Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

Sprint 15 winter traveller series concludes

by UK Sprint 15 Association on 31 Mar 2012
Stuart Snell. Photo: Sprint 15 Association UK UK Sprint 15 Association http://www.sprint15.com
The Sprint 15 winter traveller series was concluded at Grafham on Sunday 25 March.

It was our most successful Winter Series ever with a new record attendance of 32 boats at Stewartby and 22 helms qualifying for the series with three or more results. Stuart Snell of Grafham was the eventual winner on tiebreak from Mark Aldridge, also of Grafham.


All five events were held in a mixture of testing conditions.

The series kicked off at Stewartby in November with the record attendance of 32 boats (12 locals and 20 travellers). Light wind prevailed and light wind expert, Stuart Snell, won with two guns from Howard Hawkes in second and last years Winter Series champion, Peter Slater, of Draycote, third. Simon Miles proved to be the top local sailor and clocked up a second place in the second race.

The Carsington open was held on 3 December and by contrast it was a day of strong winds and tricky gusts coming over and around the surrounding hills. 17 travellers were joined by two locals for the thrills and spills. It was heavy weather expert Mark Aldridge who toughed it out to take two guns and the event from Snell and Jon Finch (Stewartby). The Draycote sailors Jan Elfring and Slater were fourth and fifth respectively so Draycote inflicted a crucial away victory in their derby with Carsington.

The derby return match was held at Draycote on 7 January with an attendance of 22 boats including seven locals. The drought was in full swing, water levels were low and the sailors had to avoid the shallows and islands that were outside the race area. The wind built through the day and Snell and Aldridge recorded a gun each in the two races but when the tie was broken on aggregate time it was Snell who was the victor by a narrow margin. Third and fourth places were taken by Draycote sailors Slater and Graham Collett and with Draycote taking three places in the top seven it was game set and match to Draycote in the derby match.

The Queen Mary open on 18 February was held on a day of strong winds of 20mph with gusts of up to 30mph, but the reservoir was full. 17 boats took part but a further seven helms were observed cowering in the clubhouse. The number of sailors in the clubhouse was mostly a result of some difficulty experienced by Aldridge in launching his boat in the stong on-shore wind and nearly being swept into the concrete wall. Suddenly the queue to launch their boats behind Aldridge dispersed and the ranks of the spectators in the clubhouse increased. In the event the conditions once afloat proved quite sailable, if challenging. Aldridge made no mistakes with two firsts from Steve Sawford (two seconds) and Hawkes and Robert England fought for the third place on the podium.

The last event was at Grafham on 25 March and here the reservoir was 104% full!. The 27 entrants (eight locals) had to wait an hour and a half for the fog to clear before the first race could begin and this turned out to be a one lap drifter. By the time of the second race the sun was out and a steady breeze enabled a better race. Open Dinghy Club sailor Paul Craft won the event to show Snell and Aldridge they could not have it all their own way but Snell was second and George Carter third. This second place for Snell proved decisive in the tie-breaker with Aldridge as they each had two first and a second in the Winter Traveller series, so Snell was crowned Winter Series winner.

So the Winter Series turned out to be our best ever and most closely fought. Draycote won the grudge derby with Carsington and team Stewartby are going from strength to strength with biggest attendance, biggest travelling group and, watch out guys because they are climbing the results table too!

Final Results Summary:

Overall TT Series Top 5 Places: first Stuart Snell (Grafham Water Sailing Club) 4 Pts , 2nd Mark Aldridge (Grafham Water Sailing Club) 4 Pts, third Howard Hawkes (Thorpe Bay Yacht Club) 9 Pts, fourth Peter Slater (Draycote Water Sailing Club) 11 Pts, fifth Paul Craft (Open Dinghy Club) 15 Pts

Una and Two-Up Fleet Top 3 Places: first Stuart Snell (Grafham Water Sailing Club) 4 Pts, 2nd Mark Aldridge (Grafham Water Sailing Club) 4 Pts, third Howard Hawkes (Thorpe Bay Yacht Club) 9 Pts

Sport Fleet Top 3 Places: first Derek James (Draycote Water Sailing Club) 15 Pts, second Robert England (Carsington Sailing Club) 19 Pts, third Chris Clarke (Stewartby Water Sports Club) 19 Pts

Full Series Results here

Sprint 15 website

PredictWind.comMackay BoatsBarz Optics - Melanin Lenses

Related Articles

New boats and old favourites prepare for BVI Spring Regatta
BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival 2017 is pleased to welcome C&C 30 Sportboat/Gunboat fleets to this year's event Always offering up something new and different, the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival 2017 is pleased to welcome the C&C 30 Sportboat and Gunboat fleets to this year's event which kicks off on Monday with registration at noon and opening party at 6pm.
Posted today at 3:07 am
O'pen BIC brings X-Games to youth sailing
Eighty O’pen BICs participated in the North Americans hosted by Sarasota Youth Sailing, March 17-19. Eighty O’pen BICs participated in the North Americans hosted by Sarasota Youth Sailing, March 17-19. Beautiful conditions allowed the completion of 14 races and the O’pen BIC Freestyle Challenge with 32 teams.
Posted on 26 Mar
Australian National Championship – Team Beau Geste comes out on top
There was a great crew, including long time friend and teammate at Oracle and Artemis, David Brooke Gavin Brady, who runs the Beau Geste Team, invite me to be the helmsman for two series down here in Oz. Gavin and I sailed together on AmericaOne in the 2000 America’s Cup and again on Money Penny in 2008.
Posted on 26 Mar
St. Thomas International Regatta 2017 - Day 2
Six to eight foot seas off island's east end, gusts blowing to 20 to 25 knots and mix of rain and sun all added to fun. The St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) proved its reputation as the 'Crown Jewel of Caribbean Yacht Racing' by superbly delivering on its signature mix of round the rocks and round the buoy courses on the event's second day of competition. What's more, six to eight foot seas off the island's east end, gusts blowing to 20 to 25 knots and a mix of rain and sun all added to the fun.
Posted on 26 Mar
St. Thomas International Regatta - Day 2 action-shots by Dean Barnes
Dean Barnes was on water at St. Thomas International Regatta 2017 and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action. Photographer Dean Barnes was on water at St. Thomas International Regatta 2017 and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action.
Posted on 26 Mar
St. Thomas International Regatta – Day 1 – Wind was the word
Competitors in the Large Offshore Multihull Class especially reveled in the afternoon breeze. These polar-opposite conditions plus the challenge of round the islands rather than strictly buoy racing proved the talk of why some of the best sailors in the Caribbean, U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand put STIR on their list of must-do’ regattas each year.
Posted on 26 Mar
Meet Clipper 2017-18 Race skipper Gaëtan Thomas
This summer Gaëtan Thomas will make history as the first Belgian Skipper to lead a team around the world in Clipper Race This summer Gaëtan Thomas will make history as the first Belgian Skipper to lead a team around the world in the Clipper Race.
Posted on 26 Mar
Bureau Vallée 2 back in the water in Brittany
The former Banque Populaire VIII aboard which Armel Le Cléac’h won the last Vendée Globe was put back in the water The former Banque Populaire VIII aboard which Armel Le Cléac’h won the last Vendée Globe was put back in the water on Friday in Lorient (Brittany), with her new decoration in the colours of Bureau Vallée.
Posted on 25 Mar
German cycling great gets to ride in 16ft skiffs
Voight was a guest aboard leading Manly skiff Fluid Building after accepting an invite from skipper Clint Bowen. Jens Voight has twice won stages of the Tour de France and once held the world record time for distance ridden in an hour, but nothing prepared him for jumping on a 16ft skiff last Saturday. Voight was a guest aboard leading Manly skiff Fluid Building after accepting an invite from skipper Clint Bowen.
Posted on 25 Mar
Meet Clipper 2017-18 Race skipper Wendy Tuck
For Wendy ‘Wendo’ Tuck, one race around the world was never going to be enough. For Wendy ‘Wendo’ Tuck, one race around the world was never going to be enough. And as a result, she’s set to make history in the Clipper 2017-18 Race as the first Australian skipper to complete the arduous ocean challenge twice.
Posted on 24 Mar