Lets Go Somewhere Breezy for the Nationals – “Day One Blown Off !!!!”……..!!

I’ve just heard that the first day of racing at the nationals is deferred because of high winds!  More on that tomorrow.

Live Tracker and Video Feed !!

Yes – there is going to be a live tracker and video feed so the folks at home can watch !!!   Fabulous!!!

Read more about how to watch it here

Australia Reports from the Europeans – Day One ….!!

Report from John Hassen…..!!

We arrived Medemblik yesterday. Kev and Bev flew into Amsterdam on Friday and Leonie and I have put in a couple of big weeks eating and drinking in France in the hope it will be a windy regatta and an old fat bloke is required down at tactical HQ at the back end of the boat.

After rigging the boat yesterday it was a bit late to see if we had got all the bits and pieces in the right spots, so the finally tuned athletes went to the bar to have a few beers courtesy of the Exalted One, Grandpa Grand Pooh Bar ( aka Rookie FFI International President). I am not sure he knows about his shout for everyone but Greg Wells said it was OK to enjoy ourselves which we did.

Over a few Heineken’s Kev and I decided to agree on our regatta training program (in summary it was to get the shopping done with the ladies in the morning and get to the start of the first race before the five minute gun) and to agree on regatta objectives. The regatta objectives were a bit more difficult and so we agreed with 22 top performing boats we should aim for a top 20 finish. Hey if we achieve it we can say we finished in the top 20 boats in a European Championship and not too many other Australian Flying Fifteen sailors could boast such an outcome!.

As the only Australian boat we naturally decided we should aim to be the best performing Australian boat. Another tick! On looking at the entries most have GBR on their sails so we want to beat at least one or two Poms as we are sick and tired of hearing about team GBR. The only other foreigners are people from Spain and Belgium and they look like nice people so we are not sure if they should be targets for team Aussie.

flat stanley and john hassenWe also decided we could do with another crew member and so enlisted the help of “Flat Stanley”. Please see attached photo.

Unfortunately “Flat Stanley” was worth 10 men ashore as he kept trying to help Kev at the gybe mark where we lost 5 places in each of the first two races. We plan on taking the flat man out for some gybe to gibe training before tomorrows races.

We ended up with a 16 and 15 today and had our moments being in the top 5 in race two around the first couple of marks before Flat Stan tried to help Kev with the kite.

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.


Vials and Turner Lead Nationals – Day One….!!

UKGlobal Flying Fifteen National Championship: day 1

All photos©David Harding/Sailingscenes.com


With over 50 entries, a clutch of enthusiastic sponsors and all the top helms and crews signed up, this year’s Flying Fifteen national championship – a qualifier for next year’s worlds in Hyeres – was shaping up to be a good one long before the gun fired for the first start.

SailingScenes-20140705395Add the superb sailing waters of Poole Bay, the organisational experience of Parkstone Yacht Club and the support of an active home fleet, and that only left the question of the wind to provide the perfect mix.

SailingScenes-20140705412Thankfully the Weather Gods had been primed and, despite only providing only the odd glimmer of sun to brighten the first day’s racing, they dished up a brisk westerly that warmed up the hiking muscles and gave the fleet some lively planing on the reaching legs.

SailingScenes-20140705373Principal Race Officer Bryan Drake set a sausage-triangle-sausage course for both races. Straight out of the blocks at the committee boat end for the first start were reigning world champions Graham Vials and Chris Turner who, like most of the fast money, chose the right-hand side of the beat to avoid the worst of the west-going tide. Those who went offshore lived to regret it.

SailingScenes-20140705175Vials and Turner were never threatened, extending their lead to finish several hundred yards ahead of Greg Wells and Richard Rigg. Parkstone sailor and former Fireball world champion, Crispin Read-Wilson, crewed by Steve Brown, was a close third. As well as upsetting the established order at the sharp end of the fleet, Read-Wilson found his efforts doubly rewarded when, at the prize-giving for the day’s racing, he later became the proud owner of a solid wooden picnic table courtesy of the day’s sponsors, the Fencing Centre.

SailingScenes-20140705283Race 2 saw an over-eager fleet forcing a general recall. By now the tide had eased, as had the wind by a few knots, and more of the top boats could be found at the pin end. The right still paid, however, and pin-end-starters Vials and Turner were in a double-figure position at the windward mark. In a breeze that dropped away mid-race before picking back up again, they pulled through into the lead by the end of the next beat and stayed in front to take their second bullet of the day. Those whose muscles were beginning to ache were relieved to find the race finished at the third windward mark, saving the final run and a correspondingly longer slog back into the harbour.

SailingScenes-20140705285Improving on their fifth place from the first race were Richard Lovering and Matthew Alvarado, taking second just ahead of Alan Bax and Mark Darling. Chairman of the class association, Jeremy Davy, made it into fourth, with Ian Cadwallader fifth.

SailingScenes-20140705400Prizes presented after racing in the Fifteens’ own marquee had applications for keelboat racing as well as al fresco dining, thanks to contributions from Harken (official hardware sponsors), Hyde, P&B and Gul, while memories of any tactical errors were drowned with the help of a barrel of beer provided by Ringwood.

SailingScenes-20140705350With two races scheduled each day, the championship continues until Tuesday.
Top six positions after day 1
1 4004 Graham Vials/Chris Turner (1-1) 2pts
2 3955 Richard Lovering/Mathew Alvarado (5-2) 7pts
3 3988 Alan Bax/Mark Darling (8-3) 11pts
4 3780 Jeremy Davy/Martin Huett (9-4) 13pts
5 4014 Ian Cadwallader/Dave Sweet (4-9) 13pts
6 4030 Greg Wells/Richard Rigg (2-12) 14pts

All photos©David Harding/Sailingscenes.com

Datchet Open for the Mercedes Trophy – Day One ….!!

Datchet Day One 2014 SunshineThe 14 crews (7 visitors) which made the slipway for day 1 of the Datchet open were greeted with 15-17 knots of breeze, mostly blue skies and an odd orange orb hanging in the sky and the promise of a great days sailing.
The PRO signalled his intent to run 3 races on a windward leeward course.  The first race led to some jostling for the start and an individual recall, however everyone was convinced it wasn’t them and it was only at the finish that 3821, 4024 and 3559 discovered that they had been a bit quick off the mark. The following races saw somewhat cleaner starts from the fleet!
All races contained tight fleet racing meaning that the results overnight are also rather close.
The forecast for tomorrow is for more blue skies and sun with slightly less breeze but hopefully still enough for the fleet to have another 3 good races.
Datchet 2014 Results Day One

National Ranking – Datchet Day One Results…..!!!

It was pretty light at the first day of the Datchet Open today – more breeze forecast for tomorrow (and tons on Monday!).

So far after three races, in very firm control are Richard Lovering and Matt Alvarado from Hyde Sails. I met with Richard at the Dinghy Show and he explained they continue to develop their new FF sails – obviously to great effect!!!

Click here for the Day One Results summary

Garda Europeans – Day 1 ….!!

Lake Garda delivered today with a classic Ora breeze. 15 knots at the start and building to 20 knots by the end. Sunny, windy and warm water – fabulous conditions.  In race one John Lavery and David O’Brien sailing IRL 4002 crossed the fleet on port and despite a luffing match with Steve Goacher and Phil Evans down the last two reaches held on to a well deserved victory although there is a protest as a result of the luffing match.  In third place was the father and son team of Chris and Tom Waples with Greg Wells and Richard Rigg recovering well  from an appalling start to finish 4th Just ahead of David and Sally McKee.

In race two more boats lined up at the port end of the start line and this time Lavery had to duck behind a few boats but still managed to get out on port.  Greg Wells and Richard Rigg won the pin and after a few boat lengths tacked onto port and from there were well clear at the windward mark. A lead they extended to win comfortably.  John Lavery and David had a battle with Alan Bax and Simon Childs up the first beat and came out on top at the first mark.  From there they also extended and took 2nd. Alan and Simon finished 3rd.  Charles Apthorp and Alan Green had a good tussle with Gill Browning and Tom Pickles.  Charles took Gill 100 yards from the finish to take 4th and Gill was 5th.  A lot of happy sailors returned to shore and enjoyed the free pasta!

Greg Wells.

For Results Click Here