The Flying Fifteen Balearic Championship was held on the weekend of 4 - 6 October at the venue of the 2014 Flying Fifteen European Championships in Pollenca, on the island of Majorca. Winners were Adrian Tattersall and Tim Smart from the UK, sailing a chartered boat IRL 3753, who were using the regatta as an opportunity to learn from the tricky conditions in Pollenca, ready for next years European Championships.
Tattersall and Smart won the light wind race 1 ahead of Majorcan sailors David Barber and stand in crew Sue Foreman. Race 2, sailed in a stronger breeze also went the way of the visiting Brits, with the Harris brothers, Patrick and Vincent taking second and David Barber with regular crew Hannah Barber took third.
Race 3, again sailed in shifty and windy conditions with a breeze flicking around the headland of Formentura, went to Patrick and Vincent Harris from CN Cala Gamba with Tattersall and Smart second and the ever consistent Barber family also representing CN Cala Gamba taking third.
On the final Sunday the visiting Brits had to work hard and on the final run with a big shift they only just crossed the finish line infront of the Harris brothers with Stephen Babbage and John Walker from CN Cala Gamba finishing strongly to take third.
The final race would be the decider and the breeze was getting lighter. For the first time in the regatta there were three OCS at the committee boat end all pushing a bit too hard. David and Hannah Barber came out stongest up the first beat rounding clear ahead of a close pack containing Scott Walker and Andrew Harvey and the ever improving Babbage and Walker.
The Barbers continued to extend to a big lead leaving a big scrap to the chasing pack but Tattersall and Smart had kept enough points in the bag crossing in 4th to claim the title. Babbage and Walker took third and seal third on the overall podium.
The class now turns its attention to the Flying Fifteen World Championship in Hong Kong in November, but Pollenca will look forward to welcoming all Flying Fifteen sailors back to the island of Majorca for the 2014 Europeans in September next year.
Flying 15 - Balearic Championship Final Overall Results
1 IRL 3753 (GBR) Adrian Tattersall/Tim Smart: 1,1,2,1,4, 9pts
2 ESP 3728 David Barber/Hannah Barber: 2,3,3,4,1, 13pts
3 ESP 3577 Stephen Babbage/John Walker: 5,4,5,3,3, 20pts
4 ESP 3592 Patrick Harris/Vincent Harris: 8,2,1,2,DNF, 25pts
5 ESP 3763 Scott Walker/Andrew Harvey: 4,6,9,7,2, 28pts
6 ESP 3804 Michael Clough/Jonny Fullerton: 3,8,6,6,5, 28pts
7 ESP 3610 David Miles/Amigo del Alma: 6,5,4,5,DSQ, 32pts
8 ESP 3600 Michael Beecken/Stephen Parry: 9,7,8,8,7, 39pts
9 ESP 3724 Stephen Hart/Seven Phillips: 10,9,7,9,6, 41pts
9 October 2013 15:15