Parkstone Autumn Series – Race 2 …!!

Saturday 8th October Autumn Series race 2.
“Its never over until its over”

15 boats on the water today, Race Officer Ian Laimey set an olympic traingle course in the light northerly wind.
The fleet got away first time, and were tightly bunched at the first mark, Bob Alexander & Huw Willetts rounded in front, just clear of Mike Kilbee & Ron Elliot.
Alexander /Willetts maintained their position at the front despite strong pressure from Crispin Read Wilson/Steve Brown & Dave Tabb/Chewy Sherrell.
As the leaders rounded the final leeward mark, Alexander/Willetts must have felt confident of taking the victory, however the wind dropped and they were passed on both sides by the Tabb and Read Wilson boats.
1st Crispin Read Wilson & Steve Brown
2nd Dave Tabb & Chewey Sherrell
3rd Bob Alexander & Huw Willetts
4th Graham & Ben Scroggie

Last of the Summer (Waples) Wine – The Dovestone Open ….!!

Flying Fifteens at Dovestone Sailing Club

Waples Wines LogoWith light and variable winds, sunshine and mild temperatures, Dovestone Sailing Club hosted an enjoyable final event of the 2016 Waples Wines Northern Travellers series over the weekend of 1-2 October.

A good turnout from the home fleet, together with a smattering of visitors from Windermere, Bassenthwaite, RCYC and Burton sailing clubs, saw 16 boats on the water for the first race. In a competitive start to a course which covered the length and breadth of the reservoir, Steve Goacher with crew Tim Harper of Royal Windermere, were judged OCS by Officer of the Day Mark Rhan. Tight racing among the rest of the fleet saw Dovestone SC’s Andy McKee and Chris Massey (3805) in first place, with David and Sally Mckee (4005) a close second and Mike Moore with crew Kayla Sheard (3996) from Bassenthwaite in third at the end of the first encounter of the meeting.

dovestone-open-group-shot-2Post-lunch Race 2 in similar winds was super close with a boat length finish between Andy McKee (1st), David McKee (2nd) and Steve Goacher (3rd). Great racing too from DSC’s Rod Rowlands in FF Classic 496. Setting the scene for final Race 3 of the day, with Andy McKee never seriously challenged for first place from the windward mark, an improving performance from series sponsor Justin Waples with young DSC crew Andrew Robinson in second, and Steve Goacher in third.

Dovestone SC produced its usual enjoyable evening entertainment in the clubhouse, with wine tasting courtesy of Waples Wine, followed by supper and games – including the Pennine favourite of competitive nail-knocking with the thin end of a hammer.

dovestone-open-1-croppedDay two of the open meeting dawned sunny with a light breeze. The full fleet assembled early to catch the best of the wind with two back-back races in the morning.   Steve Goacher led from the start of Race 4, but confusion about the finish line meant he was pushed into third place by Justin Waples and David Mckee who nipped passed to take first and second places respectively. Race 4 followed on quickly, with David Mckee taking an early lead only to become becalmed on the run back to the clubhouse in weakening winds. A close battle for the finish with McKees senior and junior chasing Steve Goacher who won out at the last.

To see the report with prize giving photos click here

To see the full sailwave results table click here

Overall results are as follows:


1st                3805   Andy McKee and Chris Massey           Dovestone SC

2nd               4005   David and Sally McKee                         Dovestone SC

3rd               4021   Steve Goacher and Tim Harper           RWYC


1st Silver     3391   Colin Pierce and Mandy Thackray       Dovestone SC


1st Classic sail no 0-2000

496     Rod Rowlands and Isaac Marsh         Dovestone SC


1st Classic sail no 2001-2700

2620   Dave Naylor and Norman Christie     Dovestone SC



Andy McKee and Chris Massey receive their trophy from DSC Commodore Andy Hurley


The full results available here;

Parkstone Autumn Series Kicks Off ….!!

Saturday 1st Oct, Autumn series race 1
(Where is Oyster mark?!)

13 boats today, very respectable considering the blustery conditions and the sun was out so there was a positive vibe in the boat park. Race Officer Fi Linford set an olympic triangle course using Oyster as the first mark (all good so far).

The fleet got away first time with Pete & Jo Allam, Bob Alexander & Huw Willetts and Graham & Ben Scroggie in the leading pack. Things spread out as Pete & Jo were the only one of the leading boats to successfully find the now famous Oyster mark. This left the other front runners reaching into the mark having overshot.

Pete & Jo now had a comfortable lead and just had to keep out of trouble until the end. However, at the top of the second beat it was their turn to have trouble finding oyster and the following pack were left bemused by some of the lines they were steering.

Pete & Jo held onto the lead and finished first. Behind, the Scroggies, Bob & Huw and Martin Lewis and & Mike Riley had their own battles for the minor podium places.
1st Pete & Jo Allam
2nd Graham & Ben Scroggie
3rd Bob Alexander & Huw Wiletts
4th Martin Lewis & Mike Riley

Sail of the Day Award goes to Mike Pierce & Sandie Andrews (for mastering the blustery conditions)

East Coasts Not Far Away ….!!

The East Coast Flying Fifteen Championships on 17th & 18th September @ Burnham on Crouch
Details :

Burnham is a great place to sail, and importantly a very different to the normal ff venues, the hospitality is rather good too…the RCYC has an excellent chef, an excellent river frontage bar, we have the RYA award winning Race Officer Edwin Buckley who’s also the Endeavour RO and very used to giving top quality racing , so we have the whole package…just need the boats, so go on, reply and say you’re attending!

Please do get this email around your own fleets, and class blogs/websites, and of course don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries

PS for those that book early they will be rewarded with a cheeky little glass of something rather good before the supper on the Saturday night!

Enjoy your summer and see you in September

Justin Waples

Parkstone Summer Series…..!!

13 August Parkstone Summer series
Quite simply, perfect conditions, period.

Race Officer Steve Randle set a triangular course in the “Top Triangle” of the Harbour.

The fleet got away first time and the front runners soon established themselves.
The teams of Bob Alexander/Huw Willetts, Chris Gorringe/Nadia Hosie, Crispin Read Wilson/Steve Brown, Martin Lewis/Mike Riley and Patrick Keats/Chris Jermyn were cross tacking all the way to the windward mark. Alexander/Willetts just rounded in the lead. On the first reaching leg, Gorringe/Hosie hoisted the spinnaker early, a move that was to cost them dearly.

Alexander/Willetts opened up a healthy lead from Read Wilson/Brown, however Read Wilson/Brown fought hard and closed the lead but not enough to trouble Alexander/Willetts who took first place.

1st Bob Alexander & Huw Willetts
2nd Crispin Read Wilson & Steve Brown
3rd Martin Lewis & Mike Riley

Southern Traveller Series at South Cerney….. !!

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!

Click here to download a poster for your noticeboard.

South Cerney SC - F15 Open Poster 2016 v2


Parkstone Summer Series….!!

Saturday 6th August Race 1

12 crews launched for the race in perfect conditions, clear blue skies and a warm 15-18 knot south westerly wind.

Race Office David Pipe set a Harbour tour course for race 1 of this 2 race day and the fleet got away first time, with an individual recall sounded. Many suspected the recall was for the team of Dave Tabb/Chewey Sherrell, who may have misjudged their unorthodox “dip start”, (more on that later).

The order at mark 1 was Tabb/Sherrell then Bob Alexander/Huw Willetts and then Graham Latham/Sara Briscoe. On leg 2, the leading 2 boats managed to put some distance on the rest of the fleet. At the front, Tabb/Sherrell and Alexander/Willetts locked horns and engaged in their own battle, which continued uninterrupted until the second upwind leg when the third place team of Chris Gorringe/Nadia Hosie, who had always been keeping the pressure on, made a great job of reading the tide and were cross tacking with the leaders. Tabb/Sherrell led at the end of the last upwind leg, followed by Gorringe/Hosie and Alexander/Willetts.

The downwind run from Amy Group to Bell Race Mark, followed by the reach across to Northshore Homes proved to be processional, although with the speed at which the fourth placed team of Crispin Read Wilson/Steve Brown caught the leaders, they obviously had different ideas.

After boats finished it was confirmed that Tabb/Sherrell had indeed started early meaning the results were:-
1st Chris Corringe/Nadia Hosie
2nd Bob Alexander/Huw Willetts
3rd Crispin Read Wilson/Steve Brown

Poole Week 2016 ….!!

Poole Week 21st to 26th August 2016

Parkstone Yacht Club would like to invite all Flying 15 sailors to join us for Poole Week 2016.

Once again we shall be enjoying 2 race days throughout the week with a mix of Olympic triangle and round the harbour courses. The club will be putting on rib trips round the harbour on Saturday/Sunday to highlight to our visitors the more difficult to find race marks. Though racing is predominantly in the harbour, we will be having two races in Poole Bay on the Wednesday. With racing set to start at 1400 each day there will be plenty of time in the mornings to explore some of the beautiful surroundings in the Poole area such as the Jurassic coast, alternatively you could treat yourselves to a lie in!

We currently have 17 Flying 15’s entered and we know a few more that there will be joining us before the end of the discounted entry period on the 8th August. If you are tempted or know of anyone who may be interested in joining us please do persuade them and enter on the website.

Thanks to great sponsorship from adidas, LV and the Fencing Centre the club will be providing a free sailors’ supper for all competitors on Sunday night, a free drink each day and an extravagant Rio themed party on Friday night after the prizegiving. Additionally we will be having a daily draw (for all competitors) of 2 x £200 adidas sail clothing vouchers – see the website for the great kit that you could win simply by joining us at the daily prizegiving

The Parkstone Flying 15 class are also organising a couple of additional social events through the week. Come and join us for a great mix of first class racing, we will ensure a very warm welcome and fabulous sailing!