The Windsport Catparts Traveller Series for 2009 was won for the second year running by Charles Watson who beat Erling Holmberg into second place by his performance in the last event at Grafham. The Queen Mary duo of Gordon Goldstone and Keith Chidwick took third and fourth respectively with Howard Hawkes in fifth place. The leaders were a bit lucky as several of the top sailors were struggling to get in enough events to qualify. This was particularly true of John Postlethwaite who only got back into travelling later in the year but he took a first and a second – so watch out guys for next year!
The biggest event of the season was at Grafham with 38 entries and some challenging windy conditions. Brian Phipps of Windsport won but John Postlethwaite, Steve Sawford and Charles Watson gave him a run for his money. John Postlethwaite won from Robin Newbold narrowly at Carsington where we had 17 entries and light and fickle winds. At Marconi we had 16 entries and strong winds and it was a local trio of David Ball, Peter Tovey and Jenny Ball who took the honours leaving the travellers struggling for the minor places. The Open Dinghy Club at Angmering was our smallest event with just 10 entries but it is a nice relaxing venue and Erling Holmberg took first place from the local, Chris Ricard, and Gordon Goldstone took third place. Kevin Dutch stole the show at Seasalter with a masterful performance in Sport mode. Kevin has been recently grounded by the arrival of a baby daughter but he promises to be back in the fray next year. There were 18 entries at Seasalter and the northern contingent of Charles Watson and Ben Tunnacliffe muscled their way to second and third places. This was despite the Tunnacliffs leading the locals astray with a late night drinking session until 5am Sunday morning.
Sadly we did not get enough entries sailing Sport mode to present the Sportster Traveller Cup.
Final Results Summary:
Overall TT Series Top 5 Places: 1st Charles Watson (Halifax Sailing Club) 9 Pts , 2nd Erling Holmberg (Shanklin Sailing Club) 11 Pts, 3rd Gordon Goldstone (Queen Mary Sailing Club) 19 Pts, 4th Keith Chidwick (Queen Mary Sailing Club) 26 Pts, 5th Howard Hawkes (Snettisham Beach SC) 32 Pts
Una and Two-Up Fleet Top 3 Places: 1st Charles Watson (Halifax Sailing Club) 8 Pts, 2nd Erling Holmberg (Shanklin Sailing Club) 10 Pts, 3rd Gordon Goldstone (Queen Mary Sailing Club) 18 Pts
Sport Fleet Top 3 Places: 1st George Love (Carsington Sailing Club) 17 Pts, 2nd Kevin Dutch (Seasalter Sailing Club) 17 Pts, 3rd Derek James (Draycote Water Sailing Club) 18 Pts
Southern Champion: Erling Holmberg (Shanklin Sailing Club)
Northern Champion: John Postlethwaite (Beaver Sailing Club)
Inland Champion: Brian Phipps (Restronguet Sailing Club)
Full Series Results are available here
Windsport Voucher Winners:
Total Number of Individual Competitors who attended at least one event: 69