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.
FF # 4027
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.
NoR FF Fairweather Series 2019
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.
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.
Flying Fifteen No 4027.
Please find below an update about our loan boats from Phil Tinsley. With all this effort going into maintaining these boats we could do with getting them used more. If you know of anyone who would like to try out a Flying Fifteen please let Mike Firth or myself know.
Mike Clapp, Fleet Captain
Dear FF Fleet members
Very many thanks to all the fleet’s members who have donated old sails to be sold for the benefit of the club’s 2 FF boats.
These are used to allow trial sails in a FF, and hopefully encourage the triallists to join the fleet.
We had 4 leads from the Southampton Show, one of which is proper interested and will be having a trial sail in the spring.
We have 2 club FF’s – a raceable silver boat 3316 “Gerry Sheard” a 1990 Porter copy of a Windebank/Ovington 9 hull, and an older more recreational hull 3024 “Flouride” a Trenowth from 1985.
Your generosity has allowed the purchase of a new cover for one boat, and the other has a nearly new cover – both branded DWSC club FF.
Gerry Sheard has a good set of Goachers, ex my silver 3341, and Flouride a reasonable set of P+B sails ex 3888.
At present BOTH club boats have garish line green/yellow spinnakers, which should act as L plates, or inexperienced warnings, to the rest of us.
There is also nearly £400 being added to the held funds for upkeep of these club FF’s – funds held by Roger our fleet treasurer.
Today a clear out of the club boats has revealed 8 further sails to be sold for the fleet’s benefit – thanks to all donors.
A couple of suggestions:
- I am aware that there are some new members to the fleet, and can I suggest you review your sails – some of the most recently donated sails are ex John Hansen in 3954, and still in very good condition. We have a good mainsail, a super 2 window genoa and a blue spinnaker for a chute, all by Hyde.
- If any fleet member has a redundant sail which they would be happy to donate to benefit the fleet’s FFs upkeep, we would be very grateful. Please see Mike Clapp the fleet captain, or Mike Firth who oversees the Club loan FF’s
- Lastly, this is the last group of sails I going to sell for the fleet, and therefore we need an EBay savvy fleet member to take over the sale of the future sails. I will produce a procedural note for the volunteer.
On behalf of the FF Fleet.
Time to catch up with some general Flying Fifteen matters! Roger sent me the results of the Fairweather Series a few weeks ago: –
Apologies for keeping you all waiting. We will award some prizes for this at the fleet AGM which I think is due during December. I’ll try to set a date for this shortly.
Roger has also updated the fleet trophy list: –Trophies 2018.2019 Sep
The water level seems to have been fairly steady over the last couple of weeks so with the repositioned pontoon there should be no excuses for not attending Sunday racing. If you have not seen the instructions from Mervyn please let me know.
See you on the water soon.
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.
Flying Fifteen Fleet Captain
This Sunday is scheduled to be the next instalment of the Fairweather Series. Unfortunately we seem to have already missed two of the Sundays for this due to lack of wind and its not looking too promising for 5th August. Anyway the results of the series so far are below.Sailwave results for Flying Fifteen Fairweather Series 2018 at May
I will be down at the club whatever. Coffee will be served if the wind doesn’t materialise.
See you on the water soon.
DWSC Flying Fifteen Fleet Captain
The second Sunday of the Fleet Championships is coming up on 24th June. As before, there are 4 races planned – two back to back in the morning and then another two in the afternoon. First start is a 10.30am with a briefing at 9.30. The Sailing instructions are here: –
The first two races will also count towards the Fairweather Series.
With 4 discards, if we get to run all 4 races, the championships is still very open. Mike Firth is currently top of the leader board ( https://www.dwsc.co.uk/results/FleetChampionships2018.htm ) but that could easily change.
With 6 boats turning out over the last few weekends (unfortunately the wind didn’t play ball so they do not all appear on the results sheets) I am wondering whether we can get into double figures for this event! Please let me know if you need any help finding a crew for that Sunday or need any other assistance/incentives to get your boat on the water.
See you on the water soon!