Stewartby Water Sports Club TT : Winter Series
Saturday 6th November 2010

Report By Karl Pountney

November 6th: A bright autumnal Saturday greeted 23 helms at the first of the Sprint 15 Winter TT events at Stewartby Water Sports Club in Bedfordshire. With 8 boats from the home fleet and 15 visitors, all that was needed was the breeze to hold up.

At the briefing Chris Black provided a gloomy afternoon weather forecast and, with a quick show of hands, the fleet elected to take both races back-to-back.

The first race started on a congested start line and plenty of shouting at the committee boat end. Race Officer Simon Witham posted the ‘X’ flag and 3 or 4 helms returned to restart. The light shifting breeze favoured boats that headed into the centre of the lake on the first beat with boats heading into the bank to tack onto the starboard layline struggling to get going.
Three laps fitted neatly into the hour with Chris Black taking the honours followed by Earling Holmberg and Stewartby’s very own Simon Miles (the Stig) in the club’s Sailing School Sprint ‘trainer’.

Ray Gall and Steve Sawford, sailing the Sprint DX format, posted mid-fleet results on handicap in race 1, but as the breeze began to build there was every chance their results would improve in Race 2.

A much more orderly start this time, however it would be the windward mark where folk would come unstuck. A large raft formed and a number of back markers were able to sneak past to take advantage of the stronger breeze. Over the 3 laps, the shifting wind meant that places were won or lost on the beats and downwind legs. Those who led the first race were finding themselves mid-fleet with Kevin Dutch, Peter Slater and Steve Sawford pushing up to take 1st, 2nd and 3rd (on handicap) as proceedings came to a close.

As folk came ashore the wind cleared-off, Black’s sagely foresight paid off to everyone’s benefit.
In the race-hut, a number of ties had to be settled but in the end Peter Slater (Draycote) took his first event win, followed by, 2nd, Chris Black (Grafham) and 3rd Howard Hawkes (Thorpe Bay). First Stewartby boat was Simon Miles (4th) followed by Mark Norman (9th) and Class Captain Jon Finch (13th).

The whole fleet left with a crate of beer, happy and looking forward to Carsington on the 4th December and then onwards to events throughout the winter.

The Fleet At Stewartby
The Fleet At Stewartby
George Love
George Love


Full Series Results available here

Una Fleet
CompetitorsEvent Placings
NameSailClubFormatHandicap PlaceFleet Place
Peter Slater1627Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig11
Chris Black2005Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig22
Howard Hawkes1643Snettisham Beach SCUna Rig33
Simon Miles527Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig44
Erling Holmberg2007Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig55
George Stephen1594Queen Mary Sailing ClubUna Rig66
Robert England1351RYAUna Rig77
Kevin Dutch1938Seasalter Sailing ClubUna Rig88
Mark Norman1431Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig99
George Love1825Carsington Sailing ClubUna Rig1010
Liam Thom554Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig1111
Gordon Goldstone2004Queen Mary Sailing ClubUna Rig1212
Jon Finch1890Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig1313
Steve Wakelam1479Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig1414
Ed Tuite Dalton1940Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1515
Chris Clarke378Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig1616
George Wood1908Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1717
Philip Warner1756Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1818
Karl Pountney1494Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig1919
Robert Finch1838Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig2020
Mark Rushton1530Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig2121