Flying Fifteens at Dovestone Sailing Club
With light and variable winds, sunshine and mild temperatures, Dovestone Sailing Club hosted an enjoyable final event of the 2016 Waples Wines Northern Travellers series over the weekend of 1-2 October.
A good turnout from the home fleet, together with a smattering of visitors from Windermere, Bassenthwaite, RCYC and Burton sailing clubs, saw 16 boats on the water for the first race. In a competitive start to a course which covered the length and breadth of the reservoir, Steve Goacher with crew Tim Harper of Royal Windermere, were judged OCS by Officer of the Day Mark Rhan. Tight racing among the rest of the fleet saw Dovestone SC’s Andy McKee and Chris Massey (3805) in first place, with David and Sally Mckee (4005) a close second and Mike Moore with crew Kayla Sheard (3996) from Bassenthwaite in third at the end of the first encounter of the meeting.
Post-lunch Race 2 in similar winds was super close with a boat length finish between Andy McKee (1st), David McKee (2nd) and Steve Goacher (3rd). Great racing too from DSC’s Rod Rowlands in FF Classic 496. Setting the scene for final Race 3 of the day, with Andy McKee never seriously challenged for first place from the windward mark, an improving performance from series sponsor Justin Waples with young DSC crew Andrew Robinson in second, and Steve Goacher in third.
Dovestone SC produced its usual enjoyable evening entertainment in the clubhouse, with wine tasting courtesy of Waples Wine, followed by supper and games – including the Pennine favourite of competitive nail-knocking with the thin end of a hammer.
Day two of the open meeting dawned sunny with a light breeze. The full fleet assembled early to catch the best of the wind with two back-back races in the morning. Steve Goacher led from the start of Race 4, but confusion about the finish line meant he was pushed into third place by Justin Waples and David Mckee who nipped passed to take first and second places respectively. Race 4 followed on quickly, with David Mckee taking an early lead only to become becalmed on the run back to the clubhouse in weakening winds. A close battle for the finish with McKees senior and junior chasing Steve Goacher who won out at the last.
Overall results are as follows:
1st 3805 Andy McKee and Chris Massey Dovestone SC
2nd 4005 David and Sally McKee Dovestone SC
3rd 4021 Steve Goacher and Tim Harper RWYC
1st Silver 3391 Colin Pierce and Mandy Thackray Dovestone SC
1st Classic sail no 0-2000
496 Rod Rowlands and Isaac Marsh Dovestone SC
1st Classic sail no 2001-2700
2620 Dave Naylor and Norman Christie Dovestone SC
Andy McKee and Chris Massey receive their trophy from DSC Commodore Andy Hurley
The full results available here;
Waples wines open at Dovestone.
The final event on the Waples Wines Traveller Series takes Place at Dovestone SC this weekend ( 1st and 2nd October). Early indications are that this will be a well-attended event and the weather forecast at present is encouraging. The series reaches its conclusion and it looks as though the winners of each section will be decided at the final event.
The first race on Saturday is scheduled for 13.00, there are 5 races altogether and with 3 on the Saturday travellers should be able to get away reasonably early on Sunday.
Justin Waples the series sponsor will provide a wine tasting for competitors on Saturday night and a meal and some entertainment will take place after this.
For further information contact David McKee firstname.lastname@example.org or 07836 602084
The dates are finally settled for the WW Series for this year. We have added Rutland to the series. They are an emerging fleet and Rutland provides great sailing, camping for those interested and a great social. As before the best 2 events will count, so competitors only need to attend 2 events to qualify. You can of course do more and this year prizes will be offered to those attending the more events.
For those planning their season the series events are as follows;
April 9/10 Royal Windermere YC Keith Jamieson email@example.com
June 11/12 Ogston SC John Ward firstname.lastname@example.org
June 18/19 Rutland SC Chris Wright email@example.com
July 9/10 Bassenthwaite SC Jon Denwood firstname.lastname@example.org
Sept 3 / 4 Burton SC Gary butler email@example.com
Oct 1 / 2 Dovestone SC David McKee firstname.lastname@example.org
Waples Wines Northern Travellers Series Roundup.
The third event in this series for Flying Fifteens was sailed this weekend at Ogston Sailing Club near chesterfield. The change in dates had caused some confusion however in the end the competitors experienced two days of close racing and camaraderie . Saturday produced light and testing winds with constant rain. After two races the competitors voted with their feet and packed up, so the 3rd race was postponed to Sunday morning. An enjoyable evening was enhanced by the excellent meal provided by Jon and Julia ward of the host club. On Sunday the weather was considerably brighter however the winds were still light and fluky. Clear winners were Jon and Julia of the host club, with a consistent performance at the front. Mike Moore and Michaela Sheard from Bassenthwaite put in a very consistent series for second place and Colin Pierce and Mandy Thackray from Dovestone in their silver fully deserved their 3rd.
In the series so far 29 boats have competed, of these 3 are classics, 5 silvers and 21 Open boats. The competitors have represented 12 clubs which is a good cross-section of the northern fleets.
We now have 5 boats that have completed the 2 event qualification, the present series leaders are Colin Pierce and Mandy Thackray from Dovestone in 3391. There are still two events to come and all is to play for. The next event is at Bassenthwaite on the 18th/19th July. This always proves a good social and sailing event.
The second event of the series was run by Royal Windermere Yacht Club last weekend alongside the Northern championships. The event provided two days of interesting sailing in good weather conditions. On Saturday competitors sailed in the Southern section of the lake and experienced lightish shifting conditions and on Sunday in the northern section of the lake in windier conditions. With good courses and a super-efficient race team allied to the usual welcome at the club this was an enjoyable event for competitors and support teams.
After 2 events it is too early to judge who the leaders will be however setting out their stall early we already have one qualified team, previous winner Andy Goddard and son Tom from Dovestone. Currently Colin Pierce and Mandy Thackray lie first Silver and Rod Rowlands and David Hill lead the Classics. All is however still to play for. A total of 24 eligible entrants from 8 clubs have taken part in the series so far. The next event is at Ogston near Chesterfield on the 13th and 14th June. This is a good event where competitors will be made very welcome and camping is available at the club for those so inclined.
Whilst only two visitors made it to the final event, one team did arrive from Perth, Australia (John Hassen and Dave Sutcliffe)
which surely must qualify them for the greatest distance ever travelled to a Northern Traveller event.
Three races were run on the Saturday in fair winds which produced some extremely close racing, but unfortunately the
competitors spent Sunday morning willing the flaccid club burgee to flutter, which it failed to do. The OD took the sound decision
at lunchtime to abandon racing for the day and so Saturdays results stood.
The winners of the DSC open were David Naylor and Rod Rowlands (DSC) in a Classic, followed by Justin Waples /
Mandy Thackray (RCYC) in a Silver and Graham Massey / Lucy Clough (DSC) in an Open.
The overall winners of the Waples Series were Graham Massey and Lucy Clough from Dovestone, with
Andy Goddard / Mal Hartland + Tom Goddard from Dovestone and Jon and Julia Ward from Ogston second and third respectively.
Malcolm Hall maintained his position of first “non open” boat.
(On behalf of David McKee)
Neil Curry, crewed by Rory Yardley are setting the pace in 3520, “Chips for Free”
While maybe not strictly sailing related, the invitation does come from a Flying Fifteen member and a sponsor of the Class.
For anyone who is near enough to attend Justin would be delighted to see you at the below !!
The London Tasting
the offices of
London EC2V 6BT
Wednesday 11th June 2014
5.30pm to 8pm
An interesting selection of summer whites, reds and rosés, covering different styles and prices, will be open to taste. Colleagues and friends are welcome too.
01799 586 279 or 077699 04844
WAPLES WINES FLYING 15 TRAVELLER SERIES
Written by Dave McKee
The first event of the series was held at The Royal Windermere Yacht Club over the weekend 26/27th April and proved to be an enjoyable and testing regatta. The full report for the event will be published elsewhere. The Traveller Series is calculated based on boat age handicaps in accordance with class recommendations. There were 3 races on the Saturday in a blustery although fickle south easterly breeze. For the 19 boats qualifying for the series when the handicaps were calculated Bobby Salmon and Patrick Condy sailing the Classic ff627 Vamoose had achieved a particularly good day counting a 2nd and a 3rd. Also enjoying excellent days were Nigel and Gavin Tullett from the host club counting two 1st and Neil Currie and Rory Yardley from Bassenthwaite a 1st and a 2nd.
Sunday produced a lighter, although perhaps more fickle, easterly wind with some testing approaches to the windward mark located in a bay on the eastern shore. The cream, as they say, still rose to the top with another outstanding performance from the crew of Vamoose who scored highest on the day.
The overall positions at the end of event, allowing one discard from the 5 races, confirmed a win for the Tulletts’ from Royal Windermere, with the Bobby Salmon and Patrick Condy in 2nd place and in 3rd place Neil Currie and Rory Yardley from Bassenthwaite.
A special mention should go to Dan and Kirsten Challus of Royal Weston Yacht Club who scored a classy win in race 4 that helped them to finish 6th overall.
The next event in the Traveller Series is Ogston Sailing Club on the 14th and 15th June. Full details can be obtained from the Class website or Fleet Captain John Ward on email@example.com or telephone 07748 118444
The Travellers’ results from this weekend can be read by clicking here.
A year or two ago, a rumour swept through the fleet that we might permit gnavs to replace vangs and thus create space to race three up. For the benefit of exploiting the “family boat” characteristic of the class, you have to admit a spot of flexibility in this area could be a useful feature for promoting weekend Club Racing, and getting young ‘uns involved early.
If this resonates with your club fleet, the issue is why not do it anyway? At our Club, we abandoned the requirement to carry anchor and warp a decade or more ago. Our man made reservoir is 80 feet deep with very steep concrete sides – there’s no point in the anchor and warp rule for us. One year ago, our Fleet AGM decided for Club racing that one penalty turn would become the norm as two turns was tending to push people to ignore their obligations.
For myself, I can’t imagine that an extension of the rules to include a ‘third man’ would be at all relevant to the Championship or Open Meeting Circuit. I can see though that in some Clubs, popularity will be boosted by allowing a third pair of hands aboard. If you agree, then maybe the Nike slogan applies…. “Just Do It”
I hope you had a great Christmas and new year celebrations and I guess you are now in full diet, detox and fitness drive. The final arrangements for the WW series this year are completed. This year the programme is extended to include 5 events as follows
Royal Windermere YC 26/27 April
Keith Jamieson firstname.lastname@example.org 01539 727665
Ogston SC 14/15 June
Jon Ward email@example.com 07748 118444
Bassenthwaite SC 23/24 August ( alongside the northerns)
Jon Denwood firstname.lastname@example.org 07503 210116
Burton SC 6/7 September
Malcolm Hall email@example.com
Dovestone SC 27/28 September ( and final prize giving )
David Mckee firstname.lastname@example.org 07836 602084
We retain the two events to qualify. The series will be scored on the boat handicaps of Open – 1020, Silver 1039 and Classic 1051 unless there are new changes from the RYA before the season starts. Ogston, Burton and Dovestone sail the events on the boat handicaps, ideally the other events at Bassenthwaite and Royal Windemere can also do the same. It is understood however that as Bass are hosting the northerns this will not be possible for them this time. Where an event is not sailed on handicap it is vital that they provide me with a set of results produced on a handicap basis ( the times for each race need to be taken). The Hot shots that will NOT be shown in the series results will be the top 15 crews from the 2013 UK Global rankings as follows
UKGlobal Ranking List 2013
Rank Helm Crew Sail number
1 Richard Lovering Matt Alvarado 3955
2 Steve Goacher Phil Evans 4021
3 Alan Bax James Grant 3998
4 Charles Apthorp Alan Green 3957
5 Greg Wells Mark Darling 3920
6 Ian Cadwallader Dave Sweet 4014
7 Dave McKee Sally McKee 4005
8 Adrian Tattersall Tim Smart 3914
9 Simon Longstaff Jon Denwood 3973
10 Justin Waples Nick Bacon 3954
11 Simon Kneller Dave Lucas 3937
12 Robert Hogben Glynn Morgan 3953
13 John Hanson Helen Hepworth 3539
14 Dan Challis Kirsten Challis 3632
15 Chris Waples Tom Waples 3994
If you have any queries please contact me.
After 3 events the Waples Wines sponsored Northern Traveller series is still wide open with the winners yet to be decided. 14 boats mathematically could still win the series. Malcolm Hall and various crews from Burton in his silver boat currently is in 1st overall and are the ones to beat although fellow silver team Of Graham Kirkpatrick Sally Roberts from Bassenthwaite could still challenge them with a final good result. The two classics of Pete Needham and Mike Hampson of Burton and Dovestone are only 1 point apart.
th/6th October. An evening of entertainment is scheduled for the Saturday evening. The Series prize giving will take place after the last race. Some home hosting is available on a first come first served basis. If you are planning to take part please contact David McKee on 07836 602084 or 01457 871133.