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The fourth event in the Waples Wines sponsored Northern Travellers Series has now been completed. Bassenthwaite in the northern lakes was host. The forecast for both days was horrendous with heavy rain and winds gusting at close to 40 mph predicted. This no doubt had an effect on the entry. There were however15 boats entered and all but 1 sailed.
On Saturday the wind was very squally and difficult to read however on Sunday this had moderated a bit and the sky’s were lighter. It was still a stiff sail. In addition to the on the water heroics, competitors were treated to the usual Bass welcome that included the pie and peas supper and an excellent wine and cheese quiz. Who would ever want to eat cheese with mustard seeds in it!!!!
Following this year’s format competitors were treated to two evening presentations . First up was Crewing legend Phil Evans who lead a discussion on spinnaker flying. Remember on a run to run gybe not to pull down the twinning line too far as otherwise it makes the spinny collapse and the helm look useless. There were other gems , but you had to be there. The second talk was from the equally legendary Steve Goacher who explain how best to find the wind and use it. This promoted discussion and guidance on the use of the compass for upwind sailing. Both talks were well received and appreciated.
The overall open result went to the Dovestone duo of Andy McKee and Rich Jones, after removing the 3 teams not eligible for the series the results were a win for Simon Longstaff and Jon Denwood of the host club.
The series now moves towards the final event at Burton Sailing club near Derby on the 26th/27th September.
There are 8 boats that so far have completed the qualifying number of Opens (2). Mike Moore and Michaela Sheard head the table on 4 points followed by the Silver boat of Colin Pierce and Mandy Thackray on 5 points. Whilst 4 classics have sailed so far none have done 2 events, so there will be opportunities for any of these than go to Burton. The current series positions are attached.
Burton Sailing Club held their Flying Fifteen open last weekend, sponsored by Waples Wines, and the third round of the Northern Travellers. It saw 14 boats take to the water, 2 classics, 9 opens and 3 silvers. With visitors from five clubs in attendance, it was sure to be a good weekend.
The weather, dark and dismal opened up to warm sun, T. Shirt and shorts weather for the whole of the weekend, winds were light but from a steady direction leading to some consistent racing.
Course was well laid with the fleet split equally up the beats and the runs, leading to some very tactical racing and the scary sight of the whole of the fleet rolling down on top of you if you got it wrong.
Notable to mention was the first time outing in an open for local crews , Gary Sheridan, Andy Allen in FF 3595 and Grant Pollard, Jessica Leek in FF 3357…With both crews showing their ‘have a go’ side, whilst playing with the experienced crews, good show and thank you.
Race 1 saw 4 opens break away from the main fleet with a silver in hot pursuit. Five laps sailed, saw this order pretty much to the end through the silver put in an excellent performance to take 3rd place on handicap.
Race 2 required the relocation of the committee boat and a short hold up while the wind settled down. A cracking start saw 2 opens and a silver break away with the newer boats gradually extending on the silver and due to a lull the rest of the fleet catching up. Tight racing ensued with the whole fleet 3 or 4 boats abreast around the marks. Everyone finished within a leg of each other.
Race 3 had some stronger (still tight) winds that helped the heavier crews to make some come back and pick up a place or time.
The day ended with a one point separation between the lead boats and a silver in third place. This says it all about the Flying Fifteen, old and new, sailed well, they motor!
Day 2 brought even more sun and lighter but steady winds, leading to some wide courses as people chased the wind.
Race 4 saw the usual leaders and close followers, so what was happening further down the fleet? well quite a lot actually one boat retired due to technical problems, but the rest had some very close racing, positions being pretty constant but fought none the less – Two opens and two classics setting the pace and trading places on the long, long run down the pond.
Rose 5 saw an enthusiastic start with everyone over the line, and a general recall. The Race Officer black flagged the next start and everyone got away clean. The pin end was the favourite but the port end boats scored better wind that shook up the whole pack and set a completely new batch of lead boats at the windward mark. With all three types finding themselves with new competition and challenges, lots of dirty air and compromised decisions, again everything that makes the FF such a fun boat whatever the age.
RESULTS 1st David and Sally McKee
2nd Arthur and Andrew George
3rd Alan Stone and John Howlett
1ST SILVER Malcolm and Elliott Hall
1ST CLASSIC Pete Needham and Brian West
Round two of the Waples Wines Northern Travellers 2013 series took place at Ogston Sailing Club on 15th & 16th June. The event attracted 9 Flying Fifteens including 1 silver boat and 1 classic, in a weekend which encompassed Father Day, (causing several guilt ridden absences) including a visitor from Loch Lomond!
Saturday saw fantastic conditions for Flying Fifteens with a steady breeze of 13-15 knots boosted by some cheeky gusts of 18-20knots.
The five race event was dominated from the first by Andy Goddard & Mal Hartland from Dovestone SC who, having arrived late, and using a boat kindly loaned to them by Dave McKee, gave the fleet a sporting chance by still being on the jetty at the 1 minute signal! Four laps later they assumed the lead from Jon & Julia Ward sailing at their home club, and won the race.
The wind stayed for races 2 & 3 which saw good downwind legs with plenty of spinnakers flying and fun at the gybe marks, the odd gust and hole caught out various sailors not least Dave Driffill from Ogston who after falling out of his boat twice in one day was a clear winner of the ‘Waples Wally’ Magnum of wine!
Sunday brought much lighter conditions and the fleet enjoyed the best winds of the day by starting at 11.00am. Racing was like a game of snakes and ladders with the leaders being passed by half the fleet at times on various legs of the very shifty course. Andy & Mal retired after winning race four, with an unbeatable scorecard leaving the rest of the fleet to do their best for position. The final race saw some very nifty boat handling and wind spotting from the father and son team of Malcolm & Elliott Hall from Burton SC sailing their Silver Fleet boat to secure third place overall, from Jon & Julia Ward of Ogston SC who finished second overall.
1st Andy Goddard/Mal Hartland
2nd Jon Ward/Julia Ward
3rd Malcolm Hall/Elliott Hall