A Flying Fifteen Is a 2 Person Racing Yacht
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The ACT Championship will be sailed on Lake Burley Griffin on 4 & 5 October, 8 races scheduled over the two days. Could be a good warm up to that special summer season. Full details here.
The Preliminary NOR is now available, the dates are 15 - 28 August 2015. The complete NOR will be available around 1st October 2014.
FFI have advised that the venue for the 2015 FFI World Championship has been changed to Crozon-Morgat, Brittany, with CN Crozon-Morgat as the organising authority. The timing has also been changed to the last 2 weeks of August and first week of September.
The FFI media release is available here
The Australian Boat register is now available under the "Fleets" menu.
The register has been compiled to the best of our knowledge and we welcome input to improve/keep this list up to date. Even if you have a Flying Fifteen just as a fun boat / mooring minder or whatever we would like to put it on our list.
Thanks for the compilation are due to Ray Sebo, Bob Beard and the other state measurers.
Approximately 680 Flying Fifteens have been registered in Australia since Tally Hobbs built Serena in 1950. You can go direct to the register here
The winners won in emphatic style: Graham Vials and Chris Turner rattled off six successive bullets to stamp their authority over the rest of the 53-boat fleet at the British Flying Fifteen Nationals sailed from Parkstone Yacht Club, wrapping up the championship with a day to spare.
Among the other top boats, however, there was still plenty of scope for place-changing on the final day. To make life even more interesting, Tuesday brought a major change in conditions. Poole Bay turned off the wind, waves and sparkle and replaced them with a light, fickle breeze, predominantly black skies, flat water and showers.
Going into race 7, Greg Wells and Richard Rigg were lying 2nd overall. They held an eight-point lead over Ian Cadwallader and Dave Sweet, who in turn were three points clear of Richard Lovering and Matthew Alvarado in 4th. A further five points adrift in 5th, Alan Bax and Mark Darling were among those capable of moving up the leader-board should anyone ahead have a bad day.
In the event, all top five positions remained unchanged, but the conditions meant that nothing was certain until the line was crossed. There was so little wind before the scheduled 10:30 first start that PRO Bryan Drake delayed sending the boats out. Then a light westerly filled in allowing a start to be attempted, only for much of the fleet to jump the gun and force a general recall.
Over the next 90 minutes or so the wind came and went, clocking left and right and generally making life as difficult as could be. Another general recall and two abandoned starts later, racing finally got under way just after 1pm in a breeze that was still far from convincing.
Getting to grips with the situation straight away were Cadwallader and Sweet, rounding the windward mark with a comfortable lead. Behind them were Martin Lewis and Mike Riley, Crispin Read-Wilson with Steve Brown and then Wells/Rigg.
Choosing the right-hand side up the next beat of the windward/leeward course, Wells and Rigg closed in on the boats ahead, as did Mark and Ben Longstaff. On the second run the wind clocked so far to the left that it became more of a broad reach and the next beat would have been a one-leg lay had PRO Bryan Drake not moved the weather mark.
By now Cadwallader and Sweet had what proved to be an unassailable lead, but a faltering breeze down the final run led to more than the occasional anxious moment for some and to a few place changes as boats were rolled over by those behind. In the end, Team Longstaff just pipped Wells and Rigg by about half a boat-length, with Read-Wilson 4th and Andy McKee/Rich Jones 5th.
As if to say ‘that’s it’, the clouds then shed their load to give everyone a good soaking as they headed for home.
With boats packed away back at the club, it was time for the daily prize-giving, the major offering being a jib from Hyde. There were vouchers from P&B and Harken goody-bags too, as well as jackets from Hudson Wight for the overall winners, which Vials and Turner decided should go to the French team of Jean-Yves Renault and Jean-Yves Martens.
Other sponsors helping make the event possible were Dave Tabb’s Mar-Key group, Flying Fifteen builders Ovington, WebCollect, who managed the on-line entry, Poole Harbour Commissioners and, of course, the title sponsors, UKGlobal, who administer the class insurance scheme.
So that’s it for the nationals 2014 – a great success for a highly competitive class that’s in rude health and will certainly be returning to Parkstone in the not-too-distant future.
For those who have been following the British Flying Fifteen nationals from afar, the news from Monday is…more of the same: more superb sailing conditions in Poole Bay, more top-rate race management, more happy sailors returning ashore for a lively and sociable evening at Parkstone Yacht Club. and two more bullets for the unstoppable Graham Vials and Chris Turner, who made it a clean sweep and secured the championship with a day to spare.
It wasn’t exactly as though somebody had hit the repeat button from Sunday, however. The 11-15 knots of wind had a little more south in it to start with and, for the day’s first race, the tide was still running to the west, carrying the fleet towards the line. That might have contributed to the two general recalls. After the first, PRO Bryan Drake broke out the U flag. After the second it was a case of no more grace: black-flag time. The fleet responded and the third start was clean with no boats suffering the ignominy of a BFD.
Having been one of the most consistent teams in the first four races, it was turn of Ian Cadwallader and Dave Sweet to lead around the windward mark, ahead of Irish visitors John Lavery and David O’Brien. Vials and Turner were in fourth, but no one was surprised to see them start to pick off the boats in front of them around the triangle, sausage, triangle course. Cadwallader and Sweet kept them in their rear-view mirrors all the way to the last gybe mark and for most of the final shy reach to the finish, only to see the red spinnaker of 4004 sneaking past just yards from the line.
For race 6 – started under a black flag after another general recall – the breeze had rocked to the right and a few rapid shifts up the beat caught out the unwary. Playing them to good effect and leading around the weather mark were Andy McKee and Rich Jones, who were finding their form after a trying start to the championship. They lost a trailer wheel on their way down from Manchester and arrived on the back of an AA truck more than 18 hours after setting off, just making the start of the first race on Saturday and sailing for the first two days with a damaged keel. Catching up on sleep and performing minor surgery to the boat had an effect in the form of a fourth in race 5 and a third in race 6, in which they were overtaken only by the relentless Vials and Turner and by the oh-so-consistent Greg Wells and Richard Rigg, who notched up their fourth 2nd place.
The highlights of the day for most were the reaches, especially the second of each triangle which was about as shy as it could be for a spinnaker leg. With waves to play with and sunshine to add sparkle to the spray, these were reaches to remember.
Anybody who likes variety in their sailing conditions would not have been disappointed by what Poole Bay had to offer on the second day of the UKGlobal Flying Fifteen nationals, hosted by Parkstone Yacht Club. Winds ranged from 8 knots initially to 24 knots by the end of the second race, and the sea state from moderate to boat-stoppingly choppy.
The results after races 3 and 4, however, show a remarkable degree of consistency at the top. Graham Vials and Chris Turner continued where they left off on the first day, winning both races to be in the enviable position of counting one of their four firsts as a discard. Giving them a run for their money in race 3 were Greg Wells and Richard Rigg, who held the lead around the windward-leeward course until the last windward mark. Then they gybed early to take the inshore course down the run, while Vials and Turner went offshore. By the leeward mark the latter pair had pulled out a lead of 50 yards, making the short reach to the finish a formality.
Race 4 was set as a four-lapper (sausage, triangle and repeat) and with a longer beat to let the fleet stretch its legs after the relatively short warm-up of the earlier race. By this time the wind had increased and swung right and the east-going tide had got into its stride too, making the right-hand side favoured. Chris and Tom Waples had their moment in the limelight, briefly sneaking ahead of the omnipresent Vials and Turner by the second windward mark, with Wells and Rigg also right in the mix.
The series leaders soon reverted to form, pulling through on the reaches to take a lead they never relinquished. These were the legs that made the day for most of the fleet. With the wind nudging into the high teens and Poole Bay bathed in sunlight while Bournemouth sat underneath big black clouds and got rained on, 50 Flying Fifteens showed what planing keelboats with symmetrical spinnakers can really do on an Olympic triangle. On the second reach in particular – the shyer of the two – it was a matter of ‘hang on tight and enjoy the ride’.
PRO Bryan Drake took the decision to finish the race at the windward mark the third time round. Wells and Rigg recorded their second 2nd of the day behind Vials and Turner and ahead of Hyde’s Richard Lovering, crewed by Matthew Alvarado, in 3rd. Getting into gear after three indifferent races by his standards, Steve Goacher picked his way through the fleet to claim 4th, just in front of Hamish Mackay and Andrew Lawson.
Rumours were that Goacher was keen to record a good finish to make sure he got back in time to enjoy one of his own-label beers at the daily prize-giving. Another good reason for all competitors to be there was to be in with a chance of winning a Selden boom in the prize draw. More prizes were provided by Gul – sponsors of the day’s racing – and Harken.
A prediction of lighter conditions for the second half of the championship raises two questions. Given the accuracy of the forecasts thus far, will there actually be any less wind? And, if there is, will the leading boats maintain their pace? Monday will provide some answers.
With over 50 entries, a clutch of enthusiastic sponsors and all the top helms and crews signed up, this year’s Flying Fifteen national championship – a qualifier for next year’s worlds in Hyeres – was shaping up to be a good one long before the gun fired for the first start.
Add the superb sailing waters of Poole Bay, the organisational experience of Parkstone Yacht Club and the support of an active home fleet, and that only left the question of the wind to provide the perfect mix.
Thankfully the Weather Gods had been primed and, despite only providing only the odd glimmer of sun to brighten the first day’s racing, they dished up a brisk westerly that warmed up the hiking muscles and gave the fleet some lively planing on the reaching legs.
Principal Race Officer Bryan Drake set a sausage-triangle-sausage course for both races. Straight out of the blocks at the committee boat end for the first start were reigning world champions Graham Vials and Chris Turner who, like most of the fast money, chose the right-hand side of the beat to avoid the worst of the west-going tide. Those who went offshore lived to regret it.
Vials and Turner were never threatened, extending their lead to finish several hundred yards ahead of Greg Wells and Richard Rigg. Parkstone sailor and former Fireball world champion, Crispin Read-Wilson, crewed by Steve Brown, was a close third. As well as upsetting the established order at the sharp end of the fleet, Read-Wilson found his efforts doubly rewarded when, at the prize-giving for the day’s racing, he later became the proud owner of a solid wooden picnic table courtesy of the day’s sponsors, the Fencing Centre.
Race 2 saw an over-eager fleet forcing a general recall. By now the tide had eased, as had the wind by a few knots, and more of the top boats could be found at the pin end. The right still paid, however, and pin-end-starters Vials and Turner were in a double-figure position at the windward mark. In a breeze that dropped away mid-race before picking back up again, they pulled through into the lead by the end of the next beat and stayed in front to take their second bullet of the day. Those whose muscles were beginning to ache were relieved to find the race finished at the third windward mark, saving the final run and a correspondingly longer slog back into the harbour.
Improving on their fifth place from the first race were Richard Lovering and Matthew Alvarado, taking second just ahead of Alan Bax and Mark Darling. Chairman of the class association, Jeremy Davy, made it into fourth, with Ian Cadwallader fifth.
Prizes presented after racing in the Fifteens’ own marquee had applications for keelboat racing as well as al fresco dining, thanks to contributions from Harken (official hardware sponsors), Hyde, P&B and Gul, while memories of any tactical errors were drowned with the help of a barrel of beer provided by Ringwood.
With two races scheduled each day, the championship continues until Tuesday.
It is with great sadness to advise that Dave Reynolds, long time Flying Fifteener from Geraldton, passed away yesterday (26 June 2014) following a heart attack. Many of you will know Dave, and his larger than life character was always a pleasure to encounter at F15 events.
Dave's contribution to the F15 community was immense, and he was honoured with life membership of FFIWA.
Our thoughts are with Dave's family at this very sad time.
The Flying Fifteens at Botany Bay have joined in with the mixed Saturday fleet at BBYC to get the last couple of races completed for their series.
And whilst they are scoring against themselves (scratch only) for their series, they are also scoring handicap results against the mixed fleet.
On Saturday AUS3022 – Miss Behavin sailed by Kelly Ryan scored a third on scratch and a first on handicap against a fleet comprising both keel boats and sports boats.
Photo shows Kelly tussling with a Eureka 36 sailed by Grant ‘Grunta’ Mackellar. (The Eureka was eventual scratch winner)
A lot of eyebrows were raised after this race – (plus quite a few comments about a $3000.00 boat whipping the fleet of 100K keelboats).
BBYC was also hosting the Dragon Class winter regatta this weekend and these skippers were somewhat amused!
When entering the results for Race 4 of the above event David Tucker and Matt Summers
had the time they crossed the finish line recorded in the results in error when in fact they were OCS in that race. The race sheets clearly identify that boat 3988 was OCS in Race 4.
As a consequence of becoming aware of this error the Race Committee have advised that the first three placings in the regatta change from those announced to now be
3986 “Ineffable” Nick And Janet Jerwood first; 3619 “Affrodisiac” Hamish Carnachan and Peter Mudford second; and 3988 “Nuff Said” David Tucker and Matt Summers third.
Quick unofficial report on Day 3
From a slightly hungover observers position on the presidential barge:
The newish start boat had a hydraulic leak, we partially rescued them with a 1 L bottle from our cellar, sorry, that should be spares locker.
The race was delayed waiting for the wind to fill in .
The presidential barge took the opportunity to fire up the barbecue and tantalise the competitors olfactory nerves.
When the wind settled at about 7 kn from the W the race got away after a general recall. Two boats were OCS, one of which returned to restart.
Lillo and Ed led around the first mark followed by Hamish and Muddi.
Lillo and Ed continued to open out a commanding lead which they took to the finish.
Jerwoods had had a crappy start, I understand Dave Tucker and Matt Summers may have "helped them" with this. The Jerwoods were working their way up through the fleet
until they came up to Dave and Matt again. they sat on Nick and Janet and held them down to 11th place which gave Dave and Matt the series.
Nick and Janet did protest that Dave and Matt had infringed them (I think coming out of a tack) but it was disallowed.
BTW, after the start the presidential barge relocated to the top of the course to ensure that any competitors who had missed the barbecue aroma at the start did not miss out.
Day 3 ‐ Sunday 20th April 2014
The breeze was light (so light it took 2 days for this report to reach the East) to start and the yachts made lovely reflections on the water as they drifted out to the race course. Drama! The start boat had broken a hydraulics hose and so had very little steering capacity.Nothing that duct tape and a litre of borrowed hydraulic fluid didn’t fix. RO Les parked the boat, fixed the leakand proceeded to run Race 3. With the influence of the cold front brushing the south coast, the winds for today were from 260 degrees starting at about 5 knots and strengthening to about 10‐12 by the end of the race. The sailors were keen to get the race done and again, keenness brought them undone ‐ a general recall.
Nick & Janet Jerwood - the 2014 FFIWA Champions - holding off David Swan &
Matt Elliott in the last race.
2014 FFIWA Consistency Winners David Yu & Chris Nelson
Day 2 – Saturday 19 April 2014
The boats were launched in conditions more suitable to sailing than was the case yesterday. The breeze was a steady 12 knots from approx. 230 degrees. Go left young sailor, go left!
Esperance boat Catch Me If You Can, is having goose for dinner having broken its neck on the last run of the last race today. The boom was swinging free in quite a breeze. The topped off their day after starting with the crew had a fall in the boat crunching his brand new knee. But they breed them strong in Esperance and to Brad it was a mere trifle when considering the bigger picture.
Esperance skipper Swanny having just taken on the mantle of running the next states decided he had better go out and enjoy this, while he can. His super-crew Matt inhaled a bag of super crew food (red and green snakes) and that had the boat, Changing Lanes, changing lanes to scoot passed the opposition. They had a great day out especially the last race. On the last beat they picked off three A-graders to finish fourth.
The third race was a great spectacle with Lillo and Ed on Escalator (remember the pink and grey spinnaker?) ahead of pack with the Jerwoods somewhere in the pack. This must have been a very frightening place for Janet and Nick as they have not been there for many races. But it was the time to pull out all that experience and work the gaps to finish third. A great display of sailing ability.
El Toro took some stick - literally. Somehow the spinnaker pole launched itself through the leech of the jib. This proved to be quite slow so Adele and Dean decided that they had to mobilise their spares. It was another lesson on how to rig a jib in 18 knots on the water. Impressive! And this was after they had a great race 1 finishing third.
Day 1 - Friday 18 April 2014
There was keen competition right through the fleet with some mark roundings producing other than friendly remarks about rivals’ boat handling abilities and ancestors. With kites aflutter, the fleet
The wind started to fill in during race 1. Race 2 started well for most, but there was one boat that tried to sneak an early start, but it is not a good idea to do this right next to the Start Boat. The left paid - surprise, surprise! One tack to the top mark. The Jerwoods on Ineffable snuck ahead with Hamish and Muddy on AFFrodisiac trying really hard but could not overcome the good start by the Jerwoods and they also missed a shift on the last work. Dave and Matt on Nuff Said crept into second at this point. The Esperance guns, Swanny and Matt in Changing Lanes, changed too many lanes to keep up and finished just outside the top three. Geraldton sailor Mark on FireFox started a chain of events with a close encounter with the top mark causing a ripple effect through the remainder of the fleet, causing him to go from mid-fleet to last and was quite dizzy after this effort.
Some sailors had problems with dropping spinnakers - may be the skipper didn’t yell soon enough to let the crew know that the kite was about to drop. But according to Trish on Glamour Buoys Girl, this is not the case. The recalcitrant retrieval live needs to be disciplined to NOT get around the bow. Some, as a consequence, went prawning or the crew has to go forward to retrieve the errant sail. The prawns were delicious when served at the Fish BBQ.
Aileen and Simon on FForeigner had to leave the race course after race 2 to find a suitable inn - hopefully with more than straw and a few stray animals to help comfort them. They will be out in full force tomorrow after driving from Albany today and then racing this afternoon. Question: were they over the line in race 2???The Geraldton contingent has increased over the last year or so and it is great to see 2 boats competing in this regatta. Wayne and Henri on 16 were a bit concerned about the size of the fleet as sailing amongst 37 boats as compared
January 3 & 4 will be measurement/registration days, the Invitation Race will be on Monday 5th January. Heats 1 & 2 are scheduled for Tuesday 6th January with racing to finish on Saturday 10th January.
This will be a FFI Worlds qualifying event if FFI does not declare the Worlds at Hyères an open event.
The proposed host club is COYCH in Hyères, France. The schedule is Saturday, 30 May 2015 – first day of registration and measurement. Friday, 12 June 2015 – last day of sailing and presentation dinner.
Puerto Pollensia, Mallorca. this will be held between 14 - 19 September 2014. NOR Here
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