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

 

 

 

 

 

The 2018 Dates for the Waples Wines Northern Travellers Series…..(so organised!)

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;
June  2/3      Rutland SC
July    14/15   Bassenthwaite SC
Sept   15/16   Burton SC
Sept   29/30   Dovestone SC
Oct     27/28   Notts county SC ( Including final series prize-giving
For further information on the series contact    David McKee on davidjmckee@icloud.com   or Rebecca Ogden on rebecca.ogden35@gmail.com    
Best wishes from the Series team, we look forward to seeing you on the water next year”
David mckee

07836 602084

Southern Travellers Final at Middle Nene…!!

Flying 15 Open Meeting at Middle Nene SC (14th/15th October 2017)
Close racing in perfect conditions brought together sailors from the Classic, Silver and Gold fleets. The fleet sailed five races plus a Crews’ Race over the weekend in a highly competitive spirit. The Saturday evening ended with a tasty dinner organised by the MNSC House Team and a few drinks from the bar.
The MNSC Open was also the final event in the Southern Traveller Series and the winners were: Open Fleet: 4051 Bob Tait/Pete Comber, Silver Fleet: 3359 Derek Harrison/Tim Greeves, Classic Fleet: 2433 Mark Greer/Jim Reid.
In the Crews’ Race, the winners were 3965 Kato Greer/Simon Childs.
Congratulations to all winners and thanks to all visitors and local sailors! The next Flying 15 Open Meeting at Middle Nene SC is scheduled for October 2018.

Next Copy of “FF World” Magazine – a Message from the Editor …!!

FF World
 
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