Nick Heath and Pip Noon Take the Dinard Cup !

Dinard Cup 2015 winners photoFlying Fifteen Open, Coupe de France, 8-10 May 2015, Dinard, Brittany

There were twelve entrants for the annual FF15 Coupe de France Regatta, 8-10 May, Dinard, Brittany. The lower number of visitors was attributable, perhaps, to people saving their energies, and ferry costs, for the World Championships at Crozon Morgat, Western Brittany, in August 2015.

Races were held off Port Blanc beach, west of Dinard. These relatively sheltered waters behind the barrier islands are subject to the unpredictability of local tidal currents around submerged rock outcrops. Spring tides were in force, with one boat running aground, but undamaged, on the homeward journey after the first day’s races. Wind predictions were accurate for Friday afternoon’s two triangular course races.

Skies were overcast and there was a moderate, southerly breeze with wind against tide for the races creating choppy waves with some opportunities for surfing spinnaker runs. Over-enthusiastic luffing with the tide carrying boats over the line at the start of Race 1 saw FRA3691 and GBR3692 disqualified for being OCS. Both completed the race unknowingly. Stalling after a windward mark rounding in Race 2, a collision which was audible to shore spectators saw the early retirement of Michel Pelegrin and Erwan Gouriou from the remainder of the competition due to substantial damage to the rear of FF3932. The Regatta 3-course dinner took place on the Friday evening in the restaurant of the historic Yacht Club de Dinard with its splendid vista of the bay and St Malo’s fortified town.

Saturday’s threatened 30-45 mph winds moderated to a more manageable 15-20mph average. The RO set ‘banane’ (windward-leeward) courses with the fleet beating at 210 degrees towards the shore, all crews seeking the best pressure across the course. Positions, and fortunes, changed on each leg of these short races. Overnight results on day 2 after one discard left Cavalier Snr and Jnr (FRA3958) on equal points with Nick Heath and Pip Noon (GBR3692), Bertrand Samaille and Tristan Debry (FRA3923) in third place with Bernard Demartial and Emilien Chastre (FRA3852) in fourth place. Sunday morning’s races were held under black flag with a lighter, southerly breeze and sunshine. The tide was incoming and support vessels towed sluggish boats out to the starting area. The starboard side of the course was favoured generally with stronger pressure. Constant Snr (FRA3585) took opportunity to lead the fleet in Race 7, exploiting the optimal route up the beats and defending his runs to the leeward marks successfully. The penultimate race saw the unfortunate retirement of Fabien Constant and Alexia de Maulde (FF3691) when the centre console parted from the hull shortly after the start. Bernard Demartial in FRA3852 was close to the leaders throughout and battled valiantly, but he could not break through the leaders and had to settle for third place overall. Bertrand Samaille and Tristan Debry could not find their form of the previous two days and slipped down the results table on the third day.

The prizegiving took place in the Yacht Club de Dinard. The hosts provided Club punch and a light buffet. All entrants were awarded a Club cap. Quality wine was aplenty amongst the prizes. Dinard never disappoints with its charm, relaxing atmosphere and gastronomic choices. Shoreside, one can enjoy ice creams beside the beach, the coastal walk to St Enogat and beyond, the Corsaire ferry to and from St Malo, rambles along the River Rance from the barrage and a green cycle route along a disused railway line to Dinan.

Give this regatta your strong consideration in 2016 and lend support to the hospitable, competitive FF fleet at Dinard.

Final results after 2 discards:

  • 1 GBR3692 Nick Heath & Pip Noon (10 pts)
  • 2 FRA3958 Gilles & Jacques Chevalier (12 pts)
  • 3 FRA3852 Bernard Demartial & Emilien Chastre (16 pts)
  • 4 FRA3923 Bertrand Semaille & Tristan Debry (19 pts)
  • 5 FRA3961 Fabien Constant & Alexia de Maulde (24 pts)
  • 6 FRA3585 Patrick Constant & Adrian Boivin (34 pts)
  • 7 FRA3976 Jean-Yves Renault (35 pts)
  • 8 FRA3799 Jean-Francois Poirier & Oliver Resmond (36 pts)
  • 9 FRA358 Olivier Fouilland & Charles Hubert de France (46 pts)
  • 10 BEL3742 Alain Kinard (56 pts)
  • 11 FRA3363 Genevieve du de France & Pauline Lesneley (57 pts)
  • 12 FRA3932 Michel Pelegrin & Erwan Gouriou (68 pts)

World’s Fastest Growing FF Fleet is in…??… PARIS !!!

I’m the happy french owner of a Flying Fifteen since
2011. I’m in France!!

I bought it in UK and bring it back in France at the Yacht Club d’Ile de
France -YCIF – near Paris we sail on the Seine.

For your boat register my sail number is 2785 – is new name is “Chazolo IV”
(former name “Moon Shadow”)

I was the first Flying Fifteen in my Yacht Club in 2011 and this year we are
6 Flying Fifteen. The F15 fleet is growing up !

Best Regards

Jerome Piot
YCIF Flying Fifteen fleet captain

Click here for the YCIF website

French Nationals Final Results….!!

The French Nationals were raced over Thursday, Friday and Saturday (today).

David Tabb and Chelsey Sherrel went into the last day in a strong position.   They won this morning with Graham and Ben Scoggie 3rd.  This gave the Brits first and second overall, with local Dinard heroes, Constant and Demaulde 3rd.

France Nationals Final Results 140510

That may be a little difficult to read, so if you click here you’ll download the PDF.


The Waples Take the French ……..!!!

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The French National Championships were held over the weekend 18-20th May from the Dinard Yacht Club. Twenty four boats competed in the nine race series which included five British teams (from Parkstone; Hayling; Burton and Grafham) and four from Belgium.

On Saturday, three windward/leeward races were completed in warm, sunny conditions just North of St Malo in 8-10 knots. There were three different race winners: Chris Waples; Bertrand Semaille; and David Tabb. After returning to shore the fleet was welcomed by Patrick Constant and the Yacht Club to a drinks party.

Sunday arrived with the promise of a force 4 all day from the North ensuring a good days racing ahead. Four races were completed on the second course to the West of Dinard with good testing triangle/’banana’ courses, with a short break for lunch. Again there were three different winners proving how close the racing was, with Graham Scroggie taking the fourth race of the series, Tabb the fifth, and Waples the sixth and seventh. That evening we were hosted to dinner at the yacht club, exemplifying the exquisite hospitality displayed by the French throughout the weekend.

Monday dawned with the prospect of two races, before we had to be craned out. There were only two points separating the top two positions, and with a solid 20 knots it was always going to be close. The Flying 15 was thriving in ideal conditions, with big waves and great sea sailing. Race 8 could not have been any closer at the finish between Tabb and Waples, with neither knowing the result. So this took it down to the deciding race of the series and a nail biting finish.

After the nine races, with two discards, Chris and Tom Waples took the Championship, with David Tabb and Pete Allam in second, and Fabien Constant and Arnaud Biet the top French boat in third. Another father and son duo Graham and Ben Scroggie also had a strong regatta to finish fourth, ahead of Nick Heath and Pip Noon. It was a great performance by the British teams, with strong competition from the French and Belgians and close racing throughout the fleet.

We must say thanks to the Dinard Yacht Club and Patrick Constant the French F/F President for organising this excellent Championships and last but not least the Principle Race Officer and his team for setting excellent courses across the series. It was this combination of good racing and great hospitality which really made it a successful weekend for all the competitors.

It was really easy to get across to Dinard on the ferry, and on arrival there was plenty of space on the harbour wall to rig the boats. Launching too was equally as simple, with the boats lowered down on the club’s electric crane. During the event the boats were left on moorings in the sheltered harbour with extremely efficient ribs to shuttle the competitors before and after racing.

And with no entry fee for foreign teams it is definitely an event to consider for next year!

Click here for the full results

PS We are anticipating to have between 5 and 7 French boats coming to the Nationals at Weymouth in July.

The French Nationals at Dinard….!!

I am  very happy to see some british teams are very interesed  to come in Dinard for the French open.
you can  read on the attachment the  nor  of the championship.
no  entry  free for foreigners teams , all boats launch by our electric club crane ( we suplly  slungs adapted for any  F15), we have a water tube to clean boats.
during the championship  all the boats are on moorings buoys we have 2  ribs for shuttle .
when you arrive with your car and trailer on pier at Dinard harbour you can enter on parking boats to prepare and mast the boat when finish the work  we show to every crew the car park  (  free) at about 200 meters .
the club house  is near the parking boats on the pier, the bar is open all the day  and the restaurant run at 12H  /14H   and 19H/22H.
In the club house and on the harbour there are no showers.
The  nearest hotel from the pier  is Balmoral hotel at 200m from YCD  near the parking car with wifi /tv  and good price, I think is better to reserve as soon is possible because   may 18/20  many people are in dinard!!!!
last year we registred  twenty two F15 with 5  bristish  boats  , we hope more this year.
best regards


Click here to see the NOR with a great photo!!