The 2013 Datchet Winter Warm Up Kicks Off….!!

Each year the Datchet Club runs an eight race Series stretched over each Sunday in February. Open to visitors, the idea is to keep us racing our boats through our new balmy, globally warmed  winters!!

Well, the Series kicked off in 3-9 degrees today, with stonking F4-5 breezes and great racing!!  Winners of the day were ex-World Champs, Charles Apthorp and Dave Rickards.

To read all about the racing on the first Sunday, click here

2013 Winter Series Kicks Off at Datchet……!!

“Tight racing in great conditions at Datchet today – perfect conditions for the Mid Winter Championships and Winter Warm Up Series”……

Click here for the race report for the first race of the Datchet Winter Series.

 Don’t forget the FF Mid Winter Championship at Datchet on the 26th/27th January.  The attached leaflet provides details of a package for anyone who would like to leave their boat at Datchet until the Mercedes Open on the 9th/10th March and sail in the Winter Warm Up series in between – the more the merrier for some great competition.

Click here to download the brochure for Winter FF Racing at Datchet

 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all from the Datchet Flying Fifteen fleet

Mervyn Wright, Fleet Captain

Sunday 2nd – Blue Sky Racing at Datchet….!!

A spectacularly sunny day at Datchet today! Thick frost on the covers, or probably it was snow, was the initial greeting!!

Some fleet members famously have a go-sailing index that works like this – you add the temperature to the windspeed on windguru – if it adds up to less than 10 you stay under the duvet.  Great system, but they missed a proper treat this morning – and some terrific racing!!

Click here for the race report.

Garda – Day Four Race Report……!!

The day dawned with some high clouds and higher humidity. There was enough heat to kill the peler and generate the Ora but only about 10 knots at 1.30 when the postponed race was started.  Those that started near the pin end and tacked onto port benefitted from a 10 degree lift and it looked certain that a group of boats led by Charles Apthorp/Alan Green would lead at the windward mark.  However, towards the top end of the course the wind veered and Greg Wells/Richard Rigg and David and Sally McKee came in from the middle right to round 1st and 3 rd respectively with Apthorp sandwiched between.  Most boats did a gybe set onto the run but halfway down the wind shifted back to the south east and increased to 15 knots. Steve Goacher/Phil Evans and Anthony Osman/Andrew Murphy gained from this to move into 3rd and 4th behind Wells and Apthorp. The McKees were one of many boats to be caught out by this violent change. Up the next beat the wind once again veered at the top of the cause which allowed Wells to extend and in a dieing breeze crossed the downwind finish comfortably ahead. Apthorp was 2nd and Goacher 3rd. Shortly after the last boat finished the wind disappeared and despite an effort to start a 2nd race the race officer abandoned racing at 4.30.
Going into the final day Wells/Rigg hold a 7 point lead over Goacher/Evans.  3 races are scheduled with a 2nd discard kicking in after 9 races.

For Results after 7 races click here

Greg Wells