Waples Wines Northern Travellers Tip of the Month – Number One!


Travellers tip #1 Boat/equipment stress: “Many people seem to be constantly worried their boat or equipment is not right or their boat is not properly setup. This takes up a good deal of nervous energy and affects enjoyment of sailing.  Don’t worry too much about your equipment and boat set up. I recommend you check your boat over at the beginning of the season, replace worn or damaged fittings or rope and then check the boat set up. This is a fairly easy process, there are tuning guides available from the class sail makers and there are always people willing to help if you are not sure you can manage it yourself.

My message is that on smaller water, similar to many of the Waples Wine Series events the legs are fairly short, so differences in equipment and set up have a relatively small impact. The biggest gains can be made by concentrating on sail setting, trim and getting the strategy right rather than radical changes to the equipment.    Set the boat up, make sure everything does what it needs to do and then put this out of your mind and concentrate on the things that make the biggest difference”. Helm, David Mckee, ƒƒ4005

The 2018 Dates for the Waples Wines Northern Travellers Series…..(so organised!)

click here to read the entry on the UKFFA website

The 2017 series proved very successful you may have read the series report and seen the overall results, if not you can find these on the class website at www.flying15.org.uk, or on the newly setup series Facebook site,the linkis https://www.facebook.com/groups/794276470729519/. If that doesn’t work you just need to search for ‘Flying Fifteen Northern Traveler Series’ and it should come up. 

The Facebook page has been setup by Rebecca Ogden who is assisting with next years program. The purpose of this is to share event photos, reports, results etc as the series progresses. For those of you on Facebook we hope you will follow  the site. For those not on Facebook we will keep in touch via email and fleet captains as before.
The program for 2018 has now been completed , so you can start to plan your 2018 campaign. The events will be as follows;
June  2/3      Rutland SC
July    14/15   Bassenthwaite SC
Sept   15/16   Burton SC
Sept   29/30   Dovestone SC
Oct     27/28   Notts county SC ( Including final series prize-giving
For further information on the series contact    David McKee on davidjmckee@icloud.com   or Rebecca Ogden on rebecca.ogden35@gmail.com    
Best wishes from the Series team, we look forward to seeing you on the water next year”
David mckee

07836 602084

Northern Travellers!!! …. Get Your 2017 Dates Here….!!

Waples Wines LogoThe dates for the 2017 series have now been agreed.  We are pleased that Waples Wines have again agreed to provide support to the series. The arrangements for the series remain the same although we have now added Nott’s County SC who were one of the founding clubs when the series started 11 years ago. Ogston will be taking a rest from the series for this year but hopefully will return in the future. As before 2 events are required to qualify. The events are spread nicely across the year and will culminate at Nott’s County in early October.

April 22-23rd RWYC
May 20-21st Dovestone SC
June 3-4th Rutland SC
July 8-9th Bassenthwaite SC
Sept 2-3rd Burton SC
Oct 7-8th Nott’s County SC

Last of the Summer (Waples) Wine – The Dovestone Open ….!!

Flying Fifteens at Dovestone Sailing Club

Waples Wines LogoWith light and variable winds, sunshine and mild temperatures, Dovestone Sailing Club hosted an enjoyable final event of the 2016 Waples Wines Northern Travellers series over the weekend of 1-2 October.

A good turnout from the home fleet, together with a smattering of visitors from Windermere, Bassenthwaite, RCYC and Burton sailing clubs, saw 16 boats on the water for the first race. In a competitive start to a course which covered the length and breadth of the reservoir, Steve Goacher with crew Tim Harper of Royal Windermere, were judged OCS by Officer of the Day Mark Rhan. Tight racing among the rest of the fleet saw Dovestone SC’s Andy McKee and Chris Massey (3805) in first place, with David and Sally Mckee (4005) a close second and Mike Moore with crew Kayla Sheard (3996) from Bassenthwaite in third at the end of the first encounter of the meeting.

dovestone-open-group-shot-2Post-lunch Race 2 in similar winds was super close with a boat length finish between Andy McKee (1st), David McKee (2nd) and Steve Goacher (3rd). Great racing too from DSC’s Rod Rowlands in FF Classic 496. Setting the scene for final Race 3 of the day, with Andy McKee never seriously challenged for first place from the windward mark, an improving performance from series sponsor Justin Waples with young DSC crew Andrew Robinson in second, and Steve Goacher in third.

Dovestone SC produced its usual enjoyable evening entertainment in the clubhouse, with wine tasting courtesy of Waples Wine, followed by supper and games – including the Pennine favourite of competitive nail-knocking with the thin end of a hammer.

dovestone-open-1-croppedDay two of the open meeting dawned sunny with a light breeze. The full fleet assembled early to catch the best of the wind with two back-back races in the morning.   Steve Goacher led from the start of Race 4, but confusion about the finish line meant he was pushed into third place by Justin Waples and David Mckee who nipped passed to take first and second places respectively. Race 4 followed on quickly, with David Mckee taking an early lead only to become becalmed on the run back to the clubhouse in weakening winds. A close battle for the finish with McKees senior and junior chasing Steve Goacher who won out at the last.

To see the report with prize giving photos click here

To see the full sailwave results table click here

Overall results are as follows:


1st                3805   Andy McKee and Chris Massey           Dovestone SC

2nd               4005   David and Sally McKee                         Dovestone SC

3rd               4021   Steve Goacher and Tim Harper           RWYC


1st Silver     3391   Colin Pierce and Mandy Thackray       Dovestone SC


1st Classic sail no 0-2000

496     Rod Rowlands and Isaac Marsh         Dovestone SC


1st Classic sail no 2001-2700

2620   Dave Naylor and Norman Christie     Dovestone SC



Andy McKee and Chris Massey receive their trophy from DSC Commodore Andy Hurley


The full results available here;

Waples Wines Northern Travellers Finals….!!

Waples Wines Northern Flying fifteen Travellers series
Round up after final event.


Waples Wines LogoThis 6 event series which started at Royal Windermere Yacht Club in early April concluded in early October at Dovestone sailing club having also included legs at Ogston, Rutland, Bassenthwaite and Burton. Perhaps butting some of the national trends this has proven to be a good year for the series with competitor numbers up at most of the events. Overall 53 series qualifying boats have taken part ( the total number of competitors at the events was 65). In addition to boats from the host clubs there has been support for the series from 7 other clubs including Rob Goodison and Jon Mallory from Scarborough who took part in 5 of the opens and would have completed all 6 had it not been for a family emergency.

We are indebted to Justin Waples of Waples Wines who has sponsored the series and also took part in a number of the opens and provided an informative and entertaining wine tasting at the final event at Dovestone. Thanks also go to the host clubs and in particular to their fleet captains for enabling the series to be a success.


There is a special mention for Mike Moore and Kayla Sheard of Bassenthwaite in 5th place overall for the Series, who completed all 6 events finishing with a win at the final event.

At the prize giving Justin awarded a special prize to Andy Spencer of Burton SC who normally crews for matt Pallet. After arriving and rigging on the Saturday Matt was called away for family reasons so Andy helmed for the day ( assisted by stand in crew John Hughes), in a closely bunched fleet , his first ever races as a helm.


Overall Standings

1st Simon Longstaff and Jon Denwood Bassenthwaite Sailing Club
2nd John Hanson and Helen Selden Datchet Sailing Club
3rd Jon Ward and Julia Ward Ogston Sailing Club

1st Silver Brian West and Paul West Burton Sailing Club

Click here to see the results for the Top 12

Waples Wines Northern Travellers (Final Event!!) Goes to Dovestone…!!

Waples wines open at Dovestone.

Waples Wines LogoThe final event on the Waples Wines Traveller Series takes Place at Dovestone SC this weekend ( 1st and 2nd October). Early indications are that this will be a well-attended event and the weather forecast at present is encouraging. The series reaches its conclusion and it looks as though the winners of each section will be decided at the final event.
The first race on Saturday is scheduled for 13.00, there are 5 races altogether and with 3 on the Saturday travellers should be able to get away reasonably early on Sunday.
Justin Waples the series sponsor will provide a wine tasting for competitors on Saturday night and a meal and some entertainment will take place after this.

For further information contact David McKee davidjmckee@icloud.com or 07836 602084

Waples Wines Northern Travellers – Round Up After Four Events….!!

Waples Wines northern travellers Series

Round up after 4 events

Waples Wines LogoBassenthwaite SC hosted round 4 of the 6 event series last weekend. Competitors enjoyed the traditional welcome at “BASS” which is situated in one of the most beautiful settings in the country. Unfortunately the weather was not as good as for some years, the competitors had to deal with a range of conditions up to very blustery with rain squalls as the high winds funnelled down from the fells. As always this proved to be a close competition with the outcome in the balance until the final race.

So far there have been 32 series qualifying boats that have taken part in the series, Congratulations are due to the two teams of Mike Moore/Kayla Sheard from Bassenthwaite and Rob Goodson and Jonathan Mallory from Scarborough who have raced at each event so far. At the 2/3rds stage in the series The boats of Nigel and Gavin Tullet from Royal Windermere and Jon and Julia Ward from Ogston are leading the series with 3 points each. They are closely followed by John Hanson/Helen Selden from Datchet and Simon longstaff/ Jon Denwood from Bassenthwaite who are on equal points one behind the leaders.

There are still two events in the series remaining with Burton SC on the 3rd/4th September and the final event and series prize giving at Dovestone on the 1st/2nd October.

Click here to print off the results table for your noticeboard

Northern Travellers 2016 jpeg round 3 roundup

Waples Wines Northern Travellers Goes to Rutland ….!!

Waples Wines Northern Traveller Series – Rutland Sailing Club

18 & 19 June 2016

Waples Wines LogoFor the third event of the Waples Wines northern traveller series, the road show moved on to Rutland Sailing Club over the weekend of 18 & 19 June, which is a new venue to the circuit. Having spent the previous weekend at a very picturesque but slightly damp and windless Ogston Sailing Club, the fleets hopes were high for a weekend of flip flops, sun cream and steady hiking breezes.

Unfortunately the fourteen boats who arrived on Saturday morning, including a great turnout of eight boats from the home fleet, found a breeze from the NNW that had enough chill in it to ensure that those brave folks sporting shorts and flip-flops would be getting chilly toes.

After a thorough briefing from our race officer for the weekend John Fothergill, the fleet set sail westwards, towards Oakham, to find our race course for the weekend which was tucked away at the end of the southern arm of the lake. The scene was set for a tricky days racing with breeze coming off the north shore, ensuring there were plenty of ladders but also lots of snakes.

Race 1 was led from the off by David McKee & Mal Hartland from Dovestone SC who mastered the tricky conditions well and sailed off to a convincing win. They were kept honest by John Hanson & Helen Selden from Datchet, with the top three rounded out by Richard Hope & Mike Stenson from Draycote. Race 2 started in similar conditions but with the sun making a welcome appearance warming things up nicely. At the end of lap 2, the wind decided that it had played the game nicely for long enough and became very fitful making the top half of the course very tricky indeed. Class always shines through though and McKee & Hartland sailed serenely onwards to claim their second win of the day with Hanson & Selden bagged another second. Richard & Pat Triffitt from Rutland SC banked their best finish of the weekend to take an excellent third place. By the time the rest of the fleet had dragged it’s self over the finish line the wind had pretty much shut off so we bobbed around admiring the scenery for another 45 minutes till the race officer put us out of our misery and the wind made enough of an appearance again to get us home.

Pimms was next on the agenda which was downed with much enthusiasm by the thirsty fleet ahead of a dinner with the Soling, Formula 1 & Open Canoe fleets who were also visiting the club this weekend. Having retired to do family things for the evening your author can’t comment on the exact detail of the evening, but what I do know is that Nick Clarke , lubricated by plenty of pimms and red wine, entertained all with a spot of after dinner speaking, for which he is well known locally (and less locally!).

The plan for day 2 was to complete four races, the sun was there although the breeze was somewhat lacking as we all set sail. A gentle force 1-2 from the SW greeted us in the race area. With a pretty compact course and some very big shifts all was set for some very close racing throughout the fleet.

McKee & Hartland battled to another win in Race 3, with Jon & Julia Ward from Ogston taking second with Hanson & Selden taking third. Mckee & Hartland took their fourth straight win in Race 4 followed by Hanson & Selden who were followed home by Bruce & Andrew Bonar from Rutland SC who were having a topsy turvy series and banked their best result of the series so far in third. Race 5 started in a little bit more breeze which was flicking round to the south more and resulted in a general recall. At the restart Roger Deane & Lorna Katon from Rutland SC led the fleet round mark 1 followed by team Bonar. As the race progressed Hope & Stenson took the lead and held this to the finish to take an excellent race win. They were followed home by Mckee & Hartland in second and in third, our furthest travelled competitors, Mike Moore & Kayla Sheard from Bassenthwaite SC. With the event well and truly won, McKee & Hartland headed for home while the remainder of the fleet enjoyed the freshening conditions on a slightly longer course for the last race. In probably the best conditions of the weekend, team Bonar picked their way round the first windward mark and then managed to sail for three laps without any dramas to take the race win. Behind them Richard Drabble & Claire Parkin from Rutland SC held onto finish an excellent second and team Ward finished their weekend taking third.

David Mckee & Mal Hartland from Dovestone sailed an excellent series and took home the Peter Maddocks Memorial Trophy. David & Mal provided a master class on how to sail quickly and intelligently what were pretty tricky conditions.

John Hanson & Helen Selden were always there or there abouts and took an excellent second overall, only once being out of the top four which was pretty impressive given the conditions. Jon & Julia Ward from Ogston took third overall just holding off Richard Hope & Mike Stenson from Draycote in fourth. Fifth overall and first home boat was Bruce & Andrew Bonar.

Click here for results table

At the end of a very enjoyable weekend, a few thank you’s are definitely in order:

  • Firstly to Waples Wines for sponsoring the Waples Wines Northern Traveller Series and providing the fantastic prizes – thank you, we are very grateful indeed.
  • Secondly to all the visitors who joined us for the weekend, some travelling a long way. With our flourishing home fleet it has been brilliant to race against you and learn from you and we hope to see you back here and on the circuit again soon.
  • Thirdly to John Fothergill and his race team who made the most of some very tricky conditions and got a full complement of races in- well done John!
  • Lastly, but by no means least, to our fleet captain Chris Wright. As well as making sure the event was running smoothly ashore and afloat and sailing himself, he has corralled and cajoled 8 of our 11 strong fleet onto the water this weekend which was no mean feat – Well done Chris and thank you from us all for your tireless enthusiasm and energy.

The Waples Wine Northern Series continues at:

  • Bassenthwaite SC on the 9th and 10th July
  • Burton SC on the 3rd and 4th September
  • Dovestone SC on the 1st and 2nd October

Good luck to all those taking part in the nationals at Hayling Island in a fortnight’s time