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The P+B Phantom Midlands Series  - 2019

The Phantom Midlands Series has drawn to a close with the final event of being hosted by Grafham Water Sailing Club. A lower than expected turnout possibly due to the shocking forecast of 38knt gusts and the England’s Rugby World Cup semi-final match against the All Blacks !!
Despite this, Phantoms travelled from far and wide and were treated to two full days of back to back racing as part of the Ovington Winter Championships, racing in much better conditions than were predicted.
Overall podium places were awarded to:
 1st -  Martin Watts  Netley S.C.
2nd  - Alister Morely  Salcombe Y.C.
3rd  - Richard Sims   Carsington S.C.

The P+B Midlands Series as a whole was made up of 5 events:
Northampton S.C – inland Championships
Carsington S.C.
Shustoke S.C.
Blithfield S.C.
Grafham Water S.C.

Our thanks to each of these clubs for hosting the Phantom events, all of which were well organized, friendly and welcoming.

With a total entry 33 boats spread across 19 clubs it has been a reasonable start to reigniting Phantom Sailing in the Midlands after a gap of several years.
There were notably some consistent travellers attending most of the events, but clearly room for improvement in 2020 to attract more ‘club’ sailors and encourage them to hitch up their boats and venture forth !

The racing has been competitive with venues being centralized to try and reduce long journey times for midlands sailors. It was great to see people from other regions taking part and enjoying the friendly atmosphere.

Congratulations go to the 2019 Series winner - Jim Hopton from Shustoke Sailing Club who sailed consistently well and will receive the Midlands Series Trophy. Full details below of the overall series results. Our thanks go to P+B the sponsors for the series who provided some great prizes for each event and continue to support the Phantom Class.

In addition to the event prizes and in an attempt to encourage more travelling Phantoms, P+B provided a ‘Golden Ticket’ series raffle prize of a mast bag.
Every sailor at each event received a ‘vitual’ raffle ticket – the more events entered the more tickets they received !
    
Drawn out of the hat, Winning Ticket  1447 – Richard Sims. Congratulations Richard and many thanks to P+B for their generosity.

With the 2019 season coming to a close thoughts are already being made towards next seasons series.  So if you would like your club to be considered for the 2020 Midlands Series contact Mike Webster- Midlands Area Representative via the Phantom Website.

 

 
Phantom Midland Traveller Series - 2019      Overall Results  
                     
OVERALL POSITION Name Club Boat No. Inland Championships Northampton S.C.  Carsington  S.C. Shustoke S.C. Blithfield S.C. Winter Championships Grafhm Water S.C. Total Points  Total Points with discard
1 Jim Hopton Shustoke S.C. 1400 8 2 3 1 35 49 6
2 Mike Webster Northampton S.C. 1440 7 4 1 35 35 82 12
3 Richard Sims Carsington S.C. 1447 12 7 35 3 3 60 13
4 Alister Morely Salcombe S.C. 1459 4 35 35 35 2 111 41
5 Martin Watts Netley S.C. 1259 6 35 35 35 1 112 42
6 Nick Orman Castle Cove S.C. 1446 3 35 35 35 7 115 45
6 Ian Stone Maidenhead S.C. 1280 5 35 35 35 5 115 45
8 Andy Couch Blithfield S.C. 1456 1 35 35 35 35 141 71
8 Martin Knott Ribble C.C. 1434 35 1 35 35 35 141 71
10 Doug Rankin Blithfield S.C. 1136 35 35 35 2 35 142 72
10 Will Gulliver Northampton S.C. 1435 2 35 35 35 35 142 72
10 Adrian Padro Shustoke S.C. 1347 A 35 35 2 35 35 142 72
13 Malcolm Hall Carsington S.C. 1261 35 3 35 35 35 143 73
14 Ian Hopwood Nantwich S.C. 1456 35 35 35 4 35 144 74
14 Bob Portway RHYC 1334 35 35 35 35 4 144 74
14 Chris Biglin Shustoke S.C. 1347 B 35 35 4 35 35 144 74
17 Brian Webley Shustoke S.C. 1111 35 35 5 35 35 145 75
17 Matt Butler Yorkshire Dales S.C. 1138 35 5 35 35 35 145 75
19 Gavin  Vaughan Carsington S.C. 1390 35 6 35 35 35 146 76
19 Steve Curl Chipstead S.C. 1153 35 35 35 35 6 146 76
19 Peter Smith Shustoke S.C. 1158 35 35 6 35 35 146 76
22 Daniel Wigmore Grfham Water S.C. 1457 35 35 35 35 8 148 78
23 John Wayling Northampton S.C. 1346 9 35 35 35 35 149 79
24 Tim Platt Maidenhead S.C. 1130 10 35 35 35 35 150 80
25 Rich Cumberbatch Castle Cove S.C. 1348 11 35 35 35 35 151 81
26 Steve Ward Bartley S.C. 1356 13 35 35 35 35 153 83
27 Eric Howe CreekseaS.C. 1404 15 35 35 35 35 155 85
27 Ian Harridge Nantwich S.C. 1441 14 35 35 35 35 154 84
29 Bruce Hattersley Modbury S.C. 1357 16 35 35 35 35 156 86
30 D Patrick Broadmoor S.C. 1318 17 35 35 35 35 157 87
31 Olly Hopkins Bowmoor S.C. 1343 18 35 35 35 35 158 88
32 Graham Dale-Jones CreekseaS.C. 1461 19 35 35 35 35 159 89
33 Colin Meadows- Smith  Northampton S.C. 1389 20 35 35 35 35 160 90

Optimum Time Phantom Southern Travellers at Salcombe Yacht Club

For the second year running the Optimum Time Phantom Southern Traveller Series were at Salcombe Yacht Club for the final event of the season.

And what an absolutely stunning weekend it turned out to be. Wall to wall sunshine, blue skies and the harbour to ourselves, at what is undoubtedly the most picturesque venue on the calendar. Even the seals put in an appearance.

Admittedly, the wind and tide can be 'interesting' at times, but when you make a call and it comes good the rewards are significant. Get it wrong and it can be devastating. I don't think there was a sailor there who doesn't have tales of both. And therein lies the challenge, but until you go there I don't you ever really quite appreciate it. There's a reason other classes flock here.

The weekend started well, with a bit of session in the Victoria on Friday night, and a pub breakfast the following morning to watch England take the Wallabies apart. Perfect.

2 races were held each day, and overnight it was a Salcombe top 4, with Alister Morley, taking two bullets, Paul Ellis with 2 seconds, Chris Cleaves with 2 thirds and Olly Alexander a fourth and a fifth.

This didn't reflect just how close it had been on the water, with places changing constantly, but unsurprisingly the Salcombe boys came out on top when it counted.

Saturday's races were a beat down the estuary to mark 1, and then a long run up the estuary and through 'the bag' to 7, somewhere off towards Kingsbridge. No 40 minute lightweight races in this neck of the woods! Chris Cleaves led for much of the first race, but Alister and Paul eventually overhauled him.

In race two, at 50 yards from the line it looked like a bullet for Paul and a second for Richard Cumberbatch, but Alister still managed to find his way to the front for his second bullet, and Chris took his second third of the day.

Sunday was breezier, and the wind was coming down the estuary instead. In race 3 Alister Morley and Paul Ellis again led the way with Alister and Paul assuming their usual positions of a 1, 2 respectively. Jim Hopton, Richard Cumberbatch and Chris Cleaves were fighting for 3rd. As the breeze increased on the final beat Jim and Richard pulled ahead a little with Richard just taking 3rd on the line.

Race 4 looked like being a repeat of race 3 for Alister and Paul, but Jim was hanging in there. It was all getting rather close on the final beat. The shorten course flag was raised, but a little late for Paul who had already decided to cross the estuary. Jim Hopton snuck the bullet from Alister Morley, the only person to do so all weekend, and Richard benefited from the late shorten course signal to take 3rd from Paul Ellis. Not that either of these events affected Alister and Pauls final scoreline.

Overall Results:

1th Alister Morley (Salcombe)
2th Paul Ellis (Salcombe)
3th Jim Hopton (Shustoke)
4th Richard Cumberbatch (Castle Cove)
5th Chris Cleaves (Salcombe)
6th Olly Alexander (Salcombe)
7th Nick Mason (Island Barn)
8th Dave Patrick (Broadwater)

9th Bruce Hattersly (Salcombe)

All told, it was an outstanding weekends sailing. As one person was heard to say "it's like having a cheeky little summer holiday".

Sincere thanks to both Salcombe Yacht Club for their hospitality and for hosting a great event, and to Optimum Time for their sponsorship.

We'll see you all again next year!

Allen Brothers

Phantom Nationals 2019

Lee-on-Solent SC, 6-8th September

 

It was the least I could do, really, to offer to write the report after being loaned a boat for the event. Normally I’m not a fan of the Solent chop due to a PTSD-inducing event there a few years ago, but when someone offers to lend you their boat it would be churlish to turn it down. ‘Just bring it back in one piece’, they said. ‘No problem’, I said. More on that later.

Luckily for us lightweights the racing was called off on the first day as 30 knots blew in straight onshore. Although the Phantom fleet is well known for being the perfect ship for the, er, more generously proportioned athlete there were, in fact, many who were more than relieved to be held ashore. This was especially fortuitous for me as, a) it wouldn’t have looked good to trash a borrowed boat in the shore dump, and b) it gave me time to get my head round the super-adjustable rig. Shrouds, adjustable forestay, adjustable lowers, what are they all about?

So, onto the racing. Saturday was far more amenable weather-wise. The sun was out, making the Solent look almost inviting and the wind was blowing 12-15 knots from sort of North West but it wasn’t as steady as it might have been.

Race 1 and Harry Briddon (2016 and 2018 National Champ) sailed over me off the line so I tacked off to clear my wind. And capsized. I can exclusively reveal that boom on the Phantom is lower than that of the RS300 I normally sail. Another 300 sailor, Richard Le Mare, did exactly the same. He had polished his hull though and kept sliding off. Anyway, Andy Couch, who has basically won just about every Nationals since he was 14, won from Martin Watts, Ian Stone and Harry.

Race 2 was a peculiarity. Following a large left shift just before the start, Simon Clark and I were the only boats at the pin end so you can imagine our delight when we tacked and easily crossed the fleet. Joy upon joy as we stretched our legs and the new breeze didn’t reach the boats at the committee boat end until we were well up the beat. Simon got caught on the second lap as the chasing group organised itself but I managed to stay clear to the end ahead of Ian Stone, Andy Couch and Harry Briddon. Happy days! However, I thought it a little uncharitable that Nick Orman had to ask three separate people before he believed the result.

Harry Briddon had race 3 all wrapped up until 100 metres from the finish when, as the wind went sloppy, he allowed both Norman Byrd and me past on the final reach to the finish with Ian Stone also in close attendance. Maybe this Solent chop isn’t so bad after all.

However, Briddon made no mistake in race 4 and finished ahead of Martin Watt, Norman Byrd and Andy Couch.

Back on shore I had the double realisation that the metallic bouncing sound I had heard in race 3 was, indeed, a spreader bolt hitting the deck before launching overboard and that I had been UFDd in the day’s final race. Outrageous! Apparently I was over the line not once but twice. If you’re going to do something, I guess you have to do it properly.

At the top it was extremely close, a real testament to the consistency of the leading guys. Harry Briddon was leading from Martin Watts, Andy Couch and Ian Stone but with a few more lurking once the first discard kicked in.

Day 3, the wind was slightly lighter, had kicked right a bit and was shiftier than a second-hand car salesman. My Nationals nearly ended at the start of race 5 as my shroud parted company from the deck as I sheeted in. Discovering that the real use of lowers is to hold the mast in one piece until you stop panicking, I managed to lash the shroud to the deck and was able to carry on.

Nick Norman led for the first lap of race 5 and looked to have it in the bag but was overtaken by Andy Couch, Norman Byrd, Terry Crook and Jon Nuttall by the finish. I had to ask three separate people before I believed he hadn’t won.

Having got in a bit of a pickle at the start of race 6 I went right just to find clear wind so you can imagine my delight when I got a private gust and planed into the top mark on a broad reach while everyone else was still actually beating. You make your own luck in this game. Couch wasn’t to be denied though, spotting the new wind on the right of the run before everyone else, going on to win form Alister Morley, who was beginning to find form, Nick Orman and myself.

Bob Portway then sailed an absolute blinder in the 7th and final race. Backing up his 5th place in the previous race, he won from Mike Webster, Andy Couch and Alister Morley.

With all racing done we headed back to shore to be greeted by free beer which had warmed nicely in the sun. The prize-giving was a tour de force with everyone, and I mean everyone, getting a prize thanks to the extremely generous sponsors. I won a nice Ovington t-shirt and bit of glass for being top old bloke, but not as old as Chris Roberts who won the really old bloke’s prize.

It was then just a matter of packing up and marking the critical shroud-holding-up bit of dyneema so the owner could recreate the setting. I’m thoughtful like that.

Looking forward to next year’s Nationals already, at Rock from 11-13 September 2020.

The Allen Brothers Phantom Nationals from the 6th to the 8th September with 52 entries to date and a few names missing who are supposed to be coming who is in the running for the top spots.

Harry Briddon last years winner and very fast especially in the breezey stuff and with the Solent chop he is a strong bet. 

Andy Couch runner up last year and multi times champion in the past. You would be foolish not to believe he will do it again.

Will Gulliver another past champion who also likes a bit of breeze. He will have been having missing training with Titch for a few weeks will that make him slower or quicker?

Ian Stone was the bearded wonder but showed up at POSH earlier in the year clean shaven and 5 stone lighter, this might stop him pulling his boat apart.  After being in the running last year has the bit between his teeth for this year.

Nick Orman (not entered yet but supposed to becoming) always in the running just needs more consistency to put it together.

Martin Watts has had more time this year and with a newer ship should be quick.

Alistair Morley another not yet entered but he is late for everything except around the course in anything below force 5. If it’s a light wind event a real flyer. Winner of POSH fast handicap and he was last to arrive.

Titch Wayling recently been resting due to back problems but is going to see how it goes. Good luck mate.

Ivan Walsh texted your correspondent to say if its light in his new ship Bruce he is flying so I have taken him at his word and included him in the list.

Welcome to Visitors to the fleet

Steve Bolland RS300 God and Dzero previous winner took him a few days last year to work out how to

Make it go. If his memory hasn’t faltered (it probably will have alcohol has that effect) should be quick.

Fernando Gamboa a local Aero 9 sailor from Portugal knows the local tide and chop.

Richard Le Mare another top 300 sailor sailing the Ollie Hopkins fast ship.  Is he here to check up on what Steve’s up to prior to the 300 nationals?

Written by Gordon Kingston-Minnis

Phantom Nationals 6-8 September Lee on Solent Sailing Club

Dates 6-8 September
Lee on Solent Sailing Club
http://www.lossc.co/

The Signal Station
Marine Parade East
Lee-on-the-Solent
Hampshire
PO13 9BJ

Entry £150 - 30% discount so £105 up to 11 August

Enter Here - http://www.phantomclass.org.uk/events/phantom-national-2019-online-entry

Entry includes Friday Saturday meal, Saturday Sunday bacon roll and every competitor gets a momento

Allen is title sponsor

Notice of Race can be viewed here


 

Unofficial Solent Champs!

Weston Open for Single Handers WOSH 17th &18th August. Us southerners have nothing in the calendar in August. We could declare this the unofficial Solent Champs.

Optimum Time Watches Southern Travellers Round 3


Castle Cove Sailing Club 13th - 14th July
The Phantom fleet will contest round 3 of the southern travellers series as part of the Weymouth Dinghy Regatta and base ourselves at the ever popular Castle Cove Sailing Club for the weekend.
SCHEDULE
Registration will be from 08:30 with a competitors briefing at 10:30 on Saturday 13
th July.
The scheduled time of the first warning signal is 12:55 on Saturday 13
th and 10:25 on Sunday 14
th July.
There are 3 races scheduled each day.
No World cup this year to keep people in the club watching football so expect the fabulous balcony overlooking the bay to be busy in the evening.
There will be an evening meal and a well stocked bar !!
Get your B&B booked now

Eastern Series Creeksea Open 15-16 June 2019


The weekend started early for those that arrived on Friday evening with a BBQ and the chance to sample the free beer that was very generously on offer from the members of Creeksea Sailing Club.  This also played into the hands of those that arrived on Saturday, or those that took it easy in readiness for Burnham-on-Crouch Parkrun Saturday morning!

Saturday dawned with a light breeze and a few heavy heads, having polished a box of the lovely Wibblers Dengie Gold.  With a South West wind forecasted for the Saturday, not the best direct for Creeksea, and increasing strength over Saturday and Sunday, the standard course of Cliff Canewdon was set by PRO Edwin Buckley with a quick dash down river towards Burnham to get an upwind start.

With a flood tide for the first start, there was a battle to be windward boat but also staying out of the main channel of the river, as the fleet set of for Navigation Buoy No.11.  The gusty condition caught some napping with a few capsizes on the way and a few notable fallers at No.11 for the bear away up river.  A fleet of Royal Burnham One Designs, also on the famous Cliff Canewdon course, didn’t help on the long reach down to Cliff, with some constant place changing as the fleet moved passed the RB’s.  Current Eastern Series Champion made the best of the conditions with a first, with local sailor Bill Taylor and Roger Smith taking second and third.

Race 2 followed the same course as race one, but tactics had changed following a turn of the tide.  This race included an extra loop around the top of the course taking in Tony Glaze and Bridgemarsh Buoys, which also meant a gybe mark and some more place changing as people inspected the underside of their phantoms!  The wind continued to increase during the race and left a difficult and long fetch to the finish line with continuous gusts and shifts of the south back of the Crouch.  Bill Taylor was loving the conditions and left the rest of the fleet in his wake for an infatic win and his first Phantom open race win, Titch Wayling returned to form with a second place followed by Clive Morley in third, thanks to capsizes from Bob Portway and Terry Crook as they approached the finish

The standard, excellent Creeksea lunch was served and then a depleted fleet return to the water for the third race of the day.  The same course was followed as race 2, I am sure that lots happened during the race, but I was quite tired by this point and don’t really remember.  Bill took another win followed by Terry and then Roger.

The rest of the day was then spent talking about fetching, capsizing and how much we all like Wibblers Dengie Gold, followed by a stroll into Burnham and an Indian at The Polash, who also happen to sponsor Creeksea Sailing Club!

Sunday dawned and the forecasted wind was already starting to build.  An even smaller fleet took to the water for three back to back races over a new course, with the windward buoy now Tony Glaze, but then a downwind leg and gybe at Cliff, returning to Tony Glaze and a final dash back to the club line.  When the small and selective fleet got to Cliff for the first time of the day, the upwind leg to Tony Glaze was looking very daunting with standing waves and large gusts that challenged the complete fleet.  Everyone really enjoyed the gybe at Cliff with the increased wind from Saturday, with a few sailors checking their centre boards for weed.  Titch found his normal form and won race 4 of the weekend and was followed home by Terry and Warren Martin, who were sailing well in the conditions, however overnight leader Bill was not having such a good day, with problems rounding Cliff.  

Race 5 took a similar pattern with Titch out the front, with just Terry to keep him company and taking second place.  Following a bad start, Clive made his way from the back to take a well-deserved third place.  Local hero Bill, was not enjoying the conditions as much as yesterday and retired following another problem at Cliff.

The sixth and final race of the weekend, got underway with rain clouds gathering over the windward mark!  Titch nailed the start and resumed his normal position at the front of the pack, he was closely followed by local sailors Warren and Roger.  With the rain, came the gusts and the inevitable capsizes on the upwind leg and the gybe mark.  Titch secured his clean sweep for the day and thus taking the event from a disappointed Bill.

Lunch was served in the marquee, with much talk about Cliff Buoy and capsizing.  Creeksea member Graham Dale-Jones was tasked with prize giving duties, Bill Taylor was congratulated with a well-earned second place and a large cheer from the crowd.  Titch was awarded the overall win and presented with an ironic bottle of ‘Taylors’ Port!  During titches winner speech, Titch thanked Creeksea Sailing club for another excellent event, Edwin the PRO and safety boat crews.  Titch also mentioned the un-touchable Bill for his 2 race wins on Saturday.

The Eastern Series circus now moves onto Royal Harwich for another 2 day event over the weekend 20-21 July.


Creeksea Phantom Open Meeting 2019

Creeksea Sailing Club

 

Results are provisional as of 10:57 on June 21, 2019

Overall

Sailed: 6, Discards: 2, To count: 4, Entries: 13, Scoring system: Appendix A
Boat Name SailNo HelmName Fleet Club Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Nett
Maud 1346 Titch Wayling   Northamton SC (5.0) 2.0 (6.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 5.0
  1244 Bill Taylor   CSC 2.0 1.0 1.0 4.0 (14.0 RET) (5.0) 8.0
Ghostbuster 1464 Terry Crook   CSC (4.0) 4.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 (14.0 DNC) 10.0
  1320 Roger Smith   CSC 3.0 (7.0) 3.0 5.0 (7.0) 3.0 14.0
Ghost Ship 1420 Clive Morley   Minnis Bay (11.0) 3.0 5.0 (7.0) 3.0 4.0 15.0
Pink Panther 1433 Warren Martin   CSC (7.0) (10.0) 7.0 3.0 4.0 2.0 16.0
Mandy 1334 Bob Portway   RHYC 1.0 5.0 4.0 (14.0 DNC) (14.0 DNC) 14.0 DNC 24.0
Hoof 1369 Jon Steward   Fishers Green (8.0) 6.0 (8.0) 6.0 5.0 7.0 24.0
  1291 Nick Yannakoyorgo   Fishers Green (12.0) 8.0 (9.0) 8.0 6.0 6.0 28.0
The Isnd 1461 Graham Dale Jones   CSC 6.0 9.0 (14.0 DNS) (14.0 RET) 14.0 DNC 14.0 DNC 43.0
Pink Djinn 1233 Pete Sarbutt   CSC 10.0 11.0 (14.0 RET) (14.0 RET) 14.0 DNC 14.0 DNC 49.0
Hanger on 1215 Hamish Bettany   CSC 9.0 (14.0 RET) (14.0 DNS) 14.0 DNC 14.0 DNC 14.0 DNC 51.0
  1157 Darren Sewell   CSC 13.0 12.0 (14.0 DNS) (14.0 DNC) 14.0 DNC 14.0 DNC 53.0

Sailwave Scoring Software 2.28.1

Phantom P+B Inland Championships

1st/2nd June - Northampton Sailing Club

The weekend started earlier for some of the further traveling Phantoms and the customary Friday night get together. With free camping they made themselves at home in tents and motorhomes overlooking the 420 hectare lake, set in the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside.

The event format and NOR planned for 4 races on Saturday and 2 races on Sunday.

Saturday dawned to sun and a light  southerly breeze of 7- 10 kts which fluctuated constantly throughout the day with some interesting stronger patches producing some significant shifts. It was going to be a game of snakes and ladders with big decisions on both the upwind and downwind legs to take full advantage of the shifting winds and bands of breeze. Nerves of steel were going to be required.

The PRO – Miles Odell and the race team set a great course despite tricky conditions, consisting of a windward leeward and inverted P making full use of the lake.

The fleet of 22 boats were keen from the start with general recalls in each of the days races. The strength in depth of the fleet ensured close racing with no great distance between the front and back of the fleet. One mistake and places were lost, it was going to be a tough days racing where consistency would pay.

Races 1 showed signs of things to come with defending Inland Champion – Andy Couch posting his first bullet closely followed by Will Gulliver, Nick Orman, Alister Morley and Ian Stone finishing in the top five.

Race 2 provided equally challenging conditions with at least four leaders during the game of significant snakes and few ladders. Andy posted another bullet with Nick and Alister beginning to show their consistency and Martin Watt and  Mike Webster punching into the top five …….. it was going to tough at the top !

After a lunch break Race 3 saw another closely contested affair with yet another bullet to Andy who seemed to pull off what was needed to cross the line in pole position, was anybody going to stop a clean sweep? Will, Nick and Alister winning the gambling shifts to finish in that order.

PRO – Miles Odell decided to ‘can’ the scheduled race 4 until Sunday when the wind forecast showed much better conditions. A great call which was much appreciated by the fleet allowing an early dinner and extended time for liquid refreshment !
As expected the tales of ‘if only’ and ‘missed shifts’ interspursed with Champions league football were plentiful …… as was the Doombar !

Sunday morning was an early start due the extra race scheduled with breakfast at 8.00am and preparatory signal at 8.55am. Not the best start for the day with some side effects from the night before, but the fresh breeze soon cleared the heads. The wind was now a south westerly direction blowing 12 -15 knts straight down the lake and building, it was champagne sailing conditions with blue skies and 24C.

Race 4 saw another general recall but the second start got away cleanly. With now less shifty conditions boat speed came more into play, still extremely close racing with Andy doing what he does best,  yes you’ve guessed it ….. another bullet. The chasing ‘brat pack’ of Nick, Will, Alister and Ian producing more consistent top five results.

The PRO decided enough was enough and hoisted the black flag for Race 5 to discourage any overly keen sailors, but John ‘Titch’ Wayling, Ian  and Andy were all caught out with an OCS …….. ouch ! This allowed Will to post his eagerly awaited bullet with Martin Watts clearly loving the breeze finishing second, Nick third and Mike Webster punching into the top four for the first time.

The final Race 6 provided more of the same, excellent racing conditions, great courses, close competitive racing with a compact fleet. Yet another bullet for Andy showing the fleet how to race a Phantom at its best with Ian, Alister, Will and Mike all pushing for top five places finishing in that order.

Those who travelled were rewarded with a great weekend of competitive sailing, amazing weather, food and drink and a friendly social, what more could anyone ask for?

Congratulations to Andy Couch for such an emphatic event winning performance, retaining the Phantom Inland Championship title.    

Thanks were given to Northampton Sailing Club for hosting the event and to P+B for kindly sponsoring the event and for providing great prizes.

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