BIFFA President Wins Southerns….!!

Flying Fifteen Southern Area Championships incorporating the 60th Hayling Island Sailing Club Bulwark Trophy 24-26 May,

Written by Roger Palmer

Thirty five Flying Fifteens enjoyed great racing in Hayling Bay in a variety of conditions over the Bank Holiday weekend.

On a good line set by HISC Race Officer, Nick Rawlings, the port end appeared favoured and in a light southerly wind Jeremy Davy crewed by Martin Huett starting at speed were soon able to tack on to port to cross the fleet taking advantage of a good leebow on the east going flow. There were random wind shifts which caught boats on the windward legs but on the windward leeward, triangle, windward leeward course it was the team of Jeremy Davy/Martin Huett from Draycott/HISC current British Flying Fifteen President who avoided all pitfalls to lead at the finish ahead of David Tabb/CheweySherrell from Parkstone YC with evergreen Steve Goacher/Phil Evans from Royal Windermere combination in third place. Fourth place was taken by Andy McKee/Rich Jones from Dovestone.

Race two followed on the same course format as were all the subsequent races. Here again a port end start and a favourable tack across the fleet was the best course and the early leaders in the 10-12 kt wind came from this part of the line. After one lap Steve Goacher/ Phil Evans had taken the lead pursued by Greg Wells/Richard Rigg of the Hayling fleet with Jeremy Davy /Simon Huett closing fast.

Sunday dawned bright and sunny with southerly winds of 15-17 kts which provided great sailing conditions with surfing and planing down the waves in fine style. In the first of the two races Steve Goacher/Phil Evans was the winner ahead of Charles Apthorp/Jonathan Clark from HISC. Third was the Jeremy Davy/Martin Huett with Graham& Ben Scroggie, Parkstone in fourth place.

The second race of the day was won by Andy McKee/Rich Jones from Simon Kneller/Dave Lucas in second place. Third was Jeremy Davy/Martin Huett with Steve Goacher Phil Evans in fourth place.

In the evening a dinner was held to celebrate the sixtieth Anniversary of the Bulwark Trophy and Greg Wells the Flying Fifteen International President gave a colourful account of the history of the event noting all the multiple past winners.

After champagne sailing in brilliant sunshine on Sunday, the Monday weather was exceedingly wet with rain pouring down all the day. A northerly wind took competitors out to the Bay in time for the early start at 1030am.

Good shifts were appreciated by visiting inland sailors and it was continued success for Simon Kneller/Dave Lucas from Grafham who won the first race followed by Robert Hogben/Glyn Morgan from Bewl Valley. Third was Bob Alexander/Huw Willetts from Parkstone with Mark & Ben Longstaff from Grafham Water in fourth place.

In the final sixth race the earlier order was re-established with Jeremy Davy/Martin Huett beating Steve Coacher/Phil Evans to the line. Third was Ian Cadwallader/Dave Sweet from Chew Valley with David Tabb/Chewey Sherrett in fourth place.

This last race gave the overall win to Jeremy Davy/Martin Huett by 3 points ahead of Steve Goacher/Phil Evans. Andy McKee /Rich Jones were third and David Tabb/Chewey Sherrett fourth. Full results on HISC event website


Southern Championship and 60th Bulwark Trophy !!

The Southerns are coming up fast …. 24th – 26th May at Hayling. This year the event will be combined with the 60th Anniversary of the Bulwark Trophy over three days with six races.

Entry for this event is on line and you can get the NOR from the Hayling Island Sailing Club website /sailing-racing/open-events/flying-15-southerns/

We are expecting a strong turnout for this events, not least because it is the first qualifying event for the 2015 World Championships in France.

Saturday night we have a band and Sunday evening there will be a dinner, when we will be joined by previous winners of the Bulwark Trophy. Dinner can be booked on line with your entry.

Chris Waples

UKGLOBAL National Rankings – after the Bulwark…..!!

Wells takes Bulwark win to close gap on Lovering as summer arrives at HISC
Greg Wells and Andrew Jameson take Round 9 of the UKGlobal National Ranking Series, counting 3 bullets from four races. Wells and Jameson mastered the shifty conditions to take the honours from Richard Lovering, and Dave Lucas in third.
The 22 competitors, including 11 visitors enjoyed what can only be described as ‘the arrival of summer’ with wetsuits donned (for most). Hayling Bay offered both tricky Northerly winds on Saturday, then a nice sea breeze on Sunday.
Wells’ win moves him up to 2nd overall, but remains behind long-time series leader Lovering. There is currently 28.4 points separating 3rd-6th after the first eleven events. There are still 12 potential regattas left, including the Nationals, Northerns, Southerns and Scottish Championships. With plenty of points up for grabs can anyone mount a late charge and rival those at the top of the leaderboard?
FF 2013 Ranking Bulwark

May Bank Holiday Open Meetings …

In the blustery breezes last weekend, there were two FF Opens. In the North, they had 11 boats race (4 visitors)  at Windermere and a whopping 36 including 11 visitors raced for the Bulwark at Hayling. Russell Peters won it.

Bulwark Results

Windermere Results

Our very own John Hanson and Helen Selden from Datchet raced at Hayling and clocked an event best at 24th and finished a creditable 29th overall – well done! (Must have been one heck of a sail!!)