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Waples Wines Flying Fifteen Traveller Series Round 2 at Dovestone Sailing Club

by David McKee 2 Jul 16:57 BST 29-30 June 2019
Waples Wines Flying Fifteen Traveller Series at Dovestone © Sally McKee

Dovestone Sailing Club nestling in the beautiful Pennine hills to the east of Manchester hosted round 2 of the Waples Wines Flying Fifteen Traveller Series over the weekend of the 29th and 30th June. Conditions were perfect with a full reservoir and temperatures topping 30 degrees.

The fleet of 17 boats included visitors who had travelled from as far away as Bassenthwaite and Datchet adding to the strong home fleet.

On Saturday two races were sailed, and with shifting light breezes the positions were not certain until the finish of both, with plenty of passing lanes available. David McKee and Mal Hartland managed to breakaway in the first race but otherwise it was close. The overnight leaders were John Hanson and Helen Selden.

Unfortunately, an incident with a flyaway pole required the assistance of the NHS for one visitor, fortunately all was well, and he was able to sail on Sunday. Look out for the mark of Harry Potter at future events.

An excellent BBQ and social evening took place at the club on Saturday evening.

Sunday dawned a little cooler, the wind had switched round to the south east and it gradually increased during the day. By the last race the conditions were quite testing with gusts of up to force 5. The racing throughout the fleet was very competitive. The Local boats of McKee/Hartland and McKee/Jones made the most of conditions, both scoring 5 points from 3 races.

Andy McKee and Rich Jones managed the other sail away win of the event in the last race and David McKee and Mal Hartland managed to claw their way up to 2nd after a poor start to take the win by a point. John and Helen had a battle with the strongly finishing Mike Preston/Chris Robinson but managed to hold on for 3rd place. In 4th and sailing with a bad back Mike Moore/Kayla Sheard sailed well, their results including a 3rd place during one of the windy races.

The support of series sponsor Justin of Waples Wines was appreciated as also were the contributions of the many members who worked hard to make the weekend the success it was.

Overall Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1stopen4065David McKeeMal HartlandDovestones1‑42126
2ndopen4005Andy McKeeRich JonesDovestones‑321317
3rdopen3954John HansonHelen SeldenDatchet SC214‑5512
4thopen3641Mike PrestonChris RobinsonBlackpool and Fleetwood YC‑6352313
5thopen3996Mike MooreKayla SheardBassenthwaite‑8537722
6thopen4056Andy GoddardTom GoddardDovestones7‑866423
7thopen3805Graham MasseyLucy CloughDovestones469‑10827
8thopen3936Jeremy ArnoldKeith JamiesonNotts County SC(DNF)10104630
9thsilver3391Colin PierceMandy ThackrayDovestones59‑1291033
10thclassic496Rodney RowlandsAndrew RobinsonDovestones107(DNF)81136
11thclassic2584Howard WolstencroftJohn HestonDovestones9‑1414111246
12thopen3602Paul ReidBen ThackrayBlackpool and Fleetwood YC1412‑1612947
13thopen3975Angus WrightPaul BarnesNotts County SC12118(DNF)DNF49
14thclassic2620David NaylorNorman ChristieDovestones11(DNF)1113DNS53
15thopen3439 ‑ 3236John ClarkDave HillDovestones‑151313141353
16thsilver3380John HalliwellAnne WebbDovestones13167(DNS)DNS54
17thopen3847Phil MilnerJohn HodsonDovestones(DNF)1515DNSDNF66

1st Silver: 3391, Colin Pierce & Mandy Thackray (Dovestone SC)
Classic under 2000: 496, Rod Rowlands & Andy Robinson (Dovestone SC)
Classic 2001-2700: 2584, Howard Wolstencroft & John Hesten (Dovestone SC)

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