The third day of the Flying Fifteen national championship took place on Tuesday and was sponsored by Clydeport
The third day of the Flying Fifteen national championship took place on Tuesday and was sponsored by Clydeport. The first race of the day started in wet, misty conditions with a westerly, Force 3. After a long run down to the third mark, the leader was the previous day’s winner of the Calypso Cup Steve Goacher and Phil Evans 3721, followed by Brett and Ben Dingwall 3603, and Alan Bax and Paul Busby 3711.
The leaders kept the same positions to the final windward mark where the leading Classic boats joined up and kept pace with the leaders of the open fleet for the final run to the finish. Pip and Jeremy Hudson 3681 overtook Charles Apthorp 3591 before the final mark to take fifth place just behind Barry and Sue Parkin 3630.
In the Classic race, David and Carole Duke 2646 took line honours ahead of David Hill and Johnny Armstrong 671 and Peter Hogg and Simon Carson 759.
Between races the wind shifted first to the east before settling in the north necessitating a major course reset. When the race eventually started there was a general recall as the fleet massed at the committee boat end. The black flag was raised and at the restart Charles Apthorp 3591 was disqualified. The majority tacked onto port to hug the shore against the ebbing tide but at the windward mark they had not gained a particular advantage. First round was Miles Odell and David Scott 3557 but as the wind died half way to the leeward mark the race was abandoned.