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.
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The 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
Flying Fifteens at Dovestone Sailing Club
With 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.
Post-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.
Day 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.
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 Flying fifteen Travellers series
Round up after final event.
This 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.
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.
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
Waples wines open at Dovestone.
The 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 email@example.com or 07836 602084
Waples Wines Northern traveller Series Update
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 07836 602084.
Waples Wines northern travellers Series
Round up after 4 events
Bassenthwaite 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.
Series update at the half way stage after 3 events.
On completion of the Series Open at Rutland last weekend the Waples Wines sponsored series has now reached its half way stage. Each of the Series opens held so far at Royal Windermere, Ogston and Rutland have proven to be enjoyable and competitive, encompassing close racing with an outstanding social side that has become a feature of this series.
To date there have been 28 eligible boats that have sailed at least one event. The stars of the series so far are Mike Moore/Kayla Sheard of Bassenthwaite and Rob Goodison/ Jonathan Mallory from Scarborough who have each sailed in all three events. 12 clubs have sent boats to the series events so far and 5 teams have completed the 2 events necessary to qualify.
The shape of the series is now starting to clear with Jon/ Julia Ward from Ogston counting a 1st and 2nd leading overall from Richard Hope/Mike Stenson of Draycote Water in second place with a 2nd and 3rd to count. Richard is a previous winner of the series and will be pushing hard to get his hands back on the trophy. We are however only at the half way stage and all is still to play for . Surprisingly after earlier years in which the Classics and Silvers outnumbered the Open boats , this year we have had only one silver entry and no classics at all. Prizes are available for these two sections, and there is plenty of time to mount a campaign.
The final three events for the series are as follows.
Bassenthwaite SC 9/10 July
Burton SC 3/4 September
Dovestone SC 1/2 October
Click here to download results or try squinting hard at the table below!!