Stewartby Water Sports Club TT : Winter Series
Saturday 3rd November 2012

The first event in the Sprint 15 Winter TT series is something of a highlight of the class racing calendar and following a record breaking turn-out in 2011, this year’s event was expected to be another ‘big-one’.

While there were a few club fleet members unable to attend, Stewartby still managed to field an impressive 12 boats who were joined by an enthusiastic 18 visitors. Principle Race Officer, Andrew Gregory, set a standard rectangular course and, once briefed, the fleet headed out in a stiff breeze.

There was a clean start for race one, however many in the fleet misjudged the start leading to a somewhat spread-out first beat. The first reach saw the leading boats begin to pull away. Conditions were gusty and with big shifts and, for some, would give an early indication of capsizes to come.

The racing was fast and competitive throughout the fleet with home boats putting in strong performances throughout. Race 1 was won by Stuart Snell (Grafham), with Paul Craft (ODC)and Mark Aldridge making 2nd & 3rd Place. 

The start for race 2 was a much tighter affair in slightly calmer conditions. By the end of the first beat, the stiff breeze was back along with its gusts, leading to a couple of capsizes and a few retirements. However, after a few laps, things calmed down leading to much less exciting finish.

Race 2’s finishing order was Mark Aldridge, Stuart Snell and Simon Farthing (Grafham).

Overall, the event was won by Stuart Snell, 2nd & 3rd Places went to Mark Aldridge and Paul Craft. As per usual everyone took home a case of beer or tin of sweets. Notable home performances came from Simon Miles and Jonathan Finch, with Simon picking-up the title of club class captain for his efforts, as is the tradition. Top Junior racer was Liam Howcroft, a home sailor, clearly demonstrating that the class has a lot to offer youth sailors looking for a fast sailing experience.


Full Series Results available here

Una Fleet
CompetitorsEvent Placings
NameSailClubFormatHandicap PlaceFleet Place
Stuart Snell1982Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig11
Mark Aldridge19Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig22
Paul Craft1267Worthing Sailing ClubUna Rig33
Simon Farthing1898Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig44
Simon Miles1827Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig55
Steve Sawford1733Rutland Water Sailing ClubUna Rig66
Peter Slater1627Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig77
Jon Finch1890Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig88
Mark Norman1431Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig99
Robert Finch1838Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig1010
Ed Tuite Dalton1940Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1111
Richard Philpott1988Colne Yacht ClubUna Rig1212
Erling Holmberg2007Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig1313
Liam Thom554Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig1414
Gordon Goldstone2004Queen Mary Sailing ClubUna Rig1515
Jan Elfring1913Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1616
Andy Bunyan1289Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig1717
Andrew McLeish733Carsington Sailing ClubUna Rig1818
Roger Ackroyd1715Witham Sailing ClubUna Rig1919
Rob Bailey1755Thorpe Bay Yacht ClubUna Rig2020
Gary Burrows1871Thorpe Bay Yacht ClubUna Rig2121
Howard Hawkes1643Snettisham Beach SCUna Rig2322
George Stephen1594Queen Mary Sailing ClubUna Rig2423
Jon Neale879Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig2524
Chris Clarke378Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig2625
George Wood1908Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig2726
Mark Bunyan1343Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig2827
Karl Pountney1494Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig2928
Liam Howcroft1167Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig2928
Sport Fleet
CompetitorsEvent Placings
NameSailClubFormatHandicap PlaceFleet Place
Robin Hall1292Stewartby Water Sports ClubSport221