East Coasts Not Far Away ….!!

The East Coast Flying Fifteen Championships on 17th & 18th September @ Burnham on Crouch
Details : http://royalcorinthian.co.uk/event/3005939/flying-fifteens

Burnham is a great place to sail, and importantly a very different to the normal ff venues, the hospitality is rather good too…the RCYC has an excellent chef, an excellent river frontage bar, we have the RYA award winning Race Officer Edwin Buckley who’s also the Endeavour RO and very used to giving top quality racing , so we have the whole package…just need the boats, so go on, reply and say you’re attending!

Please do get this email around your own fleets, and class blogs/websites, and of course don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries

PS for those that book early they will be rewarded with a cheeky little glass of something rather good before the supper on the Saturday night!

Enjoy your summer and see you in September

Justin Waples

New Date for the East Coast Championships….!!

Please all be aware of the new date for the East Coast Championships
17th & 18th September
(it’s a fortnight after the Europeans for those attending)

Looking forward to seeing you all in Burnham for some fun sailing and a good social. If you have any questions please contact either myself or Kate at the Club, 01621 782 105

Justin

To All,

Please take this as your invitation to the ‘Flying Fifteen East Coast Championships’ at Burnham on Crouch

As always you’ll be greeted with coffee or tea, once launched at the marina you’ll get committee boat starts (from Edwin Buckley and his team) and river racing on the Saturday, followed by a beer as you come off the boat (which are all left afloat in the marina overnight), supper for all at the Club is seemingly a ‘must’ attend evening. Sunday is Olympic courses, usually at the point where the River Crouch meets the River Roach, all followed by a prize giving tea at the Club to send you home.

Accommodation ~ there are some rooms at the Club (book early to avoid disappointment 01621 782 105) or there are numerous B&B’s or the White Hart Hotel in the quay.

I’d be very grateful for a positive indication that you’re coming so we can plan! …….please do spread the word around your Club.

And for those who think a River is too small….it can host events for 30 Dragons, has hosted Cadet Nationals of 150, and has hosted 50 Squibs too….so please do think again! It offers interesting and challenging sailing and although boat speed is important, thinking outside of the boat for river advantage is one of the other aspects that make it a refreshing change from the norm.

The NoR’s will be out shortly

Do call or email if you have any questions

Justin
01799 586279
M: 077 699 048 44

Redefining what “River Sailing” Means !! The FF East Coast Championships at Burnham ….!!!

Please take this as your invitation to the Burnham Open/ ‘Flying Fifteen East Coast Championships on June 18th/19th

As always you’ll be greeted with coffee or tea, once launched at the marina you’ll get committee boat starts (from Edwin Buckley and his team) and river racing on the Saturday, followed by a beer as you come off the boat (which are all left afloat in the marina overnight), supper for all at the Club is seemingly a ‘must’ attend evening. Sunday is Olympic courses, usually at the point where the River Crouch meets the River Roach, all followed by a prize giving tea at the Club to send you home.

Accommodation ~ there are some rooms at the Club (book early to avoid disappointment 01621 782 105) or there are numerous B&B’s or the White Hart Hotel in the quay.

I’d be very grateful for a positive indication that you’re coming so we can plan! …….please do spread the word around your Club.

And for those who think a River is too small….it can host events for 30 Dragons, has hosted Cadet Nationals of 150, and has hosted 50 Squibs too….so please do think again! It offers interesting and challenging sailing and although boat speed is important, thinking outside of the boat for river advantage is one of the other aspects that make it a refreshing change from the norm.

The NoR’s will be out shortly

Do call or email if you have any questions

Justin
01799 586279
M: 077 699 048 44

Ed.  Burnham is brilliant – try it!  Is the Ganges bigger?

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Southerns at Burnham ….!!

the-leaders-approach-the-leeward-mark

Once all the boats were rigged the Burnham hospitality kicked in with free bacon rolls and coffee together with the sponsored polo tops being handed out before the briefing. Then to the racing…
Race One
Conditions could be described as ‘fresh’ with a gusty force 5/6 over a strong tide, the result being waves – which took a few by surprise. The tide initially took Charles by surprise in the first start as he popped out of the blocks just a little early while Mervyn Wright was having the other problem – trying to get back to the start! The waves on the first triangle contradicted the customary river tactic of running to the shore to get out of the tide on the reach back to the leeward mark, instead the waves in the middle of the river paid handsomely and fun was had by all after the first lap. There was some confusion over the number of laps – the PRO had displayed correctly but with flags so the chandlery was busy that night! The first three were Greg Wells, Chris Waples then Steve Goacher being crewed by Tim Harper.
Race Two
After a delay while the mark layers went to locate more ground tackle, the course was lengthened considerably to take advantage of the perfect easterly breeze for a long beat. That change in the length together with a different style of wave as the course took on more of the river, allowed for other boats to come to the fore. There were numerous place changes throughout and a real bunching at the end of lap 3. The Race Officer had put up No 4 (it was No 3 for the first race), so a few had to regroup quickly to keep their positions. The race finished – Steve Goacher in first place, then Hamish McKay with Greg Wells third. A glorious two mile run back to the marina through the moorings and the oncoming racing one design fleets on the river, kept everyone amused.

The customary beer from the back of the car for all, then off to more drinks (it just happened to coincide with Justin’s brother hosting a drinks’ party for the RCYC one design boat celebrating their 80th year) followed by supper at the Club. At some point in the evening Peter Bannister took it upon himself to toast the Class so fun was had by all.
Race Three
The wind was a just a little less maybe force 4/5, and from a different direction, so the water was flatter – would this change the boats at the top? Hamish MacKay, crewed by Andrew Lawson, took full advantage of another long beat. Who was it that said Burnham couldn’t have a beat with a Southerly? The River Crouch actually meets the River Roach that runs North to South, so perfect! MacKay and Goacher had a close battle, with Steve just taking line honours and Charles Apthorp coming third.
Race Four
Edwin Buckley, the PRO, moved the course around a bit for this race, creating different angles of attack. McKay and Goacher again rounded 1&2 at the first rounding of the windward mark and repeated as in Race 3 with a gybe set only to turn directly into a strong current. Charles and Justin sneaked off to the east shore and stole a march, leaving MacKay and Goacher desperately trying to soak down to the shore. By the third lap on the last run, Goacher with 100 yds to go, sneaked ahead leaving Charles 2nd and Justin 3rd.
Race Five
At this point the tide turned. For many this had gone unnoticed or the possible effects unnoticed. The River Roach takes on a different approach on an ebb tide, and by the second lap, those led by Justin almost caught the leading pack – if they had been nearer to begin with it might have helped some might say! The final places were the very consistent boats of Goacher from MacKay with Charles in 3rd.
To conclude, although a seemingly low turn-out, the boats came from eight clubs, the racing was very tight and of high quality and good fun, with a excellent ‘crac’ ashore. What did everyone miss? A brilliant weekend of championship racing in challenging conditions on an interesting stretch of water that rewarded thought – another time more boats could and should come along…
The final positions were:-

  1. Steve Goacher & Tim Harper – Southern Champions
  2. Hamish MacKay & Andrew Lawson
  3. Charles Apthorp & Alan Green

Top girl was Amanda Waples crewing Justin coming 6th.

A huge mention and thank you to the sponsors of the polo shirts, Phil Evans Sailing Services, Goacher Sails, Waples Wines, and Allen Brothers (who also provided hats for all, and the spot prizes too).
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Justin Waples

Fourteen Teams already pre-entered at Burnham for the Southerns !!

…wondering what to do this coming w/e?……….. shouldn’t you be going to the Flying Fifteen Southern Championships 2015 at Burnham on Crouch

http://royalcorinthian.co.uk/event/3005762/flying-fifteen-southern-championships

The racing will be from committee boat starts with Edwin Buckley as PRO (was a ff owner too). The river can easily accommodate the flying fifteens (the Dragon Class has regular hosted their East Coast Championships on the river with over 28 boats ). The Club host the Endeavour Trophy Championships, has also hosted the Finn Gold Cup, and used to hold the Cadet Nationals when over 160 boats raced, so has the pedigree too.

So if Burnham on Crouch is a new venue to you, or you’re wary of tidal water, the river is a fantastic introduction, and incidentally has an historic link with the ff’s as No.4 sailed up the Crouch on its maiden sail.

Already over 14 boats have already pre-entered for the event.

There are free bacon rolls and coffee at 11am, and even a cheeky free beer after sailing on Saturday when you come back having left your boats in the marina on the Saturday evening.

If you need any further details, do not hesitate to call Justin Waples

See you on Saturday am!!!

Justin

Full Report from Burnham….!!

Waples Wines 2014 smallA small but talented group of flying fifteen sailors made the journey east to the small former fishing and oyster farming town of Burnham on Crouch. This beautiful town nestling on the north bank of the lower reaches of the river Crouch is a real jewel in crown of east coast sailing. Here the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club were as usual extending a warm welcome to the travelling sailor, this year with free bacon butties a plenty on arrival. The club, highly experienced in organising keel boat events as well as the world famous Endeavour Trophy, were surely going to provide an excellent weekend of testing sailing with a combination of traditional river courses and more familiar championship style courses; the dedicated bunch of travellers were not disappointed.

The arranged launching into the Burnham Yacht harbour was a reasonably relaxed affair on a falling tide, with plenty of space to sail out into the river.   The PRO having briefed us on a quick blast down the river for race one to get to the main race area at the confluence of the Roach and the Crouch. The fleet keen to test the race area, being the venue for next year’s southern areas were forgiven the one false start by the race officer. After a short beat up river, ostensibly to spread the fleet out but will all boats reaching the turning mark within seconds of each other, the three sail blast in the building breeze down river ensued. The grins on the faces of all competitors when the leeward turning mark was reached were visible in all boats, and a short hitch to the finish saw Hogben/Morgan take the gun from Hudson/Turner and Wright/Sawyer.

Race two was a more usual beat run, reach run, beat though this was up the Crouch down to the Roach up and down the Roach into the Crouch and back up through the start finish gate for two laps. With the Hogben/Morgan pairing suffering gear failure on the first beat the race was on between the other crews. Waples/Jamieson took the lead at the windward mark only to see them loose this downwind (due to spinnaker problems) before the turn to fetch up the Roach, to Wright/Sawyer. The lead changing hands again by the time the boats emerged back out of the Roach, with Hudson/Turner, Waples/Jamieson (the ff sec currently crewing rather than helming having worked out how to fly the spinnaker) from Wright/Sawyer. The lead swapped again by the leeward turning mark with Waples/Jamieson having used guile and a wee bit of local knowledge to edge in front. This order remained though Hudson/Turner, and Wright/Sawyer had closed the distance considerably having brought up their own breeze from behind the leaders.

The fleet, following their return to a safe berth in the marina were treated to an excellent evening of dinner, with wine, in a dining room with one of the best views in on the east coast.

On Sunday the wind gods had clearly not read the script from Saturday and were not offering us much to play with. After valiant efforts to set a course at the Roach, Crouch confluence a one leg race back to the marina was welcomed by the fleet, though this would mean cheating the ebb in little breeze. A short tacking contest ensued up the north bank with at least two competitors finding the putty in best effort to cheat the tide (not fast). The beat eased to a fetch just slightly too shy for spinnakers, though some tried, and the order at the finish was Hudson/Turner, Hill/Tavinor and Waples/Jamieson; this gave Pip Hudson the series win after three years of coming close.

The fleet thanked their marvellous hosts for a great weekend of sailing and entertainment, those not travelling due to the poor forecast had surely missed out on a real opportunity for a really enjoyable weekend.

Guile, Cunning and Bacon Rolls…..!!

Burnham – June 7/8th

The Burnham Open is in two w/e’s time, I’d really appreciate some help…I need to know if you’re intending on coming!!! In fact any communication would be really helpful.

It’s the only Open Meeting on a river, so while boat speed is useful, it’s not the overriding factor, cunning and guile are useful tools too, plus it’s the venue for the Southerns next year.

So an email or a call, with a yes or know would be really appreciated so I can arrange the bacon butties for when you arrive! (and for those who arrange Opens, you’ll appreciate that their a host of other people behind the scenes who are giving up their time)

If you have any club members thinking of coming, please do rally the troops
Briefing at 11am

Justin

The Burnham Open is Coming ….!!

Dear all,
Please find attached all you need to attend the Open at Burnham in 4 w/e’s time. with free bacon rolls and coffee or tea on arrival at the marina!

The ff Open at Burnham-on-Crouch is on the June 7th/8th.
(the venue for the ff Southern Championships in May 2015)

This will now be the ff 4th Open at Burnham, numbers have increased every year, (last year we had 16 boats…would love to have over 25 this year, to really show the Burnham Clubs what a great boat we have, and enable us to build a fleet).

Launching is by the slipway at the marina at the top of the town, they’ll be a mix of river courses and championship courses over the w/e, so something for everyone, all will be from the Endeavour committee boat start boat .

As is customary now at this Open there’s beer when coming off the water, then we all meet up for Supper at the Royal Corinthian for a sailors supper with a few bottles of wine already on the table… can’t promise Matt will make a speech again this year, but for those present last year it was very moving..!

Bringing support crew….? There’s plently of shops, walking, and a sea wall gives great viewing, as well as a wonderful Club with the best views on the river (if advance warning is given we could possibly arrange a spectator boat). Rooms at the club are availible if you book early, or plenty in the town, and the RCYC will offer free camping and facilities on it’s field (it is summer after all!).

Please can I ask you to just forward this news around your respective fleets, yes, June is not that far away. The Open is two weeks after the Hayling Event and two weeks before the Inlands, so brilliantly placed, and importantly the sailing is refreshingly different to appeal to travellers and as importantly those owners who just want to ‘see what an Open is all about’…so please spread the word.

Any questions don’t hesitiate to get in contact.

Please note the launching will be slightly earlier due to tides for this year.

Justin

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