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Phantom SE Travellers Series at Broadwater Sailing Club

by Chris Shelton 11 Oct 2023 07:28 BST 7 October 2023
Phantom SE Travellers Series at Broadwater © John Greaves

Broadwater Sailing Club hosted the final round of the 2023 Phantom South East Traveller Series on Saturday 7th October. The weather was unseasonably warm with a south westerly wind which varied between 3 and 8 mph. Eight visitors joined seven boats from the home fleet to give a total of fifteen boats on the water.

The races were started from a rather short line set between one of the club pontoons and the adjacent island. Getting a good start and mastering the first short beat tended to be critical and a lot of the time it was the boat that was first round the windward mark that went on to win the race. For Race 1 this was Bill Taylor who went on to finish a good way ahead of the fleet. Local sailor Jeremy Deacon was second and Chris Shelton third.

In Race 2 it was Jim Hopton's turn to get the first beat right and sail away from the rest of the fleet. The wind had dropped slightly for this race and was proving to be very shifty in places and this, together with the wind shadows behind the islands resulted in various place changes during the race. Local knowledge must have paid off, as at the finish it was Jeremy Deacon in second place again and Brian Deacon third.

Race 3 was sailed in very similar conditions to Race 2, and the result was similar. Jim Hopton was again first, Jeremy Deacon second and another Broadwater boat, Tim Davies, third.

The wind had increased slightly for the final race and this time it was Jeremy Deacon first around the windward closely followed by Chris Shelton. These two places remained the same until the finish. Further behind, Bill Taylor was obviously getting too hot and decided to fall out of his boat to cool down. Meanwhile, after a poor first beat, Jim Hopton was working his way through the fleet to eventually finish third.

When the points were tallied up, there was a tie for the first two places, but on count-back the winner was Jeremy Deacon. The organisation by Broadwater SC was impeccable and all competitors enjoyed a sandwich tea before travelling home.

Overall Results:

PositionSailHelmClubR1R2R3R4
11423Jeremy DeaconBroadwater SC‑2221
21492Jim HoptonShustoke SC‑5113
31273Bill TaylorCreeksea SC184RTD
41406Tim DaviesBroadwater SC‑8734
51491Chris SheltonDowns SC3‑14112
71243Brian DeaconBroadwater SC‑11369
61303Dave PatrickBroadwater SC468‑10
81347Brian WeblyShustoke SC657‑12
91446Richard CumberbatchCastle Cove SC104‑135
101379Stephen SwinchattBroadwater SC‑13996
111471Alastair PatersonUpper Thames SC12‑1358
121183Les SmithBroadwater SC7‑15147
131389Bob YatesUpper Thames SC‑15101011
141392Hilgard MullerBroadwater SC141112RTD
151342Mark SpruceLee On Solent SC912RDNS

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