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!

New SI’s for Sunday am

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The observant amongst you may have noticed a new course being used a couple of weeks ago – a triangle-sausage-triangle with start/ gate half way up the beat. This is the result of the Sailing Committee rolling out new courses which were trialled last winter and which are captured in the updates SI’s. These have been broadcast in various ways but a copy is attached just in case you haven’t seen them. I have also duplicated below a table to remind me which is which – feel free to print and laminate it!

 

Sunday AM Series SIs June 2016 Naval Numeral Flags v3.pdf

Feeling inspired to travel by John/ Jon’s report from the Nationals? – try Burnham-on-Crouch

The Burnham-on-Crouch open meeting (aka the East Coast Championship) has been rescheduled for September 17th/ 18th. This is a great venue – sailing on a big river with waves that warrant a chute cover if the wind is the going the right way, and some beautiful Dragons on view. The hospitality is also great – I’d recommend you stay in the clubhouse for the experience. Click here for more information.

John and Helen take 4th place at Bassenthwaite

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John and Helen continue their journey round the UK in Hakuna Kutoa Katika. Last weekend they were at Bassenthwaite in the Lake District (a beautiful setting with 180 degree wind shifts!) where they earned 4th place. See a description and some photos in the Y&Y report. That also puts them 3rd overall in the Waples Wines Northern Traveller Series with 4 rounds completed and 2 to go. In case you’ve forgotten what they look like, here’s an old photo to make the blog more colourful!

 

Sunday Series update

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We had 8 boats out in a fantastic wind last Sunday (out of 21 club boats – that’s nearly 40%). Even Tony Copper commented on how good it looked. Mike and Phil roared away in the first race but everyone else had very close racing behind . Mervyn and George (returning from injury) broke free in the second race with tight racing again behind. However, Richard and Howard are leading the Summer Series very solidly – counting only bullets!

How to win a prize at the Flying Fifteen Nationals

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John Christensen and Jonathan Baggot have sent a of their Hayling Bay adventure last weekend – with a description of the thought process that led them to deciding to go to the Nationals, what they did to prepare, what they learned that they still needed to do(!) and what a great time they had. Even better, they won a well-deserved prize for their efforts…

At the end, they ask three excellent questions…

­ Why don’t more Classic or Silver boats go to the Nationals?

­ Where was anyone else from Datchet?

­ Where are next year’s Nationals?

I can answer where they are next year – Falmouth – and why the ‘normal Datchet travellers’ weren’t there, but I hope this report inspires a few more people to travel, including the several Classics/ Silvers we now have – why not give it a thought for next year? Btw, the VR Sport video reports for all 4 days are online now (http://www.vrsport.tv/) and the 2 J’s make another appearance.

FF Nationals Report.docx

Flying Fifteen parking/ launching for the UK Marblehead Nationals – 15th to 17th July

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Flying Fifteen parking/ launching for the UK Marblehead Nationals – 15th to 17th July

Datchet is hosting UK Marblehead Nationals this weekend – expecting 60 boats. Their course may be set near our pontoon depending on the wind direction. I’ve agreed with Terry that if they are using our pontoon on the Sunday, they will leave the half of car park near the bank clear for our boats and we will leave one car up for pulling up but everyone else needs to move their cars away.

They will pause their racing while we are launching – and we will wait for their signal when we are coming in after we’ve finished racing so we don’t kill their racing. It should be a good event – and Terry has promised us a play sometime

Flying Fifteen Fairweather Series Notice of Race

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Attached is the NoR for this year’s Flying FFairweather Series – which will combine the FF results for the Sunday am races on 22nd May, 12th June, 24th July, 14th August, 11th September and 9th October 2016 and the winner will receive the ‘Junk’ trophy.

 

The intent for this series is to focus turnout on one day per month for those who aren’t able to make every weekend.

 

NoR-FF-Fairweather-Series-2016

Notices of Race and Sailing Instructions posted for FF Midwinters and Mercedes Open

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With a lot of help from Gabrielle and Tristan, I have uploaded the NoR’s and SI’s for the Flying Fifteen Midwinter Championship (which will draw results from the WInter Warm Up in February) and the Mercedes Trophy Open Meeting on 12th and 13th March

Please encourage as many people as possible to attend – if you need help finding a crew or helm, contact me

 

Mervyn

(mervynwright@live.co.uk)

 

p.s. next blog lesson will be how to put in links!