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Flying Fifteen Classic at Cardiff Bay Yacht Club

by Event media on 8 Jul 2008
The predicted F3 Southerly appeared on cue for the Flying Fifteen Classic at Cardiff Bay Yacht Club – but thankfully without the forecast rain. This enabled the race officer Chris Barton to lay a long beat using most of the Cardiff bay in a trapezoid sausage course There was excellent close competitive sailing on the Saturday with a very high standard of visiting sailors and some very fine classic boats.

In the first race the conditions were shifty. Local youth and 420 sailor Nathan Bailey was first around the windward mark in a borrowed boat with old sails, hotly pursued by Simon Dangerfield and Dave Hemingway. In some close racing Simon and Dave went on to take the race from Graham Lamond and Scott Train with Bob Tait third.

Race two was all about the beat and despite a bad start Graham and Scott took line honours ahead of Bob Tait with Ian and Gavin Shaw in third place.

In race three Graham Lamond had a poor start by his record and eventually finished in second place with the line honours again going to Simon Dangerfield with a tremendous lead over the following pack.

The big battle was for third place with Duncan Baird fighting hard to keep Ian Shaw at bay down the final run to the line allowing Bob Tait to overtake both of them and take third by a whisker Duncan finishing fifth.

After day one Simon Dangerfield and Dave Hemingway were tied on six points with Graham Lamond and Scott Train with Dangerfield ahead on countback.

Beer and a meal followed in the clubhouse and an entertaining evening.

So - who was going to win the Dragon trophy, would Graham retain it or would Simon win it back. The weather decided this one. There were 49mph gusts recorded over the Cardiff barrage – not the forecast F4 WSW.

The race officer postponed racing and then later after consulting the competitors abandoned the racing on day 2. Only the youth sailors were keen to go out.

Congratulations go to overall winner and picking up the Dragon Trophy once again, Simon Dangerfield and Dave Hemingway. In second place on equal points but behind on countback was Graham Lamond and Scott Train. In third place with very consistent racing was Bob Tait and M Musgrove.

Flying 15 - Final overall results
1 2663 S Dangerfield/ D Hemingway 1 4 1 6pts
2 617 G Lamond/ S Train 3 1 2 6
3 2606 B Tait / M Musgrove 2 2 3 7
4 798 I Shaw/ G Shaw 5 3 4 12
5 2655 I Horton/ P Lewis 4 5 6 15
6 2177 N Bailey/ R Jennings 6 6 7 19
7 2492 W Turton/ K Holmes 7 8 8 23
8 2645 I Dibble/ Steve 8 9 9 26
9 2630 M Jones/ Glyn 9 7 DNF 28
10 1155 D Baird/ T Bowen DNF DNF 5 30
11 1495 J W-Jenkins/ D Phillips 10 10 10 30
12 1295 D Moore DNF DNF DNF 39
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