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19th International Flying Fifteen World Championships day 4

by Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC Media on 5 Nov 2013
Graham Vials edges Alan Bax at the leeward gate - Flying 15 Worlds 2013 © RHKYC/Guy Nowell http://www.guynowell.com/
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.


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.











Provisional Elapsed Times Race 5
Rank Prefix Sail No. Bow Boat Name Helm Crew Elapsed Points
1 AUS 3933 46 El Toro Grant Alderson Dean McAullay 01:54:47 1
2 GBR 4021 13 TBA Steve Goacher Phil Evans 01:55:03 2
3 AUS 3684 40 The Wife's Ffault Matthew Owen Andrew Reed 01:55:56 3
4 GBR 3920 6 Betty Greg Wells Andrew Jameson 01:56:32 4
5 GBR 4004 1 Foof Graham Vials Chris Turner 01:56:33 5
6 AUS 3986 50 Ineffable Nick Jerwood Janet Jerwood 01:56:45 6
7 GBR 3998 10   Alan Bax Chris Hewkin 01:57:06 7
8 GBR 4019 11 Pure Magic David Tabb Chewey Sherrell 01:58:30 8
9 GBR 3953 9 Fforca del Vento Robert Hogben Glyn Morgan 01:58:52 9
10 AUS 3992 52 Glamour Buoys Gregory Leaversuch Peter Barblett 01:58:56 10
11 AUS 3930 45 Aussie Falcon Dale Collings Glenn Scheen 02:00:05 11
12 GBR 3936 7 Smooth and Stoned Steve Douthwaite Paul Averley 02:00:09 12
13 AUS 3855 43 Fflashpoint Peter Rooke Martin Arrowsmith 02:00:10 13
14 AUS 3982 49 Storyteller Christopher Paterson Rupert Leslie 02:00:17 14
15 AUS 3743 41 Spot the Difference Greg Tonnison Steve Roberts 02:00:33 15
16 AUS 3972 48 PHAROS Financial Group Ashley Smith Adam Kingston 02:01:08 16
17 GBR 4020 12 Freaking Fantabulous Graham Scroggie Ben Scroggie 02:01:10 17
18 AUS 3797 42 Changing Lanes David Swan Matt Elliot 02:01:27 18
19 AUS 3880 44 Where The Bl**dy Hell Are You Craig Rainey Ian Rainey 02:01:43 19
20 HKG 3981 32 Tchaikoffsky Howard Williams Huw Riley 02:01:46 20
21 FRA 3722 25 Noisy Forefather Cosmas Grelon Rory Godman 02:02:51 21
22 GBR 3539 3 Hakuna Matata John Hanson Helen Selden 02:03:04 22
23 HKG 4015 35 Uffa Fox Ache Barry Hayes Sheridan Teasel 02:03:11 23
24 NZL 3714 36 jaffa Andrew Taylor Greg Taylor 02:03:13 24
25 AUS 4010 53 Mr Fox Jade lane William Ian Lane 02:03:24 25
26 GBR 4022 14 Always Fforever Andy Goddard Mal Hartland 02:03:29 26
27 AUS 3989 51 Fast Lane 4 John Wilson David Tucker 02:03:42 27
28 HKG 3997 34 Tomffoolery Tom Sheppard Peter Barker 02:04:27 28
29 HKG 3882 29 No Name Koichi Yamamoto Shinji Ishiwata 02:04:28 29
30 HKG 3305 18 Ffact or Ffiction Simon Pickering Rafael Buitre 02:05:24 30
31 AUS 3620 39 Casper Howard Faulks Nick Faulks 02:05:30 31
32 HKG 3876 28 French Fries Akira Takada Wataru Takada 02:05:41 32
33 HKG 3701 24 Puff'n Stuff David Chow Mark Lyons 02:05:42 33
34 GBR 3901 5 Freewheelin' Mike Kilbee Tony Cox 02:06:15 34
35 AUS 3964 47 Fforeigner Simon Lucas Aileen Lucas 02:06:16 35
36 GBR 3692 4 fentura Nick Heath Pippa Noon 02:06:24 36
37 ESP 3735 16 Pathffinder Michael Clough Hendrik Penndorf 02:06:32 37
38 GBR 3939 8 Athol Athol King Trevor Bellis 02:06:35 38
39 HKG 3979 31 Kerfuffle Carlyon Knight-Evans Lucy Sutro 02:07:37 39
40 HKG 3830 27 Squiffy Joe Nelson David Bone 02:08:05 40
41 HKG 3469 20 Frantic Forties Wai Chuen Chan Jack Leung 02:10:51 41
42 HKG 3990 33 FfreeFire 90 Sam Chan Nick Atkinson 02:11:16 42
43 AUS 3545 38 Frequent Flyer Jennifer Sims Andrew Wallace 02:11:39 43
44 HKG 3500 21 FFatal Attraction Murray Latham Nigel Davis 02:12:29 44
45 HKG 3828 26 Ffirecracker Naoki Ishihara Martin Heath 02:31:38 45
46 NZL 3754 37 Business Sandra Williams Graeme Robinson DNF 53
46 IRL 4002 15 Afloat.ie John Lavery David O'Brien DNC 53
46 GBR 627 2 Vamoose Bobby Salmond Robert Till DNS 53
46 HKG 3304 17 Skiver Louis Brink Thomas Issac DNC 53
46 HKG 3533 22 My Ffair Lady Brian Henderson Ben Muskett DNC 53
46 HKG 3468 23 Zest Chris Howard Andrew Howard DNF 53
46 HKG 3415 19 Fflippin' Muppets Kunihiro Fukushima Motokazu Nlshimura DNF 53
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