Northern Championship Carsington Sailing Club TT : Summer Series
Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th September 2022

Fourteen travelling competitors from far and wide and ranging in age from 10 years old to 70 plus joined the one home boat of George Love to compete a six race card over two days at the idyllic setting of Carsington Water in Derbyshire.

Like many reservoirs around the country, the tide has well and truly gone out creating a very large and muddy beach. But there was still plenty of water to play on with access via a very long slipway that the club had constructed during the last major drought year. So, it was game on thanks to the pre-planning of previous years and some recent hard work by club management to ensure the event could happen.

The nationally acclaimed home club race management team comprising PRO Henry Wright and ARO’s Keith and Liz Appleby ably assisted by the superb mark laying/safety team of Dick Dalton, Dave Curran and Mick Steer laid a trapezoidal course for both days.

A gentle and shifty south easterly breeze, overcast skies with very brief spells of sunshine greeted the sailors as they headed out to do battle on Day 1. It was to be a day of snakes and ladders with big wind shifts, calm spells on parts of the lake whilst, at the same moment other areas had lively zephyrs topping out at 13 knots. Big gains and big losses were to be had depending upon one’s position was at the time.

Race 1 and the battle at the front of the fleet quickly developed into a two boat race between former national champions Stuart Snell (Grafham) and David Ball sailing two-up with 10 year old son, John (Marconi). They eventually pulled out a reasonable lead over the rest of the fleet and traded places with Stuart taking the win. The following five or six boats of Ed Tuite Dalton (Draycote), Derek James (Draycote), Jon Pearce (Marconi), current National Champion Liam Thom (Shanklin), Scott Wilcox (Stewartby), George and Jenny Ball (Marconi) were also in a trading places battle with Ed, Liam, Scott and George finishing in that order behind the lead two boats.

Race 2 saw Ed nail the start and by the end of lap 1 had established what would turn out to be an unassailable lead at the finish. Behind Ed a battle ensued between David & John, Charles Watson (Yorkshire Dales), Jason Clarke (Marconi), George, Jenny, Liam and Stuart.

The last run was to be the decider with wind on one side of the leg and little on the other. George rode his luck on the former (no good judgement involved!) whilst the others opted for the latter side much to the others consternation to finish second. Third to sixth were David and John, Jason, Stuart and Liam.

Race 3 and Scott was the early leader after one lap with Liam, Jenny, Ed, Charles and George snapping at his transom and each others. Further back Stuart had got off to a poor start but we all know how quickly he can work his way through the field. At the finish Liam took the gun from Jenny followed by Jason, Scott, Stuart and David and John.

The fleet retired to the clubhouse for a well-earned and hearty meal washed down with refreshment and lively banter.

Sunday dawned a little brighter than Saturday with a fresher breeze with gusts topping out around 20 knots with the potential to catch the unwary. But such is the skill and expertise of the sailors all across the fleet that the safety boats were never to be troubled by swimming helms or crew.

Race 4 and Day 2 saw current National Champion Liam get into his usual stride. There had been some speculation that on Day 1 he had been suffering a bout of altitude sickness on account of being so far north from his home waters on the Isle of Wight! That said he wasn’t to have it all his own way. He took the honours in Race 4 but was pushed all the way by Jenny, Stuart, David and John, Scott and George.

Further down the field and only by a small distance, the racing was just as competitive, not least in the family father/daughter rivalry between Dave and Jemma Clarke (Marconi) with Yvonne Pike (Shanklin) and Andy Bunyan (Stewartby) battling just as much as the front runners and all of whom finished each race within one or two minutes of each other.

Race 5 and from the get go, Stuart pulled out a huge lead over the chasing pack of Jason,

Ed, Liam, Dave and Jenny. He kept this all the way to the line with Liam, Jason, Jenny, Ed and Dave completing the top six places in that order.

Race 6, the final fling and it was still all to play for. Liam was on his mettle but pushed hard for the first lap by George and Jenny with Derek, David and John, David and Yvonne within shouting distance. Liam slowly crept away on the first downwind leg with George and Jenny trying to keep pace but locked in a battle of their own. Jenny got the drop on George at the leeward mark but he quickly returned the compliment on the next upwind leg to find Stuart had worked his way through the field from a less than perfect start and was catching them fast. Jason and Ed had also made good progress through the fleet after finishing the first lap in 10th and 11th place respectively.

Liam took the gun with George, Jenny, Stuart, Ed and Jason following.

A prize-giving in the clubhouse recognized the overall top six finishers of Liam, Stuart, Jenny, Ed, David with young son/crew John and George. A couple of spot prizes were awarded to the good sports of namely Dave Clarke and Jon Pearse for their special brand of ‘on the water entertainment’!

The race management team was thanked by way of some appropriate libations and they noted how competitive the racing had been across the fleet with only a few minutes between the first and last boat to finish each race. And it was great to see the younger sailors who represent the future of this long established class competing with such skill and determination.

Congratulations to Liam Thom as the 2022 Sprint 15 Northern Champion. Not bad for the lad from South Island (Isle of Wight). But he is our well-deserved 2022 National Champion too!

A note of thanks goes to the Carsington Club Waterside Manager Wil and his superb shore team for staging the event in difficult drought stricken times. And a final note of thanks goes to Pauline Love for her superb photographic record of a very enjoyable weekend on the water.

Report by George Love
Pictures by Pauline Love

Rank   SailNo   Name Crew PY R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
1st   2034   Liam Thom   926 4.0 (6.0) 1.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 15.0 9.0
2nd   2022   Stuart Snell   926 1.0 (5.0) 5.0 3.0 1.0 4.0 19.0 14.0
3rd   2025   Jenny Ball   926 (10.0) 7.0 2.0 2.0 4.0 3.0 28.0 18.0
4th   2023   Edward Tuite Dalton   926 3.0 1.0 6.0 (8.0) 5.0 5.0 28.0 20.0
5th   1923   David Ball John Ball 926 2.0 3.0 7.0 4.0 7.0 (8.0) 31.0 23.0
6th   2019   George Love   926 6.0 2.0 (9.0) 6.0 9.0 2.0 34.0 25.0
7th   1917   Jason Clarke   926 (13.0) 4.0 3.0 9.0 3.0 6.0 38.0 25.0
8th   1359   Scott Wilcox   926 5.0 (14.0) 4.0 5.0 8.0 11.0 47.0 33.0
9th   1521   David Clarke   926 12.0 (15.0) 8.0 10.0 6.0 9.0 60.0 45.0
10th   1744   Derek James   926 7.0 13.0 (15.0) 12.0 11.0 7.0 65.0 50.0
11th   1237   Charles Watson   926 (14.0) 8.0 10.0 7.0 13.0 12.0 64.0 50.0
12th   1965   Yvonne Pike   926 (15.0) 12.0 12.0 11.0 10.0 10.0 70.0 55.0
13th   1339   Jemma Clarke   926 11.0 9.0 11.0 13.0 (14.0) 13.0 71.0 57.0
14th   1899   Andy Bunyan   926 8.0 11.0 (14.0) 14.0 12.0 14.0 73.0 59.0
15th   1988   John Pearse   926 9.0 10.0 13.0 (17.0 RET) 17.0 RET 17.0 DNC 83.0 66.0
16th   1635   Russell Briggs   926 (17.0 DNC) 17.0 DNC 17.0 DNC 17.0 DNC 17.0 DNC 17.0 DNC 102.0 85.0


Full Series Results available here

Una Fleet
CompetitorsEvent Placings
NameSailClubFormatHandicap PlaceFleet Place
Liam Thom2034Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig11
Stuart Snell2022Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig22
Jenny Ball2025Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig33
Ed Tuite Dalton2023Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig44
David Ball1923Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig55
George Love2019Carsington Sailing ClubUna Rig66
Jason Clarke1917Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig77
Scott Wilcox1359Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig88
Dave Clarke1521Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig99
Derek James1744Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1010
Charles Watson1237Halifax Sailing ClubUna Rig1111
Yvonne Pike1965Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig1212
Jemma Clarke1339Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig1313
Andy Bunyan1899Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig1414
Jon Pearse1988Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig1515