Papercourt SC Firefly Open

Papercourt Sailing Club held its inaugural Firefly Open meeting on Sunday 9th October. The lake was mirror like on arrival but by the time the free bacon rolls had been handed out and competitors been allocated their ‘Platinum Pam’ Firefly raffle tickets a perfect 2-3 was blowing down the lake accompanied by glorious autumnal sunshine. With fleets of boats from Surrey University and Royal Grammar School Guildford being sailed regularly at Papercourt their combination with the usual open meeting travellers swelled the fleet to a fantastic 24 boats for the start.

Brian Heron

Brian Heron, who has been a member of HLSC for nearly 70 years and was a past Commodore, died this morning in Rochdale Infirmary after a short illness. Brian was 83.

Endeavour Trophy

The Firefly Class represented by National Champion Stuart Hudson and Hamish Walker came a fantastic 4th at the prestigious Endeavour Trophy this weekend. Sailed in RS200s from the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham-on-Crouch, the marathon event comprised 8 races, 7 to count to find the Champion of Champions. The trophy was won convincingly by Ben …

Firefly Nationals 2015 – Day 7

After a serious match racing start in light airs Fursty Ferret put Kong to the back of the fleet. Meanwhile the lighter boats made an escape. With a stunning start Nigel Wakefield and Emily Sanderson took a convincing lead. Ed Smith with his daughter and Alex Davies with young Thomas showed them the feel of …

Firefly Nationals 2015 – Crews Race

The GJW Direct 69th Firely National Championship Restronguet Sailing Club Crew’s race Crew’s – 30/7 at 1445 Start: Start 1, Finishes: Place Rank Boat Sail Number Club Crew Place Points 1 Fetherlite 2144 Lymington, Imperial Poona Jenny Vines 1 1.0 2 Doris 3671 Red Wharf Bay SC Jenn Lamb 2 2.0 3 Skirmish 3615 OCSS Jo McEwen 3 3.0 …

Firefly Nationals 2015 – Day 6

Race 7 Report (care of Jamie McEwen) Today the Fireflies were slightly relieved to be greeted by lighter winds than the previous few days – force 2-4 and glorious sunshine. In the first race the race officer had to abandon after a large shift came through; he then moved the course south to the Carrick Roads …

Firefly Nationals 2015 – Day 5 (Gore/Marlow)

To the setting of a stunning view of the Southern Cornish Coast the fleet sailed out to the bay for the long distance race. Originally the championship race now just a very coveted trophy. The day kindly sponsored by Marlow Ropes had sunshine, sparkling seas and perfect firefly planing conditions. The triangle course of over …

Firefly Nationals 2015 – Day 4

Race 3 Moderate fresh northwesterly Barney Smith and Allanah Hebbert opened the gate and got the fleet started in very shifty conditions. The first beat was characterised by a long right hand shift that paid dividends for the late starters. First around the windward mark were the Vines again with the fleet closing in on …

F2015 Firefly Nationals – Day 1

Race 2 started off a line start in a shifty F4-6 gusting 7. Current National Champion Paul Kameen crewed by brother Chris rounded first closely followed by Ben and Jenny Vines. Nigel Wakefield and Emily Saunderson made impressive gains down the 2 reaches to lead at the leeward mark

Firefly Nationals 2015 – Day 3

Despite the forecast, sailing looks like it will happen today. Gate start and trapezoid,2 races planned but may lose one if weather comes in! … Or maybe not, 28 knot gusts will send the fleet tea drinking!! 3 races back to back tomorrow (1055 start). Crew’s race postponed to a later day.