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Optimum Time Watches Phantom Travellers Series Round 5 at Lee on Solent Sailing Club 23rd-24th June

This weekend we are at the venue of next years Nationals for an open meeting shared with the Aero class.
Registrtion is between 10.00 and 12.30 on Saturday with the first race at 13.00 and 3 races scheduled each day, notice of race can of course be found on the club web site www.lossc.co.uk , triangle/sausage course with a view of the Isle of Wight I'm informed. And if  anyone wants to arrive on Friday evening please contact Gordon at the club or class forum to make arrangements.
Entry is £25 and an an evening meal will be available at £8 from the excellent galley.
So come and familiarise yourself this weekend and give yourself an advantage for 2019 Nationals !!


The 2018 Phantom Inland National Championships @ Northampton Sailing Club

The Championships were held over the weekend of 27th & 28th May @ Northampton Sailing Club

The forecast for the weekend was for fair winds, lots of Sunshine with the threat of an odd Thunderstorm

On the Friday a measurement day was held for sails and boats alike, with the newest being 1461 a JJ Sinker design which makes it easier to right and less likely to invert, the boat performed well during the Buoyancy Test, righted easily and drained fast.

With sails measure and Boats weighed the Friday team, with a partial attendance from the Creeksea Massive, set off the local curry house to re-fuel ready for the following days forecast which was gradually building.

Saturday arrived with pliantly of breeze coming straight down the lake, the threat of the wind swinging east didn’t materialize but it did build from the F3 to F4 during the day.

Race 1 ~ The PRO Neil Pitcher had set a Trapezoid course around the large inflatable buoys 1,2,3,4 all to port, a nice long beat, a reach and good true run proceeding to a broad reach to the leeward mark and posted for 4 laps. The first horn of the Championships sounded and the 19 sailors lined up in preparation for the start, with the line set true the start was clean and Andy Couch soon made it clear about his intentions, he was off up the beat like a “scolded cat” or was it the fact the Phantom is so much easier than the Finn?!!, The battle was close for the honor of getting round the top 1st and Ian Stone just managed to take the privilege along with being officially the tallest Phantom sailor displacing our Chair my Longley…  Once round the top mark Andy eased out a good lead and the battle for the top 5 spot commenced. Ian held onto 2nd and Will Gulliver fought hard to get into 3rd, just holding off Alister Morley in 4th and John Wayling in 5th.

Race 2 ~ Using the same course the start was quickly turned round and the battel to hunt down Andy commenced again, with the chase on Will managed to scrape through to second  with Ian dropping to 3rd and Nick Orman climbing upto 4th once he had remembered he was now pond sailing with very small lumps, John came through in 5th with the worry of writing the report already looming.

The fleet sailed in for a well-deserved lunch and to discuss when John’s wood wind shift would start working?!

Race 3 ~ Got underway with the breeze building and a slight course adjustment  to give a tighter top reach, longer run and another short blast to the leeward mark. The order changed as Nick must have had some sugar for lunch but the fleet were also closing in on Andy with the finishing order, Andy, Nick, Ian, Will and surprise surprise myself in 5th..

Race 4 ~ With everyone keen to get away (The bar was open) and a small shift just before the start the gun went but followed by too hoots and we all returned to do it again, Neil held his cool and kept with the blue peter and the 2nd start was clean. The battle at the front was getting a lot tighter and the distances gained were small, several place changes driven by the wind flicking east made a game of Snakes and Ladders but the finish order was similar, Andy, Will, Nick, John and Jim Hopton gaining a well-earned 5th.

With 4 hard races completed the fleet retired to the clubhouse and a well-deserved pint and an excellent evening meal provide by Elaine in the Galley.

Sunday morning arrived with a little less wind but not much less, the threat of Thunderstorms had the race team on their toes to get completed but they had the Abandon flags ready to hand.

Race 5 ~ Started clean and with the lighter breeze the thought that the order would change did not materialize, the wind had more shifts, so the gains and losses could be big but the fleet picked their way through them and the finishing order was all too familiar with Andy, Will, Ian, Nick and Myself taking the top five.

Race 6 ~ was smartly away and the pond sailors were coming good, Andy decided to sit out the last lap to be first in the showers, the top five had a shake up and the order changed with the Puddle Sailors finding their way around the shifts and the final race order was, Will, Ian, Jim, Richard Simms and Nick. We came off the water with the sun shining, Wind blowing and no sign of the Thunderstorms which did arrive much later to flood some areas of Northampton town.

The prizing giving was held promptly and the thank you’ s were made.

Top five places ~ Andy, Will, Ian, Nick and Myself in 5th ~ Hence writing this report!!


Maud - 1346


Sailwave results for Phantom Inlands - 26th & 27th May 2018 at Northampton Sailing Club 2018.htm

Phantom Inlands - 26th & 27th May 2018

Northampton Sailing Club

Results are provisional as of 11:57 on May 27, 2018


Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 19, Scoring system: NSC Phantom Inlands 2018

Rank SailNo Boat HelmName Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
1st 1456   Andy Couch Leigh & Lowton SC 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 (11.0 RET) 16.0 5.0
2nd 1435   Will Gulliver Northampton SC 3.0 2.0 (4.0) 2.0 2.0 1.0 14.0 10.0
3rd 1280 Spooks Ian Stone Maidenhead SC 2.0 3.0 3.0 (14.0 RET) 3.0 2.0 27.0 13.0
4th 1446   Nick Orman Castle Cove SC (8.0) 4.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 26.0 18.0
5th 1346 Maud John Wayling Northampton SC 5.0 5.0 5.0 4.0 5.0 (6.0) 30.0 24.0
6th 1459   Alister Morley Salcombe YC 4.0 7.0 8.0 (12.0) 6.0 8.0 45.0 33.0
7th 1400 Spotty Dog Jim Hopton Shustoke SC 9.0 8.0 9.0 5.0 (10.0) 3.0 44.0 34.0
8th 1405 Tess Nigel Pybus Northampton SC 6.0 (18.0 RET) 13.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 58.0 40.0
9th 1447   Richard Sims Carsington SC 10.0 10.0 (11.0) 10.0 8.0 4.0 53.0 42.0
10th 1347 The Apprentice Chris Biglin Shustoke & Staunton Harold 7.0 6.0 7.0 8.0 (20.0 DNC) 20.0 DNC 68.0 48.0
11th 1343   Olly Hopkins Bowmoor SC 15.0 12.0 10.0 6.0 9.0 (20.0 DNC) 72.0 52.0
12th 1443 Spanish Inquisition Phil Longley Stone SC (13.0) 11.0 12.0 11.0 11.0 9.0 67.0 54.0
13th 1266 Gherkin Ben Falat Waveney & Oulton Broad YC 11.0 9.0 6.0 9.0 (20.0 DNC) 20.0 DNC 75.0 55.0
14th 1430 Oswald Gordon Kingston-Minnis Lee-On-Solent SC 12.0 13.0 14.0 14.0 RET 13.0 (20.0 DNC) 86.0 66.0
15th 1404 Well Eeled Eric Howe Creeksea SC 14.0 15.0 15.0 13.0 12.0 (20.0 DNC) 89.0 69.0
16th 1184 The End Graham Dale-Jones Creeksea SC 16.0 (18.0 RET) 16.0 14.0 RET 15.0 10.0 89.0 71.0
17th 1244   Bill Taylor Creeksea SC 19.0 RET 14.0 18.0 RET (20.0 DNC) 14.0 20.0 DNC 105.0 85.0
18th 1233 Pink Djinn Pete Sarbutt Creeksea SC 18.0 17.0 18.0 RET 14.0 RET (20.0 DNC) 20.0 DNC 107.0 87.0
19th 1111 Barcode B Webley Shustoke SC 17.0 16.0 17.0 (20.0 DNC) 20.0 DNC 20.0 DNC 110.0 90.0

Scoring codes used

Code Description Points
DNC Did not come to the starting area 20
RET Retired Varies



Sailwave Scoring Software 2.24.0

Roger Brown

As some of you will already be aware Roger Brown, long-time Chairman and Treasurer of the Phantom Association, tragically died on Sunday 15th April during an organised snorkelling trip whilst on holiday in Costa Rica with his wife Sue.

The death of a loved one is hard enough to deal with but to be so far from home must have been incredibly hard for Sue. With the support of her daughter and family, Sue had to make the difficult decision to return home and await Roger’s repatriation.  Once home Sue then had to make the heart-breaking decision to agree to Roger being cremated in Costa Rica as they were unable to fully embalm him for the flight home in a coffin.  Roger’s ashes were returned to the UK on Monday 14th May.

I’m not sure how long Roger had been involved with the Association because he was every present guiding us through some interesting times. Roger held both the position of Treasurer and Chairman for many years in the days when all subscriptions, measurement forms and any other correspondence was all hard copy and via the post. I believe there was quite an intricate card system in operation then as well.  Although he tried to give up these posts on many occasions, this was always a half-hearted attempt and he would carry on for the next year after a short silence at the AGM, following the “is there anyone else who wants to volunteer?” question. 

I always had a lot of time and respect for Roger as both a Chairman but mostly a Gentleman. He could be approached about pretty much any subject, and one thing was for sure, you would get a straight answer - maybe not the one you wanted, but always the way he saw it. I like that type of man.

The family have arranged a service to celebrate Roger’s life at 10.30am on Tuesday 29th May at United Church, Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 1HA, followed by a lunch at Barnsgate Manor, TN22 4DB.

Family flowers only please. Donations to RNLI via Tester and Jones Funeral Service, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 2TT

If you would like to attend, or know of other Phantom sailors who may like to attend, please can you contact his daughter, Caroline, via email so they can advise the caterers - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tyler Harmsworth

Phantom Inlands 2018 - 26-27th May

Notice of Race Here

At Northampton SC you can camp, you can caravan, you can motor home, you can sleep in your car/ van, you can sleep in the changing rooms, you can sleep in the open air.

If you need an electric hook up you can have one (need to be close to the clubhouse)

You can be close to the action, or solitude 1/4 of a mile away

And it's all FREE. - bring the family, unfortunately No dogs.

Provisional Program:

Earliest arrival - Thursday afternoon after 4:30pm
Thursday Evening 7:00 pm club racing with up to 8 club phantoms plus members of the P&B race team.
8:00 pm 2 course dinner with Elaine (bar open)

Friday club house open from 9:00am
Rescue cover from 10:30 - 3:00pm. You can practice until dusk
Bar open from 7:00 pm

Elaine open for breakfast from 9:00am
Register from 10:00am
Briefing at 11:30
Race 1&2 back to back not starting before 12:00
To follow race 3&4
Bar open from 5:00pm
From 6:30pm 2 course meal.

Elaine open for breakfast from 9:00am
Races 5&6 will not start before 10:00am
This is the end of the official inlands
Around 13:00 lunch
14:15 club pursuit race
Around 15:00 prize giving
15:15 club fleet race.
16:30 bar open
18:30 Matt, John & Will's Big Birthday Party
18:30 Bar B Q starts, cook your own meat...!!!
Late Bar

AM Phantom training with coach John Wayling
Monday is self service food-wise
Club house open
Bar B Q's available for cooking

Final check out by 12:00

Any questions please contact me

Will Gulliver

Optimum Time Watches Southern Phantom Travellers Series Round 4 at POSH

Phantom Open this weekend at Paignton sailing club 12th - 13th May as part of POSH due to Shoreham open being unfortunately cancelled.
3 races back to back both days with Saturday start 12.55 and Sunday 10.25
Sailing will take place in the waters of Tor bay and NOR on Paignton sailing club website. Great event and location !!

Optimum Time Watches Southern Phantom Travellers Series Round 3 at Bowmoor Sailing Club – 14th April

A warm welcome and usual car park banter met visitors and locals to Round 3 at Bowmoor Sailing Club.   The sunshine welcome, the lack of any wind meant discussions of delay abounded.  However as if on demand the 6/8 knots forecast arrived just after completion of the briefing.
The first race started cleanly and Nick Ormam showed his usual speed to win from Alister Morley.  The second start was a little more lively and a number of bangs and bumps resulted in a number of turns and some discussion over lunch.  Nick won again, with local Phil Benn benefitting from the quickening Alister who retired following the start line events.
A very pleasant lunch break was taken and 2 more back to back races held.  Race 3 saw Nick and Alister tangle at the start resulting in the rest of the fleet having a chance.  Ivan Walsh got so far in front the most gave up chasing but he was caught by Alister, Nick and Phil.  The final race saw the whole fleet contesting the final run with Alister staying in front of Nick and Tom Whittington.
Cake, beer and prizes finished a very enjoyable day.
1st Alister Morley     Salcombe Sailing Club
2nd Nick Ormam     Castle Cove Sailing Club
3rd Phil Benn             Bowmoor Sailing Club  

Simon Clark

Eastern Series Fisher Green Open

I would like to congratulate the great people at Fishers Green for their lovely welcome and hospitality.  Fifteen boats took part ranging from a very early woody to the newest Ovington boat.

Bacon rolls on arrival, curry for lunch plus a very nice snacking buffet at the prize giving - the way to any Phantom open event sailor's heart.  All that and some fantastic racing. What a blast!

But it could have all been so different. Not the food and the hospitality, that was a given, but because we arrived to a zephyr of a breeze and a not too promising forecast.

After the bacon rolls and briefing the decision was made to drift out to the course and at least attempt some sort of racing. Then, out of nowhere, wham a good strong southerly which set up a windward leeward course using the full length of the lake.  

Three great races followed.  There were casualties, there was some incidents,  people swam. Most sailors headed out in clothing suitable for a light wind drifter and found the water temperature not to their liking. The sometimes strong and shifting gusts made the beats very interesting with the whole width of the lake opening up for use, islands could be passed on different sides and as I found out by following local Nick Yannakoyoros, there was even a fantastic lifter up the edge of a forest.

Matt House showed that a consistent winter racing regime pays dividends with a convincing double race winning victory.

Bob Portway and Chris Roberts had nothing between them by the end of the day except on count back.

Another great sail was had by the three woodies but unfortunately Ian Simpson lost his forestay so could only complete the first race.

Matt Aldous-Horne was a little too good in his woody 438 and really showed what a well sailed £200 boat could do.  His third race start was textbook stuff and it looked very much as though he would be first round the windward mark.

After the let down of the first round at Island Barn being all but wiped out by the Beast from the East it was great to get going again.  Until the next one at Waveney and Oulton Broad Yacht Club on 9th June thanks to everyone both afloat and ashore that made this a memorable event.  Did I mention I was fifth?

1. Matthew House 1432 Alton Water SC
2. Bob Portway 1334 Alton Water SC
3. Chris Roberts 1395 Creeksea SC
4. Nick Yannakoyoros 1291 Fishers Green SC
5. Eric Howe 1404 Creeksea SC

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