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
The weather conditions were a big test today as the wind gusted up to 35mph at times. All skippers selected there smaller sails because of the wind conditions. Only 4 heats were completed but to the skippers credit, only minor damage was done during todays racing. Its left some skippers having to complete some re-sails tomorrow. Overall there is no change at the top with David / Robert Bell, Martin Roberts / Bernie McNulty, Peter Whiteside and the Wyeth family all taking most of the points on offer.
Tomorrow is the final day with it all to play for.
Reportage & Photography: John Taylor