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P&B Phantom Midlands Traveller Series - Overall

by Mike Webster 20 Nov 2019 11:57 GMT
P&B Phantom Midlands Traveller Series trophy © Mike Webster

The Phantom Midlands Series has drawn to a close with the final event of being hosted by Grafham Water Sailing Club. A lower than expected turnout possibly due to the shocking forecast of 38knt gusts and the England's Rugby World Cup semi-final match against the All Blacks!

Despite this, Phantoms travelled from far and wide and were treated to two full days of back-to-back racing as part of the Ovington Winter Championships, racing in much better conditions than were predicted.

Overall podium places were awarded to: Martin Watts of Netley SC in first, Alister Morely of Salcombe YC in second, and Richard Sims of Carsington SC in third.

The P&B Midlands Series as a whole was made up of five events: Northampton SC (Inland Championships), Carsington SC, Shustoke SC, Blithfield SC and Grafham Water SC. Our thanks to each of these clubs for hosting the Phantom events, all of which were well organized, friendly and welcoming.

With a total entry 33 boats spread across 19 clubs it has been a reasonable start to reigniting Phantom Sailing in the Midlands after a gap of several years.

There were notably some consistent travellers attending most of the events, but clearly room for improvement in 2020 to attract more 'club' sailors and encourage them to hitch up their boats and venture forth !

The racing has been competitive with venues being centralized to try and reduce long journey times for midlands sailors. It was great to see people from other regions taking part and enjoying the friendly atmosphere.

Congratulations go to the 2019 series winner - Jim Hopton from Shustoke SC who sailed consistently well and will receive the Midlands Series Trophy.

Our thanks go to P&B the sponsors for the series who provided some great prizes for each event and continue to support the Phantom Class.

In addition to the event prizes and in an attempt to encourage more travelling Phantoms, P&B provided a 'Golden Ticket' series raffle prize of a mast bag. Every sailor at each event received a 'vitual' raffle ticket - the more events entered the more tickets they received! Drawn out of the hat, winning ticket 1447 - Richard Sims. Congratulations Richard and many thanks to P&B for their generosity.

With the 2019 season coming to a close thoughts are already being made towards next seasons series. So if you would like your club to be considered for the 2020 Midlands Series contact Mike Webster - Midlands Area Representative via

Overall Series Results:

PosHelmSail NoClubNorthamptonCarsingtonShustokeBlithfieldGrafhamPts
1Jim Hopton1400Shustoke SC8231 49
2Mike Webster1440Northampton SC741  82
3Richard Sims1447Carsington SC127 3360
4Alister Morely1459Salcombe SC4   2111
5Martin Watts1259Netley SC6   1112
6Nick Orman1446Castle Cove SC3   7115
6Ian Stone1280Maidenhead SC5   5115
8Andy Couch1456Blithfield SC1    141
8Martin Knott1434Ribble CC 1   141
10Doug Rankin1136Blithfield SC   2 142
10Will Gulliver1435Northampton SC2    142
10Adrian Padro1347 AShustoke SC  2  142
13Malcolm Hall1261Carsington SC 3   143
14Ian Hopwood1456Nantwich SC   4 144
14Bob Portway1334Royal Harwich YC    4144
14Chris Biglin1347 BShustoke SC  4  144
17Brian Webley1111Shustoke SC  5  145
17Matt Butler1138Yorkshire Dales SC 5   145
19Gavin Vaughan1390Carsington SC 6   146
19Steve Curl1153Chipstead SC    6146
19Peter Smith1158Shustoke SC  6  146
22Daniel Wigmore1457Grfham Water SC    8148
23John Wayling1346Northampton SC9    149
24Tim Platt1130Maidenhead SC10    150
25Rich Cumberbatch1348Castle Cove SC11    151
26Steve Ward1356Bartley SC13    153
27Eric Howe1404Creeksea SC15    155
27Ian Harridge1441Nantwich SC14    154
29Bruce Hattersley1357Modbury SC16    156
30D Patrick1318Broadmoor SC17    157
31Olly Hopkins1343Bowmoor SC18    158
32Graham Dale‑Jones1461Creeksea SC19    159
33Colin Meadows‑ Smith 1389Northampton SC20    160

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