What an excellent weekend of competitive sailing, Rutland Flying 15 fleet were delighted to welcome 8 boats from as far away as Scotland and Lake Windermere to its Open meeting. The weather didn’t disappoint with beautiful blue skies, wind of varying strength.
On Saturday we sailed down the west creak, with three races back to back. The wind was variable with a lot of positions changing up the beat. At the end of the first day David McKee and Mal Hartland were leading with 4 points followed by Andy Farmer and Rebecca Ogden with 9 points and Chris and Marion Bowen with 12 points, followed closely by Bruce and Andrew Bonar from Rutland with 14 points.
After sailing we all enjoyed Pims, followed by a curry and birthday cake to celebrate 70 years of the flying 15. We then enjoyed a game of sailing beetle, for the uninitiated you through a dice and build your boat, different numbers being different parts of your boat, first to build your boat wins the round.
Sunday dawned with blue skies again and John Fothergil our experienced race officer took us down towards Sykes Lane to try and find more constant wind. He found the wind but there were still plenty of wind shifts. We sailed three further races with the wind increasing with each race finishing off blowing around 12 knots. The racing was not without incident, Nick and Pete damaged their mast and had to retire, Pat and Triff broke their spinnaker line so raced without a spinnaker (much to Pats delight), the fleet got black flagged for being too enthusiastic, and we played sail round the moving buoy as it had to be dragged back into position.
The Results were as follows;
1 4005 David Mckee and Mal Hartland Dovestone 5
2 3465 Andy Farmer and Rebecca Ogden Notts County 11
3 4013 Chris and Marion Bowen Northampton 12
4 3631 Chris wright and Nicki Hooper Rutland 21
5 3865 Nick Clarke and Pete Ashworth Rutland 26
6 3903 Keith Jamieson and Patrick Condy RWYC 35
7 3535 A Spencer and A George Burton 37
8 3886 Bruce and Andrew Bonar Rutland 42
9 617 Graham and Alistair Lamond Ripon 42
10 3795 Bob Cartwright and Julian Smith Newport 42
11 3959 Richard and Pat Trifitt Rutland 43
12 3426 Alistair Johnstone and Adam Kirby ASC 55
13 3944 Alistair Scammell and Laura Joynes Rutland 64