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Llangorse Sailing Club
Flying Fifteen Open Meeting 16thand 17thJune 2018
After several weeks of bright sunshine and light winds, the weekend dawn with the prospect of cooler conditions and gusty winds up to 20 knots. Competitors were not disappointed and the race officer had a difficult time with shifts of 90 degrees in the start area.
Open, Silver and Classic fleets added up to sixteen boats on the water, with six visitors from Middle Nene, Broxbourne, South Cerney and Newport Uskmouth.
Large courses with tactical beats and long three sail reaches gave the competitors a hard first day. By the end of Saturday: the Classic Fleet was led by Mark Greer and Jim Reid 2433 (Middle Nene) with three firsts; Robert Dangerfield and Claire Ellis 3121 (Llangorse) led the Silver Fleet with two firsts and a second: and in the Open Fleet Julian Smith and Bob Cartwright 3795 (Newport Uskmouth) were lying first with two firsts and a second.
Sunday brought very similar conditions but big gusts provided some exciting downwind sailing. Race four was the traditional Simon Dangerfield Memorial Race over a windward/leeward course. The beats up to South buoy in shifty conditions made for careful tactical decisions and the race was much enjoyed with near line place changes, just as Simon would have liked it.
Simon Dangerfield Memorial Trophy:
Classic – David Morgan and Lorina Walden 2663 (Llangorse)
Silver – Robert Dangerfield and Claire Ellis 3121 (Llangorse)
Open – Richard McCulloch and Claire Taylor 3691 (Llangorse)
The last race used much of the surface area of the lake and saw the most spectacular three sail reaches of the weekend in bright sunshine and Llangorse Lake at its best.
1stMark Greer and Jim Reid 2433 (Middle Nene) 6pts
2ndDavid Morgan and Lorina Reid 2663 (Llangorse) 6pts
3rdNeil Bartholomey and Stuart Bartholomey 2700 (Middle Nene) 15pts
1stRobert Dangerfield and Claire Ellis 3121 (Llangorse) 4pts
2ndDavid Travis and Lynne Travis 3006 (Llangorse) 9pts
3rdJacquie Layton and David Hemingway 2880 (Llangorse) 10pts
1stRichard McCulloch and Claire Taylor 3691 (Llangorse) 5pts
2ndJulian Smith and Bob Cartwright 3795 (Newport Uskmouth) 6pts
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- Llangorse 16/17 June (This is also the “Classic and Silver Nationals”!)
- Broxbourne 14/15 July
- South Cerney 8/9 September
- Middle Nene 6/7 October
Flying 15 Open Meeting at Middle Nene SC (14th/15th October 2017)Close racing in perfect conditions brought together sailors from the Classic, Silver and Gold fleets. The fleet sailed five races plus a Crews’ Race over the weekend in a highly competitive spirit. The Saturday evening ended with a tasty dinner organised by the MNSC House Team and a few drinks from the bar.The MNSC Open was also the final event in the Southern Traveller Series and the winners were: Open Fleet: 4051 Bob Tait/Pete Comber, Silver Fleet: 3359 Derek Harrison/Tim Greeves, Classic Fleet: 2433 Mark Greer/Jim Reid.In the Crews’ Race, the winners were 3965 Kato Greer/Simon Childs.Congratulations to all winners and thanks to all visitors and local sailors! The next Flying 15 Open Meeting at Middle Nene SC is scheduled for October 2018.
2017 Sothern Traveller Series
Report – 3rd Event at South Cerney SC
The South Cerney SC Flying Fifteen Open on 9th/10th September saw nine boats taking part in good sailing conditions to complete the full six race programme. Six SCSC boats were joined by two visiting crews from Broxbourne SC and one from Middle Nene SC.
On Saturday the Race Officer, Dave Whittle, had to contend with a wind which gradually veered from a brisk Southerly to a light, shifty Easterly. Good courses were set, making full use of the lake and managing to include each time a long, testing beat – a few flashes of lightning were a bit worrying but the heavy black clouds let us off without much of a wetting!
By the end of the four races on Saturday, with no one establishing a dominant position, there was a close battle between the two Broxbourne boats of Bob Tait & Pete Comber (4051) and Brian Turner & Jackie Burns (3031) and local sailors Derek Harrison & Tim Greaves (3359).
A very popular feature of recent SCSC FF Open meetings has been an excellent evening meal by Pam, and this year’s was well up to expectations! We were appreciative too of Pam returning on Sunday morning to treat those who over-nighted at the club to a substantial cooked breakfast!!
The wind on Sunday was stronger and gradually increasing. The Middle Nene boat of Neil and Stuart Bartholomey (2700) established their consistency, and local heavy weather specialists Alex and Mike Tatlow (3288) came to the fore in the last race with an impressive win.
Over-all winners were Bob & Pete in 4051, a fine new Open boat carrying a big PY handicap. Second overall and winning Classic were Brian & Jackie in 3031, with third place being gained by Neil & Stuart Bartholemy from Middle Nene in 2700, also a Classic. First local boat was Derek & Tim in 3359 a Silver, finishing in fourth place, and winning the trophy for the highest placed Silver Fleet boat.
Our visitors were very complementary about the event (and our new jetty). Thanks to all who made it a success.
John Harvey (SCSC F15 Fleet captain)
Photos of the event taken by Race Officer Dave Whittle can be seen at the following link https://photos.app.goo.gl/jrE8GWwmCUso5QJh2
Prints can be supplied – contact Dave Whittle <firstname.lastname@example.org> :-Photos
LLANGORSE SAILING CLUB
Flying Fifteen Open Meeting 2017
Incorporating Classic & Silver Inland
24th & 25th June 2017
The 2ND event of the 2017 Southern traveller Series was sailed on the beautiful Llangorse Lake set in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park and there were 8 Classic, 5 Silver and 3 Open Fleet entries. The event was run on 2 starts, Open & Silvers followed by the Classics.
On Saturday 3 races were sailed in a light wind from the west which, because of the proximity of the Mountains, created many variations in direction and strength. After an initial short postponement to let the wind settle the Race Officer, Nick Taylor, set a course which included all angles of sailing. Through the afternoon the wind speed increased and settled, generating lively and competitive racing.
At the end of the first day a “pecking order” was already beginning to be established. In the Classic Fleet locals John Morgan & Lorina Walder (2663) and Colin & Edward Fletcher (2900) were being challenged by visitors Brian Turner & Jackie Burns (3031). The grand Old Lady of Llangorse FF55 also made a brief appearance with owners Jeremy and Katherine Soulsby aboard for the first race. Whilst in the Open Fleet visitors Bob Tait & Pete Comber (4051) were clearly “in control” and in the Silvers there were 3 different winners Derek Harrison & Tim Greaves (3359), Robert Dangerfield & Steve Jakeman (3121) and Andy & Jane Hough (3040).
When the fleets came ashore after a challenging series of races everyone was ready for some “R&R” and most made their way to the local pub to re-sail the races with a meal and a drink!
Sunday dawned with a stronger and more consistent wind which generated marginal planing conditions. For the first race the Race Officer set the traditional Simon Dangerfield memorial Windward / Leeward course. This was followed in the final race by a more conventional round the buoys course which included fast reaches and spinnaker gybes.
After refreshment in the Clubhouse and the presentation of Trophies and prizes, everyone made their way home reflecting on another very enjoyable and well organised Southern Traveller Series event.
NB – The next event in the Southern Traveller Series will be sailed at South Cerney Sailing Club over 9/10 September.
2017 Southern Traveller Series
LLANGORSE SAILING CLUB
Flying Fifteen Open Meeting
Incorporating Classic & Silver Inland Championship
The second event of 2017 Southern Traveller Series will be sailed over the weekend 24/25 June on the beautiful Llangorse Lake set in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
The planned programme of races is for three races on Saturday and two on Sunday with the entries split into two fleets, each with their own start:
– Silvers + Open
For detailed information please see the Notice of Race – click here
13 Boats – including 4 visitors, 2 from Middle Nene and 2 from South Cerney sailing clubs enjoyed a great weekend of sailing in sunny, warm conditions with generally light and shifty breezes.
5 races in all, 1 before lunch on Saturday and two in the afternoon. Then 1 before an early lunch on Sunday and 1 in the afternoon when conditions started to freshen ahead of the forecast approaching front, calling for a complete change of the course. Both courses used marks in the ‘second’ smaller lake making for interesting avoidance of wind shadows and wind deflections!
To say’ enjoyed’ does have to be tempered with or include ‘challenging’ and ‘downright frustrating’ ! The shifty winds with an occasional gust later on Sunday afternoon certainly sorted the men from the boys. Great care was needed in choosing the up wind route and in approaching windward marks, where it was easy to get stuck trying to be too precise. Downwind legs defied simple kite flying and smooth gybes were order of the day!
The race management was spot on in trying conditions ( for race officers! ) and although the courses seemed at first to the outsider to be complicated, they did at least provide 2 to 3 good beats per lap, but needing constant attention to ensure correct rounding’s !
As usual the difficulties everyone experienced were well aired in the bar and over excellent lunches and an evening meal that satisfied us all. Our hosts, Broxbourne SC as always provided a sociable, helpful and welcoming face to everyone. Congratulations to the winners, particularly to Mark Greer and Jim Reid from Middle Nene, who in their immaculately prepared classic boat appeared unfazed by the conditions. Broxbourne boats of Pip Hudson and Mick Musgrave and Bob Tait and Peter Comber were second and third.
The Southern Traveller Series is alive and well ! Roll on Llangorse over the w/e 24-25 June !!
Derek Harrison SCSC