posted on October 10, 2017
The 2017 Waples Wines sponsored series reached its conclusion at Notts County SC over the weekend of the 7th and 8th October. Notts County proved excellent hosts for this event and after 8 years without a Flying Fifteen open the popularity of this event was evidenced by the good turnout of 19 boats.
The series has proved to be very successful with the numbers of entrants up and an increased average number of boats taking part in each event. For those of you that like statistics, there were 6 events hosted by RWYC, Dovestone, Rutland, Bassenthwaite, Burton and Notts County. In all 65 boats took part and the average entry was 18. The venues all provide different characteristics from the size of the big club and water at Rutland, the tranquility of Bassenthwaite, the hustle and bustle of Windermere to the intimacy of the smaller clubs/waters of Burton, Dovestone and Notts county. Together these events compliment each other and provide a good challenge. The series has been great fun, sailed in the right spirit and this year has produced new worthy winners.
By way of reminder the series is targeted at club and open meeting sailors providing encouragement for boats to try open meeting sailing and to help develop their skills. To encourage owners of all boats the series is based on the Associations boat handicaps, so Silver and Classic boats have a time advantage against new boats. In this 70th year of the class it was fitting that on a number of occasions classic boats figured highly in the results. This years Classic winners Graham and Alistair Lamond in 617 Fettercairn managed a brilliant 7th overall in the series.
At the final open at Notts County 4 potential winners battled it out. Andy Farmer and Rebecca Ogden lead the series prior to the event however Jeremy Arnold and John Allen, Chris and Marion Bowen and the team of Andy and Tom Goddard were all in with a shout. The testing conditions over the two days provided a good test and over the 6 races (two discards) the home team of Arnold and Allen just managed to beat Farmer and Ogden also from the host club. Third overall were Chris and Marion Bowen from Northampton SC. Only 3 points in the end separated these three boats.
The series in 2017 has proved very successful and thanks must go to Justin Waples of Waples Wines for his valuable help and support that enables the series to flourish. The series would not be possible without the continuing support from the host clubs and their Flying Fifteen fleet class captains.
The full Sailwave results are shown below however the key places were as follows;
1st 3936 Jeremy Arnold/John Allen Notts County
2nd 3465 Andy Farmer/Rebecca Ogden Notts County
3rd 4013 Chris and Marion Bowen Northampton
7th and first Classic 617 Graham and Alistair Lamond Ripon
14th and first Silver 3379 Gary Butler/Paul McCarthy Burton