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Optimum Time Watches Southern Travellers Series race report from Wimbleball

Two travelling phantoms were warmly greeted by the two home sailors on a chilly morning at the picturesque Wimbleball sailing club and got the boats set up before an excellent breakfast from the galley.
Race officer Tony Paine gave a humorous and relaxed briefing expaining the traffic light starting system and course. The wind ranged from 10 -16 mph and was very gusty. With no recalls and Simon Hawkes taking a clear lead that he extended to the finish. Paul Birbeck back in a borrowed boat, Steve Popple and Ivan Walsh tussled with places being swapped and finished with Steve 2nd Paul 3rd and Ivan 4th.
The hard working galley volunteers provided a delicious choice of lunches and birthday boy Steve treated us all to the shepherds pie. Refuelled for the afternoon race 2 was another clean start with Simon taking the lead and again place swapping only this time Paul getting the better of Steve for 2nd and Ivan a close 4 again.
Final race 3 another fine start and a familiar flying Simon being chased hard with Steve capsizing and Ivan hailing 'you didn't want to do that' as he sailed by in pursuit of Paul. Having caught Paul, Ivan fully hiked was caught by a wind shift and tipped it in to windward. Paul showing genuine concern for his visitor hailed 'are you all right' as he and smiley Steve sailed past. Steve took 2nd Paul 3rd and Ivan 4th and Simon kindly waited on the slipway to catch us in the on shore breeze. Well done on a convincing overall win to Simon Hawkes.
During prize giving Simon awarded Ivan swimming lessons !!!
We would like to thank Wimbleball volunteer members on and off the water for their hospitality organisation and high quality racing. We would like to thank Exmoor Ales for sponsoring the event and Optimum Time Watches for sponsoring the 2016 Southern Travellers Series.

1 Simon Hawkes 1282
2 Steve Popple 1414
3 Paul Birbeck 1419
4 Ivan Walsh 1300

Round 2 at Frensham Ponds Sailing Club on Sunday 10th April

See you there

Ivan 1300

Optimum Time Watches to Sponsor the 2016 Phantom Southern Travellers Series

Optimum Time Watches have very generously offered sponsorship of the 2016 Phantom Southern Travellers Series. Looking forward to 6 great venues for some great racing in a great boat!!

Southern Series Dates 2016

March 19th Wimbleball
April 10th Frensham Pond
May 7th-8th Posh Paignton
July 9th-10th Shoreham
July 30th-31st Downs

Events sailed      1 2 3 4 5 6
Events to count  1 2 2 3 3 4

Eastern Series Dates 2016

2nd April — Fishers Green
21st - 22nd May — Smugglers at Royal Harwich (Eastern Champs)
4th - 5th June — Creeksea Grand Prix event
15th - 16th July — Stone
15th - 16th October — Alton Water

Phantom Grand Prix Dates 2016

16th - 17th April - North - Leigh & Lowton
4th - 5th June - East - Creeksea
9th - 10th July - South -  Shoreham
2nd - 4th September - Nationals - South Shields
8th - 9th October - Midlands - Shustoke SC
5th - 6th November - Ovington Inlands - Grafham

2015 Phantom National Championships - Minnis Bay Sailing Club

Entry for the 2015 National Championships is now available.

Phantom Nationals 2015 NofR

Entry Form 2015

Entry this year is £130, with a £30 discount if paid before 23rd August.  The entry fee will get you three full days of sailing, Breakfast Bap and hot drink on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Evening Meal on Friday and Saturday and Nationals Event T Shirt (only for entries before 23rd August).


“As Last Race Winner Sullivan Takes The Spoils”

By Warren Martin and Ian Sullivan

The Spinlock Phantom Grand Prix series supported by JJ Boats and Allen Brothers moved to Walton & Frinton Yacht Club in the heart of the beautiful backwaters of Swallows and Amazons fame.  The 17 assembled phantom sailors had things other than exploring the muddy creeks and tributaries on their mind (though some became a little more familiar with them than they would have liked).

Saturday dawned fine and bright with a good 15 knot breeze.  The Race Officers Chris Brooke and John Sewell planned an Olympic triangle/sausage course in Hamford Water in champagne sailing conditions.  Race 1 had a clear start and Matt House showed how consistent he was going to be staying clear of the chasing Daren Pike and Ian Sullivan to take the win.  Places within the mid fleet changed regularly with Pete Shuttleworth and Phil Longley leading the rest home.

Race 2 - After a delay to allow the Race Committee to reset the course after a wind shift, Matt and his Alton Water sparring partner Bob Portway reacquainted themselves with the latter taking the win after a closely fought battle.  In the increasing wind the mid fleet positions had the added excitement of the odd capsize non more critical than Pete Shuttleworth who’s inadvert swim just before the finish gave Martin Jenkins the starboard advantage over Warren Martin allowing him to squeeze by.  A little further back, the classic woody sisterships of Simon Hipkin and Dale Jones were proving that well sailed phantoms of any description can provide competitive racing when in big fleets.

Race 3 was to be a beat to the windward mark followed by a reach to a spreader mark off Stone Point at the entrance to the river and a drag race back to the club against the wind and tide.  Matt House pulled off a great port tack start and was away opening up a big lead at the turn for home.  Unfortunately for him Ian Sullivan reveled in such conditions performing a ‘slow death’ by cutting Matt’s lead bit by bit on every tack and taking the lead with only 150 yards to go.  The rest of the fleet tacked back and forth against the fast flowing and rapidly draining river adding extra motivation to keep going or it would be a long walk home.  Daren Pike, Paul Church and Bob Portway rounded out the top five.

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