Please select your home edition
Edition
MS Amlin 2019 - 728x90

Hansa Class National TT Series at Oxford Sailing Club

by Richard Johnson 28 Aug 2018 07:49 BST 25 August 2018

Saturday 25th August had a good weather window on a bad weekend, with gales and rain either side of a perfect North Westerly 10-15 knots regatta day.

Fleets were reduced because people were preparing for the Hansa Worlds in Japan but there was good quality racing despite this. A trapezoid course with 5-600 metre beats gave room for strategic place changing by sailors who took advantage of big shifts. On the runs, those who successfully goosewinged their jibs overtook less energetic crews who were not always fully powered up.

The small fleet of 2.3s was dominated by Lindsey Burns (2111), admittedly with a slight advantage over second placed Dan Bainbridge and David Price, who sailed very well but probably weighed twice as much, being two-up. For a change, the 2.3s started first, to prevent faster boats invading their start. This worked very well and meant that all fleets finished the half-hour back-to-back races in close order, allowing a quick turn-round.

The Liberties were down to three, as most of the boats are on a freighter to Japan but racing was close, including one particularly well judged port tack start by Paul Phillips (1733) when a left shift heavily biased the start. Chris Emmett was on great form, with good tactics and excellent sail set, to win overall but Paul and David Durston (1890) were always close, sailing old boats as their race-tuned machines headed east. Paul won the first race and David scored second in the last, despite old, baggy sails!

Starting was sharp in the 303 fleet, which meant close racing and playing the shifts to win. Hall and Arkers from Chesil (2314) started with two wins, a second in the afternoon kept them just ahead of rivals the Ethertons from Frensham, so it all depended on the last race. A big left shift turned the race course on its side but that was just like home for the Ethertons, who won the race to be equal points overall but ahead of the Chesil boat with the last race win.

It was just as close in the 303 singles between Margaret Foreman (2747) and James Woosnam (2554), both from Frensham. James won the first race but started last in the second, due to rigging trouble. By lap two, he had remarkably regained all the distance to Margaret, who won, and was convinced that he would have passed her if there had been a third lap. Again they were equal on points, with two wins and two seconds each but James coped better with the big left shift in the last race, leading Margaret and third placed Jessica Campbell – all the way from Scotland – to win the event

Overall Results:

2.3
1st Lindsey Burns, Frensham
2nd Dan Bainbridge & David Price, Oxford
3rd Gregor Parker, Frensham

303 Singles
1st James Woosnam, Frensham
2nd Margaret Foreman, Frensham
3rd Jessica Campbell, South West Scotland

303 Doubles
1st Peter & Peta Etherton
2nd Phillip Hall & David Arkers, Chesil
3rd Colin Freeman & Paul Kingston, Frensham
4th Paul Pearson & John Haward
5th Steve Kitson & Jane Knight, New Forest
6th Jackie Foreman & Sue Fennel, Oxford
7th Siena Mason & Anna Mason, Oxford

Liberties
1st Chris Emmett, Rutland
2nd Paul Phillips, Frensham
3rd David Durston, Whitefriars

Related Articles

Hansa TT Series event 8 at Burghfield
21 boats make a canny vote for back-to-back races A beautiful day and light winds welcomed Hansa sailors, crew and support from seven visiting clubs. There were 21 boats in total racing. Posted on 16 Sep
Scottish Hansa Class TT at Bardowie Loch
A wild and wet morning greeted the sailors This was the third event in our 2019 Scottish Hansa Traveller Series. It was Held by Clyde Cruising Club Dinghy Section at Bardowie Loch, Craigmaddie Road. Posted on 20 Aug
Hansa TT Series at Waveney & Oulton Broad
Police activity holds up racing The forecast wasn't overly promising with rain and increasing winds, but 15 boats took to the water. However the first race postponement had nothing to do with the weather as the police had closed the broad due to a search being carried out. Posted on 17 Aug
2019 UK Hansa Nationals at Rutland
41 boats and 54 people take part This year's event was very well supported with 41 boats and 54 people taking part across the 5 Hansa Classes competing: The 2.3; 303 one-person; 303 two-person; Liberty; and SKUD 18s. Posted on 12 Aug
2019 Australian Para Sailing Champions decided
Concluding today at Southport Yacht Club The 2019 Australian Para Sailing Championships have concluded today at Southport Yacht Club in Hollywell, Queensland. The Championships were held from Friday to Sunday August 2-4 in conjunction with an Open Regatta for inclusive classes. Posted on 4 Aug
Hansa TT at Bristol
The challenge of getting the most out of the light breeze A Monday is an unusual day of the week for AllAboard Watersports and Baltic Wharf Sailing Club to plan an open meeting but with both organisations keen to host the event within what was a busy time for the water, Monday 15th July it was! Posted on 26 Jul
Hansa Scottish Traveller Series at Loch Ken
Wind died and left the fleet floating on a perfect mirrored loch A brilliant, sunny day with light winds greeted five competitors. After a briefing from Richard Hermon, the boats launched onto Loch Ken. There were three 303 one person and two 2.3 Hansas. Posted on 25 Jul
Who says you can't enjoy sailing?
RYA supports campaign to challenge negative perceptions of disability The Activity Alliance's Who Says? campaign is calling time on negative perceptions about disability, inclusion and sport. It was created in response to the national charity's recent research, which explored people's attitudes on inclusive activity. Posted on 15 Jul
Para World Sailing bronze for British duo
Will Street and Johnny Currell took home the bronze medal After five days of stiff competition at the Para World Sailing Championships in Puerto Sherry, Spain, British sailors Will Street and Johnny Currell, took home the bronze medal in the RS Venture Connect Final (07 July 2019). Posted on 11 Jul
Canadians at Para World Sailing Championships
John McRoberts and Scott Lutes take home a silver medal Welcoming past Paralympic sailors and Canadian Sailing Team athletes, John McRoberts and Scott Lutes. This dynamic duo started sailing in the RS Venture Connect last year and have been giving sailors a run for their money ever since. Posted on 8 Jul