New Sails…..!

19-Worlds-Hong-Kong-2013 yellowThere is some enthusiasm around to change the rules on new sails and permit more than one suit a year.  The rules are this though:-

  1. Not more than two mainsails, two headsails and two spinnakers shall be registered in the first twelve months. Thereafter not more than one mainsail, one headsail and one spinnaker shall be registered in each twelve month period commencing on the anniversary of the date on which the original measurement of the boat was completed, except that in the event of the change of ownership of the boat, one additional mainsail, one additional headsail and one additional spinnaker may be registered by the new owner in the corresponding twelve month period. 

If adherence to this starts getting a little grey at the edges, we can expect to see kit inspections!!

It’s Here!!!.. – The New FF Insurance Scheme from BIFFA…..!!!



Improvements to the Flying 15 insurance scheme

Following a detailed review of the British Isles Flying 15 Association insurance scheme, a number of significant new improvements to both premiums and cover have been made for 2013/14.

The scheme will continue to be run by UKGlobal (formerly COBRA Corporate Solutions Ltd and JK Lee), which has provided insurance for BIFFA Members for over 20 years.

The superior package for the 2013/14 year features a number of enhancements, including:

  • Reduced premiums at all levels
  • Dramatically reduced rates for higher value boats
  • Minimum premium for lower value craft reduced from £145 to £70*
  • Option to increase excess to reduce premium
  • Reduced costs for legal expenses cover
  • Multi-craft discount of 10%
  • Option to protect No Claims Discount after 3 years without a claim
  • Ability to insure non-Flying 15 craft

(*for Flying 15 craft with value under £1,000 and with 3 years No Claims Discount.  Excludes Insurance Premium Tax of 6%)

Alongside these improvements, the policy continues to offer Members, as standard, a number of important benefits over the levels of cover normally available.  An example of this is the valuable new-for-old cover on sails, covers, masts, spars and rigging which many other policies do not include.  Unlike many other policies there is also no Hitchlock and Clamping Condition.

An additional benefit of supporting the arrangement with UKGlobal is that it also provides income for the Association, which helps fund the activities for Members.  The more Members that use the Scheme the more the Association receives.

This improved scheme represents a key benefit of Membership of the British Isles Flying 15 Association.  Full details and a personal quote can be obtained by contacting Jerry Dungate at UKGlobal on 01883 333 512 or




Regenerating Our Fleets – An Addition to the Draycote Guide….

The excellent guide to re-building the fireball class at Draycote, published in this blog about two weeks ago, was the bible for our efforts at Datchet to re-build the ffs.    The version we used has been updated and one item which proved important for Datchet is no longer included.   Here it is.

At Datchet, most new club members introduce themselves by walking into the club office, usually at a weekend, and asking if they can join and what boat should they buy and so on.     The club staff used to welcome them gladly, take their money and promptly lose all further interest in them.    They were left in limbo with no idea what to do next.

At this stage they need to talk to someone – anyone!    They need to be contacted by a member who has a boat and an interest in their future;   who will take them to the bar and chat – a member with an ff perhaps ……

Obviously, there is a need to make a link between the club staff, a new club member and suitable ff members.    It was as obvious to the staff as it was to me.    They happily agreed to collect e-mail addresses and phone numbers from everyone joining the club or likely to join and to send them to me by phone or e-mail pronto – ie: as part of the process of taking the money.

Problem solved.    Well no, it wasn’t.    Busy staff, doing two or three things at once at the weekend, take the money, dish out the membership card etc and forget about e-mail and phone numbers.            It took a season and frequent reminders before the new habit established itself.

Once established, it made a big difference – most of the new ff members at Datchet are also new club members.


Mike Firth

Datchet Race Report – Sunday 18th September 2011…

Phil Tinsley asked me today to start creating a gap between our Datchet Fleet Website and the Flying Fifteen Blog – which now has a wider readership than we ever imagined…..

So our Datchet Race Reports have now moved, as have the buttons to take you to “Last Sunday’s Results”  and “Current Series Standings”.

–  You can  get to the Race Reports in one click, by using the photo half way down the right hand side of this page….Give it a click and see what you think….. Let me know.

– You can also read the Race Reports by clicking on “Datchet Fleet” website photo on the right hand side, and then click “Race Reports”.

– You can also hovver your mouse over “Major Fleets” and select “Datchet Fleet” from the drop down menu, and then click “Race Reports”

You can also read the Race Report by clicking  here