Bring a Shovel party to start the Autumn Series!!!

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Please bring a shovel on Sunday (first weekend in the Autumn Series) and be prepared to spare no more than 30 mins after sailing to clear the ramp.

With the drop in water level over the past month, there have been a couple of significant piles of silt left on the ramp. When it rains these wash down and resettle just below the waterline, creating a bar that it is hard to push the trailers through. We’re going to shovel the silt away (using a wheelbarrow provided by the club) to avoid this happening. George and I did it last year and it’ll be much easier/ quicker with some help!

See you on Sunday


p.s. the water level is on its way back up again according to Thames Water

Mervyn Wright

DWSC Flying Fifteen Fleet Captain

Tel: 07768 921576

E-mail: mervynwright

Sunday Series/ Competition results update

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As provisionally announced last week, Richard/ Howard did indeed win the Summer Series which ended on Sunday 21st August, and the Copland trophy, counting a very impressive 13 bullets and 2 second places (eat your heart out Giles Scott). Mike/ Peter finished in second place with Mervyn/ George third. Many congratulations to all. The updated FF Results Compendium is attached.

11 boats took part in the series, with turnout building during the series to a peak of 8. Let’s see if we can continue the growth in the Autumn Series which starts next Sunday (4th September)

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Sunday race report

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Last Sunday was a ‘special’ one off race in between series, using the Wednesday evening single start handicap format with a P course. The 8 Flying Fifteens made up more than 1/3rd of the fleet. Aside from a couple of absolutely torrential squalls, the weather was actually quite reasonable and it turned out to be quite a family affair. Tom Hall was joined by daughter Isabel who appears to be a dab hand with the kite, while Roger was joined by his son Alex and Trevor Sparrow put in a (welcome) surprise appearance with his crew that consisted of son Adam plus ‘various spinnaker eating mice and spiders’, all of whom (except Adam) went overboard on the first spinnaker hoist leaving a rather holy kite

Mike Firth and Phil Tinsley applied their combined decades of Datchet experience to finish as lead FF followed by the youthful Halls and Mike Clapp with Peter Morris. For full results (as distorted by the PY system!) click here

A cracking sail this Sunday

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It was the best wind for weeks – top end of a force 4 – and a trapezoid course with a great angle for reaching so the 5 FF’s that turned out had a real blast. It was also a day for testing gear that hadn’t seen decent wind for a while – Richard’s mainsheet strop parted company with his console and Mervyn’s rig tension hook decided to straighten out…

Despite all that, everybody managed to finish without serious damage. Mervyn/ George had a tussle most of the way round with Tom/ Peter in race 1 but pulled away in the last lap, while Alastair/ Tony, Nick/ Max and Richard/ Howard all had a close battle for 3rd place. The second race (also won by Mervyn/ George) saw the extremely rare occurrence of a dead heat – between Tom/ Peter and Nick/ Max on corrected time. Perhaps we should put in a bid for the timing devices used at Rio…

Summer Series

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This was the last weekend in the Summer Series which Richard/ Howard won convincingly (even after Howard had a longer than usual lie-in this week), followed by Mike/ Peter and Mervyn/ George. The provisional line up is below and on the club website (click here).

We had increased participation this series which was great to see – let’s see if we can grow it further in the Autumn Series. Once the results are finalised, I’ll ask Roger to update the personal improvement handicap and we can award trophies!

Rank Class No Helm Crew PY Total Nett
1st Open 4011 Richard Jones Howard Shawyer 1013 73.0 16.0
2nd Silver 3427 Michael Clapp Peter Morris 1026 82.0 26.0
3rd Open 3904 Mervyn Wright George Caspall 1013 119.0 28.0
4th Open 3888 Mike Firth Phil Tinsley 1013 187.0 55.0
5th Open 3563 Alistair Stevenson Lauren Stevenson 1013 188.0 60.0
6th Open 3721 Trevor Brant John Watling 1013 214.0 82.0
7th Silver 3181 Nick Moore Maxine Oliver 1026 219.5 87.5
8th Open 3642 Roger Abbey-Taylor Various 1013 242.0 110.0
9th Open 3725 Tom Hall I Hall 1013 281.5 149.5
10th Silver 3385 Ian Bland Sophia Bland 1026 287.0 155.0
11th Open 3851 Ian Linder James Linder 1013 289.0 157.0


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The big event in the next month is the Club Championship and Bart’s Bash on Sunday 18th September. This will be an all-day affair. NoR and SI’s will be published on the club website shortly. Don’t forget that Bart’s Bash is a fund-raising event so get after that sponsorship.

Also coming up are the next pm series race on Sunday 28th August and the next Fairweather Series (11/9)

This Wednesday is the last evening sail this year (7pm start)

Upcoming travelling opportunities

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A few of us were chatting after sailing on Sunday about upcoming open events. I’ve attached a link to the perpetual UKFFA fixtures page for those who haven’t come across this. I’d thoroughly recommend Burnahm on Crouch and Chew (both of which, I’m planning to go to), John/ Helen are going to Burton and Mike/ Phil have been to South Cerney in the past for anyone wanting to know about other venues.

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