Grafham Water Sailing Club TT : Winter Series
Sunday 19th March 2017

 The Chris Black Sprint 15 Icicle Winter Event at Grafham

The Grafham Sprint 15 Icicle traveller event was run on 19 March and undoubtedly the strong winds forecast put off a number of travellers. In the event 13 travellers joined 4 locals for some good sailing in a South Westerly force 4/5 breeze gusting to force 6. The conditions did not deter new members of the fleet, Christian Mash and Jamie Whitaker from taking part. Christian had bought boat just the week before.

The race officer, Mark Rushton and his team, set a trapezoidal course at the western end of the lake and the Sprint 15s were the first start with the Grafham Club fleets following in the later starts.

In the first race Robert Finch look an early lead and was first to the windward mark closely followed by Paul Grattage, David Groom and Jan Elfring. Grattage took the lead on the first beat. Further back we saw the first, of many capsizes of the day and like most it was the region of mark 2 where the fresh breeze at the gybe mark caught a number of the sailors napping. Grattage progressively extended his lead from Finch but behind Finch the group of Groom, Chris Tillyer, Elfring and Steve Sawford, were fighting it out for third place and Thomas Sandal and Jenny Ball were not far behind. Sawford took third place on lap 2 and then second on lap 3 but Grattage was in a class of his own, sailing visibly faster and a little freer upwind. So Grattage took the gun from Sawford, Finch, Tillyer and Groom.

The second race followed quickly after and it was once again Sawford, Grattage and Finch trading places on the first beat for the lead. Grattage was first to the mark followed by Finch, Sawford and Groom, so very similar to race one. The wind was now much fresher at the gybe mark and Sawford took a swim soon followed by Sandal. Sawford did an incredibly rapid righting only losing a place or two but for Sandal it took longer and he chose to retire as he was paying the price for being out of practice after a long absense. Sawford’s swim left Finch in a clear second place and throughout the race Grattage and Finch extended their lead in first and second places respectively right to the gun. Groom took 3rd from Sawford, Tillyer, Elfring and Ed Tuite Dalton..


So Grattage won the event for the 3rd year running and was presented with the Chris Black Trophy by Judith Black who had kindly come to present the Trophy she donated 3 years ago.

The fleet had a good workout in the fresh conditions and Kevin Cummerson was the only Grafham Club sailor who avoided a swim.

This event concludes the Winter Series but the Summer Series starts at Marconi on 8/9 April.


Pos Sail No Helm Club R1 R2 Pts
1st 2018 Paul Grattage Shanklin SC 1 1 2
2nd 1838 Robert Finch Stewartby SC 3 2 5
3rd 1989 Steve Sawford Rutland SC 2 4 6
4th 1714 David Groom Christchurch Sailing Club 5 3 8
5th 1953 Chris Tillyer Marconi SC 4 5 9
6th 1940 Ed Tuite Dalton Draycote Water SC 8 7 15
7th 1913 Jan Elfring Draycote Water SC 9 6 15
8th 1917 Jenny Ball Marconi SC 7 9 16
9th 1988 Jon Pearse Marconi SC 10 8 18
10th 1982 Thomas Sandal Grafham Water Sailing Club 6 DNC 23
11th 378 David Rowe Draycote Water SC 14 10 24
12th 1582 Kevin Cummerson Grafham Water Sailing Club 13 11 24
13th 1939 Christian Mash Grafham Water Sailing Club 11 13 24
14th 2004 Gordon Goldstone Queen Mary SC 12 12 24
15th 2019 George Love Carsington SC RTD DNC 34
15th 1902 Jamie Whitaker Grafham Water Sailing Club DNC DNC 34


Full Series Results available here

Una Fleet
CompetitorsEvent Placings
NameSailClubFormatHandicap PlaceFleet Place
Paul Grattage2018East Down Yacht ClubUna Rig11
Robert Finch1838Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig22
Steve Sawford1989Rutland Water Sailing ClubUna Rig33
David Groom1714Christchurch Sailing ClubUna Rig44
Chris Tillyer1953Thorpe Bay Yacht ClubUna Rig55
Ed Tuite Dalton1940Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig66
Jan Elfring1913Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig77
Jenny Ball1917Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig88
Jon Pearse1988Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig99
Thomas Sandal1982Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1010
David Rowe378Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1111
Kevin Cummerson1582Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1212
Christian Mash1939Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1313
Gordon Goldstone2004Queen Mary Sailing ClubUna Rig1414
George Love2019Carsington Sailing ClubUna Rig1515
Jamie Whittaker1902Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1616