Southern Travellers ……Llangorse Open Meeting Report ….!!


Flying Fifteen Open Meeting 2017

Incorporating Classic & Silver Inland


24th & 25th June 2017

The 2ND event of the 2017 Southern traveller Series was sailed on the beautiful Llangorse Lake set in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park and there were 8 Classic, 5 Silver and 3 Open Fleet entries. The event was run on 2 starts, Open & Silvers followed by the Classics.

On Saturday 3 races were sailed in a light wind from the west which, because of the proximity of the Mountains, created many variations in direction and strength. After an initial short postponement to let the wind settle the Race Officer, Nick Taylor, set a course which included all angles of sailing. Through the afternoon the wind speed increased and settled, generating lively and competitive racing.

At the end of the first day a “pecking order” was already beginning to be established. In the Classic Fleet locals John Morgan & Lorina Walder (2663) and Colin & Edward Fletcher (2900) were being challenged by visitors Brian Turner & Jackie Burns (3031). The grand Old Lady of Llangorse FF55 also made a brief appearance with owners Jeremy and Katherine Soulsby aboard for the first race. Whilst in the Open Fleet visitors Bob Tait & Pete Comber (4051) were clearly “in control” and in the Silvers there were 3 different winners Derek Harrison & Tim Greaves (3359), Robert Dangerfield & Steve Jakeman (3121) and Andy & Jane Hough (3040).

When the fleets came ashore after a challenging series of races everyone was ready for some “R&R” and most made their way to the local pub to re-sail the races with a meal and a drink!

Sunday dawned with a stronger and more consistent wind which generated marginal planing conditions. For the first race the Race Officer set the traditional Simon Dangerfield memorial Windward / Leeward course. This was followed in the final race by a more conventional round the buoys course which included fast reaches and spinnaker gybes.

After refreshment in the Clubhouse and the presentation of Trophies and prizes, everyone made their way home reflecting on another very enjoyable and well organised Southern Traveller Series event.

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NB – The next event in the Southern Traveller Series will be sailed at South Cerney Sailing Club over 9/10 September.  


Southern Travellers Hit Llangorse – June 24/25 !!


2017 Southern Traveller Series


Flying Fifteen Open Meeting

Incorporating Classic & Silver Inland Championship

The second event of 2017 Southern Traveller Series will be sailed over the weekend 24/25 June on the beautiful Llangorse Lake set in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The planned programme of races is for three races on Saturday and two on Sunday with the entries split into two fleets, each with their own start:

– Classics

– Silvers + Open


For detailed information please see the Notice of Race – click here 

Llangorse – Southern Travellers Series Hits Town ….!!

2016 Southern Traveller Series

Llangorse 2016 B


Llangorse 2016 a

Flying Fifteen Open Meeting

Incorporating Classic & Silver Inland Championship

The second event of 2016 Southern Traveller Series was sailed over the weekend 25/26 June on the beautiful Llangorse Lake set in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The entry was 21 boats – 7 Classic, 8 Silver and 7 Open – with 12 visitors from a wide area stretching from Cornwall to Essex. The entries were split into two fleets – Classics and Silver + Open.

On Saturday three races were sailed back-to-back in a moderate wind under a grey sky, with serious gusts creating planing opportunities towards the end of the afternoon. The Race Officer set courses with a long beat up the main axis of the lake followed by a series of spinnaker reaches and gybes back to the leeward mark.

Llangorse 2016 C

Race 1 for the Open & Silvers was a close contest between an Open boat Keith Harris (4035) and a Silver Jacquie Layton (2880) hotly pursued by another Silver Alex Tatlow (3288)

Open Results Keith Harris 4035, Russell Abrahams 3820 and 3rd Bill Anderson 3453

Silver results Jacquie Layton (2880), Alex Tatlow (3288) and 3rd Derek Harrison (3359)

The Classics were closely contested by two old rivals David Morgan (2663). Mark Greer (2433). 3rd was Llangorse Commodore Colin Fletcher (2900) in his newly acquired boat and new sails

Race 2 The wind increased with some big gusts which built during the afternoon.

The Open & Silvers were too keen for this start resulting in a general recall.

The Open fleet was between the same 3 boats but this time Russell Abrahams (3820) got the better of Keith Harris (4035) with Bill Anderson (3453) in 3rd

Silvers had a change at the front with local boats getting 1 and 2 with Andy Hough (3040) and Ben Williams (3378) with Derek Harrison (3359) from South Cerney 3rd.

Classics was the same 3 boats with a change of order. Morgan, Greer and Fletcher

Race 3. The wind now has some serious gusts which resulted in a few flat boats on the spinnaker gybes.

Open. The usual 1,2,& 3 of Harris, Abrahams & Anderson.

Silver this was won by Ben Williams (3288) followed by a very well sailed South Cerney boat of Dean Hall (2811) with Derek Harrison (3359) 3rd

In the Classics it was the same as race 2 Morgan, Greer & Fletcher.

The evening was a split with some staying for a meal in the new club house and some at the pub or both
On Sunday the wind was much lighter than Saturday and allowed courses to be set which used the full length of the lake.

Race 4 on Sunday was for the Simon Dangerfield Memorial Trophies. (By tradition it had to be windward & leeward – Simon could only remember a total of 3 marks on a Sunday morning!)

Open Fleet. Bill Anderson lead from the start and kept the 2 Chew boats behind. Russell Abrahams played the shifts down- wind to kept ahead of Keith Harris

Silver. This was a contest with 3 local boats Layton. Hough and Card. Places changed more than a few time both on the beat and run. It was Andy Hough (3040) who played the final run to win followed by Jacquie Layton(2880) and Peter Card (3144)

Classic Again a good contest with the usual 3 with some nervous crews on spinnakers as the wing began to die. Result 2663,2900,2433

Race 5 Race officer Robert Dangerfield set a similar course to Saturday, with a variable wind both in strength and direction.

Open. With all to play for between 3820 & 4035 it was 3820and made the most of the Llangorse wind and rain. The highlight was the committee boat racing the length of the lake to get to the windward mark for the shortened course. (Just made it he told us afterwards) Result 3820,4035.3453

Silver Again a bit of a lottery but the usual culprits made their luck 1st Williams, Harrison and in 3rd ex local boat of David Travis (3006)

Classic. The old lady of Llangorse (55) Jeremy& Katherine Soulsby showed the way to do it and finished nearly 4mins in front of 2nd Richard Taylor (2626) with Mark Greer(2433) 3rd

The racing finished with very little wind but it was close to the Club house

Thanks to our Race Officer and his team Robert Dangerfield


Simon Dangerfield Memorial Trophy

Open. Bill Jackson & Sally Farrant 3453

Silver. Andy& Jane Hough 3004

Classic. David Morgan & Lorina Walden 2663

Open Meeting Results

Open. Russell Abrahams & Jane Yates

Silver. Andy & jane Hough 3004

Classic. David Morgan & Lorina Walden 2663.


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Southern Travellers Kicks Off at Llangorse….!!

2015 Southern Traveller Series


Flying Fifteen Open Meeting

The first event of the 2015 Southern Travellers Series was sailed over the weekend16/17 May, on the 400 acre Llangorse Lake in the beautiful surroundings of the Brecon Beacons. For Llangorse Sailing Club this was a particularly special occasion as they have just completed a re-build of their clubhouse, which is now a splendid two storey traditional wooden building with balcony overlooking the launching ramps and jetty, and out onto the lake with the mountains in the back ground.

The 22 competitors from 7 Clubs were split into two fleets – Classics (11) and Silver (8) + Open (3). On Saturday for the scheduled three races to be sailed back-to-back the weather conditions were ideal, sunny and fine with a strong enough wind for planing on the off-wind legs. Race Officer Robert Dangerfield set a challenging course with a beat up the main axis of the lake to the top by the Clubhouse followed by a series of reaches / gybes back and forth across the lake to a leeward mark at the other end.

As usual at Llangorse the notorious gusts and wind-shifts were an ever present threat to catch out the unwary! On Saturday, in the Classic fleet the racing was always very competitive but Mark Greer and Jim Reed from Middle Nene SC, sailing the boat so professionally set-up by Tim Tomlinson (2433) and for whom they used to crew, established a grip on the series with three wins. But only after a close battle with David Morgan and Lorina Walden from Llangorse SC in another well known boat (2663). In the Silver Fleet, David and Lynne Travis (3006) from Pin Mill SC used their previous experience as Llangorse SC members to good effect and scored three firsts, followed by locals Ben and Will Willet (3219).

In the Open fleet Bill Anderson and Sally Farrant (3453) from Radford Lake, who are regular visitors to this event, withstood the challenge of Richard McCulloch and Claire Taylor (3691) to lead this fleet at the end of the first day. On Sunday, which dawned sunny but with a slightly lighter wind, two races were scheduled.

The first was the annual Simon Dangerfield Memorial race for which special “half-hull” model trophies are presented. Traditionally sailed on a windward / leeward course the whole fleet of 22 boats started together and were clear away at the first attempt. The wind direction again favoured a long beat up the lake followed by a dead run back to the starting area which, because of the wind shifts called for a number of gybes to maintain the optimum course. In the Classic Fleet Colin and Edward Fletcher (2582), Llangorse SC, got the better of the previous day’s winners.

There was also a new boat at the front of the Silver Fleet sailed by local Andy Hough (3040), with the previous day’s leader well down the pack. Whilst Bill Anderson and Sally Farrant (3453) once again lead the Open Fleet. The second race used the same format as Saturday, with Open and Silvers starting together followed by Classics, and a more usual course of a long beat with reaching legs and gybes back to the leeward mark. In the Open fleet Bill Anderson and Sally Farrant (3453) continued their dominance and so did David and Lynne Travis (3006) in the Silvers. Mark Greer and Jim Reed (2433), having already established a winning position decided sit out the last race, which gave David Morgan and Lorina Walden(2663) an opportunity to lead the fleet home.

As the competitors assembled in the magnificent new clubhouse for the prize-giving there was universal praise for the organisation both on the water and on the shore by the home club and everyone was talking about the great sailing conditions and making plans to return next year.


LLangorse F15 Open Results 2015

Southern Travellers Kicks Off in May …!!

2015 Southern Traveller Series – 1st event on 16/17 May!!.

This year’s first STS event is at Llangorse, a beautiful 400 acre lake in the lee of the Brecon Beacons, with a wide range of local accommodation on the doorstep (B&B, Caravan & Campsite). F15’s have been sailed at Llangorse since the 1970’s so there is plenty of experience behind the organisation both on and off the water (and the Dinner at the Red Lion on Saturday night is already a legend!).

If you want good competition and / or tips and advice on set-up, tuning, etc – or just an opportunity to meet and sail with like minded F15’ers – the STS is the series for you!

The other STS events in 2015 are at Broxbourne (6/7 June), South Cerney (5/6 Sept) and Middle Nene (3/4 Oct) See the UK Flying 15 website for details of NOR, and Club contact, etc.

National Rankings Round 6 – Llangorse….!!

Flying 15 UK Ranking: Round 6 – Wins for Nick Taylor, Peter Card and David Morgan

Last weekend saw 21 teams, comprised of 4 Open, 7 Silver, and 10 Classic boats compete at Llangorse, including 11 visitors. Great racing was had by across the 5 races with some tight results.

Open Fleet (62 helms)
1. Charles Apthorp – 215.000
2. Ian Cadwallader – 205.000
3. Mervyn Wright – 162.973

Silver Fleet (12 helms)
1. Peter Card – 55.000
2. Alex Tatlow – 47.143
3. David Travis – 39.286

Classic Fleet (10 helms)
1. Bobby Salmond – 112.591
2. David Morgan – 65.000
3. Colin Fletcher – 52.000

Click Here to see the Helm Rankings

Click here to see the Crew Rankings

STS – Race Report from Llangorse – Great Turnout !!


Flying Fifteen Open Meeting 2014

Incorporating Classic & Silver Inland Championship

17th & 18th May 2014

This was the first event of the 2104 Southern traveller Series and 11 visitors from as far away as Scotland made the journey to the beautiful Llangorse Lake set in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, where 10 Classic, 7 Silver and 4 Open Fleet competitors had a fantastic two days of very competitive racing. Both days were blessed with both sunshine & wind (Llangorse wind comes from many directions depending where you are on the course)! The event was run on 2 starts. Open & Silvers followed by the Classics.

On Saturday the day dawned with a mirror calm lake but by mid-day there was a variable breeze building nicely down the main axis of the lake. This enabled the OOD to set a course that had a long beat to the windward mark near the Clubhouse, followed by a series of three reaches and gybes across the lake down to the leeward mark.

Race 1 – Open & Silvers was controlled from start to finish by Nick Taylor (3751) & Peter Card (3114)             both Llangorse Members.

– Classics was closely contested by David Morgan (2663).Bobby Salmond (627) – (renewing old rivalries from the 2011Hayling Worlds) – and Johnny Craddock (2695). It was finally decided on the last beat when 627 whist leading covered 2663 allowing 2695 with a Llangorse shift to sneak through!

Race 2

– By now the wind was building nicely with wind shifts all over the lake.

– Open & Silvers was again dominated by 3751 & 3114.

– Classics, by now really “revved-up”, had a general recall (The race office said they were all over!) Very soon after the re-start there was a big wind-shift which meant all those on the right side of the course were at a serious disadvantage. However, 627 was clear and away followed by Colin Fletcher (2582) and Jeremy Soulsby (55), which is the grand old lady of the fleet lovingly and skilfully restored by Jeremy and Katherine for the Golden Jubilee celebrations at Cowes in 1997.

Race 3

-The tightest of the reaching legs was by now a challenge having become very shy.

– Open & Silver were normal service with 3751 & 3114 taking the result and the Tatlow brothers showing consistency as 2nd place Silver in every race.

– Classics was won by 2582 followed by 2663 and 2695. Meaning that at the end of the day there was everything to play for between the top four boats.

Sunday dawned with the same glorious sunshine and a firm wind from a more Southerly direction, which meant the orientation of the race course was changed to include the mark in the notoriously variable south end of the lake.

Race 4

– is traditionally for the Simon Dangerfield Memorial Trophies and is sailed on a windward / leeward course, with the whole fleet starting together.

– The start with 21 boats on the line and lots of wind was a great sight. However, not content with the 3rd place on Saturday FF55 managed to be over the line. At the start 2663 popped out with a great start to lead the fleet for the whole race closely followed by 627 & 2582 – all Classics! It was normal service in the Silvers 3114, but in the Open Bill Anderson 3453 got through to finish 1st.

Race 5

– There was a change of course for the final race with the race officer putting in a very challenging shy reaching leg right up the main axis of the lake in the increasing wind. Some managed to carry spinnakers some did not, especially on the last lap.

– Open & Silvers results were as expected with 3751 and 3144 dominating.

– Classics had a really close race with lots of place changing and at the finish 2663 and 627 were at the front with Richard Taylor 2626 coming through to 3rd.

Thanks to our Race Officer Robert Dangerfield.

Open Meeting Results

Open. Nick & Claire Taylor 3751

Silver. Peter Card & Katharina Turner 3114

Classic. David Morgan & Lorina Walden 2663. (After count back)

– Simon Dangerfield Memorial Trophies

Open. Bill Jackson & Sally Farrant 3453

Silver. Peter Card & Katharina Turner 3114

Classic. David Morgan & Lorina Walden 2663






Classic and Silver Inland Championship at the Llangorse Open….!!

Flying Fifteen Open Meeting

Incorporating the Classic & Silver Inland Championship

Llangorse Sailing Club

18th & 19th May 2013


Written by David Hemmingway and Richard Taylor

A total of 21 boats with 9 visitors from as far away as Scotland, Humberside & Cornwall arrived at Llangorse Lake looking forward to the first event in the 2013 Southern Traveller Series. The mix of competitors was 4 Open, 6 Silvers & 11 Classics and the format of the racing was 2 Starts with Open & Silvers together followed by the Classics

The wind was 10 knots gusting 14 mainly from the West, which is from the direction of the Brecon Beacons ensuring an interesting mix of shifts and gusts.

The 1st race was a close contest with the silvers more than holding their own against the open boats. Local boat 3751(Taylors) led from the start to finish with some place changing behind by 3453 (Anderson & Farrant) and local 3691 (McCulloch & Goodall) Result 3751, 3453 & 3691.

A previous member of LSC,  (Travis) showed his local knowledge to say in front in silver 3006 followed by 3144 (Card) & 3288(Tatlow). 2880 had a bit of an incident when they found their leeward shroud had come unpinned! No damage, drop all the sails and take a pin from a spinny block – memories of 2 years ago when 2880 lost her mast!!

The Classic start was hotly contested but with the local boys 2663 (Morgan) & 2695 (Craddock) leading the way. For the 1st lap the Scottish visitors 516 (a Chippendale in superb condition) from Hellensburg held 3rd place but were unable to keep up the pace. Result was 2663,2695 & 2606 (Tait).

Race 2 followed a similar pattern in the Classics with 1 & 2 the same but with 2582(Fletcher) getting a good 3rd . The Silvers& Open decided it was time to get serious resulting in a general recall – The usual moans were then heard – “That was my best start”! The result in this race was the same culprits getting 1,2,3 but in slightly different order.

For Race 3 the wind eased with some big holes. These holes resulted in 2695 getting a 6th instead of its usual 2. In the Open Fleet 3453 got clean away and won by a considerable distance. Silver went tp 3144.

Overnight standing – Open & Silver too close to call with 3 boats having 1st ; Classics/ Morgan & Walden in the lead with three “bullets”.

The evening was spent in a new venue, The Black Cock. The Club originally booked in 21 for the meal but ended up with 31 we took over the pub!!

Sunday did not look good – Very little wind!

1st Race was the annual Simon Dangerfield Memorial Race. The race officer Robert Dangerfield (Simon’s cousin) did his very best to set the traditional Windward/Leward course but the wind had other ideas. This fickle wind initially put the hot shots to the back but halfway through the race 2663 & 2695 made a charge from the middle order right to the front with what seemed little or no wind. Trophy winners were David Morgan & Lorina Walden sailing 2663 which, by a very nostalgic coincidence, is the Classic that Simon Dangerfield campaign so successfully with Dave Hemingway as crew.

In the Open Fleet 3691 Richard McCulloch also came from behind to win. He told us afterwards that it was the very first trophy he had ever won!

The Silver trophy went to David & Lynne Travis 3001 the past members of LSC (Local knowledge is very useful!). In the Classics with four 1st  places 2663 did not need to sail the last race but stayed out to enjoy the very variable Llangorse wind.

The last race started in light airs with everyone staying very close to the start line. The 2 fleets soon merged into one with great close racing between all 21 boats, which meant approaching the windward mark on port was usually very costly!

The finish was moved to the windward mark by the Club House to get a long final beat, and by this time 3453 had again escaped and romped home. In the Classics 2663 finished off with a 1st to make it a clean sweep and 3144 took the silver honours. Just to show the Race Officer was still awake 2695 & 2606 were disqualified – they missed the gate on the beat!

At the prize giving in the Clubhouse the LSC Commodore expressed every ones thanks to Robert Dangerfield the Race Officer and all the travellers, especially those who had come a long distance.

Overall Result                                                              Simon Dangerfield Memorial 

Open Fleet                                                                                   Open Fleet                                                                      

3453 Bill Anderson & Sally Farrant                      3691 Richard MCulloch & Matthew Goodall

Classic & Silver Inland Championship

Silver Fleet                                                                                    Silver Fleet

3144 Peter Card & Katharina Turner                                    3001 David & Lynne Travis

Classic Fleet                                                                                 Classic Fleet

2663 David Morgan & Lorina Walden                          2663 David Morgan & Lorina Walden

Overall Placings

Llangorse FF Open Results

Llangorse – Classic/Silver Inlands….

The Race Report for the new Classic/Silver Inlands Event is just published at Yachts & Yachting. With Burnham this is the second new event of the year, isn’t it?

They had a pretty good turnout too….  14 boats of which 7 were visitors. The Llangorse team should be very encouraged by that, I reckon…

You can read the report here


Silver and Classics Inlands at Llangorse!!….

The Classic and Silver Inland Championship gets under way at Llangorse on 24th and 25th September.  There’s a gigantic Classic/Silver following so fingers crossed that we see a huge turnout for this Event !

Download the event poster here (nice photo!)

Download the NOR here