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The Jerwoods finish in style

 

 

2017 Gemmill Homes Flying Fifteen 55th Australian National 

Championship at Esperance Bay Yacht Club, WA 

 

 

The heat arrived in Esperance with light to moderate breeze for one final race to decide the gongs at the 2017 Gemmill Homes Australian Flying Fifteen Championship.

An early start and a windward/leeward course was set for the final showdown. The breeze fluctuated between 8 – 14 knots from N/NE with plenty of pressure puffs coming off the white sand dunes in Esperance Bay.

The start was slightly relaxed but Philippa Packer & Dean McAullay (Absolutely Ffabulous) drove off the line close to the committee boat end to get an early edge, however it was the boats at the pin who worked the left (inshore) side of the course that crossed in front for the first top mark turn.

No surprise as champions elect, Nick & Janet Jerwood (Ineffable) had their bows in front of another SoPYC boat, Greg Tonnision & Mark Lovelady (Spot the Difference). Alan Bax & Simon Childs (Fforever Young) led a bunch of the usual suspects in pursuit.

Tonnison & Lovelady stuck to the Jerwoods like glue to reduce the lead at the gate to a single boat length. Places were shuffling in the top ten as a number of small pressure puffs wafted down the course.

Tonnison & Lovelady attached the Jerwoods up the beat crossing tacks until they got the edge picking up a pressure shift to tack across their bows. At the top they managed to open out a 6 boat length lead on the Jerwoods. Ashley Smith & Adam Kingston from Sandgate YC in Queensland sailed well to move up to 3rd and local EBYC sailor David Swan (Swanny) & Matt Elliot with the bit between the teeth in (Phar Lap) 4th.

Down the second run the Jerwood machine closed the gap to 1 boat length at the gate and spectators expected the inevitable. However the other SoPYC pair, Tonnison & Lovelady were not going to let them have all the glory and the next upwind leg was an absorbing tacking dual with the lead changing hands several times.

Third and final time round the top mark and the Jerwoods had managed to snick in front once again. Swanny rode Phar Lap into third with the Queenslanders chasing.

The final gate rounding saw the battle close up again between the lead pair and more changes in the 3 – 8 positions. The final upwind leg was another absorbing encounter with the lead again swapping. Just when we thought the Jerwoods would add another bullet to their collection, Tonnison & Lovelady got the better of them in the closing stages to take the gun and move another place up the leaderboard in the process.

The British Flying Fifteen sailors Alan Bax & Simon Childs (HISC UK) crossed in 9th but discarded this result to maintain 2nd overall in the Open category. John Wilson & Matt Summers (Ffast Lane 4) finished 8th to just hold on to 3rd overall by a point from the rapidly improving David Yu & Chris Nelson (Tuffan Up) first boat from (RFBYC).

Ashley Smith & Adam Kingston (Ffast Lane) (QLD) finished their regatta with a 4th to squeeze into the top 10. David Swan & Matt Elliot (EFBC) sailed a solid regatta to finish 9th overall and first local boat.

 

 

Philippa Packer sailing with Dean McAullay (RFBYC) sailed a good regatta finishing 6th overall as first female skipper and 6 places in front of her husband Ron Packer back in 12th.

87 year old veteran Bill Shand from Victoria sailing with David Parish finished all races to finish 24th overall, not too shabby!

Karen & Russell Dawes (Eagle Eye) from SoPYC picked up the trophy for first Silver boat. (Age of boat! not colour!)

So Nick & Janet Jerwood from SoPYC win their 3rd Australian National Championship title to add to their world championship and UK National winners medals. They serve notice to the visitors travelling to the Flying Fifteen World Championships in Napier, New Zealand in February.

The regatta will be remembered for sublime sailing conditions, blue skies, turquoise waters, strong breezes, waves (err ripples in Esperance) and a social programme you would want to emigrate to WA for!

 

Provisional Standings after 8 races with 2 discards (top 6 of 41 boats)

1 AUS3986 Ineffable Nick – Jerwood / Janet Jerwood (SoPYC) 7pts

2 GBR4047 Fforever Young – Alan Bax / Simon Childs (HISC UK) 16pts

3 AUS3989 Ffast Lane 4 – John Wilson / Matthew Summers (SoPYC) 21pts

4 AUS3859 Tuffan Up – David Yu / Chris Nelson (RFBYC) 22pts

5 AUS3743 Spot the Difference – Greg Tonnison / Mark Lovelady (SoPYC) 27pts

6 AUS3775 Absolutely Ffabulous – Philippa Packer / Dean McAullay (RFBYC) 34pts

 

For full results see: http://www.sportspage.com.au

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The organising authority of the 2017 Gemmill Homes Flying Fifteen 55th Australian National Championship is Esperance Bay Yacht Club (Inc), in conjunction with Flying Fifteen International Australia (Inc).

Sponsors include Gemmill Homes, Westpac Agribusiness, Cliffs, South Coast Insurance Brokers, Southern Ports Authority, Brahma, Ferngrove and Southeast Petroleum.

by Jonny Fullerton of Grand Prix Sailing

 

Wish you were here!

 

 

2017 Gemmill Homes Flying Fifteen 55th Australian National 

Championship at Esperance Bay Yacht Club, WA 

 

 

Just another day in sailing paradise as 40 Flying Fifteens took part in day 3 of the Gemmill Homes Flying Fifteen Australian Championship in Esperance. Clear blue skies, warm temperatures and a superb day of steady breezes ranging from 15 – 20 knots and a 1m swell. Three more races using a variation of courses made for an exhausting but thoroughly enjoyable days racing.

Race 5 of the championship was called a general recall so a quick fix on the pin and away we went again. Clean this time with most of the fleet favouring the left hand side of the course. John Wilson & Matt Summers (Ffast Lane 4) pop the dayglow yellow kite in the lead followed by (Glamour Buoys) Greg Leaversuch & Peter Barblett and the familiar blue kite of Nick & Janet Jerwood (Ineffable) with another (Ffast Lane) Ashley Smith & Adam Kingston from Queensland in the mix.

On lap 2 these four boats arrive at the leeward gate in a row and two go left and two go right. The three leaders remain the same but Alan Bax & Simon Childs (Fforever Young) are rising through the ranks to challenge.

 

 

On the final triangle Wilson & Summers have around a 100m lead but its never enough with the Jerwood’s in pursuit. Around the final wing mark and a fast reach to the finish. Wilson goes high to protect height whilst the Jerwood’s sail fast and low, surging past to take the gun. Wilson & Summers settle for 2nd and a slightly fluffed gybe by the Glamour Buoys leaves the door open for Baxxy to slip past to snatch 3rd. The chasing pack became a private battle between the Royal Freshwater Bay YC boats finishing 4th – 7th.

Same glamour conditions for race 6 and another clean start. This time the Brits lead round lap 1 chased by the hungry, ex Brits (now Aussies), the Jerwood’s. The ever consistent Wilson / Summers combo from SoPYC fight for 3rd with the RFBYC pack. Although there were changes in the minor placings, the race was on to see if Bax & Childs could hold off the charging Jerwood’s. On every hoist and every gybe they seem to be just a bit slicker than the rest of the fleet so the pressure was on in every manoeuvre. On the final gybe at the wing mark, spectators expected the usual scenario but the multi championship winners from Hayling Island in the UK, used all their experience and skills to hold off the charge to finish the job and claim their first bullet of the regatta. Jerwood’s second and Wilson / Summers 3rd. Yu & Nelson (Tuffan Up) finish 4th and Chris Paterson & Ed Repsevicius (Storyteller) and excellent 5th.

The breeze was gradually getting a bit stronger with some big gusts but a third race of the day was irresistible so a weary fleet lined up one more time. There were a few left shifts this time necessitating a bit of shuffling of course marks and a slightly longer course with an upwind finish.

A cracking start at the pin by the Queenslanders Smith & Kingston and the fleet working the offshore (left) side of the course. Rounding first was the in form Brits Bax & Childs with Greg Tonnison & Mark Lovelady (Spot the Difference) on their stern and the Jerwoods breathing down their necks.

With their slick boat handling and turbo downwind speed the unstoppable Jerwoods surfed past into the lead. Tonnison & Lovelady also slip streaming past the Brits on the triangle. The last upwind work to the finish the mighty Jerwood machine extended away to take the gun and have one hand on the title. Tonnison & Lovelady just held off Bax & Childs and Philippa Packer & Dean McAullay recovered with a late surge to take 4th.

 

 

Nick & Janet sum up their day

“We were pushed very hard in all the races, its very tight, there is very little difference in all the boats, they have all been around for a while so everyone knows the settings to make them go fast so there are very small differences. Its just about how hard you work and where you position the boat on the course. Can you get off the start line and stay clear?.”

“You would struggle to wish for something better than we got today, it was great sailing, a good fleet, good courses, a full range of wind conditions, excellent competition on the race course. Even after the finish when you turn round to come back to shore you have a spinnaker reach to die for, you don’t get sailing like that anywhere its perfect!”

 

Special mention goes out to Bill Shand and his crew David Parish from Gippsland Lakes in Victoria. Bill is an 87 year old veteran of Flying Fifteen sailing and has finished every race and currently sits mid table in the championship. He builds all his own boats and trails them across the Nullarbor to compete in WA. He is a legend.

Contrasting in ages, the youngest competitors JJ Wallace (18yrs) and Sam Gardner (21yrs) from Esperance Bay YC had finished all their races but were not so fortunate today. JJ was rammed by his dad John, taking both boats out of contention and no doubt causing a family row at the dining room table over a large repair bill!

The final race of the championship takes place on Thursday morning when a slightly alarming forecast for air temperatures of 40 – 45 degrees and a wind forecast from nothing to everything and the kitchen sink! So an early start time of 1000 hrs (local) is scheduled before the fleet melts under the Western Australian sun.

Nick and Janet Jerwood for SoPYC have sailed an impeccable regatta but the remaining podium places are undecided as a second discard comes into play after 8 races are sailed so all to play for on the final day.

 

Provisional Standings after 7 races with 1 discard (top 6 of 40 boats)

1 AUS3986 Ineffable Nick – Jerwood / Janet Jerwood (SoPYC) 7pts

2 GBR4047 Fforever Young – Alan Bax / Simon Childs (HISC UK) 16pts

3 AUS3989 Ffast Lane 4 – John Wilson / Matthew Summers (SoPYC) 21pts

4 AUS3859 Tuffan Up – David Yu / Chris Nelson (RFBYC) 24pts

5 AUS3775 Absolutely Ffabulous – Philippa Packer / Dean McAullay (RFBYC) 34pts

6 AUS3743 Spot the Difference – Greg Tonnison / Mark Lovelady (SoPYC) 35pts

 

For full results see: http://sportspage.com.au/yacht_clubs/ebyc/ffnats/Flying_Fifteen_Championship.htm

There is a full schedule of social events for friends and families. More details are available from: www.ebyc.com.au and www.ffiwa.com and the Facebook site: www.facebook.com/FFIWA

The organising authority of the 2017 Gemmill Homes Flying Fifteen 55th Australian National Championship is Esperance Bay Yacht Club (Inc), in conjunction with Flying Fifteen International Australia (Inc).

Sponsors include Gemmill Homes, Westpac Agribusiness, Cliffs, South Coast Insurance Brokers, Southern Ports Authority, Brahma, Ferngrove and Southeast Petroleum.

by Jonny Fullerton of Grand Prix Sailing

 

 

A masterclass by the Jerwood’s but a new race winner 

 

 

2017 Gemmill Homes Flying Fifteen 55th Australian National 

Championship at Esperance Bay Yacht Club, WA 

Day 2 of the 2017 Gemmill Homes Flying Fifteen Australian Championships and Esperance delivered a superb warm day with cloudless skies and a very agreeable breeze ranging from 10 – 15 knots all afternoon to allow for three races to bring the regatta back on schedule.

PRO John Taylor (JT) set a short course using a new combination of sausage, sausage and triangle to finish on a fast reach. The familiar site of the blue kite of Nick & Janet Jerwood (Ineffable) popped up for the first downwind with another blue kite just behind. This time it was Greg Tonnison & Mark Lovelady (Spot the Difference) who were the chasers with another new face in the front pack, Ashley Smith & Adam Kingston (Ffast Lane) from Queensland.

On lap 3, the final triangle, the chance of an upset was on the cards, Tonnison & Lovelady snatched the lead but sure enough by the final reach the Jerwoods superior downwind speed wore them down and the SoPYC team took bullet number two of the championship. Tonnison & Lovelady settled for 2nd and John Wilson & Matt Summers (Ffast Lane 4) a solid 3rd. David Yu & Chris Nelson from RFBYC broke the SoPYC stranglehold with a creditable 4th.

Race 3 and second of the day shortly followed in similar conditions sailing the same course. The breeze did start swinging right causing a few worries for the PRO but held in strength. The Jerwoods rounded lap 1 in the lead but with a new challenger to hunt them in Greg Leaversuch & Peter Barblett (Glamour Buoys) and another new player Chris Paterson & Ed Repsevicius (Storyteller).

As per usual, places 3 – 6 saw a number of changes but Nick & Janet Jerwood were serving up a masterclass extending on every leg to take a third bullet. The bad boys, Levo & Barblett held on to second in a hope that their turbulent regatta form was changing and Paterson & Repsevicius finished on the podium for the first time.

The predicted increase in wind strength didn’t materialise but a slightly longer course was set for the final race of the day. This time the octogenarian class stalwart Nils Blumann sailing with Gary Warman got snagged up with the luckless Glamour Buoys at the pin with both doing turns of shame. The rest got away cleanly but ‘shock horror’ at the top mark, a blue kite is not the first to show! A new leader David Yu & Chris Nelson sailing Tuffan Up from RFBYC were in front of the Jerwoods. Brits Alan Bax & Simon Childs (Fforever Young) were having a more consistent day in 3rd.

Bax & Childs got in front of the Jerwoods and then relinquished their 2nd place again but Yu & Nelson remained cool headed to keep a couple of boat lengths ahead on the triangle. At last we had a new race winner but second place was still undecided until the last tack. Bax & Childs came to the finish line of starboard forcing the Jerwoods to tack and snatched second on the line. Tim Walker & Alan Sharpe (Ffollow Us) finished an excellent 4th and the ever consistent Wilson & Summers combo 5th.

 

 

 

David comments on their first bullet of the regatta:

“We had exactly the start that we wanted and that was really the story of the race, we hit the side we wanted to go and after that it was just a matter of sailing a bit conservatively and making sure we stayed ahead of the Jerwoods but the start was the real key.” 

On what seems to be making the difference in their performance Chris adds:

“We have sailed here before but we have been working on our mid range which was the key for us, we just wanted to get a bit quicker in that range of breeze and we feel like we have done that.”

So after day 2 of the regatta Nick & Janet Jerwood have a well deserved commanding lead but the next 5-6 places remain tight especially when a discard comes into play after 5 races are sailed.

With a similar forecast tomorrow, three more races are planned starting from 1100hrs (local time) before a heat wave is expected coming down the coast from Perth where day time temperatures have been in the 40’s today. So the heat is on for the penultimate day of the regatta.

 

Provisional Standings after 4 races (top 6 of 40 boats)

1 AUS3986 Ineffable Nick – Jerwood / Janet Jerwood (SoPYC) 6pts

2 AUS3989 Ffast Lane 4 – John Wilson / Matthew Summers (SoPYC) 16pts

3 AUS3859 Tuffan Up – David Yu / Chris Nelson (RFBYC) 18pts

4 GBR4047 Fforever Young – Alan Bax / Simon Childs (HISC UK) 22pts

5 AUS3743 Spot the Difference – Greg Tonnison / Mark Lovelady (SoPYC) 25pts

6 AUS3987 Ffollow Us – Tim Walker / Alan Sharpe (SoPYC) 27pts

 

For full results see: http://www.sportspage.com.au

nb: follow the links via Esperance Bay YC & ff Australian Championships

 

There is a full schedule of social events for friends and families. More details are available from: www.ebyc.com.au and www.ffiwa.com and the Facebook site: www.facebook.com/FFIWA

The organising authority of the 2017 Gemmill Homes Flying Fifteen 55th Australian National Championship is Esperance Bay Yacht Club (Inc), in conjunction with Flying Fifteen International Australia (Inc).

Sponsors include Gemmill Homes, Westpac Agribusiness, Cliffs, South Coast Insurance Brokers, Southern Ports Authority, Brahma, Ferngrove and Southeast Petroleum.

by Jonny Fullerton of Grand Prix Sailing

 

Blustery opening day of racing in Esperance 

 

 

2017 Gemmill Homes Flying Fifteen 55th Australian National 

Championship at Esperance Bay Yacht Club, WA 

 

A stunning opening days racing at the 2017 Gemmill Homes Flying Fifteen Australian Championship in Esperance. Clear blue skies and a building E/SE breeze starting from 12 – 16 knots climbing to 22 – 28 knots later in the afternoon with some good wave sets.

A windward/leeward, triangle, windward/leeward and one final upwind course proved quite a testing day for the fleet of 40 boats resulting in some wild rides, some collisions and gear breakages. However one of the most disappointed of all was Esperance local David Swan & Matt Elliot who were judged to by a nose over the start line in (Phar Lap) to be recorded OCS.

The first upwind was quite an even split with Philippa Packer & Dean McAulley sailing an ‘Absolutely Ffabulous’ first lap to head the fleet from a very tight pack including an on fire John Wilson & Matt Summers (Fast Lane 4) and previous world champions, Alan Bax & Simon Childs (Fforever Young) from the UK.

 

 

At the second top mark rounding Wilson & Summers had worked up the beat showing superior boat speed and had a glimpse of an opening but alas too close and fouled the Jerwoods resulting in penalty turns. This dropped them down to the pack downwind but to their credit they battled back into contention on the third lap.

John Wilson explains:

“We had a bit of a bad start, we had to tack away because we were buried, but we took it out to the left and had good boat speed so got up to second place at the first mark.”

Matt fills in the details in his clear Scottish accent:

On the second lap we tacked inside the Jerwood’s at the windward mark and were too close so we had to do our turns on the reach leg which put us down to about 8th place. But we were going well upwind and went a bit left and that seemed to pay so we managed to get back up to 2nd.”

 

 

The triangle consisted of two very fast reaches with some incredible surfing down the ever increasing waves. The wing mark became a busy rounding as the Flying Fifteens lived up to their name. The slick boat handling of another previous world champion pair, Nick & Janet Jerwood (Ineffable), saw them climb through the leading pack and hunt down Philippa & Dean to nearly slip inside for the overlap, but a last big wave surge enabled the RFBYC boat to maintain the lead but not for long. Philippa admitted after racing that their gybe was a bit hurried and allowed the Jerwoods a window of opportunity to attack. Behind the lead two boats the places were changing on each leg with Alan Bax & Simon Childs and John Wilson & Matt Summers always in the mix.

One last upwind to the finish and by now the breeze was up to 20+ knots with a seascape of white caps. The Jerwood’s once they got in front covered the fleet to the finish but Wilson & Summers chose to separate from the leading pack and go left gaining back lost ground to finish an excellent second. The British pairing of Bax & Childs held on for 3rd with Packer & McAullay slipping to 4th. David Yu & Chris Nelson (Tuffan Up) sailed an excellent third lap to grab 5th.

 

 

There were a number of breakages, some ripped sails, a submerged boat and some very tired sailors and with the wind gusts hitting 30 knots and white water, PRO John Taylor (JT) had little choice than to raise AP over A and send the fleet home early without a second race.

Any disappointment was soon diminished as sailors were treated to a seafood extravaganza worth the entry fee alone! hosted by local legends Sally & Casper.

Day two of racing has up to 3 races planned with an earlier start as the forecast is similar than today with a building breeze later in the afternoon. Standby for another high octane day of drama.

 

Provisional Results Day 1 (top 6 of 40 boats)

1 AUS3986 Ineffable Nick – Jerwood / Janet Jerwood (SoPYC)

2 AUS3989 Ffast Lane 4 – John Wilson / Matthew Summers (SoPYC)

3 GBR4047 Fforever Young – Alan Bax / Simon Childs (HISC UK)

4 AUS3775 Absolutely Ffabulous – Philippa Packer / Dean McAullay (RFBYC)

5 AUS3859 Tuffan Up – David Yu / Chris Nelson (SoPYC)

6 AUS3743 Spot the Difference – Greg Tonnison / Mark Lovelady (SoPYC)

 

For full results see: http://sportspage.com.au/yacht_clubs/ebyc/ffnats/Result_20170102.htm

 

There is a full schedule of social events for friends and families. More details are available from: www.ebyc.com.au and www.ffiwa.com and the Facebook site: www.facebook.com/FFIWA

The organising authority of the 2017 Gemmill Homes Flying Fifteen 55th Australian National Championship is Esperance Bay Yacht Club (Inc), in conjunction with Flying Fifteen International Australia (Inc).

Sponsors include Gemmill Homes, Westpac Agribusiness, Cliffs, South Coast Insurance Brokers, Southern Ports Authority, Brahma, Ferngrove and Southeast Petroleum.

by Jonny Fullerton of Grand Prix Sailing

 

 

Ideal conditions for pre Championship invitational race

 

 

2017 Gemmill Homes Flying Fifteen 55th Australian National 

Championship at Esperance Bay Yacht Club, WA 

 

Esperance delivered ideal conditions for a genteel introduction to the Gemmill Homes 55th Flying Fifteen Australian National Championship.

A mostly sunny day with a moderate breeze of 12 – 15 knots and relatively flat seas (according to locals, they are described as ripples!) to others they are waves!.

A slightly flustered race committee boat skipper (Kiwi) had a bad start to the day turning the start boat key to the sound of silence. After a short delay, a number of jump leads and some burly local help the committee boat was able to get out to the course for an on time start.

 

 

After one general recall, race officer John Taylor (JT) raised a U flag which seemed to do the trick with a big sag in the middle of the start line for the second go. The course was a windward/leeward followed by a triangle and an upwind to the finish providing a range of sailing angles and a number of place changes throughout the fleet.

However Nick and Janet Jerwood sailing (Ineffable) got a good start and tacked into an early lead at the top mark. The South of Perth YC sailors extended their lead on every leg to lead by a country mile by the last leg to the finish. They finished just under a minute ahead of the chasing pack.

“We got a good start and took a few shifts off the line, got ahead and managed to stay there so we were quite fortunate with a comfortable race after a good start.”  Nick Jerwood

 

 

Philippa Packer and Dean McAullay sailing (Absolutely Ffabulous) worked their way into second place with Philippa letting out a (woop) of satisfaction as they crossed the line but the fight for third was only decided in the last few tacks. Places 3 – 6 were split by 10 seconds. The (Glamour Buoys) Greg Leaversush and Peter Barblett crossed the distance of a dental floss ahead of fourth placed Greg Tonnison and Mark Lovelady (Spot the Difference) with Ron Packer and Steve Ward (Affrodisiac) finishing fifth.

Locals David Swan (Swanny) and Matt Elliot finished 8th sailing a brand new boat (Phar Lap) launched hours earlier in a christening ceremony on the EBYC lawn. Rounding off the top 10 was Alan Bax and Simon Childs from Hayling Island SC in the UK, sailing Fforever Young.

 

 

Nick Jerwood after racing at the bar:

We got down to Esperance a couple of days early to practice and the weather was quite harsh but after that we got two good days of sailing.” Apparently Janet really enjoyed some wild reaches!

“We are fairly comfortable with most breezes but obviously we might struggle against the big guys if it gets above 25kts.”

The rest of the fleet can only pray it blows!

 

 

The whole fleet enjoyed a big New Years Eve bash overlooking the tranquil waters of Esperance Bay and an early day off to recover on New Years Day. The first days racing is scheduled for a 1300hrs (local time) start on Monday 2nd January with a long range forecast of increasing winds and a bit more bumpy seas (or larger ripples as they say at EBYC)!

 

Invitational Race for the Uffa Fox Trophy

1 AUS3986 Ineffable Nick – Jerwood / Janet Jerwood (SoPYC)

2 AUS3775 Absolutely Ffabulous – Philippa Packer / Dean McAullay (RFBYC)

3 AUS3992 Glamour Buoys – Greg Leaversuch / Peter Barblett (RFBYC)

4 AUS3743 Spot the Difference – Greg Tonnison / Mark Lovelady (SoPYC)

5 AUS3619 Affrodisiac – Ron Packer / Steve Ward (RFBYC)

6 AUS3989 Ffast Lane 4 – John Wilson / Matthew Summers (SoPYC)

7 AUS3859 Tuffan Up – David Yu / Chris Nelson (SoPYC)

8 AUS4053 Phar Lap – David Swan / Matt Elliot (EBYC)

9 AUS3879 Aussie Way – Kim Peaker / Neil White (SoPYC)

10 GBR4047 Fforever Young – Alan Bax / Simon Childs (HISC UK)

 

For full results see: : http://www.sportspage.com.au/yacht_clubs/ebyc/ffnats/Result_20161231.htm

There is a full schedule of social events for friends and families. More details are available from: www.ebyc.com.au and www.ffiwa.com and the Facebook site: www.facebook.com/FFIWA

The organising authority of the 2017 Gemmill Homes Flying Fifteen 55th Australian National Championship is Esperance Bay Yacht Club (Inc), in conjunction with Flying Fifteen International Australia (Inc).

Sponsors include Gemmill Homes, Westpac Agribusiness, Cliffs, South Coast Insurance Brokers, Southern Ports Authority, Brahma, Ferngrove and Southeast Petroleum.

by Jonny Fullerton of Grand Prix Sailing

 

 

Eclectic mix of competitors head to Esperance

 

 

2017 Gemmill Homes Flying Fifteen 55th Australian National 

Championship at Esperance Bay Yacht Club 

 

Esperance Bay Yacht Club are hosting the International Flying Fifteen 55th Australian National Championships from Friday 30th December 2016 to Thursday 5th January 2017.

The popular Western Australian venue held the memorable International Flying Fifteen World Championships in 1999 and boasts aqua marine waters, good solid sea breezes and a social scene with a reputation!

41 entries include interstate competitors from Victoria and Queensland and one top team all the way from the UK. An eclectic mix of competitors include world champions, a good mix of male and female sailors and all ages ranging from 17 years to 87 years!

 

 

Former world champion Alan Bax and crew Simon Childs have come all the way from the UK to enjoy some competitive warm water sailing (no doubt in training for the Worlds in Napier, New Zealand in March 2017). But (Baxxy) will surely have his hands full with a number of strong WA teams including another former world championship pairing, Nick & Janet Jerwood and the exuberant glamour buoys, Greg Leaversuch & Peter Barblett and a mixed pairing of Philippa Packer, crewed by former world champ and current RFBYC commodore, Dean McAullay.

Other strong contenders include Ron Packer, crewed by Steve Ward, (builder of the 1983 AC winning Australia ll), former national champions, Ashley Smith & Adam Kingston from Queensland, amongst a strong continent from Royal Freshwater Bay YC and South of Perth YC.

Knowledge of the local waters will likely favour some of the local teams which are represented by a broad range of age groups from the youngest pairing of JJ Wallace (18yrs) & Sam Gardner (21yrs) all the way up to the local icon of the fleet Nils Blumann (82yrs) and his crew Gary Warman. Nils is a former FFI commodore and recipient of the Uffa Fox medal and once sailed a Flying Fifteen from Esperance to Perth, some 560 nm by sea! Also a number of the stories regarding social events seem to be linked to Nils for some reason!!

 

 

Another veteran of the FF scene is Bill Shand (a mere 87yrs) who will be driving across the Nullarbor from Melbourne to compete in his umpteenth championship.

Racing takes place in Open, Silver and Classic categories. An invitational race is scheduled for Sat 31 Dec, followed by a lay day on Sun Jan 1st to enjoy some of the local scenic delights and tastes of Esperance before racing commences on Mon 2 Jan through to  Thu 5 Jan.

There is a full schedule of social events for friends and families. More details are available from: www.ebyc.com.au and www.ffiwa.com and the Facebook site: www.facebook.com/FFIWA

The organising authority of the 2017 Gemmill Homes Flying Fifteen 55th Australian National Championship is Esperance Bay Yacht Club (Inc), in conjunction with Flying Fifteen International Australia (Inc).

Sponsors include Gemmill Homes, Agribusiness, Cliffs, South Coast Insurance Brokers, Southern Ports Authority, Brahma, Ferngrove and Southeast Petroleum.

It is guaranteed to be an event not to miss!!

by Jonny Fullerton of Grand Prix Sailing

 

 

Rob Greenhalgh repeats MS Amlin International Regatta win

 

Robert Greenhalgh holds off Dylan Fletcher  – photo © Beau Outteridge/ MS Amlin International Moth Regatta

 

 

MS Amlin International Moth Regatta in Bermuda –  Overall

 

Briton Greenhalgh does it again on final day; fends off Fletcher-Scott for championship and $5,000. Rob is a hard man to bet against when there’s money on the line. Just ask Chris Rashley or Dylan Fletcher-Scott.

For the second consecutive year, Greenhalgh came through when it mattered most and successfully defended the MS Amlin International Moth Regatta hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

“I’m satisfied with the win. It’s been hard, so I’m pleased to win,” said the 39-year-old Greenhalgh. “Last year I was never leading until the last day, but this year’s been a very different regatta. Last year the weather was more consistent, either windy or light. This year we’ve had every season in one day. It’s been very complex, been tough. I haven’t sailed perfectly, haven’t always had the right gear up. So it was good to come out today and do it. It was difficult.”

Last year Greenhalgh entered the final day trailing Rashley by 1 point. He then went out and won four races to score an 8-point victory.

This year Greenhalgh led Fletcher-Scott by 3 points at the beginning of today’s racing, and then the heavy lifting started. After the first two races Fletcher-Scott held a 1 point lead by virtue of a second discard being calculated into each skipper’s scoreline.

Fletcher-Scott, in fact, appeared on his way to overall victory in the third race, holding 2nd to Greenhalgh’s 5th at the beginning of the run to the finish. But then the wind dropped out, the race was abandoned, and Greenhalgh had new life.

“It was intense,” said the 28-year-old Fletcher-Scott. “I finished just ahead of him in the first race. He finished just ahead of me in the second race. And in the third race, which got abandoned, he was sort of 4th or 5th when I was 2nd. I was upset because if that had held I would’ve been in good stead.”

When the third race was restarted Greenhalgh employed match racing tactics and started to windward of Fletcher-Scott as both came off the pin end. They sailed out to the left side of the course with Greenhalgh blanketing Fletcher-Scott. The younger skipper tried to wriggle free to tack away, but Greenhalgh matched every move.

Greenhalgh drove the pair back in the fleet after the first lap. A poor finish would hurt Fletcher-Scott more. Beginning the second upwind leg Greenhalgh broke off to the right while Fletcher-Scott continued left. At the finish line about 15 minutes later Greenhalgh was 2nd and Fletcher-Scott 4th. That gave Greenhalgh a 1 point lead.

“In that third race we both thought it would be the last race, so it was a full on match race,” said Fletcher-Scott. “He was a little quicker than me. He did a good job covering me up the first beat and pushed me back. Then we had another race and it was who beats whom. He did better than me, he was just quicker. I was hiking as hard as I could, doing all I could. But he was able to stay in front of me and make my life really hard.”

 

 

Greenhalgh finished 3rd in the final race to Fletcher-Scott’s 5th and scored a 3-point victory. Greenhalgh won $5,000 of the $10,000 prize purse and Fletcher-Scott won $2,000.

“Dylan’s been going very well in the breeze, and a lot of sailing comes down to speed,” said Greenhalgh. “He was quick in the breeze and I was struggling. Today I sort of sorted that out. I had a different mast, foils and battens, and it was a better setup. But then it went light. It’s tricky. You can’t always get it right. But in the last two races when the breeze was up I was going well.”

David Hivey of the U.K. placed third with 34 points and won $1,500. He was followed by Ben Paton in fourth with 47 points, good for $1,000, and James McMillan in fifth with 64 points, for $500.

The 12th place finisher was reigning Moth World Champion Paul Goodison of the U.K., who finished with 117 points. His scoreline included three 1sts, four 2nds and two DNC’s at 51 points each. Goodison, the backup wing trimmer for Artemis Racing, a challenger for the 35th America’s Cup, missed the races because of practice commitments with Artemis Racing. Minus that commitment, he could’ve played a huge role in determining the overall winner.

The MS Amlin International Moth Regatta attracted a field of 50 Mothists from 10 nations. MS Amlin representative Charles Penruddocke, a Senior Class Underwriter at MS Amlin Bermuda, said the event fits MS Amlin’s goals of giving back to the Bermuda community and fostering a relationship with international competitors.

“It’s thrilling that the MS Amlin International Moth Regatta came down to the last day of racing once again,” said Penruddocke. “I’m pleased to announce that we are committed to another year of the regatta. So see you all next year.”

 

Daily highlights video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uavs3XNmfME

 

Overall Standings (Top 10 after 12 races, including two discards)

1. Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) (3)-1-(8)-3-2-3-1-2-2-3-2-3 – 22 points
2. Dylan Fletcher-Scott (GBR) (7)-4-1-1-1-2-2-(51-DNC)-1-4-4-5 – 25

3. David Hivey (GBR) (13)-6-3-4-6-1-3-(7)-3-2-5-1 – 34
4. Ben Paton (GBR) (51-DNF)-3-4-6-36.5-4-5-3 – 61.5

5. James McMillan (GBR) 6-7-(9)-5-8-7-8-6-6-7-9-4 – 64
6. Dan Ward (GBR) 8-(13)-(19)-13-5-6-7-8-5-9-6-8 – 75
7. Jonathan Heathcote (GBR) 5-11-(12)-9-7-8-6-5-10-(51-DNC)-7-7 – 75

8. Simon Hiscocks (GBR) 9-9-(10)-(12)-3-10-4-4-9-10-8-10 – 76
9. Stefano Rizzi (ITA) 4-5-5-14-4-5-11-12-(15)-8-11-(51-DNC) – 79
10. Rory Fitzpatrick (IRL) 1-2-13-8-(51-DNC)-(51-DNC)-9-9-13-12-13-12 – 92

 

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by Sean McNeill

 

Rob Greenhalgh hits the front

 

 Rob Greenhalgh – photo © Beau Outteridge/ MS Amlin International Moth Regatta

 

MS Amlin International Moth Regatta in Bermuda

 

Britain’s Rob Greenhalgh, the defending champion at the MS Amlin International Moth Regatta, overtook countryman Dylan Fletcher-Scott today for the overall lead in epic conditions on Great Sound.

Greenhalgh is the third overall leader of the regatta. Ireland’s Rory Fitzpatrick led after day 1 and Fletcher-Scott after day 2.

Four races were held today in west/northwesterly winds between 15 and 18 knots on a flat sea. After losing two of the first four scheduled days due to windy conditions, today was welcomed by one and all.

Brit Chris Jeeves, a longtime Mothist, echoed many in the fleet when he said, “I’m knackered, but it was epic racing—really good breeze, sunshine, 50 boats on the water, and racing up and down the fleet. The top guys were going at it and so was everyone else up and down the fleet. One mistake and 10 boats went past you.”

 

Paul Goodison photo © Beau Outteridge/ MS Amlin International Moth Regatta

 

The rough weather earlier in the week, however, has taken a toll on the fleet. Broken items include just about every part of the boat: masts, spreader bars, sails, flap controls, boom vangs (struts and lines), wing racks and mats. Two of the more notable breakages occurred today.

Josie Gliddon, the smallest skipper in the fleet, crashed with another competitor and capsized. She suffered a hole in her boat and the tip of the T-foil on her daggerboard delaminated in the accident. Gliddon, who’s sailed the Moth for only about one year, came to shore, put an MS Amlin sticker over the hole and swapped out the daggerfoil. Although she didn’t rejoin the racing, she returned to Hamilton Harbour for a bit of blasting around.

“I don’t have enough experience in the boat in these conditions so I have to get my confidence up,” said Gliddon.

Ian Southworth of the U.K. suffered perhaps the most unusual breakage. The wings on his rudder broke clear off while he was sailing downwind. “Surprised me,” said Southworth, who couldn’t explain what happened. “It made for an eventful ride.”

 

Stefano Rizzi – photo © Beau Outteridge/ MS Amlin International Moth Regatta

 

Even Fletcher-Scott was bit by the breakdown bug today. After finishing 1-2-2 in the first three races and controlling the regatta, a line in his boom vang system broke in the fourth race and forced him to shore.

“I’m pretty annoyed because I saw it was chafing yesterday (Tuesday),” said Fletcher-Scott. “I changed the line out before today and saw it was wearing again between the third and fourth race and thought I’ll have to change that again tonight. Then, sailing upwind in the fourth race, I came out of a tack and ‘Bang!’ It broke again.”

Fletcher-Scott said he could’ve completed the race but he reasoned that he wouldn’t have finished in the top 10. And since every competitor is allowed one discard at this point, he came in early to fix the vang.

 

 

Dylan Fletcher photo © Beau Outteridge/ MS Amlin International Moth Regatta

 

 

He was gutted because he was having a great battle with Greenhalgh. Both skippers agreed that Fletcher-Scott was slightly quicker upwind while Greenhalgh held the advantage downwind.

“It’s all subtle differences,” said Greenhalgh. “Generally, when it’s windier, I’m not quite right upwind. But we had some good ding-dongs out there.”

Principal Race Officer David Campbell-James intends to run four races again tomorrow, beginning at 1000 hours. After the next two races each competitor gets a second discard, which will tighten the leaderboard and bring the series down to the final two races.

As Greenhalgh says, “It’ll be all on tomorrow.”

 

Daily highlights video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LvFeerO2bw

 

Results after day 4 (Top 10 of 50; 8 races, 1 discard)

1. Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) 3-1-(8)-3-2-3-1-2 – 15 points

2. Dylan Fletcher-Scott (GBR) 7-4-1-1-1-2-2-(51-DNC) – 18

3. David Hivey (GBR) (13)-6-3-4-6-1-3-7 – 30

4. Stefano Rizzi (ITA) 4-5-5-(14)-4-5-11-12 – 46

5. James McMillan (GBR) 6-7-(9)-5-8-7-8-6 – 47

6. Simon Hiscocks (GBR) 9-9-10-(12)-3-10-4-4 – 49

7. Jonathan Heathcote (GBR) 5-11-(12)-9-7-8-6-5 – 51

8. Dan Ward (GBR) 8-13-(19)-13-5-6-7-8 – 60

9. Ben Paton (GBR) (51-DNF)-3-4-6-36.5-4-5-3 – 61.5

10. John Clifton (GBR) 12-8-6-10-9-9-12-(13) – 66

 

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by Sean McNeill

 

 

World Cup’s Nacra sailors react to Olympic foiling announcement

 

 

Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin at the Sailing World Cup Final © Jeff Crow / Sport the Library

 

Last month the World Sailing Council met in Barcelona, Spain, and confirmed the Nacra 17 will convert to foiling for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the only foiling class among the 10 Olympic sailing classes.

Most agree it’s a natural evolution for the sport and will be a fantastic addition for spectators. The Nacra sailors at Sailing World Cup Final Melbourne presented by Land Rover say once they’ve mastered the art of foiling it will create thrilling racing.

On the announcement, Nacra 17 Rio 2016 silver medallist Lisa Darmanin (AUS) said,

“I’m excited and a little scared. While Jase (Jason Waterhouse) is getting technical in Bermuda with the America’s Cup, my plan is to be in the gym becoming bullet proof. When we first start foiling the race course will be pretty scary at times, but come the Games it will be incredible.”

Darmanin’s helm Jason Waterhouse has the advantage of being part of the America’s Cup outfit SoftBank Team Japan who use foiling AC45s.

“The foils on the Nacra will be different to the AC but actually learning about campaign management and development has been the biggest eye opener for me, and I’ll bring that experience to our next Olympic campaign.”

 

John Gimson & Anna Burnet at the Sailing World Cup Final – photo © Jeff Crow / Sport the Library

 

Helm John Gimson and crew Anna Burnet (GBR) anticipated the switch and have been sailing a foiling Nacra 20 in Bermuda, plus Gimson spent time on an AC45 during the last Cup cycle.

“We’re really excited about it,” Gimson said while rigging up for day two of their Sailing World Cup Final attempt. “I think it’s going to be quite a full on year getting used to foiling, but I think it’s good for the long term. It’s cool for the sailors to be the only foiling Olympic class and I think it’ll open up a new world for the spectators, and bring the Olympics into the 21st Century.”

“Foiling feels pretty cool, it’s pretty fast, twitchy, and I loved it,” Burnet said of her time on the Nacra 20.

 

Olivia Mackay and Micah Wilkinson at the Sailing World Cup Final – photo © Jeff Crow / Sport the Library

 

Helm of the only team to take a win off Waterhouse and Darmanin in Melbourne so far and one of the few female Nacra 17 helms worldwide, Kiwi sailor Olivia Mackay, embraces the move to foiling. On the experience of flying above the water she says it’s really quiet and surreal, and hard to judge speed when the boat is lifted on its hydrofoils.

“I’m so excited for the class to go foiling,” Mackay said. “Forty boats foiling into the bottom gates is going to be interesting, and entertaining to watch.”

To retrofit the current generation of Nacra 17s would compromise performance according to Waterhouse, and the plan is for brand new boats to be manufactured. The talk about the yard is the new fleet will be ready in time for next year’s European Championship at Kiel, Germany, in July, but Waterhouse has some reservations that the new technology may price youth and developing nations out of the mixed gender class.

“For a kid it’s going to be harder to convince mum and dad or a federation to fund them in the Nacra, without a result to help them out. The positives are it’s a new challenge and development is part of the sport; it will be good for sailing’s image,” Waterhouse added.

Not only will the Nacra 17 will be flying in Tokyo but at the same conference in Barcelona the foiling Nacra 15 was confirmed as official equipment for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires 2018.

 

by Lisa Ratcliff in Melbourne

 

Dylan Fletcher-Scott posts double bullets to take overall lead

 

Dylan Fletcher – photo © Beau Outteridge / MS Amlin International Moth Regatta

 

 

MS Amlin International Moth Regatta in Bermuda

 

British Olympian survives battles with countrymen on day punctuated by wild weather

Dylan Fletcher-Scott, Britain’s representative in the 49er Class at last summer’s Rio Olympics, grabbed the overall lead at the MS Amlin International Moth Regatta after posting a pair of first-place finishes in the regatta hosted by Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

Fletcher-Scott, who placed 6th in the 49er Class, holds the overall lead with the low score of 13 points. “It was wicked fun. I’m really happy to come away with two bullets and to be going faster than yesterday,” said the 28-year-old who placed 7-4 in the first two races. “I’m keeping it clean and sailing smart.”

Fletcher-Scott holds a 2-point lead over Rob Greenhalgh, who last year won this event hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. Greenhalgh placed 8-3 today to go with yesterday’s 3-1. “He (Fletcher-Scott) was going well today,” said Greenhalgh. “But there’s a lot of racing to do.”

With four races complete out of a possible nine, the weather has been the biggest topic of discussion. Today began with a two-hour postponement as Principal Race Officer David Campbell-James waited for the wind strength to soften a bit. Recordings from the racecourse were showing the wind between 20 and 25 knots.

 

Ben Paton – photo © Beau Outteridge / MS Amlin International Moth Regatta

 

But when the decision finally came to send the fleet to the racecourse, a squall line moved in that bumped the wind up towards 30 knots.

“When we first started sailing it was full on, proper top-end conditions. At least 25 knots,” said Richard Mason of the U.K. who holds 37th overall. “But by the time we got to the windward mark a lot of people were low riding (off the foils). I was thinking, ‘Hang on a minute, what’s going on here?’ The wind just dropped out completely.”

Mason finished 15th in today’s first race but didn’t compete in the second because of a broken push rod that controls the flap on the t-foil on his daggerboard. “I was approaching the finish line and then crashed. These boats are too tricky sometimes.”

Italian Stefano Rizzi, who holds 6th overall with 28 points, found the conditions right at the top end if not over for the lightweight, hydrofoiling dinghy.

“When I got out there it was very windy. It must’ve been 30 knots,” Rizzi said in his Italian accent. “I came around the jury boat and started sailing upwind, but couldn’t turn downwind. Every time I tried I crashed. One moment was very scary when I got washed off the back of the wing and the boat spun around. The rudder just missed my face.”

The trailing edges of the vertical foils on the Moth are very sharp. “It could’ve been a bad situation,” said Rizzi. “But then the wind softened and I enjoyed the second race very much.”

 

Fleet on day 2  – photo © Beau Outteridge / MS Amlin International Moth Regatta

 

Fletcher-Scott enjoyed the second race, too.

“It was really close between me, Greenhalgh and Goody,” said Fletcher-Scott. “I don’t think there’s any difference between us speed-wise. We were all going very similar. Sometimes one of us was faster than others. I was just able to edge out a bit more, had little nicer starts and kept my nose ahead the whole way round.”

Fletcher-Scott is sailing a Rocket-built Moth from Aardvark Technologies in the U.K. His boat is different from the others in the fleet in that it has solid wings instead of a carbon frame with a wing mat. Rocket calls it a “solid state deck” and says the benefits are “improved aerodynamics from smoother shapes, more righting moment from higher wings and improved ergonomics.”

Fletcher-Scott said he’s testing a new sail from Lennon Sails. “It seems to be working nicely,” he said. “But we’ve only done four races so there’s a long way to go.”

After the completion of the next race, Race 5 in the series, each competitor will be allowed to discard their worst finish. That could bring Paul Goodison of the U.K. into the mix. Goodison, the reigning Moth World Champion, has a trio of 2nd place finishes along with a DNC, which counts for 52 points. He was forced to miss yesterday’s second race when Artemis Racing, a challenger for the 35th America’s Cup, went practising.

Racing tomorrow looks like it could be postponed. The weather forecast is calling for southwesterly winds 20 to 30 knots with gusts to 45 knots with the chance for showers and thunder in the morning.

 

Results after Day 2: (top ten)

1. Dylan Fletcher-Scott (GBR) 7-4-1-1 – 13pts

2. Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) 3-1-8-3 – 15pts

3. Rory Fitzpatrick (IRL) 1-2-13-8 – 24pts

4. David Hivey (GBR) 13-6-3-4 – 26pts

5. James McMillan (GBR) 6-7-9-5 – 27pts

6. Stefano Rizzi (ITA) 4-5-5-14 – 28pts

7. John Clifton (GBR) 12-8-6-10 – 36pts

8. Jonathan Heathcote (GBR) 5-11-12-9 – 37pts

9. Simon Hiscocks (GBR) 9-9-10-12 – 40pts

10. Dan Ward (GBR) 8-13-19-13 – 21pts

 

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Days video highlights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycopIx7Bxio

 

by Sean McNeill

 

 

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