Southern Traveller Series at South Cerney….. !!

The third event of four in the Southern Traveller Series will be sailed on the 3rd & 4th September at South Cerney SC in the easily accessible surrounding of the Cotswold Water Park . The two series sailed so far have seen a total of 25 boats (9 Open, 8 Silver & 8 Classic) enjoy close competition and great hospitality. The STS is a four race series with the best two results in each fleet to determine the overall fleet winners – so there is still the opportunity for new entries to get an overall result!

Click here to download a poster for your noticeboard.

South Cerney SC - F15 Open Poster 2016 v2


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
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


South Cerney Southern Travellers Coming Up !!

The third Southern Traveller Series event is to be sailed at South Cerney SC on 5 – 6 September

After two events at Llangorse and Broxbourne there have been a total of 29 teams competing – 9 Open, 9 Silver & 11 Classic.

The overall STS overall results will be calculated based on two entries to count so there is still an opportunity to get amongst the prizes if you sail at South Cerney on 5 – 6 September and Middle Nene on 3 – 4 October.

Hope you can join us?!

More details at the Club website

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South Cerney SC - F15 Open Poster 2015

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

Southern Travellers – South Cerney 30/31 August ….!!

The third Southern Traveller Series event is to be sailed at South Cerney on 30 / 31 August.

SCSC F15 open poster 2014 v1After two events at Llangorse and Broxbourne there have been a total of 31 teams competing – 8 Open, 8 Silver & 13 Classic.

The overall STS results will be calculated based on two entries to count so there is still an opportunity to get amongst the prizes if you sail at South Cerney on 30/31 August and Middle Nene on 4/5 October.

 Click here for the NOR

Hope you can join us?!

FF Craning at South Cerney…..!!!

OK – so the Aussies think they are pretty smart at the cricket, eh!!  As soon as it was stumps at the third test, I got three emails from down under reminding me straight away!!

Right! – so it looks like despite the warm climate, gorgeous water (as if that really matters to real men – ha !), their FF sailing is geared to staying dry and they do some pretty neat FF cranes to launch with.

What about British ingenuity though??!!!!   Come on GBR!!!! Can we come up with something even smarter, neater, (cheaper) – just you know, cleverer??!!  Well actually, there’s some pretty smart thinking been going on at South Cerney on dedicated FF cranes. Richard Taylor sent this in. Take a look…. You have to admire the sheer ingenuity!!  (£1=$A1.5  !!)

South Cerney Sailing Club

F15 Launching & Recovery by Crane

At SCSC we sail on a large excavated lake which has very “steep-too” banks. For Dinghies we have made a sloping gravel beach where they can be launched and recovered by hand easily on trolleys in only knee high depth of water.

South Cerney Crane 1

For F15’s this would involve either a deeper water slipway and winch or a 4×4 vehicle, all of which seemed a lot of “hassle” so, as we have number of Engineers with good contacts sailing in our fleet, we came up with a crane solution!

The pictures below show our current crane which, after 14 years of experience, has now been refined to the third generation. It is a free standing pillar crane mounted on a 1500 x 1500 x 10mm steel plate rawlbolted through to a 300mm thick reinforced concrete foundation.


South Cerney Crane 2 

The crane is manually operated and fitted with a Brake Winch that has friction plates which support the load when winding stops.


1. Position the boat under the hook and lower to hook-on the lifting strops previously attached to the boat – and check the bailers are closed!

 South Cerney attaching Boat 3

Note: The crane can pivot either left or right through more than 180 Degrees, so if there is no space on the pontoons it is possible to launch and sail off under Jib to hoist the main. (Also, there are “bump stops to prevent the trailer going over the edge!)


2. Remove the trailer so that the boat can be swung over the water, and the next boat to launch can begin to move in.


South Cerney swingh boat out4 

3. Lower the load by winding in reverse against the friction, which controls the rate of descent and enables it to be stopped instantly.

 South Cerney Lower Boat5

4. When the boat is resting on the water remove the wire lifting strops, which are attached to an eye plate fitted to the keel bolts behind the mast and to U-bolts fitted through the gunwales on each side at the rear of the cockpit.-

 South Cerney Keel bolt attachments6

South Cerney Rear Lines7

We are able to launch and recover in just a few minutes per boat and we usually work as a Helm & Crew team because it quicker and safer, but if necessary and with light winds it is quite possible to operate single handed.  

The crane is inspected and certified every year to comply with Health and Safety and insurance requirements. The maintenance costs are relatively low – greasing the top and bottom pivots and cable pulleys, cleaning the friction plates every year, and replacing these plates and the stainless steel cable every 3 years.

Our thanks to Richard Taylor and his colleagues at South Cerney for sending this in – very clever and very achievable!!!  ( I just keep thinking of dry feet !!)

By comparison, our new keelboat jetty at Datchet cost £25,000 plus !!!

Report from the South Cerney Open….!!

2013 Flying Fifteen Southern Traveller Series

South Cerney sailing Club

31st August / 1st September 2013

Written by Richard Taylor

FF 2013 SCSC Open WinnerA fleet of 8 boats including 2 visitors from Llangorse and Broxbourne prepared for the second round of the Southern Traveller Series at South Cerney SC in the Cotswold Water Park with a forecast of 10/12 mph winds from the North West. The mix of boats was 5 Classics and 3 Silvers and the format of the racing was a common start with 4 races on Saturday, followed by 2 races on Sunday morning and the best 4 results to count.

The direction of the wind and overcast skies promised shifty conditions, a challenge which the Race Officer successfully met by setting a course which included two beats and a mixture of reaching / running spinnaker legs.

Race1 started cleanly and very soon the fleet was starting to split tacks as the wind shifts moved across the lake. The visitors, John Craddock / Paul Kendal (2695) quickly demonstrated that they were reading the situation and started to pull out a clear lead, followed by Bob Tait / Mick Musgrove (2606).

Races 2 & 3 followed a similar pattern with some strong gusts creating excitement on the reaches and locals Richard Taylor / Alistair Wallace (2626) swapping 3rd / 4th  places with Derek Harrison / Alex Heath (2263), and Alex & MikeTatlow (3288) finally getting a Silver in amongst the Classics at the front end of the fleet.

Race 4 was a very close race at the front with 2626 arriving at the first mark in front of 2695  and by locking a close cover on the leader of the three previous races staying in front to the finish; followed by 2606 and Tony Oatley / Tim Greaves (3374) another Silver in 4th .

At the end of the first days racing 2695 led comfortably from 2606 followed by 2626, with 3288 the first Silver in 4th. At this point the fleet went ashore to enjoy an evening meal in the Clubhouse and happy banter around the bar!

Sunday dawned with sunshine and little wind, however by the 10.00am start of racing a more consistent breeze had set in from the West which enabled the Race Officer to set a longer beat down the main axis of the lake and a mixture of reaching & running legs to complete the circuit.

Once again in Races 5 & 6 John Craddock / Paul Kendal (2695) stamped their authority on the rest of the fleet to win both races, with 2626, 3288, 2606, 3374 sharing the 2nd & 3rd places to show how closely matched those contesting the minor places in the fleet were.

As the prize giving everyone expressed their thanks to Paul Kimmens the Race Officer who had set excellent courses which, despite the variable conditions, were a very good test of sailing skill and boat handling.

The results were as follows:

1st Overall – John Craddock/Paul Kendall (2695) – Llangorse SC
2nd Overal – Bob Tate / Mick Musgrove (2606) – Broxbourne SC
3rd Overall – Richard Taylor / Ali Wallace (2626) – South Cerney SC

1st Classic  – John Craddock / Paul Kendall (2695)

1st Silver   – Alex Tatlow / Mike Tatlow (3288)

Click here for the Full Results

The next Southern Travellers Event will be at Broxbourne on 28/29 September, with the final event at Middle Nene on 12/13 October.

Southern Travellers Hits South Cerney……!!

Southern Traveller Series gathers pace !!
The 2nd round of the STS will be sailed at South Cerney SC on 31 Aug / 1 Sept – see the poster below:
                                      BIFFA STS Poster
The 1st round at Llangorse attracted 17 entries (8 Classic, 4 Silver, 5 Open), so the STS is clearly a popular event especially for the Club Sailor with an older boat.
The 3rd round is at Broxbourne on 28/29 September, with the final round at Middle Nene on 12/13 October.
Come and join us, using the easy access from the M4 / M5 to the Cotswold Water Park!!  

South Cerney Open, September 8/9 ….!!

Hello Fellow 15ers

Please can you put the enclosed notice on you club board

The South Cerney Sailing Club (SCSC) Flying 15 Open will be held on the 8/9 Sept 2012

The format will be 4 races on Saturday and 2 racers on Sunday.  4 races to count and PY corrections will apply

SCSC is a  great friendly club with new facilities and free camping,

There will be a Fish supper on Saturday evening  and a good selection of real ales.

Hope to see you there

Tony Oatley

Southern Travellers – South Cerney Open…!!!

The open meeting was held on 3th/4th September as part of the Southern Travellers’ series. This series was resurrected three years ago by Mike Firth of Datchet.

The South Cerney Sailing Club is part of the Cotswold water park, a large area of old gravel pits now well established, green, gently undulating country and very beautiful. A newish clubhouse and good camping make for an enjoyable meeting.

The breeze was shifty and gusty and us sailors were glad we were not race officer.   However Bob Penfold realigned buoys after most of the races to give us a good beat and a long run for all of them. Gold, Silver/& Classic PY corrections were also applied to the results to make the racing more interesting. Close racing was had by all in the fleet.

The first race saw visitors from Llangorse’s John Craddock and Paul Kendal 2695 win  after a close battle with Datchet’s Mike Firth and Adam Mangan 3385 second and Bill Anderson and Sally Farrant 3453 third with locals Derek Harrison and Mick Church 2263 coming in forth,

The second race saw John Craddock and Paul Kendal 2695 storm to another win after the first 4 boats were locked into a close battle with Firth/Mangan 3385 second, locals Sandy and Mike Tatlow 3288 3rd and locals Richard Taylor and Paul Coates 2626 in 4th.

The last race on Saturday, Craddock/Kendal were locked in a race long battle with Bill Anderson and Sally Farrant 3453 to round off a splendid day with a 3rd win, with locals, the Tatlows 3rd and Firth/Mangan 3385 4th.

Overnight, Craddock/Kendal were in the lead, with Firth/Mangan 2nd, Andreson/Farrant 3rd and Tatlows 4th – visitors leading the way.  All to play for on Sunday!.  Racing was followed by a full 3 course Dinner of fantastic quality and choice.  Well done to the volunteer catering followed by copious amounts of real ale.   Luckily most only had to be rolled out of the club house straight into their tents under a beautiful star lit sky.

Sunday dawned with showers and the breeze up and a bit shiftier.   The first race settled to the usual pattern, with Craddock/Kendal and Firth/Firth battling for the lead, and the rest following on closely. Up front, Craddock/Kendal clinched their win from Firth/Mangan 2ed, the Tatlows 3rd and Taylor/Coates 4th.

The last race was in the strongest breeze of the weekend, with the whole fleet rounding the first mark together. Second lap show the first 4 boats with 20 seconds of each other swopping places on the beat. The finish was extremely tight with Creddock/Kendal 1st and Firth/Mangan 2nd.    3rd were the Tatlows and Taylor/Coats 4th.

At the prize giving the Club Commodore presided supported by the class captain.    Overall the visitors filled the top three places with Craddock/Kendal 2695, impressively winning all five races, overall winner and the first Classic boat taking away the splendid Classic presentation barometer for the third year.  In 2nd. place and Silver winners were Firth/Mangan 3385 who were awarded the Silvers barometer also for the third year, with Andreson/Farrant 3453 3rd, the Tatlows 3288 4th, and Taylor/Coats 2626 5th.

Race Officer Bob Penfold did a splendid job in changeable conditions, and was warmly thanked.   Thanks too to the club organizing and to the ff fleet captain Tony Oatley who also managed to find a spare spinnaker pole and a pulley for one of the contestants (mentioning no names mike).