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The Grafham Catamaran Open

by Bob Carter 28 Oct 2018 11:48 GMT 20-21 October 2018

Seventy catamarans took part in the Grafham Cat Open which happily (after the storms of last year) took place on a sunny weekend in a force 2-3 light Southerly breeze. A number of classes used the event as their last traveller of the Summer and also a number of Inland Championships were run in the event. The following is a summary of the results.

The Sprint 15s were the largest fleet with 28 entries for the Inland Championships. Isle of Wight sailor, Liam Thom, won the event (4,1,1,6,1) from David Ball (2,4,6,2,2) of Marconi and Jenny Ball also of Marconi was third. Jason Clarke won the Youth Trophy.

The Fast Double handicap class had 21 entries including 10 Formula 18s. The F18 of Simon Northrop and Caleb Cooper from Minnis Bay were the winners (1,1,1,1,1), the F18 of Grant Piggott and Simon Farren from Weston were second and the F18 of Nathaniel Ward and Paul Wakelin were third. The youth contingent in their Nacra 15s fielded 6 boats and the winners were Theo and Jasmine Williams from Restronguet. Nacra 15 Runners up were Abigail Clarke and Alfie Cogger from Grafham. Top Spitfire was Alex and Charlie Hamel from Brightlingsea.

The Fast Single handicap class was once again won by the Shadow X of Robin Leather (Gurnard) who won all 6 races. The top A Class sailor in second place overall was Peter Boxer of Clacton and second A class was Daniel Brzezinski also of Clacton.

The Medium handicap class of 14 boats included 8 Catapults. The overall winner was Prindle 15 sailor Gerry Reeve of Grafham. Second overall and Catapult winner was Gareth Ede of Yorkshire Dales, third overall was the Dart 18 single handed of Scott Wilcox of Stewartby and the Catapult runner up was John Terry of Rutland.

The Club was a buzz for the whole weekend and the sailors enjoyed an excellent dinner and a drink in the bar at the Club on Saturday night.

All 6 races were run and the Race officers Peter Saxton and Nigel Denchfield were thanked for good courses and quick turnarounds that have become customary at Grafham events. The sailors went away satisfied after an excellent regatta.

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClubSCHRSR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
Fast Double Fleet
1stF18522Simon NorthropCaleb CooperMinnis Bay / Rtyc111111‑45
2ndF18521Grant PiggottSimon FarrenWeston SC1223‑119218
3rdF18523Nathaniel WardPaul Wakelin 1544‑127525
4thF181581Jon SweetOlly DwightGrafham Water Sailing Club1455‑94826
5thF18524Tony StokesSam CurtisGrafham Water Sailing Club13685‑10628
6thF181577Tim NealRobbie JohnParkstone Yacht Club19‑111163130
7thF18514Nick BarnesNeil BaldryBrightlingsea Sailing Club173‑1086731
8thF181234David WhiteSam BarkerTBYC1(DNC)DNF232332
9thF18508William SunnucksHugo SunnucksBrightlingsea Sailing Club168675‑932
10thF18876Megan SmithWill SmithGrafham Water Sailing Club1877‑13810.540.5
11thNacra 15184Theo WilliamsJasmine WilliamsRestronguet Sailing Club18810992‑151545
12thNacra 15126Abigail ClarkeAlfie CoggerGrafham Water Sailing Club1881110124‑171653
13thNacra 1574Morgan SmithMolly DesorgherGrafham Water Sailing Club188151214‑17121265
14thNacra 1579Arabella SabbertonWilliam HarrisonGWSC/Marconi SC/NBYC18812131514‑191468
15thNacra 1520Benjamin HarrisAj LuxtonWeston SC1881314131813‑1971
16thSpitfire Spi S/H124Kevin Cummerson Grafham Water Sailing Club175‑18181710111874
17thNacra 1570Alex HamelCharlie HamelWeston SC188141516(DSQ)181376
18thSpitfire57James StaceyMax McCarrollBrightlingsea1381717‑1915141780
19thSpitfire Spi S/H53Gordy Baines Grafham Water Sailing Club1751616181616‑2082
20thF181556Richard EdwardsStephen VausGrafham Water Sailing Club1(DNS)DNFDNC192010.593.5
21stSpitfire Spi S/H226Stephen Vause Grafham Water Sailing Club175191920(DNC)DNCDNC102
Fast Single Fleet
1stShadow X85Robin Leather Gurnard SC1.108‑1111115
2ndA Class1963Peter Boxer Clacton Sailing Club122(DSQ)222210
3rdA Class30Daniel Brzezinski Clacton Sailing Club1233333‑415
4thA Class3Neil Klabe Grafham Water Sailing Club12‑42444317
5thNacra F16 Solo Spi63Stewart Smith Grafham Water Sailing Club162(DNF)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC40
5thA Class72Owen Cox Bala Sailing Club12(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC40
5thFormula 16 S/H555Jon Earl Grafham Water Sailing Club141(DNS)DNSDNSDNCDNCDNC40
Medium Fleet
1stPrindle 15549Gerry Reeve Grafham Water Sailing Club1.3142111‑338
2ndCatapult91Gareth Ede Yorkshire Dales SC1.2673‑5222110
3rdDart 185516Scott WIlcox Stewartby Watersports Club1.217133(UFD)4213
4thCatapult533John Terry Rutland SC1.26742451(UFD)16
5thCatapult507Paul Ellis Marconi1.2675453‑7421
6thCatapult531Stuart Ede Yorkshire Dales SC1.2677‑8845529
7thCatapult524Alastair ForrestN/ACatapult Association1.267‑87766733
8thCatapult530Chris Phillips  1.2676610108.5(UFD)40.5
9thCatapult506Syd Gage RYYC1.26799‑1198.5944.5
10thCatapult540Mike Gough Grafham Water Sailing Club1.267111098‑141048
11thHobie 16104486Stephen Clemmet Grafham Water Sailing Club1.19110(DSQ)612121151
12thDart 16 Spi D/H2120Robert AddinellEmma SkillettGrafham Water Sailing Club1.235121112711(UFD)53
13thDX151589Ashleigh Reeves Grafham Water Sailing Club1.215‑1312131113857
14thDart 185123Luke Wilcox Stewartby Watersports Club1.217(DNC)DNCDNC1310659

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