Flying Fifteen Mercedes Trophy 2015 Report

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FF Mercedes Trophy Pic (2)

Grey skies and a lively breeze greeted 15 FF crews at Datchet on Saturday morning. Race officer, Philip Tinsley (Datchet’s Commodore) indicated the Sunday forecast was uninviting, and proposed 4 races on Saturday – “just in case”. He set a windward/leeward course, to ensure the shifty gusts did not ruin the reaches to a gybe mark.

The first race was very keenly contested, setting the tone for the rest of the day. Last year’s winners, Richard Lovering and Matt Alvarado from HISC, winning from Chew’s Ian Cadwallader and Parkstone’s Dave Tabb.

The second race saw some fantastic comebacks, with Dave Tabb and Chewey Sherrell, storming back from 7th after the first lap, to win handsomely from Lovering/Alvarado to were also buried in the pack.

The race officer shortened the last two races to 2 laps, as the wind strength peaked at 29 knots. The third race saw Alan Bax and Mark Darling return to form, chasing home the in form Lovering/ Alvarado, with Crispin Read Wilson and Steve Brown third.

The last race saw Simon Kneller and Dave Lucas win, from Tabb/ Sherrell and inevitably Lovering/ Alvarado.

Sunday dawned wet, but not too blustery, but the forecast was dire – 35 knots gusting 55, and after a general conflab, there were no objections to cancelling further racing. For those de-rigging to go home, or on to Bewl, the wind rose and rose, ensuring the reservoir was closed by 10.30.

Overall, Lovering/ Alvarado won by 2 points from the consistent Tabb/Sherrell and Kneller/ Lucas. Top Datchet boat was father and son Ian and James (Ballotelli!) Linder.

Thanks to all the visitors for making the journey, even with the forecast, and to the race team for managing to complete 4 races in pretty challenging circumstances.

Phil Tinsley

Easter opening times

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Good Friday : The Club will be closed

Easter Saturday: The Club will be open

Easter Sunday: The Club will be open

Easter Monday: The Club will be Open

We look forward to seeing you at the Club.

End of series Regatta

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This weekend is the end of Winter Series Regatta. It will start at the normal Sunday racing time but will be 2 x Wednesday evening style single start handicap races. After racing will be the Winter Series prize giving which will run alongside the Flying Fifteen Mercedes Trophy prize giving.

We look forward to seeing you at the club

Datchet Water Sailing Club

2015 FAST CAT Photos

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Please follow the link for your Race Officers 2015 FAST CAT Photos

We hope you all enjoyed your weekend with us and look forward to seeing you back at the club.

You are invited to view barry peters’s photo album: Datchet Fast Cat Event March 2015

Datchet Fast Cat Event March 2015

Datchet Water Sailing club –

21 Mar 2015
by barry peters

Photos from the fast cat event March 2015. I can’t claim all of them as mine as Tristan (safety) stole my camera and took some as well. So if you like them they are mine and if you don’t there his!!!! Only joking – I think his are actually slightly better than mine (I wont lend the camera next time!). Feel free to use the photos for any personal, sponsorship or class association use any other commercial use we can discuss!

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29th of March 2015 Race Officer Training Postponed

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Dear Members,

Due to the 29th of March 2015 after racing not being very popular for the free race officer training, we have decided to postpone until a later date. The club will be in touch with the revised date soon.

Sorry for any inconvenience the change of date may cause and we look forward to seeing you at the club soon.

Kind Regards

Datchet Water Sailing Club

Fame at last, for Jon Senior

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Jon Senior Y+Y Yachts and Yachting this month (April edition) features an article lauding Jon Senior’s contribution to the club over the past decade as he is awarded Sailor of the Month. Congratulations, Jon. Will we see you on the race track for the final 2 Sundays of the Winter Series?

Fast Cat Boat Drop Off

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If you will like to drop your boat off for the Fast Cat tonight, the club will shut a 17.30pm but your Race Officer will be on hand to let you in and out of the grounds until 21:00pm. If you wish to do this can you kindly ring Barry Peters 15 minutes before your arrival on 07973321377. There will be no admission after 21:00pm

Thank You

Datchet Water Sailing Club