Please select your home edition
Barton Marine 2019 728x90
Product Feature
Allen 30mm Back To Back Block - A2038
Allen 30mm Back To Back Block - A2038

Phantom East Coast Championship at Burnham Week 2022

by Chris Roberts 7 Sep 2022 06:39 BST 27-29 August 2022

The three-day Bank Holiday weekend is the start of Burnham Week and the Phantoms race as a class with a fleet start to compete for their East Coast Championship.

Winds were forecast to initially be from the North but were mainly from the East, with occasional swings and a somewhat blustery force four and above. The first two days of racing were sailed from the Burnham Sailing Club line on courses that ensured Quay based spectators could enjoy the sight of these powerful dinghies racing. The final day saw a reversion to the Pile House Committee boat starts with courses being the more traditional downriver racing including the River Roach.

In addition to a strong entry from the local Creeksea SC fleet, visitors came from Lee-on-Solent, Royal Harwich and Ardleigh Sailing Club. The close proximity of the event to the forthcoming National Championships may have reduced entries but those that took part were firmly of the opinion that with boats and bodies tested to the maximum this was the best form of preparation.

And so on to the racing. Day one saw Bill Taylor put down a marker with a great start but he was unable to hold off Bob Portway who took the win after a ding dong battle with Taylor. A delighted Warren Martin took third place after Roberts picked up weed and almost capsized close to the finish letting Matt House through for fourth place.

Taylor again started well in race 2 and had a convincing win ahead of House and Portway. The run to the finish was however a classic Burnham dilemma of choosing either the North or South Shore. House was keeping a close eye on Roberts who had reached over to the North shore to avoid the tide. Taylor kept his cool though to win on the South shore and Roberts failed to receive a finishing gun as he and Warren Martin had been judged to be OCS. House took second having benefited from heading to the town shore whilst Portway took third having followed Taylor on the South bank with the rest of the fleet.

That evening a barbecue was hosted by Spruce and Taylor in the motorhome corral and the local delights of local butchers were sampled by the fleet. Anxious to avoid temptation and maintain his lead Taylor was seen to be drinking non-alcoholic beverages and the fleet knew that tomorrow was going to be hard work.

Day 2 saw a slight tweak to the courses with a figure of eight course being set that allowed the fleet to show their reaching speed with a fantastic cross river reach to a dumpy mark laid off the town Quay. The beats were shorted which was a relief as the previous days had been over a mile and a half against a flooding tide.

Taylor revelled in the strong breeze to take two wins with second places being shared between Portway and House.

By now it was fairly clear that Taylor could wrap the event up with only one decent result required on the final day but the change of course and race area seemed likely to present a chance to Portway who has form at performing under pressure.

The first race produced a surprise for the local boats when visitors Spruce and Portway started at the pin end of the line and powered ahead of those that had started lower down the line in the hope of getting to the North shore sooner. Spruce looked comfortable on this new course and tore off across the river to reach into and out of the River Roach before the run back to the line. House took a clear second ahead of Taylor.

Taylor had achieved a great result that looked likely to seal the Championship having capsized on the first short tacking beat, hit a mark but recovered well to pull back through the fleet.

Rather than rest on his laurels and perhaps mindful of Portways determination he stayed out on the course to complete the final race. Making no mistakes he won this race as well and Portway had to be content with a second place in the race and the series overall.

At the prize-giving a huge cheer greeted the ever popular Bill Taylor when he was awarded the bespoke trophy that was originally conceived by his late club mate John Torrance and donated by the late Kim Allen of Allen Bros.

The next and final event in the Eastern Series was scheduled to be held at Ardleigh Sailing Club in October however water levels are such that it is likely that an alternative venue will be found.

The fleet now looks forward to their National Championships at Lyme Regis SC over 16th-18th September.

Overall Results:

PosBoat NameSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1Shergal Pharky1273Bill Taylor‑2111‑314
2Mandy1334Robert Portway1‑3‑52227
3Phootspa1432Matt House‑4223‑7411
4Phurious1342Mark Spruce‑64‑651313
5Gromit1395Chris Roberts5(OCS)345‑617
6Pink Panther1433Warren Martin3(OCS)4‑76518
7Well 'eeled1404Eric Howe‑85(DSQ)84724
8The End1461Graham Dale‑Jones7676‑8(DNF)26
9Pink Djinn1233Pete Sarbutt(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC9DNC39

Related Articles

Exe Sails & Covers Starcross Steamer
78 boats greeted by a beautiful morning without a breath of wind 78 boats were greeted by a beautiful morning at Starcross Yacht Club without a breath of wind for the annual pursuit race. Patience prevailed however and after a delay of an hour and ten minutes, the fleet eagerly took to the water in a building breeze. Posted on 31 Jan
Phantom South East Traveller Series 2022
Overall the series attracted 33 different sailors Overall the series attracted 33 different sailors, some of whom travelled considerable distances to compete. A big thank you to all of the clubs who hosted the events and also to Dover Trussed Roof Company who donated tankards as prizes. Posted on 10 Nov 2022
Burton Phantom Open
Final event of the Midlands Traveller Series The final event of the HD Sails/Ceildeh Phantom Midlands Traveller Series took place at Burton Sailing Club on the 23rd October. Posted on 8 Nov 2022
Phantoms for Halloween at Oulton Broad
A spooktacular Eastern Series End-of-Season event Because the original venue for the last event on the Phantom Eastern series calendar was suffering from a lack of water and excessive weed there was a risk of cancellation; however Waveney and Oulton Broad Yacht Club stepped in. Posted on 1 Nov 2022
Phantoms at The Final Fling in Plymouth
South-West Traveller Series 2022 finale The weekend of 15th & 16th October saw the Phantom class visit Plymouth for the Final Fling, a multi-class end of season regatta hosted by the Royal Western Yacht Club. Posted on 28 Oct 2022
Broadwater Phantom Open
Final event of the 2022 SE Travellers Series Broadwater SC ran its second Phantom Open on October 15th, the last event in the SE series. After a terrific turnout of 17 last year we had high hopes for similar, but commitments, Covid and other age-related problems took their toll. Posted on 18 Oct 2022
Phantoms at Chase
Penultimate event of the Midlands Traveller Series The penultimate event of the Phantom 'HD Sails/Ceildeh' Midlands Traveller Series was help at Chase Sailing Club. With the forecast predicting high winds and gusts of 30 knts, the windguru fraternity were clearly not tempted. Posted on 17 Oct 2022
Phantom HD Sails/ Ceildeh Midlands Series 2022
Final two events at Chase and Burton in October The Phantom Midlands Traveller Series, having had a short break over the summer months, concludes in October with its final two events at Chase Sailing Club and Burton Sailing Club. Posted on 1 Oct 2022
Ovington Phantom Nationals at Lyme Regis
Challenging conditions for the 67-strong fleet The 67-strong fleet arrived early to take in the atmosphere and the beauty of Lyme Regis and practice ahead of the three-day event. The much-anticipated south-westerlies and famous swell of Lyme Bay were not to be this year. Posted on 25 Sep 2022
Phantom Nationals 2022 - Runners & Riders
The fleet are heading to Lyme Regis with racing starting on Friday Starting this Friday (16th September and running until Sunday, the Phantom Class are visiting Lyme Regis Sailing Club for this year's National Championships. Here is a guide to the Runners & Riders from my inside source in the fleet. Posted on 15 Sep 2022