This tip from John Hanson will not help the launch / getting off the pontoon, but is great for coming back ashore. There is also a cracking good idea from John about hoisting the main away from the jetty in a breeze. This is what John suggested:-
” We use a Sea Anchor. We have this rolled up and in the tank all year round. When coming in to the pontoon we clip it on to the main sheet eye and throw it over the side. It allows us to approach the pontoon slowly minimising damage and there is no need for the crew to jump, she just steps off when alongside. See the photos as a demo.
You can in case of an issue or when pulling up the main clip this on the bow and it will keep the bow head to wind and reduce the speed the boat goes astern when you have new crew unsure what to do”
Ed : Very good idea
The 2017 series proved very successful you may have read the series report and seen the overall results, if not you can find these on the class website at www.flying15.org.uk, or on the newly setup series Facebook site,the linkis https://www.facebook.com/groups/794276470729519/. If that doesn’t work you just need to search for ‘Flying Fifteen Northern Traveler Series’ and it should come up.
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.