posted on October 10, 2017
The weekend of October 7th/8th saw the final round of the Waples Wines Northern Traveller series held at Notts County Sailing Club. This was the first Flying Fifteen open held at Notts County since 2009 after a resurgence in the class at the club saw the re-instatement of class status for the summer race series 3 years ago.
A great turnout saw nineteen boats taking part, nine from the home club and 10 visitors from Burton, Dovestone, Northampton, Ripon, Ullswater, Draycote and RCYC. Saturday saw gusty conditions with Paul Brown the race officer setting a long tour round the lake race, followed by a short shore break and then two shorter, simpler back to back races. There was plenty of competition up and down the fleet with plenty of opportunities for overtaking. Dave and Andy McKee from Dovestone showed the way with three wins followed by Chris and Marrion Bowen from Northampton and Andy Farmer and Rebecca Ogden from the home club tied for second.
After feeling their way in with the first race there was a strong showing from F15 first timers Tim Cripps and Amy Clay from NCSC with a 3rd and 5th places. Saturday evening the competitors gathered in the clubhouse for a wine tasting by Justin Waples from the series sponsor Waples Wines followed by a roast dinner and pudding.
Sunday began with the boats launching into a virtual flat calm and paddling to the start and racing was postponed until the wind arrived. This duly did after a short wait but only a light breeze in contrast to the first day. Again three races were sailed with the McKee’s continuing their domination. Jeremy Arnold and John Allen from NCSC improved overnight with a 1st and a 2nd which after discards lifted them to second overall behind the event winners from Dovestone. Chris and Marion Bowen pipping Tim Cripps and Amy Clay for third, who came away with a great 4th place. Graham and Alistair Lamond from Ripon SC took the classic prize and Gary Butler and Paul McCarthy took the silver.
The Northern Travellers final results saw the top two places going to NCSC teams with Jeremy Arnold and John Allen taking the 2017 title from Andy Farmer and Rebecca Ogden in second. A great weekend was had by all and had everyone looking forward to next year.