14.0 18.0 18.0 17.0 16.0 10.0

This was the Southend club’s first ever endeavour at running an open sailing event & we are indebted to the Coalhouse Fort club for the use of their water, along with the enormous amount of help and advice given, without which this event would not have been possible. Above all we would like to thank all the competitors for sailing in such good spirits and making the event so enjoyable.

Report courtesy of Glenn Meekcoms; Photos by Angela Mears and Julie Stevens; Results John Newton

On behalf of the Eastern District Committee, we would like to thank Southend MBC for managing their first open event. They are to be congratulated on the way they coped with the the build up and the event itself and this should encourage other clubs to consider running open similar events.

Bury St. Edmunds

For anybody who lives in the Bury St. Edmunds area, a number of Alton Water Radio Sailing Club members will be sailing at Lackford Lake this Saturday. This is a smaller lake in Bury St Edmunds and there is an active dinghy club there. They are interested in seeing the DF 65 and hearing about how they work. This means two things… Anyone who is interested, they will start sailing there at about 14:00  and then be giving a presentation at about 18:00 to their members.

It is likely that there will be less people at Alton this weekend… But don’t forget Wednesday evening sailing we have had a couple of sails on Wednesday evening. We start at 6 and it has been fun, if not cooler of late.

Of course anyone who wants to sail on Saturday is still welcome.

Dragon Force 65 Eastern District Championship

Southend MBC will be hosting the first Dragon Force 65 Eastern District
Championship on Sunday 14th May 2017. They will be using the Coalhouse Fort RYC venue at, Coalhouse Fort, Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, Essex RM18 8PBDF65 ED Championship

This event is open to all MYA members with a registered Dragon Force 65 boat. Competitors are requested to use the MYA Online Entry Form if possible, but if not email Glenn Meekcoms (glennsprays@hotmail.com) AND John Newton (john-newton@tiscali.co.uk). Please include all details such as; Name, Sail No., MYA No. and Emergency Contact Name and Number.

There will be a skippers briefing at 09:45 am with the first race shortly after at 10:00 am. No race will start after 4:00 pm and any race in progress at 4:30 pm will be abandoned.

The MYA Standard Sailing Instructions (SSIs) will be used and competitors will be required to sail in accordance with the RYA Racing Charter.

Competitors are reminded that they are responsible for ensuring their boat is in compliance with the Class Rules and spot checks will be carried out throughout the day.

 

Dragon Force 65 Charity Event

The Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Fund Charity Event, for Dragon Force 65 boats, hosted by Coalhouse Fort RYC on Sunday 19th March 2017 proved to be a challenge for those skippers participating. Being somewhat of a fun day, conventional racing was mixed with relay racing where skippers were paired based on their ability. In addition, a couple of ‘Round the Island’ clockwise and anti-clockwise races, were included, which involved sailing round ALL the outside marks at Coalhouse Fort.

Air Ambulance

Whilst rain was threatened, it did not appear, whereas the forecast for relatively high winds which veered from SSW to WSW throughout the day did and created problems for Race Officer Geoff Appleton and skippers alike. The first four races were conventional races with a windward/leeward course at the southern end of the lake which Buzz Coleman, Glenn Meekcoms and Angela Mears handled better than most. In races 4 and 10 Buzz appeared to  suffer a signal issue intermittently loosing contact between transmitter and boat.Air Ambuklance3

Races 5 and 6 were relays races with the pairing of skippers as follows:

Buzz Coleman / Ian Kemp; Glenn Meekcoms / Lance Bennett; Angela Mears / Jamie Cornwell-Stevens; Malcolm Schaffer / Steve Bines; Dave Bland ‘ Jim La Roche; Dave Chamberlain / Howard Dalton.

Air Ambuklance1Those skippers who started first in the first race, went second in the second race, but it did not make much difference to Angela and Jamie won both races. Dave Chamberlain and Howard Dalton were second in the first race followed by Malcolm Schaffer and Steve Bines were third, whilst in the second race Buzz Coleman and Ian kemp were second followed by Malcolm Schaffer and Air Ambuklance2Steve Bines in third again.

Race  7 was the first of the ‘Round the Island Races’ with a few skippers getting caught out on the far side of the lake. It was won by Buzz Coleman with Dave Chamberlain second and Glenn Meekcoms third.

Races 8 and 9 were then conventional races the first of which was won by Buzz Coleman followed by Dave Chamberlain with Glenn Meekcoms third, and Race 9 was won by Glenn Meekcoms followed by Buzz Coleman with Howard Dalton third.

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The final race of the day was the second of the ‘Round the Island’ races but this time anti-clockwise, which was won by Howard Dalton, followed by Jamie Cornwell-Stevens with Glenn Meekcoms third.

 

At the end of the day, Buzz Coleman was declared the winner, followed by Glenn Meekcoms, with Angela Mears third.

Results:

Pos. Skipper Sail # Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 Buzz Coleman 12 14.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 13.0 5.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 13.0
2 Glenn Meekcoms 418 19.0 2.0 3.0 2.0 1.0 4.0 5.0 5.0 3.0 1.0 3.0
3 Angela Mears 348 20.0 4.0 2.0 3.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 3.0 5.0 4.0 4.0
4 Dave Chamberlain 208 29.0 8.0 9.0 4.0 4.0 2.0 4.0 2.0 2.0 6.0 5.0
5 Howard Dalton 364 31.0 6.0 4.0 9.0 13.0 2.0 4.0 7.0 4.0 3.0 1.0
6 Jamie Cornwell-Stevens 700 37.0 9.0 8.0 10.0 5.0 1.0 1.0 8.0 7.0 5.0 2.0
7 Steve Bines 836 46.0 10.0 7.0 8.0 13.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 7.0
8 Malcolm Shaffer 101 53.0 5.0 13.0 6.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 13.0 13.0 7.0 13.0
9 Lance Bennett 010 57.0 11.0 13.0 7.0 7.0 4.0 5.0 9.0 8.0 13.0 6.0
10 Jim La Roche 90 60.0 3.0 5.0 13.0 8.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 13.0 13.0 13.0
11 Dave Bland 488 62.0 7.0 6.0 5.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 13.0 13.0 13.0 13.0
12 Ian Kemp 590 84.0 12.0 13.0 13.0 13.0 5.0 2.0 13.0 13.0 13.0 13.0

During the event a raffle was held using prizes supplied by CAT Sails (Transmitter Mitt) and Sochs Sails (Dragon Force 65 Transfers) and Coalhouse Fort RYC (Various Prizes) – our thanks to all those who contributed. The event itself raised £190.78 for the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Fund and whilst less than what we have raised in previous years, we are extremely grateful to all those who contributed to the fund.

Based on feed-back, whilst the day was a challenge it would appear that most if not all skippers enjoyed the day despite a few mishaps and we thank all those who enabled the event to go ahead. We plane to hold the event next year but possibly later in the year so watch this space for further news.

Report Courtesy John Newton and Photos Dave Sellens.

Dragon Force 65 Charity Event

Coalhouse Fort RYC will be hosting a Dragon Force 65 Charity Event in aid of the Essexdf65-charity-event and Herts Air Ambulance Fund at their Coalhouse Fort, Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury RM18 8PB, venue, on Sunday 19th March 2017.

This event is open to all MYA members with a Dragon Force 65 boat, with all proceeds going to the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Fund. There is no entry fee but skippers are requested to donate generously for this worthwhile cause.

To enter, please use the MYA Online Entry Form or email john-newton@tiscali.co.uk, providing all your details including Name; MYA No; Sail No. and Emergency Contact information.

There will be a skippers briefing at 09.45am with the event starting shortly after at 10.00am.

This is a fun event and will potentially include relay racing and ‘Round the Island’ races with some prizes supplied by some Dragon Force 65 Suppliers, such as CAT Sails and Sochs Sails.

Alton Radio Controlled Sailing Club (ARCSC)

Please join us in welcoming Alton Radio Controlled Sailing Club as an MYA Affiliated Club into the Eastern District. The club currently has a membership of four and initially sail Dragon Force 65 boats, but is looking to expand, both in terms of membership and classes sailed.

Members can sail at any time as the centre is open – 10 – 4pm 7 days a week. They have a permanent course set up for the prevailing winds and race every Saturday at 13:00 as things stand at the moment.

Their lease dictates that only members can sail at Alton Water, but anyone can become a day member with the centre or become a member of the ARCSC

Yearly membership with ARCSC is £5 plus MYA Membership and that is payable through the web site – http://www.arcsc.co.uk,
Contact – Mark Hainsworth mobile is 07887 713871, mark@hainsworth.org.uk

If people are not already a member of the MYA then they will need to join the MYA as part of their membership of ARCSC.

If people don’t want to join ARCSC then they can just turn up at the centre but they will need to pay a daily rate which is £12.50 a day. This rate is for all comers and there is no distinction made between model yacht users or any other craft. So it make sense to go through ARCSC.

‘Frozen Fingers’ Dragon Force 65

If you own a Dragon Force 65 Yacht, why not come along to Coalhouse Fort on Sunday 13th November and enter the ‘Frozen Fingers’ Winter Series for Dragon Force 65 Yachts.

This is round 2 of 6 monthly events, with four rounds to count, so why not come and show us your sailing skills?

We start racing shortly after 10.00am and finish by about 2.30pm with some comfort breaks in between.

We would love to see you, so just turn up on the day and make your way round to the lake – free car parking and a cafe on site.

You can find us at Coalhouse Fort, Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury RM18 8PB.

Winter Series for Dragon Force 65 and Dragon Flite 95

Coalhouse Fort MBC will be hosting two Winter Series Events, namely, ‘Frozen Fingers’ for Dragon Force 65 boats and ‘Frozen Feet’ for Dragon Flite 95 boats.

Both series will consist of six monthly events, starting in October, with the best four to count – please see the ‘Notice of Race’ shown below for the dates of each series.Frozen Fingers (DF65)Frozen Feet (DF95)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both series are open to any skipper with a Dragon Force 65 or Dragon Flite 95 boat respectively and events will use the normal MYA SSI’s whilst skippers will be expected to sail in accordance with the RYA Racing Charter.

Whilst skippers can enter on the day, It would be appreciated if they could advise their intention to participate in the events a few days before the respective dates.

We look forward to welcoming all skippers, irrespective of experience or ability.

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 Spence; 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.