Fancy a Trip to the Australian Championships??!!

To my Fellow Brits!!

This item below just came in from Australia.  If you fancy a go, I heavily recommend it!  Mornington is just the most fabulous place – a beautiful peninsula and National Park, loads of fantastic wineries… in fact just heaven.  The people at the Yacht Club are wonderfully friendly.  We’ve been down there for a couple of visits – last time we took a beach side house at Rye. I couldn’t speak more highly of it. Email me for details.




Dear fellow Flying Fifteen sailor,

With little more than 6 months to go, it’s time to start thinking about our next Australian Championships.

So on behalf of the hosts, Mornington Yacht Club and our Nationals Organising Committee I am writing to extend to you a warm invitation to join us from January 1st to January 6th.

Our planning is already well advanced and we will spare no effort to make sure that you will have a most enjoyable and competitive series with an anticipated 40-50 boat fleet.

The Video, Entry and NOR and other information is on the following link.


For any boats wanting to attend the regatta they might want to contact our Sponsors David Mott at Regroup Logistics.

Regroup Logistics mainly deal in international import and exporting and hence worth asking NZ /Fiji Flying fifteens to participate also.

For any of our FF  overseas competitors best to call David on +613 8394 7640 or


In the meantime, if we can be of any help please do not hesitate to contact us via Rod Austin at

I strongly encourage you to attend and look forward to welcoming you to this event.


Best regards Rod


Rod Austin


Mornington Yacht Club

Sailing at Mornington for 71 years

Ph:   61 3 5975 7001

M:   0477 522 750

Fax: 61 3 5975 8355


Peter Milne Wins Victoria State Championships at Davey’s Bay….!!

Our 52nd Victorian Flying 15 Championships was conducted from Davey’s Bay Yacht Club on Port Phillip Bay.

You can view the entries here then navigate around the tabs for the results by clicking here

25 crews attended the 9 race championship with two dropped races, sailed in predominately fresh to solid 15/18 knot conditions with two of the 9 races held in sub 6 knot winds.

Peter Milne & Phillip Dubbin won the championship with a race to spare in convincing style – 4, wins, a 2nd, 5th & 7th totally 18 points using an Epsilon mast with P&B older full main, large spinnaker & new med jib.

2nd, 3rd & 4th were separated by one point only.

Sue Thompson & Cameron Taylor, 24 points, (combination Goacher & Irwin sails)
Craig & Ian Rainey, 25 points- Alto mast, P&B med. main, med. jib with large spinnaker
David Williamson & Craig Morton, 25 points-Alto mast, P&B full main, med. jib & large spinnaker.
(another 3 boats in the top ten were using full compliments of P&B sails, two also using Alto mast’s.)

With Milne/Dubbin electing not to sail the last race, Williamson/Morton had a 4 point buffer in second from Thompson & the Rainey’s tied for 3rd place.

After several restart’s the fleet finally got away in failing winds.  Williamson/Morton rounded the top mark for the return in 12th well behind the 3rd place boats and elected to sail the opposite side of the course and rounded 3rd (new spinnaker !!) and in front of the boats they needed to beat.  The breeze started to die though and Williamson/Morton slipped back to 8th.

It was a series where consistency was going to pay, and all the podium winners scored a win at some point in the series.

A great weekend enjoyed by all, with lots of talk about mast’s and different size genoa’s… Milne and Williamson both switched from full to medium P&B genoas for the event.


Report by David Williamson

You Can Race a Fifteen for a Long Time….!!

I have a great picture from the Australian Nationals of 3 sailors all over 80 years old (Athol lidgett, Bill Shand and Nigel Peck) that I feels deserves a mention. It also shows how good the class is in keeping us all sailing.

My crew and I won the Grandmasters trophy (combined age over 110 years). Bill  Shand and his crew suggested a new trophy for combined age over 140 years. How amazing is that?.

peck shand and lidgett

All over 80. Someone told me Nigel is over 90 and going into space next year. Worth a Google.
Bill sailed the whole regatta while Nigel and Athol did at least one race.

David Tabb


Australia Finals at Davey’s Bay, Melbourne….!!

Report by Sue Thompson….

The Melbourne weather forecast was for heat and no wind on Thursday and that is exactly what we had, so International Race Officer Alan Carlisle kept the fleet on the beach and racing was eventually postponed to the next day.

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Fridays forecast was for 40 degrees and a hot northerly that eventually came in and settled enough for the fleet to get away around 1230. There were plenty of shifts and a few pressure holes to challenge the fleet in the first race, which built to 18-22kts. The swell was the best we had seen all week and there were a few post-race stories about the exciting downwind rides and a few boats opting not to go down the face of some waves! Yet it was Lake Burley Griffin sailors Matt Owen and Andrew Reed who crossed the line first making them the 6th winner from 7 races and moving them into 3rd place overall.

Peter Milne and Phil Dubbin finished second ahead of Chris Paterson and Rupert Leslie in Storyteller, with the regatta leaders having to settle for 5th place behind Adam Hawkins and Ben Jones. Unfortunately the Rainey brothers had outhaul problems putting them back in the middle of the fleet and into 4th place on the point’s table.

In the Silver Fleet Queenslanders Larry Bardsley and Paul Webster sailing Turning Vehicle had their first win, and as the conditions took its toll several boats retired to the shore.

(Hawkins and Jones)

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The 8th and final race brought a few surprises and cheers as Rob Radnell and young crew Sam Danks rounded the top mark in first place and hanging on downhill to round the bottom mark in 4th and eventually finishing 16th. While Hawkins and Jones alongside Coutts and Maskiell moved into the lead, some of the fleet found themselves out to the left of the course and overlaid the top mark with a few of the leading boats finding that mid fleet fight hard to keep their positions.


The final 8th race enabled a second discard from the scoresheet, the top 6 from race 6 did not change, but their order did, with Hawkins/Jones winning overall from Smith and Kingston who had lead the regatta from race 1. 2012 Champion Matt Owen sailing with Andrew Reed moved into 3rd place with Rainey brothers 4th. A tie for 5th place between Thompson/Taylor and Milne/Dubbin started a countback, both had a first place but it was the result of race 7 that broke the tie with Milne/Dubbin having a second place beating Thompson/Taylors’ 3rd place for race 2, there was plenty of post regatta banter between the boat park neighbours!

(Smith and Kingston)

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It was Hawkins and Jones 3rd attempt at the Australian Championship and they dedicated their win to Adam’s father, thanking their families for their support. Flying 15 Australian President Peter Rooke thanked Daveys Bay Yacht Club for a great regatta and in particular the terrific club volunteers who helped the regatta run smoothly.


The 2013 Australian Championship will be held at Lake Macquarie in NSW.


Final Overall results:

1. Hawkins/Jones            Idsswapthisforabundy            14 pts

2. Smith/Kingston             Sake                            16 pts

3. Owen/Reed              The Wife’s Fault            21 pts

4. Rainey/Rainey            Where the bloody hell are you 24 pts

5. Milne/Dubbin            Lapse of Reality                      32 pts

6. Thompson/Taylor         Ark                                          32 pts


Full results at

Melbourne – Day Three…. !!!

Flying 15 Australian Championships 2012 Race day 3

Races 5&6

Melbourne Race 5low resWell it looked like it was going to be another light day, but by the time the days race session started at 1200 it was a SW at 12kts and quickly built to a solid 16-18kts with seas like a washing machine. The first race was all over at the first mark when Peter Milne and Phil Dubbin sailing Lapse of Reality rounded clear and increased their lead at every mark to redeem themselves after yesterdays lapse in concentration. As the leaders looked around for Where The Bloody Hell Are You, the Rainey brothers were on shore to fix a spinnaker retriever problem. Adam Hawkins and Ben Jones showed us that training through the winter does make a difference to boat handling skills finishing second and ahead of the regatta leaders Smith and Kingston in Sake.

A gust over 20kts and a lapse in concentration further back in the fleet had some people holding their breath when Lean and Mean had a little lie down with the spinnaker up, Doug said he was checking the bottom of the boat, yet Greg admitted he had to pull his skipper on board twice in one day! The bigger breeze suited Chris Paterson and Rupert Leslie in Storyteller in 4th place and brought new faces to the top 10 including Mark Daly and Chris Schwarz in 6th and Andrew Coutts and James Maskiell sailing Surprise in 7th.

It was Surprise who led the fleet for most of the second race but could not hold back Hawkins and Jones who recorded their second win for the regatta, closely followed by Matt Owen and Andrew Reed in The Wife’s Fault who move up to 4th on the leader board. But it was the Silver Fleet who drew the most applause in the after race daily presentations, they have 5 different winners over the 6 races. The first race today was won by Rob Radnell sailing with 15 year old Sam Danks in Fast Forward, and the second race was won by Eelke Wouda and Bruce Wales in Think Big.

The weather forecast for the last 2 days of the regatta is for extreme heat and very little wind.

Overall placings:

  1. Smith/Kingston            13 pts
  2. Hawkins/Jones            15 pts
  3. Rainey/Rainey            18 pts
  4. Owen/Reed              20 pts
  5. Thompson/Taylor         29 pts
  6. Milne/Dubbin            33 pts

Full results at

Report by Sue Thompson

(Great photo in the Y&Y Report – click here )

Aussie Nationals, Day Two – Race Report ….!!

Conditions for Day 2 of racing at Davey’s Bay were 5-8 knots from the SW, but the swell that had built up from the overnight winds made for a difficult day’s racing. A change of sailing instructions brought the first race forward to midday, which made life interesting for those who celebrated the start of the New Year late into the night.


Third time lucky for the start of Race 3, after two general recalls the fleet headed into a black flag start. Ashley Smith and Adam Kingston were first to the top mark and definitely the ones to catch, followed by Sue Thompson and Cam Taylor in the shifty conditions which saw numerous position changes. A mix up at the leeward gate after the final reach saw two boats round the wrong mark and head upwind towards the finish line. Peter Milne suffered the most after realising his mistake, going from a strong 4th he re-hoisted his kite and rounded the correct mark, finishing 22nd in race 3.

But in the light and sloppy conditions Jim Callahan and Andrew Peck (nephew of Nigel Peck, recipient of the Uffa Fox Medal) made up ground when it counted and scored their first race win ahead of Smith and Kingston, followed by David Tabb from the UK sailing with Davey’s Bay Commodore Scott Lidgett with the ever consistent Rainey brothers finishing 4th.


Race  4 saw dual Olympian Jeni Danks, sailing with husband Peter, leading the fleet at every mark. Jeni remarked “It’s so much easier up in front!” back on shore, but her lead was taken in the duel to the finish by Victorian State Champions Adam Hawkins and Ben Jones sailing ‘Idswapthisforabundy’. The top ten was made up of the usual suspects plus some newcomers; British team Ian Cleaver and Steve Jobson, David Williamson and Craig Morton and Chris Hall sailing with highly sought after crew, sixteen year old John Radnell.


After four races we have four different winners, overall the positions are

1. Smith/Kingston            10pts

2. Rainey/Rainey            13pts

3. Thompson/Taylor         20pts

4. Hawkins/Jones            20pts

5. Owen/Reed              24pts

6. Danks/Danks            37pts


Full results are at

Sue Thompson


First Full Day’s Racing at the Aussie Nationals…..!!

Report by Sue Thompson, at Davey’s Bay…..


If yesterday’s conditions were perfect then todays could be described as magic!

Racing started early at 11am with a 7-10kt SW breeze which fluctuated in pressure and direction enough to keep the fleet on their toes, or tearing their hair out depending where you were. But it was the wind pressure that made the difference as the fleet split, some heading straight for the shore, while others played the shifts out to sea.

In the first race it was local pair Mark Daly and Chris Schwarz who rounded first with Sue Thompson and Cameron Taylor in Ark close behind. With three windward returns to complete Mark and Chris crept back to mid fleet while WA combination Chris Paterson and Rupert Leslie in (aptly named) “Storyteller” quickly worked their magic downwind and lead for the rest of the race. However, when there was no victorious hooter for Storyteller, it was Sue and Cam who took out the race as the WA pair were OCS.

Gippsland Lake brothers Craig and Ian Rainy did battle with Queenslanders Ashley Smith and Adam Kingston in the final stretch to the finish to complete the top 3. Yesterdays clear winners, Adam Hawkins and Ben Jones, were not as comfortable in the lighter conditions but managed to work their way through to finish 5th just behind OK Dinghy Class stalwart Peter Milne and crew Phil Dubbin. There were plenty of stories of gaining 10 places just to lose them again, but it was Grand Master Bill Shand who made sure he moved up the fleet at the right time and finished 10th.

The second race started with a few more knots but it only lasted for the first lap. A gutsy port start for the Queensland pair of Smith and Kingston saw them at the first mark with Sue and Cam and the battle continued for the whole race. Dale Collings and Glenn Sheen in Aussie Falcon had a better race as did our international visitor David Tabb sailing with Davey’s Bay YC Commodore Scott Lidgett.

A couple of port and starboard incidents, touched marks and busy gate rounding’s kept the mid fleet amused while the Rainy brothers skilfully worked their way through the downwind pack to the finish narrowly beating Sue and Cam who had to settle for 3rd. Aussie Falcon hung on to 4th but it was current champion Matt Owen who looked the most relieved when he crossed in 5th place after being in double digits in the morning.

Full results are available on the Davey’s Bay Yacht Club website.

2 races are scheduled for New Years Day.

(Here are the results of the first full day’s racing at Davey’s Bay …..)

Wondered about going South for the Aussie Nationals…??

International Entries are welcome !! Here are some details you’ll need !!

Dear ‘Flying Fifteen sailors’


Davey’s Bay Yacht Club in conjunction with the FFIA is pleased to invite you to enter the International Flying Fifteen 51st Australian Championship scheduled to run from Sat 29 December 2012 to Fri 4 January 2013. Please find attached the Notice of Race with all the relevant event details.


Entries are now open. International entries are welcome. To enter simply visit or


The schedule below (refer detailed version in NOR attached) has been planned in consultation with FFIA to allow interstate sailors to be at home for Christmas and back at work the week commencing Mon 7 Jan:


Fri 28 Dec 2012             Registration & measurement

Sat 29 Dec 2012             Registration & measurement

Sun 30 Dec 2012             Registration, measurement, Competitors meeting, Invitation Race and Welcome Cocktails

Mon 31 Dec 2012            Racing session and New Year’s Eve Function

Tues 1 Jan 2013              Racing session (afternoon)

Wed 2 Jan 2013              FFIA AGM (morning), Racing session & BBQ on the Deck

Thurs 3 Jan 2013             Racing session

Fri 4 Jan 2013                 Racing session & Presentation Dinner


We look forward to welcoming you to Davey’s Bay.


Kind regards


Scott Lidgett

Commodore, Davey’s Bay Yacht Club

Fancy Flying Fifteen Racing in Australia….??!!

We were all following the 50th Anniversary Championships in Perth back in January – aided by those fabulous photos from Bernie Kaaks and Glenda Leslie.  (Won by Steve Goacher for Team GB!!! – a topical observation!!)

Did it give you taste for going down there to race??  Well, here’s your next chance….

Entries have just opened for the Australian Nationals next January in Davey’s Bay, Melbourne.  Australian and International Entries are invited !!  So empty out the piggy bank and get organising!!

Click here to see the poster

(I must add that as ‘nearby’ it gets in Australian terms, a little further around the Bay at Philip Island is a spot which you should add to your itinerary. There you can see the Penguins coming ashore each evening after a day’s fishing. It is one of the most extraordinary things you can ever be privileged to see.  Many of you reading will have visited Sydney, but if you haven’t tried Melbourne – take a look. Many prefer it for lots of reasons.)