Inland Championships \ Grafham Cat Open Grafham Water Sailing Club TT : Summer Series
Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th October 2008

The last regatta of the Windsport Catparts Sprint 15 Summer traveller series was held at Grafham Water Sailing Club on the weekend of 18/19 October which was also the Inland Championships. There were 31 entries with 22 travellers and a slightly disappointing 9 locals which made the Sprint 15 fleet the second largest at the Grafham Cat Open narrowly behind the Dart 18 (also an Inland Championships) which had 32 entries.

Saturday was a lovely clear sunny day with a tricky F3-4 SW wind which was prone to changeable gusts. The Race Officer, Phil Laycock, set at trapezoidal course with a heavy port end bias on the start line. In the first race Mark Aldridge crossed the fleet on a port flyer to take a huge lead at the windward mark from Kyle Stoneham, Robert England, Martyn Ellis and Charles Watson. Over the next couple of laps both Stoneham and Kevin Kirby worked their way up the fleet so the final sequence at the gun was Stoneham, Aldridge, Kirby, Watson and Ellis

In the second race, newly married Steve Sawford ( just returned from honeymooning in Rio), who was sailing Sport Mode, led from start to finish. David Ball, Aldridge and Watson jostled for 2nd place but at the end Watson claimed second from Aldridge, Ball and Nick Dewhirst.

In the third race 5 boats crossed the fleet on a port flyer as the start line remained heavily port biased. Once again Sawford led the charge from Stoneham, Tom Gall (who had flown back from team Puma Volvo 70 duty to take part), and Ellis and these 4 maintained positions to the gun. That just left Peter Richardson & Kirby fighting for 5th place and Kirby just managed to prevail.

On Sunday the weather was a little more overcast and the wind had gone more Southerly but started lighter at force 2-3. Race officer, Peter Saxton, set a trapezoidal course and after the customary Dart 18 general recall the Sprint 15s race 4 kicked off. Grafham’s William Tusting got off to a cracking start and led the fleet around the windward mark. He was followed by Stoneham, Aldridge, Kirby, George Love and Chris Black who had joined the fray after missing the Saturday. The beat had become very tactical with the wind being quite shifty and much place changing occurred over the following laps. Sawford worked his way though to the front of the fleet, but he was unable to offset the Sport handicap and it was Tusting who took the gun. Stoneham was second from Kirby, Black, Sawford and T Gall.

Race 5 followed and the wind was picking up. Tom Gall led the fleet closely followed by George Love, Aldridge and Watson. Nick Dewhirst and Ray Gall had an unfortunate collision which resulted in them both retiring, hurt. As the wind increased Stoneham took on the lead for a spell but was overhauled by Charles Watson who took his first gun of the weekend. Further down the field Andy Phillips mounted the windward mark and had to take a turn. So at the finish Watson was followed by Stoneham, Aldridge, T Gall, Sawford and Gordon Goldstone, who was having a better day.

Thus at the end of a good weekends sailing new traveller, Kyle Stoneham, was crowned the Sprint 15 Inland Champion from Steve Sawford and Charles Watson.

Our thanks go to Phil Laycock, Peter Saxton and the Grafham race team who did a super job running such a busy regatta.

The Winter Series starts on Saturday 1 November at Stewartby

Kyle Stoneham - S15 Inland Champion
Kyle Stoneham - S15 Inland Champion


Full Series Results available here

Una Fleet
CompetitorsEvent Placings
NameSailClubFormatHandicap PlaceFleet Place
Kyle Stoneham1148Thorpe Bay Yacht ClubUna Rig11
Charles Watson1237Halifax Sailing ClubUna Rig32
Mark Aldridge1522Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig43
Kevin Kirby1966Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig54
Tom Gall1226Carsington Sailing ClubUna Rig65
Martyn Ellis1981Thorpe Bay Yacht ClubUna Rig76
William Tusting1947Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig87
David Ball1488Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig98
Gordon Goldstone2004Queen Mary Sailing ClubUna Rig109
Thomas Sandal1957Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1110
Howard Hawkes1643Snettisham Beach SCUna Rig1211
Ben Tunnacliffe1343Halifax Sailing ClubUna Rig1312
Bob Rowntree1958Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1613
Peter Richardson1983Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig1714
Nick Dewhirst2006Whitstable Yacht ClubUna Rig1815
Steve Petts1934Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1916
Eamonn Quigley1715Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig2017
Chris Black2005Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig2118
Steven Tunnacliffe1959Halifax Sailing ClubUna Rig2219
James Hurst565Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig2320
Steve Roberts1910Dee Sailing ClubUna Rig2421
Andy Phillips602Filey Sailing ClubUna Rig2522
Keith Chidwick1840Queen Mary Sailing ClubUna Rig2723
Steve Davison1567Halifax Sailing ClubUna Rig2824
Fenella Miller1579Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig2925
Trevor Arnold2008Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig3026
Mladen Wilder1575Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig3127
Sport Fleet
CompetitorsEvent Placings
NameSailClubFormatHandicap PlaceFleet Place
Steve Sawford1733Rutland Water Sailing ClubSport21
Robert England1351RYASport142
George Love1825Carsington Sailing ClubSport153
Ray Gall1914Carsington Sailing ClubSport264