Flying 15 Northerns

Bassenthwaite Sailing Club hosted an excellent weekend sailing for the Flying Fifteen Northern Championships on the 9th/10th June. Weather conditions varied from light winds in hot sunshine to strong winds with sudden squalls and even heavy rain for a short period. It was an event that proved to be a complete test of a well-sorted boat and efficient crew.

Officer of the day Andy Smith did an exceptional job, giving a variety of courses in the changeable winds that often characterise sailing at Bass.

A visiting fleet included former world champions Steve Goacher and Alan Bax (Northampton) along with Terry Crumpton (Derwent Reservoir), Neil Platt (Bolton), Chris Ducker (Windermere) and Tony Lee (Derwent Reservoir) so the competition was going to be fierce.

Neil Platt/A. Gerard (3729) stormed round the first race in strong conditions to notch up their first win with Goacher (3721) and Crumpton (3702) battling it out for 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Race 2 was held in even stronger conditions with some wild squalls screaming down the lake and during these squalls both Neil Platt (3729) and R Coates (3484) both lost their masts when standing rigging gave way with expensive results. Goacher won race 2 and Howard Green had just opened his birthday present from his wife and found inside a brand new fifteen (3734). He took his pal Ian Preston for a sail and ended up with second place. Lucky man Howard! Terry Crumpton was again 3rd – very consistent.

Sudden heavy rain lashed by stiff winds made race 3 rather unpleasant at times and after a good race Alan Bax posted a 3rd position to keep him in contention but with Goacher getting another win the championship was getting very difficult to win. D Douglas/A Weatherspoon (3590) separating the pair with Bass members Scott Beattie/ John Somerville (3673) in 4th.   After the days racing the B&B’s, hotels and pubs locally did some welcome business in what has been a very bad year for tourism and the visiting sailors were very pleased with the hospitality shown.

Sunday was a wonderful day, warm sunshine and good winds all day. Past Bassenthwaite member Martin Stott (3219) certainly enjoyed it, leading the fleet in race 4 for much of the time and the all female boat of Wendy Somerville/Elaine Fairlamb (3332) were right up finishing in an excellent 5th position just behind Alan Bax, Chris Ducker, Howard Green and once again, Steve Goacher. The classic boat of J Arnold/M Pearce (2663) was being sailed brilliantly and leading the classic /silver fleet easily.

The final race of the series was superb with good long beats followed by some varied spinnaker legs and places were swapping constantly. Neil Currie having sold his flying fifteen last years borrowed the ex-Goacher boat (3521) and was right up among the leaders with Paul Burnell crewing. They eventually finished 5th. Another longstanding FF stalwart Graham Kirkpatrick, having recently sold his boat to Ireland, is considering a classic fifteen and so borrowed 2504 and managed to keep it in the top 10 until just pipped on the line. Andrew Dunning/Dave Lawson (3641) got into the groove and after battling with Terry Crumpton/John Mathie finished 3rd and 2nd respectively.   Howard Green/Ian Preston were 4th, Alan Bax 6th and William Carruthers/Alan Smith 7th. Scott Beattie was 8th after doing turns for hitting a mark and a further two turns for hitting Ian Campbell whilst doing turns! Goacher and Evans showed just how brilliant they are and this cheerful pair took line honours once again and thus retained another Northern championship in convincing style.

After the event it turned out that Terry Crumpton’s boat had not been measured and so he was disqualified from the championship.

An enjoyable event for all. The club has several other big events scheduled to take place and are hoping to increase dramatically the classic/silver classes in future events together with a much bigger prize list. Interested? Watch this space

Final results

FF NORTHERN CHAMPIONSHIP

PN Boat  Helm         Crew           Club              1   2   3   4   5 Pts
1  3721 S GOACHER      P EVANS       WINDERMERE        2   1   1   1   1   4
2  3638 H GREEN        I PRESTON     LEIGH & LOWTON    4   2   5   2   3  11
3  3611 A BAX          J WYLING      NORTHAMPTON       3   5   3   4   5  15
4  3673 S BEATTIE      J SOMERVILLE  BASS              7   3   4   6   7  20
5  3521 N CURRIE       P BURNELL     BASS              5   4   8   9   4  21
6  3703 C DUCKER       R RIGG        WINDERMERE        6   6   7   3   8  22
7  3641 A DUNNING      D LAWSON      BASS             10  10   6  10   2  28
8  3590 D DOUGLASS     A WEATHERSPOO DERWENT RESERV   11  14   2  11   9  33
9  3268 W CARRUTHERS   A SMITH       BASS              8  13  11  13   6  38
10 3690 T KIRCHIN      D KIRCHIN     LOCH LOMOND      15   7   9 DNS  16  47
11 3695 T LEE          G DAWSON      DERWENT RESERV  RTD   8  10  20  11  49
12 3560 I CAMPBELL     T FISHER      BASS             16   9  20  14  12  51
13 2663 J ARNOLD       M PEARCE      OGSTON           12  11  13  15  24  51
14 3595 P KITCHEN      D KITCHEN     TEES & HARTLEP   14  19  12  12  14  52
15 3473 M MOORE        I SMITH       BASS             13  12  16  18  13  54
16 3281 M WATSON       D FIRTH       BASS             17  16  19   8  21  60
18 3219 M STOTT        D BRITTON     NOTTS COUNTY     18  21  15   7  26  61
17 3332 W SOMERVILLE   E FAIRLAMB    BASS             26  25  18   5  20  68
19 3640 P WRIGHT       C CARRUTHERS  DERWENT RESERV   19  18  23  17  17  71
20 2504 G KIRKPATRICK  K THOMAS      BASS            RTD  24  14  24  10  72
22 3587 R DONALDSON    N HEDLEY      DERWENT RESERV    9  17  24  23  23  72
21 3083 B GLOVER       N GLOVER      DRAYCOTE        DNS  23  17  16  18  74
23 3470 S MACLEAN      I MACLEAN     ROYAL FORTH      22  20  21  22  15  78
24 3385 M MIDDLETON    P HODGKINS    BASS             25  15  26  21  22  83
25 3232 S ROBINSON     D VASEY       DERWENT RESERV   20  26  22  19  25  86
26 3237 S THOMSON      C NEWMAN      WINDERMERE       21  27  25  25  19  90
27 3729 N PLATT        A GERRARD     BOLTON / WEST     1 RTD DNS DNS DNS  97
28 2741 D DANDO        P METCALFE    TEES & HARTLEP   24  22  27  26  28  99
29 3484 R COATES       R WALKER      TEES & HARTLEP   23 RTD  28  27  27 105
30  193 J ASPIN        M FULLARD     S WINDERMERE    DNS  28 DNS DNS DNS 124
31 3724 P BROWN        C BOOTH       NOTTS COUNTY    RTD DNS DNS DNS DNS 126

                                     Points for RTD   30  32  29  28  29
Points for DSQ   30  32  29  28  29
Points for DNS   32

4 races to count

 

Steve leading the way (Courtesy Keith Clark)
(Courtesy Keith Clark)
Wendy Somerville and Elaine Fairlamb in Skippy (Courtesy Keith Clark)

 

 

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