The Association will once again have a stand at next year’s RYA Dinghy Show so if you are visiting the show, please look out for our stand in the Great Hall, Stand No B10 close to the big organ.
David Barr has written with notice of Andrew Barr’s funeral in Poole on Thursday 10th Nov, with a reception to follow at Poole Yacht Club from 3pm.
Andrew was a great supporter of the DB Class with his technical wisdom and enthusiasm
For further information
For the first time in 39 years since the 1977 event 26 DB were welcomed warmly by Brixham YC. The entry of 26 was made up of 9 DB from Bosham SC, 8 from Poole YC, 3 from Thornbury SC, 2 from Royal Cork YC, 2 from Island Cruising Club, 1 from Weston Bay SC and one unaffiliated.
The Race Officer set courses well away from the land out in the middle of Torbay and for the first three days racing we enjoyed mainly moderate W or NW breezes which enabled good racing in relatively flat water.
The first two points series races were won by Nigel and Jack Young in Pa Pa II with Pete Hewitt and Chris Locket in Merlin in second place. The third race sailed back to back with the second on Tuesday was won by Colin Blewett and Chrissy Campbell in Alice with Merlin achieving another second.
The fourth points race started in the usual NW breeze but almost as soon as the fleet crossed the line the breeze began to fail. 30 mins later no one had managed to round the windward mark and at least one boat was considering joining in the 29 ER fleet over near Torquay! Then as per the Sailing Instructions the Race Officer cancelled the race and we waited for some breeze. After nearly an hour there was some breeze from the East sufficient to make another start. Then after the first leg the wind began to fail again and the Race Officer hoisted the Shorten Course flag. Those who had read the Sailing Instructions closely knew that all they had to do then was to cross the finish line which was near the Leeward mark. Those who had not read the S I did the sausage leg before finishing. Thus Alice scored another 1st position and David and Fiona MacFarlane in Yellow Peril were second.
So after 4 races and discards being applied Nigel Young in Pa Pa II needed do better Peter Hewitt in Merlin in the 5th Points race to take the Championship Cup home. Conditions were ideal for this race with a steady NW 4-5 breeze with sun. After the standard three laps of triangle, sausage & triangle Pa Pa II led the fleet home with Michael Hewitt and Steve Creasey in Snazzie in second place.
Thus the first six boats in the championship were
- Nigel and Jack Young in Pa Pa II from Royal Cork YC
- Colin Blewett and Chrissy Campbell in Alice from Poole YC
- Alan and Mike Davis in Lucky from Weston Bay SC
- Michael Hewitt and Steve Creasey from Island Cruising Club
- David and Fiona MacFarlane in Yellow Peril from Bosham SC
- Peter Hewitt and Chris Lockett from Poole YC
The full points series results can be viewed by clicking here.
The Opportunity Race which was sailed after the first point race included all the entrants for Cadet Trophy, Ladies Race and Crews Race was won by Jack Young in Pa Pa II giving him the Cadet and Crew’s trophies. Second was Fiona MacFarlane in Yellow Peril enabling her to take the Ladies Plate home. Full results here
The long distance race was sailed in sparkling conditions over the full distance around the coast and across to Torquay where we tied up in the Marina for lunch on the sunny terrace of the Royal Torquay YC. First was Nigel Young in Pa Pa II, second Peter Hewitt in Merlin, third was Colin Blewett in Alice. Then three ladies with Sue Clayton in Hullabaloo in 4th, Fiona Young in Pa Pa 5th with Diana Parkinson in Avocet in 6th. The full 18 finishers can be viewed here
And to round of this brief account of a really splendid championship week hosted by a very friendly and helpful club here is a list of all the trophy winners
And it would be a shame not to mention by far the oldest boat in the fleet which was DB 136, Merganser. sailed by Michael Sykes. Michael has restored the boat built by his father in 1952.
DAYBOAT WEEK 2016
To be held at
BRIXHAM YACHT CLUB
SATURDAY 6th AUGUST – THURSDAY 11th AUGUST
A WEEK OF RACING & CRUISING IN THE WATERS OF THE ENGLISH RIVIERA
Excellent club facilities, 29 Trophies, 2 prize-giving dinners and other evening meals.
5 Points races, long distance race, ladies race, crews race, cadets race.
NEW MEMBERS & FAMILIES ESPECIALLY WELCOME.
IF YOU DON’T WISH TO RACE, WHY NOT CRUISE AROUND THE TORBAY COAST AND JOIN IN THE SOCIAL EVENTS
More details will be published on the Association Web site www.ywdb.co.uk or contact Phil Lokier
Tel: 01202 698584 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
TRY A DAYBOAT
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WOULD LIKE TO SAIL IN A DAYBOAT (HELM OR CREW), POOLE YACHT CLUB MEMBERS ARE HOLDING A ‘TRY A DAYBOAT DAY’ ON
MONDAY 2nd MAY 2016
DAYBOAT SAILORS WILL BE ON HAND TO TAKE YOU OUT TO EXPERIENCE THE THRILLS AND EXCITEMENT OF DAYBOAT SAILING. NO WET FEET, JUST STEP OFF THE PONTOON INTO A DAYBOAT AND ENJOY A SAIL IN POOLE HARBOUR.
MEET AT POOLE YACHT CLUB (BH15 4AQ) IN THE NORTH ACEDEMY ROOM FROM 11:00AM ONWARDS ON THE DAY (TEA AND CAKES AVAILABLE) OR ON THE DAYBOAT PONTOON AND BRING SOME WATERPROOF CLOTHING.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL JOHN OR PHIL LOKIER ON 01202 698584
The DB Committee under the leadership of Bob Davis has arranged with the kind cooperation of James Hewitt that his newly built boat, DB 676, which is the latest to be built, will be shown on the Stand C68 in the Great Hall at Alexandra Palace on the weekend of 5th and 6th March, 2016.
This annual show must have the greatest number of dinghies, sailboards, etc that you can experience in Europe at least. Also it is in a fine venue and a splendid opportunity to catch up with all things DB if you come along to the stand.
The December issue created by Kath Davis is full of items to encourage you to get the most out of your DB Year. Here it is
The 2015 National Championship created history in that the first three boats were helmed by members of the same family.
Peter Hewitt sailing with Chris Locket in DB 669, Merlin, achieved first place with 5 points overall. One point behind in second place was Michael Hewitt crewed by Natalie French in DB 649, Mandarin, . And James Hewitt sailing with Rachel Bullingham were third overall with 9 points in DB 629, Kerfuffle.
Full results here: 2015 YWDB National Championship
Roger Harrison of Roger Harrison Photography ( http://www.newphoto.ch ) assembled a splendid album of people and boats which you can link to here The collection ends with photos he took from the promenade below Salcombe YC of Race 4
The week began on Sunday with a modest south westerly breeze of no more than Beaufort force 3 for the first points race increasing to force 4 for the Opportunities race held back to back.
For the second and third points races on Monday the wind switched round to north east with a strength of up to force 4 which gave a good beat up Southwold Creek until nearing the mark introduced some serious holes in the breeze. Link to photos of Race 2
The Long Distance race on Tuesday presented similar conditions for the nine or so entrants. Link to photos of Long Distance
Wednesday’s wind was again from the NE but of serious strength of force 5 gusting 6-7 so a much diminished fleet sailed the fourth point race. After two boats had been knocked down by a serious gust on the final run and some boats went homewards to Batson Creek the race officer cancelled racing for the day. This meant that Race 5 in the Points series which had been announced as to be sailed back to back with Race 4 rather than the published time on Thursday did not take place. Some competitors then went home on the basis that the Championship has ended. Link to Race 4 photos