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Flying Fifteen Southern Championship at Hayling Island Sailing Club

by UKFFA 24 May 2018 15:17 BST 12-13 May 2018

The Flying Fifteen Southern Championship took place at Hayling Island SC on May 12th & 13th, with the event also acting as the second qualifier for the 2019 World Championship.

The relatively modest entry of 30 boats was undoubtedly subdued by the forecast of very light winds, and indeed the first day of the event was lost entirely - which at least took the pressure off local member Charles Apthorp who, as he often seems to be at Flying Fifteen events, was performing major fitting-out work to his boat.

The second day of the event dawned bright and sunny and with the promise of some wind, but racing was again initially postponed until the breeze had built sufficiently to allow the fleet to sail out into Hayling Bay against the incoming tide.

Windward-leeward courses were used for the racing, with the Race Officer sensibly and frequently adjusting the length of the legs to give testing but not over-long races in a wind which built throughout the day. By means of this, plus rapid deployment of the black flag at every general recall, it was still possible to complete four of the five races that had originally been scheduled for the event.

Hayling SC is renowned for the strength of it's home Flying Fifteen fleet, but the light winds and flat water (and long, floppy downwind legs) of the early races seemed to favour the visitors, with for instance the first six places in the first race all going to lake sailors – the winners being Simon Kneller & Dave Lucas from Grafham SC, followed by David McKee & Mal Hartland from Dovestone SC in second and Jeremy Davy & Martin Huett from Draycote SC in third. In the second race the local boat of Richard Lovering & Matt Alvarado won, followed by Graham Vials & Chris Turner from Lyme Regis SC and then McKee & Hartland again.

Classic Hayling conditions began to return with the wind freshening and waves building for the third and fourth races. Vials and Turner (previous World Champions) won the third race with Charles Apthorpe & Alan Green (boat now more-or-less screwed together) in second and McKee & Hartland again in third. The final race of the event saw Davy & Huett take the gun in their famously fast-but-scruffy boat, with followed by Vials & Turner and Lovering & Alvarado respectively.

So the overall winner of the 2018 Flying Fifteen Southern Championships was the familiar pairing of Graham Vials & Chris Turner from Lyme Regis SC, followed by (on equal points) Jeremy Davy & Martin Huett from Draycote in second and David McKee & Mal Hartland in third.

Thanks go to Hayling Island SC for hosting the event and running excellent racing in difficult conditions, and for doing their best to help (and for the competitors for helping each other) with the somewhat troublesome launching and recovery of the fleet. The circus now moves on to almost the other end of the country with the third 2019 Worlds qualifier event taking place at Loch Tummel SC over the weekend of May 26th & 27th.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st4060Graham VialsChris TurnerLRSC‑92125
2nd3760Jeremy DaveyMartin HuettDraycote Water SC3‑4418
3rd4005David MckeeMal HartlandDovestone SC233‑68
4th4002Richard LoveringMatt AlvaradoHISC71‑9311
5th4024Simon KnellerDave LucasGWSC167(OCS)14
6th4021Steve GoacherTim HarperRoyal Windermere4‑55514
7th4056Andy MckeeRich Jones 5‑86415
8th3965Simon ChildsKate JessupHISC89‑171027
9th4055Ian CadwalladerEllie DevereuxChew valley10712(DNF)29
10th3957Charles ApthorpAlan GreenHISC19102(OCS)31
11th3653Robert HogbenGlyn MorganBewl6‑21101733
12th4052David TabbChewey SherrellParkstone‑161114833
13th4059Hamish MackayAndrew LawsonHISC18(DNF)11736
14th3736Peter BannisterJonathan ClarkHISC‑201481436
15th4044Simon PattersonSimon ThompsonDraycote Water SC1118(DNC)1140
16th4054Simon SpoltonGrant MurphyParkstone1313‑221541
17th3590David NichollsSarah SmithHISC1216‑271644
18th3591Mark WestonAndy WeatherspoonWest Riding‑2420131245
19th4041Bill ChardAndy ScottChew valley151516‑1846
20th3875Brett DingwallTim 23‑2415947
21st3902Richard HopeMike StewsonDraycote Water SC141720(DNF)51
22nd3954John HansonHelen SeldonDatchet Water SC221218(DNC)52
23rd3936Jeremy ArnoldAngus WrightNotts County SC17‑26192056
24th3563Alastair StevensonPhilip BaconDatchet Water SC‑2919251357
25th3758Graham LathamSara BriscoeParkstone21‑27232165
26th3736Sue BannisterAdrian SimpsonHISC‑2823261968
27th3845John Hasson  272221(OCS)70
28th4027Michael ClappPeter MorrisDatchet Water SC‑2625242271
29th3463John ThornleyMegan ThornelyUYC25‑29282376
30th3707Gavin DoyleRoss DoyleNational YC302829(DNF)87

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