19th Int. Flying 15 Worlds day 3 - Team gets on station early

Flying 15 Worlds 2013 Fleet.
For the 19th International Flying Fifteen World Championships, having lost Day two to typhoon Krosa, the race management team was on station early today, with a target of two races in order to get back on track for a Thursday finish. Krosa left a confused sea and some dreach weather in its wake, with a shifty 10 to 14kt breeze which tracked from 040 to 070 degrees in the space of 20 minutes.

Having set the line in his customary spot, Race Officer Jerry Rollin was forced to move it forward as a ship was anchored on the port lay line, however both committee boat and pin end managed to reset before the scheduled display of the attention signal at 1155hrs.

The first attempt at a start featured a mass of ‘Fifteens going OCS, resulting in a black flag restart. This time all boats were clear and El Toro charged into the lead, ahead of Ineffable and Steve Goacher, with Graham Vials rounding the windward mark in fourth place.

Talking after the race, Vials noted that 'conditions were tricky – there was a big swell with a bit of time and a shifty breeze' but that didn’t prevent him drawing up to the front by the leeward mark rounding to set up a private battle with the Jerwoods, which was settled in favour of Ineffable. Meanwhile Always forever was holed in a port/ starboard with Aussie Falcon, forcing her to retire from the day’s racing. RHKYC boatyard staff are hard at work trying to repair the damage in time for tomorrow’s racing.

With the wind tracking round another 20 degrees, the line was set again for Race four, with Rollin looking to get one race ahead of the schedule and take the pressure off for the remaining three days of racing.

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Unhappy with the line, the RO AP’d just before the start and after moving for the pin end, restarted the sequence. Once again the fleet struggled with the combination of tide and swell and once again a general recall was signaled.

After an increase in line length, another attempt at a start with the black flag displayed at the preparation signal – a clutch of boats was again over towards the centre of the line with two being identified and scored BFD. The lucky ones made it to the next restart, but it was a case of déjà vu, yet another general recall and five more boats scored BFD. Finally, at the fourth time of asking, the depleted fleet made a clean start, with Hong Kong-ers Cosmas Grelon and Rory Godman making it to the windward mark in first place.

By the leeward mark, Foof had taken up its customary position at the front of the fleet, closely followed by Steve Goacher, with Noisy Forefather in third. On the same leg, My Fair Lady was holed in a port/ starboard with the appropriately named Kerfuffle, but chose to carry on racing with a sizeable hole in her hull – surprisingly, she managed to finish ahead of three other boats scoring 39 in the process.

The series is shaping up to be a keen contest between Vials, Jerwood, Goacher and Alan Bax, with Vials sitting pretty on a seven point cushion after scoring a 2-1 today. The Jerwoods are on 12 after a 1-2 and Goacher is on 20. Top Hong Kong competitor is Simon Pickering in 15th on Ffact or Ffiction, with 18 year old Cosmas Grelon just one point behind in 16th.

Flying 15 Worlds 2013

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Fleet in action at the Flying 15 Worlds 2013

Flying 15 Worlds 2013 teams in action.

Flying 15 Worlds 2013

Provisional Results Race 4 at 18:15hrs
RankPrefixSail No.BowBoat NameHelmCrewElapsedPoints
1GBR40041FoofGraham VialsChris Turner01:17:001
2AUS398650IneffableNick JerwoodJanet Jerwood01:19:162
3GBR401911Pure MagicDavid TabbChewey Sherrell01:20:533
4AUS368440The Wife's FfaultMatthew OwenAndrew Reed01:21:034
5GBR402113TBASteve GoacherPhil Evans01:21:455
6GBR399810 Alan BaxChris Hewkin01:23:486
7HKG372225Noisy ForefatherCosmas GrelonRory Godman01:24:057
8AUS399252Glamour BuoysGregory LeaversuchPeter Barblett01:24:108
9AUS398951Fast Lane 4John WilsonDavid Tucker01:24:199
10AUS398249StorytellerChristopher PatersonRupert Leslie01:25:3510
11HKG388229No NameKoichi YamamotoShinji Ishiwata01:26:2011
12AUS388044Where The Bl**dy Hell Are YouCraig RaineyIan Rainey01:26:2412
13AUS401053Mr FoxJade laneWilliam Ian Lane01:26:2613
14AUS385543FflashpointPeter RookeMartin Arrowsmith01:27:3214
15AUS362039CasperHoward FaulksNick Faulks01:27:4315
16GBR39367Smooth and StonedSteve DouthwaitePaul Averley01:27:5016
17AUS396447FforeignerSimon LucasAileen Lucas01:27:5617
18GBR402012Freaking FantabulousGraham ScroggieBen Scroggie01:29:4018
19AUS379742Changing LanesDavid SwanMatt Elliot01:29:5819
20HKG399734TomffooleryTom SheppardPeter Barker01:30:0420
21GBR35393Hakuna MatataJohn HansonHelen Selden01:30:2021
22HKG401535Uffa Fox AcheBarry HayesSheridan Teasel01:30:3522
23AUS393045Aussie FalconDale CollingsGlenn Scheen01:30:3923
24NZL375437BusinessSandra WilliamsGraeme Robinson01:31:3224
25HKG330518Ffact or FfictionSimon PickeringRafael Buitre01:32:1525
26GBR36924fenturaNick HeathPippa Noon01:32:4326
27GBR39398AtholAthol KingTrevor Bellis01:32:5527
28HKG398132TchaikoffskyHoward WilliamsHuw Riley01:33:0428
29GBR6272VamooseBobby SalmondRobert Till01:33:1129
30ESP373516PathffinderMichael CloughHendrik Penndorf01:33:3730
31HKG370124Puff'n StuffDavid ChowMark Lyons01:33:5531
32HKG383027SquiffyJoe NelsonDavid Bone01:33:5932
33HKG346823ZestChris HowardAndrew Howard01:34:4333
34GBR39015Freewheelin'Mike KilbeeTony Cox01:34:5034
35HKG350021FFatal AttractionMurray LathamNigel Davis01:34:5235
36HKG397931KerfuffleCarlyon Knight-EvansLucy Sutro01:35:0836
37AUS354538Frequent FlyerJennifer SimsAndrew Wallace01:35:1637
38HKG382826FfirecrackerNaoki IshiharaMartin Heath01:36:1538
39HKG353322My Ffair LadyBrian HendersonBen Muskett01:36:2439
40HKG330417SkiverLouis BrinkThomas Issac01:36:2540
41HKG346920Frantic FortiesWai Chuen ChanJack Leung01:36:2641
42HKG341519Fflippin' MuppetsKunihiro FukushimaMotokazu Nlshimura01:36:5142
43AUS393346El ToroGrant AldersonDean McAullayBFD53
43GBR39206BettyGreg WellsAndrew JamesonBFD53
43GBR39539Fforca del VentoRobert HogbenGlyn MorganDNS53
43AUS397248PHAROS Financial GroupAshley SmithAdam KingstonBFD53
43AUS374341Spot the DifferenceGreg TonnisonSteve RobertsBFD53
43IRL400215Afloat.ieJohn LaveryDavid O'BrienDNC53
43GBR402214Always FforeverAndy GoddardMal HartlandDNC53
43NZL371436jaffaAndrew TaylorGreg TaylorBFD53
43HKG387628French FriesAkira TakadaWataru TakadaBFD53
43HKG399033FfreeFire 90Sam ChanNick AtkinsonBFD53