Northerns at Bassenthwaite Coming Up…. !!

Flying Fifteen Northerns 23/24 August

crossed masts at northernsSeveral visitors who sailed in Bass week have left their boats at the club for the FF Northerns over the August bank holiday weekend so, with many other fifteeners from other clubs expected, the entries for the two day event should be high. To get the entry fee discount of £10 you need to enter online before this coming Sunday. Just go to the club website and follow the link to the FF Nthns.

Remember it’s a camping weekend with camping and caravanning allowed on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights..

Ian Preston

2014 Championship Events Calendar Update…..!!

We now have the date for the Scottish Championships so the “2014 Championship Event Dates” blog from October 6th has been updated.  Click here to see the revised version.

The BIFFA Fixtures list is being updated accordingly.

We also now have the NOR for the 2014 Europeans – click here to download it.

There is a page dedicated to to the Mallorca Europeans on the Spanish website.  Click here to see it.

Championship Events 2014

Championship Events 2014

FFNatsFri 024crlrYou will see that the Fixture List now has almost the full line up for the Championship events next year. We start with the Mid Winter Championship at Datchet on February 1st and this time it will be a one day event. There will then be time for early season tuning up at Datchet’s Winter Warm Up and the Bewl Valley open meeting plus, no doubt, some others before the Southerns at Hayling Island. This is being combined with Haylings’s 60th anniversary of the Bulwark Trophy which is being held over the Bank Holiday weekend 24th – 26th May. Next up will be the Inlands which will be hosted by Grafham on 21st/22nd June, always a popular venue and well attended.

The Nationals will be a four day event from Saturday 5th to Tuesday 8th July and will be hosted by Parkstone YC. This will mean that the Nationals will have been held at a Southern venue for two years running and the background to this is that Parkstone are keen to host this event but were unable, at this time, to commit to doing so in 2015 as there is the possibility that they will then be in the process of major building works on their clubhouse. Because of this uncertainty, we have been pleased to go with the suggestion that they hold the Nationals next year instead. After that, we will revert to alternating between Northern and Southern venues. A short event of four days was decided on as there will also next year be the European Championship in Majorca. The dates for this are 14th to 19th September.

The Northern Championship will be held at Bassenthwaite on 23rd & 24th August so there will be plenty of time to pack up the boats and get them down to the Med.  Then up to Loch Lomond SC who are running the Scottish Championship on the weekend of 4th & 5th October.

Michael Kilbee

More on Regional Championships as Part of Regatta Weeks…..!!

Yes, I agree with Ian Preston –  this is the way forward. The Scottish meeting at Helensburgh was twinned with their open meeting this means that food is available and all the usual services of an open meeting with would not be available if 4 or 5 fifteens turned up to sail on their own.

Bobby Salmond

Regional Championships Included in Regatta Weeks…..!!

This is a good way forward.

This year Bass week incorporated the Flying Dutchman Nationals and I think it was the Streaker Inlands.

They didn’t do the full week but could stay if they wanted and were able to take  advantage of a full onshore programme of activities that might not have been available for just a weekend event.

It is also a very good way of demonstrating the Flying 15 to other Classes.

Ian Preston

Incorporating Regatta Weeks in Regional Championships….!!

We ran an item a few days ago, started I think by Grayson Eacott, about running FF Regional Championships as part of large scale Regatta Weeks.  This is what Chris Bowen has to say….

What a great idea. Can I suggest running the nationals along side Poole Week. Parkstone did a great job this year of hosting forty F15s for the Southerns and at the same time still managed to run the RS500 nationals and Poole Week. This would bring many advantages over the usual format –
– There is plenty for both sailing and non-sailing members of the family to do.
– A four day nationals would only need one day off from work.
– It would be a great showcase for the class.
– It would be in the school holidays, so those of us employed in the education sector would be able to attend.
– The catering and social events at Poole Week are excellent.