Waples Wines Northern Travellers -Tip Number 3 !!

Travellers tip #3 Rudder play:

“The next time you are in the dinghy park go around the other Flying Fifteens and see if you can move the bottom tip of their rudders. If you can there will be movement between the rudder bushes and the rudder stock. This is bad when sailing, as the rudder will vibrate and upset the flow of the water across the rudder causing drag and slowing you down.

The solution is to replace the nylon bushes which are found top and bottom of the rudder tube. I would recommend that you replace one at a time starting with the top bush and see if that solves the problem. To get the bushes out first try and tap them out with a long shafted screwdriver and if that doesn’t work you may have to use a junior hacksaw blade and wrap tape around one end to form a makeshift handle and cut saw drafts in the bush all around but be careful not to damage the rudder tube you will then be able to pull the bush out with a pair of long nose pliers.

You can then clean off the inside of the tube with fine sandpaper, apply a spot of epoxy glue and replace the old bush with a new one that you will be able to purchase from Pinnell and Bax. While you are attending to the rudder bushes you may also check that your rudder fits snugly to the hull. If there is a gap of over 6mm then you are again upsetting the flow of water across the rudder which slows you down. You can either push the rudder further up through the rudder tube or you may have to reshape the flange of the rudder. Either way make sure that the rudder then rotates freely without scrapping the hull”.

Helm, Bobby Salmond, ƒƒ202.

Waples Wines Northern Travellers – Tip of the Month 2 !!

Travellers tip #2 Kicker setting:On my boat the kicker is one of the most constantly adjusted settings.  In simple terms, other than the main and jib sheets it is the control which mostly affects the speed and balance of a fifteen. Therefore, it should be in a very accessible place.  I have mine on the mainsheet jammer which I like because you never run out of adjustment which can happen with the twin control system if they are not continuous. There are well documented numbers about kicker tension in different wind strengths but my view is you should learn to develop “feel” from the rudder without looking at the sails all the time.

Light winds upwind and downwind i.e. when the crew is in the bottom of the boat; it should always be very slack.  You don’t get much rudder feedback from a fifteen in these conditions. Medium winds upwind.  This is when you can “feel” the difference.  Start to apply kicker just as the boat starts to become overpowered (ie: the rudder loads up and you find yourself having to ease the main to stop the boat heeling and luffing into the wind).  You will find as you pull on the kicker the boat will heel less, the rudder will “feel” more balanced  and you can keep the boom centralised which will help with pointing. However, you must be quick to ease the kicker again if the wind lightens as the leech of the main will quickly become too tight and will stall. You should “feel” the boat rapidly slowing down and the rudder going very light.  I can’t stress enough how important it is not to be ‘over-kickered’ when this happens.

Medium winds downwind; it should always be slackish.

Heavy winds upwind; keep pulling on the kicker until the mainsail shape distorts (excessive creases from spreaders to outhaul) and then let it back a bit.  If boat is set right the rudder should “feel” almost neutral (ie: a little weather helm but you are not fighting it all the time).

Heavy winds downwind; firstly, make sure you ease the kicker lots before bearing away around the windward mark.  This will make the manoeuvre much easier as you will not have to fight a rudder which is trying to make the boat head into the wind.  It will also be kinder on your gooseneck fitting! When reaching with the kite it should be well eased.  This will let the spinnaker do the work and keep the boat flat, the rudder neutral and the boat will “feel” under easy control. When running it should also be well eased but if the boat starts to lose control and keeps trying to bear away into a gybe pull the kicker back on a bit until the rudder loads reduce and the boat is back under control”. Helm, Greg Wells, ƒƒ4030.

The 2018 Dates for the Waples Wines Northern Travellers Series…..(so organised!)

click here to read the entry on the UKFFA website


The 2017 series proved very successful you may have read the series report and seen the overall results, if not you can find these on the class website at www.flying15.org.uk, or on the newly setup series Facebook site,the linkis https://www.facebook.com/groups/794276470729519/. If that doesn’t work you just need to search for ‘Flying Fifteen Northern Traveler Series’ and it should come up. 

The Facebook page has been setup by Rebecca Ogden who is assisting with next years program. The purpose of this is to share event photos, reports, results etc as the series progresses. For those of you on Facebook we hope you will follow  the site. For those not on Facebook we will keep in touch via email and fleet captains as before.
The program for 2018 has now been completed , so you can start to plan your 2018 campaign. The events will be as follows;
June  2/3      Rutland SC
July    14/15   Bassenthwaite SC
Sept   15/16   Burton SC
Sept   29/30   Dovestone SC
Oct     27/28   Notts county SC ( Including final series prize-giving
For further information on the series contact    David McKee on davidjmckee@icloud.com   or Rebecca Ogden on rebecca.ogden35@gmail.com    
Best wishes from the Series team, we look forward to seeing you on the water next year”
David mckee

07836 602084

Northern Travellers!!! …. Get Your 2017 Dates Here….!!

Waples Wines LogoThe dates for the 2017 series have now been agreed.  We are pleased that Waples Wines have again agreed to provide support to the series. The arrangements for the series remain the same although we have now added Nott’s County SC who were one of the founding clubs when the series started 11 years ago. Ogston will be taking a rest from the series for this year but hopefully will return in the future. As before 2 events are required to qualify. The events are spread nicely across the year and will culminate at Nott’s County in early October.

April 22-23rd RWYC
May 20-21st Dovestone SC
June 3-4th Rutland SC
July 8-9th Bassenthwaite SC
Sept 2-3rd Burton SC
Oct 7-8th Nott’s County SC

Last of the Summer (Waples) Wine – The Dovestone Open ….!!

Flying Fifteens at Dovestone Sailing Club

Waples Wines LogoWith light and variable winds, sunshine and mild temperatures, Dovestone Sailing Club hosted an enjoyable final event of the 2016 Waples Wines Northern Travellers series over the weekend of 1-2 October.

A good turnout from the home fleet, together with a smattering of visitors from Windermere, Bassenthwaite, RCYC and Burton sailing clubs, saw 16 boats on the water for the first race. In a competitive start to a course which covered the length and breadth of the reservoir, Steve Goacher with crew Tim Harper of Royal Windermere, were judged OCS by Officer of the Day Mark Rhan. Tight racing among the rest of the fleet saw Dovestone SC’s Andy McKee and Chris Massey (3805) in first place, with David and Sally Mckee (4005) a close second and Mike Moore with crew Kayla Sheard (3996) from Bassenthwaite in third at the end of the first encounter of the meeting.

dovestone-open-group-shot-2Post-lunch Race 2 in similar winds was super close with a boat length finish between Andy McKee (1st), David McKee (2nd) and Steve Goacher (3rd). Great racing too from DSC’s Rod Rowlands in FF Classic 496. Setting the scene for final Race 3 of the day, with Andy McKee never seriously challenged for first place from the windward mark, an improving performance from series sponsor Justin Waples with young DSC crew Andrew Robinson in second, and Steve Goacher in third.

Dovestone SC produced its usual enjoyable evening entertainment in the clubhouse, with wine tasting courtesy of Waples Wine, followed by supper and games – including the Pennine favourite of competitive nail-knocking with the thin end of a hammer.

dovestone-open-1-croppedDay two of the open meeting dawned sunny with a light breeze. The full fleet assembled early to catch the best of the wind with two back-back races in the morning.   Steve Goacher led from the start of Race 4, but confusion about the finish line meant he was pushed into third place by Justin Waples and David Mckee who nipped passed to take first and second places respectively. Race 4 followed on quickly, with David Mckee taking an early lead only to become becalmed on the run back to the clubhouse in weakening winds. A close battle for the finish with McKees senior and junior chasing Steve Goacher who won out at the last.

To see the report with prize giving photos click here

To see the full sailwave results table click here

Overall results are as follows:

 

1st                3805   Andy McKee and Chris Massey           Dovestone SC

2nd               4005   David and Sally McKee                         Dovestone SC

3rd               4021   Steve Goacher and Tim Harper           RWYC

 

1st Silver     3391   Colin Pierce and Mandy Thackray       Dovestone SC

 

1st Classic sail no 0-2000

496     Rod Rowlands and Isaac Marsh         Dovestone SC

 

1st Classic sail no 2001-2700

2620   Dave Naylor and Norman Christie     Dovestone SC

 

 

Andy McKee and Chris Massey receive their trophy from DSC Commodore Andy Hurley

 

The full results available here;

Waples Wines Northern Travellers Finals….!!

Waples Wines Northern Flying fifteen Travellers series
Round up after final event.

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Waples Wines LogoThis 6 event series which started at Royal Windermere Yacht Club in early April concluded in early October at Dovestone sailing club having also included legs at Ogston, Rutland, Bassenthwaite and Burton. Perhaps butting some of the national trends this has proven to be a good year for the series with competitor numbers up at most of the events. Overall 53 series qualifying boats have taken part ( the total number of competitors at the events was 65). In addition to boats from the host clubs there has been support for the series from 7 other clubs including Rob Goodison and Jon Mallory from Scarborough who took part in 5 of the opens and would have completed all 6 had it not been for a family emergency.

We are indebted to Justin Waples of Waples Wines who has sponsored the series and also took part in a number of the opens and provided an informative and entertaining wine tasting at the final event at Dovestone. Thanks also go to the host clubs and in particular to their fleet captains for enabling the series to be a success.

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There is a special mention for Mike Moore and Kayla Sheard of Bassenthwaite in 5th place overall for the Series, who completed all 6 events finishing with a win at the final event.

At the prize giving Justin awarded a special prize to Andy Spencer of Burton SC who normally crews for matt Pallet. After arriving and rigging on the Saturday Matt was called away for family reasons so Andy helmed for the day ( assisted by stand in crew John Hughes), in a closely bunched fleet , his first ever races as a helm.

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Overall Standings

1st Simon Longstaff and Jon Denwood Bassenthwaite Sailing Club
2nd John Hanson and Helen Selden Datchet Sailing Club
3rd Jon Ward and Julia Ward Ogston Sailing Club

1st Silver Brian West and Paul West Burton Sailing Club

Click here to see the results for the Top 12

Waples Wines Northern Travellers (Final Event!!) Goes to Dovestone…!!

Waples wines open at Dovestone.

Waples Wines LogoThe final event on the Waples Wines Traveller Series takes Place at Dovestone SC this weekend ( 1st and 2nd October). Early indications are that this will be a well-attended event and the weather forecast at present is encouraging. The series reaches its conclusion and it looks as though the winners of each section will be decided at the final event.
The first race on Saturday is scheduled for 13.00, there are 5 races altogether and with 3 on the Saturday travellers should be able to get away reasonably early on Sunday.
Justin Waples the series sponsor will provide a wine tasting for competitors on Saturday night and a meal and some entertainment will take place after this.

For further information contact David McKee davidjmckee@icloud.com or 07836 602084

Waples Wines Northern Travellers Series Update….!!

Waples Wines Northern traveller Series Update

Waples Wines LogoThe 5th event in this year’s series was hosted at Burton Sailing Club last weekend. This proved to be the best attended event so far with 8 visitors joining the 9 home boats. The racing proved tight with the first 5 boats all hailing from different clubs. The outcome was closely contested between the Bassenthwaite team of Simon Longstaff/Jon Denwood and the Datchet team of Jon Hanson/Helen Selden, and was only decided in favour of the Bassenthwaite boat in the last race. First Classic was Pete Needham/Brian West of Burton and first Silver was Dave Bentley and James Geddes.

The series is now reaching its finale with the last event and Series prize giving taking place at Dovestone SC on the 1st/2nd October. This will be a great event. At present Longstaff/ Denwood from Bass lead the series with two wins however the three boats of Jon/Julia ward, Nigel/Gavin Tullett and Hanson/Selden are tied one point further back. The series will be won by one of these 4 teams. The Silver and Classic sections are still wide open. A copy of the current standings is attached.

The series this year has seen a higher level of turnout at many of the events and larger level of competing boats overall when compared with the last few years, perhaps a sign of the success of the series and that enthusiasm for sailing is returning.

We look forward to a bumper event at Dovestone to round off the series. Please let David McKee know if you are planning to enter as this helps with numbers david.mckee@scanlans.com 07836 602084.

Waples Wines Northern Travellers – Round Up After Four Events….!!

Waples Wines northern travellers Series

Round up after 4 events

Waples Wines LogoBassenthwaite SC hosted round 4 of the 6 event series last weekend. Competitors enjoyed the traditional welcome at “BASS” which is situated in one of the most beautiful settings in the country. Unfortunately the weather was not as good as for some years, the competitors had to deal with a range of conditions up to very blustery with rain squalls as the high winds funnelled down from the fells. As always this proved to be a close competition with the outcome in the balance until the final race.

So far there have been 32 series qualifying boats that have taken part in the series, Congratulations are due to the two teams of Mike Moore/Kayla Sheard from Bassenthwaite and Rob Goodson and Jonathan Mallory from Scarborough who have raced at each event so far. At the 2/3rds stage in the series The boats of Nigel and Gavin Tullet from Royal Windermere and Jon and Julia Ward from Ogston are leading the series with 3 points each. They are closely followed by John Hanson/Helen Selden from Datchet and Simon longstaff/ Jon Denwood from Bassenthwaite who are on equal points one behind the leaders.

There are still two events in the series remaining with Burton SC on the 3rd/4th September and the final event and series prize giving at Dovestone on the 1st/2nd October.

Click here to print off the results table for your noticeboard

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