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

by Lindsay Lyons, RHKYC Media on 4 Nov 2013
Flying 15 Worlds 2013 Fleet. © RHKYC/Guy Nowell http://www.guynowell.com/
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.


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.











Provisional Results Race 4 at 18:15hrs
Rank Prefix Sail No. Bow Boat Name Helm Crew Elapsed Points
1 GBR 4004 1 Foof Graham Vials Chris Turner 01:17:00 1
2 AUS 3986 50 Ineffable Nick Jerwood Janet Jerwood 01:19:16 2
3 GBR 4019 11 Pure Magic David Tabb Chewey Sherrell 01:20:53 3
4 AUS 3684 40 The Wife's Ffault Matthew Owen Andrew Reed 01:21:03 4
5 GBR 4021 13 TBA Steve Goacher Phil Evans 01:21:45 5
6 GBR 3998 10   Alan Bax Chris Hewkin 01:23:48 6
7 HKG 3722 25 Noisy Forefather Cosmas Grelon Rory Godman 01:24:05 7
8 AUS 3992 52 Glamour Buoys Gregory Leaversuch Peter Barblett 01:24:10 8
9 AUS 3989 51 Fast Lane 4 John Wilson David Tucker 01:24:19 9
10 AUS 3982 49 Storyteller Christopher Paterson Rupert Leslie 01:25:35 10
11 HKG 3882 29 No Name Koichi Yamamoto Shinji Ishiwata 01:26:20 11
12 AUS 3880 44 Where The Bl**dy Hell Are You Craig Rainey Ian Rainey 01:26:24 12
13 AUS 4010 53 Mr Fox Jade lane William Ian Lane 01:26:26 13
14 AUS 3855 43 Fflashpoint Peter Rooke Martin Arrowsmith 01:27:32 14
15 AUS 3620 39 Casper Howard Faulks Nick Faulks 01:27:43 15
16 GBR 3936 7 Smooth and Stoned Steve Douthwaite Paul Averley 01:27:50 16
17 AUS 3964 47 Fforeigner Simon Lucas Aileen Lucas 01:27:56 17
18 GBR 4020 12 Freaking Fantabulous Graham Scroggie Ben Scroggie 01:29:40 18
19 AUS 3797 42 Changing Lanes David Swan Matt Elliot 01:29:58 19
20 HKG 3997 34 Tomffoolery Tom Sheppard Peter Barker 01:30:04 20
21 GBR 3539 3 Hakuna Matata John Hanson Helen Selden 01:30:20 21
22 HKG 4015 35 Uffa Fox Ache Barry Hayes Sheridan Teasel 01:30:35 22
23 AUS 3930 45 Aussie Falcon Dale Collings Glenn Scheen 01:30:39 23
24 NZL 3754 37 Business Sandra Williams Graeme Robinson 01:31:32 24
25 HKG 3305 18 Ffact or Ffiction Simon Pickering Rafael Buitre 01:32:15 25
26 GBR 3692 4 fentura Nick Heath Pippa Noon 01:32:43 26
27 GBR 3939 8 Athol Athol King Trevor Bellis 01:32:55 27
28 HKG 3981 32 Tchaikoffsky Howard Williams Huw Riley 01:33:04 28
29 GBR 627 2 Vamoose Bobby Salmond Robert Till 01:33:11 29
30 ESP 3735 16 Pathffinder Michael Clough Hendrik Penndorf 01:33:37 30
31 HKG 3701 24 Puff'n Stuff David Chow Mark Lyons 01:33:55 31
32 HKG 3830 27 Squiffy Joe Nelson David Bone 01:33:59 32
33 HKG 3468 23 Zest Chris Howard Andrew Howard 01:34:43 33
34 GBR 3901 5 Freewheelin' Mike Kilbee Tony Cox 01:34:50 34
35 HKG 3500 21 FFatal Attraction Murray Latham Nigel Davis 01:34:52 35
36 HKG 3979 31 Kerfuffle Carlyon Knight-Evans Lucy Sutro 01:35:08 36
37 AUS 3545 38 Frequent Flyer Jennifer Sims Andrew Wallace 01:35:16 37
38 HKG 3828 26 Ffirecracker Naoki Ishihara Martin Heath 01:36:15 38
39 HKG 3533 22 My Ffair Lady Brian Henderson Ben Muskett 01:36:24 39
40 HKG 3304 17 Skiver Louis Brink Thomas Issac 01:36:25 40
41 HKG 3469 20 Frantic Forties Wai Chuen Chan Jack Leung 01:36:26 41
42 HKG 3415 19 Fflippin' Muppets Kunihiro Fukushima Motokazu Nlshimura 01:36:51 42
43 AUS 3933 46 El Toro Grant Alderson Dean McAullay BFD 53
43 GBR 3920 6 Betty Greg Wells Andrew Jameson BFD 53
43 GBR 3953 9 Fforca del Vento Robert Hogben Glyn Morgan DNS 53
43 AUS 3972 48 PHAROS Financial Group Ashley Smith Adam Kingston BFD 53
43 AUS 3743 41 Spot the Difference Greg Tonnison Steve Roberts BFD 53
43 IRL 4002 15 Afloat.ie John Lavery David O'Brien DNC 53
43 GBR 4022 14 Always Fforever Andy Goddard Mal Hartland DNC 53
43 NZL 3714 36 jaffa Andrew Taylor Greg Taylor BFD 53
43 HKG 3876 28 French Fries Akira Takada Wataru Takada BFD 53
43 HKG 3990 33 FfreeFire 90 Sam Chan Nick Atkinson BFD 53
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