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
- Bacon butties.
- Blue sky.
- Funky wind.
- John T for the win.
- Chris H and Liz T Top Totters.
- 5 Super Tombola winners.
- The Mount.
Pictures: Michael Parkington.
Pictures: Bob Jolly.
(Ice Cold) Champagne Sailing!
- More bacon butties.
- Moody blue sky.
- Wind down the lake (ish).
- One race windy wipeout extravaganza!
- Another win for Johnny T
- Liz T and Mick ‘the cracks, the cracks!’ Chamberlain… Top Totters.
- 5 more Super Tombola winners.
Pictures: Anna McKone.
- Uncle Derek & Auntie Maureen
- Bob & Elaine Jolly
- Judith Baldwin
- Mike Weston (funny guy)
- rcyachts, Soch Sails
First off, well done Mr Parkington, 8 points from 8 races, you smashed it lad. Secondly the wind was crap.
- 1st Michael Parkington
- 2nd John Brierley
- 3rd Tim Long
- 4th Tim Lanigan
- 5th Chris Chatfield
- 6th Garry Benson
- 7th Sue Parkington
- 8th John Plant
- 9th David Foster
- 10th Bob Jolly
Competitors from Gosport, Hampton Court, Leeds & Bradford, Llandudno and the the host club, Fleetwood Model Yacht & Power Boat Club took part in the Model Yachting Association’s National Championships for vane-steered “Marblehead” Class yachts, over the weekend 28th & 29th October, at Fleetwood Model Yacht Lake on Laidleys Walk.
There was lots of silverware up for grabs. Highest placed competitors on the Saturday were Robert and Alan Bell sailing for Fleetwood, and received the Northern District Championship Trophy. The following day Edward Greenwood and Bob Jolly from Fleetwood Club were top scorers and received the Clapham Cup. They also received the Model Maker Trophy for the highest placed competitors who were not previous National Championship winners. The National Championship winners were decided by totalling the scores for the two days of racing. This gave a tie between Robert and Alan Bell on equal points with Peter Whiteside and Tony Wilson, also of the Fleetwood Club. After a sail-off, Alan and Robert were the winners and received the National Championship Trophy plus the Commodore’s Cup. Highest placed Vintage yacht was sailed by Alan Oxlade of Gosport Club.
Tony’s report on Yachts & Yachting
Article on the Blackpool Gazette
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
Saturday – Dragonforce 65 Open
11 skippers turned out for the DF65’s to be greeted by a dubious wind coming over the sand dunes.
Despite the efforts of club members (notably Eddie Greenwood and Bob Jolly and their incredible jellyfish trawl net) we did suffer from a bad case of the jellies. I suppose it the same for everyone but annoying none the less.
Well done to John Plant for winning the day (with v2 boat and original sails)
Sunday – Dragonflite 95 Open
Firstly, a special mention to those who made the smooth completion of sixteen highly competitive races possible: Tim Lanigan for his excellent course setting in a shifting A rig breeze which varied from NNW right through to WNW. Peter Jackson for calculating the hand written results which enabled various competitors, (especially Brian Holland from Abersoch), getting on the road home in good time.
The breeze and the sunshine provided ‘Champagne Sailing’ the problem being that Champagne is normally accompanied with oysters and not the Genus Aurelia ie the Moon Jellyfish! This, of course, had its influence on more than one occasion, although the final positions still proved that the cream rises to the top.
Congratulations to John Sharman on a well deserved victory and it was really good to see Eric and Russell back amongst us after their recent sabbaticals.
I hope to see you on the water on the 14/15th of October at the Dragon TT Weekend at Weecher’s Reservoir, Keighley and Saturday the 21st at Fleetwood for the first of our Autumn Series.
Garry Benson / DF95 Club Captain