At our Club, we just had a good discussion about the challenges of recovering Flying Fifteens from the Jetty in a bit of a blow – and how daunting that can be for FF beginners.
This tip from John Hanson will not help the launch / getting off the pontoon, but is great for coming back ashore. There is also a cracking good idea from John about hoisting the main away from the jetty in a breeze. This is what John suggested:-
” We use a Sea Anchor. We have this rolled up and in the tank all year round. When coming in to the pontoon we clip it on to the main sheet eye and throw it over the side. It allows us to approach the pontoon slowly minimising damage and there is no need for the crew to jump, she just steps off when alongside. See the photos as a demo.
You can in case of an issue or when pulling up the main clip this on the bow and it will keep the bow head to wind and reduce the speed the boat goes astern when you have new crew unsure what to do”
Ed : Very good idea
click here to read the entry on the UKFFA website
The 2017 series proved very successful you may have read the series report and seen the overall results, if not you can find these on the class website at www.flying15.org.uk, or on the newly setup series Facebook site,the linkis https://www.facebook.com/groups/794276470729519/. If that doesn’t work you just need to search for ‘Flying Fifteen Northern Traveler Series’ and it should come up.
The Facebook page has been setup by Rebecca Ogden who is assisting with next years program. The purpose of this is to share event photos, reports, results etc as the series progresses. For those of you on Facebook we hope you will follow the site. For those not on Facebook we will keep in touch via email and fleet captains as before.
The program for 2018 has now been completed , so you can start to plan your 2018 campaign. The events will be as follows;
Sept 15/16 Burton SC
Sept 29/30 Dovestone SC
Oct 27/28 Notts county SC ( Including final series prize-giving
Best wishes from the Series team, we look forward to seeing you on the water next year”
The Ovington Inlands are coming up in a couple of weeks time!
Jeremy Davy says you should come along and beat him if you can !!!
Click here for the NOR
Click here for the Online Entry
click here to read the race report
Justin Waples screaming past at Notts County
Calling all Fifteen sailors: I am looking for interesting articles, reports, photos, anecdotes, technical tips, previews, for the next issue of FF World, due to be published before Christmas. Copy deadline early November – I can accept anything up to 9th November at the very latest. Also happy to carry adverts.
Crispin Read Wilson
mobile: 07887 767564
and for the summary click here