Please select your home edition
Edition
Plas Menai 2015

Chris Black Sprint 15 Icicle Winter Series at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by Bob Carter on 20 Mar 19 March 2017
Chris Black Sprint 15 Icicle at Grafham © Bob Carter

The Grafham Sprint 15 Icicle traveller event was run on 19 March and undoubtedly the strong winds forecast put off a number of travellers. In the event 13 travellers joined 4 locals for some good sailing in a South Westerly force 4/5 breeze gusting to force 6. The conditions did not deter new members of the fleet, Christian Mash and Jamie Whitaker from taking part. Christian had bought boat just the week before.

The race officer, Mark Rushton and his team, set a trapezoidal course at the western end of the lake and the Sprint 15s were the first start with the Grafham Club fleets following in the later starts.

In the first race Robert Finch look an early lead and was first to the windward mark closely followed by Paul Grattage, David Groom and Jan Elfring. Grattage took the lead on the first beat. Further back we saw the first, of many capsizes of the day and like most it was the region of mark 2 where the fresh breeze at the gybe mark caught a number of the sailors napping. Grattage progressively extended his lead from Finch but behind Finch the group of Groom, Chris Tillyer, Elfring and Steve Sawford, were fighting it out for third place and Thomas Sandal and Jenny Ball were not far behind. Sawford took third place on lap 2 and then second on lap 3 but Grattage was in a class of his own, sailing visibly faster and a little freer upwind. So Grattage took the gun from Sawford, Finch, Tillyer and Groom.

The second race followed quickly after and it was once again Sawford, Grattage and Finch trading places on the first beat for the lead. Grattage was first to the mark followed by Finch, Sawford and Groom, so very similar to race one. The wind was now much fresher at the gybe mark and Sawford took a swim soon followed by Sandal. Sawford did an incredibly rapid righting only losing a place or two but for Sandal it took longer and he chose to retire as he was paying the price for being out of practice after a long absense. Sawford's swim left Finch in a clear second place and throughout the race Grattage and Finch extended their lead in first and second places respectively right to the gun. Groom took 3rd from Sawford, Tillyer, Elfring and Ed Tuite Dalton..

So Grattage won the event for the 3rd year running and was presented with the Chris Black Trophy by Judith Black who had kindly come to present the Trophy she donated 3 years ago.

The fleet had a good workout in the fresh conditions and Kevin Cummerson was the only Grafham Club sailor who avoided a swim.

This event concludes the Winter Series but the Summer Series starts at Marconi on 8/9 April.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2Pts
1st2018Paul GrattageShanklin SC112
2nd1838Robert FinchStewartby SC325
3rd1989Steve SawfordRutland SC246
4th1714David GroomChristchurch Sailing Club538
5th1953Chris TillyerMarconi SC459
6th1940Ed Tuite DaltonDraycote Water SC8715
7th1913Jan ElfringDraycote Water SC9615
8th1917Jenny BallMarconi SC7916
9th1988Jon PearseMarconi SC10818
10th1982Thomas SandalGrafham Water Sailing Club6DNC23
11th378David RoweDraycote Water SC141024
12th1582Kevin CummersonGrafham Water Sailing Club131124
13th1939Christian MashGrafham Water Sailing Club111324
14th2004Gordon GoldstoneQueen Mary SC121224
15th2019George LoveCarsington SCRTDDNC34
15th1902Jamie WhitakerGrafham Water Sailing ClubDNCDNC34

Related Articles

Sprint 15 Summer TT at Marconi
An impressive home turnout of 14 boats 29 competitors took part in the first 2017 Sprint 15 Summer TT at Marconi SC on 8th and 9th April including an impressive home turnout of 14 boats. We were pleased to welcome a number of new faces who had participated in the Association Training Day. Posted on 10 Apr
Sprint 15 Winter TT at Thorpe Bay
Hopefully a bit warmer for the nationals in July A somewhat fresh, grey Sunday greeted sailors at the first ever Winter TT at Thorpe Bay Yacht Club. Posted on 14 Feb
Sprint 15 Winter TT at Draycote Water
Forecast gets the temperature right! Saturday morning dawned without the blue sky and light to moderate breeze we were expecting, but with rain and a strong breeze, the only thing consistent to the forecast was the cold! Posted on 17 Jan
Sprint 15 Winter TT at Stewartby
A cool and windy day on the water The first of the 5 round Sprint 15 2016/2017 winter series got off to a flying start at Stewartby Sailing on the 5th November. 10 visitors and 6 local helms arrived early to a rather cool and windy morning. Posted on 9 Nov 2016
Sprint 15 Catparts Summer Series 2016
67 competitors take part in 5 event series A total of 67 competitors took part in the Sprint 15 Summer TT series of 5 events with events at Marconi, Seasalter, Thorpe Bay, Draycote and Grafham. Posted on 3 Nov 2016
The Grafham Catamaran Open
A total of 80 boats take part A total of 80 boats took part in the Grafham Cat Open on the fine weekend of 22/23 October. Three races were run back to back on both days - Saturday was sunny with a F2-3 Northerly wind and Sunday was overcast with a F3-4 NNE wind. Posted on 26 Oct 2016
Sprint 15 Inlands at Grafham
A strong entry of 31 boats There was a strong entry of 31 Sprint 15s at the Grafham Cat Open for the Class Inland Championships on 22/23 October where the Class was once again the biggest (by far) at the event. Posted on 25 Oct 2016
Sprint 15 TT at Draycote Water
Not great conditions but 23 boats signed on The first one day summer series at Draycote was held in light winds and rain on Saturday 10th September. Not great conditions but 23 boats signed on with a home contingent of 11 boats. Posted on 13 Sep 2016
Sprint 15 Nationals at Pwllheli
Won by an eight year old girl and her dad Forty-one Sprint 15's arrived at Clwb Hwylio on the Saturday of the August Bank holiday weekend from all over the UK including South Island (The Isle of Wight) Devon, Dorset, Essex and Ooop North. Racing took place Sunday to Tuesday. Posted on 3 Sep 2016
Sprint 15 Nationals at Pwllheli day 1
Powerboats helpfully build up the waves 41 Sprints journeyed to Pwllheli to compete in the National Championship. Two races and a practice race were held in a shifty offshore force four. Various local powerboat owners helped build up the waves by helpfully careering through the fleet. Posted on 28 Aug 2016