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Inaugural Phantom Open at Broadwater Sailing Club

by Tim Platt 28 Oct 2021 12:37 BST 23 October 2021

Seventeen competitors were given a warm Broadwater welcome with a mug of hot tea and a bacon roll, but unfortunately not a lot of wind.

However, the forecast was for the wind to gradually increase during the day, so with 4 races to pack in, Race Office Dave Weatherhead decided to crack on as soon as the first zephyrs started to appear across the lake.

First race, with most of the fleet trying to barge in at the committee boat end, they got left out in the cold. Allowing those further down the line to get away cleanly. At the first mark it was Bob Portway followed by Leigh Riddel and Tim Platt. These three extended their lead over the rest of the fleet, with Leigh getting past Bob before the finish.

Race two, again Leigh Riddel, who showed blistering upwind speed all day, pulled through to take the win from Bob Portway and Nigel King.

Race three and the only general recall of the day. At the second attempt Nigel King lead from start to finish, with much place changing behind. Jeremy Deacon found a private gust on the run down to the leeward mark to challenge Nigel, but by the end Bob Portway overtook Jeremy to take yet another 2nd.

Unfortunately, Bob had to leave early for another engagement. With 6 points he led the event after 3 races, but Leigh could snatch the win if he was 3rd or better in the final race. Nigel King was also in the hunt if he won race 4 and Leigh was 3rd, or worse. With the best wind of the day, Leigh Riddel led from start to finish, pulling out a very long lead over the rest of the fleet to take a well-deserved win, and the open. He was followed, at some distance, by Paddy Denby and Chris Shelton.

Back ashore all the competitors were treated to a lovely spread laid on by the Broadwater Galley Team and a bottle of beer courtesy of a local brewery, Paradigm. Phantom sailors never miss an opportunity to have a drink.

Leigh was presented with his Broadwater Trophy, which is aptly timed as I'm sure it will come in handy as part of his Halloween display. He thanked Dave Patrick for organising the event, all the volunteers who made it a great first Phantom open meeting at Broadwater and the visitors for coming. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Overall Results:

PosHelmSail NoR1R2R3R4Pts
1Leigh Riddel139211413
2Bob Portway1334222DNS6
3Nigel King1391431DNF8
4Jeremy Deacon1377543812
5Tim Platt1130355DNS13
6Chris Shelton14917136316
7Paddy Denby124513810220
8Tim Denby1430868DNS22
9Dave Patrick1318997723
10Graham Dale‑Jones1461111411426
11Steve Popple146014716526
12Stephen Swinchatt1183610141026
13Brian Deacon1243101113627
14Mark Spruce134212129930
15Yossi Galiko12241715121138
16Bob Yates13891516151242
17Gordon Kingston‑Minnis1465161717DNS50

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