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Hansa Class National TT Series Round 3 at Northampton Sailability

by Mike Hulands 23 May 12:57 BST 19 May 2018
Close racing in the Libertys duing the Hansa class National TT at Northampton © Robert McIntyre

Flat 'mill pond' yet sunny conditions welcomed the 20 entrants for the Hansa TT at Northampton Sailability on 19th May.

Whilst winds remained very light throughout the day, the enthusiasm of the entrants and quick course changes to follow the fickle breezes by the race officers allowed a full programme of 4 races to be held.

Thanks are due to all the Northampton Sailability Volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the day a success despite the very light winds.

In the Hansa 2.3 class Alastair Carr in '954' from Rutland Sailability led in the way in drifting conditions to secure four wins and overall first. Harry Kennington took second place.

In the Hansa 303 two person class, Natalie and Alan Hillman from New Forest in their "2294" mastered the drifiting conditions to achieve four wins and overall first. Steve Kitson also from New Forest gained two 2nds and two thirds to secure the overall second place. Phillip Hall and David Ankers from Chesil worked the difficult conditions gaining two 2nd and two 4th for third overall.The first and only showing from the host club was Sam Ravenscroft and Henry Shaw achieving a commendable 5th,5th, 3rd and 4th to secure 4th place overall.

There were three entries in the Hansa 303 one person class. Jessica Campbell all the way from South West Scotland mastered the fickle winds and took overall first with three 1st and one 2nd. Mike Everett from Frensham Pond found just enough breeze to secure overall second with Katie Apse, also from Frensham Pond, gaining a well sailed overall third spot.

Nine boats entered the racing in the Liberty class. It was a close run series for 1st and 2nd with Paul Phillips from Frensham Pond getting the best out of the tricky conditions to take overall first with two 1st, one 2nd and a discardable 6th place for 4 nett points. Tessa Watkins, also from Frensham pond was very close throughout and negotiated the breeze and doldrums to pip into overall second with two 1st, one 3rd and a discardable 4th for 5 nett points. Pat Crowley from Rutland picked his way through the zephers when they came to gain overall third.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
Hansa 2.3 Class
1st954Alastair Carr Rutland‑11113
2nd2813Harry Kennington Frensham Pond‑22226
Hansa 303 two person Class
1st2294Natalia HillmanAlan HillmanNew Forest‑11113
2nd2748Steve KitsonRoy MorrisonNew Forest‑32237
3rd2314Phillip HallDavid AnkersChesil2‑4428
4th867Sam RavenscroftHenry ShawNorthampton‑553412
5th2743Roy ChildPriscilla Davies (Doris)Northampton‑635513
6th2034Mark SidwellsPeter WindattNorthampton4‑66616
Hansa 303 one person Class
1st2464Jessica Campbell South West Scotland111‑23
2nd2524Mike Everett Frensham Pond22‑315
3rd2554Katie Apse Frensham Pond‑33238
Hansa Liberty Class
1st2557Paul Phillps Frensham Pond‑61124
2nd2561Tessa Watkiss Frensham Pond13‑415
3rd33 Pat Crowley Rutland226‑810
4th2600Diane Faulks Rutland5‑72310
5th2402David Durston Whitefriars3‑43410
6th2599Chris Emmet Rutland485‑917
7th3068Val Millward Rutland76‑9518
8th1066Christine Sprite Rutland‑858619
9th2723Simon Harle Rutland9(DNF)7723

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