Author Archives : chriskameen

Firefly Inland Nationals 2017

Boom! What a regatta! Firefly Inland Nationals at Rutland – a close run affair Over the weekend of 4th 5th November, Rutland Sailing Club and the NFA ran the Firefly Inland Nationals Championships. Pulled together by Fiona Tylecote and Ben Green, the organisation was amazing and the quality of racing was as good as I […]

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Day 3 – we won!!!

Do I need to say more!! After Dave Chisholm crossed the fleet on Port, Nigel Wakefield, Emily Saunderson, and Chris Kameen, Matt Read were the first to head out left and get into the tide. We led round the windward mark closely followed by Nigel, Jenny Smallwood, Philip Aldous and Guy Davidson, and Sally Wakefield. […]

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Day 2 GJW National Championships

I love how when we go sailing  – we are always posed with new or interesting challenges. At Felixstowe Ferry , there is a fantastic shingle bar and a super strong current in the river. Making use of back eddies and creeping up the shore is all part of just getting out. Once we were […]

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5-7 knots at Costa del West Kirby for the Firefly Open

As the tide moved up the river, the Firefly fleet basked in the sun ashore at West Kirby, waiting for the seabreeze to fill in.  Race Officer Paul Jenkins kept the young fleet  (more than half the sailors were under 16) ashore and timed our release down the river to the start line to perfection. […]

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Bottled Firefly and the Hallam Hangover Team Racing 2016

In the Autumn of 2016 the Firefly class supported grass roots University Team racing  with massive support from West Kirby Sailing Club, Pennine Sailing Club and Sheffield Hallam University. Both events were run by Firefly Committee Members Chris Kameen (me) and Charlie Fitzgerald – (one to keep an eye on for the future!) The aim […]

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Teaching Sailing in a Firefly

Up until a year ago I had spent over 7 years involved in teaching sailing and growing sailing participation as my full time job.  The aim was to increase the number of people that have a passion for sailing such that they want to carry it on and maybe join a club. I see this […]

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Royal St George 70th Regatta

Is this the future of fleet racing one designs? For many years I have grappled with trying to make sailing more attractive to stop the drop out from sailing of so many people. Boat ownership and the need to own a boat in order to have high quality racing  is one major barrier that I […]

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Hallam Hangover – Firefly sailing in the Pennines

Sheffield Hallam hosted a great weekend of sailing high up in the Yorkshire hills supported by the NFA and myself (Chris Kameen). The NFA committee are keen to get more engagement with students and between Charlie Fitzgerald, Stuart Hudson and myself we managed to concoct what I would consider to be a really novel event. For […]

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Budworth West Kirby Match

What ever happened to sailing matches between clubs? Before I went to University, at West Kirby we used to have home and away team racing matches most Monday evenings, the team selected based upon the results and availability from the previous Tuesday nights club racing. It was great fun as invariably half the team were […]

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