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Flying Fifteen National Championship at Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy - Overall

by Christina Moncur 26 Sep 2023 02:52 PDT 21-24 September 2023

Sarah Hornby Art Race Day and final report

The National Championship with everything!

The final day dawned, and it was windy, a southerly with gusts of 26 - 28 knots. Many in the boat yard were wondering if the fleet would get racing and others had decided it was too windy for them and head home early.

Soon the Race Officer confirmed that the fleet would be having one race in the Harbour thanks to the Contender Fleet happy to stay ashore for us to sail our final race before they headed out to complete their three races.

A depleted fleet headed out into the harbour for a windward leeward course. The fleet got away at the first attempt under the U Flag with only one boat been identified as been over.

It was a return to the top for Andy McKee and Richard Jones, 4005, who took the final win of the event with Richard Lovering and Chris Turner, 4071, in second, Jeremy Davy and Martin Huett, 3760, in third.

There was drama further down the fleet with one boat, unusually, turning turtle but which was successfully recovered, and the crew returned to shore with smiles on their faces.

The final prize-giving was held whilst competitors enjoyed afternoon tea.

Ben McGrane and Russ Clark, 4002, were crowned National Champions having sailed a very consistent series returning to the Flying Fifteen for the first time in a while.

Ben McGrane said, "Really enjoyed returning to racing in the F15, the fleet laid on an exceptionally well planned and executed event both on and off the water with slick race management, well attended socials and regatta coaching aimed at helping everyone in attendance to improve. The racing was extremely close with plenty of opportunities to gain and lose in what is tight tactical racing, we were absolutely thrilled to come away with the win and are now looking to the Europeans next year in France and the UK hosted Worlds in 2025 as further opportunities to get out racing in this fantastic class."

Ian Cadwallader said, "At any championship there can only be one winner. But, thanks to the drive of the Flying 15 committee and the generous support of our sponsors led by UK Global, we were able to lay on a package where hopefully all competitors took something away with them. This included two evenings of meals and a prize-giving tea included with the entry, that kept the fleet together; three days of coaching with the legendary Mr Adam Bowers - focusing on improving the mid fleet sailor; Daily prize-giving's with prizes right through the fleet; and finally, free wine and beer with post-race snacks.

"As for our winners, Ben & Russ - they sailed really well and were deserving champions of a challenging week. I'm especially pleased for Ben who served a Flying 15 apprenticeship, sailing with his dad, Terry at Chew Valley 10 years ago.

"And as for future winners... well, there were two father and son combos in the top 10. So, place your bets on Charlie Apthorp or Harry Lucas for the 2034 nationals!"

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors, UK Global, Sarah Hornby Art, Salcombe Gin, Impact Marine, Goacher Sails, Allen Brothers, Hyde Sails, Ovington Boats and Pinnell and Bax.

As the championship series of 2023 has been completed we look forward to the 2024 season, which will be a World qualifying series, starting with the Southern Championships at Parkstone Yacht Club in June. We will be back at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy for the International Flying Fifteen Association World Championships in 2025.

Overall Results:
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PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
14002 Ben McGraneRuss ClarkNetley SC221‑7‑851415
24005Fiery ChariotAndy McKeeRichard JonesDovestone SC3‑10419‑192120
34071Floaty McFloatfaceRichard LoveringChris TurnerLyme Regis SC412‑10‑1494222
43760 Jeremy DavyMartin HuettDraycote Water SC1‑176216‑177335
54102RaffiAndy TunnicliffeIan HopwoodBassenthwaite SC6433‑35‑1612836
64085Mr Potato HeadShane MacCarthyRichard RiggGreystones SC8310132‑25‑23541
74004FourwindsCharles ApthorpCharlie ApthorpHISC787611‑443‑1342
84017carbon footprintDave LucasHarry LucasGWSC116‑145103‑371045
94055 Ian CadwalladerSi ForbesChew Valley Lake Sailing Club‑12‑2684121RDG [12]946
104112MauriceGreg WellsDavid TullochHISC1013593‑28‑20747
114021 Steve GoacherTim HarperRoyal Windermere YC5‑151585‑18101457
124060Ffil the GreekAndrew JamesonJames GrantHISC912‑2612‑28128659
134115Team EffortIan LinderMike BartonParkstone Yacht Club‑261111166815‑1967
144033Sparks & BubblesJustin WaplesJackie McKellarRCYC‑271621‑2272141676
154078B' of the BangMike PrestonKeith JamiesonRoyal Windermere YC2351719(BFD [49])105(DNC [49])79
163795QuaffTim JohnsonDan JohnsonChew Valley Lake Sailing Club19‑2918244713(UFD [49])85
174061#SparksChris WaplesSimon HuntHISC141812‑27‑322191286
184030AgathaAlastair StevensonDavid CulpanHISC17‑36911‑3620191793
194082Fformark 3Terry ScutcherChris HewkinDubai Offshore Sailing Club132316(RET [49])2011‑281194
204029 Matt MeeChris RobinsonRed Wharf Bay SC152434(RET [49])11516(DNC [49])105
213918 Paul BusbyNeil BarfordNorthampton Sailing Club/HISC16‑38292013425(DNS [49])107
223793Fantasy IIPete AllamJo AllamParkstone Yacht Club22923RDG [18]RDG [18]RDG [18](DNC [49])(DNC [49])108
234101Fancy FreeCrispin Read WilsonSteve BrownParkstone Yacht Club‑3227251821146(DNC [49])111
244080WindbreakerSimon PattersonSimon ThompsonDraycote Water SC18192021‑23‑361123112
253884FlossieMark NicholsonSteve CulpittHISC‑3020191725‑431715113
263736WavebreakerPeter BannisterSimon WeatherillHayling Island Sailing Club‑382527‑282262422126
274088Parkstone PenguinGeof GibbonsNick GibbonsParkstone Yacht Club20(RET [49])22‑3224262224138
283904Flying ButtressJohn CooperBen CooperLymington Town Sailing Club287283417‑4227(DNC [49])141
293844True LuffDuncan MatthewJohn ChalkerAldebugh24213015‑34‑373220142
304069QuindiciBill ChardJosh PreaterChew Valley Lake Sailing Club‑3314‑362529232626143
314113Angels‑one fiveSimon KnellerJake StowGrafham Water21223914(BFD [49])2729(RET [49])152
323940Forced Family FunRichard JordanMatt ArmstrongWYC/RTYC2931(RET [49])(DNC [49])15412121158
333850FfoenixPeter HoyleStephen MoncurParkstone Yacht Club‑3735132330(UFD [49])3028159
344110 Phil SnewinMark ThompsonRWYC2528‑3736‑38333318173
354111Ffizzbizz FFizzMervyn WrightRon ElliotParkstone Yacht Club‑36323330332431(RET [49])183
363914Defying GravityAdrian TattersallGlyn MorganParkstone Yacht Club31‑443126‑37353525183
374027VacqueroMichael ClappPaul TaskerParkstone Yacht Club3934‑44352722‑4127184
384091Very Stable GeniusJeremy ArnoldRichard HopeHISC3437‑41371832‑3831189
393726RiffRaffDuncan GrindleyJon MortimerGrafham Water35303531‑4331‑3930192
403927 John ThornleyMegan ThornleyUllswater Yacht Club(RET [49])(DNC [49])4238191336DNC [49]197
414103Wonder YearsJulian ClarkeNick HampsonRWYC‑45413829262934(DNC [49])197
423912Dark Side of the BoomCharlie McKeeSimon MontagueHISC(RET [49])33‑433941304329215
433765 Chris WhiteRoger LePlaNorthampton Sailing Club‑44402433394042(DNC [49])218
443820 Russell AbrahamsJulien SmithChew Valley Lake Sailing Club‑43394040403440(DNC [49])233
454009RandHedgeGraham DibbBridget DibbRoyal Southern Yacht Club(DNC [49])(DNC [49])32413139BFD [49]RET [49]241
463536FizzbuzzAngus ScottPhilip SnowdonDWSC4142‑474244‑454532246
474041ffidoSimon CooperAlastair CooperBewl Sailing Association4045‑4643423844(DNC [49])252
484084IneffableTim O'BrienColin BurnsGWSC424345(RET [49])(DNC [49])DNC [49]DNC [49]33261

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