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The Southerns are coming up fast …. 24th – 26th May at Hayling. This year the event will be combined with the 60th Anniversary of the Bulwark Trophy over three days with six races.
Entry for this event is on line and you can get the NOR from the Hayling Island Sailing Club website http://www.hisc.co.uk /sailing-racing/open-events/flying-15-southerns/
We are expecting a strong turnout for this events, not least because it is the first qualifying event for the 2015 World Championships in France.
Saturday night we have a band and Sunday evening there will be a dinner, when we will be joined by previous winners of the Bulwark Trophy. Dinner can be booked on line with your entry.
FLYING FIFTEEN SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIP 2013
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.
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 :-
A turnout of forty, and last chance to practice before packing for the Worlds…..won by Steve Goacher and Phil Evans.
Andrew Millband has sent in a link to a great library of photos from the Southern Championship at Cowes. Take a look….!!
There are simply a huge number – if you page through them as I did, then be patient – the second half of the collection are all of three sail, surfing reaches… and there are some great shots there!!
Click here to see them.
Richard Rigg has just posted this superb fast reaching video from the Southerns Weekend at Cowes….
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The full race report, with photos, from Cowes is now available at Yachts and Yachting Online.
Click here to read it.
We have just received some great action photos taken by the CCYC members at the Southern Championships … and sent to us by Andrew Millband!
Steve and Phil lead the pack !!
John Hanson and Helen Selden overtake the Fleet ….!!
Great start sequence – 26 Competitors….
Main tell tales all flowing nicely…… (Phil exhausted and holds shroud for support ?!…)
The full results for the Southerns are now Available. Click here to see them.
The Yachts and Yachting Report (and full results) of the Southerns has just been posted. Very interesting it is too. Charles, teamed with Gavin Tappenden as bowman, came first. If you haven’t had a peep at it, Charles’ new boat is very innovative…and if you didn’t know – Gavin is the builder – Great !! (By the way, it’s Gavin’s photo that adorns the Datchet Club main staircase…)
Stars of Windermere, Steve Goacher and Phil Evans, were 6th. Alan Bax with Bill Masterman was 8th, and Brett came in 9th …kindly sailing under the Datchet flag !! Excellent !!
Our own Helen and John were 23rd I think, best result 18th. Of course, all the Gods were there limbering up for the Worlds so a big cheer for John and Helen !!
Read the full Yachts and Yachting Report here
By the way, our Fleet’s favourite photographer, David Harding of http://www.SailingScenes.com was at the event clicking away and, as usual, got some really stonking, great shots. Literally dozens of great “all spray and action” type photos – dozens of them!! David really knows how to shoot FFs in action, I must say – in a way that transmits all the excitement of the boat in a stiff breeze – to me anyway. I’m totally sold! You can see a few of them alongside the Y&Y, report, but better than that you can see his full photoshoot (about 150 shots altogether) here
High winds stop play! A win for Charlie after 3 races sailed in champagne conditions on Saturday. The fleet assmbled on Sunday at pyc to be greeted by an overcast sky with up to 30 knots with rain. After a slight delay the PRO abandons racing, difficult to hold the umbrella and sail!