By way of background, I sailed a Fifteen (3273) back in the 90s at Aldeburgh , when the fleet numbered up to 30 boats. Family life brought that era to an end, and I sailed a laser, crewed intermittently in RS400s, dragons etc and spent countless hours driving safety boats and coaching kids. Last autumn I finally got to the point of buying a boat and decided the only option I really fancied was a Fifteen, but the fleet had dwindled to 3 intermittently sailed boats. So I started (politely) hassling other sailors, and evidently there was latent demand, as 5 boats have been purchased, 3 boats have come out of long term storage, and there is also a boat restoration project underway.
The boats are mainly silver fleet, with the odd classic and some just above the silver cutoff. 3487 is the newest (1994). Hopefully before long we will be able to get some class racing going. It is all very low key – I don’t think the Aldeburgh fleet are going to be travelling seriously anytime soon, but would be delighted to welcome anyone who fancied making the trip to Aldeburgh.
There is currently no Fifteen Open meeting planned, but there are two events in the calendar which could interest other Fifteen sailors,
- a Classics Regatta weekend on 10-11th June – see http://www.aldeburghyc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Classic-Boat-Poster.pdf. ( Ignore the advertised cutoff of 1985 – the organisers have stretched the entry criteria for 15s to ‘any boat not in its first flush of youth’ to include the mid 90s boat at Aldeburgh). At last years event Bobby Salmond brought FF202 Silver Fox – a boat with a great Aldeburgh history – and won the keelboat class.
- Aldeburgh Regatta Week (20–25th August) where we should have a class start in the morning and handicap racing in the afternoon.
Racing at Aldeburgh is on a tidal river, camping is available plus plenty of accommodation locally and attractions for non sailors in the town. Aldeburgh Yacht Club website is http://www.aldeburghyc.org.uk.
I’d be grateful for any publicity you could give these events as we’d be delighted to welcome visitors.
All the best