Please select your home edition
Edition
Plas Menai 2015

Phantom Open at Burghfield Sailing Club

by Tim Andrews on 9 Oct 2011 8 October 2011

The Southern Phantom sailors extended a challenge to the other circuit areas to an end of season showdown to see which area is top dog. After many complex scoring systems were discussed the need for these was eradicated as out of the 20 phantoms that turned up all but one were from the south. With many rumours flying around the boat park as to the whereabouts of Simon Childs we later found out that his lack of appearance was due to a map reading error ending up with a snapped mast on a height barrier at the entrance to the picnic area…oops! I imagine the whisky sales were up that night when he got back to Hayling Island.

Gusty and shifty wind combined with lots of underwater weed to dodge lead to challenging conditions. In the first race Tim ‘Weed Boy’ Hemsley and Nick ‘I’ve got man flu’ Orman got away from the chasing pack with Tim H taking the bullet ahead of Nick in 2nd and Tim Andrews in 3rd being chased hard by Simon Hawkes who decided to park his boat in a huge pile of weed half way up the first beat pushing him right to the back of the fleet.

The lunch break entertainment was provided by Nick Mason who capsized in front of the clubhouse and, not wanting to get wet he preceded to slide down towards the stern of his capsized boat resulting in the bow pointing straight up into the sky and he did not stay dry either. The fleet then took to the water for races 2 and 3 back to back. After being given a bit of stick over lunch, Simon Hawkes was in no mood to mess about and lead the race convincingly from start to finish, followed home by Nick Orman, Tim Hemsley, Tim Andrews and Rob Starling rounding out the top five. This meant that anyone out of Tim Hemsley, Simon Hawkes, Nick Orman or Tim Andrews could take the open going into the last race.

Tim H started well and got clear at the top mark followed by Simon H. Nick Orman caused chaos by capsizing at the windward mark resulting in a phantom pile-up. With an impressive display of weed dodging, Tim H stretched his lead to take the race and overall victory. A great event all round, thanks very much to Burghfield SC for hosting and we all look forward to coming back next year.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1st1392Tim HemsleyFrensham Pond SC1-312
2nd1378Simon HawkesWimbleball SC-4123
3rd1383Nick OrmanCastle Cove SC22(DNF)4
4th1375Tim AndrewsBrancaster Staithe SC34(DNF)7
5th1253Rob StarlingBurghfield SC-8538
6th1385Jeremy HudsonFrensham Pond SC-76511
7th1386Nick MasonIBRSC6-8713
8th1300Chris DyerWimbleball SC-1311415
9th1343Richard DomoneyWhitefriars SC9-10615
10th1179Barry WestphallWimbleball SC-107815
11th1317Steve PoppleShoreham5-131116
12th1115Richard CumberbatchSutton Bingham SC11-121021
13th1136Keith GreenfieldBurghfield SC(DNC)15924
14th1353Ian SwaddingFrensham Pond SC159(DNC)24
15th1322Gareth HardwickBurghfield SC1414(DNC)28
16th1277Gordon Kingston-MinnisLee on Solent SC1616(DNC)32
17th1296Nick JacksonBurghfield SC12(DNC)DNC33
18th1334Nigel PybusNorthampton(DNF)DNCDNC42
18th1389Alex ReeveBurghfield SC(DNF)DNCDNC42
18th900James DawsonPennine(DNF)DNCDNC42

Related Articles

Phantom Nationals at Highcliffe overall
Andy Couch collects another nationals title Racing was brought forward today as the forecast beyond 1300 hrs was deteriorating rapidly with the wind swinging to the south and building to gale force gusts. Posted on 10 Sep
Phantom Nationals at Highcliffe day 2
Four great races held for the fleet The race team did a great job getting four races in on Saturday and thankfully the wind and sea state were reduced making it a pleasant day out. It was sufficiently sprightly for a few upturned hulls but nothing like the day before. Posted on 10 Sep
Phantom Nationals at Highcliffe day 1
One race held during a lull in the wind After a lengthy delay with wind gusting to over 40 knots and a wild sea state out in the bay the fleet were released to Race. A good call by the Race Officer as a window of weather arrived and the majority of the assembled sixty-plus boat fleet launched. Posted on 8 Sep
Phantom East Coast Championship
Held during the 125th Burnham Week Regatta Held over the Bank Holiday weekend and forming a part of the 125th Burnham Week Regatta the event attracted a competitive fleet of 12 boats eager to hone their skills prior to the National Championship at Highcliffe in two weeks time. Posted on 30 Aug
Phantom Nationals "Eaters & Drinkers"
59 confirmed entries for Highcliffe event With the 2017 Phantom Nationals at Highcliffe Sailing Club rapidly approaching on 8th, 9th and 10th Sept and with 59 confirmed entries to date preparing to descend on the South coast venue its time to meet the eaters and drinkers. Posted on 25 Aug
Phantoms at Downs
High-Summer sledging into a ring of lightning! Saturday 5th August, some dozen Phantoms arrived at Downs SC, Deal for a Southern region Open; unfortunately one sailor discovered a defect severe enough for him to need to depart home again without even completing his rigging. Posted on 9 Aug
GJW Direct Abersoch Dinghy Week 2017
A superb 162 entries across the 12 fleets The event held under the burgee of the South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club promised to be big again and, with 162 entries across 12 fleets, the GJW Direct Abersoch Dinghy Week 2017 was certainly an event not to have been missed. Posted on 7 Aug
'Launching the Paunch Nationals'
Over 50 Phantoms set for Highcliffe in September 2017 has seen a rise of boats within the Phantom class with newcomers and others returning to the ghoul and ghost-busting class. With 50 boats already entered there is a new hope that there could be up to 60 boats flooding Christchurch Bay. Posted on 5 Aug
Phantoms at Downs this weekend
Optimum Time Southern Travellers Series round 7 Downs Sailing Club (Deal, Kent) once again welcomes all Phantom sailors to their Open Meeting on 5th / 6th August. There will be 2 races on Saturday afternoon (first start at 1300) and three races on Sunday (first start 1000). Posted on 3 Aug
Phantoms at Waveney & Oulton Broad
Penultimate 2017 Eastern Series event The penultimate event in the Phantom Eastern Series took place on Saturday 22nd July and attracted entries from Creeksea SC and Fishers Green who joined two local boats for a challenging day's racing on the Broad. Posted on 2 Aug