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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
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 http://www.hisc.co.uk /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.
Bulwark Trophy 25-26 May at Hayling
Sunshine and winds between 8 and 14 knots are forecast for the weekend. After the extreme conditions at the recent Inlands, this is an event not to miss.
Bulwark Trophy 25-26 May at Hayling
At last some sea sailing! Don’t forget the Bulwark Trophy at Hayling Island Sailing Club on 25 & 26 May. Racing will be in the bay and we can expect a quality turn out. The club have a Mexican theme night on Saturday.
If you like planning ahead, make a note of this!!
2014 marks the 60th Anniversary of the Bulwark Trophy at Hayling!! To mark the occasion they’re going to make it a 3 day event and run it on 24-26th May 2014…….
You may recall that it was a bit breezy down at Hayling for the Bulwark last week. A super photo has been added to the Y&Y report (at least I don’t recall it was there on the original).
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The first day’s results from the Bulwark Trophy have been posted.
To read them, click here
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.
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!!)