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HD Sails/Ceildeh Phantom Midland Traveller Series Finale at Burton Sailing Club

by Mike Webster 26 Oct 09:52 BST 23 October 2021

Burton Sailing Club hosted the final event of the Phantom Midland Traveller series this year. It was all close at the top of the placings leading into this event with Charlie Chandler (Bowmoor SC) topping the series by one point from Mike Webster (Northampton SC) closely followed by Jim Hopton (Shustoke SC).

Burton welcomed the visitors joining the home club boats and put together a tidy set of four races in testing gusty and shifty conditions.

Race one saw the much improved Tom 'hotdog' Gissane (Bowmoor SC)with his new HD Sail still warm form the sail loft, lead most of the race with lots of action and changing places behind him in very close racing. However Charley pulled through on the down wind leg to take the line with Tom in second and Mike managing third in front of Ollie Hopkins (Bowmoor SC) desperately wanting to stop a 1,2,3 from Bowmoor!

Race two followed back to back with a change to the course and saw Charlie lead the fleet with Mike closely chasing him round the race track. Richard Nurse (Northampton SC) and Jim Hopton (Shustoke SC) also had there own battle in third and forth. Mike managed to sniff out a cheeky shift on the last beat to pull into the lead and take line honors with Charlie, Richard and Jim following.

After brief lunch, races three and four got under way with Charlie showing his pace ahead of Jim, with Tom again showing his new boat speed... One two three in that order.

The final race was dominated by Richard who lead from start to finish pushing him up the results with Charlie another consistent second and Steve Ward (Bartley S.C.) ghosting past Mike on the last run to the finish.

Burton Event Overall Results: (top three)

1st - Charlie Chandler (Bowmoor SC)
2nd - Richard Nurse (Northampton SC)
3rd - Mike Webster (Northampton SC)

The overall series amended from five events to four, has now been completed which has seen 44 entrants and a core group of sailors competing in most of the regional events.

Congratulations to Charlie Chandler for winning the 2021 Midland Traveller Series title for 2021.

A special thanks must go to all those who travelled to the events from outside the region as far away as the Lake District, North Yorkshire and the South West... Well done you guys, you know who you are!

Most notable improved sailors of the series has to go to three individuals who are all new to the class this year, Matt Velamail - Beaver S.C., Tom 'hotdog' Gissane - Bowmoor S.C. and Evan Base - Midland S.C.

Also our thanks to HD Sails and Ceildeh carbon masts for their continued support and kind sponsorship of the series this year.

Phantom Midland Traveller Series Overall Results: (four events, best 3 to count)

PosSail NoNameClubNorthampton
11270Charlie ChandlerBowmoor SC8171Cancelled9
21440Mike WebsterNorthampton SC755313
31400Jim HoptonShustoke SC1344513
41178Tom GissaneBowmoor SC30109423
51337Richard NurseNorthampton SC15456223
61406Olly HopkinsBowmoor SC45810725
71485Rob CookNorthampton SC22454549
81488Matt VelamailBeaver SC45384556
91447Richard SimsCarsington SC545451060
101274Evan BaseMidland SC45745860
111356Steve WardBartley SC144545665
121139Matthew PritchardBurton SC1645451273
121467Norman ByrdDraycote SC324524579
141472Simon Hawkes Castle Cove SC145454591
151456Andy CouchBlithfield SC454514591
161431Rob StarlingBurghfield SC345454593
161448Tom WhittinghamBowmoor SC454534593
181385John WaylingNorthampton SC445454594
191439Miles OdellNorthampton SC645454596
191455Matt NieldRoyal Windermere YC456454596
211266Ben FalatWaveney Oulton Broad YC945454599
211346Matt ButlerYorkshire Dales SC459454599
211171Alex HallBurton SC454545999
241473Chris SheltonDowns SC10454545100
251391Nigel KingLymington Town SC11454545101
251140Steve MasonBurton SC45454511101
271481Martin WattsNetley SC12454545102
271425Steve PatesRoyal Harwich YC45454512102
291419Andy WeatherspoonDerwent Reservoir SC17454545107
301269Andrew HuntWaveney Oulton Broad YC18454545108
311273Bill Taylor Creaksea SC19454545109
321318Dave PatrickBroadwater SC20454545110
331394Nick FavellWaveney Oulton Broad YC21454545111
341484Paul BirbeckWimbleball SC22454545112
351297Nick CrickmoreWaveney Oulton Broad YC23454545113
361461Graham Dale‑JonesCreaksea SC24454545114
371369Duncan SymeGreat Moor SC25454545115
381364Tony CookDowns SC26454545116
391443Phil LongleyStone SC27454545117
401414Dave SmithHollingworth Lake SC28454545118
411309Mike StoneStone SC29454545119
421208Simon LennaneLlandegfedd SC31454545121
431224Yossi GalilloSWSC33454545123
441457Simon WigmoreGrafham SC34454545125

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