Fairweather Series results revision

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I jumped the gun on getting the Fairweather Series results updated yesterday as the club results page was wrong and Nick/ Max were incorrectly given a DNC after they persisted in Sunday’s fickle breeze!

The correct results are below – thanks again to Roger for compiling them and apologies to Nick/ Max for doing you a disservice

Get voting in the FFI ballot

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There is a nudge on the UKFFA blog to get members voting on proposed rules changes (including minimum weight and headsail shape) as not many people have voted yet. For a link to the reminder, including pictures and voting form, click here. This is what the proposed jib looks like, albeit in a less attractive setting than Datchet!

Fairweather Series update – with thanks to Roger

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As predicted, Richard and Howard and Mike and Peter consolidated their positions in the Fairweather Series with 8 races completed out of 12. Not quite as strong a position as Giles Scott or Mills & Clark so still time for challenges…

Datchet Water SC

Flying Fifteen Fairweather Series 2016

Sailed: 8, Discards: 2, To count: 6, To qualify: 3, Rating system: PY, Entries: 10, Scoring system: RYA Appendix A

Rank SailNo HelmName CrewName Total Nett R1
22 May
22 May
12 Jun
12 Jun
24 Jul
24 Jul
14 Aug
14 Aug
1st 4011 Richard Jones Howard Shawyer 33 11 (11 DNC) (11 DNC) 1 1 1 4 2 2
2nd 3427 Mike Clapp Peter Morris 21 13 (3) 2 3 2 2 3 (5) 1
3rd 3888 Mike Firth Various 38 16 (11 DNC) (11 DNC) 2 3 3 1 4 3
4th 3904 Mervyn Wright Various 41 19 2 4 (11 DNC) (11 DNC) 4 2 3 4
5th 3851 Ian Linder James Linder 58 36 1 1 (11 DNC) (11 DNC) 11 DNC 11 DNC 1 11 DNC
6th 3181 Nick Moore Maxine Oliver 58 36 4 3 (11 DNC) (11 DNC) 5 6 7 11 DNC
7th 3563 Alistair Stevenson Various 68 46 (11 DNC) (11 DNC) 11 DNC 11 DNC 7 6 6 5
DNQ 3385 Ian Bland Sophie Bland 77 55 (11 DNC) (11 DNC) 11 DNC 11 DNC 6 5 11 DNC 11 DNC
DNQ 3721 Trevor Brant John Watling 81 59 (11 DNC) (11 DNC) 11 DNC 11 DNC 11 DNC 11 DNC 9 6
DNQ 3642 Roger Abbey-Taylor Various 81 59 (11 DNC) (11 DNC) 11 DNC 11 DNC 11 DNC 11 DNC 8 7

Jetty space

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We have had a request from the Radio Sailors to leave a few feet clear at the beach end of the pontoon so that they can get onto to it without climbing over our trailers. Please will everyone avoid parking trailers right up against the pontoon when launching. Thanks a lot

A FFlurry of activity on Sunday

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What a fflurry of activity last Sunday! 8 boats on the water and John/ Helen putting their keel back on after returning from the summer circuit and re-weighing their boat. It was Fairweather Series weekend so points counted to that as well as the Summer Series (and of course the Fleet Championship).

The wind was very fickle – but at least there was (at times) more than the forecast of 5 kts. Ian and James returned to show us how it is done – coming from a bad start to win the first race – before packing up to go to Poole Week. We should really have disqualified them as it turned out after the race that they had an extra bit of equipment on board – a beach tent from Morgan Crozat… They were followed by Richard and Howard (who pipped Mervyn/ George to the post by 10cm according to the RO).

Some were lulled into a false sense of confidence at the start of the second race by the wind picking up, only to drop away completely just before the gun which led to at least 2 boats not crossing the line until 2 minutes after the start. However, we all managed to get round and some learned new expletives along the way as the wind came and went. This time it was Richard and Howard who were first over the line but overtaken on handicap by Mike Clapp and Peter. Mike Firth finished third (on his own, having declared that Commodore Tinsley was too heavy to carry around in that wind).

I suspect this will have consolidated existing positions in the series and as soon as Roger has had a chance to sprinkle his fairy dust over the Fairweather Series results I’ll send them out

The planned (and much needed!) starting practice was reduced to an exchange of notes over lunch as nobody had the enthusiasm to submit themselves to more frustration. It will be rescheduled so watch this space.

Fleet Championship update

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The current positions in the DWSC FF Fleet Championship (aggregate of Spring, Summer and Autumn Sunday AM series results) have been updated. The current standings are below and the full results are on the club website… https://www.dwsc.co.uk/results/FleetChampionships.htm. Richard/ Howard have unsurprisingly sneaked into the lead but there is still a lot to play for since ca 2/3rd of results across the 3 series can be discarded (so those of you with a few DNC’s can wipe them off).

Last Sunday’s race report – with thanks to Peter Morris

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There were 7 Flying Fifteens on the water last Sunday with a warm fresh breeze and a black sky. Richard and Howard led both races by a considerable margin which they put down do some experiments with rig tension. In the first race Mike and Peter squeezed past Alastair and Joe at the downwind mark and were able to follow Mervyn and George over the line for second place on corrected time.

The first race was finished in 35 minutes and so the second race started with the J flag for an extra lap. The sky was clearing but the wind speed edged up and was gusting 30 knots at the end of racing. Richard and Howard repeated their greater than 40 second lead over the line and the other boats stayed in the positions accomplished at the first mark with second place going to Mervyn and George and third to Alastair and Joe. Trevor and John were 5th in both races. Mike and Phil were forced to retire early by a bent mainsheet gooseneck pin and a dodgy knee. Roger and Eija were 6th in the second race. The wind speed and waves really picked up as we were getting the boats ashore with lots of help for each other. Great day on the water.

Fairweather Series this Sunday

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This Sunday (14th) is the next instalment of the Fairweather Series. I know the Linders are back to play (presumably James has managed to get a pass from the new ‘Mrs James’ for the first time) and hopefully lots of others will join in to see if we can knock Richard/ Howard off the top spot (see below).