Pictures by Mike Ward and Pentewan Sailing Club Report by: Keith Newnham
Pentewan Sands Sailing Club in Cornwall hosted the 2009 Sprint 15 national championships, this was the 8th time that the class has chosen this venue to stage their annual showdown, and with 60 boats entered the promise of an exciting 3 days racing was assured.
With overcast skies and a steady force 3 breeze the practice race got underway on the Sunday morning, just a single lap to get the feel of what was to come, after which the fleet came ashore for lunch in preparation of the afternoons sailing.
The prizes for this years championships were presented by Roger Lewsey, commodore of Pentewan Sands Sailing Club; first was Kyle Stoneham from Thorpe Bay Yacht Club with Thomas Sandal of Grafham Water Sailing Club second and Keith Newnham from Shanklin Sailing Club third, Robin Newbold of Carsington was forth and Steve Sawford from Rutland fifth.
The Most Improved Award was tastefully won by Erling Holmberg, with Charles and Elenya Watson second and Stuart Pierce third. The Team Prize was this year quietly won by Shanklin Sailing Club with Grafham Water Sailing Club runners up (but retaining the cup as they had forgotten to bring it with them). The Pro-Am championship was won by Keith Newnham and Steve Petts with Robert England and John Manning second and Frank Sandells and Dave Turnbull third. Keith Ball won the Heavyweights Trophy with Stuart Pierce second and Dave Turnbull third.
The Fifty Plus Trophy was “eventually” awarded to Frank Sandells, Gordon Goldstone was second and Eamonn Browne third. The Sixty Plus Trophy went to Keith Newnham (courtesy of his cardiac doctor), second was Erling Holmberg with Geoff Howlett third, all from blue rinse section of Shanklin Sailing Club. The Juniors Cup winner was Jack Turnbull from Seasalter Sailing Club, William Baker second and Jacob Aldridge third.
The Ladies Cup was won by Finella Miller of Marconi Sailing Club with Linda Littlejohn second. The dream team of Charles and Elenya Watson won the Two-Up Trophy (just as well really as they had also forgotten to bring it with them) with Simon and Lily Giles second and Jeremy and Sarah Britton third.
The Paul Smith Trophy Winner for the most persistant competitor was awarded to Keith Persin from Thorpe Bay Yacht Club by Carol Smith.
After the presentation of awards, the new class champion and flying ace Kyle Stoneham, thanked, (on behalf of the Sprint 15 Association and Competitors); the Pentewan Sands Sailing Club for hosting this marvelous event; the ladies of the club for the provision of food and drink during the day and the meals in the evening (how did they cater for all of us in that tiny kitchen?); the race officer Mike Ward for the excellent courses and race management and the rescue and buoy laying team out on the course. He also expressed his thanks to Brian Phipps and gang from Windsport International for all of their help in keeping the boats sailing with their supply of spares and repairs when needed, and all of the other sponsors for their help in supporting this event.
The author of this piece of drivel (sorry, article) would like to thank the ZZ Top look-a-like for those excellent pasties (or was it Father Christmas doing his summer job?), but would like to apologize for the fact that after the event all of the races seem the same, so you’ll find there could be scant regards as to the truth, but at least the names are correct to show up the guilty.
*The interloper on the Monday was Tom Phipps. He sailed the Windsport boat (1995) that had been sailed the day before by Richard Glover. The Windsport support team rotated on a daily basis to cover the various fleet and WindSport needs. It turned out that Brian Phipps arrived on the Monday (from the Dart 18 nationals) to “man the stand” and Richard Glover was back at base so Tom had a go in the boat. Despite Tom’s inexperience on a Sprint 15 he ‘gapped the fleet’ and won all 3 races he took part in. In the evening it was realized that while Richard Glover had entered and joined the Association when he entered, that Tom had not so his results did not stand. It was, however, an interesting demonstration of Tom’s sailing ability. Sadly there is no longer a RYA Tornado team for the Olympics for Tom to demonstrate his ability. Bob Carter
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