2017 Sothern Traveller Series
Report – 3rd Event at South Cerney SC
The South Cerney SC Flying Fifteen Open on 9th/10th September saw nine boats taking part in good sailing conditions to complete the full six race programme. Six SCSC boats were joined by two visiting crews from Broxbourne SC and one from Middle Nene SC.
On Saturday the Race Officer, Dave Whittle, had to contend with a wind which gradually veered from a brisk Southerly to a light, shifty Easterly. Good courses were set, making full use of the lake and managing to include each time a long, testing beat – a few flashes of lightning were a bit worrying but the heavy black clouds let us off without much of a wetting!
By the end of the four races on Saturday, with no one establishing a dominant position, there was a close battle between the two Broxbourne boats of Bob Tait & Pete Comber (4051) and Brian Turner & Jackie Burns (3031) and local sailors Derek Harrison & Tim Greaves (3359).
A very popular feature of recent SCSC FF Open meetings has been an excellent evening meal by Pam, and this year’s was well up to expectations! We were appreciative too of Pam returning on Sunday morning to treat those who over-nighted at the club to a substantial cooked breakfast!!
The wind on Sunday was stronger and gradually increasing. The Middle Nene boat of Neil and Stuart Bartholomey (2700) established their consistency, and local heavy weather specialists Alex and Mike Tatlow (3288) came to the fore in the last race with an impressive win.
Over-all winners were Bob & Pete in 4051, a fine new Open boat carrying a big PY handicap. Second overall and winning Classic were Brian & Jackie in 3031, with third place being gained by Neil & Stuart Bartholemy from Middle Nene in 2700, also a Classic. First local boat was Derek & Tim in 3359 a Silver, finishing in fourth place, and winning the trophy for the highest placed Silver Fleet boat.
Our visitors were very complementary about the event (and our new jetty). Thanks to all who made it a success.
John Harvey (SCSC F15 Fleet captain)
Photos of the event taken by Race Officer Dave Whittle can be seen at the following link https://photos.app.goo.gl/jrE8GWwmCUso5QJh2
Prints can be supplied – contact Dave Whittle <firstname.lastname@example.org> :-Photos
LLANGORSE SAILING CLUB
Flying Fifteen Open Meeting 2017
Incorporating Classic & Silver Inland
24th & 25th June 2017
The 2ND event of the 2017 Southern traveller Series was sailed on the beautiful Llangorse Lake set in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park and there were 8 Classic, 5 Silver and 3 Open Fleet entries. The event was run on 2 starts, Open & Silvers followed by the Classics.
On Saturday 3 races were sailed in a light wind from the west which, because of the proximity of the Mountains, created many variations in direction and strength. After an initial short postponement to let the wind settle the Race Officer, Nick Taylor, set a course which included all angles of sailing. Through the afternoon the wind speed increased and settled, generating lively and competitive racing.
At the end of the first day a “pecking order” was already beginning to be established. In the Classic Fleet locals John Morgan & Lorina Walder (2663) and Colin & Edward Fletcher (2900) were being challenged by visitors Brian Turner & Jackie Burns (3031). The grand Old Lady of Llangorse FF55 also made a brief appearance with owners Jeremy and Katherine Soulsby aboard for the first race. Whilst in the Open Fleet visitors Bob Tait & Pete Comber (4051) were clearly “in control” and in the Silvers there were 3 different winners Derek Harrison & Tim Greaves (3359), Robert Dangerfield & Steve Jakeman (3121) and Andy & Jane Hough (3040).
When the fleets came ashore after a challenging series of races everyone was ready for some “R&R” and most made their way to the local pub to re-sail the races with a meal and a drink!
Sunday dawned with a stronger and more consistent wind which generated marginal planing conditions. For the first race the Race Officer set the traditional Simon Dangerfield memorial Windward / Leeward course. This was followed in the final race by a more conventional round the buoys course which included fast reaches and spinnaker gybes.
After refreshment in the Clubhouse and the presentation of Trophies and prizes, everyone made their way home reflecting on another very enjoyable and well organised Southern Traveller Series event.
NB – The next event in the Southern Traveller Series will be sailed at South Cerney Sailing Club over 9/10 September.
2017 Southern Traveller Series
LLANGORSE SAILING CLUB
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:
– Silvers + Open
For detailed information please see the Notice of Race – click here
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 !!
Derek Harrison SCSC
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.
click here to read the report – nice photos
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!
2016 Southern Traveller Series
LLANGORSE SAILING CLUB
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.
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.
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 https://goo.gl/photos/WAazJR9YvYgnnREB7
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.
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 www.southcerneysailingclub.org.uk
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.
2015 Southern Traveller Series
LLANGORSE SAILING CLUB
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.