Waples Wines Northern Travellers Finals….!!

Waples Wines Northern Flying fifteen Travellers series
Round up after final event.


Waples Wines LogoThis 6 event series which started at Royal Windermere Yacht Club in early April concluded in early October at Dovestone sailing club having also included legs at Ogston, Rutland, Bassenthwaite and Burton. Perhaps butting some of the national trends this has proven to be a good year for the series with competitor numbers up at most of the events. Overall 53 series qualifying boats have taken part ( the total number of competitors at the events was 65). In addition to boats from the host clubs there has been support for the series from 7 other clubs including Rob Goodison and Jon Mallory from Scarborough who took part in 5 of the opens and would have completed all 6 had it not been for a family emergency.

We are indebted to Justin Waples of Waples Wines who has sponsored the series and also took part in a number of the opens and provided an informative and entertaining wine tasting at the final event at Dovestone. Thanks also go to the host clubs and in particular to their fleet captains for enabling the series to be a success.


There is a special mention for Mike Moore and Kayla Sheard of Bassenthwaite in 5th place overall for the Series, who completed all 6 events finishing with a win at the final event.

At the prize giving Justin awarded a special prize to Andy Spencer of Burton SC who normally crews for matt Pallet. After arriving and rigging on the Saturday Matt was called away for family reasons so Andy helmed for the day ( assisted by stand in crew John Hughes), in a closely bunched fleet , his first ever races as a helm.


Overall Standings

1st Simon Longstaff and Jon Denwood Bassenthwaite Sailing Club
2nd John Hanson and Helen Selden Datchet Sailing Club
3rd Jon Ward and Julia Ward Ogston Sailing Club

1st Silver Brian West and Paul West Burton Sailing Club

Click here to see the results for the Top 12

Burton Open Meeting….!!

If you sailed, or tried to sail this weekend, you’ll know what the high pressure sitting slap over the UK was doing to our breezes!!

At Burton, they spent Saturday whistling for the wind – but got enough on Sunday to get a few races in.  They did well !!

The results were scored using the recommended Open/Silver/Classic handicaps.  Click here to see them.


Day One at Burton ….!!

Day one report for Burton

No wind, after rigging for a 12:00 start the race committee hoisted the ap as the wind was not good; even the kids topper coaching had difficulty getting drills in.

After a light lunch and a bit if boat bimbleing the Race Comittee abandoned for the day at 3:00pm

The bar is now open and we look forward to the BBQ and Malcolm’s quiz this evening.


Burton Open – Coming Up…. !!!

Hi everyone, just sitting here at the pub drinking a Pedigree and thinking about our Flying Fifteen open. Traditionally I have made every effort to have a good Saturday night do attached to our event. The word is out on the circuit that Burton is a great place to come too, water, people and fun. Club members and visitors are asking me what were going to do.

So here goes; This year I have been a bit remiss, I thought low key, little effort, but having had 3 pints, I am thinking Bugger it, lets have some fun!

So I cordially invite you all, to the the FF open, BBQ and Seaman Challenge. It will be a night to challenge your nautical knowledge, as well as wine tasting skills and sense of humour.

Planned start time 7:30 pm saturday night in the club house. BBQ cost £5 per person (its cheap so dont expect a 3 course meal) burnt meat and bread yyyyyeeeeaahhhbb thats a British BBQ. Seaman’s quiz is free. Bring your glad rags and sense of humour. All invited, the more the merrier. Prize for best scoring team. Hint, bring a cork screw!!!


Burton Fleet Captain

WWNT – Burton Open Race Report….!!

Waples Wines Boat logoBurton Sailing Club held their Flying Fifteen open last weekend, sponsored by Waples Wines, and the third round of the Northern Travellers.   It saw 14 boats take to the water, 2 classics, 9 opens and 3 silvers.   With visitors from five clubs in attendance, it was sure to be a good weekend.

The weather, dark and dismal opened up to warm sun, T. Shirt and shorts weather for the whole of the weekend, winds were light but from a steady direction leading to some consistent racing.


Course was well laid with the fleet split equally up the beats and the runs, leading to some very tactical racing and the scary sight of the whole of the fleet rolling down on top of you if you got it wrong.


Notable to mention was the first time outing in an open for local crews , Gary Sheridan, Andy Allen in FF 3595 and Grant Pollard, Jessica Leek in FF 3357…With both crews showing their ‘have a go’ side, whilst playing with the experienced crews, good show and thank you.


Race 1 saw 4 opens break away from the main fleet with a silver in hot pursuit.   Five laps sailed, saw this order pretty much to the end through the silver put in an excellent performance to take 3rd place on handicap.


Race 2 required the relocation of the committee boat and a short hold up while the wind settled down.   A cracking start saw 2 opens and a silver break away with the newer boats gradually extending on the silver and due to a lull the rest of the fleet catching up.   Tight racing ensued with the whole fleet 3 or 4 boats abreast around the marks.   Everyone finished within a leg of each other.


Race 3 had some stronger (still tight) winds that helped the heavier crews to make some come back and pick up a place or time.


The day ended with a one point separation between the lead boats and a silver in third place.   This says it all about the Flying Fifteen, old and new, sailed well, they motor!

Day 2 brought even more sun and lighter but steady winds, leading to some wide courses as people chased the wind.

Race 4 saw the usual leaders and close followers, so what was happening further down the fleet? well quite a lot actually one boat retired due to technical problems, but the rest had some very close racing, positions being pretty constant but fought  none the less – Two opens and two classics setting the pace and trading places on the long, long run down the pond.


Rose 5 saw an enthusiastic start with everyone over the line, and a general recall.   The Race Officer black flagged the next start and everyone got away clean.   The pin end was the favourite but the port end boats scored better wind that shook up the whole pack and set a completely new batch of lead boats at the windward mark.   With all three types finding themselves with new competition and challenges, lots of dirty air and compromised decisions, again everything that makes the FF such a fun boat whatever the age.


RESULTS       1st David  and Sally McKee

2nd Arthur and Andrew George

3rd Alan Stone and John Howlett

1ST SILVER   Malcolm and Elliott Hall

1ST CLASSIC   Pete Needham and Brian West

Waples Wines Northern Travellers Update….!!

N Traveller Series A4 poster 2013The third round of the series takes place at Burton Sailing Club, near derby this weekend. The forecast looks good without rain and what will be force 2-3 tactical conditions.


Leaders at this stage are

Open – tie between John Hardisty/John Mathie and Andy Goddard/Mal Hartland

Silver – Graham Kirkpatrick/Sally

Classic – Roy Blackburn/Alan Jones

Click here for the poster

Click here for the Burton Advert

The final event and series prize giving is at Dovestone on the 5th and 6th October.

David McKee

FF Training at Pwllheli….!!

I have organised a FF training event at Pwllheli for the Burton FF fleet on the 29th of June. I hope to have boats from Burton and Dovestone there plus a proportion of our Laser fleet.  If anyone would like to attend too with there boat then they are welcome.  Cost will be approx 30 or 40 pounds depending on attendeance.
Malcolm BSC

Burton FFs on TV Tonight…!!

Burton Sailing Club will be on local TV tonight on BBC west midlands news at 6:30.

Today was the cutting of the turf for our new training facilities and the local MP attended along with the BBC reporter.

Star role went to the digger but more importantly the interview and photo opportunity continued on the water with a back drop of two of the clubs FLYING FIFTEENS under full sail.

Watch out for the report and see what we are up to.

Malcolm Hall

Waples Wines Northern Travellers Series ….!!

This is just a reminder that the Waples Wines Northern Travellers Series is half way through!!  You Northern Types should get planning for the third event – which takes place at Burton on August 11th/12th.  Make a note in your diaries now!!

To see the Burton Fleet Website click here

To see the Burton Club Website click here