Aug 4, 2015

Sprint 15 UK Nationals 2015


In the Era of racing flying cats the Sprint 15 keeps delivering fun for their owners at UK, with 47 boat fleet for the UK Nats 2015 , below info & full results sent  by Liam Thom. Report by David Groom & pics by Alan Howie Groom. All together a good example of how you get exposure and promotion for your Class, some good resolution pics , a complete report and full results. Official web at www.sprint15.com
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"The Sprint 15 National Championships was held at Netley Sailing Club over the long weekend of the 31st July to the 1st August. The 47 Competitors included three boats from this cat-friendly club with one sailed by Luke Scott in his first ever Sprint event. Sailors came from far and wide with the visitor from Halifax being surprised to be trumped by a visitor from New York. Numbers were down due to an unfortunate need to change the date after many had made holiday plans for the year meaning the fleet just fell out of the 50 plus club for the first time in many years.

The weather was basically perfect with sunshine and sea breezes allowing champagne sailing conditions particularly on the last day and facilitating long recovery sessions on the terrace and later on into the night on the club camp site.

Day 1 dawned windless but the Race Officer, David Henshall, set a postponement expecting that wind was coming early pm. His highly efficient race team laid the marks for an initially confusing but very sensible and soon to become familiar course providing two long and three shorter beats, three runs and two reaches utilising the full width of Southampton Water when required. This was the day for the light wind experts allowing Robin Boardman and Stuart Snell to shine, closely followed by Paul Grattage sailing one of the new Sprints 15s.

Day two was more of a mix with again no wind in the morning but an increasing breeze as the races progressed. The

breeze, or breezes at times, was shifting allowing tactical advantages for those who spotted them as did the tide running down the start line making it essential to avoid the multiple piles-up at the pin end. Paul Grattage and Robin Boardman dominated with Kevin Dutch, Paul Craft and Jim Bowie featuring as the wind increased. A rare error (OCS) meant Paul Grattage had not won the event by the end of day two and had to compete on the last day. One race was sensibly abandoned after the pilot of a very large container ship had panicked somewhat when confronted by what he described as hundreds of fast moving white sailing boats between him and his destination. Surprisingly some competitors were not sure what the abandonment was for!

Day three was champagne Sunday. A gentle breeze greeted the competitors and this filled into a steady south westerly three by the time they launched. This increased over the day into a boisterous four which with a meaningful chop and sunshine showed the Sprints pedigree off to the full. The heavier conditions suited those who had shone the day before with Kevin Dutch taking Race One and Paul Grattage Race Two, making Grattage National Champion for 2015 and keeping his chances for a clean sweep of 15 major events alive. Other major trophy winners included Christine Roman who took the ladies’ prize, Henry and Simon Giles who took the two up cup, Joe Baker who took the youth prize and Thorpe Bay who won the Team Trophy.

Away from the water the fleet confounded its reputation and socialised hard with the bar full each night and much talking on the terrace serenaded by live music and a sail past by three large cruise ships on the Saturday night. The Association dinner was excellently prepared and served by catering students from Eastleigh College.

Thanks to the weather gods who allowed the locals to boast it is always like this here. David Henshall and the on-the-water team Rosie Parker ( Commodore and non-stop grafter), her son Alex overall event organiser, the shoreside team, the club caterers who were there from dawn until almost dusk and Windsport for the sponsorship and event 

support as efficiently provided by newbie Windsport Team Member Rosie Snell."


Place Name Sail Club Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Points
1 Paul Grattage 2018 Shanklin Sailing Club 2 2 1 48 OCS 1 3 1 7
2 Robin Boardman 1988 Halifax Sailing Club 3 1 3 1 9 2 4 10
3 Kevin Dutch 1938 Seasalter Sailing Club 12 8 14 3 2 1 2 16
4 Paul Craft 1928 Worthing Sailing Club 5 33 48 DNF 2 4 4 3 18
5 Jim Bowie 1981 Thorpe Bay Yacht Club 6 5 20 4 3 10 5 23
6 Stuart Snell 2016 Grafham Water Sailing Club 1 3 7 7 7 6 9 24
7 Steve Healy 1921 Thorpe Bay Yacht Club 4 4 5 20 10 9 14 32
8 Chris Tillyer 1953 Thorpe Bay Yacht Club 14 6 2 8 6 19 16 36
9 Paul Roberts 1054 Dee Sailing Club 25 10 9 14 12 8 6 45
10 Ed Tuite Dalton 1940 Draycote Water Sailing Club 9 9 17 48 DSQ 17 12 11 58
11 Steve Sawford 1989 Rutland Water Sailing Club 15 7 23 10 5 48 DNS 48 DNS 60
12 Gary Sverdloff 1963 Thorpe Bay Yacht Club 21 21 6 12 13 18 12 61
13 Liam Thom 1957 Shanklin Sailing Club 13 22 4 16 15 14 20 62
14 Simon Giles & Henry Giles 1944 Shanklin Sailing Club 10 12 8 23 14 48 DNF 18 62
15 Luke Scott 2014 Netley Sailing Club 23 38 37 15 8 5 15 66
16 Howard Hawkes 1267 Snettisham Beach SC 48 OCS 24 12 19 19 7 10 67
17 Mark Hollis 1980 Seasalter Sailing Club 27 16 22 17 18 11 7 69
18 George Love 1825 Carsington Sailing Club 11 11 11 11 48 DSQ 29 25 69
19 Erling Holmberg 2007 Shanklin Sailing Club 20 14 10 13 16 48 DNF 23 73
20 John Manning 1955 Beaver Sailing Club 18 25 15 5 33 21 21 80
21 Christine Roman 1925 Shanklin Sailing Club 22 13 16 6 23 48 DNF 24 80
22 Robert England 1351 Dee Sailing Club 8 18 25 18 20 30 17 81
23 David Groom 1714 Netley Sailing Club 39 39 28 24 11 13 8 84
24 Gary Burrows 1871 Thorpe Bay Yacht Club 7 29 33 22 36 15 19 92
25 Keith Persin 1551 Thorpe Bay Yacht Club 17 17 30 21 26 23 34 104
26 Richard Harrison 2001 Netley Sailing Club 16 37 21 26 29 17 28 108
27 Roger Ackroyd 1715 Witham Sailing Club 40 28 18 9 32 28 29 112
28 Steve Roberts 1910 Dee Sailing Club 29 27 13 31 48 DNS 22 22 113
29 Jon Pearse 1339 Marconi Sailing Club 26 15 27 25 41 20 30 113
30 Joe Baker 1406 Isle of Sheppy Sailing Club 24 20 24 43 24 27 31 119
31 Gordon Goldstone 2004 Queen Mary Sailing Club 36 30 31 34 22 25 13 121
32 Donald Sloan 1240 Brightlingsea Sailing Club 32 23 32 27 40 16 33 130
33 Micheal Taylor 1498 Thorpe Bay Yacht Club 33 34 19 35 28 24 27 131
34 Gordon Deuce 1461 Brightlingsea Sailing Club 34 36 29 33 31 26 26 145
35 Rob Bailey 1755 Thorpe Bay Yacht Club 19 19 36 38 39 48 DNF 48 DNS 151
36 John Shenton 1956 Shanklin Sailing Club 28 32 34 32 44 38 35 161
37 Andy Richards 1242 RYA 35 35 40 48 DNF 21 34 37 162
38 Mark Bunyan 1343 Stewartby Water Sports Club 31 31 35 39 30 39 48 DNS 166
39 Bill Hurr 1736 Draycote Water Sailing Club 30 42 42 42 27 36 36 171
40 Andy Bunyan 1289 Stewartby Water Sports Club 43 44 45 41 25 31 32 172
41 Alan Grant 791 Thorpe Bay Yacht Club 38 26 44 36 35 37 39 172
42 Neil Harwood 1526 Open Dinghy Club 48 DSQ 43 38 29 38 32 38 175
43 Andrew Berisford 1947 Brightlingsea Sailing Club 37 41 39 30 37 33 40 176
44 Gerald Sverdloff & Nathan Sverdloff 1933 Thorpe Bay Yacht Club 48 DNS 48 DNS 43 40 34 35 41 193
45 Keith Bartlett 1962 Open Dinghy Club 42 48 DNF 41 28 43 48 DNF 48 DNS 202
46 Eric Sales & Amy Foster 1868 Seasalter Sailing Club 44 45 26 48 DNS 48 DNS 48 DNF 42 205
47 Paul Shields 1644 Seasalter Sailing Club 41 40 46 37 42 48 DNF 48 DNS 206

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