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.

Greg Speaks from Global HQ…!!

(Great news from Greg – this just popped out of the email system….)

Dear FF Sailors,

REMINDER! The entry date for 2015 FF worlds was due to close on June 1st! However I have some good news….

• I can now confirm this event is open to all. There is no need to pre-qualify.
• Entry closing date has been extended to June 15th by the organizing authority. After this date late entry surcharges will apply
• The worlds will be run in the traditional format (ie: no flights).
• If you are coming or wish to participate in what promises to be a great event in a wonderful location please get your entry in immediately.

Here is the link to the Worlds website for online registration and there is a Registration guide in English to assist.
If you have any issues contact CNCM directly or email me

Thank You,
Greg Wells
FFI Commodore

A Letter from FFI Commodore

Dear Flying Fifteen sailors,

I believe there are many UK sailors considering entering the worlds but unsure to whether they will get a place.

I would like to clarify the situation:

Firstly, the UKFFA “World Qualification table”  only becomes relevant if entries for the worlds at CNCM exceed 110.

Based on feedback received, FFI’s expectation of  entries from the host country France plus other overseas countries not including the UK is in the order of 50-55 boats.
That would leave at least 55 places for UK boats which even with the best will in the world we are extremely unlikely to take up.
Therefore my recommendation is if you want to go whether you are an open, silver or classic then enter now and get your accommodation and ferry booked asap!

Best regards,


Greg Wells
Commodore FFI.

The Worlds in France – if You Are Wanting to Go Then Book NOW…..!!

The Worlds Organisers were at the Dinghy Show last weekend.  There is rather a lot of concern that bookings for the Worlds are coming in too slowly.

Are you wanting to go??

I must admit that quite a lot of people have indicated to me that they want to go, and if they can get a wild card entry from the pre-Worlds week etc.  But here’s the rub…. The organisers need at least 80 entries to make the event financially viable, and the cap will have to be 100-110 teams.  The town though is not huge – and if competitors  don’t get themselves booked in soon, there will be no local accommodation left.

There is some talk in the community about opening the event up completely to get the numbers up, but you still need to get lodgings booked if you want to go.

The logic is that the Australia/New Zealand teams will be already booked and their numbers known.  The Irish are sending a couple of teams and they are already booked. The French think they will have 12 teams competing. So probably to make the event viable we want around 60 teams from other countries of which the UK will need to be the biggest.

Expect to hear from the Association and FFI soon.

So if you fancy going, wait no longer else the whole thing could get tricky if all the hotels and guest houses fill up…. which they will in a pretty short period of time.


FF Worlds – Slipways at Morgat….!!

Main SlipwayAbout slipways at Morgat:
According to Olivier Latin, CNCM sailing manager, the main slipway will be usable at practically all times from Aug 17th through to Aug 26th (neap tides). Spring tides will return on Aug 27th. Thursday 27th we should be able to start launching from 10:30, so no problem really. If we’re racing Friday 28th we would have to wait till 12:00 for launching, leaving just enough time for one race in case needed.
Hope it helps,
Michel Pélegrin
FRA 3932