Draycote Water Sailing Club TT : Summer Series
Saturday 10th July 2021

12 competitors took to the water at our third summer TT of 2021 at Draycote Water.  There was a lower than usual turnout from the local fleet with only 3 home boats, but we welcomed 9 visitors, all of us sailing Una rig.  As the forecast had predicted, we had very light and fluctuating winds of around 5 knots which created some challenges for our Race Officer, Tim Case and his assistant Nicky Wilcox, who had kindly stood in at very short notice.  They managed to keep their cool and set us a trapezodial course and we were soon racing.

In race 1 it was Liam Thom who took an early lead which he managed to hold in the very fickle winds.  As we virtually drifted around the course the Race Officer decided to shorten the race to one lap, giving Liam his first win, followed by Jenny Ball and Steve Sawford.  It was a frustrating time for many of the fleet with holes and windshifts appearing at just the wrong time for them.

Race 2 started in a similar vein, with Liam again managing to get to the windward mark first, closely followed by Steve Sawford.  Steve managed to overtake Liam on the next leg of the course and held the lead for the first lap.  On the second lap Liam managed to claw back the lead, only to be overtaken again by Steve on the line to take the race win.

In the continuing light winds, Race 3 got under way with 4 boats reaching the windward mark, well ahead of the rest of the fleet, creating their own breakaway group. Steve again was in the lead, closely followed by Paul Craft and Liam Thom each trying to psych each other out as they went round the first lap. This may have affected Liam as he had a disappointing second beat where he dropped back out of contention to 4th behind Ed Tuite Dalton with Paul Craft overtaking Steve Sawford to take the win.

With all to play for in the fourth and final race, the wind virtually disappeared after the 5 minute gun, leaving those some distance away from the start line a big challenge to get there in time.  As a result, Liam got a good start, with Paul and Ed following close behind, but Steve and Jenny were nowhere to be seen and reportedly taking nearly 6 minutes to cross the start line after the gun had gone.   Liam led the way over the 2 laps to secure his second win, followed by Paul and George Love.

Liam was our overall winner of the event, with Steve Sawford second and Paul Craft third.

It was good to be back out on the water and we were lucky to get 4 races in, thanks to the efforts of our race officer holding his nerve and turning around the races as quickly as he could.

Report by Ed Tuite Dalton
Pictures by Tim Case

Rank Sail Number Club Name R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st 1957 Shanklin Sailing Club Liam Thom 1 2 -4 1 8 4
2nd 1989 Rutland SC Steven Sawford 3 1 2 -6 12 6
3rd 1939 Worthing SC Paul Craft -7 5 1 2 15 8
4th 2025 Marconi SC Jenny Ball 2 3 5 -8 18 10
5th 2023 Draycote Water Ed Tuite Dalton 5 -7 3 4 19 12
6th 2019 Carsington George Love -10 4 8 3 25 15
7th 1359 Stewartby Sailing Club Scott Wilcox -8 6 6 5 25 17
8th 1988 Marconi Sailing Club Jon Pearse 6 -8 7 7 28 20
9th 2015 Marconi Nigel James 4 -9 9 9 31 22
10th 1709 Shanklin Sailing Club Yvonne Pike 9 (15.0 DNF) 10 15.0 DNF 49 34
11th 1700 Draycote Water James Knight 11 (15.0 DNC) 15.0 DNC 15.0 DNC 56 41
12th 1827 Draycote Water Richard Knight (15.0 DNF) 15.0 DNC 15.0 DNC 15.0 DNC 60 45


Full Series Results available here

Una Fleet
CompetitorsEvent Placings
NameSailClubFormatHandicap PlaceFleet Place
Liam Thom1957Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig11
Steve Sawford1989Rutland Water Sailing ClubUna Rig22
Paul Craft1939Worthing Sailing ClubUna Rig33
Jenny Ball2025Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig44
Ed Tuite Dalton2023Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig55
George Love2019Carsington Sailing ClubUna Rig66
Scott Wilcox1359Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig77
Jon Pearse1988Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig88
Nigel James2015Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig99
Yvonne Pike1709Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig1010
James Knight1700Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1111
Richard Knight1827Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1212