Southern Travellers Final at Middle Nene…!!

Flying 15 Open Meeting at Middle Nene SC (14th/15th October 2017)
Close racing in perfect conditions brought together sailors from the Classic, Silver and Gold fleets. The fleet sailed five races plus a Crews’ Race over the weekend in a highly competitive spirit. The Saturday evening ended with a tasty dinner organised by the MNSC House Team and a few drinks from the bar.
The MNSC Open was also the final event in the Southern Traveller Series and the winners were: Open Fleet: 4051 Bob Tait/Pete Comber, Silver Fleet: 3359 Derek Harrison/Tim Greeves, Classic Fleet: 2433 Mark Greer/Jim Reid.
In the Crews’ Race, the winners were 3965 Kato Greer/Simon Childs.
Congratulations to all winners and thanks to all visitors and local sailors! The next Flying 15 Open Meeting at Middle Nene SC is scheduled for October 2018.

Middle Nene Open….!!

Middle Nene S C Flying 15 Open Meeting 2014 – October 4/5th


Written by John Harvey

This was the last of the Southern Travellers 2014 Series. The Series winner was still to be decided between MNSC’s Neil Bartholomey & Emma Brown (2700) and Broxbourne’s Bob Tait & Mick Musgrove (2606). Both had a 1st and a 2nd in earlier meetings. 11 boats took part, 6 from the home club and 5 visitors from Broxbourne, South Cerney and Ripon.

The weather for the first race was a light SW wind with rain. The course set included 2 beats and a long spinnaker run to the head of the lake. 2606 established an early lead and gained 1st place, followed by 2700, 3031 (Broxbourne’s Brian Turner & Jackie Burns) and 617 (Ripon’s Graham Lamond & John Washington).

After a short break, the boats were out again, the rain having stopped and the sun making a welcome appearance. The wind had reduced a little and was veering to SE as races 2 and 3 progressed. Boats spread widely searching for the best line in the beats and spinnaker flying became trickier as the wind swung either side of dead astern. A sudden brief squall added excitement.

In race 2, 617 was first across the finishing line, 2700 again taking 2nd place and 3rd place went to MNSC’s Mark Greer & Jim Reid in 2433, 2606 having to settle for 4th .

Race 3 was won by 2700, followed by 2433, with 2606 in 3rd place and 2647 (MNSC’s Mike & Matt Moore) in 4th.

Sunday morning failed to produce the forecast light breeze, with morning mist drifting at snails’ pace across the lake. Further races were abandoned, with wind only starting to fill in as boats were being packed up for home.

The meeting’s results were a win for Neil Bartholomey & Emma Brown 2700 with (2), 2, 1. Close behind were Bob Tait Tait & Mick Musgrove 2606 with 1, (4), 3 and Graham Lamond & John Washington 617 with 4, 1, (8).

Middle Nene SC were thanked by all for a well organised meeting, great hospitality, a splendid meal and a convivial evening’s entertainment in the bar – a thoroughly enjoyable weekend.


  • 1st    2700 Neil Bartholomey/Emma Brown      3 pts
  • 2nd  2606 Bob Tait/Mick Husgrave                  4 pts
  • 3rd      617 Graham Lamond/John Washington 5 pts

Click here to see the full Results Sheet

Southern Travellers at Middle Nene….!!

2013 Flying Fifteen Southern Travellers Series

Middle Nene Sailing Club

12 / 13 October 2013

A fleet of 9 boats including 4 visitors from South Cerney, Llangorse and Broxbourne prepared for the fourth and final round of the Southern Traveller Series at Middle Nene SC in Northamptonshire with a forecast of 7 mph decreasing winds and emerging sunshine. For the first time in this year’s STS all the boats were Classics and the planned format of the racing was for 3 races on Saturday followed by a Crews race, and 2 races on Sunday.

The direction of the wind was quite “shifty” but mainly from the NE. This enabled the Race Officer to set a course which used most of the length of the lake for the beat, with a series of spinnaker reaches / gybes for the downwind legs.

Race 1 started cleanly and very soon the fleet was starting to split tacks with helms searching for the leading tack as the wind shifts moved across the lake. Initially there was much place changing throughout the fleet but as the race progressed visitors John Craddock / Kendall Paul (2695) showed at the front followed by local boat Jeremy Arnold / Dave Brown (2646) and visitors Brian Turner / Jackie Burns (3031).

Middle Nene 2013 1Race 2 started in a falling wind, and followed a similar pattern of helms searching for the best tack and trying to maintain their advantage on the downwind legs as the wind died. At the finish there was a breakaway group at the front with 2695 leading 2646 and visitors Richard Taylor / Paul Coates (2626) clear of the rest of the fleet.

At this point the lake was very calm and with no prospect of any better winds the Race Officer abandoned racing for the day, with the intention of making up the lost races on Sunday if the stronger winds forecasted overnight arrived.

Middle Nene 2013 2The home club hosted a superb 3 course dinner in the clubhouse and the evening was spent around the bar and playing rounds of “large block Jenga”, the highest tower reaching an impressive 27 layers  before crashing down – the RNLI benefiting by £1.00 each time!

On Sunday there was a complete change of weather – NW winds, gusting 12 to 17 mph and steady rain! The change of wind direction meant a much shorter beat and a mixture of runs / reaches downwind.

Race 3 started with swirling gusts rushing across the course which woke everyone up and generated some very exciting sailing, especially downwind on the very square runs! Local knowledge and skill saw new boats at the front with Mark Greer / Dave Jarvis (2433) in front of 2695 and Neil Bartholomey / Emma Brown (2700). Throughout the fleet there was considerable drama with the crew on 2626 going overboard in a crash gybe, which effectively ended their race!

Races 4 and 5 followed a similar action packed pattern with 2695 and 2700 trading places at the front and 3031 boosting their overall score in third place.

At the prize giving everyone was full of praise for the organisation, hospitality and race management of the Middle Nene team who produced a very memorable final event for the 2013 Southern Traveller Series.


1st – John Craddock / Kendall Paul 2695 – Llangorse SC

2nd – Neil Bartholomey / Emma Brown – Middle Nene SC

3rd – Jeremy Arnold / Dave Brown 2646 – Middle Nene SC

Click here for the full results

Southern Travellers Final at Middle Nene…!!

After 3 events at Llangorse, South Cerney and Broxbourne 35 competitors from 7 different clubs have so far competed in the 2013 STS.
The current leaders are:-
Classic:  John Craddock, 2695, Llangorse 
Silver: Tony Oatley, 3374, South Cerney
Open: Bill Anderson, 3453, Ruadford Lake 
But with 2 results to qualify and a lot of close scores the final places are still wide Open.
The final round of the 2013 STS will be sailed at MIDDLE NENE SC on 12/13 October.
2013 Middle Nene FF open poster
The overall 2013 Southern Traveller Trophies will be presented after the final race – so if you are in the running make sure you are there!!