DB at RYA Suzuki (London) Dinghy Show

DinghyShowDBStand2016The 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.

DB Week 2015 – Salcombe June 7th – 11th

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.DSCN2105 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

Trophy winners here

DB Notes for the start of 2015

Kath Davis has produced a fine issue containing a wealth of information, some of which yoy really need to know and some of real interest. AND advance notice of the important DB Week survey that will be hitting your mail box any time now.

It can found here or from the main menu above and selecting MEMBERS & USERS > DOCUMENTS (Yes, you do have to log in but its well worth it!)

Recent changes on the web site

I have made some changes to make the web site easier to use and, hopefully, more responsive. The changes include:

1. New menu and menu items for MEMBERS and USERS which should make it clear what additional facilities and data tables are available to members of the YWDB Association who register on the database side of the web site. Immediately on registration they become ‘Users’ of the site and thus can add and change buy and sell data. Once the webmaster has upgraded the newly registered association member to ‘Member’ status on the website the full membership list is available to that person. Continue reading

DB Week 2015 at Salcombe

John Lokier, DB Association chairman, has confirmed the following: –

Venue: Salcombe Yacht Club
Dates: Saturday 6th June 2015 to Thursday 11th June 2015
These dates represent a change from our usual practice of arranging DB weeks for either Spring Bank Holiday week or August school holidays  following a decision at the recent AGM to try, as an experiment, a week when costs of accommodation, etc are not at their peak. This decision was made knowing the difficulty it might make for families with school age children and teachers.