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

01799 586279
M: 077 699 048 44

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

Click here for the NOR

Click here for the SIs


Adam Kingston on Worlds and The Like….!!

For a multitude of reasons we did not travel from Australia for this event, although we are planning to do the next event in New Zealand – as long as the logistics of an Australian Nationals in Esperance and a Worlds, 6 weeks later in NZ with a 4,000 km drive thrown into the mix before packing into containers for the NZ journey.

In relation to the comments regarding future regattas, I understand the limitation on time and also the cost issues etc, however, I’m unsure of why we would be considering cramming a World championship into 4 days? The limitation seems to be the desire to have 7 races, why would we not look to hold a regatta with 12 or 14 races. The World’s fleet only competes on a bi-annual basis, surely everyone would prefer to increase the amount of sailing?

On the point of promoting the class to younger sailors, I am incomplete agreement with Patrick. My first Worlds was in Cowes in 1997 and I was one of the younger competitors,18 years and 4 additional Worlds later and I’m still one of the younger competitors, I find this very concerning. For the global fleet to develop and prosper, focus has to be on making the fleet more attractive. The proposal for a revised sail plan was made 6 years ago and seems to have died a slow and painful death, whether that is the right strategy or not (personally I think it would be a great start), there needs to be multiple strategies on how to take the fleet forward – perhaps, this could be the focus of the new President and the legacy he can leave…

PreWorlds – French Open Championship …. Final Results….!!

After a six race series, the final results are in!!  49 teams took part.

Once more, by a clear margin, Graham Vials and Chris Turner stormed their way to winning the title.  They took three wins in six races.  The other three races were won by Mike Hart, Dave McKee and Greg Wells.

Click here to see the final results

So now today, Friday, the fleet rests while new arrivals such as ex-President, Jeremy Davy, get themselves measured and registered. Then Saturday the World Championship kicks off.

Will There be Wild Card Entries for the 2015 FF Worlds….??!!

After the Datchet Winter Racing last weekend, I was asked by a non-qualifier for the Worlds whether there would be wild card entries for this 110 boat event.

Nothing is confirmed yet, but UKFFA HQ suggested that we check out the rules – which are pretty promising in that regard.

Click here to read them

Section 4 Reads

  1. Duration

    The World Championship shall be scheduled with racing over a period of not less than seven days and a series of not less than seven races.

    There should be a series of races (open to all-comers) preceding the World Championship itself which shall count as a qualifying event (see para 7.1b)


Section 7 then says

  1. (b)  The number of places determined in 7.1(a) shall include

    (i) places granted to the previous World Champion and to the President of the host National Class Association, and one place granted to each member of the FFI Council and Council Executive in order to be able to attend the FFI Council meeting held during the World Championship.

    (ii) when a qualifying event is held prior to the Championship (see para 4) there shall be 6 places for the highest placed competitors from National Associations other than that of the host country who would not otherwise have places in the Championship. Should any places under this regulation not be taken up, then they shall be added to the places available for allocation under 7.1(b)(iii).

    (iii) When a qualifying event is held prior to the Championship (see para 4) there shall be 4 places for the highest placed competitors from the National Association of the host country who would not otherwise have places in the Championship. Should any places under this regulation not be taken up, then they shall be added to the places available for allocation under 7.1(b)(ii).

    (iv) places for competitors entering the International Championship. The number of places under this regulation shall be determined by FFI following the close of entries and such determination may include, with the agreement of the Organising Authority and if the total number of all entries exceed the fleet size determined in 7.1(a), variation to the racing schedule of the International Championship.


You can see now why they call them “Wild”…… !

The best advice for the minute to non-qualifiers is probably to put your entry in and give it a go !

An Invitation From Belgium

Bonjour à toutes et à tous,

Hello everybody,


Comme chaque année, nous vous invitons le deuxième week-end d’octobre pour notre championnat de Belgique Flying Fifteen sur le lac de la Plate Taille en Belgique.

Vous trouverez en annexe, l’avis de course.

As every year, we invite you the second week-end of october for our Belgian Flying Fifteen Open Championship of the Plate Taille Lake in Belgium.


Cette année-ci, du beau monde :

This year specials guests :

– un Australien John Hassen qui possède le FF3935 en Australie mais qui a récemment acheté le 3845 en Angleterre.  Il viendra pour le Championnat de Belgique et pour le Championnat du monde en France et les autres régates en Angleterre.

– John Hassen FF3935 in Australia but bought recently FF3845 in England.  He will come for the Belgian Flying Fifteen Open Championship, for the Worlds in France and all the races in England next year.

– un nouvel Anglais : Athol King GBR3939

– a new English FF : Athol King who come for the first time also in Belgium.


en plus des habituels Français et Anglais…

and of course, our French and English friends who are used to come each year.


Nous vous demanderons cette année de vous pré-inscrire impérativement en ligne à l’adresse :

le formulaire sera en ligne sous peu.

This year we ask you to pre-registred absolutely at the address of the club website :

the entry form will be soon on line.


A bientôt,

See you,




Véronique Hachez,

Présidente of the Belgian Flying Fifteen Association

Tel. : +32 (0)60 514 333

Mobile : +32 (0)494 06 55 06

Email :

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


Day Two at The Southerns….!!

Race wins on Day 2 for Steve Goacher and Phil Evans, and for Andy McKee and Rich Jones, have put the pressure on the overall leaders, Jeremy Davy and Martin Huett of Draycote Water SC . . .

Jeremy Davy and Martin Huett won the first two races of the Flying 15 Southern Championship being held at Hayling Island SC . . . The pair from Draycote Water SC set a tough pace for the weekend, finishing the first day three points clear of Steve Goacher and Phil Evans, with Ian Cadwaller and Dave Sweet taking third, a further seven points back . . .

Click here for the full results