Chew Valley Open Race Report….!!

Flying Fifteens at Chew Valley, 10-11 May.

This year’s Flying Fifteen Open at Chew was another windy event, much like last year’s Inlands which saw strong winds and gear breakage. Forecasts of 25-45 mph wind meant reduced numbers, but two visitors joined eight home boats for some exciting racing.

Race Officer Simon Chapman set a triangle-sausage course in the largest (and windiest!) part of the lake, and his very efficient team got three races in during Saturday afternoon in a steadily increasing breeze.

Race 1 set the pattern for the whole event, in conditions that were already challenging. Ian Cadwallader & Nick Stone took first, followed by Simon Patterson & Simon Thompson, Bill Chard & Ken Comrie, then Danny Pilgrim & Josh Preater. The first four were the same in race 2, with Ian and Nick staging a comeback after having to take a penalty on the first beat and temporarily dropping some places.

By race 3 the conditions were starting to take their toll. A reduced fleet started the race and then a squall flattened three boats on the run. Only four boats completed the race, with Ian & Nick once again taking first from Simon & Simon.

On Sunday morning the conditions looked manageable from the relative calm of the sheltered Club shore and the fleet launched for a 1030 start. Once we reached the start area though it was clear that the wind was at least as strong as during race 3 on Saturday. After a short postponement the Race Officer abandoned for the day – which turned out to be the right decision as the wind only continued to build for the rest of the morning.

With no discard available the top positions went to the three boats who completed all races on the Saturday. Final positions were:-

  • 1st Ian Cadwallader and Nick Stone
  • 2nd Simon Patterson and Simon Thompson
  • 3rd Danny Pilgrim and Josh Preater
  • 4th Bill Chard and Ken Comrie


Full results are posted on the Chew Valley SC web site – Click Here

Bill Chard on The Chew Valley Yardstick…..!!!

It’s true – we have some hot Fifteens down here :)

You’ll see from the list that the adjustments for different classes vary widely: Fifteens have -13, Fireballs -10, Scorpions only -2, but Toppers +49. That -13 can make it tricky to win handicap events (especially against the Scorpions!) but we have such good fleet racing most of the time that it’s position against the other Fifteens that really matters.

Did you find the 2012 Open results? They are here:

Bill Chard.

The Chew Valley Yardstick….!!

I was browsing the Chew valley website looking for the results of their FF Open when the “Chew Valley Yardstick” caught my eye….

We’ve had a fair amount of correspondence on the Portsmouth Yardstick in recent weeks in the FF Blog.  It seems that CVSC take the whole issue very seriously …. Read their webpage here. They do the full collection of statistics per the RYA request – and everything!

The thing that should grab our collective attention is that they are racing their FFs of a PY of 1009 – a whole 13 below the RYA number for our Class!!!  They must, have some hot fifteen’s down there, or the Flying Fifteen is uniquely suitable to Chew !!!

Take a look at the full Chew Valley Yardsticks here

Portavadie (Loch Fyne) Flying Fifteen Open Meeting….

The great news is that the Scottish Travellers Series has also just got under way. It’s their first one ever at Portavadie – brilliant news for both the Scottish Fifteen sailors and the  National Flying Fifteen Fleet – well done, Guys!!!  The Scottish Series has a terrific new Series Website too – see the “Interesting Links” column on the right hand side of this page. An excellent looking website with super photos….

They aim at one event per month through the season and the first one was at Loch Fyne – the place not the restaurants !!!  I want to make some gag about the season ending on July 31st because of the failing light (!), but actually it looks a stunning venue in the photo!!!

Read about the Portavadie, Loch Fyne Open Meeting here