Please select your home edition
Edition
Allen Brothers

2022 Phantom South Eastern Series Round 2 at Downs Sailing Club

by Chris Shelton 26 May 10:44 BST 21-22 May 2022
Downs SC Phantom Open © Brian Mumford

Downs Sailing Club hosted Round 2 of the 2022 Phantom South Eastern Series over the weekend of 21st/22nd May. Visitors came from Norfolk, West Sussex, Middlesex and more locally from Broadstairs to join the small home fleet at Downs.

As the boats rigged on Saturday morning the sun was shining and there was a F3 south westerly wind. However when it came time to launch the sea breeze had built and the wind was now SSW F5 with plenty of white tops on the water.

Race 1 started just as the flood tide started and it soon became apparent that the beats would be hard work against the tide. Paddy Denby lead around the first mark closely followed by Chris Shelton. These places stayed the same until just before the windward mark on the second lap where Paddy had a quick swim allowing Chris to take the lead. However on the third beat Steve Popple moved up through the gears to take the lead. At the finish it was Steve, Chris and then Paddy.

Race 2 was quickly under way in much the same conditions and this time there was no stopping Steve who lead from start to finish. Paddy was second and after a close battle between Ben Falat and Chris, Ben managed to pull ahead and finish third. Further down the fleet the weather conditions were taking their toll with broken kicking straps, broken halyards and other damage forcing retirements. However special mention must go Tom Field from Broadstairs who battled around the course despite several capsizes.

The wind moderated slightly for the start of race 3, but if anything the flood tide was even stronger now. However this did not seem to bother Steve who once again scored another bullet, Paddy was second but this time it was Chris who succeeded in the Ben/Chris battle for third place.

The tired sailors returned to shore to enjoy an excellent BBQ (with plenty of seconds if you were hungry), live music and liquid refreshment.

The sun was shining again on Sunday morning, but the wind was a much more gentle southerly F2. The morning start meant the tide was ebbing and today the sailors would be beating with the tide. Despite the tide pushing the boats towards the line race 4 got away cleanly and at the windward mark it was the usual trio of Paddy, Steve and Chris, but these three were closely followed by the rest of the fleet. The trapezoid shape course meant that there was a long run against the tide and this leg gave plenty of opportunity for place changing enabling Ivan Walsh to come through and take the lead. Another quick beat and then the long run again, at times having to dodge Streakers who were sailing a shorter course. This run benefited both Paddy and his brother Tim who both passed Ivan to finish in the order of Paddy, Tim, Ivan.

Race 4 was soon under way with another clean start, and at the windward mark it was all very close between Paddy, Steve and Ben. Down the run Paddy managed to pull ahead, but behind there were plenty of place changes with Dave Patrick looking good at one stage. However at the finish it was Paddy first, Steve second and Ben third. This meant that the final race would be a showdown between Steve and Paddy for first place overall.

At the start of race 6 there was a second gun, this meant that somebody was over the line, but none of the boats turned back. Whilst it was mostly familiar faces at the windward mark, Tony Cook was also going very well and overtook Paddy on the first long run. However Paddy had the bit between his teeth and by the second time at the windward mark was back in the lead. Steve and Chris were not enjoying the light conditions and this enabled Ben and Ivan to challenge Tony at the front of the fleet. Paddy finished first which would give him the event overall, however when Tony crossed the line there was silence, he was the boat that was OCS at the start. Ben was second and Ivan third.

Congratulations must go to Race Officer Brian Mumford and his team for getting in six races in varying conditions over the weekend. Thanks also to all of the Downs Sailing Club volunteers who gave up their time over the weekend to man the safety boats, beach-party, canteen, bar etc. to make the event a success.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClub
1st1472Paddy DenbyBroadstairs SC
2nd1460Steve PoppleShoreham SC & Sussex YC
3rd1266Ben FalatWaveney & Oulton Broad YC
4th1491Chris SheltonDowns SC
5th1454Ivan WalshShoreham SC
6th1430Tim DenbyBroadstairs SC
7th1318Dave PatrickBroadwater SC
8th1367Tony CookDowns SC
9th1193Tom FieldBroadstairs SC

Related Articles

Phantom SW Travellers at Castle Cove
Coastwatersports vouchers awarded to the top three boats As a late addition to the calendar Castle Cove SC opened up their club cup event to the Phantom class to help us fill the June hole in our regional series. Posted on 22 Jun
Phantom Midland Series at Northampton
Fleet buzzed by Spitfire Fourteen sailors attended for the third of the seven-event Midland Phantom Series, sponsored by HD Sails and Ceildeh Carbon Masts. Posted on 8 Jun
Looking ahead in the Midland Phantom Series
Off to Northampton in June and then Carsington in July The next venue in the series will be hosted at Pitsford Reservoir in the beautiful Northampton shire countryside. The 600 acre water provides great racing with amazing facilities and onsite camping. Posted on 31 May
Phantoms at Creeksea
Early arrivals take full advantage of the free beer and BBQ One of the favourite events on the Phantom Eastern circuit saw Creeksea Sailing Club welcome early travellers on the Friday night who took full advantage of the free beer and BBQ that the home fleet had provided. Posted on 20 May
Phantoms at POSH 2022
7 Phantoms in a mixed fleet of 57 singlehanded dinghies Paignton Sailing Club ran the 2022 single handed open, POSH, over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of May. Seven Phantoms took part in the racing in Torbay, in a mixed fleet of 57 boats. Posted on 13 May
Phantoms at Fishers Green SC
The host club provide 'Phantastic" hospitality yet again Fishers Green SC held their Phantom open meeting on 7th May, as part of their eastern travellers series. The competitors asked for four races so that is what they got. Posted on 11 May
Phantoms set for Paignton POSH
CoastWaterSports SW Traveller Series Round 3 The weekend of 7th – 8th May is fast approaching, and with it comes round 3 of the series - POSH Regatta at Paignton SC. POSH has been a regional fixture for a number of years now and routinely sees good turnouts and close racing. Posted on 29 Apr
Phantom Midland Circuit at Bartley
Wind shifts of 40 degrees - the joys of inland sailing Bartley Sailing Club hosted 15 Phantoms to the second round of the HD Sails and Kayleigh Masts Midland Circuit. We were greeted with bacon butties and promises of building breeze and glorious sunshine. Posted on 28 Apr
Bowmoor Phantom Open
14 helms for the joint South West and Midlands event A sunny but chilly morning greeted 14 enthusiastic Phantom sailors for the Bowmoor Phantom open, which was a joint open for the South West and Midlands, sponsored by HD Sails, Ceilidh Mast and CoastWaterSports. Posted on 14 Apr
HD/Ceilidh Phantom Midland Traveller Series 2022
Opening event to be held at Bowmoor SC on Saturday The start of the Midlands Phantom season kicked off a couple of weeks ago with a cracker at the Ovington Inland Championships held at Grafham Water S.C. Next weekend (Saturday 9th April) sees the start of the HD/Ceilidh Midlands Traveller Series. Posted on 6 Apr