Northern Championships Draycote Water Sailing Club TT : Summer Series
Saturday 9th September 2017

There was a fabulous turnout of 19 boats for the Draycote TT on Saturday 9th Sept.  9 Draycote SC boats were joined by 10 boats that travelled from as far and wide as Shanklin and Marconi SC to attend the event.  It was great to see boats from across the country attending with some very welcome old and new faces (Yvonne Pike from Shanklin and Simon Ball from Draycote) racing at Draycote for the first time and they both did brilliantly!  The wind conditions were good but shifty, wind strength 9 -11 knots, blowing from the West occasionally gusting to 15 knots. Wind conditions presented the race officers for the day (Tim Case and Richard Colwell) with some challenges.  There was also a topper event on so the lake had to be split into two halves resulting in a short but challenging beat up to the windward mark. Tim and Richard set up a trapezoidal race course with a challenging start line, perfect for 19 boats but no room for error for those trying to squeeze in at the pin end of the start line!  

The first race was hotly contested by the fleet hot shots who quickly worked out that tacking off late on the first beat paid off with boats coming up on the windward mark. Ed Tuite Dalton (Draycote SC) was first to the windward mark and tacked off close to the mark and quickly pulling away from the rest of the fleet on the ensuing reach, the run presented options for front runners Ed, Paul, Liam Thom, Stuart Snell (in his brand new boat) and Jenny Ball to head either straight up to the downwind mark or gybe off and run down on the opposite tack. The reach back up to mark 4 was tight and fast and Paul Grattage pulled away from the competition and went onto win the first race. 

The first 3 races were closely competed and a clear pattern began to emerge with the first 3 places being taken by Paul, Liam and Stuart. Things were just as competitive at the back of the fleet with Phil Taylor, Stephen Pell and Simon Ball from Draycote fighting it out for runners up honours. Simon Ball from Draycote was competing in his first ever sailing event! He commented that " It was good to be overtaken by Paul because it allowed me to observe his technique which helped me greatly in subsequent races ".  It was also in the very best tradition of Sprint 15 sailing that Simon also noted that " The fleet was very welcoming and friendly and I am looking forward to my next race " 

In the fourth race Draycote hot shots, Dave Rowe and Jan Elfring, were competitive and Jan managed to be the first boat to the windward mark, he was so surprised that he asked the boats around him to note and record this as a stage victory, however things quickly unraveled as normal service was resumed as Paul, Liam and Jan competed for water at Mark 2 and the most talked about rule in sailing came into play, 3 boat lengths, overlap and water at the mark. There was much discussion in the bar afterwards between Jan and Paul about rights at the mark and what they would do differently next time.  Pete Slater (Draycote SC) sailed in the event using a very old club boat with a borrowed sail, but nothing holds back a good sailor and Pete was competitive in all races and was cruelly denied a top placing in the last race due to a major northerly wind shift.  Paul Grattage pulled away for yet another victory.  Dave Rowe (Draycote SC) sailed competitively in all four races and was just pipped by Ed into 6th place on the last race. 

To keep things exciting for the fleet and the race officers, Bill Hurr and Derek James decided to sail sport mode, a cunning and brilliant plan if the wind had been a few knots more, in the end Bill Hurr's superior boat handing skills gave Bill the honours in the sport mode competition, he actually managed to get out on the trapeze wire! 

At the after race presentations, Paul Grattage, our winner, thanked all for attending the event and race officers, Tim and Richard, for doing such a great job at Grafham SC .....Paul was clearly thinking ahead for his next appearance at Grafham, the error was corrected and the call went out for the next event in 2 weeks at Newhaven and Seaford SC on  Sat 23rd Sept . This will be their first hosting of a TT event so please come along and join them for what will be a first and I am sure a great event! 

Derek James

Sprint 15 - 1744

Name Sail Club Format R1 R2 R3 R4 Handicap Place Fleet Place
Paul Grattage 2018 Shanklin Sailing Club Una Rig 1 1 1 1 1 1
Liam Thom 1957 Shanklin Sailing Club Una Rig 2 5 2 2 2 2
Stuart Snell 2022 Grafham Water Sailing Club Una Rig 4 2 3 3 3 3
Jenny Ball 1917 Marconi Sailing Club Una Rig 6 3 4 4 4 4
Ed Tuite Dalton 1940 Draycote Water Sailing Club Una Rig 3 4 6 5 5 5
Chris Tillyer 1953 Marconi Sailing Club Una Rig 5 7 8 20 DNF 6 6
Peter Slater 1940 Draycote Water Sailing Club Una Rig 7 9 5 11 7 7
Jon Pearse 1988 Marconi Sailing Club Una Rig 8 6 13 7 8 8
Eamonn Browne 1861 Marconi Sailing Club Una Rig 10 8 7 8 9 9
David Rowe 378 Draycote Water Sailing Club Una Rig 12 14 9 6 10 10
Nigel James 1759 Marconi Sailing Club Una Rig 11 11 12 9 11 11
Yvonne Pike 1220 Shanklin Sailing Club Una Rig 13 12 10 10 12 12
Jan Elfring 1913 Draycote Water Sailing Club Una Rig 9 13 11 13 13 13
Bill Hurr 1736 Draycote Water Sailing Club Sport 17 10 14 14 14 1
David Warnock 2008 RYA Una Rig 16 17 16 12 15 14
Derek James 1744 Draycote Water Sailing Club Sport 15 15 15 15 16 2
Phil Taylor 1426 Draycote Water Sailing Club Una Rig 14 16 18 20 DNF 17 15
Stephen Pell 1700 Draycote Water Sailing Club Una Rig 18 18 17 16 18 16
Simon Ball 1519 Draycote Water Sailing Club Una Rig 20 DNF 19 19 17 19 17


Full Series Results available here

Una Fleet
CompetitorsEvent Placings
NameSailClubFormatHandicap PlaceFleet Place
Paul Grattage2018Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig11
Liam Thom1957Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig22
Stuart Snell2022Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig33
Jenny Ball1917Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig44
Ed Tuite Dalton1940Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig55
Chris Tillyer1953Thorpe Bay Yacht ClubUna Rig66
Peter Slater1940Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig77
Jon Pearse1988Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig88
Eamonn Browne1861Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig99
David Rowe378Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1010
Nigel James1759Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig1111
Yvonne Pike1220Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig1212
Jan Elfring1913Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1313
David Warnock2008RYAUna Rig1514
Phil Taylor1426Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1715
Stephen Pell1700Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1816
Simon Ball1519Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1917
Sport Fleet
CompetitorsEvent Placings
NameSailClubFormatHandicap PlaceFleet Place
Bill Hurr1736Draycote Water Sailing ClubSport141
Derek James1744Draycote Water Sailing ClubSport162