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Phantom Open at Stone Sailing Club - Report

A combined Open meeting for the Phantom and Snipe classes was held at Stone Sailing Club over the weekend of 17th 18th June.

In complete contrast to the previous weekends event at Creeksea on the River Crouch, the River Blackwater appeared devoid of wind when the fleet arrived for an 11am briefing on Saturday morning.

The Maldon Barge race was in progress with barges and various smacks drifting out on the tide making a fine picture on a glassy sea.  All very picturesque but it was no surprise to hear the two hour postponement of the planned 12:30 start time.

This delay allowed the fleet to indulge in several of their favourite pastimes, with small groups of sailors clustered around new boats generally fiddling with string and offering helpful tuning suggestions.  In all such situations it is not unusual for control line splicing sessions to develop and this activity spread around the fleet.  It was fortunate that a "mystery sailor" from Northampton was there to lend advice and assistance with knowledge gleaned from his past incarnation as a Marlow ropes representative.  In fact the need to undertake similar works on the sadly neglected borrowed boat that he was proposing to sail soon became apparent and time flew by in a flurry of dyneema.  Relieved by occasional tea and Haribo sweets, the fleet soon finished the macrame lessons and resumed the banter and tales of glories past.

After two hours it seemed certain that the land breeze/sea breeze battle was a dead heat - and heat was the word - as the temperature continue to rise and red faced sailors retreated to the club house.  A further two hour delay was therefore no surprise.

Creeksea SC Phantom Open meeting 10th/11th June.

Thirteen boats contested the third event in the Phantom Class Eastern Series at Creeksea Sailing Club near Burnham on Crouch over the weekend of 10th and 11th June.  

The weather was beautiful with clear blue skies but the wind was a steady 20 knots with larger gusts of up to 30 knots at times.  Blowing from a broadly Southerly direction this meant that the conditions were even more like those being witnessed in Bermuda with a close fetch to a windward mark followed by a very fast up river reach to the famous “Cliff / Canewdon” stretch of river which swings to the south giving a hard beat in wind over tide conditions.

Optimum Time Watches Southern Phantom Series Round 6 at Downs Sailing Club

Downs SC (Deal, Kent) once again welcomes all Phantom sailors to their Open Meeting on 5th / 6th August.
There will be 2 races on Saturday afternoon (first start at 1300) and three races on Sunday (first start 1000).
Food will be available on arrival and a Saturday evening meal is included in the entry fee.
Full details are available on the Notice of Race or at www.downssailingclub.co.uk
This is great opportunity to get some practice on the open sea before the Nationals in September.
Come to Deal to experience our unique "sledges" and some great sailing.
Chris  1211


A fleet of 12 keen Phantom racers
came to drift as fast as they could over the race course on the last bank holiday weekend. A few arrived early on the Saturday for a BBQ and a beer. The race officer Tyler Harmsworth had a very difficult job on but managed excellently with light wind switching on and off randomly. Race 1 on Sunday the fleet spilt and Steve Popple taking the left side got the tide right being first to the windward mark but could not hold on letting John Wayling through to take the win with Paul Birbeck second. After a 2 lap race and no wind for another racing was abandoned for the rest of the day.

Membership Renewals and Measurement Certificates

Firstly - Why have you left it so long when it was due in January??

Secondly - as you may be aware the membership sec Matt is currently jilling around Scotland. All membership confirmations should be forwarded to me, but it appears there may have been a backlog. I'm going to go through the PayPal account and check everyone who has paid in the last 4 weeks hasn't slipped through.

If you have recently paid and not received anything, please bear with us and anything outstanding should be posted by the end of the week.

Unfortunately we will not be able to issue any replacement boat measurement certificates until later in the year (Septemberish), If anyone has a new boat we can still measure and issue a new certificate etc.

If you have any specific problems then shout


Phil Longley

Class Chairman

Optimum Time Watches Southern Series Phantom Open Meeting Round 5 to be held at Shoreham SC on the 28th and 29th of May

The club will be running Phantom class racing alongside club racing with a separate start for Phantoms.
Scheduled for Sunday are 3 races back to back with an 11.00 am start and 2 races on Monday.
Our race officer is ex national champion Tyler Harmsworth so a perfect Phantom course is assured.

Tyler will also with Lisa be running the bar after racing so no protests please !!
There will be an evening meal on Sunday night and the galley open Sunday / Monday for refreshments.
Bring your partners and dancing shoes and get down to some Soul Ska Rhythm & Blues from DJ Phantom Spinner on the decks Sunday evening. Plenty of free camping and room for motor homes...

The Phantom class is looking very healthy with open meeting numbers up and record numbers of new boats being ordered. Close tactical racing and a friendly welcome can be expected at all Phantom opens !!

See you all at Shoreham
Ivan 1300

Eastern Series open at Fisher Green Sailing Club Saturday 6th May

Fourteen eager Phantom sailors took part in the second event in the Phantom Class Eastern Series event at Fishers Green Sailing Club in the scenic Lea Valley.

The wind gods had come up trumps with a gusty North Westerly that carried punch at times but also faded away at critical points. The locals told visitors that the wind direction was unusual and most were secretly glad that the “home advantage” seemed to have been neutralised.

This seemed to be the case in Race 1 when Ian Stone from Maidenhead aced the start with a port tack flyer from the committee boat end leaving the fleet wondering why everyone else hadn’t tried the tactic.

Ian looked set to win the first race by a significant margin having been placed under pressure from time to time by Chris Roberts, Ben Falet and Chris Biglin, all of whom fell back at some point due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Having shown mastery of the conditions for almost three laps it was with surprise that Ian headed off for the wrong mark on the final lap, leaving the race wide open again for the following pack who realised his error. The win went to Jim Hopton, one of three sailors from Shustoke taking a sabbatical in the East, with clubmate Chris Biglin grabbing second place ahead of Roberts.

Optimum Time Watches Phantom Southern Travellers race report and results for Round 4 at Lee on Solent SC 6th and 7th of May 2017 by Jon Cooper

The Southern fleet headed to Lee on Solent for the 4th open in the SW traveller series.
On Saturday Simon Hawkes ran some excellent training for half a dozen of us, he was given a high tech video camera off Gordon which captured some good videos of us all sailing, and also some fantastic shots of him “air humping” when the camera was put down and left on by mistake! All of the trainees benefited from the on the water coaching, some real improvements were made by all.

Sunday – Race Day!
We were greeted with Bacon butties, no waves and fickle wind. A good turnout of boats made for an exciting day ahead.

After a short briefing everyone rigged and headed out for 4 back to back races.

Race 1
The first race of the day started with multiple premature starters, everyone was quickly brought back via a general recall.
On the second start those that started at the lower end of the line had a good advantage, they were in the favorable tide and closer to the first mark!
The fleet headed out to the wing mark on a very broad reach. Jon Cooper, Mike Tustin and Rob Starling appeared to be in a good position, but the tide proved to be a cruel beast with Jon being pushed into the wing mark (Mike and Rob managed to squeeze round). Nick (Slow) Orman and Ben Falat’s experience showed with the pair of them leaving adequate space for tidal movement!
Nick and Ben tussled all the way round, but Nick came out on top in the end (this was the theme for the rest of the day). For others in the fleet the shifty wind and tide made for a difficult race with positions changing all the time.

Optimum Time Watches Phantom Southern Travellers Round 4 at Lee on Solent SC 6th May Training and 7th May Open

The plan is for Simon Hawkes to run Phantom training on Saturday afternoon and to have boats rigged for 1.30 and go through set up sail shape etc etc and then some on the water coaching.
Sunday 4 races back to back from the club line 10.30 first start in what looks like a good wind forecast at the moment.
Simon Hawkes has 2 Phantom open wins under his belt this year but we have a new kid on the block now in the shape of Ian Stewart from Salcombe SC Who won the Frensham Phantom open last week in the latest boat number 1452 that son Jamie has modified with a lower cockpit for ease of getting under the boom. Beautiful job too. A new Phantom fleet is building in Salcombe so we could well be there next year with an open meeting. With Nick Orman due to attend Lee on Solent it could be fun at the front !!
As with all fleets, races within races and rivalries will ensue and a good turnout is expected to support this new Phantom venue...
See you on the start line

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!

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