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.
The current positions in the DWSC FF Fleet Championship (aggregate of Spring, Summer and Autumn Sunday AM series results) have been updated. The current standings are below and the full results are on the club website… http://www.dwsc.co.uk/results/FleetChampionships.htm. Richard/ Howard have unsurprisingly sneaked into the lead but there is still a lot to play for since ca 2/3rd of results across the 3 series can be discarded (so those of you with a few DNC’s can wipe them off).
There were 7 Flying Fifteens on the water last Sunday with a warm fresh breeze and a black sky. Richard and Howard led both races by a considerable margin which they put down do some experiments with rig tension. In the first race Mike and Peter squeezed past Alastair and Joe at the downwind mark and were able to follow Mervyn and George over the line for second place on corrected time.
The first race was finished in 35 minutes and so the second race started with the J flag for an extra lap. The sky was clearing but the wind speed edged up and was gusting 30 knots at the end of racing. Richard and Howard repeated their greater than 40 second lead over the line and the other boats stayed in the positions accomplished at the first mark with second place going to Mervyn and George and third to Alastair and Joe. Trevor and John were 5th in both races. Mike and Phil were forced to retire early by a bent mainsheet gooseneck pin and a dodgy knee. Roger and Eija were 6th in the second race. The wind speed and waves really picked up as we were getting the boats ashore with lots of help for each other. Great day on the water.
Please will anyone wanting to take advantage of the starting practise session this Sunday pm let me know by the end of Saturday what you’d like to work on. Fyi, attached are a couple of links that might be helpful…
This Sunday (14th) is the next instalment of the Fairweather Series. I know the Linders are back to play (presumably James has managed to get a pass from the new ‘Mrs James’ for the first time) and hopefully lots of others will join in to see if we can knock Richard/ Howard off the top spot (see below).
Flying Fifteen International has issued ballot papers for changes to the class rules – including a change to the minimum hull weight and genoa shape. If you are a member of UKFFA (which I hope you all are), you can vote on the proposed changes. Ballot papers need to be returned by 31st August. To find more information on the proposals and a ballot paper, click on the following link… http://www.flying15.org.uk/news/flying-fifteen-international-rule-changes
The week after next is the 4th Sunday of the Fairweather Series and the next scheduled Sunday pm racing. A few of us yesterday decided we needed some starting practice and Mike Beclett (who is down as RO for the Sunday pm) is happy to help us with this – so please make a note in your diary to join in. Mike/ Phil and Nick/ Maxine were missing in action this week but with them back, Ant hopefully succeeding in removing his padlock and the Linders, Angus and John/ Jon and Ian/ Sophia making an appearance, we should be able to break into double figures
Last week was the 3rd instalment of the Fairweather Series. Roger has weaved his magic with the results (below) which show that Richard and Howard are leading this as well as the Summer Series. Hopefully, the rest of us can give them some competition on the 14th (or we’re going to have to nobble their boat).
Yesterday was a great day not to be RO – the weather was lovely and the wind built to a reasonable force 3 but it sure didn’t know where it wanted to blow! 6 boats battled the flukey winds (up/down, left/ right) with Roger’s boat back from the menders, showing Tinu a FF for the first time, Alastair taking advantage of bachelorhood and Trevor/ John making sure Eija doesn’t outdo them for experience. 2 boats were consistently in the right place through both races with Richard/ Howard and Mike C/ Peter winning one race apiece – putting them first and second in the series. The shock news is that Richard and Howard are having to count a second place in their results as Mike C/ Peter have ground them down!