Southerns at Burnham ….!!


Once all the boats were rigged the Burnham hospitality kicked in with free bacon rolls and coffee together with the sponsored polo tops being handed out before the briefing. Then to the racing…
Race One
Conditions could be described as ‘fresh’ with a gusty force 5/6 over a strong tide, the result being waves – which took a few by surprise. The tide initially took Charles by surprise in the first start as he popped out of the blocks just a little early while Mervyn Wright was having the other problem – trying to get back to the start! The waves on the first triangle contradicted the customary river tactic of running to the shore to get out of the tide on the reach back to the leeward mark, instead the waves in the middle of the river paid handsomely and fun was had by all after the first lap. There was some confusion over the number of laps – the PRO had displayed correctly but with flags so the chandlery was busy that night! The first three were Greg Wells, Chris Waples then Steve Goacher being crewed by Tim Harper.
Race Two
After a delay while the mark layers went to locate more ground tackle, the course was lengthened considerably to take advantage of the perfect easterly breeze for a long beat. That change in the length together with a different style of wave as the course took on more of the river, allowed for other boats to come to the fore. There were numerous place changes throughout and a real bunching at the end of lap 3. The Race Officer had put up No 4 (it was No 3 for the first race), so a few had to regroup quickly to keep their positions. The race finished – Steve Goacher in first place, then Hamish McKay with Greg Wells third. A glorious two mile run back to the marina through the moorings and the oncoming racing one design fleets on the river, kept everyone amused.

The customary beer from the back of the car for all, then off to more drinks (it just happened to coincide with Justin’s brother hosting a drinks’ party for the RCYC one design boat celebrating their 80th year) followed by supper at the Club. At some point in the evening Peter Bannister took it upon himself to toast the Class so fun was had by all.
Race Three
The wind was a just a little less maybe force 4/5, and from a different direction, so the water was flatter – would this change the boats at the top? Hamish MacKay, crewed by Andrew Lawson, took full advantage of another long beat. Who was it that said Burnham couldn’t have a beat with a Southerly? The River Crouch actually meets the River Roach that runs North to South, so perfect! MacKay and Goacher had a close battle, with Steve just taking line honours and Charles Apthorp coming third.
Race Four
Edwin Buckley, the PRO, moved the course around a bit for this race, creating different angles of attack. McKay and Goacher again rounded 1&2 at the first rounding of the windward mark and repeated as in Race 3 with a gybe set only to turn directly into a strong current. Charles and Justin sneaked off to the east shore and stole a march, leaving MacKay and Goacher desperately trying to soak down to the shore. By the third lap on the last run, Goacher with 100 yds to go, sneaked ahead leaving Charles 2nd and Justin 3rd.
Race Five
At this point the tide turned. For many this had gone unnoticed or the possible effects unnoticed. The River Roach takes on a different approach on an ebb tide, and by the second lap, those led by Justin almost caught the leading pack – if they had been nearer to begin with it might have helped some might say! The final places were the very consistent boats of Goacher from MacKay with Charles in 3rd.
To conclude, although a seemingly low turn-out, the boats came from eight clubs, the racing was very tight and of high quality and good fun, with a excellent ‘crac’ ashore. What did everyone miss? A brilliant weekend of championship racing in challenging conditions on an interesting stretch of water that rewarded thought – another time more boats could and should come along…
The final positions were:-

  1. Steve Goacher & Tim Harper – Southern Champions
  2. Hamish MacKay & Andrew Lawson
  3. Charles Apthorp & Alan Green

Top girl was Amanda Waples crewing Justin coming 6th.

A huge mention and thank you to the sponsors of the polo shirts, Phil Evans Sailing Services, Goacher Sails, Waples Wines, and Allen Brothers (who also provided hats for all, and the spot prizes too).
Click here for the full results
Justin Waples

Burnham-on-Crouch for the FF Southerns ……!!

~ Free bacon rolls and coffee/tea at 11am followed by the briefing
~ Drinks after sailing followed by a Club supper ~ already all the 26 pre-entered competitors are coming to this….so a social time is promised
~ Then after sailing on Sunday, there’s tea and cakes for all

~ So quite simply a proper Championships in a great venue that rewards all types of sailing, ie. boat speed and cunning with all the extras thrown in …looking forward to seeing you all.

~ ps. Boats will be left in the marina overnight, so making it all very easy.

Any questions call Justin, M: 077 699 048 44

Fourteen Teams already pre-entered at Burnham for the Southerns !!

…wondering what to do this coming w/e?……….. shouldn’t you be going to the Flying Fifteen Southern Championships 2015 at Burnham on Crouch

The racing will be from committee boat starts with Edwin Buckley as PRO (was a ff owner too). The river can easily accommodate the flying fifteens (the Dragon Class has regular hosted their East Coast Championships on the river with over 28 boats ). The Club host the Endeavour Trophy Championships, has also hosted the Finn Gold Cup, and used to hold the Cadet Nationals when over 160 boats raced, so has the pedigree too.

So if Burnham on Crouch is a new venue to you, or you’re wary of tidal water, the river is a fantastic introduction, and incidentally has an historic link with the ff’s as No.4 sailed up the Crouch on its maiden sail.

Already over 14 boats have already pre-entered for the event.

There are free bacon rolls and coffee at 11am, and even a cheeky free beer after sailing on Saturday when you come back having left your boats in the marina on the Saturday evening.

If you need any further details, do not hesitate to call Justin Waples

See you on Saturday am!!!


BIFFA President Wins Southerns….!!

Flying Fifteen Southern Area Championships incorporating the 60th Hayling Island Sailing Club Bulwark Trophy 24-26 May,

Written by Roger Palmer

Thirty five Flying Fifteens enjoyed great racing in Hayling Bay in a variety of conditions over the Bank Holiday weekend.

On a good line set by HISC Race Officer, Nick Rawlings, the port end appeared favoured and in a light southerly wind Jeremy Davy crewed by Martin Huett starting at speed were soon able to tack on to port to cross the fleet taking advantage of a good leebow on the east going flow. There were random wind shifts which caught boats on the windward legs but on the windward leeward, triangle, windward leeward course it was the team of Jeremy Davy/Martin Huett from Draycott/HISC current British Flying Fifteen President who avoided all pitfalls to lead at the finish ahead of David Tabb/CheweySherrell from Parkstone YC with evergreen Steve Goacher/Phil Evans from Royal Windermere combination in third place. Fourth place was taken by Andy McKee/Rich Jones from Dovestone.

Race two followed on the same course format as were all the subsequent races. Here again a port end start and a favourable tack across the fleet was the best course and the early leaders in the 10-12 kt wind came from this part of the line. After one lap Steve Goacher/ Phil Evans had taken the lead pursued by Greg Wells/Richard Rigg of the Hayling fleet with Jeremy Davy /Simon Huett closing fast.

Sunday dawned bright and sunny with southerly winds of 15-17 kts which provided great sailing conditions with surfing and planing down the waves in fine style. In the first of the two races Steve Goacher/Phil Evans was the winner ahead of Charles Apthorp/Jonathan Clark from HISC. Third was the Jeremy Davy/Martin Huett with Graham& Ben Scroggie, Parkstone in fourth place.

The second race of the day was won by Andy McKee/Rich Jones from Simon Kneller/Dave Lucas in second place. Third was Jeremy Davy/Martin Huett with Steve Goacher Phil Evans in fourth place.

In the evening a dinner was held to celebrate the sixtieth Anniversary of the Bulwark Trophy and Greg Wells the Flying Fifteen International President gave a colourful account of the history of the event noting all the multiple past winners.

After champagne sailing in brilliant sunshine on Sunday, the Monday weather was exceedingly wet with rain pouring down all the day. A northerly wind took competitors out to the Bay in time for the early start at 1030am.

Good shifts were appreciated by visiting inland sailors and it was continued success for Simon Kneller/Dave Lucas from Grafham who won the first race followed by Robert Hogben/Glyn Morgan from Bewl Valley. Third was Bob Alexander/Huw Willetts from Parkstone with Mark & Ben Longstaff from Grafham Water in fourth place.

In the final sixth race the earlier order was re-established with Jeremy Davy/Martin Huett beating Steve Coacher/Phil Evans to the line. Third was Ian Cadwallader/Dave Sweet from Chew Valley with David Tabb/Chewey Sherrett in fourth place.

This last race gave the overall win to Jeremy Davy/Martin Huett by 3 points ahead of Steve Goacher/Phil Evans. Andy McKee /Rich Jones were third and David Tabb/Chewey Sherrett fourth. Full results on HISC event website


Guile, Cunning and Bacon Rolls…..!!

Burnham – June 7/8th

The Burnham Open is in two w/e’s time, I’d really appreciate some help…I need to know if you’re intending on coming!!! In fact any communication would be really helpful.

It’s the only Open Meeting on a river, so while boat speed is useful, it’s not the overriding factor, cunning and guile are useful tools too, plus it’s the venue for the Southerns next year.

So an email or a call, with a yes or know would be really appreciated so I can arrange the bacon butties for when you arrive! (and for those who arrange Opens, you’ll appreciate that their a host of other people behind the scenes who are giving up their time)

If you have any club members thinking of coming, please do rally the troops
Briefing at 11am


Southern Results Flash….!!

Winner of the Flying 15 Southern Championship and the Bulwark Trophy are Jeremy Davy and Martin Huett of Draycote Water SC . . . Simon Kneller and Dave Lucas won race 5 with Davy and Huett in 12th which they were able to discard after they won the final race to clinch overall victory – Steve Goacher and Phil Evans finished second overall and Andy McKee and Rich Jones third . . .

Race wins on Day 2 for Steve Goacher and Phil Evans, and for Andy McKee and Rich Jones, have put the pressure on the overall leaders, Jeremy Davy and Martin Huett of Draycote Water SC . . .

Jeremy Davy and Martin Huett won the first two races of the Flying 15 Southern Championship being held at Hayling Island SC . . . The pair from Draycote Water SC set a tough pace for the weekend, finishing the first day three points clear of Steve Goacher and Phil Evans, with Ian Cadwaller and Dave Sweet taking third, a further seven points back . .

Click here for full results


Day Two at The Southerns….!!

Race wins on Day 2 for Steve Goacher and Phil Evans, and for Andy McKee and Rich Jones, have put the pressure on the overall leaders, Jeremy Davy and Martin Huett of Draycote Water SC . . .

Jeremy Davy and Martin Huett won the first two races of the Flying 15 Southern Championship being held at Hayling Island SC . . . The pair from Draycote Water SC set a tough pace for the weekend, finishing the first day three points clear of Steve Goacher and Phil Evans, with Ian Cadwaller and Dave Sweet taking third, a further seven points back . . .

Click here for the full results