- Llangorse 16/17 June (This is also the “Classic and Silver Nationals”!)
- Broxbourne 15/15 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
The Club has a very active fleet of Modern, Silver and Classic F15’s, ideally representing the focus of the Southern Traveller Series which aims to encourage competitive racing for all ages of boats.
– Overall positions will use ff handicaps
– Broxbourne Classic Trophy will be awarded to the first Classic Boat.
– Prizes will be awarded through the fleet
– Entry includes a free Saturday evening Meal!
Broxbourne SC is easily accessible from most of South Eastern / Southern UK with dual carriageway roads bringing you to within 3 miles of the Club.
If you want good competition and / or tips and advice on set-up, tuning, etc – or just an opportunity to meet and sail with like minded F15’ers – the STS is the series for you!
The other STS events in 2017 are at Llangorse (24/25 June), South Cerney (9/10 Sept) and Middle Nene (13/14 Oct)
See the UK Flying 15 website for details of NOR, and Club contact, etc.
click here to read the report – nice photos
The third event of four in the Southern Traveller Series will be sailed on the 3rd & 4th September at South Cerney SC in the easily accessible surrounding of the Cotswold Water Park . The two series sailed so far have seen a total of 25 boats (9 Open, 8 Silver & 8 Classic) enjoy close competition and great hospitality. The STS is a four race series with the best two results in each fleet to determine the overall fleet winners – so there is still the opportunity for new entries to get an overall result!
2016 Southern Traveller Series
LLANGORSE SAILING CLUB
Flying Fifteen Open Meeting
Incorporating Classic & Silver Inland Championship
The second event of 2016 Southern Traveller Series was sailed over the weekend 25/26 June on the beautiful Llangorse Lake set in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The entry was 21 boats – 7 Classic, 8 Silver and 7 Open – with 12 visitors from a wide area stretching from Cornwall to Essex. The entries were split into two fleets – Classics and Silver + Open.
On Saturday three races were sailed back-to-back in a moderate wind under a grey sky, with serious gusts creating planing opportunities towards the end of the afternoon. The Race Officer set courses with a long beat up the main axis of the lake followed by a series of spinnaker reaches and gybes back to the leeward mark.
Race 1 for the Open & Silvers was a close contest between an Open boat Keith Harris (4035) and a Silver Jacquie Layton (2880) hotly pursued by another Silver Alex Tatlow (3288)
Open Results Keith Harris 4035, Russell Abrahams 3820 and 3rd Bill Anderson 3453
Silver results Jacquie Layton (2880), Alex Tatlow (3288) and 3rd Derek Harrison (3359)
The Classics were closely contested by two old rivals David Morgan (2663). Mark Greer (2433). 3rd was Llangorse Commodore Colin Fletcher (2900) in his newly acquired boat and new sails
Race 2 The wind increased with some big gusts which built during the afternoon.
The Open & Silvers were too keen for this start resulting in a general recall.
The Open fleet was between the same 3 boats but this time Russell Abrahams (3820) got the better of Keith Harris (4035) with Bill Anderson (3453) in 3rd
Silvers had a change at the front with local boats getting 1 and 2 with Andy Hough (3040) and Ben Williams (3378) with Derek Harrison (3359) from South Cerney 3rd.
Classics was the same 3 boats with a change of order. Morgan, Greer and Fletcher
Race 3. The wind now has some serious gusts which resulted in a few flat boats on the spinnaker gybes.
Open. The usual 1,2,& 3 of Harris, Abrahams & Anderson.
Silver this was won by Ben Williams (3288) followed by a very well sailed South Cerney boat of Dean Hall (2811) with Derek Harrison (3359) 3rd
In the Classics it was the same as race 2 Morgan, Greer & Fletcher.
The evening was a split with some staying for a meal in the new club house and some at the pub or both
On Sunday the wind was much lighter than Saturday and allowed courses to be set which used the full length of the lake.
Race 4 on Sunday was for the Simon Dangerfield Memorial Trophies. (By tradition it had to be windward & leeward – Simon could only remember a total of 3 marks on a Sunday morning!)
Open Fleet. Bill Anderson lead from the start and kept the 2 Chew boats behind. Russell Abrahams played the shifts down- wind to kept ahead of Keith Harris
Silver. This was a contest with 3 local boats Layton. Hough and Card. Places changed more than a few time both on the beat and run. It was Andy Hough (3040) who played the final run to win followed by Jacquie Layton(2880) and Peter Card (3144)
Classic Again a good contest with the usual 3 with some nervous crews on spinnakers as the wing began to die. Result 2663,2900,2433
Race 5 Race officer Robert Dangerfield set a similar course to Saturday, with a variable wind both in strength and direction.
Open. With all to play for between 3820 & 4035 it was 3820and made the most of the Llangorse wind and rain. The highlight was the committee boat racing the length of the lake to get to the windward mark for the shortened course. (Just made it he told us afterwards) Result 3820,4035.3453
Silver Again a bit of a lottery but the usual culprits made their luck 1st Williams, Harrison and in 3rd ex local boat of David Travis (3006)
Classic. The old lady of Llangorse (55) Jeremy& Katherine Soulsby showed the way to do it and finished nearly 4mins in front of 2nd Richard Taylor (2626) with Mark Greer(2433) 3rd
The racing finished with very little wind but it was close to the Club house
Thanks to our Race Officer and his team Robert Dangerfield
Simon Dangerfield Memorial Trophy
Open. Bill Jackson & Sally Farrant 3453
Silver. Andy& Jane Hough 3004
Classic. David Morgan & Lorina Walden 2663
Open Meeting Results
Open. Russell Abrahams & Jane Yates
Silver. Andy & jane Hough 3004
Classic. David Morgan & Lorina Walden 2663.
Flying Fifteen Open at Broxbourne Sailing Club on 14 – 15 May 2016
Ten Flying Fifteens, gold, silver and classic, competed in this event in the Southern Travellers Series, results being based on the respective PY numbers 1013, 1030 and 1045. It was a sunny weekend with light to moderate northerly winds. On Saturday, winds were moderate from the north with considerable variation in strength and direction. Winds were lighter on Sunday but with big shifts. On both days these conditions led to much place changing and to surprisingly close racing.
All three races on Saturday were won by Toby and Maxine Cooper in 3705. Next were the two Classics from Middle Nene, Neil and Stuart Bartholomy in 2700 and Mark Greer and Jim Reid in 2433, on equal points. The sociable traditions of the Southern Travellers Series were well maintained on Saturday evening and we woke up to another sunny day and everything to play for. Toby and Maxine won the first race to put them in first place overall. Mark and Jim took line honours comfortably in the second race to give them second overall and Neil and Stuart finished in third overall.
Photos all ©Stuart Hutchinson