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Optimum Time Watches Phantom Southern Travellers Series 2019


April 13th Bowmoor
May 11th -12th  POSH
July 13th -14th Weymouth Regatta ( at Castle Cove )
Sept 6th 7th 8th  Nationals Lee on Solent
Oct 19th - 20th Salcombe

5 events 3 to count no excuses

Burghfield Cancelled

Unfortunately the club has had to cancel the meeting due lack of interest.
The Solutions that we were sharing with had already cancelled for the same reason. 

Some important dates for your 2019 diaries.....

1-2nd June - Inland championships Northampton Sailing Club

6-8th September - National Championships Lee-on-Solent Sailing Club

26-27th October - Winter championships -Grafham Water (provisional)

No excuses with plenty of notice

Cancelled- Optimum Time Watches Southern Travellers Series Round 9 At Burghfield SC Saturday 10th November

The Burghfield SC 2018 Phantom Open takes place at the club on Saturday 10th November. Online entry is open with discounted entry fee available until 8th November. We are not sharing now so have the water to ourselves this year. Fun sprint racing as usual in our last Southern Phantom Open so hitch up !!
Short course racing - 8 races planned. NOR on club website with discount entry form...

Eastern Series open at Alton Water

The Alton Water Phantom Open Meeting took place on the weekend of October 20th and 21st at Holbrook in Suffolk .

Visiting boats were from various clubs but predominantly Creeksea and Fishers Green.
The Race Officer, Gavin Johnson made the most of the very light conditions and set 2 races on the Saturday and 4 on the Sunday. The wind was 4 - 6 mph in a south-westerly direction on both days. Both the Saturday races were won convincingly by Ben Fallat closely followed by local sailors Paul Church and Matt House.

The 4 races sailed on Sunday were in similar conditions with a few more competitors joining the fleet. Paul Church led for most of race 3 and finished in first position pursued by Graham Dale-Jones and Bob Portway. Race 4 allowed Adrian Coatesworth to achieve his win of the weekend with Graham again coming second. After a general recall in race 5 Bob Portway held onto the lead and Paul was second. Bob was also victorious in race 6.
With very tight racing throughout the fleet consistency was hard to achieve, special mention to top visitor graham dale jones who put in a great performance all weekend in his new jj build boat winning the fiercely fought accolade of top creaksea boat.

Results:

1st Paul Church
2nd Matt House
3rd Graham Dale-Jones

Optimum Time Watches Phantom Travelers Series Round 8

Salcombe Yacht Club Phantom Open Meeting - Sponsored by Salcombe Breweries

The growing Phantom fleet at Salcombe Yacht Club welcomed 7 visitors for their inaugural Phantom open meeting over the weekend of 6th and 7th October, which served as round 8 of the Southern Travellers Series.

In the morning local sailor Alister Morley arranged a rib ride for the visitors around the estuary to view the racing area. Upon their return the reports of the conditions seemed to affirm the forecast of mid 20 kts with gusts of mid to high 30’s. The view of some locals was that in reality, strength was likely to be circa 5 kts less, so 6 visitors with 4 local boats took to the water.
Whether it was really 5 kts less is up for debate, and the location of the purported 42kt gust recording remains to be confirmed. Nonetheless, it was windy.
After multiple pre-start capsizes the fleet took off up the estuary. Alister Morley led the way to take the bullet, Jim Hopton visiting from Shustoke came in second, and local Paul Ellis was third. Further behind breakages, failures and fear saw 3 boats fail to finish.

Following a great first beat leading towards the windward mark, and a cunningham failure for visitor Paul Birbeck of Wimbleball, race 2 adopted much the same pattern as the first – capsizes down through the fleet, and a further 2 competitors heading for the shelter of the dinghy park. Race 2 finished with Alister Morley in 1st, and Paul Ellis traded places with Jim Hopton, to take 2nd.  Paul Birbeck, and Chris Biglin of Shustoke came home in the familiar positions of 4th and 5th respectively.
Once everyone was back ashore stories abounded of vertical gusts and 45° shifts in the creek, gusts on top of gusts in the main estuary, and the general apprehension of the final run.

With some visitors staying in the opposite end of the town from the yacht club, refreshment was required on the walk to the club (and on the way back). There are 4 pubs on the way. We know, we went in them. The Yacht club served up what every tired Phantom helm appreciates – pies, and a free beer generously provided by the event sponsor, Salcombe Breweries - We are Phantom sailors and not scared to stereotype. At this point special mention should also be made of the lengths that the Yacht Club went to, in order to accommodate the special dietary requirements of one helm – namely the need for cheese before bedtime. Barman Jay rustled up cheddar and brie to take away and fabricated some appealingly low prices. Unfortunately they couldn’t supply crackers. And at quarter to midnight nor could The Fortesque Inn, but they did have 4 bags of mini cheddars, so all was good with the world. In the interests of privacy I shan’t mention the helms name. But it does sound like Pieman Fawkes.

Sunday was far more pleasant affair. Warm, sunny, but a little shy of breeze. After pumping around to the starting area the fleet were greeted with more wind than anticipated and started race 3 in a full hiking breeze. Simon Hawkes of Castle Cove led at the windward mark, but Alister Morley was determined. The wind eased during the race and made the runs long and fickle, and on lap 2 Alister made it to the front for his 3rd bullet. Simon Hawkes was 2nd and Paul Ellis was 3rd.

As the breeze returned, the final race also started in a full hiking conditions. Simon led at the windward mark, and by the time the last boat rounded was several hundred metres down the run. The wind faded. Then filled in again. From behind. Those towards the back of the fleet came charging down the run and the fleet was turned on its head. Only one thing remained consistent – Alister Morley – he went from 2nd to 1st and stayed there. Alister again took the bullet, Paul Ellis was second, and Simon Hawkes Third.

The top 5 results are as follows:
Alister Morley   Salcombe   1
Paul Ellis   Salcombe   2
Jim Hopton   Shustoke   3
Paul Birbeck   Wimbleball   4
Simon Hawkes   Castle Cove   5

By the end of the weekend the visitors had experienced more of the conditions offered at Salcombe than they had anticipated. The hospitality of the local sailors and Yacht Club was outstanding, and the class are looking forward to the second SYC Phantom Open next year.
To top off a great weekend, we managed to pair up a Salcombe member looking for a boat, with visitor Ivan Walsh of Shoreham who is looking to upgrade and sell one. So that’s +1 for the local fleet, and hopefully the Southern Travellers Series for 2019.

Thanks to the race team, the safety team, the bar staff and caterers, the sponsors, and to SYC for inviting us down.
See you all again next year !

Written by Richard Cumberbatch.

Optimum Time Watches Phantom Southern Travellers Series Round 8 at Salcombe Yacht Club 6th to 7th October 

 
The Southern Phantom travellers are heading to Devon next weekend for the Salcombe Brewery Phantom Open. A large turnout is expected to join the six home boats for our first visit to Salcombe. 
Many are due Friday to get settled in early and there is the possibility of a rib ride Saturday morning around the race area to familiarise visiting racers. Briefing is at 11.00 with the first start at 13.00 NOR on the club website.

Nationals special offer

Following last years trial, 2019 membership stickers will be available at the AGM.

This will be a one night only deal of £15.

Save yourself £5 and the association postage.

Downs Sailing Club hosted Round 7 of the Optimum Time Phantom Southern Series over the weekend on 14th/15th July

Unfortunately a combination of injuries, weddings and a very light forecast resulted in a disappointing entry, but the sailors who did attend had some very close competitive racing, and by combining the event with the Contender class there was a reasonable number of boats on the water.

As the boats rigged on Saturday morning there was 5 knots ENE and this was forecast to increase by the scheduled start time of 1300 hrs. As the forecast for Sunday was even lighter, the Race Officer made the (wise) decision to run 4 races on the Saturday afternoon in case Sunday dawned with very little wind.

After a short hold on the beach, the fleet launched into about 8 knots NE and a strong flood tide. Race 1 got underway with everyone being cautious on the line, not wanting to be swept across and receive an OCS. At the windward mark it was Chris Shelton who lead, closely followed by Richard White and Simon Green. Richard showed some impressive speed on the reaches to take the lead by the leeward mark. In the meantime, following a poor start, Steve Popple had very good boat speed to windward in his brand new boat and was slowly catching the leading pack of three. On the second lap there was even more place changing with Simon staying the mix. However by the finish Chris had manged to get ahead again and Simon had overhauled Richard to take second.

Race 2 followed a similar pattern, but this time it was Steve round the windward mark first. However Chris, Richard and Simon were not far behind and all 4 boats were continually changing places around the course. On the final triangle Chris managed to pull ahead again, but this time it was Richard second and Simon third.

The start of race 3 saw Richard and Chris parked up on the start line which allowed Peter Harlow to cross the line at speed and into the lead. However by the windward mark the rest of the fleet had caught up and once again the merry-go-round of place changing started. By this time the tide had slacked and the wind had also dropped slightly. Working the shifts on the beats became more important, as did finding good pressure downwind. By the final triangle a similar pattern had emerged, Chris in front, Simon second this time and Richard third.

The ebb tide had kicked in by the time race 4 started and this resulted in the boats taking a long starboard tack course to stay further inshore. At the windward mark Simon and Chris arrived simultaneously on port, but crucially Chris was inside as both boats tacked and was first onto the reach. Richard and Peter were not far behind in that order. In contrast to all of the previous races, places stayed exactly the same for the duration of this race. The ebb tide gave less choice of routes on the windward legs and the distance between the boats slowly increased as the race progressed.

It had been a long afternoon on the water, and the sailors gratefully returned to shore ready for the free evening meal in the clubhouse. The meal was accompanied by live music from the popular Jackson Bell Duo and plenty of liquid refreshment.

Unfortunately Sunday morning dawned precisely as forecast with the occasional 2 knot Easterly in-between periods of flat calm. However all was not lost as the competitors tucked into a full English as the AP was hoisted. The Race Officer announced that the wind was forecast to increase (slightly), and he was going to take advantage of the short slack water period due about 11.00 am. However the wind was a little late arriving and by the time race 5 started about 11.30 the flood tide had already started.

Simon Green made a cracking start on port and was soon ahead on the long slow port tack beat against the tide. Richard was second with Chris uncharacteristically in third. The boats remained in this formation until the first reach where once again Richard showed his downwind speed to overhaul Simon. By the time the second beat started the wind was back down to about 3 knots and the tide was getting stronger. This meant that almost the whole windward leg was spent on port tack lee-bowing the tide, with the boats staying in the same positions. After a long, slow run the competitors were grateful to see the Shorten Course signal, with Richard crossing the line first, Simon second and Chris third. As the wind was showing no signs of improving, and the tide was getting stronger, race 6 was cancelled and the competitors returned to shore to be greeted by the Band of the Royal Marines playing at the bandstand and a Spitfire fly-over.

Congratulations must go to Race Officer Steve Restall for getting in five races over a difficult weekend. Thanks also to all of the Downs Sailing Club volunteers who gave up their time over the weekend to man the safety boats, beach-party, canteen, bar etc. to make the event a success.

Results

Rank

Sail No

Club

Helm

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

Total

Nett

1st

1211

Downs SC

Chris Shelton

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

(3.0)

7.0

4.0

2nd

1364

Downs SC

Simon Green

2.0

(3.0)

2.0

2.0

2.0

11.0

8.0

3rd

1254

Downs SC

Richard White

(3.0)

2.0

3.0

3.0

1.0

12.0

9.0

4th

1277

Lilliput SC

Pete Harlow

5.0

5.0

4.0

4.0

(6.0)

DNC

24.0

18.0

5th

1460

Shoreham SC

Steve Popple

4.0

4.0

(6.0)

DNC

(6.0)

DNC

(6.0)

DNC

26.0

20.0

 

Report written by Chris Shelton

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