Worlds Day 4 – Graham and Chris on fire!!

Graham Vials and Chris Turner applied another turn of the screw with two more race wins on day 4 of the Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championship in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.

Vials and Turner now have 11 points and a 17 point lead after seven races completed. They lead from Andy McKee and Richard Jones with Nathan Batchelor and Richard Rigg slipping to third place.

The first race saw Vials and Turner finish ahead of McKee and Jones, with Jeremy Davy and Martin Huett taking third and Hamish Mackay and Andrew Lawson in fourth place.

The second race had Vials and Turner crossing the finish ahead of Greg Wells and Andrew Jameson, with Mackay and Lawson rounding off their best day to date with a third place.

Conditions varied through the day . . . Early in the morning the wind was howling but by race 6 start time of 13:00 hrs it had moderated to a puffy 14 – 18 knots with a pronounced chop caused by wind against tide.

Tuesday is a layday and racing resumes with three races planned with an earlier start time on Wednesday.

Subaru Flying Fifteen 2019 World Championship – Leaders after Race 7 (76 entries)

1st GBR 4071 Graham Vials and Chris Turner 1 1 -19 5 2 1 1 – – 11 pts
2nd GBR 4005 Andy McKee and Richard Jones 5 5 3 -21 7 2 6 – – 28 pts
3rd GBR 4070 Nathan Batchelor and Richard Rigg -10 9 1 4 1 6 10 – – 31 pts
4th GBR 4030 Greg Wells and Andrew Jameson -17 10 6 3 6 9 2 – – 36 pts
5th GBR 4002 Richard Lovering and Matt Alvarado 2 13 2 11 -14 5 4 – – 37 pts
6th AUS 4063 Mike Hart and Dean McAullay 6 -39 8 6 3 7 8 – – 38 pts
7th GBR 3957 Charles Apthorp and Alan Green 4 8 9 2 12 12 -13 – – 47 pts
8th GBR 3760 Jeremy Davy and Martin Huett 12 -20 4 13 13 3 7 – – 52 pts
9th GBR 4021 Steve Goacher and Tim Harper 11 3 7 7 5 20 -30 – – 53 pts
10th GBR 4065 David McKee and Mal Hartland -15 12 12 8 4 13 9 – – 58 pts
11th GBR 4060 Ian Pinnell and Jez White -18 6 10 14 9 15 5 – – 59 pts
12th GBR 4055 Ian Cadwallader and Dave Sweet 7 7 -16 9 15 11 12 – – 61 pts
13th GBR 4052 David Tabb and Chewey Sherrell 19 2 23 12 11 -26 18 – – 85 pts
14th GBR 4059 Hamish Mackay and Andrew Lawson 3 23 27 49 DNF 4 3 – – 109 pts
15th IRL 3920 David Gorman and Chris Doorly 36 4 11 16 DNF 24 26 – – 117 pts
16th NZL 3774 Hayden Percy and Scott Pedersen -30 25 13 20 17 18 25 – – 118 pts
17th IRL 3864 Ian Mathews and Keith Poole 8 18 26 27 8 -38 36 – – 123 pts
18th RSA 4009 Campbell Alexander and Dave Herridge 26 16 36 18 19 8 -39 – – 123 pts
19th AUS 3972 Ashley Smith and Charlie Apthorp 20 54 5 1 DNF 27 22 – – 129 pts
20th IRL 3756 Hammy Baker and Peter Chamberlain 35 15 24 32 DNF 16 16 – – 138 pts
21st AUS 3992 Greg Leaversuch and Peter Barblett RET 34 28 19 20 25 15 – – 141 pts
22nd IRL 4028 Neil Colin and Margaret Casey 32 21 -55 29 16 28 20 – – 146 pts
23rd GBR 4061 Mark Weston and Josh Porter -46 24 38 25 10 36 19 – – 152 pts
24th 3974 Andy Martin and Rory Martin 28 11 37 31 DNF 14 32 – – 153 pts
25th AUS 3989 John Wilson and Matthew Summers 40 14 20 36 DNF 35 11 – – 156 pts
26th GBR 4016 David Heron and Chris Ducker 27 29 21 10 DNF 45 31 – – 163 pts
27th GBR 4033 Justin Waples and Jackie McKellar 56 45 18 15 DNF 17 14 – – 165 pts
28th GBR 3994 Chris Waples and Pater Bannister 33 37 45 28 DNF 10 24 – – 177 pts
29th GBR 3667 Jonathan Ward and Roger Deane 34 44 15 41 DNF 34 21 – – 189 pts
30th IRL 3962 Roger Chamberlain and Charlie Horder 41 43 39 30 DNF 21 17 – – 191 pts

 

Report on Pre-Worlds Day One…!!

In a boisterous start to the Subaru Ireland sponsored Pre-Worlds & Championship of Ireland, IRO Jack Roy gave the 55-boat fleet two of the sausage-triangle-sausage courses to stretch their limbs and sinews!

With a declared wind direction of 240 degrees and a flooding tide, the on the water conditions were quite comfortable. At his briefing in the morning the Race Officer declared that a U flag start would be used after an aborted start if he deemed the fleet to be at fault – it didn’t take long for the U-flag to be broken out and the black flag got some usage as well.

The Race Officer on coming ashore after the day’s proceedings advised that wind strengths in the first race were of the order of 12 knots gusting to nineteen and in the second 13 gusting to the low twenties. It felt more than that! There was some relief in the lulls but they were short-lived.

The overall scoreboard is dominated by the British entries with seven boats in the top ten. They are led by Richard Lovering & Matt Alvarado, GBR 4002 counting a 1,3. Next is Steve Goacher & Tim Harper GBR 4021 with a 4,2 and Mike Hart & Dean McAullay AUS 4063 with a 3,7. Graham Vials & Chris Turner GBR 4071 claimed the second race and added a 10 from Race 1 to close out the top five.

South Africans Campbell Alexander & Dave Herridge RSA 4009 lie ninth with a 11 and 9 and the Martin Brothers, Andy & Rory IRL 3974 close out the top ten with a 18, 12.

Three Irish boats occupy tenth, eleventh and thirteenth overall with Hammy Baker & Peter Chamberlain IRL 3756 sandwiched between the Martins and the leading boat from the host club, David Gorman & Chris Doorly who are counting a 19, 15. Bryan Willis & John McPeake from Whitehead and registered as GBR occupy twelfth.

A briefing is scheduled for 11:00 today where the word is we will be having a three-race programme due to an adverse weather forecast for Wednesday.

Find out more at www.flying15worlds2019.com

Crews Rule in a Riveting Return to Ballyholme….!!

Report from the East Coast Championship, won by Rory and Andrew Martin
By Saturday evening, Ballyholme boat-park looked like a rivet exchange. Charlie was offering barely intelligible advice, Roger was watching his drill bits shatter and Keith’s lazy tongs were going like the bellows of a button accordion. The Dunmore lads were kicking the tyre on their jockey wheel, the Donegal team were replacing a tiller extension, and Alan was pacing around distributing nuts, bolts and engineering advice.

Ian remained relentlessly cheerful, despite possessing a crew who would have been better slipping into speedos and spec savers than a wetsuit. Mr Poole had earlier failed to collide with his toe-straps. The sponsor, Bosun Bob, was quids-in, Brian Willis Marine was peeling off the bows of many boats, and schoolgirls had been blown out of playgrounds.
It’s been a while since a weekend brought quite such a wrecking session, and it didn’t end there. Many top boats would feature a DNF by the end of the weekend, some a DNC. Ben managed a DFQ but for what, remains unclear. Dave and the President blew a block, Roger and the Rocket Scientist nearly lost a mast, while Lee and Andy’s departure from the course was also premature, but it’s unclear what the cause of that was. We can rest assured that it must have been something relatively serious though. Orla and Kieron’s Lethal Weapon got in a flap with missing batons, and there was a fair bit of groaning and cracking as joints were clicked back, and paws examined for weeping rope wounds.
Anyone who ever believed Flying Fifteen sailing is more about a helm than a crew, needs their head read. Up front it’s wetter, harder, heavier and hikier, and in winds like the weekend, actions at the pointy bit probably count for more than 70% of the results. We have to confess, some of it is about physique, whether that’s fitness of fatness is of little consequence. If you’ve got it and can get it out over the side, you’ll have a happy helm.
The sailing though, was great. The Ballyholmers know their bay – the beats were long but not tedious and we were treated to triangles in which the reaches were perfectly pitched. Mac and Doug, as usual, mastered the tighter angles, but were robbed of their usual heavy weather race wins. Other big-wind experts like Brian McKee had a great first day, as did Roger and Charlie with new cloth on show. Ian and Keith were in contention, and Sponsor Brian Willis with John McPeake sailed a strong few races. Dave and the President had a race win to lead overnight. The Martin brothers took the other two races, and then smashed and bashed their way ashore just in time to make the chandlery for repairs.
Day two was even windier, which gave the President – ever the opportunist, a chance to angle for a cancellation. The breeze abated though, and the fleet went out to battle again. The runs were pretty rolly polly, with some decent puffs. The Martin brothers got a few lucky breaks and pinched both races in a depleted fleet, as casualties of kit failure limped ashore. But it’s an ill-wind that blows no good, and at least they were treated to some good old jokes from Jimmy McKee, a Fifteen stalwart and organiser of the event.

By Tell-tale”