Grafham Water Sailing Club TT : Winter Series
Sunday 20th March 2011

On Sunday 20 March the final event of the Sprint 15 fleet winter series was held at Grafham. 12 visitors joined 11 sailors from the home club on a pleasant spring day with a force 2-3 South West breeze. The Race Officer, Ian Paterson, set a large rectangular course which gave the fleet some tight reaches as well as a true run to test their mettle.

In the first race birthday boy, Simon Farthing, led the charge to the first mark closely followed by Peter Slater, Jon Finch and George Love. Winter series leader, Slater worked his way into the lead over the next lap, closely followed by Finch and Love. A little further back Grafham youngster, Jacob Aldridge, was holding 5th place ahead of his farther Mark and National Champion, Stuart Snell, was recovering from a poor start. The wind swings made the beat quite tricky as the same side was not favoured from one lap to the next. After 4 laps at the gun, Slater was the clear winner, but Snell had recovered to just take second from J. Finch. Farthing was forth and Aldridge the younger beat his dad for the first time at an open - could this be a sign of things to come?

The second race was started in similar conditions after a short lunch break. Both Farthing and Love were over the line at the start and had to go back round the ends - one each! Slater made no mistake and was first to the windward mark a short distance ahead of Mark Aldridge, Snell, Frank Sandells and Richard Whitelock. The wind swings on the first beat were catching out the leaders and after a lap M Aldridge was first from son, Jacob, Slater, Snell and Finch. The spectators gallery was getting quite excited with Anna & Abby Aldridge cheering on both Mark and Jacob and the Finch family from Stewartby appreciating their sailors efforts. On the third beat several sailors lost out by not covering the sailors behind, none more so than Slater who lost many places. M Aldridge made no such error and opened out huge lead and took the gun at the end of the third lap. Snell was second and George Stephen put in a terrific spurt to snatch third place from Sandells and J Aldridge.

Thus after a good days tactical sailing Stuart Snell (2,2) won by his consistency from George Stephen (6,3), Mark Aldridge (9,1) and Peter Slater (1,10).

Full individual race results are available here:

The fleet now rest for a short period until the Summer Traveller Series gets under way at Marconi on 16/17 April.

Stuart Snell receives his prize from Bob Carter
Stuart Snell receives his prize from Bob Carter
Race Start
Race Start


Full Series Results available here

Una Fleet
CompetitorsEvent Placings
NameSailClubFormatHandicap PlaceFleet Place
Stuart Snell1982Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig11
George Stephen1594Queen Mary Sailing ClubUna Rig22
Mark Aldridge1989Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig33
Peter Slater1627Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig44
Frank Sandells1986Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig55
Jon Finch1890Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig66
Simon Farthing1898Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig77
Jacob Aldridge1976Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig88
George Love1825Carsington Sailing ClubUna Rig99
Richard Whitelock1705Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1010
Robert England1351RYAUna Rig1111
Chris Black2005Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1212
Ed Tuite Dalton1940Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1313
Gordon Goldstone2004Queen Mary Sailing ClubUna Rig1414
Stewart Pegum1918Oxford Sailing ClubUna Rig1515
Bob Rowntree1958Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1616
Steve Petts1934Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1717
Micheal Robertshaw1758Beaver Sailing ClubUna Rig1818
Gordon Deuce1461Brightlingsea Sailing ClubUna Rig1919
James Hurst565Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig2020
George Wood1908Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig2121
Derek James1744Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig2222
Robert Finch1838Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig2323