A report of our second year of the LTSC RC Yachting group written by Paul Davis:
2016 was shaping up to be a good year for the Lymington DF65’s with new boats turning up after Christmas and throughout the year, this would prove a tough year to win overall. Our active fleet which regularly gets turnouts in the teens provided us with some very close tight racing and sometimes to close at times (Ado!).
So over twelve Championships, Simon ‘Cake’ McCarthy came out fighting, winning four out of the five Championships he competed in and counting a 2nd in the other before big boat sailing took over for the season. This left the door open for ‘Mr Consistent’, Jon Harvey to take over the charge and avenge his 2nd place overall in the 2015 GP series. Dan McCarthy continued to improve as the year went on and it must be noted that he turned up to all but one Championship!
In the end Jon, had done more than enough to take the overall GP Series this year, being the most consistent DF65 all year, counting 8 top three results out of the 9 to count! Jon prevailed to take the overall win from Paul YI’ Davis turning the tables from 2015, with Liam Willis in 3rd, Dan McCarthy in 4th, and Toby Collyer rounding out the top 5. With being the most consistent DF65 this year, Jon also took the overall series title, with Dan McCarthy 2nd closely followed by Ado Jardine 3rd.
2016 was a good year with many highlights, but to name a few, we’ve have had 16 DF65’s out at once and quite regularly to, a summer BBQ, mince pies and mulled wine and a well-attended annual prize giving held by Lymington Town Sailing Club. Three local venues with Fford Yacht Squadron being our main venue, 66 DF65 owners locally and growing, 12 Championships, 42 race days along with our Inaugural Inter-club Team Racing Championships which was very entertaining and even brought a guest appearance down to Lymington in the form of Mike & Sue Weston of RC Yachts!
In 2017 there will be a few people to watch, Roger Barber being one after winning the last two championships since joining the fleet and showing pace in a range of conditions. Team Fford Yacht Squadron / CupCake Marine will be strong coming into the season off the back of the Inaugural Inter-club Team Racing Championships win, the team consisting of our host, Rory Paton, Simon ‘Cake’ McCarthy and Alex Hayman. Then we have the likes of Nigel Wallbank, Nick Ingram and Brian Robinson all showing they can mix it at the front of the fleet and more than capable of causing an upset. But the big question is, will the Jarpedo, Ado Jardine keep out of trouble to rustle some feathers at the front this year?
Throughout the year visitors have joined us from several local clubs, Wayne Stobbs from Portsmouth Model Yacht Club, Robin Antcliffe from Eastleigh Model Boat Club and Nigel Brown from Gosport Model Boat Club. Hopefully this year we can have a few more visitors with growing fleets, Porchester have joined the game along with Gosport, Portland, Eastleigh and Megeham Rythe SC. Maybe even get a little local traveller series going???
So, what’s to look forward to in 2017 you ask? Well, we will have our monthly championships with the first one kicking off on the 14th of January! The successful Inter-club Team Racing Champs will be in the calendar to look forward to and hopefully have a few more visiting teams. Throughout the year we will be treated to some race footage by our very own young Spielberg, Liam Willis, LW Media. So, watch this space for the videos to keep us entertained. There will be new members, more boats out on the water, closer racing and more fun, so let’s make it a good one!
But to finish things off, a big thank you must go to Liam Willis who puts everything together for us throughout the year. Rory Paton and Pinetops must be thanked for letting us use their excellent pond, but the biggest of thank you’s must got to Meriel McCarthy, our own PRO! Week in week out Meriel turns up come rain or shine to keep us all in check, runs all the races and keeps the scores! Thank you!
So hopefully see you all on the water.