Lets Go Somewhere Breezy for the Nationals – “Day One Blown Off !!!!”……..!!

I’ve just heard that the first day of racing at the nationals is deferred because of high winds!  More on that tomorrow.

Live Tracker and Video Feed !!

Yes – there is going to be a live tracker and video feed so the folks at home can watch !!!   Fabulous!!!

Read more about how to watch it here

Phoenix Arrives at Aldeburgh !!!! ….. Eleven FF’s this year from a Standing Start …!!

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
Nick Barker
07917 573600

East Coasts Not Far Away ….!!

The East Coast Flying Fifteen Championships on 17th & 18th September @ Burnham on Crouch
Details : http://royalcorinthian.co.uk/event/3005939/flying-fifteens

Burnham is a great place to sail, and importantly a very different to the normal ff venues, the hospitality is rather good too…the RCYC has an excellent chef, an excellent river frontage bar, we have the RYA award winning Race Officer Edwin Buckley who’s also the Endeavour RO and very used to giving top quality racing , so we have the whole package…just need the boats, so go on, reply and say you’re attending!

Please do get this email around your own fleets, and class blogs/websites, and of course don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries

PS for those that book early they will be rewarded with a cheeky little glass of something rather good before the supper on the Saturday night!

Enjoy your summer and see you in September

Justin Waples

Poole Week 2016 ….!!

Poole Week 21st to 26th August 2016

Parkstone Yacht Club would like to invite all Flying 15 sailors to join us for Poole Week 2016.

Once again we shall be enjoying 2 race days throughout the week with a mix of Olympic triangle and round the harbour courses. The club will be putting on rib trips round the harbour on Saturday/Sunday to highlight to our visitors the more difficult to find race marks. Though racing is predominantly in the harbour, we will be having two races in Poole Bay on the Wednesday. With racing set to start at 1400 each day there will be plenty of time in the mornings to explore some of the beautiful surroundings in the Poole area such as the Jurassic coast, alternatively you could treat yourselves to a lie in!

We currently have 17 Flying 15’s entered and we know a few more that there will be joining us before the end of the discounted entry period on the 8th August. If you are tempted or know of anyone who may be interested in joining us please do persuade them and enter on the http://www.pooleweek.org website.

Thanks to great sponsorship from adidas, LV and the Fencing Centre the club will be providing a free sailors’ supper for all competitors on Sunday night, a free drink each day and an extravagant Rio themed party on Friday night after the prizegiving. Additionally we will be having a daily draw (for all competitors) of 2 x £200 adidas sail clothing vouchers – see the website for the great kit that you could win simply by joining us at the daily prizegiving http://www.catamaransports.com/.

The Parkstone Flying 15 class are also organising a couple of additional social events through the week. Come and join us for a great mix of first class racing, we will ensure a very warm welcome and fabulous sailing!