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Mengeham Rythe 2015 UK Masters & Open Report

Mengeham Rythe 2015 UK Masters and Open Report, 3-4th May.

Despite a dismal forecast, a strong selection of 25 Finns arrived early at Mengeham on a grey and misty Sunday morning ready for the five races ahead. With wind set to reach 30 knots and poor visibility, the race officer decided to keep the fleet in the relative shelter of Chichester harbour rather than out in Hayling Bay.  The poor conditions meant that the fleet were able to enjoy wide-open expanses of the harbour.

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Race 1 got underway with the O flag flying as the wind approached 25 knots. Jack Arnell from Christchurch SC showed excellent pace throughout and had a convincing lead by the final round, only to lose count of the number of laps and failing to sail through the finish line.  This left Allen Burrell to take line honours with John Tremlett in second.  By the time Arnell realised his mistake and sailed back to the finish line, he had dropped back to 5th place.

With the breeze moderating slightly for the second race, Junior sailor Jack Arnell showed excellent downwind technique, polished from his recent training at the Valencia Finn Academy, to keep Tremlett behind him and made no mistake this time to claim first place.

By the third race, the wind had dropped to 12 knots and the tide was on the turn, requiring an adjustment to the tactics of the first two races.  Revelling in the conditions, the on-form Arnell again held the lead to take the race from Tremlett. 

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The following morning the fleet set out into Hayling Bay - the sun had come out but with it there was little breeze.  Fortunately, by the time the fleet arrived at the starting area, a gentle 8 knot southerly had set in allowing the racing to kick-off on time. The race officer opted for a windward leeward course for a quick turn around.

The fourth race favoured the pin end, and it was tightly packed at the start; Burrell and Robinson were squeezed out and forced to restart behind the rest of the fleet.  The lighter crews, who had struggled the day before, came to the fore. Race four was taken by National Champion Julian Smith and followed by another up-coming Junior sailor, Cameron Tweedle, who having only recently stepped into a Finn having outgrown the Laser, showed great light wind pace. 

With the breeze increasing for race five, it was Arnell who yet again led the fleet to another win ahead of Tweedle. 

By the final race, the tide had become more of a factor and those with local knowledge tacked along the beach to cheat the tide before heading out to the windward mark, making excellent gains over the rest of the fleet. By the final lap, a 10 degree shift meant that those who had headed out on the port side of the course gained handsomely. Burrell read the conditions well to take line honours ahead of Smith.


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All photos Credit Shawn Lambert.

A big thank you to all of the race team and members at Mengeham who made this such a superb event. A great weekend of really close racing and vital experience on the up-coming National Championship racetrack.

Overall Positions

UK Masters Champion – Allen Burrell

MRSC Open – Jack Arnell

First Classic – Simon Moss


1               John Tremlett

2               Simon Percival

3               Steve Hayles

Grand Master

1               Allen Burrell

2               Julian Smith

3               Neil Robinson

Grand Grand Master

1               Ray New

2               Peter Blick


1               Graeme Macdonald

2               Howard Sellers

Click here for results: pdfMasters_Results.pdf pdfOpen_Results.pdf

Clich here for full photo gallery: 2015 UK Masters & Open photo Gallery






2015 Finn Nationals entry open now!

2015 UK Finn National Championships; July 10th , 11th , 12th  2015

The 2015 Finn National Championships will be held at Hayling Island Sailing Club and will incorporate the first leg of the Trans-Manche Jean-Jacques Godet Trophy.

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The Notice of Race is available here and pdf2015_Finn__Blaze_Nationals_NOR_v2.1.pdf  along with the entry form;


The BFA organisers would urge you to complete an entry form and return it along with the appropriate remittance to the Hon. Secretary as soon as possible. If you have any queries please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

In an effort to encourage early entries to enable us to plan prizes and other activities there is a discount of £10.00 on the stated entry fee of £90.00 for all entry forms received before June 15th 2105. The entry fee includes a meal on Saturday evening and the Godet Cocktail evening on Friday 10th.

Event Programme

Thursday 9 July 2015 - Registration at HISC Race office from 14:00 to 18:00 hrs.

Friday 10 July 2015 - Registration at HISC Race office from 09:00 to 12:00 hrs.

Friday 10 July 2015 - First race warning signal at 14:55 hrs

Saturday 11 July 2015 - First race warning signal at 11:55 hrs.

Sunday 12 July 2015 - First race warning signal at 11:55 hrs.

A reminder for those intending to enter the Trans-Manche Jean-Jacques Godet Trophy 2015 and wish to take advantage of the discount ferry deal with Brittany Ferries kindly negotiated by our French friends, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for the confidential code to use to claim your discount.

Sailing Club Accommodation is available to FINN SAILORS AND THEIR GUESTS.

It is basic accommodation and located in two blocks, Stocker and Dunes, both situated near the clubhouse.

The Stocker Block comprises nine, two-bed bunkrooms and six, four-bed bunkrooms. In addition, there are three double-bedded rooms, two being ensuite.

The Dunes Block comprises ten identical mezzanine style rooms, each one sleeping up to three adults or two adults and two children.

Bedding is supplied in all rooms but guests need to bring their own towels.

Ten camper van parking spaces.

Demand for accommodation is high when sailing events are taking place, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Contact the Club to check availability via email or by telephone on

(44) (0)23 92463768 between 09:00 and 17:00 hrs.

Or use for the HISC accommodation booking portal in the Hayling Island SC website

We look forward to seeing many Finn sailors at our premier event of the year and welcoming visitors from France as well as Classic, Junior and Masters entrants. Come and join the fun!


2015 Inland Championships report

British Finn Association Inland Championships 2015

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April 2015 at Alton Water

Sponsored by Copy IT digital solutions and Seamark Nunn

The 2015 Finn Inland Championships were held at Alton Water in Suffolk and attracted an increased turnout on previous years. Our thanks yet again to local event sponsors ‘Copy IT’ and ‘Seamark Nunn’.

With the race team being brought out of Frostbite hibernation it was business as usual to meet the request for short sharp races with minimal turnaround times. With eight races scheduled over the weekend a success of sorts can be claimed as all races were started but only seven completed – read on for more details.

A total of 31 entrants took part, with the majority being standard race Finns plus a few classics with carbon, with helms ranging through Legends to Juniors. A special mention should be made of the two IRL sailors who travelled across the breadth of Wales and England to reach the East Coast sailing hotspot of Alton Water.

A true ‘Inlands’ - with the reservoir being all of ½ mile from salt water and 5 miles to the open sea the sailing conditions were true to form with plenty of shifts and with the courses and lines being set to the average conditions and directions, the sailors needed to be in the right place at the right time to maximise race gains. Those of a ‘left’ persuasion got the best from the weekend.


With options for three courses the consensus was for windward / leewards for all four of the first day’s races. This course was set on a longish diagonal of the reservoir with the windward mark toward the draw-off tower in the NE (of the reservoir not Newcastle!).

The briefing set expectations for the day regarding the ‘O’ flag and when the black flag would come into play. The fleet were amazingly well behaved (and with a good line set) they got away for all starts under a P flag in a north easterly breeze of 12-16 mph and bright sunshine. It was impressive to see the close racing and some energetic downwind work. A few capsizes thrown into the mix saw places change significantly.

At the end of the first day’s racing it was high scoring but close at the front with Oisin McLelland on 10 points, John Tremlett on 13 points, Martin Hughes on 19.5 points,  and Allen Burrell on 21 points; other notable competitors looking to be in the prizes once they could discard a big score included Julian Smith, Colin Leonard and Neil Robinson.

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At the OOD’s suggestion and with prior changes to SI's, the course was modified for Sunday’s four races. A narrow trapezoid was set to ensure that there was separation between the beat and the run as it was felt that with the lighter wind of 5 – 8 mph from the North, it could be crowded at the top and bottom of the course. This new course worked even if the wind didn’t help with the windward mark being re-laid for two of the four races. The lighter wind provided even closer racing and occasionally new names to the front of the fleet, notably Cameron Tweedle, Will Patten, Vince Hayter and Howard Sellars.

The line discipline from Saturday had disappeared along with the sunshine and the black flag was brought into play for three of the four starts – and with the race officer having some sympathy with the competitors the first race of each race was under a P flag. Never has such a committee boat line bias been set to encourage the fleet to stay right but again, just like Saturday, left and early was the way to go.

The last race of the day in possibly the best breeze was restarted under a black flag only for the fleet to park up at the top of the course. After a successful seven races over the weekend the decision was made to abandon the race and call a halt to the racing. No dissent was heard from the fleet as they were rounded up and sent ashore and with enough races sailed to bring in a discard the results for the Copy IT / Seamark Nunn  Finn Inlands 2015 were;


John Tremlett

Itchenor SC





Julian Smith






Allen Burrell

Thorpe Bay Yacht Club





Martin Hughes

Warsash SC





Oisin McLelland

Donaghadee SC





Robert Deaves

Waldringfield SC






Simon Moss

Keyhaven YC





Roddy Steel







When not out on the water the fleet were entertained and fed with a Saturday evening meal at the local marina at Woolverstone, a full English breakfast at the Sailing Centre café on Sunday morning and tea, cake and doughnuts after racing and at the prize giving.

In summary a great event on and off the water and Alton extend an invitation to the Finn fleet to return soon.


Finn Inlands - Competitors

Click here for results: pdfFinn_Inlands_2015_RESULTS.pdf

Report by Martin Pavey, Alton Water Sailing Centre.


Charter boats required for UK Nationals

We have received several enquires about the availability of boats for the UK Nationals at Hayling Island, 10-12th July. The BFA would like to help as many boats as possible enter the event as it helps keep the entry fee down and a strong entry is good marketing for the class.

If you have a second boat you are not using or will not be able to attend the event please consider chartering your boat to a visiting Finn sailor and help make the 2015 Nationals a record year.

Please send details of any boats available and the charter fee required to the Chairman so we can pass on a list of boats available to interested sailors.

Many thanks




2015 Membership renewal reminder.

Many of us were out enjoying the great weather over the Easter weekend and practicing for the first BFA event of the year, the Inland Championships at Alton Water on the 18/19th April - we look forward to seeing you all there.

Most members have now returned their 2015 subscriptions but a number have yet to do so and there will be a checking procedure in place at the Inlands. If you are planning to attend, please send your completed form and payment to the Membership Secretary before then to avoid having to spend all your beer money on your BFA subs! Download the 2015 renewal form here:

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Non boat owning sailors who borrow or charter a Finn can join as an Associate Member for just £25.00 and then be able to race in all BFA events


2015 Calendar update

The RYA has changed the dates of the Autumn Ranker Series - see the updated Calendar here:



Discount ferry deal for French Nationals

If you are intending to enter the Trans-Manche Jean-Jacques Godet Trophy 2015 and wish to take advantage of the discount ferry deal with Brittany Ferries kindly negotiated by our French friends, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for the confidential code to use to claim your discount.

The plan is for all boats to travel on the Sunday 12th July sailing, straight after the UK Nationals to reach St Malo on the following morning, in time to arrive in St Pierre de Quiberon mid morning in time for the first race of the French Nationals at 3pm on the 13th. Full contact details for who to speak to at Brittany Ferries are included.

To book your accommodation, including campers, at the ENV, (French National Sailing School) please contact Marielle Jaouen who speaks English on 00 33 2 97 30 30 30 or Yves Noesmoen, the Vice Manager on 00 33 2 97 30 30 25.

Quiberon is always a firm favourite of anyone who has raced there and the hospitality is legendary, so don't delay and book it up today!



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