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Burton Sailing Club Phantom Open and Midlands Series Overall

by Mike Webster 8 Nov 2022 15:06 GMT 23 October 2022

The final event of the HD Sails/Ceildeh Phantom Midlands Traveller Series took place at Burton Sailing Club on the 23rd October.

The autumn storms had been rolling in over the week leading up to the event with the prospects of more over the weekend. That didn't deter the 16 Phantoms made up of 7 visitors and a great turnout of 9 home boats and would have been even higher if 5 other regular racers had been able make the event, but half term put paid to that.

As with most inland venues the water levels were down leading to gusty conditions, but the RO set some short lines and weaving courses providing extremely close racing in all four races.

Race 1
Mike Webster - Northampton SC leading the fleet round the course from the first mark being pushed all the way by Carl Gibbon - Burton SC with some close covering needed for most of the race, however Adam Froggatt - Chase SC pulled through the fleet and with a leg to go took the lead and line honors, with Mike and Carl finishing very close behind.

Race 2
A different battle at the front of the fleet between Carl and Rich Nurse - Northampton SC, Sam Hirst - Burton SC and Josh Hyland - Chase SC. The short legs rewarded good boat handling and looking outside the boat for the big gusts across the lake. Carl managing to hold off Rich with Sam finishing ahead of Josh. A hearty lunch was had by all with the sailors being met by a ray of sunshine after a morning of rain.

Race 3
A true start line made it competitive at the off with Adam leading at the first mark followed by Stuart Turnbill - Burton SC and Mike. As the race progressed Adam and Stuart pulling out an unassailable gap with Adam finishing a leg ahead of Stuart and Carl managing to take 3rd place ahead of Mike.

Race 4
The final windward/leeward race made it all to play for with five possible helms able to take home the chocolates. Rich, Sam and Mike leading at the windward mark stretching out down the run with Carl and Adam back in 5th and 6th. As the race continued it was cat and mouse between the three leaders with changing places up wind and downwind. On the final run Sam leading went right, Rich took the middle and Mike aimed left. By a whisker left paid allowing Mike to take the line a boat length ahead of Rich and Sam putting in another top three finish. Adam and Carl having their own battle with Adam claiming a crucial and event winning 4th place.

With only 3 points separating the top four positions demonstrating how close the days racing had been. Congratulations to Adam on winning the event and an impressive second open in a row, clearly getting used to his new Phantom and one to watch next season!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st1449Adam FroggattChase sailing club15146
2nd1440Mike WebsterNorthampton Sailing Club26417
3rd142Carl GibbonBurton SC31357
4th1337Richard NurseNorthampton62529
5th1317Sam HirstBurton SC10310316
6th1437Josh HylandChasewater847617
7th1374Stuart TurnbullBurton SC11102719
8th1477John EvansDerwent Resevoir SC488920
9th1208Scott AllenBurton SC5911 25
10th1301Tom HootonBurton SC14761225
11th1139Matt PritchardBurton SC9119 29
12th1327Ben HodgesBurton SC121312832
13th1469Brian WebleyShustoke SC1314131137
14th1447Richard SimsCarsington715  39
15th1348Carl AveryBurton SC1516141039
16th1140Steve MasonBurton SCDNF12DNF 46

HD Sails/Ceildeh Phantom Midlands Series Overall

After the final event at Burton SC the closely contested 2022 Midlands Series was concluded with a total of 50 helms taking part, from a range of 21 different clubs. The series this year has been a great success but always looking for more local Midland club sailors top take part. It’s a great way to meet fellow ‘Phantomers’ from outside your own club and learn and develop your skills from experience but friendly sailors.

The series had a mix of regular racers, guest appearances for other classes, new faces in the fleet and the challenge of Inland Championships included in this years mix. With 7 events making up the programme and the generous two event discard the overall results were as follows:

Congratulations to Rob Cook – Northampton Sailing Club on winning the series doubling up with his overall win of the South West Series too !!

A huge thank you to Taxi @ HD Sails and Ceildeh Carbon Spars for again kindly sponsoring the series and for providing the much sought after tee shirt prizes. With plans already being put in place for next years series , soon to be published the class can look forward to more great sailing across the Midlands in 2023.

Midlands Series Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubBowmoor SCBartley SCNorthampton SC Draycote SC - InlandsCarsington SCChase SCBurton SC Pts
11485Rob CookNorthampton SC122212518
21492Jim HoptonShustoke SC25514255118
31440Mike WebsterNorthampton SC41651516219
41447Richard SimsCarsington SC810795511439
51347Brian Webley Shustoke SC111512196511357
61337Richard NurseNorthampton SC5173125151477
71437Josh Hyland Chase SC5151511337680
8952Michael BluntNottingham SC4011145185151124
91406Olly HopkinsBowmoor SC551115151851126
101242Steve HawleyBartley SC519910515151130
111477John EvansDerwent Water SC1051511451518134
121449Adam FroggattChase SC515151515111155
=131280Ian StoneMaidenhead SC651151515151160
=131296Carl GibbonBurton SC515145151513160
151495Mike TustinBowmoor SC365151515151162
161428Chris BownesBartley SC514515515151162
=171362Tom GissaneBowmoor SC513851515151164
=171385John WaylingNorthampton SC515156515151164
191405Andy SmithBowmoor SC751518515151168
201440Oli DavenportNorthampton SC5151511515151205
=211391Nigel KingLymington Town SC5151513515151207
=211370Duncan AdamsAttenborough SC5151515151351207
=231380John HarrisonRudyard Lake SC5151515145151208
=231469Chris BiglinChase SC5151515151451208
251317Sam HirstBurton SC5151515151515209
=261481Martin WattsNetley SC5151517515151211
=261419Gavin VaughanCarsington SC5151515175151211
=261374Stuart TurnbullBurton SC5151515151517211
291091Dorian RoeBartley SC5185151515151212
=301429Dean GriffithsBowmoor SC9515151515151213
=301361S. BerryChase SC5151515151951213
=301208Scott AllenBurton SC5151515151519213
=331463Paul Hampden SmithNorthampton SC51511051515151214
=331270D.WatkinsChase SC51515151511051214
=331301Tom HootonBurton SC51515151515110214
=361482Andrew HuntGuerhsey YC51515111515151215
=361139Matt PritchardBurton SC51515151515111215
=381270Charlie ChandlerBowmoor SC12515151515151216
=381356Steve WardBartley SC51125151515151216
=381327Ben HodgesBurton SC51515151515112216
=381318Dave PatrickBroadwater SC13505151515151216
=421274Evan BaseMidland SC51135151515151217
=421414Dave SmithHollingworth Lake SC51511351515151217
=441173Giles WinslowBowmoor SC14515151515151218
=441246Pete AsteyBartley SC51145151515151218
=461448Tom WhittinghamBowmoor SC51515115515151219
=461348Carl AveryBurton SC51515151515115219
=481490Phil LongleyStone SC51515116515151220
=481140Steve MasonBurton SC51515151515116220
491461Graham Dale‑JonesCreaksea SC51515117515151221
501465Gordon Kingston‑MinnisLee‑on‑Solent SC51515118515151222

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