FF AGM, new Fleet Captains & Fleet Champs

The DWSC Flying Fifteen fleet AGM was held after sailing on Sunday 3rd December with 11 members in attendance.  The main item on the agenda was the election of the new Fleet Captains. Mike Clapp is now Fleet Captain and Alastair Stevenson is Fleet Vice Captain. Some very positive discussions were held about the development of the fleet – more to follow …

We also awarded the Fleet Championship prizes from the event held over a couple of weekends in March and June and the Crew of the Year award which went to Alex Abbey-Taylor.

Fleet Captain Mike Clapp and Vice Captain Alastair Stevenson (left and right flanks) with 2017 Fleet Champions Isabel & Tom Hall, runners up Richard Jones & Howard Shawyer, and 3rd place Mervyn Wright (George Caspall ill in bed!).  Chloe Hall joined the celebration – practising for when we see her name on the trophy with Isabel?


FF club boat upgraded!!!

A motley crew of Flying Fifteen sailors spent the weekend smoothing out the wrinkles on The Gerry Sheard – one of the club loan boats – so it should be easier to step into and sail now

Sunday’s motley crew

Howard, Mervyn, John & Mike x 2 decided to set sail in the boat-park as the Oppie’s were using the water.  Alastair, Roger and a couple of younger hands washed the boat and checked the mast setting in the rain on Saturday

Thanks to all involved – including Phil for providing parts

Public spirited warm-up routine

John and Helen were spotted hard at work early on Saturday and Sunday cleaning the pontoon before the K1/ FF/ Wayfarer competitions – so that we could launch quicker

This is obviously worthwhile exercise as they went on to win the FF open meeting very convincingly.  Perhaps we should all give it a try – I certainly appreciated sailing in a clean boat!

NoR & SI’s for the Club Championships & Barts Bash

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The Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions for the Club Championships have been published on the club website https://www.dwsc.co.uk/racing-2/club-racing-2/club-series-docs/. Please look at the bottom of this page. The basic format of the day is planned as: –

  1. Briefing at 9.30 am.
  2. First Race starts at 10.30 am with a Triangular course with a gate part way up the beat.
  3. Race 2 will be sailed straight after using a Windward/Leeward course.
  4. We then intend to have a lunch break although this is subject to confirmation at the briefing.
  5. The Spring and Summer Sunday series prize giving will be during the lunch period.
  6. Race 3 will be a Trapezoid Course
  7. Race 4 will be sailed “back to back” with Race 3 and consist of a q course.
  8. All the races will be sailed on a single handicap, average lap time basis so you need to sail through the gate on every windward leg and you will be finished after the shorten course symbol is flown.

The first race of the day will also be the “Bart’s Bash” race. Please enter on their website to be counted towards this global event – and to channel your sponsorship (the main aim!)


Mike Clapp

Race Officer

Register early for the Open Meeting

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The registration form is uploaded on the club website (click here) for the DWSC Flying Fifteen Open Meeting on 9th/ 10th September. Registering for the event before 5th September will give you a £10 discount on the entry fee and let the club, caterer etc. know what to expect. John Hanson is also gathering interest for a Saturday night meal so please let him know how many will be coming

See you there


Castle Cup this Sunday (13th)

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The Castle Cup is awarded to the winner of the day’s racing every time Sunday falls on the 13th, with the results of the two races combined using the normal tie breaks. Mike Clapp – holder of the Castle Cup since November 2016 – obviously wants some space on his shelves as he has generously invited the rest of us to challenge for it this Sunday (the first Sunday 13th this year).

Let’s see if we can continue to build the turnout after the summer travelling (6 last week) and take up the challenge

p.s. don’t forget to flag your interest in being the next Fleet Captain

Flying Fifteen Open (8/9 Sept)

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We would like to get a full turnout for the flying fifteen open on the 8th and 9th September.

If you want help getting your boat set up and race ready we can help you prior to this event so you enjoy the sailing on the water. (Please let me know)

We will have a social event (group dinner) in Windsor for crew and family on the Saturday evening. We would also ask if you have room to accommodate people (on the Saturday evening ) please volunteer as it will increase the numbers and make the event more fun for us all

What are your next steps

  • Please get this in your diaries today
  • Email myself to confirm you will attend the open
  • If you want to get the boat race ready let me know and what support you need
  • If you want to use the club boat let Mike know
  • If you are willing to support the visitors and offer a bed (thank you) please confirm this asap
  • If you cannot make the event but happy for other club members to use the boat please let me know

If you have any questions please email or call me. Really looking forward to seeing you all at the open meeting.

John Hanson