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Flying Fifteen 60th Anniversary Open at Royal Windermere Yacht Club

by David Heron 19 Apr 06:29 PDT 15-16 April 2023

The 60th anniversary of the Flying Fifteen Class was celebrated at the RWYC Lakeland Grand Prix Open meeting on 15 -16 April. A total of 29 boats had entered for the event including a record number of starters from the home club.

Rather fittingly, Boat no 617, a beautiful Chippendale hull, owned by Graham Lamond, from Ripon SC, was taking part. This was one of the first Flying Fifteens at Royal Windermere in 1963 and was named Nancy L, after the then owners wife, Tony Longworth. Graham purchased the boat in 1996, restored and re fitted her, and he is a frequent visitor to RWYC events. The boat is a credit to him.

Saturday dawned bright, but not breezy. A flat calm lake greeted many of the early visitors, but the afternoon forecast was promising. By the time the boats launched in time for a 1300 start the wind had filled in from the South to a very pleasant force 2-3 with bright sunshine all afternoon.

Three races were sailed back-to-back. Four times world champion and RWYC member Steve Goacher/Tim Harper, won the first two races, hotly pursued by Shane McCarthy/Dave Lucas from Greysones SC. In the final Saturday race, sailed in a dying breeze, McCarthy took the win from Goacher, with Blackpool paring David Wilkinson and Chris Robinson third.

Saturday evening saw the fleet retire to the bar, to enjoy a wonderful 4 course bowl food meal prepared by Julian Ankers, the award-winning Cumbrian Chef, whilst discussing and dissecting the days racing. A raffle followed, with prizes generously donated by our sponsors, including a Jib donated by our main sponsors Goacher Sails. Our other raffle sponsors providing prizes were Impact Marine, Windermere Lake Cruises, Ovington Boats and Phil Evans Sailing services.

Grey skies and no wind greeted the competitors on Sunday Morning. The 1025 warning signal was postponed, and the fleet eventually started at 1125 in a light South Westerly breeze for the first of 2 races. Goacher /Harper took the gun in race 4, hotly pursued by Andy Tunnicliffe/Ian Hopwood from Bassenthwaite SC, and it was these two who maintained their from the take the win in the final race followed by Andrew and Peter Smith from RWYC.

Vouchers for the prize-winners were kindly donated by Maiden Marine. All in all, a great weekend of sailing and celebration. It's a great place to come!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st4021Steve GoacherTim HarperRWYC1121‑55
2nd4085Shane MacCarthyDave LucasGreystones SC221‑338
3rd4102Andy TunnicliffeIan HopwoodBassenthwaite Sailing Club‑8342110
4th4078Mike PrestonKeith JamiesonRWYC/B&FYC55‑64418
5th4073David HeronPeter WrightRWYC445‑8619
6th3632David WilkinsonChris RobinsonBlackpool and Fleetwood Yacht Club(OCS)835824
7th4031Nigel TullettIan ShawRWYC377‑10926
8th3664Anthony WoodsAndrew DaveyConiston S.C6‑1086727
9th3520Neil CurrieRory YardleyBassenthwaite Sailing Club10610‑151036
10th4110Phil snewinRichard RiggRWYC79‑12121240
11th3927John ThornleyChristian BarnesUllswater Yacht Club‑131213111147
12th3507Andrew SmithPeter SmithRWYC14‑181814248
13th485Graham SharpAlasdair SharpPlockton Small Boat Sailing Club1115‑1671548
14th3362Scott TrainScott TrainSolway Yacht Club914‑2091749
15th3970Ian AckroydMark ThompsonRWYC(RET)139131449
16th3733Michael HarrisSarah HarrisBlackpool and Fleetwood Yacht Club121111‑181650
17th617Graham LamondAlistair LamondRipon Sailing Club17‑2315171362
18th3732Ian HockeyValerie HockeyBlackpool and Fleetwood Yacht Club16161416‑1862
19th3130Jordan AspinJason BeansSir John Fisher SC15‑1919191972
20th3806Michele KayPaul LangleyRWYC18171720‑2172
21st3942John BurnsTricia BurnsRWYC192221‑232082
22nd4049Michael DayLynne SweeneyRWYC2020‑22222284
23rd3549Christopher GarnerChristine GarnerRWYC2121(RET)212386
24th3998John WalterRoseanne WalterRWYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC120
24th3535Karl SloaneNeil SaxonRWYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC120
24th3624Clare HoulihanTony HoulihanRWYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC120
24th2864Ian ShawGrace ShawNotts County Sailing Club(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC120
24th4103Julian ClarkeNick HampsonRWYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC120
24th3906Peter MountainDavid GuiteBlackpool and Fleetwood Yacht Club(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC120

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