Grafham Water Sailing Club TT : Winter Series
Sunday 25th March 2012

On Sunday 25 March the final event of the Sprint 15 fleet winter series was held at Grafham. An impressive 19 visitors joined 8 sailors from the home club but we had to wait some time for the fog to clear before the first race could be started. Eventually the fog cleared and there was a light northerly breeze which enabled the Race Officer, David Williams, to start the first race.

In the first race George Carter was first off the line crossing the fleet on port but by the windward mark Chris Black was first to round from Peter Slater, Simon Miles and Mark Aldridge. Over the next reach and the run the lead changed many times in the fluky wind. Simon Hare, Stuart Pegum and Slater all took a turn in front. Along the run the wind totally died and the fleet parked up for about 20 minutes. Stuart Snell took a course to the extreme port side of the run looking for a puff of wind and came back from mid fleet to into contention by mark 3, but it was Slater who had established a small lead over the pack. The slight breeze began to return along the second reach and Carter & Snell followed Slater round mark 4. The course was shortened to one lap and Slater made no mistakes sailing tactically covering the pack and took the gun. Paul Craft, Snell, Howard Hawkes and Robert England took the port side and the next places leaving Carter to wonder why he had taken the starboard side to the finish.

The second race was started straight after the first and fortunately the force 2ish breeze was established all over the course. At the windward mark John Keyte was first to round from Frank Sandals, Carter, Snell and Black. Keyte led the race for the next lap while the pack behind jostled for position. The second beat was slow but Snell took the lead for the rounding followed by Carter but George Stephen and Aldridge made big gains by sailing to the right extremity of the beat. New Stewartby member, Simon Miles was not far behind. Stephen progressively overhauled Carter and Snell and made no mistakes in the light breeze to take the gun at the end of the second lap. He was followed by Carter, Snell and Craft who once again caught up for the finish.

Thus after two good late charge finishes Paul Craft (2,4) took the event on tie-break from Stuart Snell (3,3). George Carter, Howard Hawkes and Mark Aldridge respectively took 3rd,4th and 5th places. The two races were run back-to-back due to the late start and in retrospect this turned out to be a good move due to the difficulty with launch and recovery caused by the Anglian Water earth works along the shore.

That concludes the Winter Traveller series but the Summer Traveller Series gets under way at Seasalter on 21/22 April.

Full Race Results


Full Series Results available here

Una Fleet
CompetitorsEvent Placings
NameSailClubFormatHandicap PlaceFleet Place
Paul Craft1267Worthing Sailing ClubUna Rig11
Stuart Snell1982Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig22
George Carter1976Mooredale Sailing ClubUna Rig33
Howard Hawkes1643Snettisham Beach SCUna Rig44
Mark Aldridge19Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig55
Peter Slater1627Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig66
Chris Black2005Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig77
George Stephen1594Queen Mary Sailing ClubUna Rig88
Simon Miles1827Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig99
Robert England1351RYAUna Rig1010
Thomas Sandal1957Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1111
Simon Farthing1898Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1212
John Keyte1805Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1313
Jan Elfring1913Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1414
George Love1825Carsington Sailing ClubUna Rig1515
Jon Finch1890Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig1616
Robert Finch1838Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig1717
Frank Sandells1986Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1818
Stewart Pegum1918Oxford Sailing ClubUna Rig1919
Gordon Goldstone2004Queen Mary Sailing ClubUna Rig2020
Karl Pountney1494Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig2121
Andrew Clarke1522Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig2222
Marcus Finch1231Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig2323
Simon Hare1970Oxford Sailing ClubUna Rig2424
Andy Bunyan1289Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig2525
Steve Sawford1733Rutland Water Sailing ClubUna Rig2626
Philip Warner1756Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig2626