News: Flying Fifteens

Flying Fifteen Open Meeting

Grafham Water SC FF15 Open 8/9 June 2019 Saturday’s forecast on Thursday of 40+ gusts certainly dampened down the entry but on the day the wind had moderated to 22mph with 30+ gusts. After a mutually agreed delay of 30 minutes the afternoon racing was set on a sausage/triangle/sausage course. The first race got underway […]

Flying Fifteen Dinner 2019

The annual Flying Fifteen fleet dinner and prize giving took place on Saturday 6th April in the top deck bar. Fleet captain Barry Wyatt officiated and thanked Lisa and her team for an excellent buffet. Allen Cave needed a wheelbarrow to carry off the 10 trophies that he and crew Ashley Painter won in 2018, […]

Flying Fifteen Inland Championships, June 9-10 2018

Championship Winners Graham Vials & Chris Turner Flying 15 Inlands Championships and World Qualifiers 2018 The 2018 Flying Fifteen Inland Championships were sailed on the weekend of June 9th-10th at Grafham Water Sailing Club.  The event was designated a qualifier for the next World Championships, to be held at the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire […]

Brian Thake 1931-2018 (Updated with donation details)

It is with great sadness that I bring you the news that Brian Thake has passed away, a few days short of his 87th birthday. He had been ill for some time, and unable to sail for the past few years. However, his great enthusiasm for getting afloat stayed with him throughout much of his […]

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 […]