Please select your home edition
GJW Direct 2020

Sprint 15 TT at Draycote Water Sailing Club

by Ed Tuite-Dalton 15 Jan 2019 11:05 GMT

Fourteen competitors took to the water at our first TT of 2019 at Draycote Water. We had seven home boats and seven visitors, with three sailing Sport mode and the rest sailing Standard mode. The forecast had been predicting 12+ knots, gusting up to 25 knots, but in the end the winds were somewhat lighter at 8-10 knots from the West. This didn't stop some exciting and close racing in each of the three races.

Race Officer Tim Case and his able assistant Richard Colwell set us a trapezoidal course and racing soon got under way.

In race 1 we all got off to a clean start with Paul Grattage taking the lead in Sport mode, closely followed by Ed Tuite Dalton, Stuart Snell, Liam Thom and Pete Slater. On the second lap Ed went for left hand side of the lake and nearly managed to overtake Paul on the windward leg, but Paul stayed ahead for the next two laps, but it wasn't enough on corrected times and Ed was first, Stuart second and Paul third.

In race 2 we had another clean start, but this time three Draycote boats were first to the windward mark, with Ant Clay in the lead, followed by Dave Rowe and Pete Slater. Ant Clay sailed a brilliant race, maintaining pole position and was first over the finishing line, followed by Paul Grattage (corrected time sixth), with Stuart Snell second and Ed Tuite Dalton third.

Paul did comment afterwards that he had never been beaten before whilst sailing Sport mode on the water by a Unarig Sprint, so well done to Ant for this first!

With all to play for in the last race, everyone was vying for position on the start line and fortunately we all got away without incident, with Paul taking an early lead, followed by Stuart and Ed. Whilst Paul accelerated away in Sport mode, the rest of the fleet started to battle it out together, with Steve Pell taking a bath as he capsized rounding the windward mark in all the excitement.

Stuart managed to get clear of the pack, but Ed allowed himself to lose several places on the downwind leg, letting Ant and Liam through. On the downwind leg of the second lap, Derek James, sailing Sport mode, decided to create some mischief by coming across on starboard, causing a number of boats to have to gybe on to starboard.

The final positions for the last race were Paul first, Stuart second and Ant third.

When it came to the final results, the top four boats each had 4 points and with the top three each having a first and a third, the winner was decided by their position in the last race. This meant that Paul Grattage was the overall winner, with Ant Clay second and Ed Tuite Dalton third and Stuart Snell fourth.

Overall Results:

1Paul Grattage2018Shanklin Sailing ClubSport361
2Ant Clay1662Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig613
3Ed Tuite Dalton2023Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig138
4Stuart Snell2022Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig222
5Peter Slater1940Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig447
6Liam Thom1957Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig555
7Nigel James2015Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig784
8David Rowe378Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig876
9Yvonne Pike1220Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig1099
10Jon Pearse1988Marconi Sailing ClubUna Rig91012
11Derek James1744Draycote Water Sailing ClubSport111210
12Jan Elfring1913Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig121113
13Simon Hare2026Oxford Sailing ClubSport141411
14Stephen Pell1700Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1313DNF

Related Articles

Sprint 15 Winter TT at Rutland
Did everyone hold back just so the one local boat could show the way? Rutland Winter TTs have been legendary for bitingly cold temperatures and icebergs floating in the lake. So it was a very pleasant surprise to arrive to mild winter temperatures, a bit of sun, and a decent south westerly breeze. Posted on 16 Dec 2021
Sprint 15 Winter TT at Stewartby Water
Great to see a local turnout of 8 boats alongside 11 visitors The Sprint 15 fleet were delighted to be returning to Stewartby for the start of the 2021/22 Winter Series, having not been able to sail last winter. The forecast of fine weather, warm temperatures and a 9 mph westerly boded well for a good event. Posted on 23 Nov 2021
Sprint 15 TT and Inlands at Grafham Water
By far the largest fleet at the Grafham Cat Open 38 Sprint 15s entered the final Sprint 15 Summer TT and Inland Championships which formed part of the wider Grafham Cat Open. The Sprints were by far the largest fleet there but other fleets were also well represented, creating a great overall turnout. Posted on 8 Nov 2021
Sprint 15 TT and Northerns at Carsington
An intrepid bunch assembled as the storm clouds gathered As the storm clouds gathered over the Derbyshire countryside, an intrepid bunch of dedicated TT racers assembled on the shores of Carsington for the penultimate event of the summer series. Posted on 13 Oct 2021
The Grafham Cat Open is back!
Set to take place on 30th & 31st October The annual open meeting for catamarans at Grafham Water is back and will take place on 30-31 Oct. Over 70 boats are expected. This event has a reputation for being extremely sociable with highlights including an evening meal, open bar and on-site camping. Posted on 7 Oct 2021
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 2021
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 2021
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 2021
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 2021
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 2021