Vane results

Bit of vane classes housekeeping, here are some Vane Racing Results…

Saturday 3rd June Leech Cup 36R Class (Club Race)

1st     Robert Wheeler & Derek Priestley        18 points

2nd=  John Plant                                               14
2nd=  Tony Wilson                                            14

4th    Peter Jackson                                           6

Race Officer    Eric Watkinson

Saturday 15th July Jack Roberts Trophy “A” Class (Open Event)

1st    “Blue Note”        Peter Whiteside & Peter Jackson        Fleetwood        18 points

2nd    “Pegasus”        David Bell                                              Llandudno        8

3rd    “Dark Horse”    Eddie Greenwood & John Plant            Fleetwood        4

Race Officer    Eric Watkinson

Sunday 16th July  Northern District Championship “A” Class (Open Event)

1st    “Pegasus”        David Bell                                                Llandudno        18 points

2nd    “Blue Note”    Peter Whiteside & Damian Ackroyd        Fleetwood        7

3rd    “Dark Horse”    Eddie Greenwood & John Plant            Fleetwood          5

Race Officer        Eric Watkinson

Day 4 Vane A-Class Championships

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

Day 3 Vane A-Class Championships

Yachting Monthly Cup

A variable medium strength southerly breeze were the conditions for the A-Class fleet today. Between the showers the skippers sailed in this knockout competition which is separate to the main event of the week. In the first round all skippers found themselves in groups of 3. Therefore, after sailing against each other twice the top 2 skippers with the most points, from their group carried on to the next round. The bottom boats would then finish for the day, which was me included. The following rounds would be purely a knockout competition. Drawn out of a hat each skipper would be paired off, sailing the best from 3 races. If after two beats the scores were tied, then the decider would be resolved from the running leg up the lake.

Knockout phase highlights

Most notable performance of the day came from Eddie Greenwood (Sail no 01). Perhaps the most senior skipper competing this week, who reached the semi-finals of this competition. Eddie started sailing in this regatta in the 1950’s and his experience of the lake, was too much for some skippers. Additionally, Amber Geldard one of the youngest competitors sailing this week, was faced with a difficult scenario when her skipper / father David Geldard, (Sail no 94) managed to mistakenly send his yacht to the top bank. Amber managed to re-trim her fathers boat, under pressure from her close competitor and win the points and send them both into the next round.

The Final

David / Robert Bell (Sail no 26) and Shawn / Lewis Wyeth (Sail no 99) competed in the final. After one win each the race was decided on the run. After a close race Shawn / Lewis Wyeth came out winners and have claimed the Yachting Monthly Cup 2017.

Reportage & Photography: John Taylor

Day 2 Vane A-Class Championships

Top coverage from the Vane boys, firstly, this in from Rob Walsh, no explanation other than.. Bullseye!

On to more savory matters a report in from John Taylor:

Again a strong south westerly breeze gusting to 28 mph at times provided the challenging conditions for the A-Class fleet today. The ‘Birkenhead’ team of Martin Roberts / Bernie McNulty (Sail no 49), produced the performance of the day by achieving most of the points that were on offer. Therefore, they are now in a strong position to make a title challenge during the second half of the regatta. Throughout the fleet points were being thrown away because of mistakes made or just pure bad luck. In Anthony Warrens case (Sail No 10), he managed to get himself disqualified in 2 consecutive races by not polling his boat off correctly. In the end the OOD (Derek Priestley) called time on the race early, because boats were starting to break and overall 6 heats had been achieved.

Today (Tuesday) is a day of rest, no sailing will take place. This gives the skippers a chance to rest or make the necessary repairs before Wednesdays knock out competition.

And lastly, an epic slideshow of pictures from Mike Parkington, here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm5uPEiL  fill your boots! here’s some highlights:

Day 1 Vane A-Class Championships

This just in from John Taylor… Today saw a strong south westerly breeze, approximately 14 mph gusting to 22 mph on occasion. 12 skippers and their mates started competing with their yachts. In the morning session David / Robert Bell (Sail no 26) started strongly and prior to lunch the team hadn’t dropped a point. Fleetwood skipper Peter Whiteside (Sail no 97) sailing one of the heavier boats in the fleet, took advantage of the conditions and also made a very positive start. Some of the lighter displacement yachts found some of the conditions hard going, as well as some of the more mature skippers. I include myself because once i had completed my race, I would then go back to give my sailing colleagues a hand. However, after a couple of times running the full length of the lake, my true lack of fitness would shine through. So what do I do about it??? Retire and cook for everyone on the BBQ later that evening…lol.

The 2017 (UK) Vane A-Class Championships

The 2017 (UK) Vane A-Class Championships at Fleetwood starts on Sunday. This prestigious regatta has a history which dates back to the late 1920’s. This five day event brings skippers from all over the UK, with the Netherlands also represented. It was practise day today, a chance for the skippers to meet up with friends and tune up their yachts prior to tomorrows start.
David Bell (Sail no 26) is the current champion and the holder of the trophy for the past 2 years. He is surely favourite to win again this year. However, there will be strong challenges from Fleetwood skipper Robert Walsh (Sail no 167) and Gosport skipper Shawn Wyeth (Sail No 99). In addition, its worth mentioning Anthony Warren and Lester Gilbert, (Sail no 10) both have teamed up and will be competing with a Graham Bantock designed yacht ‘Shield’. The two skippers have also been trialing a new A-Class design prior to the event.
Watch for further reports.

MYA Vane “A” Class National Championships & Yachting Monthly Cup

Dear Vane “A” Class Enthusiasts,

The Fleetwood Club is proud to be once again hosting the MYA Vane “A” Class National Championship which will be for the 41st occasion since the opening of our lake in 1932. The Championship will run SATURDAY 29th JULY to FRIDAY 4th AUGUST 2017

Entry to the Vane “A” Class Championship will be open until the official closing date of 16th July. Please send your entry on the modified MYA National Championship entry form attached, or using the on-line MYA entry facility, if preferred. However, in either case, the entry fee of £50-00 per yacht must be paid by the above closing date. Skippers entering the National Championship will automatically be entered in the YM Cup Competition, for no extra cost, unless they notify the Race Committee otherwise. Competitors who wish only to sail in the YM Cup and not the National Championship will be allowed to join in, on payment of a £5-00 entry fee. Further Details in the NOR posted below

2017 MYA VANE A CHAMPIONSHIP NOR
MYA Vane Championship Entry Form
Link to MYA Online Entry form

Classic and Vintage Vane M Class Weekend Results

Saturday 6th May

1st Alan & David Bell FMY&PBC Foxtrot Designed by C.Adams 19 points

2nd John Plant & Derek Priestley FMY&PBC Blood Axe R. Stollery 16

3rd Peter Whiteside FMY&PBC Bosun S.Witty 14

4th David Mathers Vintage MYG Wasp S.Witty 12

5th= Martin Bandey Vintage MYG 7

5th= Peter Iles FMY&PBC S.Witty 7

Alan & David Bell were top “Vintage” design and received Walter Jones Trophy

John Plant & Derek Priestley were top “Classic” and won Mayoral Cup

Thanks to Bob Jolly for the Photographs.

Sunday 7th May 2017

1st Peter Whiteside FMY &PBC Bosun S,Witty 17 points

2nd Alan & David Bell FMY&PBC Foxtrot C.Adams 17

3rd Damian Ackroyd FMY&PBC Blood Axe R.Stollery 16

4th John Plant & Eddie Greenwood FMY&PBC Sula W.Sykes 15

5th David Mathers Vintage MYG Wasp S.Witty 10

6th Martin Bandey Vintage MYG 0

1st place was decided by a sail off, with Peter Whiteside winning both beats to windward.
He received the Hayes Trophy for top “Vintage” yacht

Top “Classic” was sailed by Damian Ackroyd who won the Pearson Trophy.

All trophy winners received a FMY&PBC engraved glass tumbler.

Thanks are due to Race Officer Eric Watkinson and to Tony Wilson who acted as mate for those without.

CLASSIC and VINTAGE VANE M CLASS WEEKEND

We are holding the annual weekend of Classic and Vintage Vane (or Free Sailing) “M” Class racing, on Saturday and Sunday 6th & 7th May 2017.

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 4th 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!

Yours sincerely,

Peter Whiteside

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