Get a girl on the water this Sunday

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This Sunday is the next instalment of the Autumn Series, having taken a break for Bart’s Bash and the Club Championships last weekend. Well done to Tom, Peter, Roger (and Alex?) for representing the fleet in these events and to Phil/ Mike for being the race team.

This is also the last weekend of the Summer Sunday pm series, where Gabrielle is working hard to get 40 females out on the water. There appeared to be lots of support for a whole day’s sailing when we discussed it at the last fleet AGM so please do all you can to turn out for both morning and afternoon – and see if you can drag one of the ladies in your life out for the afternoon.

Coming up

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Sunday (18th) brings Barts Bash and the Club Championships – with 4 races in the day, using a single handicap start (Wednesday evening format). Click here for a link to the Notice of Race/ Sailing Instructions and for information on how to donate to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation which “uses sailing as a tool to improve the lives of young people”

Sunday 25th September is the last in this Summer’s Sunday pm Series. Gabrielle has set a challenge to get at least 40 females on the water as part of the 40th Anniversary initiatives. Please do your bit to help meet this target by (a) ensuring all the female FF sailors are out (good to see your boat back Emma…) and (b) providing crewing opportunities for the females that have taken up sailing this year as part of the ‘This Girl Can’ programme. Please let Gabrielle know if you can provide a space for one of her ‘Girls’

Tans and Tannin

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Much tea was drunk on Sunday because of the high pressure that decided to sit over Southeast England – fantastic for sunbathing but very frustrating for sailing. Not even the 29ers with their lightweight crews managed to get out until lunchtime – so no Sunday morning racing, which means no change to the Fairweather Series. Things didn’t get a lot better after lunch, so no Sunday pm races either. Instead, we all learned lots about a range of unexpected topics as the conversation wandered to and fro – though I’m not sure the youngest member of the fleet really appreciated the detailed discussion on the human ageing process!


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1) The results are in from the FFI ballot – all proposals were passed except for the 5kg weight reduction. The rule changes will come in after the Worlds in March ’17 – so new jibs for Xmas?!

Coming up…

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· Sunday pm & Fairweather Series

Next Sunday (11th) is the next weekend in the Sunday pm series. Sunday am also constitutes the next pair of races in the Fairweather Series, currently led by Richard and Howard. I’ll be taking pictures from the committee boat in the afternoon when I’m RO so please try your hardest to get down so we have a good turnout (forecast is currently a dry force 3, gusting 4).

· Bart’s Bash

The Sunday after (18th) is Bart’s Bash and the Club Championship. NoR’s and SI’s are on the club website (click here) so there’s no excuse for missing either event.

· New boat

Watch out – Nick and Max have a new boat that they will be bringing back with them after their holiday next week. It is apparently very well set up with some crisp new sails and had had some very good results in the hands of its previous owner (Simon Spolton of Parkstone) – so no pressure there then! It has a very similar number to their Hurricane (3407 – 407) so keep an eye out for the wrong sails appearing

Autumn Series starts

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Last Sunday was the first weekend in the Autumn Series. Poor turnout by recent standards but still more than any other fleet. It was a shame given the great wind – and a fantastic final reach to finish off (would have been even better if I’d turned my camera on!). Something for everyone with Nick and Max racing Satisffaction for the last time (new boat on its way), Roger persuading his son out for a second weekend on the trot (encouraging trend there) and Mervyn/ George and Mike/ Peter winning a race each. Hopefully, we’ll get back to our customary higher numbers soon and even break into double figures for the first time in a while.

Thanks to all who brought a shovel (every boat) – and particularly to George who did most of the shovelling – the ramp is now clear.

Bring a Shovel party to start the Autumn Series!!!

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Please bring a shovel on Sunday (first weekend in the Autumn Series) and be prepared to spare no more than 30 mins after sailing to clear the ramp.

With the drop in water level over the past month, there have been a couple of significant piles of silt left on the ramp. When it rains these wash down and resettle just below the waterline, creating a bar that it is hard to push the trailers through. We’re going to shovel the silt away (using a wheelbarrow provided by the club) to avoid this happening. George and I did it last year and it’ll be much easier/ quicker with some help!

See you on Sunday


p.s. the water level is on its way back up again according to Thames Water

Mervyn Wright

DWSC Flying Fifteen Fleet Captain

Tel: 07768 921576

E-mail: mervynwright

Sunday Series/ Competition results update

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As provisionally announced last week, Richard/ Howard did indeed win the Summer Series which ended on Sunday 21st August, and the Copland trophy, counting a very impressive 13 bullets and 2 second places (eat your heart out Giles Scott). Mike/ Peter finished in second place with Mervyn/ George third. Many congratulations to all. The updated FF Results Compendium is attached.

11 boats took part in the series, with turnout building during the series to a peak of 8. Let’s see if we can continue the growth in the Autumn Series which starts next Sunday (4th September)

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Sunday race report

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Last Sunday was a ‘special’ one off race in between series, using the Wednesday evening single start handicap format with a P course. The 8 Flying Fifteens made up more than 1/3rd of the fleet. Aside from a couple of absolutely torrential squalls, the weather was actually quite reasonable and it turned out to be quite a family affair. Tom Hall was joined by daughter Isabel who appears to be a dab hand with the kite, while Roger was joined by his son Alex and Trevor Sparrow put in a (welcome) surprise appearance with his crew that consisted of son Adam plus ‘various spinnaker eating mice and spiders’, all of whom (except Adam) went overboard on the first spinnaker hoist leaving a rather holy kite

Mike Firth and Phil Tinsley applied their combined decades of Datchet experience to finish as lead FF followed by the youthful Halls and Mike Clapp with Peter Morris. For full results (as distorted by the PY system!) click here