2017 Southern Traveller Series – 1st event at Broxbourne SC on 3rd/4th June!!.

The Club has a very active fleet of Modern, Silver and Classic F15’s, ideally representing the focus of the Southern Traveller Series which aims to encourage competitive racing for all ages of boats.

– Overall positions will use ff handicaps

– Broxbourne Classic Trophy will be awarded to the first Classic Boat.

– Prizes will be awarded through the fleet

– Entry includes a free Saturday evening Meal!

Broxbourne SC is easily accessible from most of South Eastern / Southern UK with dual carriageway roads bringing you to within 3 miles of the Club.

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 2017 are at Llangorse (24/25 June), South Cerney (9/10 Sept) and Middle Nene (13/14 Oct)

See the UK Flying 15 website for details of NOR, and Club contact, etc.


Parkstone Yacht Club – Flying Fifteen Open 3/4 June 2017

Parkstone Yacht Club – Flying Fifteen Open 3/4 June 2017

Come an enjoy 2 days racing in Poole Bay. Entry is on line and links can be found on the Parkstone Yacht Club website at ‘Sailing’ -> ‘Major Events’ -> ‘Open Competitions’ -> Flying Fifteen Open or on the Association website on the Events page.

We are holding a social event on Saturday evening and you will be contacted, once you have entered, to see if you would like join the Parkstone Flying Fifteen class and advised on the nominal ticket cost.

There will be racing in the harbour on Friday evening start time 18:30 for those who wish to arrive early and have a sail/race.

Boats can be left at the club on the evening 28th May ,by prior arrangement, for anyone who is at Hayling that weekend and would like to drop off the boat rather than trail it home. Hope to see you on the 3rd June.

Huw Willetts Parkstone Yacht Club Flying Fifteen Class Captain

Southern Travellers Round 3 at South Cerney……!!

Report of the 3rd round of the 2015 Southern Traveller Series, sailed at South Cerney SC over the weekend 6/7 September.

11 boats took to the water for the F15 Open event. There were 4 races on Saturday in light winds and a final two races on Sunday morning in very light winds. Well done to the Race Officer, Dave Whittle, and his team getting all 6 races completed in the fickle conditions.
1st place overall and 1st classic were visitors Bob Tait and Mick Musgrave from Broxbourne sailing club. 2nd place overall and 1st Silver were our very own Andrew and Ali Wallace with 3rd place overall going to Neil Bartholemy and Jim Reid from Middle Nene sailing Club.
1st SCSC boat outside of the top 3 was Derek Harrison and Tim Greaves in 6th place overall.
The visitors were very complimentary about the event organisation, the race management, and the fantastic meal on Saturday night. Well done to everyone involved.
Author:- Paul Kimmens, Vice Commodore SCSC
Dave Whittle took some great photos and these are available via the link https://goo.gl/photos/WAazJR9YvYgnnREB7
The final STS event will be sailed at Middle Nene SC on 3-4 October, when the prizes will be presented to the overall winners of the Classic, Silver and Open Fleets.

Click here to download the full results

South Cerney SC 2015 F15 Open Results


Mercedes Open at Datchet – Race Report

datchet open 2015

Grey skies and a lively breeze greeted 15 FF crews at Datchet on Saturday morning. Race officer, Philip Tinsley (Datchet’s Commodore) indicated the Sunday forecast was uninviting, and proposed 4 races on Saturday – “just in case”. He set a windward/leeward course, to ensure the shifty gusts did not ruin the reaches to a gybe mark.

The first race was very keenly contested, setting the tone for the rest of the day. Last year’s winners, Richard Lovering and Matt Alvarado from HISC, winning from Chew’s Ian Cadwallader and Parkstone’s Dave Tabb.

The second race saw some fantastic comebacks, with Dave Tabb and Chewey Sherrell, storming back from 7th after the first lap, to win handsomely from Lovering/Alvarado to were also buried in the pack.

The race officer shortened the last two races to 2 laps, as the wind strength peaked at 29 knots. The third race saw Alan Bax and Mark Darling return to form, chasing home the in form Lovering/ Alvarado, with Crispin Read Wilson and Steve Brown third.

The last race saw Simon Kneller and Dave Lucas win, from Tabb/ Sherrell and inevitably Lovering/ Alvarado.

Sunday dawned wet, but not too blustery, but the forecast was dire – 35 knots gusting 55, and after a general conflab, there were no objections to cancelling further racing. For those de-rigging to go home, or on to Bewl, the wind rose and rose, ensuring the reservoir was closed by 10.30.

Overall, Lovering/ Alvarado won by 2 points from the consistent Tabb/Sherrell and Kneller/ Lucas. Top Datchet boat was father and son Ian and James (Ballotelli!) Linder.

Thanks to all the visitors for making the journey, even with the forecast, and to the race team for managing to complete 4 races in pretty challenging circumstances.

Full Results here


2015 Season Kicks Off at Datchet Open….!!

3 weeks to the Mercedes Open at Datchet (28/29 March)

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the Mercedes Open at Datchet Water SC on 28th/ 29th March. We’ve slipped it back a few weeks this year (into Spring) so there’s no excuse for those of you who “don’t do Winter sailing”!

It’s a great chance to sharpen your tactics ahead of the Inland Championships at Bewl – and those travelling from afar are welcome to leave their boats at Datchet for the week (let me know if you’d like to do so).

The Notice of Race (http://www.dwsc.co.uk/UKFFA%20Mercedes%20Trophy%202015%20NoR.pdf) and Sailing Instructions (http://www.dwsc.co.uk/UKFFA%20Mercedes%20Trophy%20Open%202015%20SIs.pdf) can be found on the club and UKFFA websites

See you in 3 weeks
Mervyn Wright
(mervynwright@live.co.uk; 07768 921576)

Burton Open Meeting….!!

If you sailed, or tried to sail this weekend, you’ll know what the high pressure sitting slap over the UK was doing to our breezes!!

At Burton, they spent Saturday whistling for the wind – but got enough on Sunday to get a few races in.  They did well !!

The results were scored using the recommended Open/Silver/Classic handicaps.  Click here to see them.


Day One at Burton ….!!

Day one report for Burton

No wind, after rigging for a 12:00 start the race committee hoisted the ap as the wind was not good; even the kids topper coaching had difficulty getting drills in.

After a light lunch and a bit if boat bimbleing the Race Comittee abandoned for the day at 3:00pm

The bar is now open and we look forward to the BBQ and Malcolm’s quiz this evening.


South Cerney Open Meeting….!!

Congratulations to Andrew and Catriona Wallace on winning the South Cerney Flying Fifteen Open this weekend. A superb display of sailing in shifty and sometimes light winds.

Racing started on Saturday lunchtime with a decent but shifty breeze which kept the race officer, Paul Kimmens, and the competitors guessing. In the first race Andrew and Catriona were first across the line and with enough of a gap between them and the second place boat they scored a 1st place after handicapping. The trend continued in the 2nd race with another 1st place. After a short lunch break races 3 and 4 were undertaken in much the same shifty breeze. It was nip and tuck all afternoon with Andrew and Catriona scoring a 3rd place in the 3rd race and missing out on a 1st place in race four by just 2 seconds after handicapping. This meant they finished the day in 1st place after 4 races but with all to play for in the final two races on Sunday.

On Saturday night Pam Weeks served up yet another fantastic meal, this time with a spanish theme, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

It was an early start on Sunday with the 1st race at 10.00. The wind had dropped a bit from Saturday but was still north westerly and shifty. I think the competitors had perhaps enjoyed the bar a little too much the night before and were still in party mood crossing the line a good 10 seconds before the start with the race officer having to signal a general recall.

The fleet were much better behaved on the second attempt, if only the wind had followed suit…….

At the windward mark on the 1st beat the wind dropped to almost nothing and it was slow progress around the top of the course until the wind filled in. The wind continued to fluctuate but Andrew and Catriona took another 1st in the tricky conditions. Which meant that they had won the event, which may have had a slight bearing on the final race which was their worst score in 6th place.

Full results are on the club website.

It was a fantastic weekend with some great feedback from the visiting boats regarding our hospitality and race management.

Paul Kimmins

Burton Open – Coming Up…. !!!

Hi everyone, just sitting here at the pub drinking a Pedigree and thinking about our Flying Fifteen open. Traditionally I have made every effort to have a good Saturday night do attached to our event. The word is out on the circuit that Burton is a great place to come too, water, people and fun. Club members and visitors are asking me what were going to do.

So here goes; This year I have been a bit remiss, I thought low key, little effort, but having had 3 pints, I am thinking Bugger it, lets have some fun!

So I cordially invite you all, to the the FF open, BBQ and Seaman Challenge. It will be a night to challenge your nautical knowledge, as well as wine tasting skills and sense of humour.

Planned start time 7:30 pm saturday night in the club house. BBQ cost £5 per person (its cheap so dont expect a 3 course meal) burnt meat and bread yyyyyeeeeaahhhbb thats a British BBQ. Seaman’s quiz is free. Bring your glad rags and sense of humour. All invited, the more the merrier. Prize for best scoring team. Hint, bring a cork screw!!!


Burton Fleet Captain

Southern Travellers Series – Broxbourne Race Report….!!


Flying 15 Open Meeting 26/27 July

Written by Richard Taylor

A hot summer morning with a very light breeze greeted the ten competitors – including three visitors – as they rigged for the two days of racing in this second 2014 Southern Travellers Series event.

The fleet was a mixture of 4 Open, 1 Silver and 5 Classics all racing together in a five race series, with four to count over the weekend and the results calculated using the latest adjusted PY numbers.

By the time of the 12.00 briefing the wind was still very light, but the OOD was optimistic it would hold and set a course that used the full sailing area of the lake. From the start of the first race the “pecking order” was established with locals 3681 (Pip Hudson & Peter Nash) leading from 2606 (Bob Tait & Mick Musgrove) and in third visitor 2700 (Neil Bartholomey & Jim Read).

For the second race the OOD wisely altered the course to keep the fleet in the main area of the lake. Eventually, after a very slow race with huge holes in the fickle wind the leaders were locals 3681, 2606 and 3031 (Brian Turner & Jackie Burns).

After a spell ashore to enjoy a cup of tea the third race was started in a slightly stronger breeze, which unfortunately didn’t last but the front runners were consistent with 2606 this time leading 3681 and in third another local boat 598 (Geoff & Hazel Town).

As the fleet came ashore to get ready for a relaxing evening meal there were many “hard luck” stories, which were soon forgotten as everyone enjoyed the superb hospitality, laid on by the many helpers in the home club galley.

Sunday dawned with a reasonable breeze and hopes were high that two good races would dim the frustration of the previous day. As was inevitably the case, whilst the fleet were rigging for the fourth race of the series the wind began to drop! However, after another race of shifts and holes at the finish there was a change of order with visitors 2700 (Neil Bartholomey & Emma Brown) leading from locals 3681 (Pip Hudson & Peter Nash) and 3423 (Mason & Harry King).

The wind by now was again very light and fickle so the fleet went ashore to take and early lunch and see what developed. Eventually, it was agreed by everyone that there was no sign of any miraculous improvement and the final race was abandoned!

The overall results after one discard confirmed the supremacy of the local sailors with Pip Hudson & Peter Nash in 3681 taking 1st place, with Bob Tait and Mick Musgrove in 2606 taking 2nd and the Classic Trophy, followed in 3rd place by the Neil Bartholomey and Emma Brown from Middle Nene.

After the prize giving everyone thanked the OOD for attempting to set fair courses in very difficult conditions; and there was a universal praise for the Galley and home club members who worked very hard to make the weekend so enjoyable despite the complete lack of co-operation from the wind!

Please note that the third race in the 2014 STS is scheduled for 30/31 August at South Cerney – All categories of F15 are welcome, and we are negotiating a return to normal service from the Wind!!

Click here for the full results

Broxbourne Coming Up ….!!

broxbourne open 2014 posterSouthern Traveller Series – 2nd event

Broxbourne Open Mtg 26/27 July.

The second event for the STS is coming up in two weeks time – see the details on the UKFFA website – see you there?!

Many thanks

Best regards

Richard Taylor

Click here to download the NOR

Click here to download the SI’s

Click here to download the Entry form in pdf format

Click here to download the Entry Form in .doc format

Click here….. to download the poster !!