Please select your home edition
Edition
Leaderboard 2023 FEB

Flying Fifteen Southern Travellers Series Open at Broxbourne Sailing Club

by Pip Hudson 9 Oct 2023 12:35 BST 7-8 October 2023

This was the last event in the Flying Fifteen Southern Travellers series held at Broxbourne Sailing club who sail on the gravel pit in the Lee Valley.

This provides a very different challenge to the more normal large open water events at many of the flying fifteen venues and is a great leveller between the older and newer boats. The club has a long established Flying Fifteen fleet and is well set up with effortless electric crane launching. The club welcomes any Fifteen sailors to come and join in our winter series and get some short course practice.

An unseasonably warm October day greeted the competitors with a West South Westerly wind around 10mph. This is one of the better directions for Broxbourne as it allows windward legs across the full diagonal of the lake. Accordingly race officer Pip Hudson set up a sausage-triangle course from a committee boat start line.

In the first race Richard Anthony sailing with his sister Bridget in FF3715 got away to a flyer from the port end and had a useful lead at the first mark. Behind them it was very close. At the end of the run John Hansen and Helen Selden, FF4094 emerged from the pack and started to chase down and eventually pass, FF3715 setting their pattern for the remaining races. Behind after much place changing Bob Tait and Nick Law, FF4051 finished third.

After lunch and a small course adjustment, race two resumed. This time FF4094 led from start to finish though behind there was much place changing with Brian Turner and Jackie Burns FF3707 second.

In race three it looked like the pin was preferred, however, a late shift favoured FF3094 at the committee boat end who again led from start to finish. Behind this team there was again much place changing with FF3707 again second and a steadily improving Neal and Stuart Bartholomy 3873 visiting from Middle Nene third.

A video of the first part of race three can be viewed on the Broxbourne Sailing Club facebook page.

Broxbourne laid on a great feast in the evening which was much enjoyed by all. Much thanks to Sarah.

On Sunday the wind failed to turn up and so racing had to be abandoned. Thus the final winners were John Hanson and Helen Selden. They were never seriously threatened. It was great to see a good turn-out from the Broxbourne club sailors some of which were competing as helms in an Open event for the first time. Many of them had their moments of glory and it was a great occasion and very social.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1st4094John HansonHelen SeldenRYA1113
2nd3715Richard AnthonyBridget StaplesBSC23510
3rd3873Neil BartholomeyStuart BartholomeyMiddle Nene64313
5th3752Reg MulleyPeterBSC46414
4th4051Bob TaitNick LawBSC35614
6th3707Brian TurnerJackie BurnsBSCRET2218
7th3423Martin BishopTom AndersonBSC59721
8th3502Peter ComberIanBSC87823
9th2845Steve CarmichaelWill SanterBSC711927
10th3401Mike JonesRussel TredgettBSC1281030
11th3490Mike Saunders BSC9121233
12th3681Colin BabbageNickieBSC10131134
13th3031Martin JonesCath JonesBSC1110DNC35

Related Articles

Hyde Sails in attendance at the RYA Dinghy Show
Catch up with One Design Sales Manager Ben McGrane and OEM Account Manager John Brooks at the show The 2024 sailing season is upon us and as it has for many years, The RYA Dinghy Dinghy & Watersports Show creates a great opportunity to get ready for the season ahead, catch up with friends and see all that is new from classes and marine suppliers. Posted on 23 Feb
Flying Fifteen Nationals attract big fleet
Six Flying 15s made the 2-4 day journey (depending on whether your tow vehicle was electric or not) It is currently summer in New Zealand. However, Wanaka put on every sailing condition from no wind and 30 degrees to freezing rain and 30 knots for the 2024 Flying 15 National Championships. Posted on 20 Feb
Flying Fifteen Southern Championship entry opens
Taking place on 8th & 9th June at Parkstone Yacht Club Parkstone Yacht Club are delighted to open entries for the Salcombe Gin Flying Fifteen Southern Area Championships 2024. The event will be held on the weekend of 8th & 9th June 2024. Posted on 18 Feb
Tally Hobbs Memorial Regatta
Freshwater Bay hosts 24 Flying Fifteens Under the threat of light winds and high temperatures (around 40 C), the annual Tally Hobbs Memorial Regatta was conducted by Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club last weekend. Posted on 16 Feb
Geographe Bay Race Week 2024 day 5
The rockstar crew on Obsession led the charge Rolling into day five of Race Week, with the lay day but a fond memory, the fleet looked hot to trot on the tram from the marine to the end of the Jetty. Posted on 9 Feb
Geographe Bay Race Week 2024 Day 3
A more relaxed atmosphere on the water for all of the fleets With layday approaching and the prospect of a sleep-in on Wednesday morning, it was a more relaxed atmosphere on the water for all of the fleets. Posted on 7 Feb
International Paint Poole Regatta 2024 Entry Open
Host of the GBR IRC National Championship 2024 Entries for the International Paint Poole Regatta 2024 are now open at pooleregatta.co.uk, with early entry discounts available until midnight on the 13th April. Posted on 6 Feb
Flying Fifteens set for Keelboat Endeavour Trophy
Class selects Ben McGrane & Russ Clark to represent them at the 2024 event The UK Flying Fifteen class has selected Hyde Sails supremo and former Olympic campaigner aBen McGrane to represent them at the 2024 Keelboat Endeavour Trophy taking place in April at Royal Corinthian YC. Posted on 6 Feb
Geographe Bay Race Week 2024 Day 2
A sailing spectacle celebrating 21 years of maritime excellence Geographe Bay Race Week, celebrates its 21st anniversary, presenting an unparalleled surge in enthusiasm and participation. Posted on 5 Feb
Calling all owners of Chippendale-built boats
100th Anniversary racing event at Fareham in May Calling all owners of Chippendale Built Boats! Fareham Sailing & Motor Boat Club are hosting a 1 day, 3 race handicap event on Saturday 11th May 2024 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jack Chippendale. Posted on 29 Jan