Ends in Salad

What a great year… plenty of big events, club racing, lots of laughs and Eddie Greenwood’s epic struggle against the dreaded weed which tormented our keels all year.

And now we look forward to the DF Squadron, Lasers, Schooners, IOM Opens, DF Opens and MYA National Championships in three of our finest classes. 2017 is shaping up nicely.


Mark your calendars, the big un’s are coming:

  • MYA M Nationals – 7th/8th/9th July
  • MYA 10R Nationals – 10th/11th July
  • VANE A Class Nationals Week – 30th July > 4th August

Look for news about these exciting events here:

Vane A Class – Jack Roberts Trophy

Thanks to Tony Wilson for footage and reports.

Jack Roberts Trophy Results:

1. David Bell, 21pts
2. Damian Akroyd, 15pts
3. Peter Whiteside, 14pts
4. Eddie Greenwood, 6pts


Northern District Championship Results:

1 Damian Akroyd, 12pts
2 Eddie Greenwood, 7pts
3 Peter Whiteside, 5pts
4 David Geldard, 3pts

Commodore Cup Results: (combined for the weekend)

1 Damian Akroyd
2 David Bell
3 Peter Whiteside
4 Eddie Greenwood
5 David Geldard

Northern District Champs Report on Yachts & Yachting


Saturday 7th May

Eight yachts appeared at the starting berths on the Saturday morning. We were very pleased to meet the Large family from Norfolk, Phil and his wife with their two sons and their wives, bringing 2 yachts to sail between themselves. Phil had last visited Fleetwood Club in the 1990’s. David Mathers again travelled from Buckinghamshire and his mate, Steve, from N Yorkshire. Northern District MYA Councillor, Damian Ackroyd, from Leeds & Bradford Club and MYA Racing Secretary, Bill Green, from Bournville Club sailed together. Long time Fleetwood member, Alan Bell, again made the trip from Anglesey bringing the famous yacht, Tempest, which his parents bought for him in 1961, and the sails are all originals! Fleetwood R/C Laser Fleet enthusiast, Peter Iles had acquired and refurbished a 1970’s Stan Witty designed yacht and we were pleased to welcome him to his first ever Vane Steered event. His first race was spectacular as he flew a spinnaker and the yacht went straight down the middle of the lake, beating his opponent and receiving 2 points! John Plant and Peter Jackson had spent a few weeks refitting a Classic 1970’s yacht, but had mast step problems at the start, so borrowed Blood Axe designed Blue Peter for the Saturday racing.

Initially the wind was very light and from the east, but changed direction during the first heat to westerly, and increased in strength, so that B1 and C1 rigs were used for the rest of the day. A full round was sailed.


  • 1st Damian Ackroyd & Bill Green 27 points
  • 1st Alan Bell 27 points
  • 3rd David Mathers & Steve Saunders 21 points
  • 4th Peter Whiteside 16 points
  • 5th Robert Large (Mr & Mrs) 14 points
  • 6th John Plant & Peter Jackson 13 points
  • 7th Peter Iles 12 points
  • 8th James Large & Phil Large 10 points

Damian Ackroyd and Bill Green received the Mayoral Cup “M” Class Trophy for top “Classic” yacht and Alan Bell the Walter Jones Trophy for top “Vintage” yacht.

Thanks due to Paul, Mike and Carl for acting as mates to any skippers needing help and to Eric Watkinson (Race Officer) and Martin Pritchard (Starter).

Sunday 8th May

There were again 8 yachts taking part but Damian & Bill had returned to Bournville for RA Class racing. However MYA and FMY&PBC President, Derek Priestley, had returned from full size “Soling” sailing and took command of Blue Peter, along with John Brooks. John Plant and Peter Jackson had managed to repair the yacht that broke on Saturday morning. Mr & Mrs James Large were not available so Mr & Mrs Phil Large sailed Sacrist.

The wind was lighter than the previous day so yachts were using A rigs. Initially the wind was from the west giving a beat to the paddling pool end of the lake, but later changed to the east. During the morning the wind became very light, so not many heats could be sailed. Competitors with long distances to travel home wanted an early finish, so racing stopped around 2-30 pm and results declared on the 4 completed heats.

  • 1s Derek Priestley John Brooks 14 points
  • 2nd David Mathers Steve Saunders 13 points
  • 3rd Phil Large (Mr & Mrs) 11 points
  • 3rd Peter Whiteside 11 points
  • 5th John Plant & Peter Jackson 10 points
  • 6th Alan Bell 9 points
  • 7th Robert Large (Mr & Mrs) 7 points
  • 8th Peter Iles 5 points

Derek Priestley and John Brooks received the Pearson Trophy for the top “Classic” yacht and David Mathers and Steve Saunders the Hayes Trophy for top “Vintage” yacht. FMY&PBC engraved glasses were presented to the top Classic and Vintage skippers for both race days. A bottle of wine was presented to long distance travellers, the Large Family, and to David Mathers. Wine kindly donated by Alan Bell.

Thanks are due to Eric Watkinson (Race Officer) and mates Carl and Paul who again assisted those in need.

Report from Peter Whiteside & pictures by Michael Parkington.

click for PDF download of the report –inc detailed breakdown of the various Vintage M Designs sailed over the weekend.

Classic and Vintage Vane “M” Weekend

In from Michael Parkington – a wonderful gallery of images documenting the Vintage Vane Marblehead weekend held 7th & 8th of March @ Fleetwood MYPBC. Check out Mike’s Flickr Gallery for the higher resolution photographs. We’re hoping to get the results posted up soon but it certainly looks like a great weekend of vintage sailing was had by all.

Classic and Vintage Vane “M” Class Weekend

Fleetwood MY&PBC is holding the annual weekend of Classic and Vintage Vane (or Free Sailing) “M” Class racing, on Saturday and Sunday 7th & 8th May 2016.

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”, etc. If in doubt whether you have a yacht conforming to either of these definitions, please contact Peter Whiteside…

  • e-mail: peterwhiteside@talktalk.net
  • Tel: 01253 778219

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 5th May if you intend to visit on this occasion.

We normally have a de-brief for food and drink, at a local hostelry, in the evening after racing on the Saturday.

We look forward to seeing you!

Vane 36-R Class – Woods Cup

This was the first of the planned “Club” races for 2016 season and took place Saturday 19th of March.

There were 5 entries. The wind was fairly light, so top or second suits of sails were used by the competitors. One round was sailed. The “Bye” boat crew acted as mates for the 2 pairs sailing, to supplement the efforts of the 2 “newly recruited mates to vane sailing”, Ian and Mike.

Results as follows:

  • 1st Peter Whiteside – 90%
  • 2nd Eddie Greenwood and Eric Watkinson 53%
  • 3rd John Plant – 45%
  • 4th Peter Jackson & Mike – 30%
  • 5th Martin Pritchard & Ian – 27%

The next Vane 36-R event is scheduled for Sat 23rd April.