Please select your home edition
Zhik 2021 Season 2 LEADERBOARD

Sprint 15 TT at the Royal Western Yacht Club

by Ed Tuite Dalton 23 Aug 2018 17:50 BST 18-19 August 2018

This was the first time a Sprint 15 TT was hosted by the Royal Western Yacht Club in Plymouth. There were 12 competitors including 8 visitors and 4 young local helms.

We had a very warm welcome from the Royal Western team and we were all excited about the prospect of some good winds for our event. And it didn't disappoint. Roger, our race officer, gave us our briefing and guidance on the best way out of the marina – a skill in itself. Roger set us a trapezoidal course out in the Sound where the wind was around a SW Force 3-4, with quite a choppy sea.

Race 1 saw everyone off to a clean start with Jon Pearse leading us round the first mark, followed by Liam Thom, Ed Tuite Dalton and George Love. Jon's lead was short lived as Liam overtook on the off wind leg and held the lead for the rest of the first lap. On the second lap Jon managed to take back the lead on the upwind leg, but again Liam's off wind pace allowed him to power past on the reach and win the race, with Jon 2nd and Ed 3rd. The middle of the fleet was closely contested by Yvonne Pike, Derek James and Aaron Kirby.

In Race 2 Ed was first to the windward mark and held the lead until the downwind leg, when again Liam demonstrated his off wind pace and took and held the lead. George Love was closing fast on the leading 2 boats and on the second lap managed to overtake downwind to claim 2nd with Ed 3rd.

Race 3 saw Liam take the lead again, consolidating his overall lead, but there was quite a contest for the next 3 positions between Jon, Ed and Jamie Ward from Royal Western, with Ed managing to overtake both the others on the final leg to take 2nd, Jon 3rd and Jamie 4th. We subsequently learnt that it was Jamie's first time out in a Sprint 15, so he will be one to watch out for in future! Also Tom Gurney, the youngest in the fleet at just 14, was starting to work his way up the fleet putting pressure on some of the more experienced sailors and finished 6th in this race.

For Race 4 the Race Officer shortened the course and the starting line, catching a few of the less observant helms out at the pin end of the line. Liam sailed another faultless race to take 1st, followed by Ed and George. Everyone had a great a day's racing with no capsizes and we headed back to the Royal Western to recover and have a meal and drink at the club.

Sunday saw an increase in wind strength to force 4-5 which was the most we have had at a TT all this year! Our Race Officer informed us that he was moving our sailing area to the east of Drake's Island as one of the Royal Navy's submarines was due out from Plymouth and we duly headed off in anticipation of some more great sailing.

In Race 5 there were a couple of over enthusiastic helms who were over the line at the start and had to re-round as everyone else powered up the beat. Jon Pearse led round the windward mark, with Liam and Ed in hot pursuit. Liam soon took the lead with his superior off wind boat speed and led the rest of the way. Some of us were wishing the submarine might have surfaced to distract Liam but it hadn't materialised by then. With the stronger wind suiting Simon Hare he came in 6th, one behind Jamie.

With Liam having now won the event, he headed for home, leaving the rest of the fleet to compete for 1st place in the final race. Jon Pearse had a flying start and took an early lead which he held for the first lap but on the second beat he over stood the windward mark, allowing Ed to take the lead, who managed to stay ahead for the rest of the race, despite the arrival of the submarine to the east of the race area to distract us all.

Congratulations to Liam for his 5 straight firsts, making him the clear winner and to the 4 young helms from Royal Western - Jamie Ward, Tom Gurney, Aaron Kirby and Daniel Drew who completed all 6 six races in some challenging conditions. They are certainly all promising young guns.

A big thank you to everyone at the Royal Western for hosting a great event in a fabulous historic location and I am sure we will be back in bigger numbers, once the word has got out.

Overall Results:

Place Sail NoBoat NameHelm R1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
12018Talent CrewLiam Thom‑11111(DNC)4
22023 Edward Tuite ‑ Dalton‑3‑322318
31988 Jon Pearse2‑53‑5229
42019Fly‑by‑WireGeorge Love‑42‑534312
51957DreadnoughtYvonne Pike5474‑11(DNC)20
61540 Jamie Ward‑1284‑95421
71744 Derek James6‑9‑1177727
81643Double TopsThomas Gurney‑11766‑12928
91211 Erling Holmberg‑86888(DNC)30
101547Cat‑as‑trophyAaron Kirby7‑119‑119631
112026 Simon Hare9‑12‑12126532
121594Floaty ThingDaniel Drew‑10‑10101010838

Related Articles

Sprint 15 Sport Nationals at Yaverland
36 boats battle it out over a long weekend on the island The day before the regatta, sailors from Shanklin launched their boats through surfing waves into a fairly stiff onshore breeze. With the forecast for more of the same it looked like a repeat of the same event two years ago. Posted on 6 Sep
Sprint 15 TT at Draycote
Holes and windshifts appearing at just the wrong time for many Twelve competitors took to the water at our third summer TT of 2021 at Draycote Water. There was a lower than usual turnout from the local fleet with only three home boats, but we welcomed nine visitors, all of us sailing Una rig. Posted on 18 Jul
Sprint 15 Nationals at the WPNSA
A three day, nine race event for the 40 sailors 40 Sprint 15 sailors made a very welcome return to WPNSA in Weymouth for our 2021 National Championships - a nine race, three day event from Saturday 26th to Monday 28th June. Posted on 5 Jul
Stokes Bay Sailing Club Catamaran Open
Almost 50 cats entered despite a very bad weather forecast Stokes Bay Sailing Club hosted the multi-class Catamaran Open Meeting over the weekend. Many people were eagerly anticipating the first major catamaran event in the UK for some time and despite a very bad weather forecast, almost 50 cats entered. Posted on 26 May
Sprint 15 TT at Stone Sailing Club
First event of 2021 held on the Blackwater Estuary Stone Sailing Club in Essex on the Blackwater Estuary was the host club for the first Sprint 15 event of 2021. Posted on 27 Apr
Sprint 15 Sport Nationals at Instow
North Devon Yacht Club put on a superb event for the 42 sailors Forty-two Sprint 15 sailors gathered (socially distanced) at North Devon Yacht Club (NDYC) at Instow on Thursday the 24th September for the Sprint 15 Sport Nationals. Posted on 6 Oct 2020
Shanklin Sailing Club Time Trial Series race 1
Using the club buoys with individual sailors taking their own times With no official racing allowed, Shanklin set up a time trial competition using the club buoys with individual sailors taking their own times. A course was set to hopefully give a beat in any wind direction. Posted on 21 Jun 2020
Sprint 15 TT at Draycote
A lower than usual turnout We had a lower than usual turnout for our first TT of 2020 at Draycote Water, with only 10 boats entered. This may have been down to the forecasted strong winds. In any event we had 6 home boats and 4 visitors. Posted on 13 Jan 2020
Sprint 15 Winter TT at Rutland
Most definitely winter temperatures Sunday 1st December saw the second Sprint 15 Winter 2019/20 TT take place at Rutland. And it was most definitely winter temperatures as the nine competitors rigged up. Posted on 5 Dec 2019
Sprint 15 Winter Series TT at Stewartby Water
Six visitors joined four club boats on a mild dry morning Six visitors joined four club boats on a mild dry November morning, the conditions were to be vastly different to that of the earlier cancelled date in November with only a very light breeze forecast. Posted on 25 Nov 2019