Fleetwood MY&PBC is holding the annual weekend of Classic and Vintage Vane (or Free Sailing) “M” Class racing, on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May 2018. I am informing you earlier than usual so that you can start preparing your yacht in good time for the event.

Racing will commence at 10.30 am on the dates above. Skippers can choose to visit for either the Saturday or the Sunday, for an entry fee of £3-00 per yacht, or sail both days for the bargain price of £5-00 per yacht.

Trophies awarded will be the Walter Jones Trophy for the top “Vintage” yacht and the Mayoral Cup for the highest scoring “Classic” yacht on the Saturday, then similarly the Hayes Trophy and the Pearson Trophy for top “Vintage” and “Classic” yachts respectively, on the Sunday.

For the purpose of this event we define “Vintage” as the yachts designed from the inception of the “M” Class rule in the early 1930’s, through to the late 1960’s. During this period it was a class rule that the circumference of a 2” disc must fit between the hull and the garboard. Typical examples of these designs are “Witchcraft”, “Foxtrot” and the many Stan Witty designs such as “Manta”, etc. “Classic” covers early fin and bulb designs up to circa 1980, e.g. “Blood Axe”, “Reflection”, Bill Sykes “Sula”,etc. If in doubt whether you have a yacht conforming to either of these definitions, please contact me.

If you do not have a Classic or Vintage “M” Class as defined above, but would like to be involved in the event, please come along. We always need “Mates” to help “Skippers” and also people for starting and scoring duties.

Skippers are reminded that sometimes there is plenty of wind on the Fleetwood Lake, so it is always advisable to bring your smaller suits of sails as well as your top suits!

Sandwiches and snacks, etc., are available at kiosks situated at both ends of the lake. Tea and coffee will be available in the Clubhouse. It would be appreciated if you could please inform me by Thursday 10th May if you intend to visit on this occasion. e-mail: We normally have a de-brief for food and drink, at a local hostelry, in the evening after racing on the Saturday.

Easter Monday 65cm Pop Up

This is an early notice we are holding a DF65 & RG65 Open Meeting on Easter Bank Holiday Monday: 2nd April 2018.

Last year we competed for the mystical Fleetwood Crab, won of course by Mr Tushingham…

Who subsequently, in a clear Rule 69 violation, barbecued it..

So this year there will be a new prize 🙂

Event Schedule

• 09:45 Briefing
• 10:00 First Race
• 16:00 Last Race
• 16:30 Prize Giving

Entries can be made via the contact us link, please let us know if you intend to race RG65 or DF65. Remember we’ve also got a club DF65 if you fancy a bash.

The entry fee of £3 to be paid on the day. Free tea and coffee, please bring your own sarnies.

Entrants to date:

  • John Sharman – DF65
  • Susan Sharman – DF65
  • Bob Jolly – DF65
  • Tim Lanigan – RG65
  • Derek Preistley – RG65
  • Garry Benson – RG65
  • Tony Wilson – DF65


8 of our members took part in the first DRAGONFLITE 95 TT event at Southport on Sat. With a large entry of 33 boats racing in 2 fleets our members acquitted themselves well finishing as follows:

  • 4th Derek P
  • 9th Tim L
  • 12th Mick P
  • 14th Chris C
  • 22n Garry B
  • 24th Anna Mc
  • 26th Susan P
  • 31st Mike B

Sunday saw a much reduced compliment of Fleetwood Boats with just 3 of us in a fleet of 28 DF 65’s raced all as one fleet which made the starts & the racing overall challenging to say the least. The wind was light & all sailors but 3 were using the A+ rigs. 8 long 2.5 lap races were completed by 3pm our results as follows.

  • 2nd Derek P
  • 23rd Mick P
  • 27th Susan P

The A+ rigs really made the difference! & if you wish to race on the TT circuit they are WELL worth the £70 investment.

Full results on the dfracinguk site with great photography from Anna Mc

Also on Sunday there were 7 lasers racing on a separate course although I haven’t seen any results I do know that Shaun Holbeche from Fleetwood won & that they sailed 16 races!

The Club DF65 is ready

As you may or may not be aware we’ve been running a little project to get a Club DF65 together for new skippers, friends and family to try out. The boat, rigs, paint job, sails, electronics and transmitter muff have all been kindly donated by our members. Top effort all round.

The boat is available in the New Year via Bob Jolly our DF65 Captain. Drop Bob an email or drop us a message through the contact form.

One last thing, it needs a name, Poll is open for one week, anyone can vote, have at it:



MYA IOM National Championships 2018

Event Schedule:

Friday 24th August

11:00 – Club opens for Measurement, Registration and Practice
18:00 – Retire to The Mount for debrief etc

Saturday 25th August

08:00 – Final Measurement and Registration
09:45 – Race Officer briefing
10:00 – 1st Warning Signal
19:00 – No race will start after 19.00
19.30 – Any heat still in progress will be abandoned

HAPPY HOUR! Beers for all in clubhouse.

Sunday 26th August

09:15 – Race Officer briefing
09:30 – 1st Warning Signal
19:00 – No race will start after 19.00
19.30 – Any heat still in progress will be abandoned

PARTY NIGHT!Team racing (boats will be provided) Change of plan!

Hog Roast & the Presidents Quiz, here…

Monday 27th August

09:15 – Race Officer briefing
09:30 – 1st Warning Signal
15:30 – No RACE will start after 15.30
16.30 – Any race still in progress will be abandoned

How to enter & further information:

Confirmed Entry List @ 19.03.18

Total Entries to Date : 83
Confirmed : 59

  • Austin Guerrier, Datchet
  • Chris Chatfield, Fleetwood
  • John Sharman, Keighley
  • John Brierley, Birkenhead
  • Mike Kemp, Two Islands RYC
  • Gavin Watson, West Cornwall RSC
  • Rick Ford, Fleetwood
  • Roy Stevens, Scarborough MYC
  • Gordon Rae, Greenock MBYC
  • Bill Lees, Ayr Bay Radio Yacht Club
  • Michael Barnett, Bournville
  • Steve Taylor, Aberdeen Model Yacht Club
  • Jen Hand, Lincoln RSC
  • Peter Cropper, West Cornwall
  • Ken Binks, Eastbourne
  • David Perkins, Cambridge
  • David Adam, Three Rivers
  • Mick Chamberlain, Lincoln RSC
  • Dave Burke, Lincoln RSC
  • Darin Ballington, Manor Park RSC
  • Bob Conner, Woodspring
  • Keith Edgar, Bideford & District
  • John Owens, Aberdeen MYC
  • Lawrence Drennan, Birkenhead
  • Neil Thornton, Scarborough
  • Ian Dundas, Aberdeen
  • David Allinson, Chipstead
  • John Cleave, Ryde
  • Nigel Brown, Gosport
  • David Alston, Bournville
  • David Kerridge, Harwich & Dovercourt
  • Colin Aldred, Scarborough Model Yacht Club
  • James Edwards, Yeovil
  • Tony Edwards, Yeovil
  • Brian Summers, Tayside
  • Alan Watkinson, Birkenhead
  • Nicky Ennion, Harwich & Dovercourt
  • Richard Ennos, Levenhall
  • David Abbott, Norwich
  • Garry Benson, Fleetwood
  • Melissa Raine, Newquay RSC
  • Robert Wilson, Leicestershire RYC
  • David Stewart, Tayside
  • Scarlett Raine, Newquay RSC
  • Richard Aucott, Sedgemoor
  • David Hope, CRYC
  • Colin Walton, Manor Park
  • Graham Whalley, Manor Park
  • Pete Smith, Poole
  • Trevor Binks, Eastbourne
  • Emilio Gonzalez Oses, Birkenhead
  • Gordon Allison, Ayr Bay
  • Shaun Priestley, Fleetwood
  • Phil Holliday, Datchet
  • Tim Lanigan, Fleetwood
  • Graham Bantock, Chelmsford
  • John Taylor, Cotswold
  • Craig Raistrick, Rotherham
  • Shaun Holbeche, Fleetwood