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Sprint 15 Winter TT at Datchet Water Sailing Club

by Andy Bunyan 14 Feb 2016 16:11 GMT 13 February 2016
Sprint 15 Winter TT at Datchet © Barry Peters

On the 13th February Datchet Water Sailing Club hosted the penultimate round of the Sprint 15 2015/16 winter series. Fourteen helmsmen arrived at the club after travelling a combined total of over 900 miles to be greeted by a rather rainy and chilly morning, at least the vital ingredient of a 15 knot wind was present.

Newcomers to the class Andrew Sinclair and Daniel Drew joined us for their first Sprint 15 TT with their recently purchased boats after travelling all the way from Plymouth in Devon.

Race officer Barry Peters set the Sprint 15 favoured trapezoidal course and soon got proceedings underway with a clean start by everyone for race one. Paul Grattage was first to reach the windward mark and held the lead for the rest of the race, hotly pursued by Stewart Snell and David Groom. Through the rest of the fleet helms were tussling for places as large wind shifts allowed some sailors to make good gains if they were lucky enough to be in the right place as the gusts came through.

The second race promptly got underway with Gordon Goldstone and Steve Sawford starting on port and crossing ahead of the fleet. After rounding the windward mark, the wind increased and Andy Bunyan caused a bit of a distraction by flying a hull a bit too high until the inevitable happened and he capsized, all suggested claims of showboating were refuted. Steve Sawford had a race long battle with Paul Grattage for the lead with Paul finally taking the gun.

Thanks must be given to the race officer, along with his team for their efficient management both on and off the water to ensure a good days racing for all.

The winter series continues on the 20th March at Grafham Water Sailing Club.

Overall Results:

PosHelmSail NoClubR1R2Pts
1Paul Grattage2018Shanklin Sailing Club112
2Stuart Snell2016Grafham Water Sailing Club235
3Steve Sawford1733Rutland Water Sailing Club426
4Andrew Sinclair1547Royal Western Yacht Club5510
5David Groom1714Netley Sailing Club3811
6Liam Thom1957Shanklin Sailing Club6612
7Gordon Goldstone2004Queen Mary Sailing Club11415
8Mark Hollis1980Seasalter Sailing Club9716
9Erling Holmberg2007Shanklin Sailing Club7916
10Andy Bunyan1289Stewartby Water Sports Club101020
11Howard Hawkes1267RYA8DNF23
12Keith Chidwick1840Queen Mary Sailing Club121123
13Paul Shields1644Seasalter Sailing Club131225
14Daniel Drew536Royal Western Yacht ClubDNF1328