Steve Goacher and Tim Harper clean up!
In a widely diverse range of weather conditions, the husband and wife combination of Nick and Janet Jerwood added another title to their CV when they won the Western Australian Flying Fifteen championship on the Swan River over the Easter weekend. Jerwood, who last month won the World Viper 640 championship at the same venue, acted quickly to scotch rumours of a jump to the Viper class, declaring his allegiance to the Flying 15, the people who sail them and the closeness of competition.
The Western Australian Flying Fifteen has defied its critics by remaining numerically one of the strongest fleets in the world, with boats competing in Esperance, Albany, Perth and Geraldton.
(Championship runners-up, John Wilson and Matt Summers)
John Wilson teamed up with Matt Summers to finish second on a count back with David Yu and Chris Nelson, finishing the final day with a curious mixture of results – a first in the penultimate race and a 17th in the last, which became his drop. David Yu and Chris Nelson had a strong showing up to the last day, with a run of seconds and thirds, but would have been disappointed in their last two races, recording 20th and 12th placings.
Still, in this company, any podium position is hard earned. Jerwood is a past world champion, as is Grant Alderson, who finished fourth.
(Carl and Christine Pettersson, one of many husband and wife combinations in the 34-boat fleet.)
One of the ways in which the class keeps itself vibrant is the introduction of new ideas. There are several husband and wife combinations within the group, and in an effort to encourage and recognise the importance of women to the future of the class, awards for the best female skipper and best female crew were introduced.
(Consistency winners, Albany’s Simon and Aileen Lucas.)
In conjunction with the championship was a handicap-based consistency competition, which was won by Simon and Aileen Lucas, with the minor placings going to veterans Ron Packer and Steve Ward, who in turn just pipped third placegetters Tim Walker and Alan Sharpe.
(Third place went to David Yu and Chris Nelson)
A special presentation was made to the regatta’s principal organiser, John Hassen, to recognise his contribution.
Nick Jerwood was effusive in his praise for the South of Perth Yacht Club, which hosted the championship and the efforts of race officer Les Swinton, who coped remarkably well with conditions ranging from south westerlies gusting well over 25 knots to shifty easterlies on the final morning to ensure that the full program of races was delivered while keeping competitors safe.
For full results, go to: http://www.topyacht.net.au/results/sopyc/2018/f15states/f15states/series.htm
Could be better for some!!
See the UKFFA Announcement by clicking here
- Llangorse 16/17 June (This is also the “Classic and Silver Nationals”!)
- Broxbourne 15/15 July
- South Cerney 8/9 September
- Middle Nene 6/7 October
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.
To my Fellow Brits!!
This item below just came in from Australia. If you fancy a go, I heavily recommend it! Mornington is just the most fabulous place – a beautiful peninsula and National Park, loads of fantastic wineries… in fact just heaven. The people at the Yacht Club are wonderfully friendly. We’ve been down there for a couple of visits – last time we took a beach side house at Rye. I couldn’t speak more highly of it. Email me for details.
Dear fellow Flying Fifteen sailor,
With little more than 6 months to go, it’s time to start thinking about our next Australian Championships.
So on behalf of the hosts, Mornington Yacht Club and our Nationals Organising Committee I am writing to extend to you a warm invitation to join us from January 1st to January 6th.
Our planning is already well advanced and we will spare no effort to make sure that you will have a most enjoyable and competitive series with an anticipated 40-50 boat fleet.
The Video, Entry and NOR and other information is on the following link. http://www.morningtonyc.net.au/news/2018-flying-fifteen-international-australian-championship
For any boats wanting to attend the regatta they might want to contact our Sponsors David Mott at Regroup Logistics.
Regroup Logistics mainly deal in international import and exporting and hence worth asking NZ /Fiji Flying fifteens to participate also.
For any of our FF overseas competitors best to call David on +613 8394 7640 or email@example.com
In the meantime, if we can be of any help please do not hesitate to contact us via Rod Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I strongly encourage you to attend and look forward to welcoming you to this event.
Best regards Rod
Mornington Yacht Club
Sailing at Mornington for 71 years
Ph: 61 3 5975 7001
M: 0477 522 750
Fax: 61 3 5975 8355