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2019 SCSC Open Meeting

The prospect of good sailing on SCSC's idyllic 120 acre lake drew a total of 10 Fifteens to compete this year in our Open. Traditionally the event was aimed mainly at older boats, but this year the entry included 4 modern boats and only 2 Classics, the remaining 4 being SCSC's Silvers. 

We were pleased to see 2 new visiting crews, Pip Hudson & Mick Musgrave in FF3889 from Broxbourne and Simon & Alistair Cooper in FF4041 from Bewl. Also welcome were 4 regular visitors, Bob Tait & Pete Comber in FF4051 from Broxbourne and Neil & Stuart Bartholomey from Middle Nene in their immaculate Classic FF2700. The home team comprised Derek & Tim in FF3359, Tony & Charlotte in FF3374, John & Barry in FF3268, Alex & Mike in FF3288, Richard & Mike in FF2626 and our newest members, Hanna & Trevor in FF3721.

Saturday was warm and sunny with a light wind veering from NW to N. The Race Officer, Dave Whittle, made full use of the main part of the lake, setting a course with 2 beats, close and broad reaches and a long spinnaker run. The target time per race would be 45 minutes.

Race 1 saw 3889 take the lead, followed by 3721 and 4051. A good 2nd lap by 4051 gained them 2nd place, with 3889 still ahead and 3721 in 3rd place. Behind them 3359, 2700 and 3268 competed for 4th place, with 2700 edging ahead.

Race 2 started with 3889 storming ahead, building up a 2 minute lead which 4051 managed to reduce to 40 seconds in the last lap. 3721 and 3359 battled for 3rd place, with 3359 overtaking in the last lap.

For the next 2 races the course was changed, the wind having veered further towards the NE, reduced in strength and become more variable and shifty. The new course comprised 2 beats and 2 broad reaches. Spinnaker flying became more tricky in the flukey wind and at least one boat found a frustrating few minutes of dead calm at buoy 5.

In Race 3 4051 took an early lead and gradually pulled away from 3889 in 2nd place. Behind them 2700 overtook 3721 to gain 3rd place, and 3359 finished close enough behind 3721 to take 4th place after PY adjustments. Similarly, the Classic 2626 was close enough to take 5th place with Gold 3721 slipping down to 6th.

The start of Race 4 saw 4051 getting away again, this time with 4041 in 2nd place for the 1st lap.but dropping back in lap 2 when 2889 took over the position. In the same lap, 3359 had overtaken 2700 and 4041 to lie in 3rd place, with 3288 close behind. In the final lap 3359 was passed by 3288 who finished in 3rd place and 3359 in 4th.

Sunday morning began with the windsock hanging down limply and few ripples disturbing the placid surface of the lake. By 11 oclock the Race Officer had reluctantly cancelled any further racing for the event. Results were calculated from the 4 completed races, allowing one discard and using UKFFA PY numbers of 1015, 1026 and 1041 for Gold, Silver and Classic boats.

First Classic trophy returned to Middle Nene with Neil & Stuart in 2700, always strong contenders. Consistently good sailing gained Derek & Tim in 3359 the First Silver trophy. Equally outstanding performances from the 2 Broxbourne crews, each with 2 x 1st and 2 x 2nd, meant Race 4 was the decider for Overall Winner. This was Bob & Pete in 4051, with Pip & Mick in 3889 taking second place. Third place went to Neil & Stuart. The SCSC Fleet trophy was awarded to Hanna & Trevor. A full table of results is viewable on the SCSC Results page.

Thanks were given to the Race Officer for good course setting in tricky wind conditions, and Sue for organizing and fetching an enjoyable Saturday evening meal from South Cerney's take-aways.


2018 SCSC Open Meeting

Fine weather with plenty of wind, excellent course setting,keen competition and a splendid Saturday evening meal were the features of the 2018 South Cerney Flying Fifteen Open Meeting on 8/9th September. Six SCSC boats entered, manned by Alex & Mike Tatlow 3288 (Silver), Derek & Tim 3395 (Silver), John & Barry 3268 (Silver), Richard & Mike Willis 2626 (Classic), Tony & daughter Charlotte 3374 (Silver) and Dave Whittle & Malcolm James in a borrowed Classic 2801. We were joined by two visiting crews, Neil and Stuart Bartholomey from Middle Nene in a fine wooden-decked Classic 2700 and Bob Tait & Peter Comber from Broxbourne in a modern Gold 4051. Disappointingly our other regular supporters from Broxbourne, Brian & Jackie, could not be with us due to Jackie's illness. We wish her well.

The Club had given unshared use of our 120 acre lake for the event. Our Race Officer, Paul Kimmins, took full advantage of this and the favourable direction of the SW wind to set a long beat with a choice of tactics, two spinnaker runs and some broad reaches. Thrilling planing was the order of the day, with or without spinnaker.

On Sunday the wind had veered and strengthened a little, leading to shorter beats but the opportunity for a spectacular broad reach from corner to corner of the lake. Phew! Who needs an engine!

We had an unusual incident when Race 5 needed to be abandonned and restarted due to a buoy having mysteriously re-located to a nearby bank. Wind or a snagged fishing line?

Top honours were won decisively by the Middle Nene visitors Neil & Stuart with four wins and two seconds. The trophy for the top Classic also went to them. Our other visitors Bob & Peter were impressively fast in their modern boat, being first across the finishing line in four races. However PY adjustment reduced their wins to two, placing them in second place overall.

The Tatlow brothers sailed well, particularly on the windier day (their speciality) and finished in third place and with the top Silver trophy. The SCSC Fleet trophy went to Derek & Tim who had kept up a consistent challenge to the leaders throughout the event.

John & Barry demonstrated that with a wire main halyard found to be on the point of snapping, some Boy Scout knots and sticky tape could get them back on the water with the loss of only one race.

The three course meal with choices, provided again by Pam, was as excellent as ever and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Our thanks go to her and Ben her helper, and to Paul, our Race Officer and his team, all of who made the meeting a success.


2017 SCSC Open Meeting

Our Flying Fifteen Open on 9th/10th September went well, with nine boats taking part in good sailing conditions to complete the full six race programme.  Six SCSC boats were manned by Richard & Mike Willis 2626, Derek & Tim 3359, Tony & daughter Charlotte 3374, John & Barry 368X (2260 in disguise), Terry & Nick Dauncey 2801 and Alex & Mike Tatlow 3288.  Joining us were two visiting crews from Broxbourne SC and one from Middle Nene SC.

On Saturday our Race Officer, Dave Whittle, had to contend with a wind which gradually veered from a brisk Southerly to a light, shifty Easterly.  Good courses were set, making full use of the lake and managing to include each time a long beat at least at the start of the race.  A few flashes of lightning were a bit worrying but the heavy black clouds let us off without much of a wetting.

By the end of the four races on Saturday, Derek & Tim had secured two wins and were lying in 2nd over-all place between the two Broxbourne boats of Bob Tait & Pete Comber 4051 and Brian Turner & Jackie Burns 3031.

A very popular feature of recent SCSC FF Open meetings has been an excellent evening meal by Pam, and this year's was well up to expectations.  We were appreciative too of Pam returning on Sunday morning to treat those of us who over-nighted at the club to a substantial cooked breakfast.

The wind on Sunday was stronger and gradually increasing.  The Tatlows, our heavy weather specialists, came to the fore in the last race with an impressive win, but Derek & Tim sadly slipped back from their Saturday position.

Over-all winners were Bob & Pete in 4051, a fine new boat carrying a big PY handicap.  Second were Brian & Jackie in 3031, a late Classic, with third place being gained by Neil & Stuart Bartholomy from Middle Nene in 2700.  Derek & Tim in 3359, finishing in fourth place, won the trophy for the highest placed Silver Fleet boat.  Highest placed Classic went to 3031.

Our visitors were very complementary about the event (and our new jetty).  Thanks to all who made it a success.



2012 was another good year for the SCSC flying 15s

2012 Open races successes
Richard Taylor and daughter Kate Holligon won the Classic's as the Llangorse Open
Peter Hogg and Tony Oatley won the F15 Inland Classics at Burton and the Classic Sourtherns at Cowes.
John Harvey and Barry won the Southern Travellers Series

SCSC F15 Spring Points
Great Racing in the F15 Spring points, the last race saw Richard Taylor /Paul Coates and Sandy / Mike Tatlow, both being on equal in point at the end, with the Tatlow boys having line honours - but Richard winning the last race on corrected time by just a couple of seconds – a close run thing.  Tony Oatley / Peter Clewer took the third place slot from John Harvey / Barry Medwell.

Race Reports

Flying 15 2012 Inland Championship 14th 15th April

Burton Sailing Club hosting the British Isles Flying 15 Association Inland Championship. Nineteen visiting F15s including Peter Hogg and Tony Oatley and four home boats, competitors arrived to bright sunshine and light winds as the host club went about setting out the Olympic course (triangle – sausage)

As the morning progressed the winds built and the first of the 3 Saturday races started promptly at 12:30pm with a good but cold F2-3 east-north-easterly. As the afternoon progressed the dark clouds rolled in providing a brief shower of hailstones and increasing wind strength. As race two got under-way with a packed starting line at the pin end a last minute shift caused several boats to go over the line before the final signal forcing the OD Tim Bird to issue a general recall. Given the shifty and building wind strength and eagerness of the competitors Tim chose to call a black flag start for the restart to try to ensure all sailors kept their eagerness in check and prevent any further delays with having to restart the race.

This decision worked as all twenty three boats made a clean getaway for race two on the second attempt. Again it was evident that in such a packed field with such closely matched boats and sailors that a clean start was essential.

As the afternoon wore on the clouds continued to darken and threaten another shower, the wind continued to build and the direction moved further round towards a north-north-easterly direction. This forced Tim Bird and the rest of the race team from Burton Sailing Club to reset the course slightly, repositioning the committee boat further towards the centre of the reservoir and bringing the windward and wing marks further round to the north and west respectively.

By now the wind had built to a healthy F4-5 and the OD again chose to call a black flag start. The start of race three was as close as you could ask but this time the field was more evenly spread along the line. The field was tightly packed all of the way up to the windward mark with positions being swapped constantly and unlike the other races it was too early to call a winner. Goacher just got the better of Bax at the finish line.

A good curry and plenty of beer soon thawed us out and sent us to bed with a glow

The morning came with a heavy frost on the inside as well as outside the tent. After the obligatory bacon sandwich and tea the competitor were raring to go for the following 2 close races, Just as the sailors lined up on the start line and the OD Tim Bird sounded the five minutes to go signal a big shift came in swinging round from a north-easterly to a more northerly direction forcing the OD and his team to call a brief postponement to the start as the start line and course markers were reset to suit the new wind direction.

With the course reset quickly and a fresh F3-4 blowing down the reservoir race four of the two day series got under way.

After a first day just outside the chocolate positions in each race Simon Kneller of GWSC took a flying lead which he maintained until the finish, rarely troubled by the chasing pack of Alan Bax, Tom Castle and Steve Goacher. On lap two Castle found himself demoted from second to third position as Bax set about chasing down the leader with Goacher close behind in fourth. Those positions stayed the same until the final lap where Goacher, determined not to spoil his run of finishing inside the top three, overtook Castle giving himself a 2,1,2,3 record.

The second race of the day and race five of the championship resulted in a general recall due to so many eager starters. As was the case the previous day the OD declared the restart a black flag start in an attempt to encourage the competitors to get away cleanly. Unfortunately it was the same story as the first start with many boats over the line.

Peter Hogg and Tony Oatley came first Classic in these National inland championship at Burton SC, and also finished well up in the gold fleet (with no PY correction). The Prize, an original F15 drawing by Uffa Fox is hanging behind the bar.

SCSC Flying Fifteens at Llangorse Open, 26-27th May - by JH

Llangorse Open was a weekend among the splendid Brecon Beacon mountains, in warm sun but very tricky winds. Three SCSC boats took part, Richard Taylor with daughter Kate, Alex and Mike Tatlow, and John Harvey with Tim Greaves as crew.

On the Saturday, the 17 local and visiting boats had to cope with sudden 30 knot gusts from unpredictable directions, resulting in several boats being blown flat and a spate of retirements with 2 broken booms, a failed shroud and bent mast, a snapped main halyard and at least one ripped sail. Sadly, one of the broken booms was that of the Tatlows before the start of race 1, losing them all of Saturday's racing and requiring some late night metalwork for Sunday.

On home ground at Llangorse, Richard seemed to know where to find the right wind, and was among the leading Classics in all the races including a win in race 3 when the leading boat retired with the broken halyard. John and Tim enjoyed a feeling of achievement in merely surviving relatively unscathed. However, a spectacular broach which ended a great spinnaker run in race 3 certainly dampened all but our spirits.

Sunday was totally different, with limp-sailed boats trying to make the most of the gentlest of breezes. As even these died away, the 5th race was cancelled. With only 4 races sailed there were no discards, and the broken halyard of the local star led to Richard and Kate bringing the Classics trophy back to SCSC

Open Meeting results:
Open. 3780 David Morgan Lorina Walden
Silver 3144 Peter Card Stephen Card
Classic 2626 Richard Taylor Kate Holligon

Flying 15 Southern Championship Race Report

Twenty Three boats from clubs as far afield as South Cerney (Peter Hogg & Tony Oatley, Sandy & Mike Tatlow), Bewl Valley, Windermere and Loch Lomond joined four local boats on the waters of the Solent for this year’s Flying 15 Southern Championship at the Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club.

A brisk 18knt South Easterly wind on the Hill Head plateau greeted the competitors for the Three Saturday races, with a standard Olympic course (triangle, sausage, sausage). The sea conditions were the typical Solent two foot heavy chop with a 4 foot wave bursting over the boat every 6th wave on the beat and trying to broach or causing the front of the boat to submarine you on the run.

The Saturday evening festivities included the rare treat of a champagne reception at Commodores House which was Uffa Fox’s last residence, before a home cooked curry and beer in the CCYC’s new cavern and marquee conversion. Followed by a walk back to the camp site in a downpour.

Two Sunday races followed in a South Westerly 16 knt breeze with some challenging wind over tide conditions. Setting up south of Hill Head buoy onto the Bramble Bank.

Race 4 saw some close racing between Goacher and Wells. Wells needing to win to take the championship decider into the last race. Goacher led Wells by 4 boat lengths all the way to the last windward mark. However Wells was able to get past and gain a 2 boat length lead before rounding the leeward gate. With a short 350m beat to the finish Goacher tacked early and went for the port end of the line to break Wells lead and win the Championship with one race to spare.

Both Goacher and Wells having secured 1st & 2nd overall sat out the last race leaving Bax and Apthorp to finish 1st and 2nd, giving Bax 3rd overall.

More Honours for South Cerney SC - Peter Hogg & Tony Oatley were the Classic leaders and the Tatlows were first Silver

SCSC Flying 15s on the road

The Tatlows are planning to win the Cowes week F15 Silver trophy for the 3rd year in August.

Peter Hogg & Tony Oatley are taking part in the Europeans at Lake Garda Late August

And of course the South Cerney F15 open in September – which we are determined to take the first 3 places off the visitors.

2011 was a good year for South Cerney Sailing Club Flying 15ers

The Tatlow Boys having a great year with:
1 - Silver fleet National Champions
2- Cowes Week Silver fleet Champions (for a second year)
3 - Southern Travellers Silver fleet Champions
and did well in other Opens

Tony Oatley and Tim Greaves were the Southern Travellers Classic Champions

Richard Taylor and John Harvey were 6th in the Classic Worlds

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