Winter Regatta 2019 – Sprint Racing

This coming Sunday (15th December) – before the club Christmas dinner – is one of the club’s quarterly special events. This year we have decided to use this opportunity to test out some “Sprint Racing”. The idea is to get about 4 races completed in the time we normally use for 2. The sailing instructions for this event are below but in Summary:

Briefing in the Wet Bar at 10.00 am

First Start 11.00 am

Sausage – Triangle – Finish for first 3 starts. 2 laps Windward/Leeward for Asymmetrics and CATS.

Revised Fleet splits and sequence giving the Lasers their own start (I am happy to discuss other class allocations to the starts just before the briefing).

The intention is to run 4 races back to back but we could try more if we don’t run out of time. N over A will be flown when the committee has had enough.

Mike Clapp – Race Officer


Fleet Championships Part 2, etc.

Next Sunday, 23rd June, is part 2 of the Fleet Championships.  Part 1 was back in March but as it was 4 out of 8 races to count and we only completed 1 race at in March the championship is still wide open.  The sailing instructions for the event are here: –

Next Sunday there will be four races with a break for lunch in between the second and third race.  The format is very similar to normal Sunday club racing.  The Spring Series prize giving should be held over lunch. 

The two morning races also count towards the Fairweather Series  –  Therefore, double the reason to see a good turnout of Flying Fifteens next weekend!

On other matters: –

  1. The sailing committee recently agreed a minor update to the club sailing instructions which will come into effect at the start of the Summer Series (from 30th June).  The main difference is that if Course 5 is chosen by the Race Officer the Flying Fifteen fleet will sail a Triangle/Sausage/Triangle/Sausage course until they are shortened rather than triangles only (which the fast handicap will carry on doing).
  2. Gabrielle pointed out to me on Wednesday that he Flying Fifteen area of the boat park has just been strimmed.   This process would be sped up if we could all kept our areas free from litter – especially redundant bits of boat hardware.

I hope to see as many of you as possible on the water next weekend.


Mike Clapp

Fleet Captain

Flying Fifteen #4027

Bank Holiday attracts the FF Crowds

Sunday’s racing started with seven Flying 15 hitting the start line with 12 knots of wind from the north. The first race saw many position changes up the first leg, with 4027 leading a closely bunched fleet around the top mark. More close racing ensured but 4027 covered the fleet and went on to win, followed by 3563 and then 3341.

The second race started with one recall (3563 with helm and crew swapping) and 4027 being squeezed out of the line. Despite similar conditions to race 1, the fleet spread out with 4011 taking a commanding lead, followed by 3725 (welcome back to the Hall’s after their winter hibernation) and 4027 just holding off 3341 for third place. The second race also saw the Wright Swimming Cup being award to Alastair (sailing as crew) who tried hiking the boat flat on a three sail reach without using the hiking straps … splash.

The wooden top 3341 appeared, now with it’s mast in a more normal position rather than being miles too far forward for no good reason at the Open meeting.

It was a red letter day as Hospital Tinsley managed 2 races back to back, without St Johns or A+E being needed!! Probably means an air ambulance next time!

Roll on next time!!

Southern’s Arrival Information

Below is a note we are publishing explaining our launching procedures for the upcoming open meeting. Club members please note that we will be rigging in the car park beyond the club house launching from the pontoon normally used for ribs. It would help if you could be at the club in good time so we can moor some boats out before the briefing on Saturday.

Don’t forget we have Part 1 of the Fleet Championships this Sunday (31st March) to get some practice in before this event.

See you on the water soon.

Mike Clapp, Fleet Captain


Fleet Championships – 31st March and 23rd June, 2019

The 2019 Fleet Championships will be run in a similar form to the last couple of years.   It is planned for two Sundays in between the Winter and Spring Series and the Spring and Summer Series.  Four races are scheduled for each Sunday with two back to back in the morning and two back to back in the afternoon.  Up to four discards will be applied so it will be possible to win the Championships based on just one of the two Sundays or just the morning races.

The Notice of Race has now been published here: –

and the Sailing Instructions are here: –

If you have any questions please let me know.

I hope to see as many of you as possible racing on these days as the morning races also count towards the Fairweather series.


Mike Clapp

Fleet Captain

FF # 4027

2019 Fairweather Series

For many years the fleet has run an additional series over the summer months in order to encourage a greater turnout on certain dates.  This is known as the Fairweather Series. At the recent Fleet AGM we decided to experiment with a slight change of format of this for the 2019 season.  We have reduced the number of Sundays this covers but increased the number of races .  The dates this year will be: –

31st March – the first two races of the Fleet Championships to count

12th May – to coincide with the “Push the Boat Out” weekend

23rd June – the two morning races of the second part of the Fleet Championships to count

and 22nd September.

The results from the Sunday morning races on these dates will be combined together to determine the Fairweather Champion using a discard rate of 6 out of 8 to count.  This is defined in the Notice of Race shown below.

This series is targeted at fleet members who cannot commit to racing every Sunday but would like to target their attendances on days when there should be a better turnout.  I have therefore tried to select dates when there are not major open meetings on elsewhere.

If you have any questions about this series please let me know.  I hope to see you on the water soon.



Mike Clapp

Fleet Captain

FF #4027


NoR FF Fairweather Series 2019

Flying Fifteen Training Day – 16th March

Charles Apthorp has volunteered to lead a training session for DWSC Flying Fifteen Sailors on Saturday 16th March to help prepare us for the sailing season ahead. After an initial on-shore briefing and discussion, exercises will be performed afloat which are likely to include start practice; tacking and gybing practice; etc. If there is any particular skills you want to hone up on please let us know before the day. The intention is to video these sessions and provide a debrief over lunch and at the end of the day.

We will kick off with a discussion in the Wet Bar starting at 10.00 am. Please be rigged but not changed by this time.

Please could you let me know whether you would like to join us for this training day. If you have any questions please call Michael Clapp on 077 6468 1410.


Mike Clapp

Fleet Captain

FF# 4027

Castle Cup – Sunday 13th Trophy

As we discussed last Sunday, at the fleet AGM, this coming Sunday is 13th January so we will be racing for the Castle Cup.  The boat that gets the best combined score from the two races gets to hold the trophy until the next time we get a Sunday 13th.  Hopefully this will encourage enough of you out so we meet the five boat criteria to get our own start.

The fleet AGM produced a number of interesting ideas – I will try to get the minutes to all of you as soon as possible, including to those who were unable to attend.

If anyone is aware of any Flying Fifteens that might be about to come on the market, please let me know, as I have a number of people interested.

See you on the water soon.


Mike Clapp

Fleet Captain

Flying Fifteen No 4027.