Notts County “Fleet Status” is Back…. !!

Great News from Notts County

The Flying Fifteen’s of Notts County Sailing Club have regained fleet status for the
2015 season by getting the required number of qualifying boats in last
years main summer series whilst competing in the clubs menagerie fleet.
This means the F15’s will have a separate class race in the main series this year instead of last years handicap racing.

I am also pleased to announce the return of Notts County Sailing Club to the Flying Fifteen open calendar with a late addition. Due to fixture congestion we have decided this year to hold it in the weekend of the 8th and 9th of August. Full details of the weekend are yet to be confirmed but it goes without saying that all who can make it will be welcome and hopefully our open will return to be another regular fixture in the F15 calendar.
Angus Wright
Notts County Flying Fifteens

Notts County and Rutland Fleets on the UP ….!!

I understand the Rutland fleet has re-established and there are regular turnouts of 7-9 boats. Also Notts County are growing as a fleet.  Both of these clubs would fit well into the Northern Travellers series in the future.

Dave McKee

(If you are reading this from Rutland or Notts County, do you have any tips for others who wish to rejuvenate their fleet turnouts?? – Ed.)

Craning a Launching Alternative for Some Clubs….??

Corby craneWe had some chatter on the Blog recently about the attraction that cranes might have over slipways at some Clubs.  Indeed, to my surprise, we did find a few UK Clubs who crane already.

For Dragon craning, we had pretty big bits of crane which cost serious money – and would be too much for many FF Clubs to consider.  And so I was delighted when Richard Blaquiere wrote in from Perth W.A. ….

I’ll try and get a picture of the FF crane at Freshwater Bay. I’ll also get some basic measurements. Height of the boom of the ground, and its length. I did a design of a small ff15 crane for our club, before they built the new facilty.  It was very simple, similar to the small cranes they use to lift dingys off large boats. Remember a heavy 15 is 350 kgs. on weight 15 is about 315 kgs. Have a look on EBay for a small material lift, that has SWL (safe working load) of about 750 – 1000 kgs. The material lifts need 240v single phase power. ie stand power point. They all usually have a hand held pendant that controls the up / down of the hook. They are very cheap in Aust. I would think they also quiete cheap in the UK. The design I had done used one of these material lifts.  The gantry was made from 150 x 50 x 3 RHS, and the base swivelled on a Wheel hub and a stub axel. All hot dip gal after fabrication. 

I’ll see if i can find the sketch that i did.

cheers, Richard Blaquiere

Richard also pointed me at the type of motor that an FF crane would need.  I was amazed to see that we’re only talking a couple of hundred pounds. This is what they look like… not large at all.

Crane Motor Example

Craning Locations – More….

Hong Kong CraningWe ran a news item a week or two ago about craning points, and the crane offered at Broxbourne and Dinard.  Andy Murphy has sent this in….

South Cerney also have a crane as did WPSA. Very civilised keep your feet dry approach to sailing. Cowes Corinthian also had a crane available at their open last year.


It was also noted in Hong Kong that the Aussies have a large preference to launch by crane and not via the slip.  Interesting…..