Scottish Fleet News….!!

Even without a travellers series in Scotland this year it’s still going to be a busy calendar for the Scottish crews.

To kick things off, Loch Lomond Sailing Club is the venue for two early season training weekends. Saturday the 8th and Saturday 22nd of March will see crews put through their paces with on the water coaching by Saturn Sails. This will be followed up with “refreshments” and a debriefing session in the clubhouse. There is no registration required for either of these days. A fee of £10 per day with a one off temporary membership of £5 to Loch Lomond Sailing Club can be paid on the day. Boats can be left at the club between weekends. There are several boats already signed up for what promises to be a really useful exercise and chance to catch up with old friends after a long and wet winter. A full report with pictures should hopefully follow each weekend.

There are several events on the calendar including the Round Shuna Weekend which sees the fifteens take on the best that the west coast of Scotland has to offer. Racing in a stretch of water that has the world famous Dorus Mhor whirlpools and the Gulf of Corryvreckan has to be on anyone’s bucket list. Other events include East Lothian Sailing Club Regatta and the Marineblast Regatta at Holy Loch Sailing Club.

Rumours are circulating that several Scottish boats are going to be coming together for a number of raids across the border this season. Windermere, Bassenthwaite, Derwent Reservoir and Dovestone are all on the list. Some say that they are doing this to get more sailing in bigger fleets, others think that they may be looking for somewhere to relocate permanently following the vote! Either way, make sure your clubhouse bar is well stocked and the late licence has been applied for!

Graeme Galbraith

Ffunky Chicken

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

Scottish Travellers – Round One !!!

The first Scottish flying fifteen traveller event of the season was held in the stunning highland surroundings of Loch Tummel close to the historic town of Pitlochry. With dry weather and good winds forecast 5 boats braved the  slightly chilly conditions to enjoy an excellent weekend of 6 races held over the two days of the bank holiday weekend.

Although this was a slightly lower turn out than expected with a number of last minute call offs the travelling boats enjoyed some close but fair racing in conditions that ranged from full on to benign.

After rigging up on the Saturday morning ( otherwise known as remembering how to put the thing back together again..) the fleet headed out for three back to back races. The race officer set out a W style course that made full use of the loch and had the boats screaming along on blisteringly fast 3 sail reaches with testing upwind legs. Over the day, the local knowledge of David & Angie Sword paid off in the shifting and fluctuating breeze with a perfect score of three straight bullets.  However pushing them hard all the way were the  teams of George Purves  / Stevie Brummell and Dan Challis / Kirsten Challis who shared the runner up spots.

Retiring to the club house afterwards the aches and pains of the day were washed away with a few libations and bbq steaks. Being the first event of the season some crews admitted to still being a bit rusty – sailing like two cats in a bath – was perhaps the best (attributable ) quote.

The Sunday dawned bright and clear with a light breeze that quickly filled on to a boisterous 20+ knots with some vicious gusts. The races course was now shared with a fleet of RS 200’s and 400’s who were running a training weekend. Sensibly, the race officer set an Olympic trapezoid course that allowed all three fleets to race concurrently without impinging on each other’s racing. Sending the races off on quick order the first race was won convincingly by Purves / Brammel who were revelling in the strong breeze. In the second and final races the winds had eased off allowing the somewhat lighter paring of Challis / Challis to squeeze in a couple of victories to round off the weekend.

Our thanks to Loch Tummel Sailing Club for the warm welcome, well run racing and excellent facilities. All agreed that they had had some great sailing and this was a good warm up for the upcoming Scottish Championships to be held next month at the holy loch sailing club on the Clyde.

Loch Tummel Results 2013

2013 Scottish Travellers Announced….!!

FFs at Portavadie photoNow in its 4th year, the Scottish Travellers Series has established itself as one of the UK’s best club racing circuit for Flying Fifteen owners. In 2012 a total of 62 individual boats made it to the start line over the series with 37 at the series finale at Loch Lomond.

The series was launched in 2010 to encourage those who don’t normally travel to visit similar sailing clubs and participate in weekend racing away from the cut and thrust of the open and championship events. The emphasis has always been on the social aspect of the weekends and the interaction and development amongst the smaller fleets in Scotland.

Sponsorship always plays a big part in any series and the Scottish Flying Fifteens are delighted to have the continued backing of Henri Lloyd, Saturn Sails, and Loch Lomond Distillery. The headline sponsor for the 2013 series will be Portavadie Marina who have supported the series from the beginning and have been host to several events.

The sailing venues are mainly spread around central and west of Scotland, however, in 2012 the series visited the Scottish outpost of Derwent Reservoir for a weekend of top quality racing and socialising. This proved to be very popular and 2013 will see a repeat of this with the series event being incorporated into the UK Northern Championships. New to the circuit and kicking the series off for 2013 are Loch Tummel Sailing Club. Loch Tummel has a long history of hosting great sailing events and we look forward to visiting in May.

Although not part of the series we mustn’t forget the 2013 Scottish Championships being hosted by Holy Loch sailing Club on the 22nd/ 23rd June and being raced on the open waters of the Firth of Clyde, a fantastic racing area that has been host to Etchells and Impala European Championships and many other national class championships. This is an event not to be missed especially with sponsors Loch Fyne Oysters supporting the class again by providing all the crews with a delicious dinner on the Friday night.

So if you have a Flying Fifteen or you are thinking of getting one, the Scottish Travellers Series has something for everyone. The scenery is great, the racing is fun and the hospitality and craic after the sailing is worth turning up for just on its own.

2013 Series Fixtures

May 4th /5th                       Loch Tummel Scottish Travellers

July 6th /7th                                    Derwent Reservoir SC Northern Championships & Scottish Travellers

August 17th /18th              Helensburgh Sailing Club Regatta

September 7th /8th            Marine Blast Regatta

October 5th /6th                 Loch Lomond SC Scottish Travellers Finale

2013 Scottish Championships…..!!

The Scottish Circuit has thrived in recent times and the Fleet is in pretty good shape. John Orr has sent this item in about the 2013 Scottish Championships!  By the way, Fleet Captains… take a little look at their very nice little event website.  Very easy to do and a great way to promote an online presence for the event!  More fleets should try this!

Here’s our homage to the Life of Pi or put more simply a poster for the Scottish Champs. We have created a small website and a facebook page. There will be a downloadable entry form and a proper notice of race on that site in a few days but thought it best to get the publicity under way now.

Will be sending this direct to those we know but would appreciate a good push on the new BIFFA website.


John Orr 

(You can download the very smart event poster by looking in “Interesting Links” to the right hand side of this webpage.)

Pop Up to Ullapool…!!

Loch Broom Sailing Club in Ullapool has a growing fleet of old but keenly sailed Flying Fifteens and welcomes visitors who might teach them a few tricks in return for legendary Highland hospitality. Bring your boat or we’ll lend you one of our club boats (circa 1968) so don’t expect Ovington 10s or cut throat competition. But you can expect good sailing on some of the most spectacular waters in the British Isles. Visit our website:

or contact Secretary Adrian Morgan, via