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Hansa National TT Series at Northampton Sailability

by Chris Dabbs 4 Oct 2022 22:40 BST 10 September 2022
Chris Dabbs and Oakley - Hansa National TT Series at Northampton © Andy Hempkin

The previous attempt to run the Northampton round of the 2022 Hansa National TT Series had to be postponed in July due to the fierce temperatures and Sargasso Sea conditions. So, it was great to see a mixed fleet of 22 boats out on the water at last. Although the conditions still weren't ideal with some crazy wind shifts and the notorious 2pm Pitsford lull to contend with.

Pete Conway, the TT coach had this to say: "The quality of racing has improved over the year, and there was good racing in the tricky conditions. Now we need to see people being more ruthless at the starts!"

In the six-strong fleet of Libertys Tessa Watkiss from Frensham was completely in the 'pressure zone' in the first race as she sailed off into the distance followed by Championship rivals, David Durston (Whitefriars) and Paul Pearson (Rutland). Whoever came out top between David and Paul would scoop the Liberty class and it came down to the last race, which David needed to win to claim the cup before the last round at Frensham.

"I took two other racers on the last reach, then Mr Phillips opened the door and I went through it. Happy days!" said Champion-elect David.

There were four boats from Northampton competing in the double-handed 303s, but they were left squabbling for the minor places as Philip Hall and Tom Hepburn from Chesil made it a clean sweep of victories, ahead of Charlotte Jones and David Nichol from Whitefriars who managed a full-house of deuces. Roy Child and Priscilla Davies from Northampton came in third overall.

"Even though our starts weren't always the best we were able to pick off the other boats one-by-one," said Tom.

"Tom got the sails set just right." added helm Philip.

In the Single-handed 303s, two Frensham sailors, Mike Everitt and James Woosnam vied with each other for top spot, but it was Mike who triumphed in every race with Hannah Nicoll from Whitefriars finishing third in class.

"I hunted Mike down in several races, but he seemed to get me in the end each time," said James ruefully.

For his part Mike never relaxed as it was never certain in his mind. He said, "I thought I wasn't going to win the last race, but I jumped off the line and managed to get to the windward mark first and waited for the Libs to overtake me."

Finally, Lindsay Burn swept the board in the 2.3s, ahead of Andrew Lebec and Lara Sturgis and we'll leave the last words to her: "What a fab day of good racing, smiles all round and great catering. Sorry we couldn't finish all of your cakes Mr Hulands!"

Overall Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stAccess 2.32111Lindsay Burns Frensham Pond111(DNC)3
2ndAccess 2.32814Andrew Lebec Frensham Pond‑22226
3rdAccess 2.32278Lara Sturgess Frensham Pond‑33317
PosFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stAccess DH3223Philip HallTom HepburnChesil Sailability‑11113
2ndAccess DH2034Charlotte JonesDavid NicholWhitefriars‑22226
3rdAccess DH330Roy ChildPriscilla DaviesNSC33‑5410
4thAccess DH867Chris DabbsOakleyNSC643‑713
5thAccess DH3222Ian ChearmanEnid ChearmanCarsington5‑66314
6thAccess DH2743Paula RoddyTim SettleNSC45‑7514
7thAccess DH1642Sam RavenscroftRob HobsonNSC7(DNF)4617
PosFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stAccess SH2554Mike Everitt Frensham Pond‑11113
2ndAccess SH2967James Woosnam Frensham Pond‑22226
3rdAccess SH3224Hannah Nicoll Whitefriars‑443310
4thAccess SH3221Leslie Philip Tideway London33‑4410
5thAccess SH3219Deb Pennington Notts County‑655515
6thAccess SH3220Logan Bell Rutland5‑66617
PosFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stLiberty3144David Durston Whitefriars21‑314
2ndLiberty2599Chris Emmett Rutland4‑6127
3rdLiberty2600Paul Pearson Rutland3‑4249
4thLiberty1010Tessa Watkiss Frensham Pond137(DNF)11
5thLibertyIRL33Pat Crowley Rutland‑624511
6thLiberty2557Paul Philip Frensham Pond‑555313
7thLiberty2723Simon Harle Rutland‑776619

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