The Burnham-on-Crouch open meeting (aka the East Coast Championship) has been rescheduled for September 17th/ 18th. This is a great venue – sailing on a big river with waves that warrant a chute cover if the wind is the going the right way, and some beautiful Dragons on view. The hospitality is also great – I’d recommend you stay in the clubhouse for the experience. Click here for more information.
Mike Clapp has provided an update on the Fleet Championship, which this year is a combination of the Spring, Summer and Autumn Sunday am series results. About half way through, Mervyn and Gabrielle are leading (just) but there’s a lot to play for with a 2/3rd-1 discount
Sailed: 33, Discards: 21, To count: 12, Rating system: PY, Entries: 17, Scoring system: Appendix A
|1st||FF Open||3904||Mervyn Wright||Gabrielle Boase||1013||189.0||12.0|
|2nd||FF Open||4011||Richard Jones||Howard Shawyer||1013||271.0||14.0|
|3rd||FF Open||3888||Mike Firth||Phil Tinsley||1013||369.0||20.0|
|4th||FF Silver||3427||Michael Clapp||Peter Morris||1026||134.0||20.0|
|5th||FF Open||3563||Alistair Stevenson||Phillip Bacon||1013||437.0||59.0|
|6th||FF Silver||3181||Nick Moore||Maxine Oliver||1026||465.0||87.0|
|7th||FF Open||3642||Roger Abbey-Taylor||Adrian Burroughs||1013||492.0||114.0|
|8th||FF Open||3725||Tom Hall||I Hall||1013||514.0||136.0|
|9th||FF Open||3721||Trevor Brant||John Watling||1013||515.0||137.0|
|10th||FF Open||3851||Ian Linder||James Linder||1013||560.0||182.0|
|11th||FF Open||3957||Charles Apthorp||Alan Green||1013||560.0||182.0|
|12th||FF Open||3954||John Hanson||Helen Selden||1013||568.0||190.0|
|13th||FF Open||4004||Alex Storrar||John Preston||1013||570.0||192.0|
|14th||FF Open||3536||Angus Scott||Andrew Wilson||1013||573.0||195.0|
|15th||FF Open||3341||Mike Firth||Phil Tinsley||1013||579.0||201.0|
|16th||FF Open||4029||Stephen Hopson||Robert Simmonds||1013||583.0||205.0|
Only 4 Flying Fifteens out last Sunday but some close sailing in beautiful conditions. The Marblehead Nationals raced off the north ramp so we were able to launch at our leisure. There was a big advantage in heading over to the wall which various people worked out (and forgot) at different times. Mike and Phil used this advantage to take a commanding lead in the first race while Mike and Peter managed to steal a place on corrected handicap – which is keeping us all on our toes. Mervyn and Roger combined their observations of others storming past them in the first race to take the lead and stay ahead in the second race. Despite all this trickery and the distractions of furniture moving for Richard, he and Howard still lead the Summer Series, with their impressive record of bullets.
John and Helen continue their journey round the UK in Hakuna Kutoa Katika. Last weekend they were at Bassenthwaite in the Lake District (a beautiful setting with 180 degree wind shifts!) where they earned 4th place. See a description and some photos in the Y&Y report. That also puts them 3rd overall in the Waples Wines Northern Traveller Series with 4 rounds completed and 2 to go. In case you’ve forgotten what they look like, here’s an old photo to make the blog more colourful!
We had 8 boats out in a fantastic wind last Sunday (out of 21 club boats – that’s nearly 40%). Even Tony Copper commented on how good it looked. Mike and Phil roared away in the first race but everyone else had very close racing behind . Mervyn and George (returning from injury) broke free in the second race with tight racing again behind. However, Richard and Howard are leading the Summer Series very solidly – counting only bullets!
John Christensen and Jonathan Baggot have sent a of their Hayling Bay adventure last weekend – with a description of the thought process that led them to deciding to go to the Nationals, what they did to prepare, what they learned that they still needed to do(!) and what a great time they had. Even better, they won a well-deserved prize for their efforts…
At the end, they ask three excellent questions…
Why don’t more Classic or Silver boats go to the Nationals?
Where was anyone else from Datchet?
Where are next year’s Nationals?
I can answer where they are next year – Falmouth – and why the ‘normal Datchet travellers’ weren’t there, but I hope this report inspires a few more people to travel, including the several Classics/ Silvers we now have – why not give it a thought for next year? Btw, the VR Sport video reports for all 4 days are online now (http://www.vrsport.tv/) and the 2 J’s make another appearance.
Flying Fifteen parking/ launching for the UK Marblehead Nationals – 15th to 17th July
Datchet is hosting UK Marblehead Nationals this weekend – expecting 60 boats. Their course may be set near our pontoon depending on the wind direction. I’ve agreed with Terry that if they are using our pontoon on the Sunday, they will leave the half of car park near the bank clear for our boats and we will leave one car up for pulling up but everyone else needs to move their cars away.
They will pause their racing while we are launching – and we will wait for their signal when we are coming in after we’ve finished racing so we don’t kill their racing. It should be a good event – and Terry has promised us a play sometime
Attached is the NoR for this year’s Flying FFairweather Series – which will combine the FF results for the Sunday am races on 22nd May, 12th June, 24th July, 14th August, 11th September and 9th October 2016 and the winner will receive the ‘Junk’ trophy.
The intent for this series is to focus turnout on one day per month for those who aren’t able to make every weekend.