Captain’s Newsletter June 2015




OPEN FORUM 19TH July 2015

As previously announced there will be an open forum for all class members to be held at:

16.00 in the London Room of the Royal London Yacht Club

Provision has been made for 100 and a cash bar will be available.

The forum will follow a “Question Time” style format to discuss two issues:

  • Fairing
  • Weight

Questions, or statements by class members, will be directed to each member of the panel in turn with further comments taken from the floor as the debate progresses.

The objective is to vent argument and collect information to determine whether the Committee should bring forward proposals for a Rule change on either or both fairing and weight at the next AGM.

At the end of the meeting or 2 hours, whichever is the sooner, the members will be invited to vote on a straight majority basis on each subject.

On two occasions I have invited nominations for the “expert panel” but received none.

Unfortunately neither Theo Rye, our Class Naval  Architect, or Andrew Yates the Class Measurer are available, but have both offered their support to the proposed debate and comments which I will read out at the start of the meeting.

The following have agreed to participate as the panel:

Sir Richard Ottaway CB – member and a sailor of several Darings for 40 years

Carron Snagge – CB member, past Captain, Chair of Doublet working group

John Corby – New class member. Internationally renowned yacht designer

Andy Cassell – CB Member. Olympic gold medal yachtsman. Class sailmaker

Laurie Boarer – Class contractor. Vast experience building and maintain Darings

Jamie B Clark – CB Member. International judge. Long term passionate Daring sailor

The Hon Sec will keep notes and advise on any issues required by the Rules.

Following the 2014 AGM I received a great deal of correspondence about each of these subjects. If these matters are important to you please attend the meeting and voice your views, preferably with the benefit of supporting argument based on fact.


The leader’s board looks a little different this season so far with Decoy currently leading the Season Points pursued by Destroyer and Dolphin somewhat further behind.

The Keel Boat Series is also currently lead by Decoy followed by Double Knott and Dynamite from which one of the regular skippers has signed onto a Solent navigation course.

The Solent Series is being led by Destroyer with Decoy and Diamond in contention. The coveted John Dibben Trophy was won by Decoy.

Congratulations to Sir Richard Ottaway who is enjoying a cracking start to his retirement from main line politics.


Six Darings competed in a passage race to Newtown Creek on Sunday 28th June in the second of what is becoming an annual event. The race to Newtown Creek was won by Destroyer helmed by Harry Wheatley with Magnus Wheatley on trim closely followed by John Hackman in Double Knott.

Newtown 2015

Darings Moored in Newtown Creek. Photo taken by Charles Knight, Asst. HM at Newtown Creek

Rafted up in Newtown Creek by special permission of HM David Flanagan each side of Matchless, a leisurely and not too liquid lunch was enjoyed over hearty conversation.

The race back was down wind directly to the RLYC line. The fleet was remarkably level with the winner Double Knott overlapped by second place Dolphin helmed by Peter Haworth and Streak helmed by Robert Gosling just managed to push Magnus Wheatley in Destroyer into last place to the amusement of Harry.

The day provided an ideal opportunity to bring wives, girlfriends and children along to enjoy a Daring race without the usual pressure of a scheduled race. The courses were chosen to reduce mark rounding’s and boat handling issues.

Attached is a picture of Darings moored in Newtown Creek kindly taken by Charles Knight Asst. HM at Newtown Creek.


The RYS Bi Centenary regatta saw 11 Darings on the start line for the three day series including Doublet launched on the Tuesday evening for the race series with a dispensation to sail unmeasured as this event does not count for Daring Class points.

At the start of the last race in a SW of 20 – 25 knots Doublet and Dolphin were on equal points for first place. The RYS set a downwind start to NE Ryde Middle. Both Doublet and Dolphin hit the line as the gun went with spinnakers full and ran neck and neck all the way to the first mark. There was no perceptible difference in speed.

Up wind was a different matter but this was more to do with crew efficiency. Dolphin was helmed by a guest 70 year old and crewed by a couple of 66 year olds. Doublet went on to win the series with Streak helmed by Hamish Janson second and Dolphin helmed by Anthony Lunch third.

Doublet was hauled out after the series and has now been submitted to the Class Measurer for weighing and measuring. She looks gorgeous and features a number of innovative (for a Daring) handling systems which other owners are sure to find of interest. She is a great credit to John Corby who has brought back to the fleet a Daring that was in a very sad state of repair.


I received six requests from members to spend an affiliate’s day on HMS Daring. Calum Sillars is in contact with the ship and as soon as we have a date Calum will contact those who expressed interest. We hope very much that everyone can be accommodated but if not they will be invited in the strict rotation of request receipt. For the record Mike and Sue Fox were first off the mark at 18.14 on 2nd May followed by Michael Campbell at 13.19 on 7th May.


The new web site appears to be working well. Unfortunately Lisa Board, our Administrator, has had an accident and fractured her elbow. This has delayed the ongoing development work in populating the site with new material, but we wish her a speedy and full recovery.


If you ordered a new mainsail for 2015 you should either be using it now or have asked Lallows to put it on board at a later date.

Over the past few years Lallows have reported difficulties in easily identifying sails.

Before you lay up this year please be sure to mark your boat number with a permanent marker pen on the tack of the Jib and Mainsail and the Head of the Spinnaker.

Fair winds and happy sailing

David Gower, Class




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