Want to Follow the America’s Cup on TV…??!!

The America’s Cup is starting now.  If you want to follow it on TV, it’s not as easy as you would hope.

The general format seems to be that you can watch it live, then see a repeat the following afternoon.

You can find the TV viewing schedule by clicking here.

Now… HOW to watch it ??!!!

I cannot find it via our Amazon TV fire stick or Apple TV.

Well if you are in the UK it’s all tightly tied down to make it difficult and to make you pay – but it is available on “BT Sport”    www.bt.com/sport  …  Their website suggests that you can get it at a small charge.

A lot of us, including me, get our broadband from BT.  Although the website suggested that as a BT Broadband customer you can get BT Sport at £2.50 a month, the GREAT news is that I seem to be able to get it for free as BT Sport is included in the price of my particular Broadband package – the fast one.  I’ve successfully logged in to watch it via my desktop Mac, and via an iPad, though I was unable to beam it up to the TV via Apple TV mirroring – that seemed a step too far!!

Hope these notes help!!

Click here to see what The Times had to say about Ben Ainslie’s chances yesterday



What’s a Photo of a 505 Doing Here….??!!


Well, the main point about this boat, is that it is the 505 belonging to our very own FF Champion, Richard Lovering.  At least now you know how technical he can get!!

I always lusted after a 505 as a teenager, and only managed to get one season racing one as crew at Queen Mary many years ago.  They just excite me to look at.


You can see here that Richard has made provision to pull his jib sheet inboard of the tank and this is what prompted our conversation about the same issue for the new FF jib – but Richard thinks it wont be necessary in our Class – phew!

The next photo shows the adjustable clew outhaul in two dimensions.  I noticed the Osprey stand had a boat from Hartley’s with a similar arrangement.







The Dinghy Show is Almost Here ….!!

To kick start our 70th Anniversary year on an even #KEEL, we call upon all club members who sail International Flying Fifteen, or all keelboat sailors, to join us at RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 4th & 5th March. You will discover how UK Flying Fifteen Association has built a reputation for ‘The most fun you can have with a keel on!’

We are indebted to many #flying15 members, especially the support of the Solent Fleet from Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club, to be able to announce that after many years Coweslip shall be on our
#standC2. The #Flying15 was designed & built by #UffaFox, #Coweslip was first presented to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh who sailed it for many years. It was launched at Uffa’s yard 6 Jun 1949. Coweslip will be taking pride of place alongside GBR4047, an Ovington built boat owned by Ian Pinnell from Pinnell & Bax. Ian is a new comer to our fleet GBR4047 will be show casing the #NewSailPlan.

  •   Come an meet the team who made this happened and hear their stories and snippets;
  •   see footage of the past 7 decades, right up to hearing their updates and progress on the Southern Area Championship plans this July marking the anniversary celebrations
  •   Gain insights from one of our boat services expert Phil Evans from Royal Windermere Yacht Club, a past World champion crew, who will share his secrets and tips of the best way to fit

out a boat on Saturday
 discover where you #canSail a #flying15 to

exploring the depth of different series open to all levels of sailors, may it be get racing, up to joining the start line at next National Championship at Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, Falmouth, 27th – 30th September

We plan to host a live updates from the new #WorldChampions team from Napier SC, #NewZealand on Sunday 5th March, where we have a strong GBR team competing, fingers

crossed. We have a whole host of sailors merging from reservoirs, Estuaries, Loch, Harbour, Sea sailors coming from across the UK to help man the stand. Join us & discover the truth of what Greg Wells our past Commodore of FFI said, what makes our class so special? “We are like a family.” Stand managers Sue Bannister and Keith Jamieson are looking forward welcoming you to our stand.

With thanks to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and Royal Collection Trust for the loan of Coweslip.

Sue Bannister

UKFFA Stand Manager

French Nationals at Dinard ….!!

Our colleagues in France, notably Patrick Constant and Michel Pelegrin, would be keen to know if any UK teams would like to go to the French FF Nationals at Dinard.  The target date is June 3rd, 4th, 5th.

The date could still be flexible if enough people prefer an alternative.  Let Michel know.

If you’re interested or simply want to discuss it, please can you email Michel at  pelegrindalmeida@hotmail.com and let him know?