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Malcolm Hall

Malcolm Hall

Sunday, 30 May 2021 13:08

FF Open Race Report

The weekend of 22nd May saw an exciting return to the open meeting circuit as the Flying Fifteen Northern event landed at Burton Sailing Club on Foremark Reservoir .

The host and the fleet were both equally excited in the run up, as this marked the first post-lockdown open event of the season – it was great to see plenty of sailors on the water, both home boats and visitors alike.

Somewhat poetically, the event featured fifteen Fifteens on the water, including classic and silver fleet boats as well as opens, and some great racing was had by all.

The Saturday played host to three races, in reasonably light breeze (around Force 3). The shifty and changeable wind conditions made for some tricky course-setting decisions by the Race Officer team, who did a great job setting up some enjoyable courses with plenty of tactical legs.

Race 1 saw Angus Wright and Paul Barnes from Notts County SC take an early lead in 3975, with club-mates Jeremy Arnold and John Allen hot on their heels in 2nd in 3936, and Blackpool & Fleetwood YC’s Rob Mountain and Andy Ritches in 3rd in 3622.

Race 2 saw Burton SC’s Grant Pollard and Owain Edwards take an early lead in 3357, but ultimately resulted in Angus and Paul securing their second bullet, fending off competition from local boys Alan Stone and John Howlett in 2nd and Blithfield’s Martin Smith and Karen Beston in 3rd. Race 3 saw Jeremy & John clinch the win, keeping Angus & Paul in the silver spot, followed by Ripon SC’s Graham Lamond and Scott Train in 3rd in 3428.

Angus and Paul held a strong lead going in to day 2, with two more races to be sailed. Conditions on Sunday were breezier and the racing saw lots of close battles and tactical play, with courses featuring great beats, some challenging tight three-sail reaches and lots of chopping and changing in the podium positions.

Race 4 saw Jeremy and John pull out an early lead, with some great pace on the boat. Burton SC’s Tim Bird and Martin Nelson were hot on their heels in 3483, with Graham & Scott finishing in 3rd.

Race 5 saw Tim and Martin pull out a good lead from the start, with Jeremy & John and Rob & Andy enjoying some close tactical battles for the 2nd spot.

Unfortunately, a shroud failure resulted in a broken mast and an early trip to the bar for Jeremy and John. Tim and Martin held the lead until the penultimate lap, but were out-manoeuvred by Rob & Andy on the last lap as the new jib on 3622 demonstrated its great pointing ability over the older genoa on 3483.

Rob & Andy finished in 1st, with Tim & Martin in 2nd and Angus & Paul in 3rd.

With five races sailed and two discards available, Angus & Paul narrowly secured the top spot for the event, with Jeremy & John tied on points but finishing in second on count-back. Rob & Andy finished in 3rd place, with Tim & Martin securing the prize for first Burton boat in 4th.

Overall, a great weekend was had by all. Burton SC’s race team did a cracking job setting some great courses on the water.

Our thanks go to Adam and Ian (race officers) and all their various helpers on safety. Shore-side, the local House Team really looked after everybody, with a fun quiz and delicious curry provided on the Saturday evening, and some fantastic breakfasts and lunches to boot. Thank you to Mel, Helen, Sarah, Andy and Viki for all their hard work throughout the weekend.

The next Northern traveller series will be at Blackpool & Fleetwood YC. Hope to see you all there!


Malcolm Hall
Flying Fifteen Fleet Captain, Burton SC

Photos by Helen Lancashire

Photo link on our facebook page


Tuesday, 17 March 2020 21:54

BURTON SC Flying Fifteen Open Postponed

Hi everyone, could you please share amongst yourselves that in line with the RYA cancellation  of all events and the current government advice the Sailing Committee has decided to postpone  our BURTON SAILING CLUB  FLYING FIFTEEN  open.

Our intention is to replan the event to occur in October instead.  It may result in a crowded calendar at the end of the year I am afraid so we will publish new dates as soon as we agree them.

Malcolm Hall

BSC FF Fleet Captain

The 4th round of the Northern Traveller was held at Burton Sailing Club in light winds and warm weather. 

The format of three races on the Saturday and Two on the Sunday was well appreciated as it let the visitors get away early enough to travel home in a relaxed manner, always a welcome at open meetings.

As usual Burton cemented its reputation as a warm and friendly club by looking after our visitors and helping out with launching and recovery, as well as designating pole position on the hard standing we had an evening meal and drinks round the bar. Sailing talk and putting the world to rights was the topic of the evening, friendships were made and everyone had something to laugh at.

The race team were well prepared, with two of our most experienced racers setting the course and managing the event, very professional at all stages I might add.

As to the racing, well it was close in every aspect, with positions changing in every lap of every race.  Wind awareness made a big difference as at times a big hole would open up right in the middle of the lake, this really affected the decisions of how best to make the runs to the leeward  mark. 

On one occasion the two lead boats rounded almost touching each other, one went to starboard and the other to port, the port boat then lost out to the entire fleet going from 2nd to last, undaunted it crossed the sterns of the fleet went really wide to port, picked up the wind and arrived back in 2nd hot on the heels of the lead boat again. Amazing.

Every start was tight with all boats fighting (in a very sportsman like manner I have to point out) for the pin end of the line. It produced some really really exciting first beats, special mention has to be pointed out to boat number 2737 with John and Simon, a scratch crew and Simon new (that weekend) to FF's who outperformed us all and arrived at the windward and wing mark well in the lead. Their smiles were a joy to see and lit up every competitor with a real sense of pride at their accomplishment. 

Throughout the weekend boat 4013 Chris and Marion and 3975 Angus and Paul really shone and set the pace for the rest of the fleet, this challenge was infectious and the rest of the boats responded in kind, no race was a sure thing and everyone was kept honest and had to sail well to keep their position.  A procession it certainly wasn't.

To round up it was a cracking fleet weekend, well hosted with really fine sportsmanship on the water, the kind of racing that makes the weekend a pleasure.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:24

Important things you will want know about

Hello top sailing people.

A reminder that we are back sailing on the 4th of March. This will be our March Sprint Series which will feature two races back to back in the morning and one in the afternoon.

There will be one variation to that when the 505 open event is on. That day we will run 3 races back to back in order to incorporate club and 505 races.


Additional news, efforts are being made in the boat park to tidy up the park and to survey the whole thing so we know where boats are, and where spaces are free.

One thing that has been identified is that a lot of us have broken or missing boat tags. If yours needs replacing please e mail our friendly club Bosun, Matt Prichard. The e mail is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Prize giving update, we have 30 confirmed people for our event, I was hoping for 40 as that was the booking that I gave the venue. The initial deadline for advising me that you are coming and giving me your meal choices is by the 13th of March.

As far as paying I will be looking to collect the money now that the sailing season has re started. A very reasonable £22 per person for a 3 course meal and coffee. You need to pay me by Sunday the 1st of April.

We have to pay in advance and my last opportunity to do this will be Saturday the 7th of April.

Cash, Cheque, Electronic Transfer are all ok with me.

Wishing you all ‘Good Fortune’ in this coming sailing season.


Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:49

BSC Prize Giving Dinner

The 2017 season annual prize giving is scheduled for Friday 20th April 2018.
The venue is the prestigious Hilton House Hotel in the village of Hilton Derbyshire.  Only 17 mins drive from our sailing club, easy access off the A50 and a large car park for your pride and joy (Cars I was thinking of)

Arrive at 6:45pm for drinks in the bar, then sit down for 7:30pm.

Dress code is posh frock and black tie, but no one will be turned away.  It is our celebration of success after all.

RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 13th March with numbers and menu choices.  Late entries will be accepted but are likely to incur a forfeit, likely to involve leading the toasts or doing the washing up!

Monday, 08 May 2017 08:45

Open day

Hi everyone, were looking all set for our open day. We have people for all of the roles and boats for joy riding.  

Dont forget to send out invitations to everyone, scout groups, dance classes, hobby groups friends and relations.


See you there


Thursday, 09 February 2017 23:03

Elliott Hall 24 hours in a life raft

Elliott Hall one of our memners is spending 24 houra in a life raft in Southamptom Harbour. First to experiance what it is like to be a survivor, but more importantly to raise money for a camcer support charity. Please see the attached web site for the details and how you could support him in his endeavours.    



Saturday, 23 August 2014 21:05

Flying Fifteen Open

Download the notice of race for the Flying Fifteen open below.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013 20:52

FF Open 21st and 22nd September

 The Flying Fifteen Open will be held on 21/22 September. The NOR can be downloaded here:

Please note club sailing over the weekend will be as normal both days. On the Sunday the club races will start approx 5 minutes after the FF start, ie not before 11:05AM for the first club race.

Results available:

photos available here

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 18:13

Try a Flying Fifteen Day


Experience all this one design class has to offer.


If you have ever sat on shore or seen one of these fleet boats racing down on you, then you may have wondered what they are like to ride in.  On July the 20th from 13:00 to 17:00 it is your chance to find out.  The fleet members are taking time off work and Saturday jobs to roll out a unique opportunity to experience 65 years of technical and innovative development. 


How?  Well this fantastic opportunity to time travel is due to the makeup of this long life one design.  We have three categories of boat; OPEN – new and newer boats, SILVER – About 30 years old and CLASSIC – anything up to 65 years old. 


All share a common sail plan and hull shape, most differ in the cockpit and controls and ALL share the same wild water dramatic ride that gives them the ‘FLYING FIFTEEN’ name. 


So the FF fleet extends this invitation to all club members and training course students to come down and experience a Classic, Silver or Open for yourselves.   Travel back or forward in time, ride all three boats or just the one you like, the choice is yours.


On shore advice and information available, prices and buying advice. 

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