Please select your home edition
Edition
Ovington Boats 2014
Product Feature
Zhik Powerpads II - hike harder for longer!
Zhik Powerpads II - hike harder for longer!
Boat Insurance from Noble Marine


Full racing risks
New for old cover
www.noblemarine.co.uk

Flying Fifteen Scottish Championship at Loch Tummel Sailing Club

by Mal Hartland 2 Jun 2018 08:49 BST 26-27 May 2018
Flying Fifteen 2018 Scottish Championship © Sally McKee

With a good forecast of both sun and wind, the 2018 Scottish Championship got underway according to plan with a windward leeward course selected for the first race.

After a clean start, David McKee and Mal Hartland from Dovestone were able to establish an early lead from local sailors Mark and Bec Baron with close racing in the chasing group. With a wind bend of some 20-30 at the top of the course, there were many changes approaching the weather mark on each lap, but Mike Preston and David Manifold from Blackpool and Fleetwood picked the favoured right hand side of the course to get into 2nd place on the final lap, which they held to the finish ahead of the Barons, with Dave Heron and Richard Rigg taking 4th.

The second race saw a number of the fleet over eager, with several of the leaders from the 1st race having to return to restart. This left Preston and Manifold to capitalise on this, breaking free of the fleet with Heron and Rigg. With the restarters chasing the fleet, the front of the fleet sailed clear, with Mike Moore and Kayla Sheard from Bassenthwaite and Andy and Tom Goddard from Dovestone joining the chase. At the finish, Heron and Rigg received no gun, confirming that they were also in the over eager pack at the start of the race.

With a number of the front runners having already banked their discard, race 3 got underway with a longer triangle/sausage course. Hartland and McKee were keen to put the previous start behind them and led the fleet around the course, with Preston and Manifold in close pursuit. Although the kites were flown on the full first triangle, with the wind shifting more to the south, this was not really possible on the 2nd triangle and Preston and Manifold were low of the rumb line going into the final lap, allowing the Goddards and Moore/Sheard back into the hunt. With Hartland and McKee clear on the run, Preston and Manifold were content to ensure a cover over the chasing duo. With Moore/Sheard choosing a bear away set and the Goddard's gybe setting, Preston/Manifold were caught with a decision of who to defend against. Moore/Sheard capitalised on this sailing in more pressure down the middle of the lake, taking 2nd from the Goddards who were also able to get past the pairing from Blackpool and Fleetwood.

Overnight, the scores were close (with a discard now in effect), with McKee/ Hartland leading from Preston/Manifold and Moore/Sheard in 2nd and 3rd on 2, 3 and 4 points respectively.

Sunday saw the wind settle earlier than on the Saturday, and again the race team were able to get the racing away on time. Local sailors David Sword and Richard Harper were this time the pace boat, leading the fleet around the race track. Hartland and McKee came from further back after a disappointing end to the 1st beat, but not as disappointing as for Heron/Rigg who suffered gear failure and were forced to retire from the race. As the race reached its climax, McKee/Hartland had managed to catch the leaders Sword/Harper and stayed to the left of the run and were alongside each other by the leeward mark, but Sword/Harper were able to hold the lead to the finish, with the Barron's again taking 3rd.

The final race saw the Barrons attempt a port end start, only to be closed out by the fleet on starboard sailing down towards the pin. A further wind shift during the course of the 1st beat saw the fleet concertina and at the windward mark it was Heron/Rigg who led from McKee/Hartland with the Goddard's in 3rd. On the 2nd lap, the Goddards unfortunately hooked the spreader mark with their port spinnaker sheet and caused some confusion for the following boats as a rescue boat looked to replace the mark which had now been dragged out of position. By the end of the 2nd lap, McKee/Hartland had managed to pass Heron/Rigg to secure the race win and the championship. In the chasing pack, it was again the pairing of Preston/Manifold who were able to pass the Barrons over the following laps to secure 3rd place and 2nd overall.

After close racing over the 2 days and good race management, even the redress hearing for Richard Hope after the spreader mark confusion was unable to prevent a timely championship presentation and the competitors were back on the road before 4pm.

Full results may be viewed at www.flying15.org.uk/news/articletype/articleview/articleid/10735/scottish-championships-results

Related Articles

Cowes Classics Week opens for entries
Red Funnel will be providing invaluable support for both the organisers and competitors Cowes Classics Week, the largest classic yacht regatta in the world is delighted to announce today that Red Funnel has taken the role of Signature Sponsor for the event. Posted on 21 Feb
15 boats contest NZ Flying Fifteen Nationals
The 2019 Flying Fifteen New Zealand Nationals were sailed from the Royal Akarana Yacht Club in Auckl The 2019 Flying Fifteen New Zealand Nationals were sailed from the Royal Akarana Yacht Club in Auckland from 7 - 9 February, 2019. Posted on 16 Feb
New Zealand Flying Fifteen Nationals
Sailed from the Royal Akarana Yacht Club The 2019 Flying Fifteen New Zealand Nationals were sailed from the Royal Akarana Yacht Club in Auckland from 7 - 9 February, 2019. Posted on 12 Feb
Sail Racing PalmaVela sets sail for 16th edition
Regatta has already registered nine different participating countries. The sixteenth edition of Sail Racing PalmaVela, organised by the Real Club Náutico de Palma, has kicked off with the publication of the Notice of Race and the pre-registration of the first 31 boats, already representing nine different nations. Posted on 10 Feb
Busy racing programme for 2019 at Ullswater
Ullswater Yacht Club launches into the 2019 racing season Ullswater Yacht Club launches into the 2019 racing season with a packed sailing programme for club members and seven major open events for visiting racers. Posted on 31 Jan
International Paint Poole Regatta 2020
Classes already committing to the event The International Paint Poole Regatta 2020 is still 17 months away, but that has not stopped many sailing classes committing to making Poole a significant event in their 2020 racing calendars. Posted on 24 Jan
Last Chance to Enter for Super Early Bird Discount
Lendy Cowes Week deal ends midnight on the 11th It's the final few days of Super Early Bird! (ends at midnight 11th January). Don't miss out on discounted entry fees and the chance to win the following prizes... Posted on 9 Jan
2019 Flying Fifteen Australian Nationals overall
Jerwood family dominate Nine races were completed over a five day regatta at the Flying 15 Australian National Championships held at the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron. Posted on 6 Jan
2019 Flying Fifteen Australian Nationals day 1
Race one started with a good steady breeze of 10 knots The Flying 15 Nationals are now under way at the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron. 28 boats are competing in the championships with boats from Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland. Posted on 1 Jan
Lendy Cowes Week Entries Open
Fees have been held at last year's levels The team at Lendy Cowes Week are delighted to announce that entries are now open for the 2019 regatta. Our Super Early bird discounts end at midnight on 11th January, and entry fees have been held at the same levels as 2018. Posted on 22 Dec 2018