Honorary membership award

At the recent Annual general meeting the members of the Club awarded Honorary membership to Fred Baker and David Rose for their outstanding contribution to the club over many years of service.

David Rose has served the club in a number of positions from commodore, secretary and most notably as treasurer. Fred served the scale section with distinction and contributed to the General Committee as the scale representative for many years.

Congratulations to both on this outstanding achievement.

DF95 Winter Series Race 1 27.11.21

Storm Arwen didn`t stop seven hardy skippers turning out for the first event of our winter
To add to the challenge, the wind direction was across the lake and gusting making it difficult
to set a decent course. We made the best of what we had, and soon found out it was not
only windy, but bitter cold also.
We managed four races with all on C rig, except Garry who was on D, before the majority
were ready to call it a day.
Chris came out on top, with Garry second on countback

 Fleetwood members finish in top 10 in 3 National Championships

It’s been a busy 5 weeks for the club with 3 National Championships run by, & raced in by our members.

First, over the late summer Bank Holiday all the IOM superstars invaded for their championship which had to be cancelled last year.  With originally a full entry of 84, 76 boats actually arrived from all over the U.K. and Sweden, Norway & Ireland. After 3 days of hard racing Rob Walsh finished a creditable 4th. Wind conditions were variable throughout the weekend. The Friday saw the competitors sailing in C or D rigs with many of the skippers experiencing a traditional Fleetwood breeze for the first time.

Then 2 weeks later it was the turn of the R/C Lasers, and although we had only 14 boats on the Saturday a great day’s racing in a beautiful sunny, windy & wavy conditions was experienced.  Sunday gave us no wind & therefore no racing.  The Championship was won by our own Shaun Holbeche, adding another National title to his collection.

Then, this last weekend, it was the turn of the DF95’s for their National.  Initially we had a full entry of 84 from all over the world but unfortunately Covid restrictions prevented the USA & AUS and some SWE entries from travelling  so we ended up with 63 actually racing.  After 3 full days of racing we had the result decided by just 0.1 of a point handing the Championship to Craig Richards from Windrush club.  r John Taylor finished a creditable 6th, the top club skipper. Alan Smith (Smiffy to his friends) won the “Percy Prize” for Perseverance.  This award is presented to the lowest placed sailor who completed all their races. As always these events don’t happen by magic, so I would like to thank all those who helped and mention Ian Hawtin who whilst helping to organise the observers for the DF95 event, bought a boat & so will be joining us racing DF95’s . (as well as his IOM, Laser, & DF65!!)

Also in between the Lasers & the DF weekends there was the RG65 Nationals at Keighley & yours truly managed 4th place sailing a borrowed boat from Mick Parkington. 

Coming up. there’s a busy month ahead.

2 Vane 36″ races   Sat 2 Oct  &  Sat 9th Oct,

Lasers  Sun 3rd Oct, Sun17th Oct, Sun 24th October

Mustangs    Sun 17th Oct

IOM’s   10th Oct & Sat 23rd Oct.


Peter Iles wins prestigious award

The Club is honoured to announce that at the IOM Nationals, Peter was presented with the inaugural Captain David Perkins Award by the Chairman of the MYA.

This new award donated by the family of David Perkins is awarded to the competitor who has displayed outstanding sportsmanship during the event. The organising committee decided to award the trophy to Peter for his outstanding efforts as support crew to the event undertaking whatever task was necessary with a smile on his face.

Schooner Sailing

Results from the first series of sailing are now available

Schooner Sailing 2021
A Class
1st John McGowan
Joint 2nd Tony Whitaker&Lionel Billington

B Class
1st John Hough
2nd Graham Ardron
3rd Steve Brown

C Class
1st Ray Baron
2nd Ian Thompson
3rd Harry Wilkinson