Southern Travellers Hit Llangorse – June 24/25 !!


2017 Southern Traveller Series


Flying Fifteen Open Meeting

Incorporating Classic & Silver Inland Championship

The second event of 2017 Southern Traveller Series will be sailed over the weekend 24/25 June on the beautiful Llangorse Lake set in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The planned programme of races is for three races on Saturday and two on Sunday with the entries split into two fleets, each with their own start:

– Classics

– Silvers + Open


For detailed information please see the Notice of Race – click here 

Southern Travellers at Broxbourne, June 3-4

13 Boats – including 4 visitors, 2 from Middle Nene and 2 from South Cerney sailing clubs enjoyed a great weekend of sailing in sunny, warm conditions with generally light and shifty breezes.

5 races in all, 1 before lunch on Saturday and two in the afternoon. Then 1 before an early lunch on Sunday and 1 in the afternoon when conditions started to freshen ahead of the forecast approaching front, calling for a complete change of the course. Both courses used marks in the ‘second’ smaller lake making for interesting avoidance of wind shadows and wind deflections!

To say’ enjoyed’ does have to be tempered with or include ‘challenging’ and ‘downright frustrating’ ! The shifty winds with an occasional gust later on Sunday afternoon certainly sorted the men from the boys. Great care was needed in choosing the up wind route and in approaching windward marks, where it was easy to get stuck trying to be too precise. Downwind legs defied simple kite flying and smooth gybes were order of the day!

The race management was spot on in trying conditions ( for race officers! ) and although the courses seemed at first to the outsider to be complicated, they did at least provide 2 to 3 good beats per lap, but needing constant attention to ensure correct rounding’s !

As usual the difficulties everyone experienced were well aired in the bar and over excellent lunches and an evening meal that satisfied us all. Our hosts, Broxbourne SC as always provided a sociable, helpful and welcoming face to everyone. Congratulations to the winners,   particularly to Mark Greer and Jim Reid from Middle Nene, who in their immaculately prepared classic boat appeared unfazed by the conditions. Broxbourne boats of Pip Hudson and Mick Musgrave and Bob Tait and Peter Comber were second and third.

The Southern Traveller Series is alive and well !   Roll on Llangorse over the w/e 24-25 June !!

Click here to see the full results


Derek Harrison SCSC

2017 Southern Traveller Series – 1st event at Broxbourne SC on 3rd/4th June!!.

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.


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


Llangorse – Southern Travellers Series Hits Town ….!!

2016 Southern Traveller Series

Llangorse 2016 B


Llangorse 2016 a

Flying Fifteen Open Meeting

Incorporating Classic & Silver Inland Championship

The second event of 2016 Southern Traveller Series was sailed over the weekend 25/26 June on the beautiful Llangorse Lake set in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The entry was 21 boats – 7 Classic, 8 Silver and 7 Open – with 12 visitors from a wide area stretching from Cornwall to Essex. The entries were split into two fleets – Classics and Silver + Open.

On Saturday three races were sailed back-to-back in a moderate wind under a grey sky, with serious gusts creating planing opportunities towards the end of the afternoon. The Race Officer set courses with a long beat up the main axis of the lake followed by a series of spinnaker reaches and gybes back to the leeward mark.

Llangorse 2016 C

Race 1 for the Open & Silvers was a close contest between an Open boat Keith Harris (4035) and a Silver Jacquie Layton (2880) hotly pursued by another Silver Alex Tatlow (3288)

Open Results Keith Harris 4035, Russell Abrahams 3820 and 3rd Bill Anderson 3453

Silver results Jacquie Layton (2880), Alex Tatlow (3288) and 3rd Derek Harrison (3359)

The Classics were closely contested by two old rivals David Morgan (2663). Mark Greer (2433). 3rd was Llangorse Commodore Colin Fletcher (2900) in his newly acquired boat and new sails

Race 2 The wind increased with some big gusts which built during the afternoon.

The Open & Silvers were too keen for this start resulting in a general recall.

The Open fleet was between the same 3 boats but this time Russell Abrahams (3820) got the better of Keith Harris (4035) with Bill Anderson (3453) in 3rd

Silvers had a change at the front with local boats getting 1 and 2 with Andy Hough (3040) and Ben Williams (3378) with Derek Harrison (3359) from South Cerney 3rd.

Classics was the same 3 boats with a change of order. Morgan, Greer and Fletcher

Race 3. The wind now has some serious gusts which resulted in a few flat boats on the spinnaker gybes.

Open. The usual 1,2,& 3 of Harris, Abrahams & Anderson.

Silver this was won by Ben Williams (3288) followed by a very well sailed South Cerney boat of Dean Hall (2811) with Derek Harrison (3359) 3rd

In the Classics it was the same as race 2 Morgan, Greer & Fletcher.

The evening was a split with some staying for a meal in the new club house and some at the pub or both
On Sunday the wind was much lighter than Saturday and allowed courses to be set which used the full length of the lake.

Race 4 on Sunday was for the Simon Dangerfield Memorial Trophies. (By tradition it had to be windward & leeward – Simon could only remember a total of 3 marks on a Sunday morning!)

Open Fleet. Bill Anderson lead from the start and kept the 2 Chew boats behind. Russell Abrahams played the shifts down- wind to kept ahead of Keith Harris

Silver. This was a contest with 3 local boats Layton. Hough and Card. Places changed more than a few time both on the beat and run. It was Andy Hough (3040) who played the final run to win followed by Jacquie Layton(2880) and Peter Card (3144)

Classic Again a good contest with the usual 3 with some nervous crews on spinnakers as the wing began to die. Result 2663,2900,2433

Race 5 Race officer Robert Dangerfield set a similar course to Saturday, with a variable wind both in strength and direction.

Open. With all to play for between 3820 & 4035 it was 3820and made the most of the Llangorse wind and rain. The highlight was the committee boat racing the length of the lake to get to the windward mark for the shortened course. (Just made it he told us afterwards) Result 3820,4035.3453

Silver Again a bit of a lottery but the usual culprits made their luck 1st Williams, Harrison and in 3rd ex local boat of David Travis (3006)

Classic. The old lady of Llangorse (55) Jeremy& Katherine Soulsby showed the way to do it and finished nearly 4mins in front of 2nd Richard Taylor (2626) with Mark Greer(2433) 3rd

The racing finished with very little wind but it was close to the Club house

Thanks to our Race Officer and his team Robert Dangerfield


Simon Dangerfield Memorial Trophy

Open. Bill Jackson & Sally Farrant 3453

Silver. Andy& Jane Hough 3004

Classic. David Morgan & Lorina Walden 2663

Open Meeting Results

Open. Russell Abrahams & Jane Yates

Silver. Andy & jane Hough 3004

Classic. David Morgan & Lorina Walden 2663.


Click here to see full results

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

Click here to download the poster for your noticeboard

South Cerney SC - F15 Open Poster 2015

Southern Travellers at Broxbourne…. !!

Report of the 2nd round of the 2015 Southern Traveller Series, sailed at Broxbourne SC over the weekend 6/7 June.

The eleven competitors – 5 Classics, 1 Silver and 5 Opens – were greeted by a strong breeze, varying south west to west, with some heavy gusts adding to the excitement of the racing.   In the first race visitors Mark Greer and Jim Read (2433) led the fleet with locals Pip Hudson and Jane Howe (3681) second and visitors Neil Bartholomey and Emma Brown (2700) third. These three continued to dominate the second and third races, with switches in the finishing order.

At the end of the day’s racing the fleet came ashore to rest, relax and enjoy a delicious supper prepared by club members in the galley, with lots of discussion about the challenging conditions.

Sunday dawned with an entirely different wind, a fickle north westerly with windless patches to catch the unwary. This change in the wind also resulted in a reshuffle at the front of the fleet with Bob Tait and Mick Musgrove (2606) finishing first and second in the two races sailed. However, this strong performance was not enough to dislodge the three boats which had sailed so consistently on the Saturday and the overall winners were:

1st Mark Greer and Jim Read (2433) from Middle Nene SC

2nd Pip Hudson and Jane Howe (3681), Broxbourne SC

3rd Neil Bartholomey and Emma Brown (2700), Middle Nene SC

The third event in the Southern Traveller Series will be sailed on 5/6 September at South Cerney SC located on a large lake in the Cotswold Water Park near Cirencester, Glos, with easy access from the M4 and M5.


Broxboune F15 Open Mtg Results

Southern Travellers Kicks Off at Llangorse….!!

2015 Southern Traveller Series


Flying Fifteen Open Meeting

The first event of the 2015 Southern Travellers Series was sailed over the weekend16/17 May, on the 400 acre Llangorse Lake in the beautiful surroundings of the Brecon Beacons. For Llangorse Sailing Club this was a particularly special occasion as they have just completed a re-build of their clubhouse, which is now a splendid two storey traditional wooden building with balcony overlooking the launching ramps and jetty, and out onto the lake with the mountains in the back ground.

The 22 competitors from 7 Clubs were split into two fleets – Classics (11) and Silver (8) + Open (3). On Saturday for the scheduled three races to be sailed back-to-back the weather conditions were ideal, sunny and fine with a strong enough wind for planing on the off-wind legs. Race Officer Robert Dangerfield set a challenging course with a beat up the main axis of the lake to the top by the Clubhouse followed by a series of reaches / gybes back and forth across the lake to a leeward mark at the other end.

As usual at Llangorse the notorious gusts and wind-shifts were an ever present threat to catch out the unwary! On Saturday, in the Classic fleet the racing was always very competitive but Mark Greer and Jim Reed from Middle Nene SC, sailing the boat so professionally set-up by Tim Tomlinson (2433) and for whom they used to crew, established a grip on the series with three wins. But only after a close battle with David Morgan and Lorina Walden from Llangorse SC in another well known boat (2663). In the Silver Fleet, David and Lynne Travis (3006) from Pin Mill SC used their previous experience as Llangorse SC members to good effect and scored three firsts, followed by locals Ben and Will Willet (3219).

In the Open fleet Bill Anderson and Sally Farrant (3453) from Radford Lake, who are regular visitors to this event, withstood the challenge of Richard McCulloch and Claire Taylor (3691) to lead this fleet at the end of the first day. On Sunday, which dawned sunny but with a slightly lighter wind, two races were scheduled.

The first was the annual Simon Dangerfield Memorial race for which special “half-hull” model trophies are presented. Traditionally sailed on a windward / leeward course the whole fleet of 22 boats started together and were clear away at the first attempt. The wind direction again favoured a long beat up the lake followed by a dead run back to the starting area which, because of the wind shifts called for a number of gybes to maintain the optimum course. In the Classic Fleet Colin and Edward Fletcher (2582), Llangorse SC, got the better of the previous day’s winners.

There was also a new boat at the front of the Silver Fleet sailed by local Andy Hough (3040), with the previous day’s leader well down the pack. Whilst Bill Anderson and Sally Farrant (3453) once again lead the Open Fleet. The second race used the same format as Saturday, with Open and Silvers starting together followed by Classics, and a more usual course of a long beat with reaching legs and gybes back to the leeward mark. In the Open fleet Bill Anderson and Sally Farrant (3453) continued their dominance and so did David and Lynne Travis (3006) in the Silvers. Mark Greer and Jim Reed (2433), having already established a winning position decided sit out the last race, which gave David Morgan and Lorina Walden(2663) an opportunity to lead the fleet home.

As the competitors assembled in the magnificent new clubhouse for the prize-giving there was universal praise for the organisation both on the water and on the shore by the home club and everyone was talking about the great sailing conditions and making plans to return next year.


LLangorse F15 Open Results 2015

Southern Travellers Kicks Off in May …!!

2015 Southern Traveller Series – 1st event on 16/17 May!!.

This year’s first STS event is at Llangorse, a beautiful 400 acre lake in the lee of the Brecon Beacons, with a wide range of local accommodation on the doorstep (B&B, Caravan & Campsite). F15’s have been sailed at Llangorse since the 1970’s so there is plenty of experience behind the organisation both on and off the water (and the Dinner at the Red Lion on Saturday night is already a legend!).

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 2015 are at Broxbourne (6/7 June), South Cerney (5/6 Sept) and Middle Nene (3/4 Oct) See the UK Flying 15 website for details of NOR, and Club contact, etc.

Southern Travellers Series 2015


This Traveller Series was re-launched in 2013, and 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 Club Sailors racing in boats of all ages (Open / Silver / Classic) – this is the series for you!

May 16/17 Llangorse SC

June 6/7 Broxbourne SC

September 5/6 South Cerney SC

October 5/6 Middle Nene SC

Series Format:-
– Results taken from Host Club Open Meeting scores

– Entry at 2 events to qualify for series result

– Series Prizes for – Classic / Silver / Open – boat age / sail number categories

– There will be an evening meal and opportunity to meet the other competitors socially “at the bar” on Saturday.

For contact / event details see the Association’s Fixtures / Class Captains page.

Southern Travellers Final Review 2014….!!

2014 Southern Travellers Series – Final Review

!! Congratulations !!


Neil Bartholomey and Emma Brown who won

the Classic Fleet Trophy.


Mike Firth and Phil Tinsley who won

the Silver Fleet Trophy.

Over the four events of the series held at Llangorse, Broxbourne, South Cerney, and Middle Nene there were a total of 40 teams competing from 9 Clubs with 7 qualifiers for the overall results.

The Classic Fleet with 21 entries and 5 qualifiers had the strongest support with 2700 Neil Bartholomey and Emma Brown (Middle Nene) having a battle at the top with 2606 Bob Tait and Mick Musgrove (Broxbourne) which was decided on the last race at the final event, where 3031 Brian Turner and Jackie Burns (Broxbourne) also secured 3rd. All of the top boats sailed in at least 3 of the 4 events, giving themselves the advantage of a discard in the final results.

The Silver Fleet attracted 11 entries (2 up on last year) with 2 qualifiers, 3341 Mike Firth and Phil Tinsley (Datchet) bettering last year’s winners 3374 Tony Oatley and Tim Greaves (South Cerney).

The Open Fleet had 8 entries from 4 Clubs but none of the teams qualified for the overall results.

Click here to see the overall results

Perhaps in contrast to reports from some of the other F15 events general rule observance and courtesy on the water was never an issue, which made for very satisfying and fair sailing.

Everyone who sailed in the Series was full of praise for the organisation, enthusiasm and hospitality shown by the Host Clubs – the evening Dinner and social afterwards at Middle Nene was once again the bench mark for future years!

Plans are already being made for next year – any suggestions or recommendations on how to improve the series and get even more travellers “hooked on” to take part in STS 2015 are always welcome.

Finally, many thanks to all those who took part this year, both on the water either in the Race Management Teams or as Competitors and on shore as essential support for the whole STS Series, without you we wouldn’t have a Southern Traveller Series!

Richard Taylor 2626

Middle Nene Open….!!

Middle Nene S C Flying 15 Open Meeting 2014 – October 4/5th


Written by John Harvey

This was the last of the Southern Travellers 2014 Series. The Series winner was still to be decided between MNSC’s Neil Bartholomey & Emma Brown (2700) and Broxbourne’s Bob Tait & Mick Musgrove (2606). Both had a 1st and a 2nd in earlier meetings. 11 boats took part, 6 from the home club and 5 visitors from Broxbourne, South Cerney and Ripon.

The weather for the first race was a light SW wind with rain. The course set included 2 beats and a long spinnaker run to the head of the lake. 2606 established an early lead and gained 1st place, followed by 2700, 3031 (Broxbourne’s Brian Turner & Jackie Burns) and 617 (Ripon’s Graham Lamond & John Washington).

After a short break, the boats were out again, the rain having stopped and the sun making a welcome appearance. The wind had reduced a little and was veering to SE as races 2 and 3 progressed. Boats spread widely searching for the best line in the beats and spinnaker flying became trickier as the wind swung either side of dead astern. A sudden brief squall added excitement.

In race 2, 617 was first across the finishing line, 2700 again taking 2nd place and 3rd place went to MNSC’s Mark Greer & Jim Reid in 2433, 2606 having to settle for 4th .

Race 3 was won by 2700, followed by 2433, with 2606 in 3rd place and 2647 (MNSC’s Mike & Matt Moore) in 4th.

Sunday morning failed to produce the forecast light breeze, with morning mist drifting at snails’ pace across the lake. Further races were abandoned, with wind only starting to fill in as boats were being packed up for home.

The meeting’s results were a win for Neil Bartholomey & Emma Brown 2700 with (2), 2, 1. Close behind were Bob Tait Tait & Mick Musgrove 2606 with 1, (4), 3 and Graham Lamond & John Washington 617 with 4, 1, (8).

Middle Nene SC were thanked by all for a well organised meeting, great hospitality, a splendid meal and a convivial evening’s entertainment in the bar – a thoroughly enjoyable weekend.


  • 1st    2700 Neil Bartholomey/Emma Brown      3 pts
  • 2nd  2606 Bob Tait/Mick Husgrave                  4 pts
  • 3rd      617 Graham Lamond/John Washington 5 pts

Click here to see the full Results Sheet