The Dinghy Show is Almost Here ….!!

To kick start our 70th Anniversary year on an even #KEEL, we call upon all club members who sail International Flying Fifteen, or all keelboat sailors, to join us at RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 4th & 5th March. You will discover how UK Flying Fifteen Association has built a reputation for ‘The most fun you can have with a keel on!’

We are indebted to many #flying15 members, especially the support of the Solent Fleet from Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club, to be able to announce that after many years Coweslip shall be on our
#standC2. The #Flying15 was designed & built by #UffaFox, #Coweslip was first presented to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh who sailed it for many years. It was launched at Uffa’s yard 6 Jun 1949. Coweslip will be taking pride of place alongside GBR4047, an Ovington built boat owned by Ian Pinnell from Pinnell & Bax. Ian is a new comer to our fleet GBR4047 will be show casing the #NewSailPlan.

  •   Come an meet the team who made this happened and hear their stories and snippets;
  •   see footage of the past 7 decades, right up to hearing their updates and progress on the Southern Area Championship plans this July marking the anniversary celebrations
  •   Gain insights from one of our boat services expert Phil Evans from Royal Windermere Yacht Club, a past World champion crew, who will share his secrets and tips of the best way to fit

out a boat on Saturday
 discover where you #canSail a #flying15 to

exploring the depth of different series open to all levels of sailors, may it be get racing, up to joining the start line at next National Championship at Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, Falmouth, 27th – 30th September

We plan to host a live updates from the new #WorldChampions team from Napier SC, #NewZealand on Sunday 5th March, where we have a strong GBR team competing, fingers

crossed. We have a whole host of sailors merging from reservoirs, Estuaries, Loch, Harbour, Sea sailors coming from across the UK to help man the stand. Join us & discover the truth of what Greg Wells our past Commodore of FFI said, what makes our class so special? “We are like a family.” Stand managers Sue Bannister and Keith Jamieson are looking forward welcoming you to our stand.

With thanks to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and Royal Collection Trust for the loan of Coweslip.

Sue Bannister

UKFFA Stand Manager

French Nationals at Dinard ….!!

Our colleagues in France, notably Patrick Constant and Michel Pelegrin, would be keen to know if any UK teams would like to go to the French FF Nationals at Dinard.  The target date is June 3rd, 4th, 5th.

The date could still be flexible if enough people prefer an alternative.  Let Michel know.

If you’re interested or simply want to discuss it, please can you email Michel at  pelegrindalmeida@hotmail.com and let him know?

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;