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Phantom Open at Alton Water Sports Centre

by Ian Pavey 23 Oct 2018 11:10 BST 20-21 October 2018
Phantoms lined up to launch at Alton Water © Ian Pavey

The Alton Water Phantom Open Meeting took place on the weekend of October 20th and 21st at Holbrook in Suffolk. Visiting boats were from various clubs, but predominantly Creeksea and Fishers Green.

The Race Officer, Gavin Johnson, made the most of the very light conditions and set two races on the Saturday and four on the Sunday. The wind was 4 - 6 mph in a south-westerly direction on both days. Both the Saturday races were won convincingly by Ben Fallat, closely followed by local sailors Paul Church and Matt House.

The four races sailed on Sunday were in similar conditions with a few more competitors joining the fleet. Paul Church led for most of race 3 and finished in first position pursued by Graham Dale-Jones and Bob Portway. Race 4 allowed Adrian Coatesworth to achieve his win of the weekend with Graham again coming second. After a general recall in race 5 Bob Portway held onto the lead and Paul was second. Bob was also victorious in race 6.

With very tight racing throughout the fleet consistency was hard to achieve, special mention to top visitor Graham Dale-Jones who put in a great performance all weekend in his new JJ build boat winning the fiercely fought accolade of top Creaksea boat.

Overall Results: (top three)

1st Paul Church
2nd Matt House
3rd Graham Dale-Jones

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