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.
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.
Parkstone Yacht Club – Flying Fifteen Open 3/4 June 2017
Come an enjoy 2 days racing in Poole Bay. Entry is on line and links can be found on the Parkstone Yacht Club website at ‘Sailing’ -> ‘Major Events’ -> ‘Open Competitions’ -> Flying Fifteen Open or on the Association website on the Events page.
We are holding a social event on Saturday evening and you will be contacted, once you have entered, to see if you would like join the Parkstone Flying Fifteen class and advised on the nominal ticket cost.
There will be racing in the harbour on Friday evening start time 18:30 for those who wish to arrive early and have a sail/race.
Boats can be left at the club on the evening 28th May ,by prior arrangement, for anyone who is at Hayling that weekend and would like to drop off the boat rather than trail it home. Hope to see you on the 3rd June.
Huw Willetts Parkstone Yacht Club Flying Fifteen Class Captain
Peter Morris has sent in some great photos from the Inlands at Chew
You can download the NOR for the French Nationals by clicking here
Went to the Dinghy Show yesterday. A great day actually!!
On the stand we had Coweslip, looking… well… Royal…!! It was obviously very different back then – no toe straps for the helmsman, and one strap for the crew!
Of more technical interest was the new boat – 4047 fitted out by P&B. In fact, I think it was Alan’s most recent boat and may be on the market if you want it!!
As such, it was in reasonably standard P&B trim but did have some interesting kit in a couple of places.
We first saw adjustable bridles of this kind a couple of years ago on Graham and Chris’ boat. It certainly caused a lot of discussion on the stand. Many people seemed to wonder how often you’d use it, but I must say when I asked Graham the same thing he said “most outings”. Interesting.
I like the cutaway in the jib turning block carrier too.
Perhaps of more interest was that the boat was rigged with the new jib. At first, lots of people didn’t even notice (!). Alan though has moved to a twin track jib car system as we commonly used to have some years ago.
The emphasis here might be to have a track right on the inboard edge so as to have the ability to sheet it closer to the centre line. Apparently Geoff Bayliss’ new boat has something similar (I’ve not seen it though), with both cars in place. I must admit when we used to have two parallel plunger type tracks we used them a lot. I had the opportunity to ask Richard Lovering of Hyde Sails what He thought of sheeting the new jib closer to the centre line, Richard said that the new sail caused a lot of that effect anyway – as the centre of fullness is much further forward now it might anyway set a couple of inches further inboard. I think Richard said he might have to think about redesigning the main to match.
There was more than one conversation on the stand that maybe the old jib would be quicker in the light. If so, it’ll be hard to tell anyway!!
Phil Evans was telling me that he has come up with a smart little “two length” jib halyard idea, so that owners can easily interchange between the two sails. That’s the way to go for me, I suspect.
This photo was mainly to illustrate two points:-
(i) the boat wasn’t rigged fully for its spinnaker. It had a chute cover, but no sock in the cockpit. Interesting. No bags either. Perhaps they stuff the sail back under the foredeck as per “FooF”.
(ii) The protest flag. Now most dinghies have been relieved of the obligation to carry a protest flag, but at 20 feet, if I recall correctly we are obliged to carry one. But how many of us do?? Followers of the World Championship reports will know that it was eventually decided in the protest room and that the two main protagonists both flew their Code B, little red flags.
I wonder what happened to mine? I’d better order up another from P&B…!!