News: Flying Fifteens

FF Newsletter: July 14th, 2017

Editorial The long interval since the previous newsletter can be explained, at least in part, by the fact that we’ve moved house: somewhat inevitably, this led to a temporary change in priorities and sailing has been somewhat intermittent. However, Denise has just announced (for about the 15th time) that she’s happy with the state of […]

Flying Fifteen Fleet Newsletter – April 17th

Easter Salver The first Fleet ‘special’ of 2017 was sailed in a fresh breeze on Easter Sunday. After the unseasonably balmy conditions of previous weeks, things felt a bit chilly, but the five crews who showed up faced the prospect of serious exercise which soon got the circulation going. I didn’t compete (my crew was unfortunately ‘indisposed’) so […]

FF Fleet Newsletter – 10th April, 2017

Fleet Dinner We enjoyed a well-attended and sociable Fleet Dinner on the evening of April 1st. After Lisa’s customary spread, our Guest of Honour (Commodore John Aston) reported on recent happenings and planned developments in the club, both on and off the water: Tim O’Brien reflected on the strengths of the fleet and some notable sailing […]

Flying Fifteen Fleet News, February 3rd

From our own Correspondent Herpetile Hibbert (a close relative of Crocodile Dundee) sends greetings from the antipodes, where he stumbled across the Australian equivalent of Fawlty Towers (see illustration). We understand that Freda drew the line at the prospect of a night chez Bob! Jim regrets missing the glorious sailing we’ve been enjoying throughout January […]

Flying Fifteen Newsletter, January 16th, 2017

Happy New Year to all (both?!) our readers So far, the weekend weather has been un-cooperative in tempting the hordes of frustrated Fifteen crews to abandon their firesides and take to the lake. Three of us took the plunge on January 8th – but that was only because we’d been designated race team. Normally, we’d […]

Flying Fifteen Newsletter: December 12th, 2016

Christmas Greetings! It’s been a while since the last Newsletter – though most of you will, hopefully, have received Tim’s rather more reliable communications throughout the autumn and early winter and will therefore be up to speed with recent happenings, both at Grafham and further afield in the Flying Fifteen fleet. One reason for my […]

FF Autumn Blog

Editorial Personal circumstances have meant that it’s been a while since the last of these fleet blogs appeared. My wife Denise unfortunately contracted a mystery infection while Katy and I were sailing at Poole and, since my return, I’ve taken on the more-or-less full-time job of carer. That statement glosses over my domestic incompetence, which […]

Flying Fifteen Newsletter: 1st August, 2016

Sailing Gallery It was RIB duty for me and Jim Hibbert on Sunday. As a result, I was faced with a number of extra-curricular responsibilities – such as bemoaning the state of the Labour Party and wrapping the occasional line round the propellor: these meant that I was unable to pay my customary attention to the racing. I […]

Flying Fifteen Fleet Newsletter – July 29th

Homage au petit Admiral! At regular intervals,those of us that John Clifton has successfully ‘persuaded’, over the years, to join him on his cruiser ‘Jean Clair‘ meet up to relive the old times and to remember ‘deeds long since forgot’ (Tennyson, should you be wondering!) And so it was that the customary crowd gathered in the […]