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

The Dinghy Show is Almost Here ….!!

To kick start our 70th Anniversary year on an even #KEEL, we call upon all club members who sail International Flying Fifteen, or all keelboat sailors, to join us at RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 4th & 5th March. You will discover how UK Flying Fifteen Association has built a reputation for ‘The most fun you can have with a keel on!’

We are indebted to many #flying15 members, especially the support of the Solent Fleet from Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club, to be able to announce that after many years Coweslip shall be on our
#standC2. The #Flying15 was designed & built by #UffaFox, #Coweslip was first presented to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh who sailed it for many years. It was launched at Uffa’s yard 6 Jun 1949. Coweslip will be taking pride of place alongside GBR4047, an Ovington built boat owned by Ian Pinnell from Pinnell & Bax. Ian is a new comer to our fleet GBR4047 will be show casing the #NewSailPlan.

  •   Come an meet the team who made this happened and hear their stories and snippets;
  •   see footage of the past 7 decades, right up to hearing their updates and progress on the Southern Area Championship plans this July marking the anniversary celebrations
  •   Gain insights from one of our boat services expert Phil Evans from Royal Windermere Yacht Club, a past World champion crew, who will share his secrets and tips of the best way to fit

out a boat on Saturday
 discover where you #canSail a #flying15 to

exploring the depth of different series open to all levels of sailors, may it be get racing, up to joining the start line at next National Championship at Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, Falmouth, 27th – 30th September

We plan to host a live updates from the new #WorldChampions team from Napier SC, #NewZealand on Sunday 5th March, where we have a strong GBR team competing, fingers

crossed. We have a whole host of sailors merging from reservoirs, Estuaries, Loch, Harbour, Sea sailors coming from across the UK to help man the stand. Join us & discover the truth of what Greg Wells our past Commodore of FFI said, what makes our class so special? “We are like a family.” Stand managers Sue Bannister and Keith Jamieson are looking forward welcoming you to our stand.

With thanks to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and Royal Collection Trust for the loan of Coweslip.

Sue Bannister

UKFFA Stand Manager

FF World Magazine !!!

FF World

I am beginning to put together the next issue of FF World for publication at the end of the year. I’m very happy to accept articles, photos and adverts for publication, with a copy deadline of Monday 14th November. Photos should be high resolution, with the photographer credited, and captions welcomed.

Paper copies of the magazine will be mailed to all UKFFA members, and a digital copy will be posted on the FFI website.

Crispin Read Wilson
crispin.rw@gmail.com

The Ballot !!!!!! Photos of New Jib. Get VOTING !!!!

As you maybe know, we have a FF Ballot happening on New Class Rules?? Have you caught up with it yet?

Apparently there have been a tiny number of responses so far.  SO GET VOTING!!  You can return the voting form electronically – modify the word document and email a copy of it to secretary@flying15.org.uk

If you haven’t looked at it yet, there are a whole number of rule changes but the central two are

  • 5kg weight reduction
  •  new jib/genoa design.

Now last time I even mentioned weight reduction in our Club bar I was almost lynched – so you cannot be without opinion!!

On the new jib design, I attach a few photos of it below.  I used it in trials a few years ago and quite liked it…. and have voted for it….  but now I’ve seen the photos of it I’m slightly less sure I confess.  Arrrggghhhh!!    Some bar conversations would help, but the closing date of the ballot is not far away.  So HURRY!!

Here is what our Hon Sec has to say about the ballot:-

“Votes are starting to come in on the ballot items as proposed by FFI but the response has been slow so far. This is what membership of the association is all about, there is no point in protesting by not voting and this is definitely not the time to think that this doesn’t affect you because it does. The two key proposals are regarding head sails and weight in the boat so please take time to vote; the only way to affect change or indeed prevent it if it is your wish to do so is to vote. A letter from your president will follow; Please go here for pictures information on the changes and ballot forms http://www.flying15.org.uk/news/flying-fifteen-international-rule-changes

Thanks

Keith”

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