LLANGORSE SAILING CLUB
Flying Fifteen Open Meeting 2017
Incorporating Classic & Silver Inland
24th & 25th June 2017
The 2ND event of the 2017 Southern traveller Series was sailed on the beautiful Llangorse Lake set in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park and there were 8 Classic, 5 Silver and 3 Open Fleet entries. The event was run on 2 starts, Open & Silvers followed by the Classics.
On Saturday 3 races were sailed in a light wind from the west which, because of the proximity of the Mountains, created many variations in direction and strength. After an initial short postponement to let the wind settle the Race Officer, Nick Taylor, set a course which included all angles of sailing. Through the afternoon the wind speed increased and settled, generating lively and competitive racing.
At the end of the first day a “pecking order” was already beginning to be established. In the Classic Fleet locals John Morgan & Lorina Walder (2663) and Colin & Edward Fletcher (2900) were being challenged by visitors Brian Turner & Jackie Burns (3031). The grand Old Lady of Llangorse FF55 also made a brief appearance with owners Jeremy and Katherine Soulsby aboard for the first race. Whilst in the Open Fleet visitors Bob Tait & Pete Comber (4051) were clearly “in control” and in the Silvers there were 3 different winners Derek Harrison & Tim Greaves (3359), Robert Dangerfield & Steve Jakeman (3121) and Andy & Jane Hough (3040).
When the fleets came ashore after a challenging series of races everyone was ready for some “R&R” and most made their way to the local pub to re-sail the races with a meal and a drink!
Sunday dawned with a stronger and more consistent wind which generated marginal planing conditions. For the first race the Race Officer set the traditional Simon Dangerfield memorial Windward / Leeward course. This was followed in the final race by a more conventional round the buoys course which included fast reaches and spinnaker gybes.
After refreshment in the Clubhouse and the presentation of Trophies and prizes, everyone made their way home reflecting on another very enjoyable and well organised Southern Traveller Series event.
NB – The next event in the Southern Traveller Series will be sailed at South Cerney Sailing Club over 9/10 September.
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
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
The date for Burnham this year is June 18/19.
Leave a message here on the blog for Justin if you plan on going !!
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 for a downloadable copy for your noticeboard
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
The new FF Magazine is absolutely brilliant, I reckon.
The latest super idea is to offer Clubs free advertising for their Open Meetings within it.
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
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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 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.