CLASSIC & VINTAGE VANE “M” CLASS WEEKEND report

Saturday 7th May

Eight yachts appeared at the starting berths on the Saturday morning. We were very pleased to meet the Large family from Norfolk, Phil and his wife with their two sons and their wives, bringing 2 yachts to sail between themselves. Phil had last visited Fleetwood Club in the 1990’s. David Mathers again travelled from Buckinghamshire and his mate, Steve, from N Yorkshire. Northern District MYA Councillor, Damian Ackroyd, from Leeds & Bradford Club and MYA Racing Secretary, Bill Green, from Bournville Club sailed together. Long time Fleetwood member, Alan Bell, again made the trip from Anglesey bringing the famous yacht, Tempest, which his parents bought for him in 1961, and the sails are all originals! Fleetwood R/C Laser Fleet enthusiast, Peter Iles had acquired and refurbished a 1970’s Stan Witty designed yacht and we were pleased to welcome him to his first ever Vane Steered event. His first race was spectacular as he flew a spinnaker and the yacht went straight down the middle of the lake, beating his opponent and receiving 2 points! John Plant and Peter Jackson had spent a few weeks refitting a Classic 1970’s yacht, but had mast step problems at the start, so borrowed Blood Axe designed Blue Peter for the Saturday racing.

Initially the wind was very light and from the east, but changed direction during the first heat to westerly, and increased in strength, so that B1 and C1 rigs were used for the rest of the day. A full round was sailed.

Results

  • 1st Damian Ackroyd & Bill Green 27 points
  • 1st Alan Bell 27 points
  • 3rd David Mathers & Steve Saunders 21 points
  • 4th Peter Whiteside 16 points
  • 5th Robert Large (Mr & Mrs) 14 points
  • 6th John Plant & Peter Jackson 13 points
  • 7th Peter Iles 12 points
  • 8th James Large & Phil Large 10 points

Damian Ackroyd and Bill Green received the Mayoral Cup “M” Class Trophy for top “Classic” yacht and Alan Bell the Walter Jones Trophy for top “Vintage” yacht.

Thanks due to Paul, Mike and Carl for acting as mates to any skippers needing help and to Eric Watkinson (Race Officer) and Martin Pritchard (Starter).

Sunday 8th May

There were again 8 yachts taking part but Damian & Bill had returned to Bournville for RA Class racing. However MYA and FMY&PBC President, Derek Priestley, had returned from full size “Soling” sailing and took command of Blue Peter, along with John Brooks. John Plant and Peter Jackson had managed to repair the yacht that broke on Saturday morning. Mr & Mrs James Large were not available so Mr & Mrs Phil Large sailed Sacrist.

The wind was lighter than the previous day so yachts were using A rigs. Initially the wind was from the west giving a beat to the paddling pool end of the lake, but later changed to the east. During the morning the wind became very light, so not many heats could be sailed. Competitors with long distances to travel home wanted an early finish, so racing stopped around 2-30 pm and results declared on the 4 completed heats.
Results

  • 1s Derek Priestley John Brooks 14 points
  • 2nd David Mathers Steve Saunders 13 points
  • 3rd Phil Large (Mr & Mrs) 11 points
  • 3rd Peter Whiteside 11 points
  • 5th John Plant & Peter Jackson 10 points
  • 6th Alan Bell 9 points
  • 7th Robert Large (Mr & Mrs) 7 points
  • 8th Peter Iles 5 points

Derek Priestley and John Brooks received the Pearson Trophy for the top “Classic” yacht and David Mathers and Steve Saunders the Hayes Trophy for top “Vintage” yacht. FMY&PBC engraved glasses were presented to the top Classic and Vintage skippers for both race days. A bottle of wine was presented to long distance travellers, the Large Family, and to David Mathers. Wine kindly donated by Alan Bell.

Thanks are due to Eric Watkinson (Race Officer) and mates Carl and Paul who again assisted those in need.

Report from Peter Whiteside & pictures by Michael Parkington.

click for PDF download of the report –inc detailed breakdown of the various Vintage M Designs sailed over the weekend.