Fancy a Trip to the Australian Championships??!!

To my Fellow Brits!!

This item below just came in from Australia.  If you fancy a go, I heavily recommend it!  Mornington is just the most fabulous place – a beautiful peninsula and National Park, loads of fantastic wineries… in fact just heaven.  The people at the Yacht Club are wonderfully friendly.  We’ve been down there for a couple of visits – last time we took a beach side house at Rye. I couldn’t speak more highly of it. Email me for details.




Dear fellow Flying Fifteen sailor,

With little more than 6 months to go, it’s time to start thinking about our next Australian Championships.

So on behalf of the hosts, Mornington Yacht Club and our Nationals Organising Committee I am writing to extend to you a warm invitation to join us from January 1st to January 6th.

Our planning is already well advanced and we will spare no effort to make sure that you will have a most enjoyable and competitive series with an anticipated 40-50 boat fleet.

The Video, Entry and NOR and other information is on the following link.


For any boats wanting to attend the regatta they might want to contact our Sponsors David Mott at Regroup Logistics.

Regroup Logistics mainly deal in international import and exporting and hence worth asking NZ /Fiji Flying fifteens to participate also.

For any of our FF  overseas competitors best to call David on +613 8394 7640 or


In the meantime, if we can be of any help please do not hesitate to contact us via Rod Austin at

I strongly encourage you to attend and look forward to welcoming you to this event.


Best regards Rod


Rod Austin


Mornington Yacht Club

Sailing at Mornington for 71 years

Ph:   61 3 5975 7001

M:   0477 522 750

Fax: 61 3 5975 8355


State Championships, Victoria Australia….!!

vic champs 1Daveys Bay Yacht Club put together an impressive team of 9 boats competing in the 2016 Victorian State Championships at Mordialloc Sailing Club over the Labour Day long weekend.

Most of the team sailed up midweek to attend the Invitational event, on the Sunday prior, which provided 5 x quick races to give us a taste of the local conditions. If you were to study the numbers the Rainey Brothers from GLYC would be hard to beat with 3 x 1sts and a 3rd, followed by Trevor Williams and Ben Jones and then Dale Collings and Warren Slater. As it turned out the Rainey’s retired early before the last race and Sue and I with 3 x 2’s a 4 and a 5 won the invitational event. Invitational Results

With the long weekend forecast being 10-15 knots south south/east it was anyone’s game and the locals may have the advantage. David Williamson and long-time crew Craig Morton sailing “Cool Change” ff4023 jumped out of the blocks with two wins straight up holding the lead until Sue and I managed the next two wins in “Never Say Die” ff4007. The battle was on and in race 5 Peter Jackson and Les Kearney in “get your RRR’s over the side” broke away from the pack with a good win leaving “Cool Change” and “Never Say Die” in 2nd and 3rd places respectively. This meant that after 5 races “Cool Change” and “Never Say Die” were on an equal 10 points with the trailing boats all in their twenties and up.

Last years champions Peter Milne and Phil Dubbin “Lapse of Reality” ff3968 came through with the goods and put themselves closer to the podium with wins in races 6 & 7. Knowing the weather was looking heavier on Monday with the advantage of a couple of drops Pete and Phil were still in with a chance.

Monday had the two final races scheduled in a building breeze forecasted to reach 20 knots. Race 8 saw “Never Say Die” get away off a good start to lead around the top mark and the rest of the course with a solid win and a race up our sleeve. “Cool Change” headed back to the line after an individual recall clawing back to 5th position which would be their worst result and a drop. “Lapse of Reality” were still in with a chance to take 2nd spot when “Never Say Die” hit the last mark allowing a couple of boats to get through, “Cool Change” put on a super human performance over “Lapse of Reality” to tack on the finish line with the last win of the series.

The Winners of the 2016 FFI-V Championships were Sue Thompson and Cameron Taylor sailing “Never Say Die” ff 4007 with a valiant effort dropping 2 x 3rds to finish on 12 points. David Williamson and Craig Morton sailing “Cool Change” ff4023 dropped a 5 and a 4 to finish in second place on 15 points and Peter Milne and Phil Dubbin “Lapse of Reality” ff3968 dropped a 9 and an 8 to finish in third place on 20 points.

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The Silver Division winners were Lewis Davies and John Radnell sailing “Fformidable” ff3244, they also took out the youngest combined age and individual age.

Shane Davies and Andrew Mason won the handicap trophy sailing “Ffidelity” ff3238 and Ed Brewis won the raffle.

Full Results Here

There were 22 starters of which 6 qualified for the Silver. With only one Classic entry from Apollo Bay being “Affrodite” ff962 sailed by Tim Cobb and Anton Tibbits they were rewarded for their efforts with the Classic Trophy.

Ironically DBYC didn’t win the teams trophy this year but were fortunate enough to be re-presented the teams trophy from last year which was inadvertently awarded to MSC due to an oversight of club representation. MSC once again will hold the teams trophy after 3 of their boats were in the top six.


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The MSC Race management were outstanding with the full quota of 9 races successfully completed in a variety of wind strengths and courses. The volunteers, club officials and FFI-V committee were accommodating in every aspect of the weekend, congratulations to all involved for a wonderful, action packed event.

An Australian in Our Midst….!!

Over some time, we’ve had an Australian in our midst – John Hassen…  I think I first met John at the Hayling Worlds in 2011.  John has family over here, and I have family ‘over there’ – so it has made sense to chat about life a lot.

John has long nurtured his dream of campaigning a Flying Fifteen “over here” as well as “over there”.  His is a proper Two Boat Programme !!  If you’re going to the France Worlds, you’ll likely see him there too!

I’ve got to know John pretty well, as many of us have.  You might like to read his travelogue of FF sailing in Europe that he has published on the FF Australia website.

Click here to see it.


FF Poetry Prize …!!

Now I know this item will strike you as unusual….  How about FF inspired poetry ??!!

The Western Australia fleet have just held their fleet championship in Esperance – where the Worlds were held a few years ago.   A lady participant, Victoria Brown, felt she should write a poem about the experience.

Download it, and as you read it in your head, do it with Pam Ayres speaking the poem – it works a treat !!

©Victoria Brown – download here

Peter Milne Wins Victoria State Championships at Davey’s Bay….!!

Our 52nd Victorian Flying 15 Championships was conducted from Davey’s Bay Yacht Club on Port Phillip Bay.

You can view the entries here then navigate around the tabs for the results by clicking here

25 crews attended the 9 race championship with two dropped races, sailed in predominately fresh to solid 15/18 knot conditions with two of the 9 races held in sub 6 knot winds.

Peter Milne & Phillip Dubbin won the championship with a race to spare in convincing style – 4, wins, a 2nd, 5th & 7th totally 18 points using an Epsilon mast with P&B older full main, large spinnaker & new med jib.

2nd, 3rd & 4th were separated by one point only.

Sue Thompson & Cameron Taylor, 24 points, (combination Goacher & Irwin sails)
Craig & Ian Rainey, 25 points- Alto mast, P&B med. main, med. jib with large spinnaker
David Williamson & Craig Morton, 25 points-Alto mast, P&B full main, med. jib & large spinnaker.
(another 3 boats in the top ten were using full compliments of P&B sails, two also using Alto mast’s.)

With Milne/Dubbin electing not to sail the last race, Williamson/Morton had a 4 point buffer in second from Thompson & the Rainey’s tied for 3rd place.

After several restart’s the fleet finally got away in failing winds.  Williamson/Morton rounded the top mark for the return in 12th well behind the 3rd place boats and elected to sail the opposite side of the course and rounded 3rd (new spinnaker !!) and in front of the boats they needed to beat.  The breeze started to die though and Williamson/Morton slipped back to 8th.

It was a series where consistency was going to pay, and all the podium winners scored a win at some point in the series.

A great weekend enjoyed by all, with lots of talk about mast’s and different size genoa’s… Milne and Williamson both switched from full to medium P&B genoas for the event.


Report by David Williamson