The Notts County Sailing Club Flying 15 open took place at the weekend. The event is part of the Northern circuit sponsored by Waples wines. There were 21 entries with visitors from Dovestone, Northampton, Ripon, Draycott, Bassenthwaite, Notts County and Datchet amongst others.
John Marshall the Race Officer got the racing off to a clean start about 15 minutes late and two races where held back to back, then there was a break and a final race of the day, followed by a Pauline Roast and Sweet in the evening. The weather was cold, between 4 and 6’C, quite a shock when it was 22’c only 2 weeks ago and though the wind averaged 12 knots it peaked at 20 knots.(force 4 to 5), and Andy McKee revelled in the conditions with crew Rich Jones, winning every race on Saturday often by a good margin they were followed by Chris and Marion Bowen from Northampton who were second after three races and Andy & Tom Goddard from Dovestone third. The first Notts County boat being Jeremy Arnold, with Paul Ogden and Ross Ryan following on equal points. Will Gardner would almost certainly be higher if he hadn’t decided it wasn’t cold enough out of the water and promptly broached near the camera (this sounds familiar) and unfortunately fell in, see photos! (sorry Will it was to good not to go in – hope you have warmed up.
Sunday was a little more tame, with sunshine and a good breeze for the first race where David McKee and his son Andy were close together throughout the race, David in his new boat launched that morning won by a narrow margin, and his son Andy won the final race. The second race was a little more lively at the start as a storm came through, swinging the wind, then the wind reduced to a light breeze, only for another storm shower to come through as the race ended. Chris and Marion Bowen from Northampton were third in the final race, giving them second overall and Mike Preston and Paul Reid from SFYC were third overall after some consistent results.
1stAndy McKee and Rich Jones, Dovestone SC
2ndChis & Marion Bowen, Northampton SC
3rdMike Preston and Paul Reid, SFYV
4thJeremy Arnold and Andy Stewart, Notts County SC
5thAndy & Tom Goddard, Dovestone.
Some Photos below: