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

Parkstone Autumn Series – Race 2 …!!

Saturday 8th October Autumn Series race 2.
“Its never over until its over”

15 boats on the water today, Race Officer Ian Laimey set an olympic traingle course in the light northerly wind.
The fleet got away first time, and were tightly bunched at the first mark, Bob Alexander & Huw Willetts rounded in front, just clear of Mike Kilbee & Ron Elliot.
Alexander /Willetts maintained their position at the front despite strong pressure from Crispin Read Wilson/Steve Brown & Dave Tabb/Chewy Sherrell.
As the leaders rounded the final leeward mark, Alexander/Willetts must have felt confident of taking the victory, however the wind dropped and they were passed on both sides by the Tabb and Read Wilson boats.
1st Crispin Read Wilson & Steve Brown
2nd Dave Tabb & Chewey Sherrell
3rd Bob Alexander & Huw Willetts
4th Graham & Ben Scroggie

Parkstone Series Race 9 ….!!

Saturday 25 June, Parkstone Spring Series race 9

Wind at last! Today crews were greeted by a fresh westerly wind. What a difference some wind makes to the atmosphere in the boat park.

Today was the also the last chance for many teams to fine tune their boats before heading off to the Nationals at Hayling Island.

11 boats headed out for the 2 races scheduled. For race 1, the race officer set a triangular course (with a kink). The lead was a tightly fought battle between Pete & Jo Allam and Bob Alexander & Huw Willetts. Both boats were never separated by more than a few boat lengths but Alexander & Willetts just managed to get an overlap at the critical final gybe mark to establish a lead they would hold to the finish.

For race 2, the Race Officer set a more conventional Olympic triangle course. Dave Tabb & Chewey Sherrell lead at the first mark, closely followed by Bob Alexander & Huw Willetts. Tabb & Sherrell held the lead, until a daring move on the second beat from Graham & Ben Scroggie gave them the lead. The Scroggies tried the same move on the last beat, this time however they were to loose out and dropped to 4th behind Patrick Keats & Chris Jermyn. This left the Tabb/Sherrell & Alexander/Willetts teams to battle for the lead and eventually Alexander/Willetts secured the lead just before the last mark and held off Tabb/Sherrell to the finish.

Race 1
1st Bob Alexander & Huw Willetts
2nd Pete & Jo Allam
3rd Dave Tabb & Chewey Sherrell

Race 2
1st Bob Alexander & Huw Willetts
2nd Dave Tabb & Chewey Sherrell
3rd Patrick Keats & Chris Jermyn

Parkstone Series, Race 8 …!!

Parkstone Shallows

Saturday 18 June, Parkstone Spring Series race 8
Shall we, shan’t we, was the talk in the boat park before today’s race. Fortunately, a light north westerly breeze filled in before the start and 11 boats took to the water.
Race officer Steve Randle set a windward leeward course keeping boats close to the club.
Dave Tabb and Chewey Sherrell led at mark one and were only ever really threatened by Pete & Jo Allam.
Bob Alexander & Huw Willetts invented a new sport of boat pushing (witnessed and photographed by Ben Scroggie) as they went a bit too far into the shallows to cheat the tide.
1st Dave Tabb & Chewey Sherrell
2nd Pete and Jo Allam
3rd Bob Alexander & Huw Willetts
4th Christina and Steve Moncur

Parkstone Spring Series – Race 3….!!

Saturday 30 April Spring series Race 3
Saturday’s 12 strong fleet were greeted with a light to moderate West to North West breeze. With all other fleets racing to studland and back, the Fifteens elected for an olympic triangle course within the harbour. The fleet got away first time, with 3 boats being called back for premature starts. What followed was a very shifty and gusty race with many opportunities for gains and losses and with a big black cloud inland, the wind was always going to veer. When it did towards the end of the race, it did so in spectacular style, with a white knuckle ride to the finish.
After a long race, the fleet finished remarkably close together.
Results (to show 3 husband and wife teams in the top 6)
1st Dave Tabb & Chewey Sherrell
2nd Pete & Joanna Allam
3rd Simon Spolton & Grant Murphy
4th Bob Alexander & Huw Willetts
5th Steve & Lisa Randle
6th Christina & Steve Moncur

Parkstone Kicks Off 2016….!!

Saturday 16th April saw the start of Parkstone’s Saturday Spring Series and 10 boats lined up to compete in a light to moderate NW wind. Race Officer Nick Cornish set a course taking all fleets to the Top Triangle to make the most of the prevailing conditions.
Dave Tabb and Chewey Sherrell made a bold start on port tack, which gave them a healthy lead at the first mark, a lead they would never relinquish. Back in the pack there was close racing with much place changing.
1st Dave Tabb and Chewey Sherrell
2nd Patrick Keats and Chris Jermyn
3rd Graham and Ben Scroggie
Special mention must go to Bob Alexander and Huw Willetts who managed to claim 4th place using thier new prototype small Jib which is designed for lightweight crews.

Parkstone Easter Series Kicks Off Soon !!

After the winter break, Parkstone Yacht Club gets 2016 racing underway with their Easter series.
The event runs from Saturday 26th March to Monday 28th March and is open to all.
This is a great way to start the season with some good, close, friendly racing.
For further information go to, or ring the club on 01202 743610.

Parkstone Back in the Water after weeks of Gales and Calms…

At last some racing!!
After weeks of racing lost to what seemed like a never ending succession of gales it was nice to finally get a day when racing could take place.
12 boats lined up for race 1 in lively conditions. Race Officer Iain Lamey set a figure of eight course sending the fleet upwind towards the Harbour entrance before an exciting spinnaker leg back to the club. The winners of this last race of the Autumn Series (The Last Blast Trophy, donated by Dave Tabb,) were Pete and Jo Allam. Second place went to Bob Alexander and Huw Willetts and third went to Graham and Ben Scroggie.
Race 2 (the second and final race of the mini series) saw similar conditions to today’s race 1.
This time a windward leeward course was set, meaning a spinnaker gybe was going to be required on the downwind leg (that was going to be a challenge in the lively conditions).
Dave Tabb and Chewey Sherrell lead from the start but were pushed hard by Bob Alexander and Huw Willetts.
Race 2 results
1st Dave Tabb and Chewey Sherrell
2nd Bob Alexander and Huw Willetts
3rd Patrick Keats and Jon Gorringe.

For full results visit

Jo and Pete Allam Parkstone

Huw Willettes (left) Bob Alexander (right)

Parkstone Fleet AGM…!!

Parkstone has held its class AGM and a few points came up for discussion.

For next year Poole Week becomes a week again with added effort being put into family activities. It was discussed that the first weekend (a bank holiday usually) becomes an open event for the class.
The class voted to put funds towards promoting Poole week and it looks like we will have a stand at the Dinghy show to promote the event.
Another positive for visitors was the decision to increase buoy sizes. Definitely a good thing for Dave Tabb after this week’s first race.

Also up for discussion was the proposal being put to the class to change the rule regarding sail limitations. The discussion was thorough and in general the class was of the opinion that the present rules cannot and are not being policed and therefore are obsolete. Hence the class at Parkstone were in favour of the new proposals. This was discussed in any other business and while it has no relevance at this point the discussion was used to prompt the class too vote when one happens. The fact that we as a class are poor at voting nationally was highlighted.


David Tabb

Parkstone Winter Series Race 9…… !!

parkstone fleet photo 29nov
Saturday the 29th was a 2 race day at Parkstone. The day dawned with fantastic sunshine and 10 knots. Where else would you rather be?

By race time the wind was down to 8 knots and on a declining pattern. The first race was race 9 of the Autumn series and 18 boats started on a great box course (beat, reach, run, reach, beat) for 3 laps. Dave Tabb and Chewey Sherrell led at the first mark after a close rounding inside Crispin Read Wilson. They promptly sailed high to the wrong mark letting the fleet get back in front. After the first round 8 boats crossed the line together with Bob Alexander and Huw Willets having extended out front. By the weather mark Alexander led with Read Wilson and Tabb close behind. These 3 battled it out to the end in the dying wind with a very close finish of 5 seconds separating the 3 boats. The final result was 1st Crispin Read Wilson and Steve Brown followed by Bob Alexander and Huw Willetts. In 3rd was David Tabb and Chewey Sherrell. 20 seconds later came 4th and 5th with 2 hoots as they crossed almost simultaneously. Great racing in a very close fleet.

The second race was for the short mini series. David and Carol Duke showed their light air skills to lead by a good margin at the weather mark from Graham and Ben Scroggie who were overlapped by Dave Tabb and Chewey Sherrell. After the weather mark the wind almost died completely and it was with great skill that David and Carol kept their boat moving to record a well-deserved first. They were followed home by Steve Randle this week sailing with Graham Latham and in 3rd was the consistent Crispin read Wilson and Steve Brown.

(Race 9 photo by Jo Osman)

Parkstone Winter Series….!!

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A lighter day than we have been used to but 21 boats lined up for the start of race 1. The wind was light but steady and the fleet got away first time. The competition was very tough and positions chopped and changed throughout the race. Final results 1st Pete and Jo Allum, 2nd Crispin Read Wilson and Steve Brown, 3rd Chris Gorringe and Nadia Hosie.

Race 2 , (for the second mini series) looked like being very similar to the first race until just before the start when the wind veered and increased meaning the course became very one sided and reduced the opportunity for passing. A good win was recorded by Adrian Tattersall and Andrew Murphy with Steve Randle and Lisa Randle in an excellent second, 3rd was Martin Lewis and Mike Riley.

The level of racing in this winter series has been excellent with 25 boats entered and numerous different teams featuring in the points. No mean feat when the class enjoys an Olympic medalist, World Champion and quite a few national champions as well.


Parkstone Winter Series – Race 4….!!

FF from aboveSaturday the 25th of October saw 22 boats on the start line for 2 races. The first race was race 4 of the Parkstone winter series. A great course was set by the Osman family with a good beat followed by 3 nice reaches which resulted in planing in the gusts. Two rounds were sailed. The race started in a Westerly force 4 with the wind oscillating through 15 degrees and a changing tide. The first beat saw both sides of the fleet looking good at different times. At the first mark Crispin Read Wilson and Steve Brown were in the lead and managed to hold this to the end and held off a charging David Tabb and Chewey Sherrell. Graham and Ben Scroggie were third after pulling off a daring mark rounding on the reach to reach mark and stealing at least 6 places.

parkstone race 4 photo 1The second race was a part of the short mini series which is raced on every other weekend. The Osman’s set a good windward leeward course for this. The tide had also changed so inevitably the class saw a general recall. 4 boats were over the line and this resulted in some silence at the finishing line. The race was won convincingly by Bob Alexander and Huw Willetts, 2nd were Chris Gorringe and Nadia Hosie with Adrian Tattersall and Andy Murphy in 3rd.

Parkstone race 4 photo 2It was good to see the last 4 boats in each race only separated by a few seconds showing the close racing all the way through the fleet. We also welcomed back Peter and Jo Allum after Petes leg operation. However it wasn’t so nice for past Commodore Barry Rolf as we looked back to see Pete on Port colliding with Barry who nearly capsized. I’m told the Barry actually got one foot on the keel. All fun and capers here at Parkstone.

Pictures are by Jo Osman.