DF65’s Catch-up Newsletter

Hi Sailors,

Looks like I’ve fallen a bit behind in my Newsletters, so I summarize some of the sailing reports that you have missed.  This newsletter is mainly for members who prefer not to use our Facebook Page  DF65s at Gosport (facebook.com) (which I update after each race).  We now have 126 members and about half of them check our weekly race results.  I see that Fleetwood Model Yacht Club is a recent new member to the Facebook Page.

Race Results plus overall Series Summary are always available in the Events Calendar on the GMYBC website via ‘Events/Races’.

Events / Races – Gosport Model Yacht & Boat Club (gosportmybc.club)


Photos of the Month:


Thanks to everyone who helped with de-weeding the lake.



Class Captain’s Meeting:

  • The club are going to put up photos of the different sailing classes in the clubhouse.  I’ve sent some great DF65 and DF95 photos along.
  • The club has requested Gosport Council for Annual Parking permits for members for a reasonable rate.  We are waiting on their reply.
  • Each class can have 4 keepsake trophies this year. It was decided early in the season to award 1st, 2nd  and 3rd place prizes for the best 4 out of 5 Monday series as this has the most sailors (and shares the trophies around) and a 1st for the best 2 out of 3 for the Saturday Series. Note that I email Certificates for 1st, 2nd and 3rd for all series (when I remember). The Wednesday Handicap and DF65 Trophy are already associated with trophies. Hence, I have requested:
    • Winner DF65 Saturday Series 2023
    • Winner DF65 Monday Series 2023
    • 2nd DF65 Monday Series 2023
    • 3rd DF65 Monday Series 2023
  • I’m keeping an eye out for DF65 trophy with a dragon on it (I may even make one!) so that we can have our own DF65 cabinet trophy for our Monday Series.
  • Richard Filer has drafted a sailing programme for next year.  I have asked to extend the Wednesday evening sailing by a couple of weeks.
  • We are hosting the DF65 Nationals on 20-21st April 2024.

Recent Results

Wednesday Evening Handicap Series

We had 20 different sailors during the series with 9 different winners over the 11 race evenings. Thank you to those who attended and presented the training sessions during the series. The final result of the Handicap Series was:

  • 1st Paul Heaney (422)
  • 2nd Tom Kemp (274)
  • 3rd John Smith (277) 

Series 4 Overall Results

We had 34 different DF65 sailors take part in our Monday Series 4 races. Congratulations to our overall winners:

  • 1st Alan Nash (56)
  • 2nd Ian Proctor (823)
  • 3rd Chris Foreman (161)

Monday 25 Sept – Series 5 Race 1

Lovely weather again today. The sun is shining and we have a 5-10 knots from the South-West. The course was a large triangle up to Mark 1 and then a short sausage up to Mark 3. We had a short windward leg back to the start-finish line which is always a bit tricky.

Note that with a large fleet we sail 9 races where one is as Race Officer (RO) plus 8 races with 2 discards.

It was another strong field today with 5 different winners.

Our overall winner today on countback was Alan Nash (56) with 3 wins and a second. Paul Heaney (422) was second with 4 seconds. It was also very close between the next three places. Chis Forman (161) was third with a win and a second, Martyn Clark (793) fourth with a win and Adrian Wallis (81) fifth with 2 wins and a second.

Monday 2 Oct – Series 5 Race 2

The weather was very light for the first 4 races but after our break it built up to a nice South-Easterly of about 5 knots. My apologies for setting the far Mark 7 for Race 1 as it was difficult for most of the fleet to reach in the light breeze.

Nick Hollamby (447) gets the award for bumping the most marks today . Paul Heaney (422) gets the memory award for not sailing the course that he set after putting the wrong mark on the course board – but that’s the one that counts! Well spotted John Smith (277) who went on to win the race.

Today’s winner was Paul Heaney (422) with 4 wins and 2 seconds. Paul got away to some good starts and was able to gain places downwind. Second was Chris Foreman (161) with 2 wins and 3 seconds. Good to see Chris finishing more consistently at the front of the fleet. Third was John Smith (277) with a 2 wins and a second – another strong light weather sailor.

Alan Nash (56) also had a win today finishing fourth overall.


Monday 9 Oct – Series 5 Race 3

Wow! 17 DF65s on the water today. We had some sun, but only 1-5 knots of breeze and we ended up doing one lap races instead of 2. It started as a Westerly and gradually swung to the South-West.

Chris Durant (91) gets the award for bumping the most buoys and Phil Udall (554) get the award for sailing the wrong boat!

It was very close at the top today with only 1 point between each of the top 4 boats. Paul Heaney (442) was the overall winner with 2 wins and 2 seconds with Ian Proctor (823) just a point behind with 3 wins. Phil Udall (554) was third with a consistent set of results including 3 seconds and 3 thirds. Adrian Wallis (81) was fourth with 2 wins and a second.

Chris Forman (161) and Chris Durant (91) also had a win each.


Coming Up

Saturday 14 Oct – DF65AS_10

Monday 16 Oct – DF65MO5_4


Paul Heaney

DF65 Class Captain

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