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Flying Fifteen Waples Wines Northern Traveller Series at Notts County Sailing Club

by Jeremy Arnold 23 Oct 11:59 BST 19-20 October 2019
Notts County SC Flying Fifteen Open © Kathryn Hinsliffe-Smith & Jeremy Arnold

An impressive sixteen visiting teams joined the home fleet at Notts County SC on the 19th & 20th October for their Flying Fifteen open meeting, which was also the final event in the 2019 Waples Wines Northern Traveller Series.

Sunny skies – a welcome relief after weeks of heavy rain – and a light-to-moderate wind made for an excellent weekend of sailing, with competitors travelling from as far afield as Burnham-on-Crouch and Chew Valley in the South, plus a positive army of boats and motorhomes making their way down from Blackpool & Fleetwood YC in the North.

Another visitor of note was Graham Lamond of Ripon SC who had brought along one of his fleet(!) of beautiful wooden Flying Fifteens, this one being the newly restored Squall - sail number 1155, built by Chippendale Boats over 50 years ago. This event was the first time Squall had been on the water for over 10 years and, other than some minor spinnaker teething problems, the grand old lady acquitted herself with great style and panache against the young upstarts around her.

Getting to the competition itself then, the first race saw Ian Cadwallader & Steve Graham from Chew Valley SC quickly establish a dominant lead which they held to the end, with Andy and Tom Goddard from Dovestone SC following them home and John Hanson & Helen Selden from Datchet SC in third.

After a pitstop for lunch the second race saw Cadwallader and Graham again at the front, this time trailed by Mike Preston & Chris Robinson from Blackpool & Fleetwood YC in second and the Goddards in third. The final race of the day, held in a now dying breeze, saw the same three boats in the top positions, but this time with the Dovestone boat back into second place and Preston & Robinson in third.

Competition, as it always is at Flying Fifteen events, was tight all the way down the fleet, perhaps especially so in this case as navigating 21 keelboats around Notts County SC's fairly small lake certainly puts a premium on boat handling skills and close-quarters tactics at times. Special mention should also be made at this point of the two borrowed boats being sailed by entirely junior crews, both of whom acquitted themselves with great aplomb and were a credit to Notts County's youth development programme.

Saturday evening saw another well-attended and very sociable dinner courtesy of redoubtable cook Pauline – indeed it's a measure of Pauline's almost legendary status that even travellers who haven't visited Notts County SC before already know all about her excellent breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

Sunday morning saw the slipway busy with activity from well before 9am as the fleet launched in preparation for a fairly early start to the first race. The breeze had freshened somewhat and changed direction considerably from the previous day, which enabled rather simpler courses to be set around the lake. The fleet was keen to get racing too, resulting in a general recall in the first race and the hoisting of the black flag for the restart.

New faces were seen at the front of both Sunday's races, with Justin Waples & Jackie McKellen from Royal Corinthian YC winning the first, pushed hard all the way around the course by the ever consistent Cadwallader & Graham.

Having now done enough to comfortably win the event overall Cadwaller & Graham retired early from the final race, leaving Preston & Robinson to take the win and secure second overall, with Andy & Tom Goddard securing a well deserved and popular third place.

First juniors were Chloe Willars and John Tailby from Notts County SC, with Chloe also taking the prize for first lady helm.

First Classic was Graham Lamond & Jeremy Arnold from Ripon SC / Notts County SC, with first lady overall being Jackie McKellen from RCYC.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st4055Ian CadwalladerSteve GrahamChew Valley Lake1112(DNF)5
2nd3641Mike PrestonChris RobinsonBlckpool and Fleetwood YC523‑6111
3rd4033Justin WaplesJackie McKellanRCYC4‑541211
4th4056Andy GoddardTom GoddardDovestone SC232‑7512
5th3954John HansonHelen SeldenDachet SC3‑775419
6th3902Richard HopeMike StevensonDraycote Water7‑858323
7th4022Will GardnerNicki TheokritoffNCSC‑124641024
8th3996Mike MooreJenni MooreBassenthwaite6910‑11631
9th3622Robert MountainEleanor CraigBlckpool and Fleetwood YC9.51183‑1231.5
10th3712Paul OgdenKathryn Hinslif‑Smith/J OgdenNCSC8‑1499733
11th3975Angus WrightPaul BarnesNCSC9.561210‑1637.5
12th3936Chloe Willars (lady helm)Jon TailbyNCSC11‑131113944
13th3765Chris WrightRoger Le PlaNorthampton131214‑161554
14th3759/3676Jake WillarsBrad SeatonNCSC(DNF)1716121156
15th3906Peter MountainDavid EuiteBa FYC20101314(DNF)57
16th1155Graham LamondJeremy ArnoldRipon SC191615(DNF)858
17th3807Nigel DavenportKlaos Beumaid 1715‑18181363
18th3971Roger WebbRay FlanaganDraycote Water15‑1919151766
19th4042Tim O'BrianRet MethuesonGraffam14‑2020191467
20th3602Paul ReidKarl SloaneBlckpool and Fleetwood YC16‑2117171868
21st3561Andy RichesJoe IronsideBlckpool and Fleetwood YC1818‑21201975

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