Monday was a bright sunny day with a light to moderate wind varying in both strength and direction with some surface weed at times causing problems for some boats.
21 sailors turned out for the race from various clubs, Eastbourne MYC, Guildford MYC, Hampton Court, East Kent RSC, Woodspring MSC and Chipstead SC Radio Sailing.
The sailors were welcomed by the Race officer of the day, Peter Crisp, who gave a short briefing on the day’s event.
There were 7 races before lunch with 6 different winners resulting in the scores at that stage being very close with Dave Allinson, Dave Adams and Ken Binks in the leading places.
Lunch was an informal get together with sandwiches and drinks from the Chipstead SC kitchen.
Racing commenced at 1.30pm with a slightly different wind direction. Robert Owens who was helming the Rescue boat reset the course buoys. Fortunately the wind stayed in that same direction all afternoon. Again the leading three managed to keep winning races sufficient to provide a clear result at the end on the day.
Racing was finished at 3.30pm and all competitors retired to the club house for tea/coffee and cake. .
The results were calculated by Dave Allinson who then said a few words regarding this first weekday DF95 Open and future events as the Chipstead SC Radio Sailing Class Captain. This was followed by the prize giving to the first six by Peter Crisp .
Thanks to all who raced in an enjoyable week day event, with a special thanks to those who helped to organise, Robert Owens, Ralph Wilkinson, Bob Townsend and Peter Crisp
Report by Peter Crisp
Photos by Robin Aldcroft