New Insurance Certificates – A Little Delay…..!!

For those of us that have our insurance on the new super-duper BIFFA Insurance scheme, although we all have acknowledgements from our broker, we haven’t yet received our insurance certificates. Probably, most of you, like me, had not noticed !!

This is the explanation from our Broker, Dan Blake, at UK Global…..

“Dear Policyholder

For those of you who have recently renewed your F15 policy with us or indeed taken up a new policy following a quotation, you may be wondering why you’ve not yet received your Certificate of Insurance along with the new policy wording.

The main reason is because following further negotiations with Navigators & General the policy will now include a new Personal Accident section. This cover pays out fixed lump sum benefits for members aged between 16-70 if they suffer Loss of Limbs, Loss of Sight or Permanent Total Disablement as a result of an accident whilst aboard an insured craft.

Since the inclusion of this section, N&G are now looking at enhancing the cover even further following the recent tragic accident resulting in the death of a 14 year old boy ( We are currently looking at the possibility of including Accidental Death cover and extending the age limits to include under 16 year olds.

You will be pleased to learn that these enhancements will be automatically included in your policy and the premium will remain unaltered.

Once the final version of the policy has been authorised by the FSA, we will immediately issue the Certificates and wording to you. In the meantime, should you require evidence of cover for your sailing club, then we can provide “Confirmation of Cover” in writing to you.

We thank you for your continuing patience and support and trust you understand that the delays are as a result of further enhancements to the BIFFA insurance scheme.

If you have any queries about Personal Accident cover or indeed anything to do with the policy, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards

Dan Blake


The Entry Point for Flying Fifteens Seems a Long Way Up….. !!

Although I have only been sailing a Flying 15 for a couple of years now I can see exactly why some members have been in the class for what might seem an eternity. It’s a competitive class with some very close, tactical racing, exactly what you look for in one design racing. Many of pretences that it is ‘an old man’s’ boat are quite frankly false, it is often really hard work, especially in a blow, frequently when I come off the water I know I’ve had a good work out. The blog does raise a number of important and frequently controversial points, including those regarding recent fleet sizes, so I thought I would give my thoughts as maybe the youngest member of the fleet.
Another point that always seems to rear its head, be it at an AGM or in general discussion is the issue of attracting people to the fleet, especially young people. It is very apparent that the number of young people in the class is extremely low, and there is only one real reason for this…finances. A number of my friends one or two years out of University who are currently working and living in London, simply cannot afford to buy a Flying 15, while I am fortunate that Dad has one, others are not, which it what makes the RS 200 such an attractive proposition for us. When I go to events and you see the number of Flying 15, quite simply abandoned and obviously haven’t been touched for years is a real shame. There needs to be a considerable effort to let people use them, for example I would love to do the Nationals this year (Dad has work), but don’t have a boat to use. On the basis that many of these boats will still be very competitive it wouldn’t take much to bring them up to race scratch.
Tom Waples