27 Sept – 30 Sept Carrs Land Rover Flying Fifteen National Championships (FF15)
Friday 29 Sept Class Dinner (Barbeque supported by the RCYC)
Saturday 30 Sept Prize giving (Water Sports Centre) immediately after sailing
** Meanderers – every Thursday meet at 10.00am **
** Ladies Keep Fit – Wednesday 10.30 – 11.30am **
** Bridge every Thursday from 5th October 2.00pm **
Monday 2 Oct Rotary Dinner and Meeting Upper Deck
Thursday 5 Oct Private Party – Oak Room – Midday
Friday 6 Oct Talk – Bristol S&R Helicopter – 8.00pm
Saturday 7 Oct Diners
Wednesday 11 Oct Special General Meeting 6.30pm
Friday 13 Oct DNW Valuation Event 10.00am – 2.00pm – Oak Room
Sunday 15 Oct Sunday Carvery
Wednesday 18 Oct Quiz Night – 7.00pm
Thursday 19 Oct Bridge 2.00pm
Friday 20 Oct Talk – David Pollard – Cutty Sark – 8.00pm
Saturday 21 Oct Trafalgar Night Dinner – 7.30pm
Friday 27 Oct RCYC prize giving
Race Results – Joint Pursuit
1st – Len Trenoweth – Gap Year
2nd – Stuart Sawyer- Audrey
3rd – Mandy Owens – Aurora
Full results here
Talk – Search and Rescue Helicopter Service
This is the last reminder for getting your name down on the list for the first talk to be given by Captain Mark Coupland who is the Deputy SAR Flight Ops Manager and Chief Pilot of SAR S92 over at St Mawgan, Newquay. This is sure to be a good evening and a splendid start to the talk season.
Don’t forget there is no charge for the talk so bring along a friend and introduce them to the Club. Supper is served from 6.30pm and the talk commences at 8pm sharp. Sign up now.
Date of Prize Giving
Because the original date of the prize-giving clashes with the Special General Meeting, it has been decided to move the date to 27th October.
YOT GROT – 18th November 10am
With October just around the corner and members thoughts of boats coming out of the water please remember that in November the Club will be holding its Annual YOT GROT. Please put all your unwanted bits and pieces in a safe place for the Club so that we can raise some much needed money for the Commodores’ Charities. This is one of the main fundraisers each year. If the weather turns in, perhaps some members would be willing to turn their hands to making jams and chutneys to sell. These are always a sell out!
Further reminders will follow but please put this date in your diaries.
2017 CARRS Land Rover Flying Fifteen National Championships – Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, Falmouth 27 – 30 September
After a lost day of racing due to high winds and driving rain yesterday, The CARRS Land Rover Flying Fifteen National Championship got underway today with some ideal sailing conditions, light to moderate breezes with a dose of Cornish sunshine thrown in for good measure.
51 competitors from all corners of the UK, including one all the way from Perth, Australia, set out for 3 back to back races in Falmouth Bay. PRO Peter Sexton set a course of one windward/leeward lap followed by a triangle lap to allow the Flying Fifteen to race on all points of sailing.
All three starts were clean showing some caution by the fleet to avoid picking up any early high scores. Although there were some small shifts around the race track and a bit of current on the inshore side of the course, the upwind and downwind runs were quite an even spread proving the race course was not heavily favoured either side.
Race 1 started in 8 – 12 knots of Southerly breeze, the early leaders were David Tabb and Chewey Sherrell from Parkstone YC in Poole, from Simon Kneller and David Lucas from Grafham Water SC. However, the current UK National Champions, Jeremy Davy and Martin Huett from Draycote Water SC, worked their way to the front with good speed on the downwind legs to take the first winning gun of the championship with Tabb/Sherrell settling for second and the P&B Race Team of Andrew Farmer and Steve Greham, an excellent third. The whole fleet finished in just under an hour of racing with only 1 retirement due to gear failure.
PRO Peter Sexton didn’t hang around getting race 2 started. Another clean start and another split upwind. This time it was Adrian Tattersall and Richard Popper from Parkstone YC, leading the way around lap 1 closely pursued by the Anglo/Irish team helmed by Charles Apthorp from Hayling Island SC and crewed by Alan Green from National YC in Dublin. By the gate rounding, Apthorp/Green had taken the lead but another Parkstone YC boat, Crispin Read-Wilson and Steve Brown were challenging. The Anglo/Irish team held on to the lead on the triangle leg to score their first win of the championship but Davy/Huett again closed on the runs to record second with Read-Wilson/Brown a solid third place.
For the third race of the day, the breeze just increased a shade to 11 – 13 knots and a few waves started to make the downwind legs a bit more interesting. Still ideal conditions for the Flying Fifteens to get up on the plane.
Another clean start and a good one for the current world champions Steve Goacher and Tim Harper from Royal Windermere YC. They led around all marks of the course extending their lead on the second lap to win quite comfortably from Richard Lovering and Matt Alvarado from Hayling Island SC. Chipping away to move up from fifth to third was Apthorp/Green but this time Davy/Huett had to work much harder sailing from deep in the teens at the first windward mark to recover to 7th by the finish.
Jeremy Davy came ashore satisfied with his first day’s racing: “We were quite pleased with our day, we had to work really hard for the 7th in the last race, we started quite badly and were well down at the first mark, so in many ways that was our best race. But it was a beautiful day, fabulous conditions, there were some shifts to make it interesting, but nothing too dramatic, so you had to work hard, some good waves, great sailing downwind, the reaches were hard work but there were lots of places to be made on the runs.”
“In the last race we had some good legs downhill, we seem to be quick downwind today, that is probably where we made most gains, there were some fairly big waves so it was easy to hit a wave badly, so we were trying to look out for them. But it was a good first day and what a fabulous venue!”.
Overall after the first day of racing, Apthorp/Green hold a two point lead with their consistency paying dividends. Davy/Huett are second with Goacher/Harper moving up to 3rd to stay in contention.
Charles Apthorp comments on his consistent first day: “Great conditions, the line was very well set and the course was in good shape, it was difficult to see where the advantage was on either side of the course so as long as you got a clean lane and sailed the boat quite fast, there was only about 5 degrees of wind shift so it was just a case of not trying to do anything too complicated.”
Best Classic boat of the day was Bobby Salmond and David Hall sailing the wooden Flying Fifteen number 627.
Throughout the day there were only about 4 retirements due to a few breakages. One boat did have to return ashore due to a fairly heavy battle scar from a collision before the start of the final race of the day. Some weary but typically happy sailors returned for some local ale and traditional Cornish pasties served up at the Royal Cornwall YC. At the daily prize giving, special mention was made of a few sailors who performed above and beyond. Amongst them, the long distance visitors John Hassen and Bruce Barnard from South of Perth YC in Western Australia were singled out for some extensive trawling at the gate mark without the required Cornish fishing license! The local fisherman are very protective about their catch and using a spinnaker as a net is heavily frowned upon!
The schedule for Friday is for three more races with an earliest warning signal at 1200 midday. The forecast is for similar breezes but from a more Westerly direction.
IRC Open Meeting
The second Challenge Cup “Open Meeting” for IRC rated yachts was held on 17th September with some keen competition. The event was sponsored by Ancasta and was the final event of the Club Season. Competitors were greeted with sunshine after the heavy rain of Saturday but the wind was on the light side. In Class 1, 9 boats entered and alongside the regular fleet, it was great to see Inn Spirit, Simon Copperwaits Humphreys 36 and Andy Dennis Orijin J105 on the start line.
In the first of three scheduled races a windward leeward course was set and four boats closely fought up the beat and Black Dog J122 (Stuart Sawyer) rounded the first mark closely followed by Insatiable Farr 30 (Tim Cunliffe) Jackdaw J39 (Bob Warren) and then Juno J109 (Jamie Walker). On the first run, Black Dog and Insatiable could not be separated and this continued for the three rounds of the course. At the finish, Insatiable just crossed the line first. In the second race, the wind started to die resulting in drifting conditions. However, Insatiable, Vindscreen Viper Viper 640 (Duncan Adams) and Juno persisted and alongside Emoji J80 (David Hollingsworth) sailing with his children aboard were the only 4 boats to finish.
In Class 2, there was 7 entries, including 3 Sigma 33’s, Excelle, Jambo and Brightwork. After a closely fought start and first beat with Encore Laser 28 (D.Cunliffe) going to the left and Excelle (John Fox & Toby Claridge) going to the right. Encore got to the windward mark first closely followed by Excelle. The battle continued for the next two rounds, but it was Encore, which crossed the line first with sufficient time on handicap to beat Excelle and FuXache X79 (Robin Edwards). In the second race it was even closer on the first beat between the seven starters. On the second round the wind died and five yachts were stationery a frustrating 200 hundred yards from the turning mark and the race had to be abandoned.
This event was the second IRC yachts “Open Meeting” of the Year and it was great to see a strong turn out. It was just a pity the wind didn’t hold for this one.
The competitors returned to the club where a free bar was laid on courtesy of Ancasta and an excellent curry supper followed by the prize giving.
The Yacht Club will strongly promote these events next year, which offers top class racing in the Port for the competitive fleet. The race management was excellent and thanks to the Race officer Chris Davis and the race management team.
OVERALL RESULTS: Class 1 1st Insatiable 2nd Vindscreen Viper 3rd Juno Class 2 1st Encore 2nd Excelle 3rd Fuxache
Cancer Research Zip Wire Challenge
A very long time ago, I somewhat foolishly completed a magazine questionnaire telling me what my life expectancy was – it was 83. In May of 2017 I reached that magic age and I thought, “Right, now what?” The totally unexpected answer came within a few weeks. “Cancer, rare, inoperable, insufficient data to offer treatment.” Weird or what? Because we have a good quality of life I have been advised by the Medics to forget everything and simply enjoy each day at a time, which, with the whole family’s blessing is what we try to do. I intend reaching my 84th if it kills me!
I resolved to raise money and almost on the spur of the moment, chose to do a sponsored Zip Wire Ride. I usually do things the wrong way round and (in case I chickened out) did the ride before getting any sponsors, Peter, bless him kept me company and you can see the proof by visiting JUMPOFFACLIFF.co.uk and entering 1813743125 and 1813598533 for the two videos.
I freely admit to being shameless in approaching any and everyone I can if it means helping to find a cure, BUT I do not expect everyone to respond because we all have our favourite charities and we are all bombarded with requests from many worthy causes. Of course any help you may wish to offer will be most gratefully received.
Please respect your fellow members by not taking magazines from the Oak Room if they are marked “Please do not remove. Reserved for….” These magazines were bid for by a member at the AGM and are held for them until the new magazine has arrived.