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Sprint 15 Winter Series TT at Stewartby Water Sailing Club

by Scott Wilcox 7 Nov 2018 12:06 GMT 3 November 2018

The scene was set: Sunny, mild, force 3 to 5 and twenty-three Sprints eagerly heading for the committee boat for the first start.

Race 1: After a clean start Paul Grattage (Shanklin) led the way at the first mark followed by Ed Dalton (Draycote) and Jason Clarke (Marconi). The first two held their positions for the first three laps with Paul creating a comfortable gap behind him. Second to fifth positions were hotly contested with Ed, Robert Finch (Stewartby), Liam Thom (Shanklin), Jon Pearse (Marconi) vying for places. Jenny Ball (Marconi) however, progressively gained places lap-by-lap to take second behind Paul, followed closely by Liam.

Race 2: The wind was up and Robert Finch started well and accelerated away from the fleet leading by a good margin at the first mark. After lap one, Stuart Snell (Grafham) was in second place followed very closely by Jenny Ball, Liam Thom, George Love (Carsington) and Nigel James (Marconi). Robert was in a race of his own out in front, whilst the followers fought tooth and nail for their places. Paul Grattage, mid fleet at the first mark kept gaining places as the race progressed. Then in lap four he overhauled Liam Thom for second. With the wind dropping, Robert no longer had the superior boat speed and Paul started to close in. The last lap was a nail biter for Robert with Paul hot on his tail. Then within yards of the finish, Paul nosed in front of Robert to take the gun with Liam third.

Race 3: The wind shifted just prior to the start giving the line a strong port bias. A few boats arrived a little early causing some re-rounding and a deal of chaos up the line. Despite the start line fun, Paul Grattage was fastest after lap one followed by Robert Finch, Liam Thom and Jenny Ball. The gusts and shifts led to lots of place changing across the fleet but Paul and Robert held their top two places for three laps. Lap four however, saw Jonathan Finch (Stewartby) find his form, coming from 14th in lap one to over-haul Robert for second. Jonathan was unable to make-up ground on the leader but successfully held-off the strong competition to maintain his second place behind Paul, followed by Stuart Snell in third.

Stewartby Water Sports Club ensured no competitors left empty handed so all went home happy and hopefully looking forward to next year's event. Thanks are due to Nigel and Fiona Denchfield for their excellent running of the races.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmFormatClubR1R2R3Pts
12018Paul GrattageUnarigShanklin SC1112
21990Robert FinchUnarigStewartby4266
31957Liam ThomUnarigShanklin3376
42025Jenny BallUnarigMarconi2557
52022Stuart SnellUnarigGrafham6437
61942Jonathan FinchUnarigStewartby88210
72023Ed Tuite DaltonUnarigDraycote Water7OCS411
81988Jon PearseUnarigMarconi SC56811
91733Steve SawfordUnarigRutland SC97DNF16
101917Jason ClarkeUnarigMarconi SC12DNF921
112019George LoveUnarigCarsingtonDNC91221
121431Mark NormanUnarigStewartby11111021
132015Nigel JamesUnarigMarconi SC10101525
141167Tim BrowningUnarigStewartby16121325
151359Scott WilcoxUnarigStewartby19161127
161339David ClarkeUnarigMarconi SC15131427
171744Derek JamesSportDraycote13171629
181914Ray GallSportCarsington SC14152029
191546Andy BunyanUnarigStewartby17141832
20527Mark PattenUnarigStewartby20191736
21879Jon NealeUnarigStewartby18181936
221343Richard PageUnarigStewartby2120DNF42
231220Yvonne PikeUnarigShanklinDNFDNCDNC46

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