Northern Travellers!!! …. Get Your 2017 Dates Here….!!

Waples Wines LogoThe dates for the 2017 series have now been agreed.  We are pleased that Waples Wines have again agreed to provide support to the series. The arrangements for the series remain the same although we have now added Nott’s County SC who were one of the founding clubs when the series started 11 years ago. Ogston will be taking a rest from the series for this year but hopefully will return in the future. As before 2 events are required to qualify. The events are spread nicely across the year and will culminate at Nott’s County in early October.

April 22-23rd RWYC
May 20-21st Dovestone SC
June 3-4th Rutland SC
July 8-9th Bassenthwaite SC
Sept 2-3rd Burton SC
Oct 7-8th Nott’s County SC

FF World Magazine !!!

FF World

I am beginning to put together the next issue of FF World for publication at the end of the year. I’m very happy to accept articles, photos and adverts for publication, with a copy deadline of Monday 14th November. Photos should be high resolution, with the photographer credited, and captions welcomed.

Paper copies of the magazine will be mailed to all UKFFA members, and a digital copy will be posted on the FFI website.

Crispin Read Wilson
crispin.rw@gmail.com

Parkstone Autumn Series – Race 2 …!!

Saturday 8th October Autumn Series race 2.
“Its never over until its over”

15 boats on the water today, Race Officer Ian Laimey set an olympic traingle course in the light northerly wind.
The fleet got away first time, and were tightly bunched at the first mark, Bob Alexander & Huw Willetts rounded in front, just clear of Mike Kilbee & Ron Elliot.
Alexander /Willetts maintained their position at the front despite strong pressure from Crispin Read Wilson/Steve Brown & Dave Tabb/Chewy Sherrell.
As the leaders rounded the final leeward mark, Alexander/Willetts must have felt confident of taking the victory, however the wind dropped and they were passed on both sides by the Tabb and Read Wilson boats.
Results
1st Crispin Read Wilson & Steve Brown
2nd Dave Tabb & Chewey Sherrell
3rd Bob Alexander & Huw Willetts
4th Graham & Ben Scroggie

Last of the Summer (Waples) Wine – The Dovestone Open ….!!

Flying Fifteens at Dovestone Sailing Club

Waples Wines LogoWith light and variable winds, sunshine and mild temperatures, Dovestone Sailing Club hosted an enjoyable final event of the 2016 Waples Wines Northern Travellers series over the weekend of 1-2 October.

A good turnout from the home fleet, together with a smattering of visitors from Windermere, Bassenthwaite, RCYC and Burton sailing clubs, saw 16 boats on the water for the first race. In a competitive start to a course which covered the length and breadth of the reservoir, Steve Goacher with crew Tim Harper of Royal Windermere, were judged OCS by Officer of the Day Mark Rhan. Tight racing among the rest of the fleet saw Dovestone SC’s Andy McKee and Chris Massey (3805) in first place, with David and Sally Mckee (4005) a close second and Mike Moore with crew Kayla Sheard (3996) from Bassenthwaite in third at the end of the first encounter of the meeting.

dovestone-open-group-shot-2Post-lunch Race 2 in similar winds was super close with a boat length finish between Andy McKee (1st), David McKee (2nd) and Steve Goacher (3rd). Great racing too from DSC’s Rod Rowlands in FF Classic 496. Setting the scene for final Race 3 of the day, with Andy McKee never seriously challenged for first place from the windward mark, an improving performance from series sponsor Justin Waples with young DSC crew Andrew Robinson in second, and Steve Goacher in third.

Dovestone SC produced its usual enjoyable evening entertainment in the clubhouse, with wine tasting courtesy of Waples Wine, followed by supper and games – including the Pennine favourite of competitive nail-knocking with the thin end of a hammer.

dovestone-open-1-croppedDay two of the open meeting dawned sunny with a light breeze. The full fleet assembled early to catch the best of the wind with two back-back races in the morning.   Steve Goacher led from the start of Race 4, but confusion about the finish line meant he was pushed into third place by Justin Waples and David Mckee who nipped passed to take first and second places respectively. Race 4 followed on quickly, with David Mckee taking an early lead only to become becalmed on the run back to the clubhouse in weakening winds. A close battle for the finish with McKees senior and junior chasing Steve Goacher who won out at the last.

To see the report with prize giving photos click here

To see the full sailwave results table click here

Overall results are as follows:

 

1st                3805   Andy McKee and Chris Massey           Dovestone SC

2nd               4005   David and Sally McKee                         Dovestone SC

3rd               4021   Steve Goacher and Tim Harper           RWYC

 

1st Silver     3391   Colin Pierce and Mandy Thackray       Dovestone SC

 

1st Classic sail no 0-2000

496     Rod Rowlands and Isaac Marsh         Dovestone SC

 

1st Classic sail no 2001-2700

2620   Dave Naylor and Norman Christie     Dovestone SC

 

 

Andy McKee and Chris Massey receive their trophy from DSC Commodore Andy Hurley

 

The full results available here;

Parkstone Autumn Series Kicks Off ….!!

Saturday 1st Oct, Autumn series race 1
(Where is Oyster mark?!)

13 boats today, very respectable considering the blustery conditions and the sun was out so there was a positive vibe in the boat park. Race Officer Fi Linford set an olympic triangle course using Oyster as the first mark (all good so far).

The fleet got away first time with Pete & Jo Allam, Bob Alexander & Huw Willetts and Graham & Ben Scroggie in the leading pack. Things spread out as Pete & Jo were the only one of the leading boats to successfully find the now famous Oyster mark. This left the other front runners reaching into the mark having overshot.

Pete & Jo now had a comfortable lead and just had to keep out of trouble until the end. However, at the top of the second beat it was their turn to have trouble finding oyster and the following pack were left bemused by some of the lines they were steering.

Pete & Jo held onto the lead and finished first. Behind, the Scroggies, Bob & Huw and Martin Lewis and & Mike Riley had their own battles for the minor podium places.
Results
1st Pete & Jo Allam
2nd Graham & Ben Scroggie
3rd Bob Alexander & Huw Wiletts
4th Martin Lewis & Mike Riley

Sail of the Day Award goes to Mike Pierce & Sandie Andrews (for mastering the blustery conditions)

Waples Wines Northern Travellers Finals….!!

Waples Wines Northern Flying fifteen Travellers series
Round up after final event.

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Waples Wines LogoThis 6 event series which started at Royal Windermere Yacht Club in early April concluded in early October at Dovestone sailing club having also included legs at Ogston, Rutland, Bassenthwaite and Burton. Perhaps butting some of the national trends this has proven to be a good year for the series with competitor numbers up at most of the events. Overall 53 series qualifying boats have taken part ( the total number of competitors at the events was 65). In addition to boats from the host clubs there has been support for the series from 7 other clubs including Rob Goodison and Jon Mallory from Scarborough who took part in 5 of the opens and would have completed all 6 had it not been for a family emergency.

We are indebted to Justin Waples of Waples Wines who has sponsored the series and also took part in a number of the opens and provided an informative and entertaining wine tasting at the final event at Dovestone. Thanks also go to the host clubs and in particular to their fleet captains for enabling the series to be a success.

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There is a special mention for Mike Moore and Kayla Sheard of Bassenthwaite in 5th place overall for the Series, who completed all 6 events finishing with a win at the final event.

At the prize giving Justin awarded a special prize to Andy Spencer of Burton SC who normally crews for matt Pallet. After arriving and rigging on the Saturday Matt was called away for family reasons so Andy helmed for the day ( assisted by stand in crew John Hughes), in a closely bunched fleet , his first ever races as a helm.

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Overall Standings

1st Simon Longstaff and Jon Denwood Bassenthwaite Sailing Club
2nd John Hanson and Helen Selden Datchet Sailing Club
3rd Jon Ward and Julia Ward Ogston Sailing Club

1st Silver Brian West and Paul West Burton Sailing Club

Click here to see the results for the Top 12

Waples Wines Northern Travellers (Final Event!!) Goes to Dovestone…!!

Waples wines open at Dovestone.

Waples Wines LogoThe final event on the Waples Wines Traveller Series takes Place at Dovestone SC this weekend ( 1st and 2nd October). Early indications are that this will be a well-attended event and the weather forecast at present is encouraging. The series reaches its conclusion and it looks as though the winners of each section will be decided at the final event.
The first race on Saturday is scheduled for 13.00, there are 5 races altogether and with 3 on the Saturday travellers should be able to get away reasonably early on Sunday.
Justin Waples the series sponsor will provide a wine tasting for competitors on Saturday night and a meal and some entertainment will take place after this.

For further information contact David McKee davidjmckee@icloud.com or 07836 602084

Waples Wines Northern Travellers Series Update….!!

Waples Wines Northern traveller Series Update

Waples Wines LogoThe 5th event in this year’s series was hosted at Burton Sailing Club last weekend. This proved to be the best attended event so far with 8 visitors joining the 9 home boats. The racing proved tight with the first 5 boats all hailing from different clubs. The outcome was closely contested between the Bassenthwaite team of Simon Longstaff/Jon Denwood and the Datchet team of Jon Hanson/Helen Selden, and was only decided in favour of the Bassenthwaite boat in the last race. First Classic was Pete Needham/Brian West of Burton and first Silver was Dave Bentley and James Geddes.

The series is now reaching its finale with the last event and Series prize giving taking place at Dovestone SC on the 1st/2nd October. This will be a great event. At present Longstaff/ Denwood from Bass lead the series with two wins however the three boats of Jon/Julia ward, Nigel/Gavin Tullett and Hanson/Selden are tied one point further back. The series will be won by one of these 4 teams. The Silver and Classic sections are still wide open. A copy of the current standings is attached.

The series this year has seen a higher level of turnout at many of the events and larger level of competing boats overall when compared with the last few years, perhaps a sign of the success of the series and that enthusiasm for sailing is returning.

We look forward to a bumper event at Dovestone to round off the series. Please let David McKee know if you are planning to enter as this helps with numbers david.mckee@scanlans.com 07836 602084.

Burnham !!!!

The Burnham Open is a week on Saturday, I’d be really grateful if I could have positive replies by this Friday if you’re coming, it just helps hugely with planning etc.

….awaiting all the replies, you know you want to come!!!

Justin
01799 586279
M: 077 699 048 44