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Ovington Boats Phantom Nationals at Shoreham Sailing Club

by John Wayling, Phantom Class Association 10 Sep 2013 14:36 BST 6-8 September 2013

The 2013 Ovington Boats Phantom Nationals was held over the long weekend of 6th to 8th September at Shoreham Sailing Club, near Brighton. Although it was a long weekend several Phantomers decided to arrive on the Wednesday to get some practice and boat tuning in before the mass arrived on Friday morning, Thursday was a day for Bimbling and a short sail to work up a thirst, over ½ the fleet had arrived for the Thursday night "Take-away", on Friday morning registration was completed without any fuss and the briefing was held on time. 48 eager sailors set out to sea, some for the first time to discover what Shoreham waves were really like.

As expected the start of race one was a general recall and the real start was under the black flag, with the tide pushing the fleet hard on the line they did well with nobody OCS. Sailing Course A, Triangle Sausage, The first beat was hard fought and the waves seemed fairly big, bigger ones were to arrive tomorrow, several people were caught out when bearing away to discover the acceleration off the tops of the swell, on the second reach the downhill sailing got even more challenging, by the second beat the usual suspects were appearing at the front and the order for the first race was, Couch, Cumbley, Wilde, Harmsworth & Orman.

Race 2 – Course B, Windward Leeward – Another challenging start but under the blue peter and they were away 1st time, the wind over tide was making for more interesting sailing, challenging the boat handling skills of everybody, by the time the line came up Couch was stamping his authority on the event with Cumbley wishing he had "ate more pies", Gulliver came in 3rd followed by Wilde & Orman.

With a hard day on the sea the competitors returned to shore to be met by a nice cold beer on the top of the slipway, The Saturday night buffet provided by the sponsors was consumed along with many pints which made the AGM pass really quickly, some southern softies retired for the night while the Eastern Buoys kept the bar staff up...

Saturday morning dawned with the howling of shrouds and quite some sea running, Race 3 was held with wind with the tide and on Course A – The waves were now at Shoreham standard, bigger than Friday and with the tide due to turn in about half an hour was only going to get more interesting, it reminded me of the race officers comment on the radio before we went out which was; "The waves are quite big, you will no doubt go faster than you have ever done before in your Phantom, although it may not be for very long!", how right was he?

So by the time half the fleet had capsized, recovered and sailed onto the finish the order was Couch, Cumbley, Turner, Wilde & Gulliver. The fleet returned to the harbour for some respite and AP was flow while the sponsor's beer was readily accepted after the haul up the slipway. The Saturday night Sponsored "Hog Roast" and "Brighton Blond" went down really well relieving the tired legs and aiding the recovery process, with race 4 binned and race's 5, 6 & 7 planned for Sunday.

Sunday dawned with no wind, but the PRO insisted we set off, also with the promise his burgee which only points SW F4 will be working by the time we get out there. He was right again.

Race 5 on Course A was an easy start with Wind and Tide working together, the port end flyer, Sullivan, crossed the fleet with boat lengths to spare... The wind had arrived as promised and the sailing was fantastic, a nice F4, although it was being encouraged by squalls at times, the order changed around but by the finish Couch, Cumbley, Wilde, Turner & Dawson was the order.

Race 6 was more of the same with the eventual finishing order being the same as the final results, Couch, Cumbley, Turner, Wilde & Harmsworth.

Race 7, Some of the fleet decided it was quite enough sailing, including Couch who had "done the job" so the line was less crowded, the waves though were now starting to build and the F4-5 was making some nice waves now we were used to them! Cumbley, Wilde, Hawkes Oh and me along with others who should know better set off on Couse B, Wilde claimed he couldn't see the wing mark, I was just so pleased to be in the top 5, I was only going to look forward down the waves, If only I had looked back to see the rest of the fleet reaching off on Course A...

Recovery from a leeward rounding in 3rd missing out the wing mark meant an early shower for about 6 of us... The sensible ones sailed onto the finish and the line order was, Turner, Harmsworth, Heusen, Sims & Holden.

So we all had a great time, Free Beer, a hearty breakfast every morning and evening meals all provided by our generous sponsors, Ovington and Seabrook Developments, Shoreham sailing club team organisers, Lisa & Bill Whitney did a great job, the results were out in quick time thanks to Martin Walker and Alan Chaplain's PRO experience really showed, including the ability to sit on that Committee boat in those waves!!

Overall Results:
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PosSail NoFleetHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st1345 Andy CouchRudyard Lake11111(DNC)5
2nd1423 Charlie CumbleyRYA22222(DNF)10
3rd141240+Chris TurnerTynemouth6‑7343117
4th1421 Andrew WildeCarsington34434(DNF)18
5th134040+Tyler HarmsworthShoreham46(DNF)105227
6th141340+Simon HeusenLyme Regis7106‑156332
7th1408 James DawsonRYA(DNF)13958641
8th5550+Simon HawkesWimbleball891087(DNC)42
9th133450+Geoff HoldenNorthampton11‑1413614549
10th117550+John WaylingNorthampton911171311(DNC)61
11th140640+Mike TustinBowmoor1015141212(DNC)63
12th139050+Richard SimsCarsington‑2216121913464
13th121150+Chris SheltonDowns142515‑2921782
14th141860+Tony FastnedgeLyme Regis1518(DNS)14261083
15th138640+Nick MasonIsland Barn1221112317(DNF)84
16th141450+Steve PoppleShoreham26887(DNF)DNF98
17th135550+Matthew HouseRoyal Harwich1630192018(DNF)103
18th131740+Gareth GriffithsShoreham2723161723(DNF)106
19th1332 Adam ElleryMounts Bay1817716(DNF)DNF107
20th1367 Matthew PallettBurton323120‑34159107
21st136250+Neil FulcherStone1312(DNF)2410DNF108
22nd1329 Neville TaylorHants2924(DNF)271911110
23rd127750+G Kingston‑MinnisLee‑on‑Solent3419181824(DNC)113
24th138540+Steve BollandBristol Corinthian2522(DNF)119DNF116
25th1409 Alex DawsonRYA(DNF)28DNS28208133
26th130050+Ivan WalshShoreham363621‑382814135
27th136460+Erk StylesDowns3338(DNF)372713148
28th1280 George OdlingBurghfield2327(DNF)2525DNC149
29th134640+Will GulliverNorthampton(DNF)35DNCDNCDNC155
30th1383 Nick OrmanCastle Cove55(DNF)DNFDNCDNC157
31st1298 Olly HopkinsBowmoor1733(DNF)9DNFDNC157
32nd138450+Neil BoughtonRoyal Plymouth3935223130(DNF)157
33rd1281 Adam PerryPennine2120(DNS)22DNFDNC161
34th1198 Martin KnottRibble2832(DNS)3022DNC161
35th139550+Chris RobertsCreeksea24(DNF)DNS2616DNC164
36th113940+Andy SpencerBurton38(DNF)DNF353212166
37th130550+Ian MillerAlton Water1929(DNS)21DNFDNC167
38th140440+Ian SullivanNorthampton2026(DNS)DNFDNCDNC193
39th1184 Clive MorleyMinnis Bay3534(DNS)32DNFDNC199
40th125460+Richard WhiteDowns3037(DNF)39DNFDNC204
41st109650+Martin WalkerShoreham40(DNF)DNS4131DNC210
42nd14260+Mike PotterOuse Amateur31(DNC)DNS33DNFDNC211
43rd1201‑21Martin MillsHunts(DNF)DNCDNF3629DNC212
44th1010 Peter HarlowLilliput3739(DNF)DNCDNCDNC223
45th119340+Phil LongleyStone(DNC)DNCDNS40DNFDNC236
46th95560+John TorranceCreeksea(DNC)DNCDNSDNCDNCDNC245
46th105440+Andy GriffinNottingham(DNF)DNFDNSDNCDNCDNC245
46th1125 Peter Cook (DNC)DNCDNFDNCDNCDNC245

1st Two Score Bowl, Chris Turner (Tynemouth YC)
1st Half Tonn Cup, Simon Hawkes (Wimbleball)
1st 3 Score, 1418 Tony Fastnedge (Lyme Regis Sailing Club)
1st Under 21, 1201 Martin Mills (Hunts SC)

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