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The Staunton Blaster 2024 - part of the East Midlands Mini-Series

by Ann Nugent 13 Feb 05:35 PST 10-11 February 2024
The Staunton Blaster © Adam Hewitt

Day 1

Light winds put paid to fast paced sailing on Day 1, in fact almost put paid to any racing! After one race where sailors cajoled their boats along and tried to catch every slight hint of a puff, it was decided to postpone further racing to day two, and retire to the bar to enjoy the rugby. A great decision as what wind there had been disappeared altogether!

Heading into Day 2, last year's Blaster winner, Ogston Sailing Club's Martin Honnor (Solo) led the racing. Home sailors Nigel & Di Pepperdine (RS200) were second. Ogston's R Short & James (Enterprise) third and the home boat of Pete & Rachael Gray (Scorpion) was fourth.

Day 2

Sunday looked more promising with a steady 10 gusting up to 19 knots, forecast.

4 races were to be held on the Sunday and the better wind forecast saw more crews join in the fun. Race 2 had 2 long beats and a long run to the end of the lap. Martin Honnor in his Solo from Ogston Sailing Club kept the overall lead with a second preceded by home crew Pete & Rach Gray in their Scorpion, and another home Scorpion of Andy Mckee & Stevie Graham in third.

The wind stayed steady for race 3 with the same long first beat then three long reaches to finish the lap. Pete & Rach again worked their way to finish first, this time with Duncan Adams in his Phantom from Burton Sailing Club showing his speed in second. Home sailor Craig Williamson in his Aero 7 had his best result in third.

After lunch race 4 was an even longer beat then three long reaches to complete the lap. The wind started to play up with large wind shifts and varying speeds. Pete & Rach got their triple win followed by previous event winner and home sailor Grahame Newton in second and in third was Richard Sims in his K1 from Burton SC.

The final race 5 meant a change of position and length due to direction and strength, and a basic triangle course. Duncan again showed his speed and held a good lead throughout to win, followed by home crew Nigel & Di Pepperdine in their RS200.

Overall event winners were Pete & Rach Gray on 6 points, Martin Honnor on 15 points with Richard Sims also on 15, then close behind Nigel & Di Pepperdine on 16.

A big thank you to everyone who joined us and to our on and off the water teams.

And... don't forget next weekend (17th/ 18th Feb) is the - Burton Blizzard at Burton Sailing Club Burton Sailing Club. Check out the NOR and SIs at

... and then the fourth and final event in the 2024 East Midlands Mini Series is on 24th/25th February please go to for all the details.

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1stSCORPION2057Pete GrayRach GrayStaunton Harold SC‑411136
2ndSOLO5880Martin Honnor Ogston SC1257(DNC)15
3rdK1180Richard Sims Burton SC‑13443415
4thRS2001318Nigel PepperdineDi PepperdineStaunton Harold SC2‑1875216
5thPHANTOM1370Duncan Adams Burton SC(DNC)8210121
6thRS AERO 73799Grahame Newton Staunton Harold SC(DNC)782623
7thENTERPRISE23219R ShortJamesOgston3598(DNC)25
8thSCORPION2013Andy FoskettLesley FoskettStaunton Harold SC79‑179530
9thSCORPION2022Andy MckeeStevie GStaunton Harold SC(DNC)3661833
10thK1181Chris Swallow Burton SC8‑14144834
11thRS AERO 72719Craig Williamson Staunton Harold SC(DNC)15311938
12thSCORPION2002Chloe WillarsJohn TailbyNotts County SC1261312‑1743
13thLASER / ILCA 7166621Terry Forbes Staunton Harold SC5‑1910151545
14thPHANTOM1301Matthew Pritchard Burton SC9‑2212131347
15thRS4001552Nathan SmithJohn IronmongerStaunton Harold SC(DNF)121614749
16thSOLO5941Simon Forbes Staunton Harold SC(DNC)1311161151
17thSOLO5856Brian Fisher Notts County SC111718.5‑231056.5
18thMIRACLE4114Graham WattsHelen JacksStaunton Harold SC1611(DNF)201966
19thCOMET467Chris Fowler Ogston SC1523‑25181268
20thALBACORE8237Matthew Metcalfe‑SmithWilliamOgston SC6242019(DNC)69
21stGP1414072Darrell SleepCharles SaundersStaunton Harold SC181023‑262172
22ndLASER RADIAL / ILCA 6189200Mike Heap Ogston SC1716‑22222277
23rdLASER / ILCA 7197774Carl Avery Burton SC1421‑26.5252080
24thEUROPE403George Crammond Staunton Harold SC(DNC)201521DNF81
25thLASER / ILCA 7179604Nick Willams Staunton Harold SC(DNC)DNC21171687
26thLASER / ILCA 7214682Mick Papp Staunton Harold SC(DNC)2526.5271492.5
27thPHANTOM1345Karl Morley Burton SC212624‑292394
28thLASER / ILCA 7203181Grahame Smith Staunton Harold SC20282828(DNC)104
29thLASER RADIAL / ILCA 6223557Nick Waters Staunton Harold SC(DNC)DNF18.524DNC105.5
30thRS200779Peter GoodyearAlastair LucasStaunton Harold SC10(DNC)DNCDNCDNC109
31stRS200952Liz SimonsAlan DonaldsonStaunton Harold SC222729(DNC)DNC111
32ndRS VAREO523Nick Waters Staunton Harold SC19(DNC)DNCDNCDNC118

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