F15 Team Racing

As forecast, the blustery winds have passed through leaving good racing conditions for the fleet and their early start (Shame Jim Christie thought he was starting at 10.30 too!)

A fleet of 13 boats are taking part in this year’s event, and according to our F15 fleet captain, they had the worst start ever!

The wind proved to be very changeable, with bursts of strong winds coming through for minutes at a time before easing to fairly light conditions. The gusts that did come through caught out various sailors – there were a couple of F15s that capsized as well as numerous club boats!

Keith Thomas and Ian Campbell had a couple of problems to deal with. Firstly they trawled their kite at the windward mark, but as it went under the boat they had to come ashore to re-rig it. Then when they came ashore before the final race, Ian slipped off the foredeck and went for an untimely swim!

The day turned out to be one for jousting with two separate competitions going on. Firstly Steve Peck had a tussle with a F15 and snapped his jousting stick (aka gennaker pole), and Toggle skewered Alan Jones sail with his mast.

In the team racing, although there were clear winners with the key Derwent team, 2nd place place was hotly contested. Even though the Bass team, supported (or should it be propped up by?)by Steve Goacher, had to include three DNFs, there average points just pipped the 2nd Derwent team by 0.17pts to finish second overall.

Rank

SailNo

Club

HelmName

CrewName

R1

R2

R3

Total

Nett

Av

2nd

3940

DRSC

Terry Crumpton

John Mathie

3

4

2

9

9

B

3rd

3906

DRSC

John Hardisty

Roger Errington

6

1

3

10

10

B

4th

3936

DRSC

Steve Douthwaite

Paul Averley

2

7

4

13

13

B

10.67

1st

3821

RWYC

Steve Goacher

Phil Evans

1

2

1

4

4

A

6th

3473

Bass SC

Mike Moore

Kayla Sheard

4

6

6

16

16

A

7th

3390

Bass SC

Tim Chittenden

Ian MacPherson

7

10

7

24

24

A

13th

3265

Bass SC

Keith Thomas

Ian Campbell

DNF

DNF

DNF

42

42

A

21.5

5th

380

DRSC

Dave Gebherd

Jackie Gebherd

5

3

5

13

13

D

8th

3695

DRSC

David Vasey

Athol King

9

8

8

25

25

D

9th

3829

DRSC

Dave Douglas

Jamie Adamson

8

5

DNC

27

27

D

21.67

10th

3801

DRSC

Rod Huddleston

Don Murray

10

11

9

30

30

C

11th

3587

DRSC

Dave Christie

11

12

10

33

33

C

12th

3636

DRSC

Robin Jefferson

Alan Baker

12

9

DNF

35

35

C

32.67

Commodore Dave Nicholson said a few words of thanks to the competitors (Don’t think that anyone noticed Pauline hadn’t dressed him properly by giving him odd socks!) and the prizes were presented by Pauline. Overall winner of the open meeting was Steve Goacher and Phil Evans, who were celebrating(?) 20 years (to the day) in a Flying 15. The winning team, Chasing Jenga, from Derwent Reservoir also had the winner of the Grotty Potty – awarded by the previous recipient Phil Evans. It went to Paul Averley for his inability to abide by the rules of Jenga in the pub last night!

There She Blows!

There has been a good forecast for this weekend for several days – 12/13 knots is just what the F15 sailors need for some good team racing. However, when the wind strength is doubled with regular gusts, and you’re looking into the E wind from the club house, it all seems much less inviting.

When Mike Moore and Steve Goacher up sticks and go home you realise that there’s not much point in hanging around.

The proposal is that the team racing will start at 10.30 in the morning, by which time the winds should have moderated.

Strange how the gusts passed through and the conditions seemed so much more sailable by 3pm!

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