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Optimum Time Watches Phantom Southern Travellers race report and results for Round 3 at Frensham Pond SC 23rd April 2017 by Jeremy Hudson

…. And so to the 2017 edition of hard fought racing for the very prestigious Frensham Phantom Pie Platter ….  The forecast was not good and perhaps put a few off attending with very variable wind strengths depending upon the source … the only thing in agreement was a SW wind direction and as it happened that was about the only direction we did not get!!
Despite the dire forecast, 6 visitors joined 5 home boats and in between drifting managed to get in 4 reasonable races with even the occasional spot of hiking and planning witnessed.
Some of the key highlights included:
Ivan Walsh obviously still a little overconfident from winning the series last year deciding that he only needed to show up to the start area with a minute to go.
Simon (00 something) Bond capsizing in a momentous gust of around 4 knots in between race 2 and 3.
The appearance of a new trend in wooden booms on a brand new boat which won 3 races! The boom apparently being multi-purpose with a Salcombe Yawl as they are the same length!  Not sure where you buy them from but they clearly work so there may be a rush of orders …. Although we were advised that they are a bit hard on the head!
The phantom WAGS, who enjoyed a lovely walk around the lake with its beautiful scenic Surrey countryside and witnessing all the ungentlemanly behavior on the water from various angles! (not really in the friendly Phantom fleet  ).
Numerous calls for Mast Abeam, showing the age and current rule knowledge of some of the participants!

Optimum Time Watches Phantom Southern Travellers Round 3 at Frensham Pond SC Saturday 23rd of April

The forecast is thankfully calmer than last year and the lighter winds might even give us a chance to halt the excellent run of series wins by Super Simon Hawkes !! Another fairly central location at a very welcoming club.

Briefing: 1015
Phantom Prep: 1055
Phantom first start : 1100

Schedule of races: 4 – 2 back to back in the morning, lunch, then 2 back to back in the afternoon. Three results to count. The first and last races will be simpler and shorter than the other two.
Entry fee: Phantoms £10.

Bacon butties and coffee served from 0915, lunch available.
Frensham free tea.
Plenty of parking, easy launching off jetties.

Sailing Instructions available on the day

Come and have some fun at Frensham

Optimum Time Watches Phantom Southern Travellers race report and results for Round 2 at Island Barn SC

The forecast of strong winds did not put off 18 sailors for round 2 of the travellers series. One rigged then thought better of it so 17 started the first race, not all finished. After 2 races we enjoyed a choice of hot lunches and a few decided to stay on dry land as the wind increased.
The race officer had a good day getting all four races completed and a great course set. The support boats were kept busy with Phantom and Aero swimmers all day.
Simon Hawkes and Mike Tustin were tussling all day up the front of the race with Simon clinching overall after a count back. Thats the first 2 opens to Simon who will be looking to defend his Frensham title from last year in round 3 on 23rd April.

1st   Phantom   Phantom   14   Wimbleball SC   Simon Hawkes
2nd   Phantom   Phantom   1438   Bowmoor SC    MikeTustin
3rd   Phantom   Phantom   1414   Shoreham         Steve Popple
4th   Phantom   Phantom   1419   Wimbleball SC   Paul Birbeck
5th   Phantom   Phantom   1386   Island Barn SC    Nick Mason
6th   Phantom   Phantom   1351   Island Barn SC   John Oldham
7th   Phantom   Phantom   1300   Shoreham SC   Ivan Walsh
8th   Phantom   Phantom   1289   Island Barn SC   Richard Barker
9th   Phantom   Phantom   1320   Creeksea SC   Roger Smith
10th   Phantom   Phantom   1   Minnis Bay SC   Clive Morley
11th   Phantom   Phantom   1443   Stone SC   Phil Longley
12th   Phantom   Phantom   12   Bowmoor SC    Olly Hopkins
13th   Phantom   Phantom   1256   Creeksea SC    Eric Howe
14th   Phantom   Phantom   1451   Tenby SC   Jon Nuttall
15th   Phantom   Phantom   1408   Island Barn SC Thomas Alex Dawson
16th   Phantom   Phantom   1167   Broadwater SC  Dave Patrick
16th   Phantom   Phantom   1184   Creeksea SC   Graham Dale-Jones

Optimum Time Watches Phantom Southern Travellers Round 2 at Island Barn SC Saturday 25th of March

After licking our wounds from the Wimbleball open and Beastie last week we head off to Island Barn SC for the second Phantom open of the new season, for a joint event with our rivals in the Eastern region. This is very central and a good turn out is expected with many coming up from the south west for the challenge. The forecast is looking a bit calmer than last week I'm pleased to say...

Briefing is at 10.30 and first race at 11.00 with 2 races in the morning and 2 races after lunch.
Cost is £15 to include post racing cream tea
Full details at http://www.islandbarn.org.uk

Optimum Time Watches Phantom Southern Travellers at Wimbleball Sailing Club

Optimum Time Watches Phantom Southern Travellers at Wimbleball Sailing Club

The 'Paunch was Launched'

The forecast had been looking fierce all week but on the day looking from the Clubhouse across the course it looked a bit gusty but nothing outstanding.

A gusty force 5 blowing from the west did not deter 9 fine specimens eager to start their 2017 Phantom Southern Series. With visitors from as far as Shoreham, Plymouth and Lee on Solent some had put in a great deal of effort to be there.

A strange correlation became apparent in that the further the competitor had travelled the less the "Paunch" label could be applied, although most that attended as you expect sailing were of some stature.

A guest appearance from a previous National Champion Mr Tyler Harmsworth caused a buzz in the dinghy park but he decided to save himself for the Beasty in a Phantom the following day.

Optimum Time Watches 2017 Phantom Southern Travellers Series Round 1 at Wimbleball Sailing Club on Saturday 18th March

Optimum Time Watches 2017 Phantom Southern Travellers Series Round 1 at Wimbleball Sailing Club on Saturday 18th March

The Optimum Time Watches Phantom 2017 Southern Travellers Series begins this Saturday at Wimbleball
sailing club on picturesque Exmoor National Park in Somerset. Details and NOR can be found on the club website. www.wimbleballsc.org.uk
Enthusiasm is high and at least treble the attendance of last yesr is expected with many top helms returning to the class for some heavy weight fun...

Competitors can stay on for the Exmoor Beastie on Sunday for a 3 hour pursuit race and make a weekend of it. Details and NOR again to be found on club website.

Looking forward to seeing a fright of Phantoms !!

Ivan 1300

Optimum Time Phantom Southern Wimbleball Open - 18th March

Eastern Dates 2017

14th January Eastern Winter Championships – Harlow Blackwater SC.
25th March Island Barn Sailing Club Saturday event
6th May Fishers Green Saturday event
10th / 11th June Creeksea Sailing Club Weekend
17th / 18th June Stone Sailing Club Weekend
22nd July Oulton Broad SC Saturday event
26th / 27th /28th August Eastern Region Championships RCYC / Burnham Week Combined Clubs Bank Holiday weekend
14th / 15th October Alton Water Weekend

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