Series Results for Sprint 15 TT

Report on the Sprint 15 TT


Seasalter Sailing Club was the setting for the 2014 Southern Area Championship of the Sprint 15 Association held over the weekend of 9th/10th August. During the week prior to the event a close eye was kept on forecasts as the tail winds of hurricane Bertha made their way across to the UK together with heavy showers.

With Seasalter located on the north Kent coast in relatively sheltered waters there was hope that the worst of the gales would bypass the area and a fleet of 18 boats assembled over Friday night and early Saturday morning for an 11:00am start. Severe squalls through the Friday night, causing collapse of at least one tent in the field, dissipated leaving winds from the S/SW at F4-5 gusting F6.

The start line was set from the club tower with a trapezoid course within Whitstable Bay avoiding to deeper offshore channels and the fleet had a clean start to the first race with boats spread along the line.

Whilst most of the fleet was sailing in standard mode Paul Grattage (458) and Kevin Dutch (1938) opted for Sport mode and from the start these two rapidly pulled out a lead with Dutch initially leading on the reaches but then being overhauled by Grattage on the downwind offshore leg. Stuart Snell (2016) led Chris Tillyer (1953), Erling Holmberg (2007), Mark Hollis (1980) and Rob Finch (1838) away from the following fleet.

The windward leg back to the club was to prove critical for gains and losses. The choice of a quick tack around the leeward mark to head back up the Swale or a long beat to the shore split the fleet, with those opting to tack making substantial gains in reaching the inshore offset mark before coming to the finish line. At the end of the first lap Grattage, Dutch and Snell were clear ahead in clean wind with Tillyer, Holmberg, Hollis and Finch within metres of each other.

With close sailing round the second lap it again fell to the windward leg to introduce some place changes and Stephen Roberts (1910) and Paul Shields (1644) made the mistake of missing out the offset mark leading to the finish line. With Grattage, Dutch and Snell pulling further ahead, Tillyer pulled out a lead over the close followers until on the third lap Snell came inshore towards the line and suddenly realised that he was missing the offset mark, and had to about turn to get back to round the mark. This allowed the following boats to pass ahead. Tillyer and Holmberg got clean air and pulled ahead but Snell recovered quickly on the close reach past the club to regain a lead over Finch and Hollis.

With the race shortened to 4 laps Grattage led Dutch home by 50 seconds Tillyer was first standard mode boat with Snell just beating Rob Finch at the line.

After a short break ashore and with the wind veering more westerly the second start saw most boats opting to come very close inshore towards the sea wall for a port start. Although the ebb tide should have held boats back from the line there was little room to keep clear near the beach groynes and Grattage, Dutch and Snell were over the line at the gun by near a half boat length. After the individual recall signal Snell cleared the fleet and completed his start, Holmberg also restarted, under the impression that it was a general recall.

Grattage and Dutch not realising that they were over the line reached the second mark boat before being told that they were OCS. Both made a fast reach back across the course to complete a start with the fleet already past the second, gybe, mark.

Tillyer and Rob and Jon Finch led the fleet, with Roberts, Holmberg and Tony Alexander (1406) in pursuit. Again the choice of course in the windward leg was to prove critical and with the tide in full ebb flow the offshore beat was preferable. Choosing a port tack Tillyer and Rob Finch pulled out a good lead whilst the main fleet went to starboard. Then, recognising how the wind angles had changed, a number of boats chose to tack midway back to the shore and the fleet spread right across the course.

Coming to the end of the first lap Jon Finch stayed offshore towards the club pole but Snell came right inshore before tacking and could bear off onto a better reach passing Finch. Roberts and Holmberg were being chased by Alexander, Hollis and Mark Bunyan (1343).

The winds dropped to F3 and rose to F5/6 several times rather than gusting and there were some significant shifts from S to WSW. Rob Finch managed to pass Tillyer on the second lap but came too close ashore in the seawall wind shadow at the end of the lap; allowing Snell back into the lead by overtaking both. Meanwhile Grattage and Dutch were making gains through the fleet and on the third lap took the lead on the water. Jon and Rob Finch continued to battle with Holmberg with Tillyer and Hollis also in close contention.

Despite the long start problem Grattage overtook the whole fleet and finished first on the water with Snell, Jon Finch and Tillyer following. On handicap Snell beat Grattage by 9 seconds. A good day’s sailing in strong winds and nothing for the patrol boats to do although several helms did manage to get to near 900 without capsizing.

An excellent buffet dinner was provided by Lesley Stafford of SSC and the competitors enjoyed a relaxing evening in the clubhouse before retiring to the wet and windy camping area. On Sunday morning reports from southern areas indicated that torrential thundery rain and strong gusts were being experienced. By 10:00am at SSC the steady wind to gust ratio was 25/48mph and thunder clouds were seen to the east, consequently it was decided to abandon racing for the Sunday and allow everyone to pack everything away – just in time before the thundery rain squalls arrived.

The events prizes were presented by Mark Hollis, Rear Commodore SSC with Paul Grattage taking the SSC 1st overall and 1st Sport mode trophies together with the Sprint 15 Association Southern Area Champion’s Cup. Stuart Snell and Chris Tillyer were respectively awarded the SSC 2nd overall and 3rd overall trophies.

The event was well supported ashore with Brian Phipps bringing the Windsport International spares and support trailer up from Falmouth for the weekend and over a third of SSC members involved in race management and manning the galley and bar. Our thanks to all who both competed and assisted with the event.

Steve Willis, Commodore SSC






Paul Grattage being presented with the trophy



Series Results:

Note these results are subject to Official Confirmation; they may change.

Sprint 15 Fleet Results:

Overall Results for Sprint 15 TT (Sprint 15)
Competitor Information
Race Information 2 Races Sailed of 4 Races
(No. Discards in Operation = 0)
Results
Competitor
Sail Number
Race 1
Race 2
Race 3
Race 4
Gross Points
Net Points
Position
Helm:
Paul Grattage
SPRINT 15
458
Position: 1
Points: 1
Corrected Time: 2980.75
Finished
Position: 2
Points: 2
Corrected Time: 3469.99
Finished
Not SailedNot Sailed3.003.001
Helm:
Stuart Snell
SPRINT 15
2016
Position: 4
Points: 4
Corrected Time: 3105.66
Finished
Position: 1
Points: 1
Corrected Time: 3460.78
Finished
Not SailedNot Sailed5.005.002
Helm:
Chris Tillyer
SPRINT 15
1953
Position: 3
Points: 3
Corrected Time: 3082.79
Finished
Position: 4
Points: 4
Corrected Time: 3518.52
Finished
Not SailedNot Sailed7.007.003
Helm:
Robert Finch
SPRINT 15
1838
Position: 5
Points: 5
Corrected Time: 3111.11
Finished
Position: 5
Points: 5
Corrected Time: 3537.04
Finished
Not SailedNot Sailed10.0010.004
Helm:
Jon Finch
SPRINT 15
1890
Position: 8
Points: 8
Corrected Time: 3227.67
Finished
Position: 3
Points: 3
Corrected Time: 3513.07
Finished
Not SailedNot Sailed11.0011.005
Helm:
Kevin Dutch
SPRINT 15
1938
Position: 2
Points: 2
Corrected Time: 3036.24
Finished
Position: 10
Points: 10
Corrected Time: 3698.75
Finished
Not SailedNot Sailed12.0012.006 ¹
Helm:
Erling Holmberg
SPRINT 15
2007
Position: 6
Points: 6
Corrected Time: 3155.77
Finished
Position: 6
Points: 6
Corrected Time: 3559.91
Finished
Not SailedNot Sailed12.0012.007 ¹
Helm:
Mark Hollis
SPRINT 15
1980
Position: 7
Points: 7
Corrected Time: 3187.36
Finished
Position: 7
Points: 7
Corrected Time: 3586.06
Finished
Not SailedNot Sailed14.0014.008
Helm:
Eamonn Browne
SPRINT 15
1861
Position: 11
Points: 11
Corrected Time: 3378
Finished
Position: 9
Points: 9
Corrected Time: 3668.85
Finished
Not SailedNot Sailed20.0020.009 ²
Helm:
Gordon Goldstone
SPRINT 15
2004
Position: 9
Points: 9
Corrected Time: 3315.9
Finished
Position: 11
Points: 11
Corrected Time: 3910.68
Finished
Not SailedNot Sailed20.0020.0010 ²
Helm:
John Holmes
SPRINT 15
1980W
Position: 10
Points: 10
Corrected Time: 3349.67
Finished
Position: 12
Points: 12
Corrected Time: 3958.61
Finished
Not SailedNot Sailed22.0022.0011
Helm:
Stephen Roberts
SPRINT 15
1910
Position: 19
Points: 19
DNF
Position: 8
Points: 8
Corrected Time: 3659.04
Finished
Not SailedNot Sailed27.0027.0012 ¹
Helm:
Mark Bunyan
SPRINT 15
1343
Position: 12
Points: 12
Corrected Time: 3478.21
Finished
Position: 15
Points: 15
Corrected Time: 4010.89
Finished
Not SailedNot Sailed27.0027.0013 ¹
Helm:
Tony Alexander
SPRINT 15
1406
Position: 14
Points: 14
Corrected Time: 3697.17
Finished
Position: 13
Points: 13
Corrected Time: 3968.41
Finished
Not SailedNot Sailed27.0027.0014 ¹
Helm:
Derek Darley
SPRINT 15
1991
Position: 13
Points: 13
Corrected Time: 3493.46
Finished
Position: 16
Points: 16
Corrected Time: 4087.15
Finished
Not SailedNot Sailed29.0029.0015
Helm:
Eric Sales
Crew
(Race 1):

Alan White
Crew
(Race 2):

Alan White
SPRINT 15
1868
Position: 16
Points: 16
Corrected Time: 3820.26
Finished
Position: 14
Points: 14
Corrected Time: 4003.27
Finished
Not SailedNot Sailed30.0030.0016
Helm:
Robin Wilkinson
SPRINT 15
191
Position: 15
Points: 15
Corrected Time: 3788.67
Finished
Position: 17
Points: 17
Corrected Time: 4165.58
Finished
Not SailedNot Sailed32.0032.0017
Helm:
Paul Shields
SPRINT 15
1644
Position: 19
Points: 19
DNF
Position: 18
Points: 18
Corrected Time: 4206.97
Finished
Not SailedNot Sailed37.0037.0018


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Race Results:



Race: Sprint 15 TT 1 9th August 2014
Dutyteam: Steve Willis (RO) Dave Lincoln (RO) John Dutch (ARO) David J Carter (CREW) Martin Searle (ARO) Chris Rutter (CREW) Windpseed:
Force 5
Boat Sail Number PY Helm Name Crew Name Elapsed Time Corrected Time Scoring Code Race Position Points

Sprint 15 Fleet

SPRINT 15 SPORT458894Paul Grattage  43 mins 52 secs2980.75 secsFinished11
SPRINT 15 SPORT1938894Kevin Dutch  44 mins 41 secs3036.24 secsFinished22
SPRINT 151953931Chris Tillyer  47 mins 10 secs3082.79 secsFinished33
SPRINT 152016931Stuart Snell  47 mins 31 secs3105.66 secsFinished44
SPRINT 151838931Robert Finch  47 mins 36 secs3111.11 secsFinished55
SPRINT 152007931Erling Holmberg  48 mins 17 secs3155.77 secsFinished66
SPRINT 151980931Mark Hollis  48 mins 46 secs3187.36 secsFinished77
SPRINT 151890931Jon Finch  49 mins 23 secs3227.67 secsFinished88
SPRINT 152004931Gordon Goldstone  50 mins 44 secs3315.9 secsFinished99
SPRINT 151980W931John Holmes  51 mins 15 secs3349.67 secsFinished1010
SPRINT 151861931Eamonn Browne  51 mins 41 secs3378 secsFinished1111
SPRINT 151343931Mark Bunyan  53 mins 13 secs3478.21 secsFinished1212
SPRINT 151991931Derek Darley  53 mins 27 secs3493.46 secsFinished1313
SPRINT 151406931Tony Alexander  56 mins 34 secs3697.17 secsFinished1414
SPRINT 15191931Robin Wilkinson  57 mins 58 secs3788.67 secsFinished1515
SPRINT 151868931Eric SalesAlan White 58 mins 27 secs3820.26 secsFinished1616
SPRINT 151644931Paul Shields  N/AN/ADNF1919
SPRINT 151910931Stephen Roberts  N/AN/ADNF1919
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Race: Sprint 15 TT 2 9th August 2014
Dutyteam: Steve Willis (RO) Dave Lincoln (RO) John Dutch (ARO) David J Carter (CREW) Martin Searle (ARO) Chris Rutter (CREW) Windpseed:
Force 5
Boat Sail Number PY Helm Name Crew Name Elapsed Time Corrected Time Scoring Code Race Position Points

Sprint 15 Fleet

SPRINT 152016931Stuart Snell  52 mins 57 secs3460.78 secsFinished11
SPRINT 15 SPORT458894Paul Grattage  51 mins 04 secs3469.99 secsFinished22
SPRINT 151890931Jon Finch  53 mins 45 secs3513.07 secsFinished33
SPRINT 151953931Chris Tillyer  53 mins 50 secs3518.52 secsFinished44
SPRINT 151838931Robert Finch  54 mins 07 secs3537.04 secsFinished55
SPRINT 152007931Erling Holmberg  54 mins 28 secs3559.91 secsFinished66
SPRINT 151980931Mark Hollis  54 mins 52 secs3586.06 secsFinished77
SPRINT 151910931Stephen Roberts  55 mins 59 secs3659.04 secsFinished88
SPRINT 151861931Eamonn Browne  56 mins 08 secs3668.85 secsFinished99
SPRINT 15 SPORT1938894Kevin Dutch  54 mins 26 secs3698.75 secsFinished1010
SPRINT 152004931Gordon Goldstone  59 mins 50 secs3910.68 secsFinished1111
SPRINT 151980W931John Holmes  1 hr 0 mins 34 secs3958.61 secsFinished1212
SPRINT 151406931Tony Alexander  1 hr 0 mins 43 secs3968.41 secsFinished1313
SPRINT 151868931Eric SalesAlan White 1 hr 1 mins 15 secs4003.27 secsFinished1414
SPRINT 151343931Mark Bunyan  1 hr 1 mins 22 secs4010.89 secsFinished1515
SPRINT 151991931Derek Darley  1 hr 2 mins 32 secs4087.15 secsFinished1616
SPRINT 15191931Robin Wilkinson  1 hr 03 mins 44 secs4165.58 secsFinished1717
SPRINT 151644931Paul Shields  1 hr 4 mins 22 secs4206.97 secsFinished1818
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