Int. Flying 15 Worlds - Competitors try light air sailing on Day 6

Teams in action at the Flying 15 Worlds 2013.
The 19th International Flying Fifteen Worlds has thrown every conceivable weather combination at competitors, and today it was time to try some light air sailing. The T flag was displayed on shore, indicating that all competitors would be towed across the Lamma TSS and RO Jerry Rollin was happy to raise the AP at the start line in order to ensure that everyone had time to prepare.

That also gave him time to reconsider the start line position, which was pushing the windward mark right out to the limit of Hong Kong waters, by retreating 200m further downwind.

Early indications were that a 1.15nm beat would be ample to give the sailors a race of around two hours, however the wind was gradually shifting round to the east, requiring the pin boat to be re-anchored and by the time the start gun was fired, although the fleet got a clean start, Rollin noted the dying breeze, coupled with another wind shift and raised the N flag to abandon the race and bring everyone back to the start area.

The pin boat was once again relocated, and with the breeze filling in to five kts, the RO tried to get race six underway again, however just before the start gun, another AP number two was displayed, as race management waited for a wind shift to settle. The AP was removed, only to be re-hoisted four minutes later and the pin boat anchor was lifted once again with all boats standing by waiting for the new breeze to fill in.

Fill in it did, 50 degrees further east than when the first attempt at a start was made, however this time the forecast replenishment of the northeast monsoon held steady at eight to 10 knots and the RO was able to reset the line to his satisfaction. Perhaps impatient to get sailing after sitting around for so long, the bulk of the fleet was over early, earning a general recall and a black flag re-start. This time, everyone got it right, including the breeze, and the fleet were all clear nearly two hours later than scheduled.

Flying 15 Worlds 2013

Cosmas Grelon got a flyer of a start for Hong Kong on Noisy Forefather, reaching the windward mark first, ahead of Pharos Financial Group and the rest of the fleet before a local fishing vessel managed to hook the mark. With the mark returned to its rightful owners, the mark layers had 45 seconds to get it into place before the fleet rounded the leeward gate.

By the time they did, Graham Vials had taken up the head of the fleet, ahead of Greg Wells on Betty and Ashley Smith on PHAROS Financial Group and the Jerwoods on Ineffable and with the wind holding steady, Foof crossed the finish line in first place – their fourth of the regatta – to secure their defence of their World Title with a race in hand.

On the dock afterwards, Vials said 'it was surprisingly good racing – I was a bit concerned that with the lighter breeze we might get caught by a wind shift, but it all went to plan. We’re looking forward to the curry buffet tonight, and a day off tomorrow!'

Ineffable maintains their position in second place, six points ahead of Steve Goacher and Phil Evans on 4021. El Toro has dropped to fourth overall after a disappointing ninth today, with Betty in fifth on equal points with Alan Bax and Chris Hewkin on 3998.

Top Hong Kong boat is Noisy Forefather with Cosmas Grelon and Rory Godman in 17th overall, with Ffact or Ffiction in 21st and Uffa Fox Ache in 24th.

Flying 15 Worlds 2013

Flying 15 Worlds 2013

Flying 15 Worlds 2013

Fleet in action at the Flying 15 Worlds 2013.

Flying 15 Worlds 2013 fleet in action on day 5.

Flying 15 Worlds 2013 day 5.

Flying 15 Worlds 2013 day 5.

Race 6 
RankPrefixSail No.BowBoat NameHelmCrewElapsedPoints
1GBR40041FoofGraham VialsChris Turner02:01:111
2AUS398650IneffableNick JerwoodJanet Jerwood02:01:352
3GBR39206BettyGreg WellsAndrew Jameson02:02:353
4GBR402113TBASteve GoacherPhil Evans02:02:584
5AUS397248PHAROS Financial GroupAshley SmithAdam Kingston02:03:075
6AUS374341Spot the DifferenceGreg TonnisonSteve Roberts02:03:376
7GBR399810 Alan BaxChris Hewkin02:03:507
8AUS398249StorytellerChristopher PatersonRupert Leslie02:04:228
9AUS393346El ToroGrant AldersonDean McAullay02:04:299
10AUS399252Glamour BuoysGregory LeaversuchPeter Barblett02:04:3410
11AUS368440The Wife's FfaultMatthew OwenAndrew Reed02:04:5511
12HKG372225Noisy ForefatherCosmas GrelonRory Godman02:05:2012
13GBR402012Freaking FantabulousGraham ScroggieBen Scroggie02:05:2213
14GBR39539Fforca del VentoRobert HogbenGlyn Morgan02:05:2314
15AUS393045Aussie FalconDale CollingsGlenn Scheen02:05:3815
16GBR401911Pure MagicDavid TabbChewey Sherrell02:05:3916
17GBR39367Smooth and StonedSteve DouthwaitePaul Averley02:05:5717
18GBR402214Always FforeverAndy GoddardMal Hartland02:06:3918
19AUS401053Mr FoxJade laneWilliam Ian Lane02:06:4619
20AUS388044Where The Bl**dy Hell Are YouCraig RaineyIan Rainey02:07:0320
21AUS379742Changing LanesDavid SwanMatt Elliot02:07:1021
22GBR35393Hakuna MatataJohn HansonHelen Selden02:07:2522
23GBR36924fenturaNick HeathPippa Noon02:07:3823
24HKG330518Ffact or FfictionSimon PickeringRafael Buitre02:08:0524
25AUS398951Fast Lane 4John WilsonDavid Tucker02:08:2725
26GBR39015Freewheelin'Mike KilbeeTony Cox02:08:3026
27NZL375437BusinessSandra WilliamsGraeme Robinson02:08:5427
28HKG370124Puff'n StuffDavid ChowMark Lyons02:09:0528
29AUS396447FforeignerSimon LucasAileen Lucas02:09:1929
30HKG388229No NameKoichi YamamotoShinji Ishiwata02:09:2530
31HKG401535Uffa Fox AcheBarry HayesSheridan Teasel02:09:5631
32HKG399033FfreeFire 90Sam ChanNick Atkinson02:09:5732
33AUS354538Frequent FlyerJennifer SimsAndrew Wallace02:10:1033
34HKG397931KerfuffleCarlyon Knight-EvansLucy Sutro02:10:1734
35GBR6272VamooseBobby SalmondRobert Till02:10:5135
36NZL371436jaffaAndrew TaylorGreg Taylor02:11:1036
37AUS385543FflashpointPeter RookeMartin Arrowsmith02:11:1737
38GBR39398AtholAthol KingTrevor Bellis02:11:3138
39HKG350021FFatal AttractionMurray LathamNigel Davis02:11:3239
40HKG399734TomffooleryTom SheppardPeter Barker02:12:0740
41ESP373516PathffinderMichael CloughHendrik Penndorf02:12:1241
42HKG383027SquiffyJoe NelsonDavid Bone02:12:3142
43HKG346920Frantic FortiesWai Chuen ChanJack Leung02:13:0343
44HKG330417SkiverLouis BrinkThomas Issac02:14:0044
45HKG382826FfirecrackerNaoki IshiharaMartin Heath02:17:5745
46HKG398132TchaikoffskyHoward WilliamsHuw RileyDSQ53
46AUS362039CasperHoward FaulksNick FaulksDNF53
46HKG387628French FriesAkira TakadaWataru TakadaRET53
46HKG353322My Ffair LadyBrian HendersonBen MuskettRET53
46HKG346823ZestChris HowardAndrew HowardRET53
46HKG341519Fflippin' MuppetsKunihiro FukushimaMotokazu NlshimuraDNC53
46IRL400215Afloat.ieJohn LaveryDavid O'BrienDNC53