2017 Sothern Traveller Series
Report – 3rd Event at South Cerney SC
The South Cerney SC Flying Fifteen Open on 9th/10th September saw nine boats taking part in good sailing conditions to complete the full six race programme. Six SCSC boats were joined by two visiting crews from Broxbourne SC and one from Middle Nene SC.
On Saturday the Race Officer, Dave Whittle, had to contend with a wind which gradually veered from a brisk Southerly to a light, shifty Easterly. Good courses were set, making full use of the lake and managing to include each time a long, testing beat – a few flashes of lightning were a bit worrying but the heavy black clouds let us off without much of a wetting!
By the end of the four races on Saturday, with no one establishing a dominant position, there was a close battle between the two Broxbourne boats of Bob Tait & Pete Comber (4051) and Brian Turner & Jackie Burns (3031) and local sailors Derek Harrison & Tim Greaves (3359).
A very popular feature of recent SCSC FF Open meetings has been an excellent evening meal by Pam, and this year’s was well up to expectations! We were appreciative too of Pam returning on Sunday morning to treat those who over-nighted at the club to a substantial cooked breakfast!!
The wind on Sunday was stronger and gradually increasing. The Middle Nene boat of Neil and Stuart Bartholomey (2700) established their consistency, and local heavy weather specialists Alex and Mike Tatlow (3288) came to the fore in the last race with an impressive win.
Over-all winners were Bob & Pete in 4051, a fine new Open boat carrying a big PY handicap. Second overall and winning Classic were Brian & Jackie in 3031, with third place being gained by Neil & Stuart Bartholemy from Middle Nene in 2700, also a Classic. First local boat was Derek & Tim in 3359 a Silver, finishing in fourth place, and winning the trophy for the highest placed Silver Fleet boat.
Our visitors were very complementary about the event (and our new jetty). Thanks to all who made it a success.
John Harvey (SCSC F15 Fleet captain)
Photos of the event taken by Race Officer Dave Whittle can be seen at the following link https://photos.app.goo.gl/jrE8GWwmCUso5QJh2
Prints can be supplied – contact Dave Whittle <firstname.lastname@example.org> :-Photos