Fleetwood Lasers Autumn Series 2018
RC Laser Report for 2017-18 Season.
Five Fleetwood yachts entered the Model Yachting AssociationNational Vane “A” Class Championship held at Gosport in Hampshire.The yacht “Loki”, sailed by Fleetwood members, David and Alan Bell, finished in second place overall and received the Wing & WingCup for winning the most downwind legs. In third place wereFleetwood members, Graham Butler and Keith Wiseman, sailing theyacht “Dignity” and received the Little Portugal Cup for being thehighest placed contestants who had not previously won this Championship event.
The Fleetwood “A” Team consisting of David, Alan, Robert andMargaret Bell, Peter Whiteside and Eddie Greenwood won the teamevent and received the Neptune Trophy. Peter Whiteside won theVeteran Skipper’s Trophy. The Fleetwood “A” Team yachts were alldesigned by Fleetwood member, John Simpson, who also designed theyacht “Yell O Pearl”, the National Championship winner, sailed by Martin Roberts and Bernie McNulty of the Birkenhead Club. The yachts in this competition were around 7 to 8 feet longand about 9 feet tall, not controlled by radio, and representedeight UK and one Dutch Clubs.
Peter Whiteside, Vane-steered Fleet Captain
Pictures: Michael Parkington.
Pictures: Bob Jolly.
(Ice Cold) Champagne Sailing!
Pictures: Anna McKone.
First off, well done Mr Parkington, 8 points from 8 races, you smashed it lad. Secondly the wind was crap.
An unwelcome guest to the Squadron was ‘Brian’ a building storm force wind and, more consequential, the horizontal rain which resulted in even the five never-say-die skippers calling it a day and retreating to the welcome shelter of the clubhouse.
The first two races around a course kindly set by Tim L were completed sporting B rigs and as ‘Brian’ became more of a factor a break and a change to C rigs was a no-brainer. The remaining two races were a matter of survival with yours truly suffering perhaps the only ‘Jelly Attacks’ of the day! On the plus side Chris C successfully tested his repaired leaking hull and there were no breakages which, considering the conditions is a testament to the design and development of the 95.
Congrats to Tim L on yet another set of firsts and many thanks to Peter Jackson who acted as RO.
DragonFlite 95 Club Captain