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The Grafham Cat Open

by Bob Carter 28 Oct 2014 15:05 GMT 25-26 October 2014

The Grafham Catamaran open took place on 25-26 October on a fine weekend with fresh south Westerly breezes. It was the first time for a few years that it was open to all catamaran classes and the club was happy to see the regular fleets return. 18 of the 82 boats taking part were Grafham members and racing took place on 2 separate race tracks.

On track Alpha race officer, Peter Saxton, set the favoured windward-leeward course for the 3 starts of fast boats. There were 20 Fast Single Handed boats with 14 A Class and 5 Shadows and the racing was tight on the Saturday with force 3-4 breezes. On Sunday the wind had increased to force 4/5 and most of the A Class fleet decided against racing leaving just one A Class and to compete for the prizes. The A Class of Chris Field narrowly beat the Shadow of Robin Leather on count-back and these two were clear ahead of the chasing pack of 2 Shadows (Paul Tanner and Tom Dawson) and the local Inter 17 of Neil Klabe.

The Fast Double Handed fleet of 14 boats were dominated by 11 Spitfires which included the youth squad who had been training at Grafham the previous week. Spitfires took the top 4 places with Tony Stokes/William Smith winning from Eddie Bridlie/James King and Sam Rowell/Dan Smith. The gusts progressively increased through the Sunday morning and by the time of the end of the fifth race (second race of the day) the gusts were getting towards 30mph, just 4 boats of this fleet were left. Racing was abandoned which saved the day for some as many sailors who retired were able to discard race 5.

It was a normal day at the office for the F18 fleet and they were disappointed to lose race 6. Grant Piggot/Simon Farren took the event with a near perfect score (1,1,1,2) from Simon Northrop/Hazza Willett who were second and the Grafham pair of David White/Jon Sweet were third.

On track Beta race officer, Nigel Denchfield, set a trapezoidal course with the preferred square reaches for the Sprint 15s and the Medium Handicap fleet. The 13 Medium Handicap fleet included an impressive 9 Catapults but it was the Dart 18 of Gordon Baines and Max Oscroft who took the honours. The Catapults of Gareth Ede, George Evans and John Terry took the next 3 places and Simon Clark was fifth sailing a Dart 18 single handed.

There were 29 Sprint 15s taking part in the Inland Championships and 2 sailors had elected to sail Sport mode. This proved to be a good decision as the fresh winds slightly favoured this format. Racing was tight but at the end of racing Sportster, Paul Grattage, took first from the Grafham boats of Stuart Snell and Simon Farthing. Paul Craft was fourth and Chris Tillyer fifth. The Sprint 15 fleet generally sail in strong winds so they were disappointed to lose race 6 as they were revelling in the fresh conditions. Not to worry – they enjoyed to tight racing and the slick race management.

Classes with 8 or more boats were separated out for individual prizes and individual reports by the classes will appear over the coming days.

The sailors went away happy after a good weekend of sailing and slick race management. The Grafham Cat Open is back.

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClubSCHRSR1R2R3R4R5Pts
Formula 18
1stF181828Grant PiggottSImon FarrenWeston Sailing Club11112‑35
2ndF181581Simon NorthropHazza WillettMinnis Bay Sailing Club1‑423117
3rdF181234David WhiteJon SweetGrafham Water Sailing Club1232(DNC)29
4thF18503Matt YoungSam BarkerMinnis Bay Sc/ Castle Cove SC13463(DNC)16
5thF18501Will SunnucksFreddie WhiteBrightlingsea Saling Club1554(DNC)418
6thF181577Tim NealBob FryParkstone Yacht Club1‑6654520
7thF18311John TuchwellChelsea FurberBala Catamaran Club1777(DNC)DNC29
Fast Double Fleet
1stSPITFIRE53Tony StokesWilliam SmithGrafham Water Sailing Club1461215(DNC)9
2ndSPITFIRE106Eddie BridlieJames KingBrightlingsea Saling Club1463333(DNC)12
3rdSPITFIRE233Sam RowellDan SmithFelixstowe Ferry Sailing Club14665‑74217
4thSPITFIRE57Nia CrockfordCaleb CooperSutton Sailing Club14676‑91418
5thFORMULA 16 (2‑up)67Stewart SmithMegan SmithGrafham Water Sailing Club12215(DNC)DNC23
6thSPITFIRE100Eliza CoxGus CoxWhitstable Yacht Club146884(DNC)323
7thSPITFIRE159Tori AkhurstTom ParkerNetley Sailing Club146442(DNC)DNC25
8thSPITFIRE145Alex PhilpottJess D'ArcyFrensham Pond Sailing Club/Datchet Water14657(OCS)2DNC29
9thTORNADO403Barry ArnisonChristian MashGrafham Water Sailing Club0.9399(DNC)8DNC133
10thSPITFIRE82Lotte JohnsonBecki JohnsonHill Head Sailing Club/Stokes Bay146(DNC)106DNCDNC46
11thSPITFIRE28Tom KingOliver KingBrightlingsea Saling Club146129(DNC)DNCDNC51
12thPRINDLE 19931Paul ButterfieldTara ButterfieldGrafham Water Sailing Club1271011(DNC)DNCDNC51
13thSPITFIRE128Jack ButtersSam JonesParkstone Yacht Club146(DNC)1210DNCDNC52
14thSPITFIRE21Jonathan BateySimon PlantGrafham Water Sailing Club14611(DNC)DNCDNCDNC56
Fast Single Fleet
1stA CLASS7Chris Field Whitstable Yacht Club121311(DNC)6
2ndSHADOW X85Robin Leather Gurnard Sailing Club1.108‑212216
3rdSHADOW X15BPaul Tanner Gurnard Sailing Club1.108424‑5212
4thSHADOW X33Tom Dawson Gurnard Sailing Club1.10839‑113419
5thNACRA INTER 17 Spi367Neil Klabe Grafham Water Sailing Club1.105‑14884323
6thA CLASS73Bob Fletcher Rutland SC/Snettisham Beach12669RTD(DNC)27
7thA CLASS55Phil Neal Rutland Sailing Club12555(DNC)DNC36
8thA CLASS39Dave Lowe Rutland Sailing Club121043(DNC)DNC38
9thA CLASS15Struan Wallace TBYC12777(DNC)DNC42
10thA CLASS4Gordon Upton Rutland Sailing Club128106(DNC)DNC45
11thA CLASS45Ben Daignealt Eastbourne Soverign Sailing Club1291112(DNC)DNC53
12thA CLASS61Mick Davidson Whitstable12121210(DNC)DNC55
13thA CLASS77Steve Sawford Rutland Sailing Club12131314(DNC)DNC61
14thSHADOW30Elaine Phillips Hayling Ferry Sailing Club1.118161513(DNC)DNC65
15thA CLASS9Jamie Walker Rutland Sailing Club121514(DNC)DNCDNC71
16thA CLASS111Mike Bawden Rutland Sailing Club1211(DNC)DNCDNCDNC74
17thA CLASS48Chris Sampson Rutland Sailing Club12RTD(DNC)DNCDNCDNC80
18thA CLASS11Colin Bannister Rutland Sailing Club12(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC84
18thSHADOW X79Pat Moore Gurnard Sailing Club1.108(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC84
18thA CLASS5Lester Barr Rutland Sailing Club12(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC84
Medium Handicap Fleet
1stDART 18 (STANDARD)4683Gordon BainesMax OscroftGrafham Water Sailing Club1.217‑531116
2ndCATAPULT91Gareth Ede Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club1.267113‑438
3rdCATAPULT510George Evans Bala Catamaran Club1.2672‑645213
4thCATAPULT533John Terry Rutland Sailing Club1.2673272(DNC)14
5thDART 18 (1‑up)4880Simon Clark Grafham Water Sailing Club1.26475(DNC)3621
6thCATAPULT531Stuart Ede Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club1.2676‑856522
7thCATAPULT524Alastair Forrest Catapult Catamaran Assoc1.267(DNC)967426
8thDART 18 (STANDARD)6890Kevin CummersonEmilie CummersonGrafham Water Sailing Club1.217842(DNC)DNC28
9thCATAPULT506Sydney Gage Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club1.267410810(DNC)32
10thNACRA 5003839Mark Richards Grafham Water Sailing Club1.2219119(DNC)DNC43
11thCATAPULT507Paul Ellis Marconi Sailing Club1.267(DNC)7DNC9DNC44
12thCATAPULT297Chris Phillips Catapult Class Assoc1.267(DNC)DNCDNC8DNC50
13thCATAPULT22Robin Cruickshank  1.267(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC56
Sprint 15 Fleet
1stSprint 15458Paul Grattage Shanklin Sailing Club8971‑71327
2ndSprint 152016Stuart Snell Grafham Water Sailing Club933213‑9410
3rdSprint 151898Simon Farthing Grafham Water Sailing Club93311‑1721519
4thSprint 151267Paul Craft Worthing Sailing Club9336.5555‑1021.5
5thSprint 151953Chris Tillyer Thorpe Bay YC933924‑12.5823
6thSprint 151923David Ball Marconi Sailing Club933‑148132326
7thSprint 151988Robin Boardman Halifax933431011‑1228
8thSprint 151938Kevin Dutch Seasalter Sailing Club89720‑2464131
9thSprint 151917Jenny Ball Marconi Sailing Club9336.5412‑16931.5
10thSprint 151976Mark Aldridge Grafham Water Sailing Club933315(DNF)7732
11thSprint 151838Robert Finch Stewartby Sailing Club933‑166961435
12thSprint 151966Kevin Kirby Marconi Sailing Club9335121110‑1338
13thSprint 151986Frank Sandells Grafham Water Sailing Club933‑1891412.51146.5
14thSprint 151890Jon Finch Stewartby Sailing Club933101415‑171554
15thSprint 152007Erling Holmberg Shanklin Sailing Club9338181715(DNF)58
16thSprint 151921Steve Healy Thorpe Bay YC93313107(DNC)DNC60
17thSprint 151955John Manning Beaver Sailing Club93317‑208201661
18thSprint 151714David Groom Netley93315161914‑2264
19thSprint 151825George Love Carsington Sailing Club9331211‑21212165
20thSprint 151733Steve Sawford Rutland933(DNC)DNCDNC8674
21stSprint 151983Peter Richardson Marconi Sailing Club93327132019(DNC)79
22ndSprint 151339Jon Pearse Marconi Sailing Club933232216‑251980
23rdSprint 152004Gordon Goldstone Queen Mary Sailing Club93319‑2522232084
24thSprint 151910Stephen Roberts Dee Sailing Club9332419(DNF)222489
25thSprint 151755Rob Bailey Thorpe Bay YC933212118(DNF)DNC90
26thSprint 151461Gordon Deuce  9332223‑24242392
27thSprint 151970Simon Hare Oxford Sailing Club93326‑2723261893
28thSprint 151957Liam Thom Shanklin Sailing Club933(DNC)DNCDNC181795
29thSprint 15565James Hurst Grafham Water Sailing Club9332526(DNC)DNCDNC111

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