19th International Flying Fifteen World Championships day 4

Graham Vials edges Alan Bax at the leeward gate - Flying 15 Worlds 2013
At the 19th International Flying Fifteen World Championships, having pushed racing to the point where he was the maximum permissible one race ahead, the Worlds RO, Jerry Rollin, was able to relax a little today with the requirement for one race, in a target time of 120 minutes.

After yesterday’s grizzly conditions, ‘overcast grey’ seemed like a distinct improvement, accompanied by 15 to 20kts of appreciably cooler north easterly breeze and the odd patch of blue sky.

Race management may have felt slightly redundant today, as the fleet posted an ‘all clear’ start at the first time of asking, with El Toro setting the early pace, reaching the windward mark in just over 20 minutes, ahead of Steve Goacher, The Wife’s fault and Foof.

An 11 minute downwind leg saw Foof sneak into third, with Alan Bax taking up fifth position, but 20 minutes later, the Ineffable’s rounded in fifth place, holding Betty in sixth.

Flying 15 Worlds 2013

Given the longer target time, the pin boat weighed anchor and motored to the windward end of the course to lay a finish line, allowing the team to view some of the man overboard and emergency rigging procedures practiced by the ‘Fifteens, including one crew going up the mast after the main halyard – no mean feat in the washing machine conditions of the Lamma patch.

With the sun breaking through, the breeze started to lighten and five minutes inside the target time El Toro coasted home at the top of the finish board, a mere 16 seconds ahead of Goacher, with Matthew Owen / Andrew Reed a minute behind. Betty and Foof had a fierce battle to the finish, with Betty making fourth by the narrowest of margins, relegating Graham Vials to an unaccustomed (but discardable) fifth.

Nick and Janet Jerwood have shown remarkable consistency in both the Nationals and the Worlds and posted a sixth today, however after five races, with El Toro able to discard their BFD score, the overall standing show Vials in first on 5 points, ahead of El Toro and Ineffable on 12 apiece. With two races remaining, the 19th International Flying Fifteen World Championship is still anyone’s for the taking.

Top Hong Kong boat is currently Noisy Forefather, helmed by Cosmas Grelon, in 18th overall with fact or fiction in 21st and Uffa Fox Ache in 24th.

Fleet in action - Flying 15 Worlds 2013

Teams in action Flying 15 Worlds 2013

Flying 15 Worlds 2013

Flying 15 Worlds 2013

Flying 15 Worlds 2013

Provisional Elapsed Times Race 5
RankPrefixSail No.BowBoat NameHelmCrewElapsedPoints
1AUS393346El ToroGrant AldersonDean McAullay01:54:471
2GBR402113TBASteve GoacherPhil Evans01:55:032
3AUS368440The Wife's FfaultMatthew OwenAndrew Reed01:55:563
4GBR39206BettyGreg WellsAndrew Jameson01:56:324
5GBR40041FoofGraham VialsChris Turner01:56:335
6AUS398650IneffableNick JerwoodJanet Jerwood01:56:456
7GBR399810 Alan BaxChris Hewkin01:57:067
8GBR401911Pure MagicDavid TabbChewey Sherrell01:58:308
9GBR39539Fforca del VentoRobert HogbenGlyn Morgan01:58:529
10AUS399252Glamour BuoysGregory LeaversuchPeter Barblett01:58:5610
11AUS393045Aussie FalconDale CollingsGlenn Scheen02:00:0511
12GBR39367Smooth and StonedSteve DouthwaitePaul Averley02:00:0912
13AUS385543FflashpointPeter RookeMartin Arrowsmith02:00:1013
14AUS398249StorytellerChristopher PatersonRupert Leslie02:00:1714
15AUS374341Spot the DifferenceGreg TonnisonSteve Roberts02:00:3315
16AUS397248PHAROS Financial GroupAshley SmithAdam Kingston02:01:0816
17GBR402012Freaking FantabulousGraham ScroggieBen Scroggie02:01:1017
18AUS379742Changing LanesDavid SwanMatt Elliot02:01:2718
19AUS388044Where The Bl**dy Hell Are YouCraig RaineyIan Rainey02:01:4319
20HKG398132TchaikoffskyHoward WilliamsHuw Riley02:01:4620
21FRA372225Noisy ForefatherCosmas GrelonRory Godman02:02:5121
22GBR35393Hakuna MatataJohn HansonHelen Selden02:03:0422
23HKG401535Uffa Fox AcheBarry HayesSheridan Teasel02:03:1123
24NZL371436jaffaAndrew TaylorGreg Taylor02:03:1324
25AUS401053Mr FoxJade laneWilliam Ian Lane02:03:2425
26GBR402214Always FforeverAndy GoddardMal Hartland02:03:2926
27AUS398951Fast Lane 4John WilsonDavid Tucker02:03:4227
28HKG399734TomffooleryTom SheppardPeter Barker02:04:2728
29HKG388229No NameKoichi YamamotoShinji Ishiwata02:04:2829
30HKG330518Ffact or FfictionSimon PickeringRafael Buitre02:05:2430
31AUS362039CasperHoward FaulksNick Faulks02:05:3031
32HKG387628French FriesAkira TakadaWataru Takada02:05:4132
33HKG370124Puff'n StuffDavid ChowMark Lyons02:05:4233
34GBR39015Freewheelin'Mike KilbeeTony Cox02:06:1534
35AUS396447FforeignerSimon LucasAileen Lucas02:06:1635
36GBR36924fenturaNick HeathPippa Noon02:06:2436
37ESP373516PathffinderMichael CloughHendrik Penndorf02:06:3237
38GBR39398AtholAthol KingTrevor Bellis02:06:3538
39HKG397931KerfuffleCarlyon Knight-EvansLucy Sutro02:07:3739
40HKG383027SquiffyJoe NelsonDavid Bone02:08:0540
41HKG346920Frantic FortiesWai Chuen ChanJack Leung02:10:5141
42HKG399033FfreeFire 90Sam ChanNick Atkinson02:11:1642
43AUS354538Frequent FlyerJennifer SimsAndrew Wallace02:11:3943
44HKG350021FFatal AttractionMurray LathamNigel Davis02:12:2944
45HKG382826FfirecrackerNaoki IshiharaMartin Heath02:31:3845
46NZL375437BusinessSandra WilliamsGraeme RobinsonDNF53
46IRL400215Afloat.ieJohn LaveryDavid O'BrienDNC53
46GBR6272VamooseBobby SalmondRobert TillDNS53
46HKG330417SkiverLouis BrinkThomas IssacDNC53
46HKG353322My Ffair LadyBrian HendersonBen MuskettDNC53
46HKG346823ZestChris HowardAndrew HowardDNF53
46HKG341519Fflippin' MuppetsKunihiro FukushimaMotokazu NlshimuraDNF53