Datchet Racing – Sunday March 15th

FF Race Review Sunday 15th March

Sunday morning greeted the club sailors with a 12-15 knot ENE and an icy chill in the air so it was a hardy fleet which put to the water. At least thankfully for the crews the threatened rain held off.

Race 1

The course was set with a castle end start. Once over the start line the tactics saw the lead boats making a course behind the pier towards the windward mark.

From there it’s was a steady reach with kites around the gybe mark and back to the leeward mark. As with the previous weeks a well-planned course was apparent making for some fast laps.

At the windward mark of second lap the standings were as follows

Brett Dingwall and Jonathan Clark (confusingly borrowing Charles’s 3957 sails!) from John Hanson & Helen Hepworth (3954) who were just edging out Dominick and David Hume in (3559) with Stephen Hopson & Robert Simmons 4029, holding off Mike Clapp and Trevor Brant (3427) and Mervyn Wright and George Caspall (3904), nursing a broken kicker.

On the final lap the boats were spread out just a little further with the main battle taking place for 4th and 5th. The pace remained fast with the last lap the quickest of the three.

The race finished in the same order as had been held throughout. With Brett and Jonathan (3957) taking the win from John & Helen (3954) who after a race long tussle just pipped the Humes (3559) for second place.


Race 2

The cloud cover remained 100% but the rain still held off and the wind just dipped a knot or two for the second race.

This time around the racing was even more clinical with Mervyn and George pushing the front three all the way round.

After the first lap it was again Brett and Jonathan (3957) leading from Dominick and David (3559) who were just holding off John and Helen (3954)

The first two laps saw very close racing for 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions. On the return of the second lap the front four displayed different tactics with 3957 & 3954 heading round to the starboard starboard of the tower and 3559 & 3904 heading port of it. The decision of the boats going to starboard paid off with John & Helen 3954, rounding the mark ahead of Dominick & David 3559 but only just! Mervyn & George closely following in 3904

The final leg saw some fast steady racing with the boats finishing in the following order 3957, 3954, 3559, 3904, 4029 and 3427 with four minutes between first and last.


Charles and his various crews currently lead the series from John and Helen leaving one race left of the winter series to decide the final positions.

For last Sunday and series results please use the following link


To re-iterate on that note next weekend will be the last practice run before the Mercedes Open which is the following weekend 28th / 29th March

The event is running a couple of weeks later than last year and we have already had entries from Parkstone and Chew. It would be great to see all the “Fifteen FF’s” in the current series along with visitor entries on the start line a week on Saturday!

So please dust off the covers and get that final series result and practice in before the main event.

Best Regards


Datchet Race Report, Sunday 8th March…!!

FF Race Review Sunday 08th March

Race 1

After the weather imposed break and Dinghy Show duties of the previous week it was a welcome return to both Sunday morning racing and warmer weather! A solid fleet of nine FF’s put out to the water along with the rest of the club fleet, guests and the CAT Spitfire series.

With Simon Kneller and Dave Lucas (4024) returning to the club and Mike Firth and Phil Tinsley back in Firths Folly (3888) a tight race was anticipated.

A firm but not too cold westerly was blowing in across the lake. With a prompt start from the Club end, the FF’s divided into two groups each proposing “they” knew the quickest way to the Windward mark with several boats working a starboard tack towards the wall with the rest heading out towards the middle.

The mark was rounded in close procession with Charles Apthorp and Adrian Simpson (3957), Simon and Dave, Mervyn and George (3904) and John and Helen (3954) the front runners.

The wing mark was set to give a close reach (at least to stay upwind of a tower) up to the gybe mark which saw the Kites raised in a way more akin to asymmetrical fleet!

The wind died for the front runners, collapsing the fleet at the gybe mark but with front positions having been held steady some fierce racing was played out for the middle and rear positions.

Mike and Phil battling it out Mike & Ian (3427), Hopson and Utter (4029) and Roger & Richard (3642)

As with the reach, the race team had carefully positioned a tower dead centre of the beat between the mark and the start leaving some tactical decisions for the crews to make.

The run was fairly true downwind giving a split of the fleet to port or starboard.

The final leg was completed in similar fashion to the first with a few gusts picking up in patches.

Another tight beat to the leeward mark with the Kite poles close on the Halyard meant for two fast legs to the finish with 3957 pipping 3954 and 4024 with not more than a boat length between them and the rest of the fleet not far behind.




Race 2

The second race proved to be even closer than the first with all the boats finishing within four minutes this turned into one of the closest of the series and saw some thrilling racing however at the start this didn’t seem the way it was going to go!

Two or three boats had to tack to avoid an early start forcing them to go round before crossing the line.

This didn’t split the fleet too much however and a slight shift and increase in wind brought the crew bottoms someway out over the side as they headed up to the mark. This time all the boats finding a good breeze in the centre or over towards the wall.

Again the race around the mark saw judgement pay off for Charles and Adrian (3957) racing tightly with Simon and Dave (4024).

The boats rounding the windward mark in even closer procession than in race one. This time with the wind further forward a very fast reach to the gybe mark was possible with some strong gusts assisting on the way

Charles and Adrian took the win ahead of Simon and Dave with an increased length of half a boat between the two!

For Sunday’s and the series results please see the following link



The Merc Open is at the end of the month 28th / 29th March it would be great to see the “Fifteen FF’s” in the current series along with visitor entries on the start line and see if we can push the field well beyond last year’s 18 boats.

So with warmer temperatures and two weeks left of the winter series, now is the time to uncover the boats and get the practice in..!!

Best Regards


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

Nationals Day Three – Full Report….!!

UKGlobal Flying Fifteen National Championship – Day 3

All photos ©David Harding, http://www.sailingscenes.com

SailingScenes F15 Nats Day 3-20140707615For those who have been following the British Flying Fifteen nationals from afar, the news from Monday is…more of the same: more superb sailing conditions in Poole Bay, more top-rate race management, more happy sailors returning ashore for a lively and sociable evening at Parkstone Yacht Club, and two more bullets for the unstoppable Graham Vials and Chris Turner, who made it a clean sweep and secured the championship with a day to spare.

SailingScenes F15 Nats Day 3-20140707499It wasn’t exactly as though somebody had hit the repeat button from Sunday, however. The 11-15 knots of wind had a little more south in it to start with and, for the day’s first race, the tide was still running to the west, carrying the fleet towards the line. That might have contributed to the two general recalls. After the first, PRO Bryan Drake broke out the U flag. After the second it was a case of no more grace: black-flag time. The fleet responded and the third start was clean with no boats suffering the ignominy of a BFD.
Having been one of the most consistent teams in the first four races, it was turn of Ian Cadwallader and Dave Sweet to lead around the windward mark, ahead of Irish visitors John Lavery and David O’Brien. Vials and Turner were in fourth, but no one was surprised to see them start to pick off the boats in front of them around the triangle, sausage, triangle course. Cadwallader and Sweet kept them in their rear-view mirrors all the way to the last gybe mark and for most of the final shy reach to the finish, only to see the red spinnaker of 4004 sneaking past just yards from the line.

SailingScenes F15 Nats Day 3-20140707484For race 6 – started under a black flag after another general recall – the breeze had rocked to the right and a few rapid shifts up the beat caught out the unwary. Playing them to good effect and leading around the weather mark were Andy McKee and Rich Jones, who were finding their form after a trying start to the championship. They lost a trailer wheel on their way down from Manchester and arrived on the back of an AA truck more than 18 hours after setting off, just making the start of the first race on Saturday and sailing for the first two days with a damaged keel. Catching up on sleep and performing minor sugary to the boat had an effect in the form of a fourth in race 5 and a third in race 6, in which they were overtaken only by the relentless Vials and Turner and by the oh-so-consistent Greg Wells and Richard Rigg, who notched up their fourth 2nd place.

SailingScenes F15 Nats Day 3-20140707475The highlights of the day for most were the reaches, especially the second of each triangle which was about as shy as it could be for a spinnakering leg. With waves to play with and sunshine to add sparkle to the spray, these were reaches to remember.

SailingScenes F15 Nats Day 3-20140707464Top six positions after day 3

1 4004 Graham Vials/Chris Turner (1)-1-1-1-1 5pts
2 4030 Greg Wells/Richard Rigg 2-(12)-2-2-8-2 18pts
3 4014 Ian Cadwallader/Dave Sweet 4-(9)-5-7-2-6 24pts
4 3955 Richard Lovering/Matthew Alvarado 5-2-4-3-(11)-11 25pts
5 3998 Alan Bax/Mark Darling 8-3-7-(19)-5-7 30pts
6 3780 Jeremy Davy/Martin Huett 9-4-(20)-13-3-8 37pts

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All photos ©David Harding, http://www.sailingscenes.com

Chew Valley Open Race Report….!!

Flying Fifteens at Chew Valley, 10-11 May.

This year’s Flying Fifteen Open at Chew was another windy event, much like last year’s Inlands which saw strong winds and gear breakage. Forecasts of 25-45 mph wind meant reduced numbers, but two visitors joined eight home boats for some exciting racing.

Race Officer Simon Chapman set a triangle-sausage course in the largest (and windiest!) part of the lake, and his very efficient team got three races in during Saturday afternoon in a steadily increasing breeze.

Race 1 set the pattern for the whole event, in conditions that were already challenging. Ian Cadwallader & Nick Stone took first, followed by Simon Patterson & Simon Thompson, Bill Chard & Ken Comrie, then Danny Pilgrim & Josh Preater. The first four were the same in race 2, with Ian and Nick staging a comeback after having to take a penalty on the first beat and temporarily dropping some places.

By race 3 the conditions were starting to take their toll. A reduced fleet started the race and then a squall flattened three boats on the run. Only four boats completed the race, with Ian & Nick once again taking first from Simon & Simon.

On Sunday morning the conditions looked manageable from the relative calm of the sheltered Club shore and the fleet launched for a 1030 start. Once we reached the start area though it was clear that the wind was at least as strong as during race 3 on Saturday. After a short postponement the Race Officer abandoned for the day – which turned out to be the right decision as the wind only continued to build for the rest of the morning.

With no discard available the top positions went to the three boats who completed all races on the Saturday. Final positions were:-

  • 1st Ian Cadwallader and Nick Stone
  • 2nd Simon Patterson and Simon Thompson
  • 3rd Danny Pilgrim and Josh Preater
  • 4th Bill Chard and Ken Comrie


Full results are posted on the Chew Valley SC web site – Click Here

Bewl Valley Open Results – Apthorp Wins….. !!

Bewl Valley Flying Fifteen Open Meeting 5th /6th April 2014

The annual Bewl Valley Flying Fifteen Open meeting was held on the weekend of 5th/6th April at Bewl Valley Sailing Club near Lamberhurst in Kent.

The weather forecast in the previous week was extremely promising and hopes were high for a record turnout. This proved to be the case and the fleet was made up of 11 Bewl boats and 13 visitors. The latter came from as far afield as Devon, with the 4 boats from Hayling Island providing the most from a single club. For the first time all boats came from the Main fleet, thus no older boats from the Classic or Silver Fleet attended.

On Saturday afternoon the SW Force 3 winds accommodated a large trapezoidal course, using the majority of the main lake with the start line adjacent to the dam wall. Predictably, in some sense, the weekend became races of two halves, with the front half of the fleet provided by the visitors and the leading Bewl boats harassing the last quarter of the visiting fleet. However, there was much competition for places and close racing throughout the length of the fleet. It was particularly fascinating for the Bewl sailors to see the lap times achievable by the visitors on unfamiliar territory. As usual at Bewl, with this course, a good start and correctly predicting the winds patchiness and shifts on the first windward leg seemed to be the major component in the secret of success.On Sunday the wind had moved up a gear to force 4, without a real change of direction and so two more races were held with the previous day`s course. Under these perfect weather conditions the Fifteens lived up to their reputation for providing highly exciting spinnaker reaches.

The first and third places were taken by the Hayling Island boats of Apthorp and Richard , and Lovering and Alvarado, whilst in second place were Neller and Lucas of Grafham Water. In the home fleet the first Bewl boat , in tenth overall place, was that of the Clarks, followed at eleventh overall by the Blacklees and then in sixteenth place by Barton and Wood.

The usual cups and glassware prizes were supplemented by cash tokens from the sailing chandlers, Virtual Rigger.

Following the recent history of the event, with successive years seeing little wind, no water and culminating last year in  snow and extreme freezing conditions, it was particularly gratifying to achieve a highly enjoyable, popular and successful sailing weekend.

Click here for the full results

Datchet Open Meeting, The Mercedes Trophy – Full Results !!

Day 2 dawned with clear blue skies, bright sunshine and a distinct lack of breeze. However, wind was forecast and so all boats made their way to the start for a short postponement. The first race was signalled only 20 min after it was due and in their eagerness to get going pretty much the whole fleet was over. So after resetting following the general recall, the fourth race of the series got underway at the second time of asking.
As with Day 1 the races were conducted on windward leeward coursemaking for tactical and close racing. Race 4 ended with 3957 taking first followed by 3955 and 4024.
Race 5 was quite a tense affair with very few points covering the top 3 crews and all to play for. After more tactical close racing 3955 took first this time followed by 3957.
Race 6 ended for the first 5 in the order of the overall standings with Charles Apthorp and Alan Green taking first in 3957, Richard Lovering and Matt Alvarado (3955) in second, Ian Cadwallander and Bill Chard (4014) third, John Hanson and Helen Selden (3954) fourth and Simon Keller and Dave Lucas (4024) in fifth. Prizes were awarded at a suitable break in the all important rugby game!

2014 Midwinters at Datchet …..!!!

The 2014 Midwinters were held at Datchet today, amazingly, in bright bright sunshine!  Wasn’t half blowing though – 20 mph SW plus huge 60mph gusts forecast(!), and about 7 degrees of temperature…  Great formula for a sail!!

Datchet Main Gate below waterDatchet Boatshed cut off by waterThe preceding 24 hours though had contained as much rainfall as any of the worst of our storms this winter. Roads in the area were saturated.  The main gate was only just passable, and the Club boatshed was marooned in its own lake.

Given the conditions, a few would be competitors would have been deterred.  A full report from Helen Hepworth follows.

Datchet Midwinters Championships 1st February 2014.


Written by Helen Hepworth

For all those sailors who have been duvet hugging since coming back from Hong Kong, the Midwinter Championships is a first step to blowing away all the cobwebs ready for the rest of the season.

Despite the heavy wind forecast and the flood at the gates of the reservoir, 8 crews, including 2 visitors, lined up to launch following the race briefing from Datchet Commodore Philip Tinsley.  He proposed to do short windward-leeward courses to give everyone lots of start and first beat practice as well as to try and keep everyone warm!

even crews actually took to the start line with Charles Apthorp and Alan Green in 3957, Patrick Keats and David Culpan in 3821 and Mervyn Wright and Howard Shawyer in 3536 leading the way up the first beat after hitting the pin in 3954 for John Hanson and Helen Selden meant turns had to be done.

However, by the first mark 3954 and made headway into the leading pack, and although 3957 had sprinted away down the run, 3954 were in the hunt having passed both 3821 and 3536.  The first race appeared to finish with 3957 taking the gun, 3954 second followed by 3821 and 3536, however 3954 had failed to round the last spreader mark and so retired from the race.

The second race got turned round very quickly thanks to the PRO and a better start was had by all.  Again 3957 lead the way with 3821 and 3954 hot on their heels.  This order was maintained throughout the race to the end. Unfortunately due to the increasing breeze  only 5 boats finished race 2.

In light of this increasing breeze and after consultation with the 4 boats left on the water, the PRO set up again for race 3.  The first beat, although gusty was manageable, but the gusts on the run down proved quite tricky with the kite up.  3957 was the first to be caught out resulting in 3954 taking the decision initially to only motor down under 2 sails.  However, seeing 3821 managing the kite, 3954 duly hoisted to be hit by more large gusts.  3957 had recovered by this point and the order at the leeward mark was 3957, 3821, 3954 then 3536.  The gusts were still increasing at this point (45 mph was recorded at Heathrow) and were wreaking havoc – 3954’s tiller extension broke on the run down taking them out of the race and so the final race ended with a third and decisive win for 3957 therefore taking the overall honours, with a third second place for 3821 and another third place for 3536, despite Mervyn Wright losing a tooth somewhere along the way!

Discussions at the prize giving focused around how much fun the event had been.  The visitors and several more teams now move on to compete in the Datchet Winter Warm up event Through March.  We’re expecting Simon Kneller, Dave Lucas, Graham and Ben Scroggie and Richard Lovering/ Matt Alvarado to join in shortly to take advantage and all others are welcome to cons and tune up before the Mercedes Open on 8th/ 9th March They will be joined by many more crews for the Datchet Open Meeting at on the 8th -9th March, see you all there.

Click here to see the full results.

Race Report – Races 3 & 4…..!!

Report by Lindsay Lyons

A slightly lighter day on the water today, with around 10 to 14kts of breeze from 075° for day 2 of the Flying Fifteen Hong Kong Nationals, and Race Officer Jerry Rollin chose the same area of the Lamma patch as Tuesday to set up the committee boat. Race three started with a general recall as a clutch of ‘Fifteens broke the middle of the line, making it impossible to identify the transgressors. Rollin black flagged the restart, but even with that deterrent, five boats mis-timed their approach and were scored BFD for the race – Pharos Financial Group, Changing Lanes, Jaffa, Noisy Forefather and Tomffoolery.

HK Goachetr Evans beatingPhotos © G Leslie

The remaining boats continued around the course, consisting of sausage-triangle-sausage with a leeward finish, with defending World Champions Graham Vials / Chris Turner coming in first ahead of Steve Goacher/ Phil Evans, Grant Alderson / Dean McAullay and the Jerwoods in fourth.

HK windward mark day 2With the pin end repositioned, the line was opened for the second start, however just ahead of the one-minute signal, the AP was raised to allow a wind shift to settle. When the race finally got underway, Ashley Smith and Adam Kingston clearly fancied the pin end – so much so that with the fleet bearing down on them, they brushed the pin boat, with Sam Chan forcing his way in and causing further contact with both Pharos Financial Group and Tomffoolery.

Completing their turns dented the race hopes of all three, but Smith and Kingston managed to recover to eighth. The eventual winners of race 4, Greg Wells and Andrew Jameson on Betty managed to avoid a pile up at the windward mark involving half the fleet.

Speaking after the race, Wells said “first we thought the left looked good… then the right. We couldn’t decide which way to go so we sort of just went up the middle – we thought we’d get there about 12th, but arrived in fourth surrounded by rock stars!” Betty went on to pull back the other boats one by one to cross the finish line in first place, with Nick and Janet Jerwood in second and David Tabb / Chewey Sherrell in third.

After four races, the Jerwoods are sitting in first place on 10 points, with Graham Vials in second on 13 and Steve Goacher in third on 17. The regatta finishes tomorrow with the final two races, then there follows a lay day before the start of the ‘main event’, the 19th International Flying Fifteen World Championship on Saturday 2 November.

Click here for the HK Nationals Results Page

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Southern Championship – Event Report….!!


Written by Michael Kilbee


The Flying Fifteen Southern Championship was hosted by Parkstone Yacht Club and sponsored by Mar-Key over the bank holiday weekend of 24 and 25 August. The event attracted 40 entries from all parts of the country, including 15 boats from the host club. From furthest away were Patrick Harris and Vincent Harris of Club Nautica Cala Gamba who competed in a chartered boat.

After a week of light winds and sunny days, the forecast for the Saturday was for overcast conditions, some rain but wind of about 15 knots. The day did turn out to be overcast but the rain stopped somewhere on the road into Poole and the wind quickly freshened. By midway through the first race, it was up around 20 knots and by early afternoon it was approaching 25 knots. This made for some screaming spinnaker reaches and planing on the runs. As the wind was an offshore northerly, though, the waves did not have a chance to build up enough for any serious surfing to take place.

Race Officer Jim Macgregor got the fleet away first time on an Olympic triangle course. It paid to go left and the boats which went up the right hand side of the course saw the all the boats coming in on port round the mark ahead of them. Local Parkstone sailor David Tabb, crewed by Chewey Sherrell got into the lead and narrowly held off Steve Goacher and Phil Evans every lap. David and Chewey started down the final run to the finish a couple of boat lengths ahead but Steve and Phil reeled them in and just crossed the line first. Greg Wells and Andrew Jameson, from Hayling Island SC, were in third place for much of the time but ,by the time they started the final lap, they were overtaken by Richard Lovering and Matt Alvarado, also from Hayling Island. Fifth were Chris Gorringe and Nadia Hosie, from Parkstone YC, who had sailed a steady race, and for much of the time in fourth spot.

The marks needed little adjustment for the second race and the RO quickly got the start sequence under way in the ever freshening breeze. A black flag on the second attempt helped the fleet then get away cleanly. Lovering and Alvarado led initially but Goacher and Evans overtook them on the second lap to hold the lead to the finish. Alan Bax, crewed by Mark Darling, moved into second place on the third lap and led Lovering and Alvarado to the finish, followed by Chris and Tom Waples.

The third and last race on the Saturday was, in the fresh breeze, a test of stamina after two hard races. Goacher and Evans rounded the windward mark in the lead and maintained it for the whole race. The following places were contested by Wells and Jameson, Chris and Tom Waples and Tabb and Sherrell but after various changes on the way round, they finished in that order.

Sunday had been forecast to have lighter winds but as the boats sailed out to the race area in Poole Bay, the northerly wind steadily built, such that just before the scheduled start time it was blowing harder than on the Saturday, and with heavy rain. Quite a swell built up but it proved to be a squall and the wind had moderated to a little over 15 knots when the gun fired for the first start. Bax and Darling, form Hayling Island SC, got a good start and arrived at the weather mark just ahead of Graham and Ben Scroggie, from Parkstone YC. The Scroggies were followed round by Wells and Jameson but were unable to hold them off and slipped to third place. Positions remained unchanged with Bax and Jameson crossing the line first followed by Wells and Jameson. The Scroggies held third place, followed by Robert Hogben and Glyn Morgan who had been in fourth place throughout.

The start fifth and final race of the Championship attracted a black flag after the first attempt. The wind by this time had moderated slightly more and there were more localized shifts in it than in the previous races. Hogben and Morgan started well and led at the end of the first lap. They slipped back to fourth place in the second lap and Bax and Darling took the lead but then lost it to Lovering and Alvarado. Tabb and Chewey moved up to third place and then again to second place.

The Championship winners were Goacher and Evans but the racing had been close throughout, with only two points separating the next three places overall. The sailing conditions had been superb throughout and just what the Flying Fifteen excels in.

Results overall

1st – 4021            S. Goacher & P. Evans, Royal Windermere YC

2nd – 3998            A. Bax & M. Darling, Hayling Island SC

3rd – 3955            R. Lovering & M. Alvarado, Hayling Island SC

4th – 3920            G. Wells & A. Jameson, Hayling Island SC

5th – 4019            D. Tabb & C. Sherrell, Parkstone YC

6th – 3994            C. Waples & T. Waples, Hayling Island SC

Full Results at :-


Aussie Nationals, Day Two – Race Report ….!!

Conditions for Day 2 of racing at Davey’s Bay were 5-8 knots from the SW, but the swell that had built up from the overnight winds made for a difficult day’s racing. A change of sailing instructions brought the first race forward to midday, which made life interesting for those who celebrated the start of the New Year late into the night.


Third time lucky for the start of Race 3, after two general recalls the fleet headed into a black flag start. Ashley Smith and Adam Kingston were first to the top mark and definitely the ones to catch, followed by Sue Thompson and Cam Taylor in the shifty conditions which saw numerous position changes. A mix up at the leeward gate after the final reach saw two boats round the wrong mark and head upwind towards the finish line. Peter Milne suffered the most after realising his mistake, going from a strong 4th he re-hoisted his kite and rounded the correct mark, finishing 22nd in race 3.

But in the light and sloppy conditions Jim Callahan and Andrew Peck (nephew of Nigel Peck, recipient of the Uffa Fox Medal) made up ground when it counted and scored their first race win ahead of Smith and Kingston, followed by David Tabb from the UK sailing with Davey’s Bay Commodore Scott Lidgett with the ever consistent Rainey brothers finishing 4th.


Race  4 saw dual Olympian Jeni Danks, sailing with husband Peter, leading the fleet at every mark. Jeni remarked “It’s so much easier up in front!” back on shore, but her lead was taken in the duel to the finish by Victorian State Champions Adam Hawkins and Ben Jones sailing ‘Idswapthisforabundy’. The top ten was made up of the usual suspects plus some newcomers; British team Ian Cleaver and Steve Jobson, David Williamson and Craig Morton and Chris Hall sailing with highly sought after crew, sixteen year old John Radnell.


After four races we have four different winners, overall the positions are

1. Smith/Kingston            10pts

2. Rainey/Rainey            13pts

3. Thompson/Taylor         20pts

4. Hawkins/Jones            20pts

5. Owen/Reed              24pts

6. Danks/Danks            37pts


Full results are at http://www.daveysbay.org.au/

Sue Thompson


2013 Winter Series Kicks Off at Datchet……!!

“Tight racing in great conditions at Datchet today – perfect conditions for the Mid Winter Championships and Winter Warm Up Series”……

Click here for the race report for the first race of the Datchet Winter Series.

 Don’t forget the FF Mid Winter Championship at Datchet on the 26th/27th January.  The attached leaflet provides details of a package for anyone who would like to leave their boat at Datchet until the Mercedes Open on the 9th/10th March and sail in the Winter Warm Up series in between – the more the merrier for some great competition.

Click here to download the brochure for Winter FF Racing at Datchet

 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all from the Datchet Flying Fifteen fleet

Mervyn Wright, Fleet Captain