Last Sunday’s race report – with thanks to Peter Morris

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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.

Fairweather Series this Sunday

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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).

3 weeks to change the world – class rules vote

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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

14th August special – Faireweather Series and Sunday pm start practice

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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

Fairweather Series update

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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).

Summer Series Update

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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!

We’re growing

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Another 8 boat day last Sunday – ok, so not all at the same time, but we had seven FF’s out in the morning with Ian and Sophia Bland joining the fleet in 3384 Let’s Cruise, and an eighth turning out in the afternoon to make it 3 FF’s in the Sunday pm racing. I again heard several comments around the club to the effect of ‘how nice it is to see so many of one class out’ – so let’s keep it up.

The first race was very tight between Richard/ Howard and Mike/ Phil (a few feet in it at the end), after pretty much the whole fleet kept coming together and separating all the way round. The second race demonstrated again how good Mike F is at getting away from everyone when they’re not looking. They are beginning to creep up the series leaderboard, together with Mike C and Peter who must have polished their hull in the past month or two.

Apparently this was Sophia’s first outing and the Blands were ‘not really racing’ – which brings the words ‘dark’ and ‘horse’ to my mind as they were going very well. Also, Eija Brant (Mrs Trevor) picked up spinnaker skills very fast in her first time out in a FF in a fresh breeze on the figure of eight course used for the Sunday pm racing. Now I see why daughter Hanna is an Olympic hopeful!