2019 National Championships – RSAYS

The 2019 National Flying Fifteen Championships will be held at the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron in Adelaide between Saturday December 29, 2018 and Saturday January 5, 2019.

Entries close on November 30, although late entries may be accepted (for an additional fee) after that date.

The event should provide some interesting and challenging sailing; conditions in Adelaide during that time can range from extremely light to strong sea breezes similar to those we experience here in the West.  13 boats from WA have already committed to making the trip across the Nullarbor, making up more than half the fleet.  Some are transporting boats via container – others are planning to drive.  There should be quite a convoy heading across just after Christmas.

The event is a qualifying event for the 2019 Worlds in Dun Laoghaire in Ireland.  Australia will only be allocated 12 places in the World Championships, and the Australian team will be selected based on the results achieved in Adelaide. Hopefully we will see quite a few WA boats in the team.

For more information on the event (including the Notice of Race and information on accommodation options etc.), to enter or view entries, visit https://www.rsays.com.au/racing/2019-flying-fifteen-regatta/

Jerwoods’ are presented with the ‘Coweslip Trophy’

The Coweslip Trophy was presented to the Association by HRH Prince Philip in 1962 named after the Flying Fifteen Uffa Fox presented to HM Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip as a wedding present. Prince Philip often sailed with Uffa Fox at Cowes in Coweslip.

The Trophy is a little unusual as it comprises 2 parts firstly there is a silver trophy and rather than have the trophy engraved there is a book in which all of the winners are registered.  A second leather bound book has been produced to continue on the winning scripts words of wisdom. View all the winners at FFIA.

Nick and Janet Jerwood won the Coweslip Trophy back in 2003 when they sailed their boat ‘Spot the Difference’.  Janet and Nick had a short break from sailing the Flying Fifteen and returned a few years later with their new boat ‘Ineffable’.

Is this the year of the trifecta…National Championship in Esperance, World Championship in February/March Napier, New Zealand and FFIWA State Championships at Easter in Geraldton.


Nick and Janet Jerwood win National Championship

Nick and Janet Jerwood from South of Perth Yacht Club win the 55th National Championship in Esperance with a score of 7 points.

Race 8 was sailed at 11.00 am this morning (Thursday 5 January) in a building northly breeze starting at 16 knots with gusts to 27 knots and temperatures ranging from 36 – 42 degrees. Further observations can be viewed at the Bureau of Meteorology.

The UK team of Alan Bax (P & B) and Simon Child’s gave all their skill and energy into the final days racing to hold onto their well deserved and sailed second place. Third place wasn’t without a battle and well sailed by ‘Tuffan Up’ David Yu and Chris Neslon (FFIWA President and Secretary) finally settling for a fourth place overall.

Well done to ‘Spot the Difference’ Greg Tonnison with ring in crew Mark Lovelady finally winning race 8 in the series with ‘Ineffable’ showing calm, consistent form in second place and ‘Tuffan Up’ third. The final race of the series saw third place winner ‘Ffast Lane 4’ pushed down the fleet with a finish of eigth and ‘Forever Young’ in ninth.

Local sailor David Swan in his new boat ‘Phar Lap’ sailed well to finish with a seventh and an overall result of ninth place. Ashley Smith and Adam Kingston from Queensland with a borrowed boat sailed well to place tenth overall. Consistency went to a well deserved sailing team Bill Shand and David Parish from Victoria. Final results at sportspage or download a copy of individual race results.