Datchet Sailing Club TT : Winter Series
Saturday 13th February 2016

On the 13th February Datchet Water Sailing Club hosted the penultimate round of the Sprint 15 2015/16 winter series. Fourteen helmsmen arrived at the club after travelling a combined total of over 900 miles to be greeted by a rather rainy and chilly morning, at least the vital ingredient of a 15 knot wind was present.

Newcomers to the class Andrew Sinclair and Daniel Drew joined us for their first Sprint 15 TT with their recently purchased boats after travelling all the way from Plymouth in Devon.

Race officer Barry Peters set the Sprint 15 favoured trapezoidal course and soon got proceedings underway with a clean start by everyone for race one. Paul Grattage was first to reach the windward mark and held the lead for the rest of the race, hotly pursued by Stewart Snell and David Groom. Through the rest of the fleet helms were tussling for places as large wind shifts allowed some sailors to make good gains if they were lucky enough to be in the right place as the gusts came through.

The second race promptly got underway with Gordon Goldstone and Steve Sawford starting on port and crossing ahead of the fleet. After rounding the windward mark, the wind increased and Andy Bunyan caused a bit of a distraction by flying a hull a bit too high until the inevitable happened and he capsized, all suggested claims of showboating were refuted. Steve Sawford had a race long battle with Paul Grattage for the lead with Paul finally taking the gun.

Thanks must be given to the race officer, along with his team for their efficient management both on and off the water to ensure a good days racing for all.

The winter series continues on the 20th March at Grafham Water Sailing club.

Position Name Sail Club Format Race 1 Race 2 Total
1 Paul Grattage 2018 Shanklin Sailing Club Una Rig 1 1 2
2 Stuart Snell 2016 Grafham Water Sailing Club Una Rig 2 3 5
3 Steve Sawford 1733 Rutland Water Sailing Club Una Rig 4 2 6
4 Andrew Sinclair 1547 Royal Western Yacht Club Una Rig 5 5 10
5 David Groom 1714 Netley Sailing Club Una Rig 3 8 11
6 Liam Thom 1957 Shanklin Sailing Club Una Rig 6 6 12
7 Gordon Goldstone 2004 Queen Mary Sailing Club Una Rig 11 4 15
8 Mark Hollis 1980 Seasalter Sailing Club Una Rig 9 7 16
9 Erling Holmberg 2007 Shanklin Sailing Club Una Rig 7 9 16
10 Andy Bunyan 1289 Stewartby Water Sports Club Una Rig 10 10 20
11 Howard Hawkes 1267 RYA Una Rig 8 15 DNF 23
12 Keith Chidwick 1840 Queen Mary Sailing Club Una Rig 12 11 23
13 Paul Shields 1644 Seasalter Sailing Club Una Rig 13 12 25
14 Daniel Drew 536 Royal Western Yacht Club Una Rig 15 DNF 13 28

Pictures by Barry Peters


Full Series Results available here

Una Fleet
CompetitorsEvent Placings
NameSailClubFormatHandicap PlaceFleet Place
Paul Grattage2018Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig11
Stuart Snell2016Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig22
Steve Sawford1733Rutland Water Sailing ClubUna Rig33
Andrew Sinclair1547Royal Western Yacht ClubUna Rig44
David Groom1714Christchurch Sailing ClubUna Rig55
Liam Thom1957Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig66
Gordon Goldstone2004Queen Mary Sailing ClubUna Rig77
Mark Hollis1980Seasalter Sailing ClubUna Rig88
Erling Holmberg2007Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig99
Andy Bunyan1289Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig1010
Howard Hawkes1267Snettisham Beach SCUna Rig1111
Keith Chidwick1840Queen Mary Sailing ClubUna Rig1212
Paul Shields1644Seasalter Sailing ClubUna Rig1313
Daniel Drew536Royal Western Yacht ClubUna Rig1414