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Flying Fifteen 75th Anniversary Race sailed at Cowes, UK

by Jonny Fullerton 24 Aug 11:06 BST 23 August 2022

The Flying Fifteen International 75th Anniversary Race took place as a separate event during the class European Championship hosted by Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club around the cans of the Solent.

40 Flying Fifteens from 6 countries sailed out to the start line on another warm and humid semi-overcast day in Cowes with a gentle 8 - 12 knot breeze wafting up the Solent from a S/SW direction.

The Race Committee set a 6.6 nautical mile course with a start under cannon fire from the Royal Yacht Squadron. There was a quick sprint upwind to the Gurnard Cardinal and a packed rounding before a long downwind leg to Prince Consort off Cowes Harbour entrance.

The fleet split into two halves some opting for the offshore route and the others trying to keep out of the tide along the shore. It turned out that the offshore boats found a bit more wind pressure. Another short leg under spinnakers to South Bramble. By now the fleet was quite spread out for a long run to Ancasta off East Cowes. The final leg was a beat back up to a finish line of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

Terry Shutcher and Chris Hewkin (Burton/Shotley/Dubai Offshore SC) took the Royal Yacht Squadron gun winning the race by about 10 boat lengths from John Hansen and Helen Selden (Datchet SC) in second. The final gun went to Charles and Charlie Apthorp (Cowes Corinthian YC).

Racing was followed by a rather splendid Reception at the Commodores House, home of the late, great Uffa Fox, designer of the class 75 years ago.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrew
1GBR 4082Fforemark 3Terry ScutcherChris Hewkin
2GBR 4094SnaffuJohn HansonHelen Selden
3GBR 3957FourwindsCharles ApthorpCharlie Apthorp
4GBR 3654ffervidaLisa GuyRoger Guy
5GBR 4061#SparksChris WaplesSimon Hunt
6GBR 3777/ RSA 3868Seventh HeavenPatrick HarrisJeremy Kriek
7GBR 4021 Steve GoacherTim Harper
8GBR 3827BobbieMark HartHarriet Norden
9GBR 4005Fiery ChariotAndy McKeeRichard Jones
10GBR 4098ShotgunnMichael WilsonPeter Greenhalgh
11GBR 3819fflashbackMike DixonRichard Ayton
12GBR 4080WindbreakerSimon PattersonSimon Thompson
13GBR 3844True LuffDuncan MatthewJohn Chalker
14RSA 4009Rand HedgeCampbell AlexanderKen Greene
15GBR 4030AgathaAlastair StevensonDavid Culpan
16GBR 4033Sparks & BubblesJustin WaplesJackie McKellar
17GBR 3616Fanatic 15Johnny CooperDavid Chapman
18GBR 3850FFoenixChristina MoncurStephen Moncur
19GBR 3736WavebreakerSue BannisterPeter Bannister
20GBR 4069QuindiciBill ChardJosh Preater
21GBR 3914Defying GravityAdrian TattersallKeith Jamieson
22GBR 3674Last FlingMartyn DaviesRichard Coleman
23GBR 4024Really FlyingSimon KnellerAshley Painter
24GBR 3994Mad SparksDavid HitchcockIan Nicholson
25GBR 4091Very Stable GeniusJeremy ArnoldRichard Hope
26AUS 4063FireflyPhilippa PackerDean McAullay
27GBR 4048VENGeoff BaylissTom Bayliss
28HKG 3834Ffreefire 20Nick ClarkeNick Atkinson
29GBR 3926Fifty FiftyAndrea MillbandMark Lovett
30GBR 4055Blue MoonMichael HicksPatrick Hicks
31GBR 4084IneffableTim O'BrienGraham Wadeley
32GBR 2876Gripple NipperGraham LathamSara Briscoe
33BEL 3885No FfrillsVeronique HachezChris Charlesworth
34GBR 3506Humming BirdChristian BarnesNicholas Barnes
35ESP 3728Night FlyerStephen ParryPhilip Parry
36GBR 3645fforty loveRoger HerbertRichard Hall
37GBR 3130AnemoneJordan AspinJason Benn
38GBR 3536FfizzbuzzAngus ScottPhilip Snowdon
39GBR 1553SundancerTony KiddleSally Kiddle
DNFGBR 3940Forced Family FunRichard JordanCharlotta Jordan
RETGBR 4025Leap of FaithChris GorringeNadia Hosie
RETGBR 4046Fram FreyrHenry BagnallJames Downer

NB: The 75th Anniversary Race is not part of the F15 European Championship Series

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