Richard has added to the debate over the 2 big items on the FFI rule change ballot – minimum weight and foresail shape. See his comments on the UKFFA blog here and remember to cast your vote (click here)
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.
A message from Richard McQuilliam (for those new to the fleet, Richard used to crew Roger but moved to Australia at the beginning of the year – presumably to do some plundering and observe glowing women…)
How is the sailing going and the club? I keep an eye on the results and see you how you are doing. Its good to see the weather has been more favourable this year. We had a terrible run up to Christmas but I must say was rather getting used to the coffee mornings. I also see there is a shift to female crews! Is this a fleet driven thing or just pot luck? It’s great to see anyway and read all about the club’s 40th Birthday celebrations.
Things are going well here. We’re both working. It was hard at first and work was a little more scarce than what was projected but we both got jobs after a few months.
We’re living in the suburb of Scarborough on the coast and really enjoy being next to the sea.
Unfortunately I haven’t managed much sailing yet. It’s been the one thing I really have missed and can’t wait to get going again. They pack up for the winter here, can you believe that. Its not as they even have to defrost the boats never mind themselves. Generally the season is from the end of September through till April so as I arrived towards the end of the season I thought I would get settled and sorted first. I have been signing up for Fremantle SC this week ready for the coming season. There’s not many FF’s but they have a comprehensive dinghy section along with diving so plenty for me to try out.
Hopefully though it will be as friendly and welcoming as DWSC.
All the best for now and pass on my regards to everyone in the fleet and at the club.
I jumped the gun on getting the Fairweather Series results updated yesterday as the club results page was wrong and Nick/ Max were incorrectly given a DNC after they persisted in Sunday’s fickle breeze!
The correct results are below – thanks again to Roger for compiling them and apologies to Nick/ Max for doing you a disservice
There is a nudge on the UKFFA blog to get members voting on proposed rules changes (including minimum weight and headsail shape) as not many people have voted yet. For a link to the reminder, including pictures and voting form, click here. This is what the proposed jib looks like, albeit in a less attractive setting than Datchet!
As predicted, Richard and Howard and Mike and Peter consolidated their positions in the Fairweather Series with 8 races completed out of 12. Not quite as strong a position as Giles Scott or Mills & Clark so still time for challenges…
Datchet Water SC
Flying Fifteen Fairweather Series 2016
Sailed: 8, Discards: 2, To count: 6, To qualify: 3, Rating system: PY, Entries: 10, Scoring system: RYA Appendix A
|1st||4011||Richard Jones||Howard Shawyer||33||11||(11 DNC)||(11 DNC)||1||1||1||4||2||2|
|2nd||3427||Mike Clapp||Peter Morris||21||13||(3)||2||3||2||2||3||(5)||1|
|3rd||3888||Mike Firth||Various||38||16||(11 DNC)||(11 DNC)||2||3||3||1||4||3|
|4th||3904||Mervyn Wright||Various||41||19||2||4||(11 DNC)||(11 DNC)||4||2||3||4|
|5th||3851||Ian Linder||James Linder||58||36||1||1||(11 DNC)||(11 DNC)||11 DNC||11 DNC||1||11 DNC|
|6th||3181||Nick Moore||Maxine Oliver||58||36||4||3||(11 DNC)||(11 DNC)||5||6||7||11 DNC|
|7th||3563||Alistair Stevenson||Various||68||46||(11 DNC)||(11 DNC)||11 DNC||11 DNC||7||6||6||5|
|DNQ||3385||Ian Bland||Sophie Bland||77||55||(11 DNC)||(11 DNC)||11 DNC||11 DNC||6||5||11 DNC||11 DNC|
|DNQ||3721||Trevor Brant||John Watling||81||59||(11 DNC)||(11 DNC)||11 DNC||11 DNC||11 DNC||11 DNC||9||6|
|DNQ||3642||Roger Abbey-Taylor||Various||81||59||(11 DNC)||(11 DNC)||11 DNC||11 DNC||11 DNC||11 DNC||8||7|
We have had a request from the Radio Sailors to leave a few feet clear at the beach end of the pontoon so that they can get onto to it without climbing over our trailers. Please will everyone avoid parking trailers right up against the pontoon when launching. Thanks a lot
What a fflurry of activity last Sunday! 8 boats on the water and John/ Helen putting their keel back on after returning from the summer circuit and re-weighing their boat. It was Fairweather Series weekend so points counted to that as well as the Summer Series (and of course the Fleet Championship).
The wind was very fickle – but at least there was (at times) more than the forecast of 5 kts. Ian and James returned to show us how it is done – coming from a bad start to win the first race – before packing up to go to Poole Week. We should really have disqualified them as it turned out after the race that they had an extra bit of equipment on board – a beach tent from Morgan Crozat… They were followed by Richard and Howard (who pipped Mervyn/ George to the post by 10cm according to the RO).
Some were lulled into a false sense of confidence at the start of the second race by the wind picking up, only to drop away completely just before the gun which led to at least 2 boats not crossing the line until 2 minutes after the start. However, we all managed to get round and some learned new expletives along the way as the wind came and went. This time it was Richard and Howard who were first over the line but overtaken on handicap by Mike Clapp and Peter. Mike Firth finished third (on his own, having declared that Commodore Tinsley was too heavy to carry around in that wind).
I suspect this will have consolidated existing positions in the series and as soon as Roger has had a chance to sprinkle his fairy dust over the Fairweather Series results I’ll send them out
The planned (and much needed!) starting practice was reduced to an exchange of notes over lunch as nobody had the enthusiasm to submit themselves to more frustration. It will be rescheduled so watch this space.