Personal Handicap Results – Summer 2015

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Competition Results Updated !!

DWSC FF Competition Results (14Sepl15)Copy of DWSC FF Competition Results (8Oct15)

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2015 Fairweather Series with One Sunday to Go….!!

This year’s FF Fairweather Series has just one event day to go ….. Howard and Richard are unable to race the final Sunday, so sharpen up your boat tune and see if you can beat them !! The current scores look like this

Fairweather Results 2015 sep

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Club Competition Results Summary at Autumn 2015

DWSC FF Competition Results (14Sepl15)

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Datchet Winter Series – A Win for Charles Apthorp…!!

We have results! The Winter Series finished this weekend with the largest turnout of Flying Fifteens for some time – 17 boats participated, sometimes with different helms resulting in a total of 23 entries. The full results are on the club website but the top three are as follows:

1st place
Charles Apthorp & various
2nd place
Hakuna Kutoa Katika
John Hanson & Helen Selden
3rd place
Ffizzbuzz too
Mervyn Wright & George Caspall

I know all this because Roger has worked his magic and calculated the personal improvement rating to determine that the winner of the Ridgeway Consulting Trophy this series

Ian Linder & James Linder

So congratulations to Charles and every one of his many crews and to Ian and James – and thanks to Roger for his continued good work on the results

Attached is an update to the Results Sheet

Happy reading


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Race Report – Sunday 15th March

FF Race Review Sunday 15th March

Sunday morning greeted the club sailors with a 12-15 knot ENE and an icy chill in the air so it was a hardy fleet which put to the water. At least thankfully for the crews the threatened rain held off.

Race 1

The course was set with a castle end start. Once over the start line the tactics saw the lead boats making a course behind the pier towards the windward mark.

From there it’s was a steady reach with kites around the gybe mark and back to the leeward mark. As with the previous weeks a well-planned course was apparent making for some fast laps.

At the windward mark of second lap the standings were as follows

Brett Dingwall and Jonathan Clark (confusingly borrowing Charles’s 3957 sails!) from John Hanson & Helen Hepworth (3954) who were just edging out Dominick and David Hume in (3559) with Stephen Hopson & Robert Simmons 4029, holding off Mike Clapp and Trevor Brant (3427) and Mervyn Wright and George Caspall (3904), nursing a broken kicker.

On the final lap the boats were spread out just a little further with the main battle taking place for 4th and 5th. The pace remained fast with the last lap the quickest of the three.

The race finished in the same order as had been held throughout. With Brett and Jonathan (3957) taking the win from John & Helen (3954) who after a race long tussle just pipped the Humes (3559) for second place.


Race 2

The cloud cover remained 100% but the rain still held off and the wind just dipped a knot or two for the second race.

This time around the racing was even more clinical with Mervyn and George pushing the front three all the way round.

After the first lap it was again Brett and Jonathan (3957) leading from Dominick and David (3559) who were just holding off John and Helen (3954)

The first two laps saw very close racing for 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions. On the return of the second lap the front four displayed different tactics with 3957 & 3954 heading round to the starboard starboard of the tower and 3559 & 3904 heading port of it. The decision of the boats going to starboard paid off with John & Helen 3954, rounding the mark ahead of Dominick & David 3559 but only just! Mervyn & George closely following in 3904

The final leg saw some fast steady racing with the boats finishing in the following order 3957, 3954, 3559, 3904, 4029 and 3427 with four minutes between first and last.


Charles and his various crews currently lead the series from John and Helen leaving one race left of the winter series to decide the final positions.

For last Sunday and series results please use the following link

To re-iterate on that note next weekend will be the last practice run before the Mercedes Open which is the following weekend 28th / 29th March

The event is running a couple of weeks later than last year and we have already had entries from Parkstone and Chew. It would be great to see all the “Fifteen FF’s” in the current series along with visitor entries on the start line a week on Saturday!

So please dust off the covers and get that final series result and practice in before the main event.

Best Regards


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Race Report – Sunday 8th March

FF Race Review Sunday 08th March

Race 1

After the weather imposed break and Dinghy Show duties of the previous week it was a welcome return to both Sunday morning racing and warmer weather! A solid fleet of nine FF’s put out to the water along with the rest of the club fleet, guests and the CAT Spitfire series.

With Simon Kneller and Dave Lucas (4024) returning to the club and Mike Firth and Phil Tinsley back in Firths Folly (3888) a tight race was anticipated.

A firm but not too cold westerly was blowing in across the lake. With a prompt start from the Club end, the FF’s divided into two groups each proposing “they” knew the quickest way to the Windward mark with several boats working a starboard tack towards the wall with the rest heading out towards the middle.

The mark was rounded in close procession with Charles Apthorp and Adrian Simpson (3957), Simon and Dave, Mervyn and George (3904) and John and Helen (3954) the front runners.

The wing mark was set to give a close reach (at least to stay upwind of a tower) up to the gybe mark which saw the Kites raised in a way more akin to asymmetrical fleet!

The wind died for the front runners, collapsing the fleet at the gybe mark but with front positions having been held steady some fierce racing was played out for the middle and rear positions.

Mike and Phil battling it out Mike & Ian (3427), Hopson and Utter (4029) and Roger & Richard (3642)

As with the reach, the race team had carefully positioned a tower dead centre of the beat between the mark and the start leaving some tactical decisions for the crews to make.

The run was fairly true downwind giving a split of the fleet to port or starboard.

The final leg was completed in similar fashion to the first with a few gusts picking up in patches.

Another tight beat to the leeward mark with the Kite poles close on the Halyard meant for two fast legs to the finish with 3957 pipping 3954 and 4024 with not more than a boat length between them and the rest of the fleet not far behind.




Race 2

The second race proved to be even closer than the first with all the boats finishing within four minutes this turned into one of the closest of the series and saw some thrilling racing however at the start this didn’t seem the way it was going to go!

Two or three boats had to tack to avoid an early start forcing them to go round before crossing the line.

This didn’t split the fleet too much however and a slight shift and increase in wind brought the crew bottoms someway out over the side as they headed up to the mark. This time all the boats finding a good breeze in the centre or over towards the wall.

Again the race around the mark saw judgement pay off for Charles and Adrian (3957) racing tightly with Simon and Dave (4024).

The boats rounding the windward mark in even closer procession than in race one. This time with the wind further forward a very fast reach to the gybe mark was possible with some strong gusts assisting on the way

Charles and Adrian took the win ahead of Simon and Dave with an increased length of half a boat between the two!

For Sunday’s and the series results please see the following link


The Merc Open is at the end of the month 28th / 29th March it would be great to see the “Fifteen FF’s” in the current series along with visitor entries on the start line and see if we can push the field well beyond last year’s 18 boats.

So with warmer temperatures and two weeks left of the winter series, now is the time to uncover the boats and get the practice in..!!

Best Regards


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Datchet Winter Warm Up Final Results

Datchet had nine boats compete this year. The series was a pretty close fought affair. Clear winners were John Hanson and Helen Selden of Datchet. Charles Apthorp and his various crewing partners put in some spectacular results too, but were hampered by missing one Sunday and only a single discard being available. Brett Dingwall and Steve Bartlett came in third.

Click here for the series results

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Winter Warm Up – Second Weekend, Feb 15th

FF Race Review Sunday 15th February

Race 1

With the wind not meeting the promised levels all the boats were rigged with slight trepidation. However a steady but pleasant 5-6 knot wind was blowing and a not too disheartened fleet flocked onto the water for some tactical racing (some say luck). It would also be a test of rules knowledge with a procession of converging boats at the marks!

A healthy nine FF’s were rigged along with the rest of the club fleet, guests and the Spitfire catamaran series.

Heading into the North Easterly breeze to start the FF’s headed off on a similar pattern towards the old Honda UK Building (the good thing about Datchet Water – there is a landmark every 30°) on the windward beat all favouring an early starboard tack.

On reaching the windward mark the first three boats rounded in regimental fashion, Charles & David (3957), John & Helen (3954) and Brett & Steve (3875) forming the lead group with Nigel & Ed (3703) and Mervyn & George (3904) and the guys in 4029 battling it out close behind. By this time Richard & Howard (4011) and Mike & Ian (3427) had launched and caught up with Roger & Richard (3642) after sorting out “issues”.

Even with some slight wind shifts both the reach to the gybe mark and what turned out to be the run back to the leeward mark were sailed with kites hoisted. After reaching the leeward mark the competitors spread out with the drop in the wind. Into the third lap and the lead three boats showed their legs in the light winds. Charles & David 3957 taking the first race win ahead Brett & Steve 3875 with competition for places tight right through the pack to the finish.


Race 2

With the wind direction at least holding somewhat steady , a quick turnaround by the race fleet saw the Fifteens off again. The wind at this point was remaining favourable with some promising gusts. Most crews took a short tack from the start and then a long haul up to the windward mark. With the first two clear around the mark, the next four boats came in on different tacks to round the mark in close proximity (White Helmet style).

Again Charles & David had taken an early lead ahead of John & Helen with Nigel and Ed pushing up into the front trio with Mike & Ian 3427 showing good form.

After the first leg the wind unfortunately started to drop off for a slow beat and run, although the melee of boats at the leeward mark and the cats kept the crews on their toes. Charles & David stayed ahead with continuous battles for places through the rest of the pack. The wind then picked up slightly and on the final leg some reprieve was restored to finish off a good morning of competitive sailing with Charles & David taking a double win for the day.

For the day’s results and current series standing go to

With another packed fleet and regulars still to return from hibernation, we’er expecting continue a strong competitive field for the rest of the winter series.

Don’t forget to throw your thoughts in to discussions on various proposals for the club racing formats and please see the club blog for information and volunteer request for the dinghy show at the end of the month.




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Extreme Weather, But Fleet Gets Two Races In….!!

2015 02 Extreme Weather at Datchet


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