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Staunton Blaster Preview: East Midlands Mini Series Round 3

by Ann Nugent 12 Feb 2023 11:06 GMT 18-19 February 2023

The Staunton Blaster is almost here... featuring a special prize for one visiting boat

The third and penultimate leg in the East Midlands Mini-Series is set to take place at Staunton Harold Sailing Club on 18/19 February. Already sailed, the "Burton Blizzard" was won by Staunton sailors Tom Gillard/ Rachael Gray (Merlin Rocket) and the Notts 'County Cooler' was won by, Carsington Sailor, Will Hitchman (D Zero). And what a series so far! Over 15 different classes of boat, and more than 40 boats taking part across the first two events, the series trophy up for grabs and a dedicated travelling prize for the Blaster (see more below).

On the day

Subject to conditions there will be five races over two days. Racing will be handicap racing (PY 912/900 and above) average lap and a pursuit race. Dinghies and windsurfers (raceboarders) are welcome. Galley will be available on both days with a range of snacks, refreshments and some hot food.

The briefing will be held at 10:45 a.m. on the Saturday, with racing to follow. Find the Notice of Rae and Sailing Instructions here.

Please sign on here and please note advice on cleaning your boat before the event if you sailed at Burton Sailing Club due to the invasive shrimp species identified there.

One lucky travelling boat will win an amazing prize

This year Staunton Harold Sailing Club is offering an amazing prize* of 2023 Staunton Harold Sailing Club membership to the highest placed non Staunton boat. This fantastic prize is open to travelling sailors - double or single handers, adults or juniors. Please see full terms and conditions at the club when signing up on race day.

With everything to sail for pop your entry in today, via our online booking.

Free entry to paid up club members of participating clubs, a small fee for travelling sailors

Note that as paid up members of the participating clubs (Burton SSC, Notts County SC and Ogston SC) will enjoy free entry. Other travelling sailors can enjoy the weekend for just £20 for double handers or £14 for Single Handers (Juniors 1/2 price - Juniors are classified as under 19 as of 31st December 2022). Please see full NOR for details.

Current leader board for the East Midlands Mini Series

A quick re-cap on who is coming out ahead...

1, 2, 3 for the Burton Blizzard:
1st - SHSC Tom Gillard/ Rachael Rhodes (Merlin) 5 pts, 2nd NCSC Kevin Hope/ Andy Stewart (Fireball) and 3rd Chris Martin / John Tailby (Merlin Rocket) 10 pts

Burton Blizzard report here.

1, 2, 3 for the Notts County Cooler:
1st - CSC Will Hitchman (D Zero) 8 pts, NCSC 2nd Jamie Mawson (RS600) 8 pts and 3rd NCSC Kevin Hope/ Andy Stewart (Fireball) 8 pts

Notts County Cooler report here.

Fingers crossed for some great sailing weather at the Staunton Blaster and we look forward to welcoming you!

* only available to non-Staunton Members, and only applicable to the Staunton Blaster, highest placed visiting boat, full terms and conditions available at club registration.

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