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Flying Fifteen Southern Area Championship at Parkstone Yacht Club

by Greg Wells 11 Jun 14:50 BST 8-9 June 2024

An excellent entry of 57 boats rolled up to the impressive Parkstone Yacht Club for the Flying 15 Southern Area championships and 2025 Weymouth worlds qualifier.

As always, the home fleet and members led by the Rear-Commodores sailing - Christina Moncur were fantastic hosts and the facilities at Parkstone are superb not to mention the wonderful views across Poole Harbour.

On Saturday, the fleet ventured out into Poole Bay with a very unstable WNW breeze blowing down over Canford Cliffs. There were 40-degree shifts and lots of holes and gusts to look out for - A race officers nightmare!

PRO Roger Hakes did his best to find a mean direction and racing was under way after a bit of a postponement. Inevitably the U flag was soon deployed.

It was extremely difficult sailing, firstly trying to find a clear lane with 58 boats vying for position and then secondly trying to predict the next shift and gust. Those who ended up on the edges of the course were going from "hero to zero" or "zero to hero"!

Ben McGrane ably crewed by Scott Dawson gave a masterclass in handling these incredibly difficult conditions by seemingly plying the shifts near the middle of the course and thereby staying in the fight so to speak and always managed to round the first mark in the top ten and from there was able to progress further up the fleet. Their day one results of 3,2,3 was remarkable and gave them a massive 13-point overnight lead from 2nd placed Jeremy Davy and Martin Huett.

Winners of Race 1 Andy McKee and Richard Jones - 4005
Winners of Race 2 Andrew Jameson and James Grant - 4060
Winners of Race 3 home team Richard Whitworth and Eddy Scroggie - 4114

The fleet returned to shore to enjoy a beer from Piddle Brewery and a Sailors' Supper in the Club House.

The forecast for Sunday morning was for no wind so the start time was delayed an hour, and the competitors were given an extra hour lie in. By all accounts, there was some who enjoyed Parkstone YC's hospitality on Saturday evening who will have welcomed this extra hour!

At the midday start time conditions in Poole Bay were a doppelganger of day one but perhaps with a little more consistency in the strength of breeze but the shifts were just as big!

Race 4 start and the tide flowing from Old Harry Rocks was pushing boats over the line and 2 black flags starts were required. One of the casualties were Jeremy Davy and Martin Huett in 3760 which meant Ben and Scott only needed a top ten finish to win the event which they duly achieved by finishing 4th.

Richard Whitworth and Eddy Scroggie followed up their win in Race 3 with a 2nd place (should have been a first if they had read the SI's correctly and didn't go round mark 2 to port before the finish line) to put them firmly in control of 2nd overall. Ben Cooper and Richard Bundock in 3904 won race 4 and with a good last race could still pip Richard and Eddy to 2nd overall but this was not to be as they had their worst race by far!

Race 5 got away at the first attempt under the U flag which just Paul Busby and Neil Barford in 3918 falling foul and they went home for an early bath. In this race, it was the boats who headed for Bournemouth who came in smelling of roses with Simon Kneller and Ashley Painter in 4113 leading closely followed by FFI Commodore Chris Waples crewed by Simon Weatherill in 4061. These two sailed off into the distance with Chris and Simon overhauling Simon and Ashley to take the win. Greg Wells and David Tulloch in 4112 made a good recovery to finish 3rd in this race which projected them to 3rd overall.

So, a difficult regatta, but what great racing with so many different boats having their moment of glory and five different race winners. Also, this was the 2nd Southern Area championships in a row where the overall winner did not win a race.

The Flying 15 class really is in rude health at the moment.

Thanks again to Parkstone YC and all the volunteers for another excellent weekend.

Overall Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1stRed4002Ben McGraneScott DawsonNetley SC3234‑1312
2ndRed4114Richard WhitworthEddy ScroggieParkstone Yacht Club8‑14121223
3rdRed4112Greg WellsDavid TullochHayling Island SC‑241748332
4thRed4124Andy TunnicliffeIan HopwoodBassenthwaite SC44‑24141436
5thRed4126Ian PinnellIan CadwalladerHayling Island SC125‑16101037
6thRed3760Jeremy DavyMartin HuettDovestone SC1038(BFD)2243
7thBlue4080Simon PattersonSimon ThompsonDraycote Water SC18‑28516443
8thRed4005Andy McKeeRichard JonesDovestone SC124‑3612946
9thRed4061Chris WaplesSimon WeatherillHayling Island SC2318‑277149
10thRed4116Shane MacCarthyAndy ThompsonGreystones SC13‑271251949
11thRed3904Ben CooperRichard BundockRoyal Thames Yacht Club211(BFD)13650
12thRed4065David MckeeMal HartlandDovestone SC9101417‑3150
13thRed4052Andy BrewerChewey SherrellParkstone Yacht Club6211113(RET)51
14thRed4060Andrew JamesonJames GrantWYC171‑4292754
15thBlue4104Simon ChildsKatoHayling Island SC713‑41201656
16thRed3793Pete AllamJo AllamParkstone Yacht Club‑20719151758
17thBlue4113Simon KnellerAshley PainterGrafham Water Sailing Club1422‑3923261
18thGreen3850Peter HoyleStephen MoncurParkstone Yacht Club‑30231322563
19thGreen4037Neville HerbertMark FowlerLymington Town SC19‑343131568
20thBlue4020Graham ScroggieBen ScroggieParkstone Yacht Club3315(RET)19774
21stBlue3918Paul BusbyNeil BarfordNorthampton/Hayling Island SC2712927(UFD)75
22ndBlue4102Anthony WoodsJosh HamerRoyal Windemere Yacht Club11331024(RET)78
23rdRed4033Justin WaplesJackie McKellarRCYC & RHYC2961826‑3479
24thGreen3903Gary StuartTom EvansNorthampton40‑46731684
25thGreen4016Roberta HartleySimon CrowtherParkstone Yacht Club35‑4823111887
26thGreen3914Adrian TattersallJohn MathieParkstone Yacht Club32921‑332991
27thBlue3953Robert HogbenGlyn MorganBewl Valley Association1626‑43282191
28thRed4017Dave LucasHarry LucasGrafham Water SC5822(DNC)DNC93
29thRed4058Jon GorringeKelly AaronParkstone Yacht Club31‑4417212897
30thBlue4115Ian LinderMichael LinderParkstone Yacht Club‑44376302598
31stBlue4088Geof GibbonsNick GibbonsParkstone Yacht Club28‑42342911102
32ndBlue4030Alastair StevensonDavid CulpanHayling Island SC26302625(RET)107
33rdBlue4082Richard JordanIan FinleyWYC/HISC/RTYC/CCYC2220‑404026108
34thBlue3884Mark NicholsonSteve CulpittHayling Island Sailing Club25252(DNC)DNC110
35thRed4094John HansonHelen SeldenRYA21‑45293723110
36thGreen4027Michael ClappHoward ShawyerParkstone Yacht Club‑523144635116
37thBlue4101Crispin Read WilsonSteve BrownParkstone Yacht Club151630(DNC)DNC119
38thGreen4091Jeremy ArnoldRichard HopeNotts County SC / Draycote SC36‑54153237120
39thGreen3912Charlie McKeeJohnny AsshetonHayling Island SC‑5119373433123
40thBlue3922Ian ZimmermanMike BartonParkstone Yacht Club‑5632254224123
41stGreen3901Peter BiggsYung LeungParkstone Yacht Club‑554049358132
42ndGreen4036Dick LinfordRichard PopperParkstone Yacht Club‑5036204342141
43rdBlue3764Duncan MatthewChris SparkAldeburgh YC/WSC41‑53453820144
44thBlue4069Bill ChardJosh PreaterChew Valley37432836(RET)144
45thGreen3974Ann KeatesJohn KeatesParkstone Yacht Club‑4539383930146
46thGreen4019Steve RandleLisa RandleParkstone Yacht Club‑4929354839151
47thGreen4054Andrew CurrellSimon FlackParkstone Yacht Club39‑41334140153
48thGreen4100John TuckwellGraham TuckwellNorthampton Sailing Club54‑56541841167
49thGreen3936Andrew ClarkPeter VerverParkstone Yacht Club46‑47464732171
50thGreen3934Graham DaviesHomfray VinesParkstone Yacht Club345232(BFD)DNC176
51stGreen3536Angus ScottPhilip SnowdonDracote Water SC48‑51514538182
52ndGreen3664Keith ByersLisa WoodsRoyal Windermere Yacht Club/MSC433548(DNC)DNC184
53rdBlue4109David ChandlerDavid ClarkeUllswater383853(DNC)DNC187
54thGreen3758Graham LathamSara BriscoeParkstone Yacht Club42555044(RET)191
55thGreen3751Peter WarneGraham WilsonNorthampton SC53495246(RET)200
56thGreen3821Patrick KeatsAly BaxterParkstone Yacht Club475047(DNC)DNC202
57thRed3907Charles ApthorpCharlie ApthorpHayling Island SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC232

Top Blue division boat - 7th overall - 4080 Simon Patterson and Simon Thompson
Top Green division boat - 18th overall - 3850 Peter Hoyle and Stephen Moncur

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