Flying Fifteen Fleet – Datchet Open Weekend

Dear Flying Fifteen Fleet

As you know Datchet open weekend is on the 20/21 May – if you are able to offer your services as helms to either use the club boats or your own boat to take guests out for taster sessions this would be greatly appreciated.

If you are free and able to help can you let Jon Senior or myself know your availability on either day AM or PM or even both days or a combination.

The club will keep you fed and watered and for those worried about Sunday racing you will receive average points if you help out instead of racing.

Any assistance you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks in advance

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Flying Fifteen – Fleet Championships rescheduled to 23rd April 2017

For your information please note and put in your diaries that the first round of the fleet championships (originally scheduled for 12th March – when there was no wind) has been rescheduled for 23rd April. Please find the NoR and SI’s here http://www.dwsc.co.uk/racing-2/club-racing-2/club-series-docs/.

There will be 4 races counting to the Fleet Championships, 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon, with the first 2 races also counting to the Spring Series

Hope to see as many of you as possible on the 23rd April

Regards

Maxine Oliver

Datchet Flying Fifteen Fleet Vice Captain

M: 07985 970 690

E: maxineannoliver@outlook.com

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Flying Fifteen Sails for Sale

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Firstly the weather forecast looks like a champagne sailing day at Datchet, with a good breeze picking up and warm sunshine, so hopefully we will see a good turn out this Sunday.

I have been contacted by Simon Kneller FF4024 who has the following sail that he is selling.

· 2016 Full set of P&Bs for sale, good condition £595

· 2016 P&B Genoa (as new) only used at the Nationals £195

· Epsilon mast, 4 seasons old- fully rigged and ready to use £395

All available at Grafham Water SC.

Please contact Simon on the emails below – if you would like his mobile please contact me (Maxine) directly.

simonkneller006 <mailto:simonkneller006>

Maxine Oliver

Datchet Flying Fifteen Fleet Vice Captain

M: 07985 970 690

E: maxineannoliver@outlook.com

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Good morning Datchet Flying Fifteens

Please find below a round-up of what has been happening and what is coming up at Datchet.

Winter Series

Congratulations to Mike Clapp and Peter Morris for taking the series from Richard Jones and Howard Shawyer with the newbies Nick Moore and Maxine Oliver in 3rd place. Some strong winds have proved challenging recently but some very good close racing has been enjoyed by everyone.

Fleet Championships

We must now all turn our attention to the Datchet Fleet Championships starting this weekend with further details below. If you require a crew please let us know as we have some very keen sailors that would like the opportunity to sail.

Round 1 of the Fleet Championships will be held on Sunday 12th March 2017 – 4 races, two back to back with a break for lunch and then two more races in the afternoon.

Round 2 of the Fleet Championship will be held on Sunday 18th June 2017 when a further 4 races to be sailed.

NOR and SI’s are on the website https://www.dwsc.co.uk/racing-2/club-racing-2/club-series-docs/ and are also attached.

New Jib

We have now received a new trial jib and it is available for members use. If you would like to try it out please let Nick Moore know nickomo1954

World Championships in Napier New Zealand

Well done to all the Brits that took part in the Worlds especially to Steve Goacher, John Hanson/Helen Hepworth and Charles Apthorp. The full results can be found here http://www.napiersailingclub.org.nz/images/results/FfNats/FF%20Nats%202017a%20overall.pdf

See you on the water next Sunday

Maxine Oliver

Datchet Flying Fifteen Fleet Vice Captain

M: 07985 970 690

E: maxineannoliver@outlook.com

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Well it was good of Richard Jones to bring the sun back to Datchet on Sunday after his sojourn to the antipodes, even though he was complaining about how unbearably hot it was in Australia whilst only the previous week Nick and I (Maxine) were doing battle with Mike and Peter in sub-zero temperatures (Mike winning both races – but we are getting closer) – now that was something to complain about !

The bimbling is getting quite serious now with Richard lending his loos gauge to Nick and Mike Beckett did not want to be left out so he also used it on the K1. Gavin was seen battling with the tape measure whilst trying to read and holding on to sheets of the tuning guide flapping in the wind. Well we all went a lot better for it but still could not catch Richard although it was very close racing especially at the first mark with 3 of us bearing down on each other with lots of shouting from Richard who obviously doesn’t like crowds – good fun racing.

Nick and I retired after coming 3rd in the first race as I had managed to bend the goose neck in half. I am still not sure it was me that broke the goose neck but “it’s is at the front of the boat” so the blame is all mine – obviously. I have been told the only other person that has been able to do that is super crew Phil Tinsley so I’m in good company.

So we made our way to the Chandlers to spend some more money, Simon was very busy when we got there polishing his new Audi (Nick thinks he has paid for that over the years) but managed to drag himself away to sell us (several hours later) the last goose neck in the shop at a 30p discount mind you on account in conversation they both used to sail cadets at the same club decades apart when they were kids. Still we will be back in business next week ready to do battle again.

We had four F15’s out last Sunday and the first start on a large trapezoid course, some good breeze in the sunshine which was lovely. Lunch followed the racing in the clubhouse as unlike the Spitfire crew we don’t take our lunch out with us. The club and the club house were very busy and buzzing with some good banter.

On a more serious note Tom Hall has delivered to Nick one of the new P&B jibs to trial – it comes complete with a new length halyard and strop. Let us know if you want to trial it and we will bring it in for you.

Lastly we can confirm that John Hanson and Helen Selden have finally arrived in Napier, New Zealand for the Worlds and have been busy putting the mast up and the keel on and getting the sails measured (decal number 28) and just like all athletes – drinking cider! Not sure who is winning that competition but I’m sure Helen is doing all crew proud in the drinking games.

Good luck to John and Helen everyone will be cheering you on from sunny Datchet.

Some dates for diary:-

· 4-5 March Dinghy Show

· 20-21 May – Push The Boat Out

Maxine Oliver

Datchet Flying Fifteen Fleet Vice Captain

M: 07985 970 690

E: maxineannoliver

Flying Fifteen – Mike Clapp Takes Victory in Race 2 Sunday 5th February

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Sunday 5th February saw 5 Flying Fifteens on the start line (Nick, Mike, Charles, Roger, and Gavin) which meant we had our own start. Mike Clapp was so keen to get out there he launched with his rudder cover on! I am sure we would have told him but luckily he realised before he left the pontoon.

Sergio (the potential new FF from Queen Mary) came and joined us for coffee and also to crew for Charles Apthorp who very kindly agreed to show Sergio the ropes.

A very large course was set in shifty conditions typical of Datchet with Charles taking the first race with Mike Clapp a very close second. The new loos gauge that Mike had invested in must have worked as the second race was a battle all the way round with Mike and Charles changing places throughout the 2 laps. Mike in the end retained his lead beating Charles over the line in a very well sailed and deserving win of the second race.

Nick and I came 3rd in both races, we have put in a request to borrow the loos gauge next week and hope it works as well for us!

We hope to see more of you out next week sailing and joining us afterwards in the clubhouse to watch the rugby (France V Scotland) from 3pm

So you don’t forget, it is only 4 weeks to the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show on the 4th and 5th March at Alexander Palace – please put it in your diaries and come along.

http://www.rya.org.uk/programmes/dinghy-show/Pages/hub.aspx

If you need crew or perhaps you are available to crew please let Maxine know maxineannoliver

Maxine Oliver

Datchet Flying Fifteen Fleet Vice Captain

M: 07985 970 690

E: maxineannoliver@outlook.com

Flying Fifteens – This is fun !

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So last Sunday was a freezing cold, wet, dull day to go sailing and we were all wondering why we were there at all, when the fleet captain gave an enthusiastic rousing speech to the crew of the 5 boats in the dinghy park. In an effort to keep warm we were all wearing so many layers of sailing apparel that we resembled a mixture of terrorists, bank robbers and a lone Muslim woman wearing a burkha. We were reminded that the reason we were there is because “THIS IS FUN! Also Trevor has driven all the way from Shropshire to be RO” so we had to go sailing.

It was in fact so much fun for Mervyn that after launching from the pontoon he decided to sail back up the ramp, which would have been far more fun to watch but we didn’t want him to miss out on all the action and we gave him a shove back out so he could join us.

The first race proved to Mike Clapp and Nick Moore that all the bimbling, measuring and studying of tuning guides and prying of information, tips and advice from Charles Apthorp the previous week didn’t help at all, well not so far anyway. As Mike Clapp retired due to issues with the spinnaker and Nick had to re-rig our kite giving everyone a one lap head start. Charles Apthorp had a clean sweep and won both races.

The second race was turned around very quickly particularly for us as we had only 30 seconds between finishing and starting the next race giving me no time to break out the hot chocolate.

So this Sunday the weather is a lot warmer 5oC (all those that have jetted off to the southern hemisphere can stop smirking now) the sun will make an appearance and the breeze is gradually picking up so come and join us and have some fun.

Dates for your diary

25th January Racing Rules Night at Datchet

*12th March Fleet Championship (part 1)

22nd March Club Racing Management Night – for all RO’s, race teams, and safety coxswains for discussions, learning and best practice

*18th June Fleet Championship (part 2)

*4 races per day – you need to complete 50% to be eligible