Northern Championship Carsington Sailing Club TT : Summer Series
Saturday 2nd - Sunday 3rd October 2021

As the storm clouds gathered over the Derbyshire countryside an intrepid bunch of dedicated TT racers assembled on the shores of Carsington for the penultimate event of the summer series.

Despite COVID confusion and panic buying at the pumps travellers came from as far as North Devon, Worthing and the Marconi SC in Essex. Giving an eventual fleet of 17 sailing Unarig, one Sport Mode boat and one two up on the start line for the two day event.

The race officer Henry Wright ably assisted by his team Keith and Liz Appleby laid out a superb trapezoid course which enabled two days of exciting competition. Six races, four on Saturday and two on Sunday were completed despite gusty winds and torrential rain on Saturday and force 7 gusts on Sunday in sunny conditions.

The conditions made for exciting racing with some notable performances across the fleet and some memorable moments.

In Race 1, Jason Clarke (Marconi) nailed a superb start and demonstrated his consummate skill by leading the whole way until he was knocked over by a most viscous gust a few yards short of the finish. The chasing pack alerted, Ed Tuite Dalton (Draycote) took the gun from Jenny Ball (Marconi) and Hector Bunclark (North Devon Yacht Club).

Race 2 and Jan Elfring (Draycote) was starting to revel in the conditions which saw him finish a close second to Jenny with Hector again in third spot.

Race 3 was a battle at the head of the fleet from the young contenders. Jason was back in great form and finished a close second to Hector. Ed and Jenny were keeping consistent pace in third and fourth respectively.

Race 4, the last on Saturday, and the cold, wet and windy conditions were starting to have a strength sapping effect. Ed took the bullet from Hector and Jan before the fleet headed for home.

Sunday dawned sunny, still cold and the wind had increased with even fiercer gusts.

Race 5 and Jenny was pushed all the way by Jason with Paul Craft (Worthing) completing the top three.

In the final Race 6 Jenny’s skill and experience came to the fore. A pack of port flyers and a drifting windwark mark could not put her off her stride and she took the gun from Paul and Hector.

A few memorable moments were recorded:

Which sea based sailor said - “I imagine you don’t get very big waves on here.” Not true on Sunday!

Paul Craft for starting nearly every race on port at the pin end. The bravery of it!

Some of the more experienced helms who took a swim on the Sunday. No names, no pack drill.

The RO’s comment midway through the last race – “Let’s give them one more lap and call it a day. This is getting a bit manic!”

The races really separated the boys from the girls with a triumphant Jenny Ball from team Marconi raising the trophy on Sunday afternoon. Narrowly behind was Hector Bunclark, taking a short break from his studies at Southampton Uni to give an amazing display of flying a hull through the finish line. Third overall was Ed Tuite Dalton managing to win two of the six legs.

Event photographer Pauline Love’s amazing pictures are well worth a look and demonstrate the capabilities of these small craft and their helms in really challenging conditions.

As the skilled champions battled for podium positions at the front of the course, a more sedate but equally challenging contest was going on at the rear. As this year saw three home club newcomers to the Sprint15 family…

A couple of months earlier George Love and Ray Gall were sat in the teaching room at Carsington, patiently going through the basics of race strategy with their motley crew of novices. Answering questions like “Why do I need a race watch again?” and “So, who has the right of way when you get near that floaty thing?”

Forward track to the race line and the three newbies Sam Wood, Nick Pulman and Russell Briggs were dutifully assembled, all rather nervous and trying not to get in anyone’s way.

As the gun sounded and the rest of the race set off at pace, Russell was first off the mark. With skills worthy of the Titanic quartermaster he ploughed perfectly into a large orange club fixed buoy that someone had left on the start line (Pauline’s photography is again recommended).

Meanwhile some 100yds back from the start Nick and Sam battled courageously against the weather conditions. Sam mastered the three point turn technique by reversing his rudders and finally got going. Nick on the other hand managed a gybe and travelled another 50 yds back humming air on the G string and reminiscing about a cigar called Hamlet.

Despite this, all three managed the course, learnt a lot about sailing, and made some new friends by taking part. Race winners should beware, Russell has finally got his cat off the buoy and Nick has now bought a race watch and a waterproof hat, ready for the next series!

The club hosted a great event on Saturday evening with a hearty dinner and some impressive dad dancing at the disco. Particular thanks to the staff at Carsington, the race and safety teams who ran a superb event on the water and to George Love for bringing the event together, including a spectacular prize giving ceremony on Sunday.

By Nick Pulman (Carsington SC)

Rank SailNo Club HelmName CrewName PY R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
1st 2025 Marconi Jenny Ball   926 2.0 1.0 4.0 (8.0) 1.0 1.0 17.0 9.0
2nd 1951 North Devon Hector Bunclark   926 3.0 3.0 1.0 2.0 (9.0) 3.0 21.0 12.0
3rd 2023 Draycote Edward Tuite Dalton   926 1.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 (10.0) 10.0 29.0 19.0
4th 1913 Draycote Jan Elfring   926 7.0 2.0 (8.0) 3.0 5.0 6.0 31.0 23.0
5th 1982 Worthing Paul Craft   926 9.0 (17.0) 5.0 6.0 3.0 2.0 42.0 25.0
6th 1776 Marconi Kevin Kirby   926 5.0 5.0 (9.0) 5.0 7.0 5.0 36.0 27.0
7th 1917 Marconi Jason Clarke   926 11.0 6.0 2.0 7.0 2.0 (22.0 RET) 50.0 28.0
8th 1988 Marconi John Pearse   926 6.0 7.0 6.0 (11.0) 6.0 4.0 40.0 29.0
9th 2019 Carsington George Love   926 4.0 8.0 7.0 9.0 (11.0) 9.0 48.0 37.0
10th 2015 Marconi Nigel James   926 8.0 12.0 10.0 4.0 12.0 (13.0) 59.0 46.0
11th 1914 Carsington Ray Gall   926 12.0 11.0 (15.0) 13.0 8.0 7.0 66.0 51.0
12th 1339 Marconi Jemma Clarke   926 10.0 9.0 13.0 14.0 (15.0) 11.0 72.0 57.0
13th 1744 Draycote Derek James   926 14.0 10.0 12.0 12.0 13.0 (22.0 RET) 83.0 61.0
14th 1424 North Devon Keith Heason   894 13.0 13.0 16.0 10.0 14.0 (22.0 DNC) 88.0 66.0
15th 1877 Carsington Nick Pulman   926 (17.0) 15.0 11.0 16.0 17.0 14.0 90.0 73.0
16th 1717 Carsington Samual Wood   926 15.0 14.0 (17.0) 17.0 16.0 12.0 91.0 74.0
17th 2022 Grafham Stuart Snell   926 (22.0 DNC) 22.0 DNC 22.0 DNC 22.0 DNC 4.0 8.0 100.0 78.0
18th 1635 Carsington Russell Briggs   926 16.0 16.0 14.0 15.0 (22.0 DNC) 22.0 DNC 105.0 83.0
19th 1923 Marconi David Ball John Ball 926 (22.0 RET) 22.0 DNC 22.0 DNC 22.0 DNC 22.0 DNC 22.0 DNC 132.0 110.0


Full Series Results available here

Two Up Fleet
CompetitorsEvent Placings
NameSailClubFormatHandicap PlaceFleet Place
David Ball and John Ball1923Marconi Sailing ClubTwo Up1919
Una Fleet
CompetitorsEvent Placings
NameSailClubFormatHandicap PlaceFleet Place
Jenny Ball2025Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig11
Hector Bunclark1951North Devon Yacht ClubUna Rig22
Ed Tuite Dalton2023Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig33
Jan Elfring1913Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig44
Paul Craft1982Worthing Sailing ClubUna Rig55
Kevin Kirby1776Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig66
Jason Clarke1917Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig77
Jon Pearse1988Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig88
George Love2019Carsington Sailing ClubUna Rig99
Nigel James2015Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig1010
Ray Gall1914Carsington Sailing ClubUna Rig1111
Jemma Clarke1339Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig1212
Derek James1744Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1313
Keith Heason1424North Devon Yacht ClubUna Rig1414
Stuart Snell2022Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1515
Nick Pulman1877Carsington Sailing ClubUna Rig1616
Samuel Wood1717Carsington Sailing ClubUna Rig1717
Russell Briggs1635Carsington Sailing ClubUna Rig1818