Has Your Boat Insurance Expired …??!!!

(If it has, I don’t want to race against you!!… Ed)

UPDATE FROM UKGLOBAL: According to our latest records there are still over 50 members who have not yet renewed their craft policy.

If this applies to you, then please note that your craft is currently uninsured.

It is important to note that If you are waiting until your first sailing event before you renew your policy then should your craft be damaged by fire or it causes damage to another craft or other Third Party property during a storm in the meantime for example then you will not be indemnified for the repairs or replacement as there is no policy in force.

Please do not rely on insuring your craft on this policy just for racing. We have seen many claims over the years that have nothing to do with racing (including a number of storm damage claims during the recent adverse weather conditions in February.)

I strongly recommend you contact Natalie or Jerry to renew your policy and ensure you are fully protected:

· Natalie Surridge on 01883 333 522 / natalie.surridge@ukglobalgroup.co.uk; or
· Jerry Dungate on 01883 333 512 / jerry.dungate@ukglobalgroup.co.uk;


Membership News Letter from BIFFA….!!

A couple of days ago, on the 27th in fact, paid up Members of the Association will have received the latest Secretary’s Newsletter into their mailbox.  It contains all the inside track information on upcoming events – plus a timely reminder to us all to pay our subs on time on April 1st.  Most people will pay by standing order, but do hurry as the Yearbook and the forthcoming FF Magazine will be waiting to come out  !!

Association – Payments Made Easier for Members….!!

Payments made easier for members

Some if you may have noticed that there is now a Paypal facility for some of our services; currently the second hand listing and for new membership applications.  This has proved a really popular option and now all new member applications payments have been processed this way as well as second hand listings.  There are costs involved but as a not for profit members organisation we get a separate fee structure for using this facility and we feel that benefits outweigh the costs.  We will offer more facility to pay by this means in future, the next may well for membership renewals in April, though please ensure you are not already paying by Standing Order before using the facility.


BIFFA Official Training Day, October 5th – 3 Places Left….!!

BIFFA Official Training Day 5th October 2013.

ffi-v_fly a fifteen logoThe venue is Datchet Water sailing club.. The date is 5th October – the weather is booked…sunshine and steady force 4… !

The instructor for the day is Jeremy Davy, class President, a previous UK National Coach and very successful sailor including a second place at this years Nationals .

The day is going to be limited to 10 boats maximum so that all ten teams get some quality 1-1 training and feedback from Jeremy.

The first 10 applications back to Keith Jamieson (BIFFA Secretary) with Cheque enclosed, will therefore be confirmed as attendees. We will keep a list of those ‘on reserve’ so any drop outs can be replaced.

Going forwards we hope to plan these events further ahead, so don’t despair if you miss out on this one – there will be more!

Having attended several of these events myself in the past, I can guarantee you will sail your boat better  after the training.– The key is to try and take away three really fundamental tips to build into your sailing repertoire and use them every time you race.

This is the sailing equivalent of going to the driving range – we should all do it more often!

If you have already sent your application in, then you definitely have a place!

Best of luck.

Simon Kneller, Training Officer BIFFA

New Insurance Certificates – A Little Delay…..!!

For those of us that have our insurance on the new super-duper BIFFA Insurance scheme, although we all have acknowledgements from our broker, we haven’t yet received our insurance certificates. Probably, most of you, like me, had not noticed !!

This is the explanation from our Broker, Dan Blake, at UK Global…..

“Dear Policyholder

For those of you who have recently renewed your F15 policy with us or indeed taken up a new policy following a quotation, you may be wondering why you’ve not yet received your Certificate of Insurance along with the new policy wording.

The main reason is because following further negotiations with Navigators & General the policy will now include a new Personal Accident section. This cover pays out fixed lump sum benefits for members aged between 16-70 if they suffer Loss of Limbs, Loss of Sight or Permanent Total Disablement as a result of an accident whilst aboard an insured craft.

Since the inclusion of this section, N&G are now looking at enhancing the cover even further following the recent tragic accident resulting in the death of a 14 year old boy (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-21416652). We are currently looking at the possibility of including Accidental Death cover and extending the age limits to include under 16 year olds.

You will be pleased to learn that these enhancements will be automatically included in your policy and the premium will remain unaltered.

Once the final version of the policy has been authorised by the FSA, we will immediately issue the Certificates and wording to you. In the meantime, should you require evidence of cover for your sailing club, then we can provide “Confirmation of Cover” in writing to you.

We thank you for your continuing patience and support and trust you understand that the delays are as a result of further enhancements to the BIFFA insurance scheme.

If you have any queries about Personal Accident cover or indeed anything to do with the policy, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards

Dan Blake


The BIFFA Members Club League Table….!!

Do you remember when our Annual Year Book used to contain the league table of Clubs according to how many paid up association members there were??  I used to leap on that page  – it was a reasonable proxy for the health of FF sailing at each location!!

Well, the table for the current membership year has been issued by HQ – and very interesting reading it makes too.  There are plenty of upsides….

  • For a start, I would not have expected to find Association members at an astonishing 78 UK clubs.
  • Second, right at the top of the league table is Royal Windermere. It’s a rule in that fleet, I’m told, that if you are not a BIFFA member then you don’t race!!
  • What makes a good size fleet??  Well, how about ten full members of BIFFA?? There are 12 clubs that make the grade.
  • How many Clubs are large enough to justify “FFI Fleet Status”?? To have “FFI Fleet Status” needs a minimum of 6 boats and 6 full association members.  Well, we have seventeen of those – and I have a feeling that might be slightly up on 2011.  I’ll have to check.
  • Keep reading the blog for an entry soon which compares for each fleet the number of boats in the 2011 Census and the number of 2012 Association Members.

Click here to see the League Table.

FLEET CAPTAINS – if you would like a list of the current members in your fleet, then you can work out who is not a member!! If you would like the membership list for your fleet  please contact the Association Secretary  on secretary@flying15.org.uk

New BIFFA Website Launched….!!!

The fabulous new BIFFA website has been launched !!!

Have you seen it??  Click on “BIFFA Website” in the black stripe beneath the photo above.

What do you think??

– the best way to check it out for errors etc is that we all give it a good stress test. Let the webmaster know what you think and any glitches you find, by using the “contact” button at the top right hand corner of the website.

– Fleet Captains straight away should check the accuracy of the fixtures list…  is your open meeting shown on there correctly??  Or all your club details correct in the listing of Clubs??

– Simon Thompson and his team at WSI have done a great job of this for us.  My being in foreign time zones means that I missed the BIFFA Committee conference call this evening – but it may be that there is still more content to load, so if you think something is missing from the old site, just be patient.

– we are looking for a much increased focus on Classics and Silvers. Kevin Gleave (FF28) has kindly volunteered to get this going, so if you have ideas and especially content, photos etc, use the “Contact” button at the top of the website to get in touch with Kevin.

– we are looking to do much more with the Members area. Simon has tried to set it up so that you don’t need to keep logging in every time.  I’ve got a few thoughts about which way to go with this, but let us have your ideas too.

– the News Section will take over from the FF Blog.  You should find that WSI have carried across all the content library from the Blog and that all your and my submissions are in there.  My intent is to post material in parallel for a while, and then let the two diverge again so that the Datchet Fleet can have it’s online presence back.  Take a look and let us know what you think.



Insurance Time……!!!

30th December and it’ll be insurance time soon for loads of us!!

Have you seen the NEW Association Scheme ?? Very aggressively priced, it is.  PLUS did you spot that if you are joining the UK Fleet scheme from insuring somewhere else, you get a £20 “discount” if you are a member of the Class Association…!!

Now lets think through this for a moment….  The UK Fleet policy runs from February 1st each year, right? One month away from now.  But did you also know that if you join the Association now, you are given fifteen months for the price of twelve – which is the same as January to March are free. So as the BIFFA fee is £35 and you get £20 off from the insurance, you get fifteen months for fifteen pounds…… a pound a month to support your Class. Not bad, eh??  Not to mention that you should anyway see a very keen price on the insurance. Speaking just for myself, the premium reduction pays for my Association membership a few times over.

What do you have to do??  Well, (1) get a quote from our brokers at UKGlobal and ask for both the member and non-member fee.  (2) Join the Association pronto – There’s only four weeks to turn this all around. A membership form can be downloaded from “Quick Links” on the right hand side of the Blog homepage.  (3) Accept your insurance quote from UK Global by Feb 1st.

Fleet Captains : You should quickly get onto this with your fleets  !!   Full details and a personal quote can be obtained by contacting Jerry Dungate at UKGlobal on 01883 333 512 or jerry.dungate@ukglobalgroup.co.uk

It’s Here!!!.. – The New FF Insurance Scheme from BIFFA…..!!!



Improvements to the Flying 15 insurance scheme

Following a detailed review of the British Isles Flying 15 Association insurance scheme, a number of significant new improvements to both premiums and cover have been made for 2013/14.

The scheme will continue to be run by UKGlobal (formerly COBRA Corporate Solutions Ltd and JK Lee), which has provided insurance for BIFFA Members for over 20 years.

The superior package for the 2013/14 year features a number of enhancements, including:

  • Reduced premiums at all levels
  • Dramatically reduced rates for higher value boats
  • Minimum premium for lower value craft reduced from £145 to £70*
  • Option to increase excess to reduce premium
  • Reduced costs for legal expenses cover
  • Multi-craft discount of 10%
  • Option to protect No Claims Discount after 3 years without a claim
  • Ability to insure non-Flying 15 craft

(*for Flying 15 craft with value under £1,000 and with 3 years No Claims Discount.  Excludes Insurance Premium Tax of 6%)

Alongside these improvements, the policy continues to offer Members, as standard, a number of important benefits over the levels of cover normally available.  An example of this is the valuable new-for-old cover on sails, covers, masts, spars and rigging which many other policies do not include.  Unlike many other policies there is also no Hitchlock and Clamping Condition.

An additional benefit of supporting the arrangement with UKGlobal is that it also provides income for the Association, which helps fund the activities for Members.  The more Members that use the Scheme the more the Association receives.

This improved scheme represents a key benefit of Membership of the British Isles Flying 15 Association.  Full details and a personal quote can be obtained by contacting Jerry Dungate at UKGlobal on 01883 333 512 or jerry.dungate@ukglobalgroup.co.uk




BIFFA Website Upgrade….

How long a life does one expect for a new website these days?? Three years maybe??

I actually forget how long BIFFA has been on the current website design – and to be candid, it has been the single biggest single source of adverse comments to me from FF owners in the past year or so.  Personally I don’t think it’s a bad site at all, but on the internet things just move on, don’t they?  One’s expectations simply change with the times.  So your association officers are recommending that it’s time to think about a new website design.  A piece of work has been sanctioned to look at everything about the website, from the robustness of the hosting service, how we manage it, how we can use it to better spread association work across volunteer officers, and of course how it looks and feels. We’re even looking to see how we can integrate the Association site and the Flying Fifteen Blog, which you are reading now.

“What about the cost?”, I hear you say….  My personal view is that each year that passes sees the internet and our “online presence” being that bit more important than it was the year before.  The influence of traditional vehicles like Yachts and Yachting magazine is gradually in relative decline in importance for us.  Our online presence needs to be ever more professional and business like, just to keep up with the sailing market in general.  If I recall correctly the readership of Yachts and Yachting is around 21,000 copies a month. Readers are not all interested in Flying Fifteens of course.  We think that each month the association website and FF Blog together get around 20,000 “views” each month – and they are almost ALL from people interested in the Flying Fifteen.  The association officers have decided that we can complete a website upgrade with less cash from our reserves than we might normally spend in a year with Y&Y on advertising.  Consequently we shall spend less on sailing magazine advertising and more on the website until we find a new balance for the use of our financial resources in that respect.

You will have opinions I am sure.  Don’t hold back – let your President, Jeremy Davy, know what you think. Email him on president@flying15.org.uk


Proof of Membership…. !!

Yes – the Yellow Association stickers are starting to appear!!  Have you got yours yet??  This is the way to show you believe in the strength of your Class strongly enough to belong to your Association.

I thought the plan was to send the labels to Fleet Captains so that “fireside chats” would be better enabled, but I think Keith has decided to mail them to members directly.

So pop it on your mast right away and support your Class!!!

Crews, or particularly Non-Owners, Don’t Get to VOTE !!…..

I had never particularly thought about who gets to vote in BIFFA until the Dinghy Show.

Suddenly two people, Dave Hemmingway and Phil Evans, both raised the subject that as non-boat owners they don’t get to vote in Association matters. In the case of Phil and Dave, they each pointed out that they were happy to pay the full BIFFA subscription rate, but couldn’t!!  The BIFFA constitution if you go and take a peek at it says that the Association is there to promote the interests of Owners…  I think that needs examination in this new millennium  as it doesn’t really reflect what is going on in current times – and anyway so many owners choose not to pay Association fees. Our Association is really there to get people sailing flying fifteens and to sail them more often.

It seems to me that we may have quite a few associate members in this position. It is by no means rare these days to find owners who prefer to get a permanent driver, and that driver should be able to fully participate in Class matters. In the case of Phil Evans, well…. it’s just not right.

I guess this is some overhang in the older wording of the BIFFA constitution that causes this effect. Evidently there could be a dozen or two people out there in this situation and the Association is depriving itself of a few extra pounds in fees too!!

I wonder how we get this fixed??  Must discuss with the President…..