Northern Championships Draycote Water Sailing Club TT : Summer Series
Saturday 10th September 2016

The first one day summer series at Draycote was held in light winds and rain on Saturday 10th September. Not great conditions but 23 boats signed on with a home contingent of 11 boats.

Race Officer Tim Case delivered the brief and set the usual trapezoid course. The conditions were light and a bit of a disappointment for the pie-eaters as Friday had been so windy. And also quite nice on Sunday. Typical. However, places could be lost and gained on all legs and there was close racing all day as commented on by a number of sailors.

Race 1

With the wind shifting about a bit in Race one and everyone keen to get going, some were keener than others as we had two boats over the line, Howard Hawkes and Chris Tillyer. Chris went on to get two seconds and a third in the final race for third overall, so this obviously didn't put him off. Howard Hawkes was heard to complain that some of the sailors he has been coaching in his teach-ins are now beating him.

George Love sailed off to a fine win in race one.  We can see his new boat has given him a new lease of life. Steve Sawford got second in race one and commented that the reaches were giving him headaches as he was concentrating so hard. This stayed the same throughout the day, as you needed to keep on the wind. Advantages were gained by holding the gusts for a few seconds more but quite frustrating when you stalled.

Rumour was that Paul Grattage threw Race 1 to keep everyone interested.

Ant Clay of Draycote commented that he wanted it to end there as he got his best result, a good solid 5th in Race One. Jenny Ball managed to park on the windward mark. Twice. Skills. But still a managed a good position after a good result of 6th in Race One.

Jim Bowie took third, and was looking forward to lunch. Kevin Kirby got fourth but I didn't catch him afterwards to get his comments.

Race 2

Busy start line and a couple of port flyers including Ant Clay which caused a bit of hollering. Then a lot of boats converged at the windward mark.  Always good to watch this stuff play out from a safe distance.

Derek James and Ant Clay got in a bit of a muddle and ended in irons. Not great to be a few boat lengths and on the lay line for them but the author managed to nip inside, whey hey! But then managed to hit the mark and consequently lost out during turns. Muppet.

The first four overall were all up there in this race with Paul Grattage resuming normal service. George love dropping to fourth and Chris Tyler second and Liam Thom getting the first of two thirds that pulled him up at the end of the day to fourth overall.


Quite a few of the fleet had got wet and cold in the morning and resorted to further layers for the afternoon. Jim Bowie had good results in Race One – a 3rd and in Race Two- a 5th, but went downhill after lunch with 8th places in Races Three and Four after his pie and chips. What sort of pie Jim? I’m going to avoid them too.

Race 3

The start line had a bit of port bias and there was a collision at the start apparently. I am not sure what the record for collisions in six minutes is, but, well, it's embarrassing really. I hit Bill Hurr before the start, my fault [ windward ], then called starboard on Derek James after he tacked in my path [ his fault] and we touched, then same again with Steve Pell [ his fault ].

There has been some debate in the fleet about performance and weights of the new boats. Frankly we should investigate Newton's Law of Gravitational Force between any two objects depending on their sizes. In other words, the larger the object, the stronger the gravitational attraction. I.E. the increased mass of the old boats and helm is attracting other boats to mine. That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it.

Derek James also had a moment in race three when after he had called starboard he got a non-committal "I know" and retorted "well get out of the Bl**dy way". How rude!

Dave Rowe made a rookie error and stopped and had a drink when he heard a gun just before the line thinking it was him and was pipped by myself and Tim Hill in race three. Dave was consistent though, his results were 9, 8 and 10. Tim also had a good event and grew in confidence once he knew where he was going.

The usual suspects were up the front. Paul Grattage, Chris Tillyer and Liam Thom. George had his discard on this race only managing 7th.

Race 4

Steve Pell from Draycote had the best start ever.  Right up to the point when he realised he was a minute early. He maybe needs some lessons in setting his watch and start practice. Always a giveaway when no one else is on the line Steve.

We all almost hiked as the wind picked up slightly. When I say we I really meant the lightweights. Ed Tuite Dalton mentioned race 4 was one lap too long as we did three laps. I think he was overtaken by Jim Bowie or Steve Sawford or both.

Peter slater thought he had weed round his rudder as he was getting stuffed in Race Four from a promising position in at the windward mark down to 11th.

Top 3 in race 4 were the top 3 overall. Paul Grattage, George Love and Chris Tillyer.

Thanks to Race Officer Tim Case and his assistants Dave and Richard for running the event and particularly for turning the races round quickly.

Man of few words Paul Grattage noted at the prize giving there were a few new faces and encouraged them to keep coming to Graffham and the winter series.

In particular new fleet member Dave Warnock was pleased to not be last in a couple of races, which is always positive.

By Jan Elfring

Rank SailNo Club HelmName Rating R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st 2018 Shanklin SC Paul Grattage 931 (8.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 11.0 3.0
2nd 2019 Carsington SC George Love 931 1.0 4.0 (7.0) 2.0 14.0 7.0
3rd 1953 TBYC Chris Tillyer 931 (14.0) 2.0 2.0 3.0 21.0 7.0
4th 1957 Shanklin SC Liam Thom 931 (7.0) 3.0 3.0 5.0 18.0 11.0
5th 1733 Rutland SC steve Sawford 931 2.0 (10.0) 4.0 7.0 23.0 13.0
6th 1981 TBYC Jim Bowie 931 3.0 5.0 (8.0) 8.0 24.0 16.0
7th 2020 Marconi SC Kevin Kirby 931 4.0 6.0 (10.0) 9.0 29.0 19.0
8th 1940 Draycote Water SC Ed Tuite Dalton 931 10.0 9.0 (14.0) 4.0 37.0 23.0
9th 1267 Snettisham Beach SC Howard Hawkes 931 (15.0) 12.0 5.0 6.0 38.0 23.0
10th 1909 Draycote Water SC Pete Slater 931 (11.0) 7.0 6.0 11.0 35.0 24.0
11th 1662 Draycote Water SC Ant Clay 931 5.0 11.0 11.0 (13.0) 40.0 27.0
12th 378 Draycote Water SC David Rowe 931 9.0 8.0 (17.0) 10.0 44.0 27.0
13th 1917 Marconi SC Jenny Ball 931 6.0 14.0 9.0 (15.0) 44.0 29.0
14th 1988 Marconi SC Jon Pearse 931 13.0 (17.0) 13.0 12.0 55.0 38.0
15th 1884 Draycote Water SC Roger Pratt 931 (18.0) 15.0 12.0 14.0 59.0 41.0
16th 1913 Draycote Water SC Jan Elfring 931 12.0 (21.0) 15.0 16.0 64.0 43.0
17th 1546 Stewartby SC Andy Bunyan 931 (20.0) 13.0 20.0 17.0 70.0 50.0
18th 198 Draycote Water SC Tim Hill 931 19.0 (23.0) 16.0 18.0 76.0 53.0
19th 1744 Draycote Water SC Derek James 931 16.0 (19.0) 18.0 19.0 72.0 53.0
20th 1700 Draycote Water SC Stephen Pell 931 (22.0) 16.0 22.0 20.0 80.0 58.0
21st 1976 Draycote Water SC Phil Taylor 931 17.0 18.0 (24.0 DNS) 24.0 DNS 83.0 59.0
22nd 1736 Draycote Water SC Bill Hurr 931 21.0 22.0 19.0 (24.0 DNF) 86.0 62.0
23rd 2008   David Warnock 931 (23.0) 20.0 21.0 21.0 85.0 62.0

Pictures by Malcolm Lewin


Full Series Results available here

Una Fleet
CompetitorsEvent Placings
NameSailClubFormatHandicap PlaceFleet Place
Paul Grattage2018East Down Yacht ClubUna Rig11
George Love2019Carsington Sailing ClubUna Rig22
Chris Tillyer1953Thorpe Bay Yacht ClubUna Rig33
Liam Thom1957Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig44
Steve Sawford1733Rutland Water Sailing ClubUna Rig55
Jim Bowie1981Thorpe Bay Yacht ClubUna Rig66
Kevin Kirby2020Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig77
Ed Tuite Dalton1940Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig88
Howard Hawkes1267Snettisham Beach SCUna Rig99
Peter Slater1909Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1010
Ant Clay1662Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1111
David Rowe378Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1212
Jenny Ball1917Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig1313
Jon Pearse1988Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig1414
Roger Pratt1884Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1515
Jan Elfring1913Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1616
Andy Bunyan1546Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig1717
Tim Hill198Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1818
Derek James1744Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1919
Stephen Pell1700Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig2020
Phil Taylor1976Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig2121
Bill Hurr1736Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig2222
David Warnock2008RYAUna Rig2323