Club and Fleet Championships Part 2

The next two Sundays are major events as far a club racing is concerned.

 Tomorrow (Sunday 16th) is the Club Championships.  This has the intention of finding the best sailor in the club by running a series of Handicap races.  The format is the same as last year with four races over different courses.  All are sailed using an average lap time basis so there will be a gate you have to pass through on every upwind leg.  There is no set number of laps so you carry on sailing until the shorten course symbol is hoisted and you will be finished the next time you pass through the gate.  The courses are in the SI’s which are here: –

 We start with a triangle at 1030 am, then have a windward-leeward course, have a break for lunch and then do a trapezoid and finally a P.  3 out of 4 races count.  I will encourage the race officer to give a briefing at 9.30 am.  The forecast for tomorrow may give a Flying Fifteen a chance of doing well in this!

The following Sunday (23rd September) is the rerun of Part 2 of the Fleet Championships (it was postponed due to lack of wind in June).  The Sailing Instructions are very similar to normal club Sunday racing and can be found on the same web page.  There are four races next Sunday with two back to back in the morning and two back to back in the afternoon.  It is four out of eight races to count and no-one established a clear lead in the first part of the event so the title is still very much open.

The first two races on that Sunday also count towards the Fairweather trophy.  The current results for this are shown in the screenshot below.   With all those incentives to get out Sailing that Sunday can we get the fleet into double figures?

See you on the water soon.


Mike Clapp

Flying Fifteen Fleet Captain


Soccer Trumps sailing (for one week only)

Thanks to all who responded so quickly to the snap poll on Wednesday evening racing this week.  The overwhelming preference is to watch England play Croatia and sail on Thursday instead.  We will aim to put on a race on Thursday in the style of Wednesday evening racing, starting at 7.30pm, with take-away food (Keith is tied up unfortunately).  The current wind forecast for Thursday is very light, so we will make a call by 5pm on Thursday as to whether or not this will go ahead – please watch out for email, blog etc.  To avoid distortion to the series results caused by the fact that some can’t sail on Thursday, we will not be counting results from this week towards the Wednesday evening series

Let’s hope England win!


Mervyn Wright (Vice Commodore) & Jon Senior (Master of Ceremonies for Wednesdays!)

Flying Fifteen Open Meeting – Next Weekend

Our club Flying Fifteen Open Meeting for the Mercedes Trophy is next weekend (7th & 8th April). I hope as many of you as possible are planning to attend.

The Notice of Race is available from the menu above under Racing > Open Events. One thing to note is that it is £10 cheaper if you enter before midnight on Tuesday. You can do this by going to this webpage: –

This form is a little over complicated so please feel free to enter a few random letters if you don’t have all the information to hand. Please enter 01/01/2018 as your date of birth if you are not after the youth prize!

One other thing of importance is that the briefing by the Race Officer is planned for 10.30 as the Wayfarer’s have their first start at 11.30. As our first start is not until 1 pm I will probably present a second briefing at 12 noon in case anyone wasn’t there for the first one.

Any questions, please let me know.


Mike Clapp

Fleet Championships 2018

Part 1 of the 2018 Fleet Championships is coming up fast.  As with last year this is being held over two Sundays – the first between the Winter Series and the Spring Series on 25th March and the second between the Spring and the Summer Series on 24th June.  The plan is to run four races on each Sunday with a total of four races out of eight to count.  That means some could win by attending just one of the two events but they need to be brave to not attend the second Sunday as the tie break favours the last race.

The Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions are below.  Their will be a briefing at 9.30 on each Sunday.  The first race is at 10.30.

See you all on the water.

Mike Clapp

Flying Fifteen Fleet Captain


March 2018 Newsletter Release and Membership Renewal

Dear Members,


The latest edition of our Datchat Newsletter is out now. Please click on the link below and check it out!

March 2018 Datchat

For you young members who are planning on renewing your membership, make sure you check out our new membership reduction for young adults!

We will also be starting to process the membership renewals for the up and coming membership year. Make sure you keep an eye out for your invoice. Also please let us know of your duty dates for this year  so you can get your place. Email Tristan at with your dates.

Happy Sailing!


Team Datchet!

DWSC 15 Second Update (02-03-2018)

Great wind forecast for Sunday morning and the weather is due to get better for this weekend! For Sunday morning racing we have Hunter Warden and Mike Clapp as Race Officers and Tom Hayes on Safety.

RYA DINGHY SHOW UPDATE: The RYA have announced that bearing in mind the latest weather conditions and forecast, the Dinghy Show will still be going ahead. They ask however if you feel it is unsafe to make the journey, don’t. Team Datchet will still be there so if you are coming, make sure you come and say hello!

Whats coming up

  • First Aid Refreshers- We have our First Aid course dates available to book through our website, if you are a Safety boat driver, race officer, regular volunteer or you are looking to get your First Aid Certificate, check out our dates using the following link. First Aid Courses 
  • Please get in contact with your fleet captains regarding this years Push the Boat Out.
  • 10/11th March- Contender Open. Spread the word! It would be great to see as many boats on the start line as possible!

Further ahead

  • 17th/18th March– Topper National Series Event. The water will be closed all weekend and there will be no Sunday racing. If you would be able to help us with this event, please let us know
  • There will be a VHF Taster evening taking place on Wednesday 7th March. Please keep an eye out for a booking form that will be sent round
  • Spring is in the air, we are getting the club ready for the new season. If you are interested in joining our Work Party, please contact Tristan at
  • We know its still early but it would be great if you can volunteer your time for the NSSA National Regatta from 23rd-27th July. Please email Tristan at for further details.
  • The start of the Wednesday evening series is starting on 2nd May but there will be fun races on 18th and 25th April leading up to it.