Southern Travellers at Broxbourne, June 3-4

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 !!

Click here to see the full results

 

Derek Harrison SCSC

2017 Southern Traveller Series – 1st event at Broxbourne SC on 3rd/4th June!!.

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.

 

Southern Travellers Series is Ready to Go …!!

2016 Southern Traveller Series – 1st event at Broxbourne SC on 14/15 May!!.

The Club has a very active fleet of Modern, Silver and Classic F15’s which ideally represents the focus of the Southern Traveller Series, which aims to encourage competitive racing for all ages of boats. Broxbourne 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 2016 are at Llangorse (25/26 June), South Cerney (3/4 Sept) and Middle Nene (1/2 Oct)

See the UK Flying 15 website for details of NOR, and Club contact, etc.

Southern Travellers at Broxbourne…. !!

Report of the 2nd round of the 2015 Southern Traveller Series, sailed at Broxbourne SC over the weekend 6/7 June.

The eleven competitors – 5 Classics, 1 Silver and 5 Opens – were greeted by a strong breeze, varying south west to west, with some heavy gusts adding to the excitement of the racing.   In the first race visitors Mark Greer and Jim Read (2433) led the fleet with locals Pip Hudson and Jane Howe (3681) second and visitors Neil Bartholomey and Emma Brown (2700) third. These three continued to dominate the second and third races, with switches in the finishing order.

At the end of the day’s racing the fleet came ashore to rest, relax and enjoy a delicious supper prepared by club members in the galley, with lots of discussion about the challenging conditions.

Sunday dawned with an entirely different wind, a fickle north westerly with windless patches to catch the unwary. This change in the wind also resulted in a reshuffle at the front of the fleet with Bob Tait and Mick Musgrove (2606) finishing first and second in the two races sailed. However, this strong performance was not enough to dislodge the three boats which had sailed so consistently on the Saturday and the overall winners were:

1st Mark Greer and Jim Read (2433) from Middle Nene SC

2nd Pip Hudson and Jane Howe (3681), Broxbourne SC

3rd Neil Bartholomey and Emma Brown (2700), Middle Nene SC

The third event in the Southern Traveller Series will be sailed on 5/6 September at South Cerney SC located on a large lake in the Cotswold Water Park near Cirencester, Glos, with easy access from the M4 and M5.

 

Broxboune F15 Open Mtg Results

Southern Travellers Series – Broxbourne Race Report….!!

BROXBOURNE SAILING CLUB

Flying 15 Open Meeting 26/27 July

Written by Richard Taylor

A hot summer morning with a very light breeze greeted the ten competitors – including three visitors – as they rigged for the two days of racing in this second 2014 Southern Travellers Series event.

The fleet was a mixture of 4 Open, 1 Silver and 5 Classics all racing together in a five race series, with four to count over the weekend and the results calculated using the latest adjusted PY numbers.

By the time of the 12.00 briefing the wind was still very light, but the OOD was optimistic it would hold and set a course that used the full sailing area of the lake. From the start of the first race the “pecking order” was established with locals 3681 (Pip Hudson & Peter Nash) leading from 2606 (Bob Tait & Mick Musgrove) and in third visitor 2700 (Neil Bartholomey & Jim Read).

For the second race the OOD wisely altered the course to keep the fleet in the main area of the lake. Eventually, after a very slow race with huge holes in the fickle wind the leaders were locals 3681, 2606 and 3031 (Brian Turner & Jackie Burns).

After a spell ashore to enjoy a cup of tea the third race was started in a slightly stronger breeze, which unfortunately didn’t last but the front runners were consistent with 2606 this time leading 3681 and in third another local boat 598 (Geoff & Hazel Town).

As the fleet came ashore to get ready for a relaxing evening meal there were many “hard luck” stories, which were soon forgotten as everyone enjoyed the superb hospitality, laid on by the many helpers in the home club galley.

Sunday dawned with a reasonable breeze and hopes were high that two good races would dim the frustration of the previous day. As was inevitably the case, whilst the fleet were rigging for the fourth race of the series the wind began to drop! However, after another race of shifts and holes at the finish there was a change of order with visitors 2700 (Neil Bartholomey & Emma Brown) leading from locals 3681 (Pip Hudson & Peter Nash) and 3423 (Mason & Harry King).

The wind by now was again very light and fickle so the fleet went ashore to take and early lunch and see what developed. Eventually, it was agreed by everyone that there was no sign of any miraculous improvement and the final race was abandoned!

The overall results after one discard confirmed the supremacy of the local sailors with Pip Hudson & Peter Nash in 3681 taking 1st place, with Bob Tait and Mick Musgrove in 2606 taking 2nd and the Classic Trophy, followed in 3rd place by the Neil Bartholomey and Emma Brown from Middle Nene.

After the prize giving everyone thanked the OOD for attempting to set fair courses in very difficult conditions; and there was a universal praise for the Galley and home club members who worked very hard to make the weekend so enjoyable despite the complete lack of co-operation from the wind!

Please note that the third race in the 2014 STS is scheduled for 30/31 August at South Cerney – All categories of F15 are welcome, and we are negotiating a return to normal service from the Wind!!

Click here for the full results

Broxbourne Coming Up ….!!

broxbourne open 2014 posterSouthern Traveller Series – 2nd event

Broxbourne Open Mtg 26/27 July.

The second event for the STS is coming up in two weeks time – see the details on the UKFFA website – see you there?!

Many thanks

Best regards

Richard Taylor

Click here to download the NOR

Click here to download the SI’s

Click here to download the Entry form in pdf format

Click here to download the Entry Form in .doc format

Click here….. to download the poster !!

 

 

Southern Travellers is Hotting Up…!!!

Southern Traveller Series is “hotting up” !!
After two events at LLangorse and South Cerney 24 competitors from 6 different Clubs have so far competed in the Southern Traveller Series.
The current leaders are:-
Classic Fleet,  John Craddock sailing 2695
Silver Fleet, Alex Tatlow sailing 3288.
Open Fleet, Bill Anderson sailing 3453
 
But it is still early days with two more events to sail et Broxbourne and Middle Nene.
The 3rd round of the STS will be sailed at Broxbourne SC on 28/29 September – see the poster below:
2013 Broxbourne FF open poster
With 2 results to qualify the final result is still wide open so Come and Join-in and see if you can get amongst the prizes!!

Clever YouTube …..!!

I have a feeling You Tube is getting smarter.  I don’t recall that I have ‘registered’ for any searches in particular, but just after Christmas I received an email from YouTube saying “FF3681 has just uploaded a new video”….!!

Here it is – it’s some footage from Broxbourne.

I’ve added it to our FF Video collection page.