Waples Wines Northern Travellers Tip of the Week – Number One!


Travellers tip #1 Boat/equipment stress: “Many people seem to be constantly worried their boat or equipment is not right or their boat is not properly setup. This takes up a good deal of nervous energy and affects enjoyment of sailing.  Don’t worry too much about your equipment and boat set up. I recommend you check your boat over at the beginning of the season, replace worn or damaged fittings or rope and then check the boat set up. This is a fairly easy process, there are tuning guides available from the class sail makers and there are always people willing to help if you are not sure you can manage it yourself.

My message is that on smaller water, similar to many of the Waples Wine Series events the legs are fairly short, so differences in equipment and set up have a relatively small impact. The biggest gains can be made by concentrating on sail setting, trim and getting the strategy right rather than radical changes to the equipment.    Set the boat up, make sure everything does what it needs to do and then put this out of your mind and concentrate on the things that make the biggest difference”. Helm, David Mckee, ƒƒ4005

Dinghy Show Boat and Jib Tracks

Through injury I had to miss the Dinghy Show this year for the first time in…. well, I don’t know how long.    It was very snowy in the week and I’m told it might have been a little bit quieter than usual both in terms of visitors and of course, in boats exhibited. Given how horrid the weather had been, a huge ‘well done’ to anyone who got there!

The Flying Fifteen Class had the World Champion boat on display.

I would guess that with much of the fleet now switching over to the new headsail design, there will have been a lot of interest in the new positioning of the jib tracks.  



The taller aspect ratio sail gives a chance to try sheeting the jib closer to the centre line.  The first trial site was on the onboard face of the vertical side of the seat tank, at the top edge. The traveller cars were not designed for this angle of pressure though and do not run smoothly in this configuration. Thinking has moved on, and Steve has moved his tracks now to the bottom edge of the 45 degree slope as you can see in this picture. Relative to the old track site a couple of inches up the slope the sheet position is a few inches forward.

Tip : I have just had my tracks moved to the same position!  Future proofing, hopefully !!



If You Insure with the UKFFA Scheme, your Premium is DUE !!

“For those of you who insure your craft through the UKGlobal scheme, your renewal is due on 15 March 2018.  Renewal notices have been sent out by UKGlobal, so do check your spam folders!  The team at UKGlobal have worked hard to keep premium increases as low as possible against a background of continually rising claims costs and another rise in Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) from 10% to 12%.  Premiums are competitive in the marketplace and the scheme continues to offer key benefits to members, as well as an income to UKFFA.  For more information, please contact Jerry, Charleigh or Fiona at UKGlobal on 01883 333500.”

Great Fleet Progress at Aldeburgh …..!!

As the Aldeburgh Flying 15 fleet has now completed its first year of revival, I thought I would send round for information a brief report to highlight what has happened and plans for the coming year.
  • A spree of end of season boat-buying has taken the fleet numbers from 3 at the end of 2016 to 13 at the end of 2017.  And more interest is being expressed by other so we are hoping for further fleet growth during 2018
  • The majority of boats being bought are early gold fleet boats – with sail numbers between 3400 – 3700: built by Ovington, Coryn or Dingwall, relatively cheap but with solid hulls and decks and plenty of life left in them
  • We also lost a boat – sunk and written off – number 2552 Ffaux Pas. A 30 year old buoyancy bag burst following a major broach and swamping.  No one was hurt but a salutary lesson for all.
  • During the season we have been joined by a  number of visitors  – ex Aldeburgh classic 202 Silver Fox down from Scotland and boats 3181 and 1543 whose helms sail on the River Deben – the next river down the coast in Suffolk, where facilities don’t really work for dry sailing fifteens.  We are hoping to coax these two boats into our fleet on a more permanent basis
  • We had 8 fifteens compete at the Aldeburgh Classic regatta and the same number (but not all the same boats) at  Aldeburgh Regatta week. The 15s had their own class start for the first time in many years at regatta week.
  • The 15s have also become the mainstay of the fast handicap fleet at Aldeburgh for weekend racing
  • The Aldeburgh Yacht Club has agreed to invest c£8,000 in a new winch to aid dry sailing of the 15s and other fleets, and also implement a potential solution to fix the dropoff at the bottom end of the slipway which makes fifteen recovery at low tide a real pain
  • In 2018 we are not intending to host an open meeting but visitors are very welcome to attend the Aldeburgh Classic regatta (June 16-17) and Aldeburgh regatta week (19-25th August).  We plan to hold our first open meeting at the earliest in 2019.
  • I doubt many Aldeburgh  boats will be tempted to travel much elsewhere in the near term, but over time a few may be seen on the circuit.
May I thank everyone for their support and good wishes over the last year.
Kind regards
Nick Barker
AYC F15 Fleet Convenor

Expert Tips – Launching/Recovering, Coming on to the Jetty in a Blow….!!

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