Inland Championship Grafham Water Sailing Club TT : Summer Series
Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th October 2015

An impressive fleet of 29 Sprint 15s attended the Inland Championships at Grafham on the weekend of 17-18 October. With a near perfect Saturday forecast for catamaran racing the fleet was rearing to go and they were not disappointed. With a Northerly F4 breeze gusting to F5 the Race Officer, Nigel Denchfield, set a trapezoidal course with good length reaches that the fleet so enjoy. On Saturday there were 3 races run back to back and in the first race Thomas Sandal in his first sail of the year, took an early lead from Ed Tuite-Dalton, Paul Craft and Mark Aldridge. Sandal and Tuite-Dalton lead the charge for nearly 2 laps but Steve Sawford and Jim Bowie were working their way through the fleet. After 3 laps Sandal held on to take the gun but Sawford and Bowie were second and third pushing Tuite-Dalton down to finish fourth. The second race followed quickly and once again Sandal lead from start to finish. This time he was being chased by Paul Craft, Dave Ball, Frank Sandells (the prodigal grub guru) and Kevin Kirby who were in close proximity to one-another and frequently changing places. During this race the biggest gust of the day was recorded at 27mph and caused the only Sprint 15 capsize of the weekend. At the end of the 3 lap race Sandal once again took the gun and Kirby won the battle for second from Stuart Snell, Craft, Sawford and David Ball. The course just needed slight adjustment and the race 3 followed quickly. Ex National Champion, Snell was getting into the groove and was straight into lead followed by Craft, David Groom and Kirby. After a couple of laps the leading 3 boats of Snell, Kirby and Craft stretched out a big lead from the chasing pack where it seemed fatigue was taking it’s toll of those that were out of practice (shape?). Sandal was seen “strap hanging on the shrouds” after his stellar performance in the first 2 races. Kirby and Snell were dicing for the lead with Snell taking the advantage on the upwind leg but Kirby prospered on the downwind leg. An F18 from the adjacent course carved up the leaders on the run but fortunately no contact occurred.  The fleet were surprised when (as can happen in average lap time events) the back half of the fleet were finished after 3 laps whilst the leaders did a fourth lap. At the finish Kirby took the gun from Snell, Craft, Sawford and Liam Thom. The slick race management resulted in 3 races being completed in less than 200 minutes and Kirby was the narrow overnight leader from Sawford and Sandal with all to play for on Sunday.

Sunday was a very different day with much less wind (6-8mph) and mist although the wind was still from the North.

Once again there were 3 races back to back but it was the light wind experts of Snell and Bowie who took the first 2 places in both race 4 and race 5. The minor places were taken by a combination of Sawford, Thom, Sandal and Erling Holmberg but over-night leader Kirby had a couple of bad races so the effect of the changing conditions was to close up the position at the top and a number of helms were still in contention after 5 races. The conditions cleared little for the final race and Sandal got a second wind and led from the start hotly pursued by Kirby and Ball and Snell. Sandal, Kirby and Snell settled down in the top 3 paces and held stations to the end of the 4 lap race. These 3 were some way ahead but behind there was another tight group of boats and Jenny Ball did enough to get her best result of the weekend by taking 4th place from the others in this group.

So at the end of the weekend Snell became Inland Champion from Sandal who was second, 2 points behind. Bowie and Sawford were third and fourth both on 20 points.

This event concluded the Sprint 15 Summer Traveller series but the Winter Traveller series kicks off at Stewartby  on 7 November.

Pictures by Nick Champion - championmarinephotography.co.uk

Rank Sail No Helm's Name Crew's Name (if applicable) Sailing Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
                                     
1st 2016 Stuart Snell Grafham Water Sailing Club -9 3 2 1 1 3 19 10
2nd 1982 Thomas Sandal Grafham Water Sailing Club 1 1 -9 6 3 1 21 12
3rd 1981 Jim Bowie Thorpe Bay YC 3 7 6 2 2 -10 30 20
4th 1989 Steve Sawford Rutland 2 5 4 3 6 -16 36 20
5th 1776 Kevin Kirby Marconi Sailing Club 7 2 1 10 -16 2 38 22
6th 1928 Paul Craft Worthing Sailing Club -8 4 3 8 5 5 33 25
7th 1923 David Ball Marconi Sailing Club 5 6 7 7 -9 6 40 31
8th 1957 Liam Thom Shanklin Sailing Club -14 11.5 5 4 8 8 50.5 36.5
9th 1917 Jenny Ball Marconi Sailing Club 6 10 12 -14.5 11 4 57.5 43
10th 2007 Erling Holmberg Shanklin Sailing Club 11 11.5 13 -16 4 7 62.5 46.5
11th 1825 George Love Carsington SC 13 15 -26 5 7 12 78 52
12th 1986 Frank Sandells Grafham Water Sailing Club -20 8 10 11 12 14 75 55
13th 1714 David Groom Netley 10 14 8 13 -20 11 76 56
14th 1980 Mark Hollis Seasalter 15 9 (30.0 DNC) 20 13 9 96 66
15th 1983 Peter Richardson Marconi Sailing Club 12 18 17 17 10 -19 93 74
16th 1955 John Manning Beaver SC 16 13 19 12 -21 15 96 75
17th 1461 Gordon Deuce Brightlingsea SC -23 19 15 19 15 13 104 81
18th 2004 Gordon Goldstone Queen Mary SC -26 17 16 18 14 17 108 82
19th 1953 Chris Tillyer Thorpe Bay YC 22 16 18 9 (30.0 DNC) 30.0 DNC 125 95
20th 1522 Andrew Clarke Grafham Water Sailing Club 17 20.5 21 -22 19 22 121.5 99.5
21st 1339 Jon Pearse Marconi Sailing Club 18 20.5 20 -24 23 20 125.5 101.5
22nd 1940 Ed Tuite Dalton Draycote Water 4 27 11 (30.0 DNC) 30.0 DNC 30.0 DNC 132 102
23rd 1289 Andy Bunyan Stewartby -27 22 23 23 17 21 133 106
24th 1240 Donald Sloan Brightlingsea SC 21 23 24 14.5 24 (30.0 OCS) 136.5 106.5
25th 1644 Paul Shields Seasalter -25 24 22 25 18 24 138 113
26th 1947 Andrew Berisford Brightlingsea SC 24 (30.0 DNC) 30.0 DNC 21 22 18 145 115
27th 1966 Mark Aldridge Grafham Water Sailing Club 19 28 14 (30.0 DNC) 30.0 DNC 30.0 DNC 151 121
28th 1840 Keith Chidwick Queen Mary SC -28 25 25 26 25 23 152 124
29th 1481 Mike Gough Yorkshire Dales S C 29 26 (30.0 DNC) 27 26 25 163 133




Results:


Full Series Results available here



Una Fleet
CompetitorsEvent Placings
NameSailClubFormatHandicap PlaceFleet Place
Stuart Snell2016Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig11
Thomas Sandal1982Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig22
Jim Bowie1981Thorpe Bay Yacht ClubUna Rig33
Steve Sawford1989Rutland Water Sailing ClubUna Rig44
Kevin Kirby1776Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig55
Paul Craft1928Worthing Sailing ClubUna Rig66
David Ball1923Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig77
Liam Thom1957Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig88
Jenny Ball1917Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig99
Erling Holmberg2007Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig1010
George Love1825Carsington Sailing ClubUna Rig1111
Frank Sandells1986Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1212
David Groom1714Christchurch Sailing ClubUna Rig1313
Mark Hollis1980Seasalter Sailing ClubUna Rig1414
Peter Richardson1983Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig1515
John Manning1955Beaver Sailing ClubUna Rig1616
Gordon Deuce1461Brightlingsea Sailing ClubUna Rig1717
Gordon Goldstone2004Queen Mary Sailing ClubUna Rig1818
Chris Tillyer1953Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig1919
Andrew Clarke1522Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig2020
Jon Pearse1339Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig2121
Ed Tuite Dalton1940Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig2222
Andy Bunyan1289Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig2323
Donald Sloan1240Brightlingsea Sailing ClubUna Rig2424
Paul Shields1644Seasalter Sailing ClubUna Rig2525
Andrew Berisford1947Brightlingsea Sailing ClubUna Rig2626
Mark Aldridge1966Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig2727
Keith Chidwick1840Queen Mary Sailing ClubUna Rig2828
Mike Gough1461Yorkshire Dales Saling ClubUna Rig2929