Waples Wines Northern Travellers – Dates for 2014……!!

Waples Wines Boat logoI 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                 ckjamieson@gmail.com                01539 727665

Ogston SC                                           14/15 June

Jon Ward                             jon@jon-ward.co.uk                      07748 118444

Bassenthwaite SC                            23/24 August     ( alongside the northerns)

Jon Denwood                    jon_denwood@sky.com              07503 210116

Burton SC                                            6/7 September

Malcolm Hall                      all.hall@virgin.net

Dovestone SC                                    27/28 September    ( and final prize giving )

David Mckee                      david.mckee@scanlanscs.com   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.

Best wishes

David McKee

Waples Wines Northern Travellers Round Up….!!

Burton2013(1)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.


Waples Wines Boat logoth/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.

David McKee

Starting a New Fleet – Burnham….!!

I just have a feeling that despite the recession, the Class maybe looking up!!  We have had talk of the new Fleet starting in Falmouth and just recently interest in another new fleet in that hot-bed of Flying Fifteen popularity (!),… Wales!!!  We hope to hear more of that idea to start a new fleet before the month is out.

Anyone who has read Arthur C. Clarke’s “Rendezvous with Rama” will know that everything comes in threes….. and sure enough, we hear of another plan to try for a new fleet – in my very favourite Burnham on Crouch.  Justin Waples – from Northern Travellers Series Major Sponsor, Waples Wines  – would like to run a trial sail day at Burnham.  It’s a super spot for keelboat racing, and we could really do with another fleet presence in that part of the country.  Just think of all those Dragon and Squib sailors who will be thinking of downsizing their sailing expenditure as the Euro collapses! Brilliant!!!

To crack it of course, Justin can call on the substantial FF resources of the family dynasty but could definitely also do with a little help from the National Fleet…. Justin has just written in to the FF Blog…

 Would you be up for helping me out with a trial sail day down at Burnham??…was thinking maybe the 14th/15th July, could do the Sat pm as well, if you wanted to…. I really want to get a mini fleet going, and I see this trial sail as good way of starting it.  If you’re up for it, I might try and get another boat as well to help (any ideas?)

Let me know, so I can start publicising the day, probably from the RCYC pontoon has the base, although I might think about the BSC as well, as they have many adult members who want to race in adult dinghies, and I was thinking that the marina is quite close for them etc….

Quite good to have an age of boats, so they can see what they would get for their money etc


If you can help, please get in touch with Justin directly or via the FF Blog.

Waples Wines Northern Travellers Series ….!!

This is just a reminder that the Waples Wines Northern Travellers Series is half way through!!  You Northern Types should get planning for the third event – which takes place at Burton on August 11th/12th.  Make a note in your diaries now!!

To see the Burton Fleet Website click here

To see the Burton Club Website click here

Carbon Lords…….

I happened to be at Lords for the Test Match on Friday and by amazing coincidence, there sitting but five feet away in the Stand, was Chris Waples.  You may recall me waxing lyrical about his fabulous new carbon FF at the Dinghy Show.

Well, anyway, chat about cricket and Strauss’ century, was suspended for a moment and Flying Fifteens took over. As they do.  Chris sounds delighted with the new Ovington boat from Phil Evans ….”very quick” – and he says that he notices the extra stiffness most,  upwind in a chop.  The Bulwark this year was a breezy outing (day two cancelled after the Ferries wussed out) and Chris and Tom sailed very quickly.  Relative to his previous 6 year old boat, he says the carbon gifted stiffness was very noticeable on the beats that day….


The Waples Wines Dynasty…..

At the Datchet Open, we were fortunate to have the Waples Wines Dynasty roll up with their family two boat race program.  Pretty daunting….Waples Wines, famous for their generous sponsorship of the Northern Travellers Series – and stylish spinnakers – are great to see at any time, but what caught my eye obviously was the new boat that Chris and Tom were sailing.

It’s the first out of the new Ovington deck mould and superbly completed in rapid order for the Dinghy Show by Phil Evans.

So what’s new with the new deck mould?  Almost unseen to the naked eye is that the aft bulkhead has been flattened out to make fitting the rear hatch cover easier. Difficult to see with the naked eye actually, but on the first Mk X deck it was slightly dished. Well, the most obvious and controversial thing was the smooth (non textured) deck surfaces. Chris and Tom’s boat looked stunning because they had the remaining non slip deck surfaces painted by Ovi in a silvery grey. It looked frankly sensational (see photo). They elected to still have a non slip panel down the centre of the foredeck, so this was in silver grey along with the top of the side tanks. Everything else was bright white.

This reminded me though of two things. One is when I called the late Dave Ovington about 20 years ago when I moved into Fifteens. “I’ll have grey non slip decks, Dave”, I said. There was a sharp intake of breath at the other end of the phone…..

“Think about the weight. That’s 2kg of paint right there”, said Dave.

“Ah, but come on Dave, it’s all inside the minimum weight.”

“It’s not all in the centre though, is it?”, says Dave.

Hmmmm…. the second thing was that I was disappointed to learn recently that the purists are going for plain white hulls to save from the weight of waterlines distributing the weight.  Hmmmm….

Well – I think I vote with Chris and Tom.  And I have two waterlines on mine…..!!