Series Results for Sprint 15 TT

Report on the Sprint 15 TT


A week prior to the event the forecast was for F3/4 westerly, but in the last few days before the Seasalter TT low pressure systems built and the Saturday dawned with forecasts, for both days, of heavy rain then showers and winds F5/6 with F7 gusts. So it was testament to the fleet that 18 travellers arrived to join 7 home boats for the event. Unfortunately John Holmes (1978,SSC) had his mainsail rip as he was hoisting and had to withdraw leaving us with 24 competitors.

Saturday saw two races with a trapezoid course set and an offshore committee boat start. Race 1 saw 23 boats start and Dutch (1938, SSC) take a lead over Holmberg (2007,Shanklin) and Hawkes (1643,Thorpe Bay) that was to be unbeaten. Dutch managed to build up enough lead to maintain first place despite a capsize that broke a rudder when he fell onto it, luckily jamming it in the locked down position, and he righted in less than a minute. Whilst the fleet spread out over the 6 laps there were some close battles in mid fleet. Robert Finch (1838, Stewartby) held 4th place after the first lap but lost ground allowing Goldstone (2004, Queen Mary) and Ellis (1981, Thorpe Bay) to come past but on the 5th lap brother Jon Finch (1890, Stewartby) managed to just pass Ellis and managed to hold place to the finish. Goldstone, J. Finch, Ellis and R. Finch took 4th-7th with only 16 seconds between the last three. A local derby followed with Hollis (1206, SSC) beating Seymour (1923,SSC) at the line with 3 seconds between them. Despite the conditions only Hurst (565, Grafham Water) had the misfortune not to finish the race. Damaging a rudder on setting out he returned ashore and borrowed an SSC rudder and set off again only to be dismasted when the forestay lashing came undone.

Race 2 saw the arrival of Dewhirst (2006, Whitstable), having had a good few glitches sailing over from Whitstable and 24 boats set sail with Dutch again taking an early lead but with Ellis in hot pursuit. This time recovery from a capsize by Dutch was not quick enough and Ellis took a 2 second lead at the end of the 2nd lap. This he extended until on the last lap Dutch managed to get a cleaner beat and turn for the tight reach to the line for 1st place followed home by Ellis. Rob Finch held 3rd for 2 laps before losing ground again to allow Holmberg and Jon Finch through and, in a very close battle Jon Finch managed to pip Holmberg to the line in the last few yards to take 3rd by 2 seconds. Stephen (1594, Queen Mary) was the sole Sport mode entrant and followed 5th placed Rob Finch home by 2 seconds on the water to take 9th on handicap. Seymour held steady behind Hawkes through the whole race until the last lap, pulling past to take 6th over Hawkes’ 7th. Smith (871) and Burrows(1871), both from Thorpe bay retired with one boat slightly damaged.

Despite the conditions a tired fleet returned ashore well satisfied with a good day’s sailing despite some heavy rain and those severe gusts. After a good shower and a rest, the fleet joined SSC members and the race team for a hot and cold buffet prepared by Lesley Stafford (SSC) and her able band of galley and bar helpers followed by a leisurely evening in the clubroom and bar.

Day 2 saw forecasts with higher gusts but an apparent window in the weather during racing time. It was agreed to delay the start and hold two 40 minute races when conditions appeared suitable. The course was set and the fleet set out to the committee boat only to find the perceived lull was not to stay. The race started with some very close action seeing Dutch cross the line first with his boat flying a hull at 45o close to the starboard end and Ellis, trying to keep close, had nowhere to go and touched the mark, losing time doing his penalty. 23 boats started with John Bainbridge (747,SSC) capsizing and hurting his wrist and returned ashore with one of the race team helping sail his boat. Dutch was instead chased by Rob Finch and Holmberg for most of the race but came through to claim his third 1st of the event. Finch held off Holmberg by 4 seconds until the last lap and lost out again to follow Holmberg’s 2nd taking 3rd. Ellis recovered from his penalty to steadily climb up from 7th to finish 4th. Dewhirst chasing Burrows followed Ellis through the front group and on the third lap passed to make it Dewhirst 5th and Burrows 6th.

Newcomer to both the fleet and the Sprint 15, Simon Hare (1970, Oxford) had sailed well throughout the races, without even a capsize, but suffered a coming together of an eyebrow and his mainsheet block during a gybe and, retiring, was helped ashore for minor medical aid.

The winds during the race gusted to the very top of F7 and 7 boats retired and with a number capsizing, stretching the limits of the patrol boat cover, it was decided to return the fleet ashore and review the conditions for a period. After an hour it appeared that the winds were dropping with max gusts of 30 and steady F4 so the committee boat moved to position for the last race. However, with it on the start line, thunder and a lightning strike were observed amongst a very black area to the west that had appeared within minutes. The last race was abandoned.

Kevin Dutch, with three first places took the event trophy with Erling Holmberg 2nd and Martyn Ellis 3rd. George Stephen took the Sport mode trophy.

Despite the wind conditions being near the limit, the wind direction (S/SW) provides near flat water at SSC and provided some extremely fast sailing. Sunday saw boats lapping in about 8 minutes on near enough the same course that took 10-12 on the Saturday. The Sprint 15 provides a very forgiving sailing platform and judicious use of the traveller position enabled even the newest members to the class, some on their first TT outing, to sail well in every race, with confidence, and experience the thrills that high wind catamaran sailing can yield. Several entrants were returning to SSC having taken part in the 2011 Sprint 15 training weekend for novices held at the club – quite a bit of progression in a short time.

The overwhelming response from the fleet was that it was a thoroughly enjoyable, if tiring, event. Thorpe Bay did us proud with the largest traveller contingent (7 boats). A big thanks from SSC to them and all the other travellers who came and made it a great weekend – as ever a great fleet spirit of camaraderie and fun. We hope to see you all again, preferably in more normal SSC conditions.

I did not get the chance to spend much time talking to people due to my duties, and being engaged in running repairs for several boats (including an overnight rudder rebuild) so my apologies for not getting to know some of those new to SSC better. One message that we would like to pass on is that anyone in the fleet is welcome to contact us and come and join in with our club racing at any time – camping in the field if you wish. We have had visiting clubs in the past that want a ‘holiday’ venue for a long weekend for a group of members.

I know that a number of Sprint 15 sailors would have liked to take part in the ‘beginners’ training weekend in April but could not make it and we would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to attend a training session. Dependent on numbers and location the Association can decide on the best location for the next training events.

In the meantime at SSC we would be happy to help anyone new to the class by inviting them to join us on a suitable club sailing weekend during which we can cover the beginners’ training programme in return for a small donation to the Association coffers. We normally have 8-10 Sprint 15s out on most club days and can combine training with club racing.

Steve Willis
Rear Commodore
Seasalter SC


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 3 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:
Kevin Dutch
SPRINT 15
1938
Position: 1
Points: 1
Corrected Time: 3881.13
Finished
Position: 1
Points: 1
Corrected Time: 3745.91
Finished
Position: 1
Points: 1
Corrected Time: 2037.08
Finished
Not Sailed3.003.001
Helm:
Erling Holmberg
SPRINT 15
2007
Position: 2
Points: 2
Corrected Time: 4038.17
Finished
Position: 4
Points: 4
Corrected Time: 3812.43
Finished
Position: 2
Points: 2
Corrected Time: 2097.06
Finished
Not Sailed8.008.002
Helm:
Martyn Ellis
SPRINT 15
1981
Position: 6
Points: 6
Corrected Time: 4222.46
Finished
Position: 2
Points: 2
Corrected Time: 3777.54
Finished
Position: 4
Points: 4
Corrected Time: 2248.64
Finished
Not Sailed12.0012.003
Helm:
Robert Finch
SPRINT 15
1838
Position: 7
Points: 7
Corrected Time: 4231.19
Finished
Position: 5
Points: 5
Corrected Time: 3834.24
Finished
Position: 3
Points: 3
Corrected Time: 2133.04
Finished
Not Sailed15.0015.004
Helm:
Jon Finch
SPRINT 15
1890
Position: 5
Points: 5
Corrected Time: 4213.74
Finished
Position: 3
Points: 3
Corrected Time: 3810.25
Finished
Position: 9
Points: 9
Corrected Time: 2347.87
Finished
Not Sailed17.0017.005
Helm:
Gordon Goldstone
SPRINT 15
2004
Position: 4
Points: 4
Corrected Time: 4177.75
Finished
Position: 8
Points: 8
Corrected Time: 3952.02
Finished
Position: 10
Points: 10
Corrected Time: 2355.51
Finished
Not Sailed22.0022.006
Helm:
Tim Seymour
SPRINT 15
1923
Position: 9
Points: 9
Corrected Time: 4310.8
Finished
Position: 6
Points: 6
Corrected Time: 3860.41
Finished
Position: 14
Points: 14
Corrected Time: 2615.05
Finished
Not Sailed29.0029.007
Helm:
Mark Hollis
SPRINT 15
1206
Position: 8
Points: 8
Corrected Time: 4307.52
Finished
Position: 16
Points: 16
Corrected Time: 4198.47
Finished
Position: 8
Points: 8
Corrected Time: 2344.6
Finished
Not Sailed32.0032.008
Helm:
Howard Hawkes
SPRINT 15
1643
Position: 3
Points: 3
Corrected Time: 4075.25
Finished
Position: 7
Points: 7
Corrected Time: 3883.32
Finished
Position: 24
Points: 24
DNF
Not Sailed34.0034.009 ¹
Helm:
George Wood
SPRINT 15
1908
Position: 11
Points: 11
Corrected Time: 4346.78
Finished
Position: 12
Points: 12
Corrected Time: 4134.13
Finished
Position: 11
Points: 11
Corrected Time: 2399.13
Finished
Not Sailed34.0034.0010 ¹
Helm:
David Turnbull
SPRINT 15
1259
Position: 12
Points: 12
Corrected Time: 4359.87
Finished
Position: 14
Points: 14
Corrected Time: 4157.03
Finished
Position: 12
Points: 12
Corrected Time: 2435.11
Finished
Not Sailed38.0038.0011
Helm:
Gary Burrows
SPRINT 15
1871
Position: 10
Points: 10
Corrected Time: 4336.97
Finished
Position: 24
Points: 24
DNF
Position: 6
Points: 6
Corrected Time: 2283.53
Finished
Not Sailed40.0040.0012 ¹
Helm:
Keith Persin
SPRINT 15
1551
Position: 16
Points: 16
Corrected Time: 4447.11
Finished
Position: 17
Points: 17
Corrected Time: 4205.02
Finished
Position: 7
Points: 7
Corrected Time: 2286.8
Finished
Not Sailed40.0040.0013 ¹
Helm:
Nick Dewhirst
SPRINT 15
2006
Points: 25
DNC
Position: 11
Points: 11
Corrected Time: 4021.81
Finished
Position: 5
Points: 5
Corrected Time: 2275.9
Finished
Not Sailed41.0041.0014
Helm:
Steve Healy
SPRINT 15
1391
Position: 14
Points: 14
Corrected Time: 4392.58
Finished
Position: 10
Points: 10
Corrected Time: 3972.74
Finished
Position: 24
Points: 24
DNF
Not Sailed48.0048.0015
Helm:
James Hurst
SPRINT 15
565
Position: 24
Points: 24
DNF
Position: 13
Points: 13
Corrected Time: 4151.58
Finished
Position: 13
Points: 13
Corrected Time: 2513.63
Finished
Not Sailed50.0050.0016
Helm:
George Stephen
SPRINT 15
1594
Position: 19
Points: 19
Corrected Time: 4556.43
Finished
Position: 9
Points: 9
Corrected Time: 3970.65
Finished
Position: 24
Points: 24
DNF
Not Sailed52.0052.0017 ¹
Helm:
Rob Bailey
SPRINT 15
1755
Position: 13
Points: 13
Corrected Time: 4362.05
Finished
Position: 15
Points: 15
Corrected Time: 4167.94
Finished
Position: 24
Points: 24
DNF
Not Sailed52.0052.0018 ¹
Helm:
Ian Mills
SPRINT 15
424
Position: 17
Points: 17
Corrected Time: 4490.73
Finished
Position: 20
Points: 20
Corrected Time: 4309.71
Finished
Position: 15
Points: 15
Corrected Time: 2696.84
Finished
Not Sailed52.0052.0019 ¹
Helm:
Simon Hare
SPRINT 15
1970
Position: 15
Points: 15
Corrected Time: 4414.4
Finished
Position: 19
Points: 19
Corrected Time: 4297.71
Finished
Position: 24
Points: 24
DNF
Not Sailed58.0058.0020
Helm:
Ian Collyer
SPRINT 15
1945
Position: 22
Points: 22
Corrected Time: 5799.35
Finished
Position: 21
Points: 21
Corrected Time: 4700.11
Finished
Position: 16
Points: 16
Corrected Time: 2830.97
Finished
Not Sailed59.0059.0021
Helm:
Keith Chidwick
SPRINT 15
1840
Position: 18
Points: 18
Corrected Time: 4525.63
Finished
Position: 18
Points: 18
Corrected Time: 4256.27
Finished
Position: 24
Points: 24
Corrected Time: 3053.44
DNF
Not Sailed60.0060.0022
Helm:
Stefan Smith
SPRINT 15
871
Position: 20
Points: 20
Corrected Time: 4583.42
Finished
Position: 24
Points: 24
DNF
Position: 24
Points: 24
DNF
Not Sailed68.0068.0023
Helm:
John Bainbridge
SPRINT 15
747
Position: 21
Points: 21
Corrected Time: 4676.12
Finished
Points: 25
DNC
Points: 25
DNC
Not Sailed71.0071.0024


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Race Results:



Race: Sprint 15 TT 1 16th July 2011
Dutyteam: Windpseed:
Force 6
Boat Sail Number PY Helm Name Crew Name Elapsed Time Corrected Time Scoring Code Race Position Points

Sprint 15 Fleet

SPRINT 151938931Kevin Dutch  0 mins 3559 secs3881.13 secsFinished11
SPRINT 152007931Erling Holmberg  0 mins 3703 secs4038.17 secsFinished22
SPRINT 151643931Howard Hawkes  0 mins 3737 secs4075.25 secsFinished33
SPRINT 152004931Gordon Goldstone  0 mins 3831 secs4177.75 secsFinished44
SPRINT 151890931Jon Finch  0 mins 3864 secs4213.74 secsFinished55
SPRINT 151981931Martyn Ellis  0 mins 3872 secs4222.46 secsFinished66
SPRINT 151838931Robert Finch  0 mins 3880 secs4231.19 secsFinished77
SPRINT 151206931Mark Hollis  0 mins 3950 secs4307.52 secsFinished88
SPRINT 151923931Tim Seymour  0 mins 3953 secs4310.8 secsFinished99
SPRINT 151871931Gary Burrows  0 mins 3977 secs4336.97 secsFinished1010
SPRINT 151908931George Wood  0 mins 3986 secs4346.78 secsFinished1111
SPRINT 151259931David Turnbull  0 mins 3998 secs4359.87 secsFinished1212
SPRINT 151755931Rob Bailey  0 mins 4000 secs4362.05 secsFinished1313
SPRINT 151391931Steve Healy  0 mins 4028 secs4392.58 secsFinished1414
SPRINT 151970931Simon Hare  0 mins 4048 secs4414.4 secsFinished1515
SPRINT 151551931Keith Persin  0 mins 4078 secs4447.11 secsFinished1616
SPRINT 15424931Ian Mills  0 mins 4118 secs4490.73 secsFinished1717
SPRINT 151840931Keith Chidwick  0 mins 4150 secs4525.63 secsFinished1818
SPRINT 15 SPORT1594894George Stephen  0 mins 4037 secs4556.43 secsFinished1919
SPRINT 15871931Stefan Smith  0 mins 4203 secs4583.42 secsFinished2020
SPRINT 15747931John Bainbridge  0 mins 4288 secs4676.12 secsFinished2121
SPRINT 151945931Ian Collyer  0 mins 5318 secs5799.35 secsFinished2222
SPRINT 15565931James Hurst  N/AN/ADNF2424
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Race: Sprint 15 TT 2 16th July 2011
Dutyteam: Windpseed:
Force 6
Boat Sail Number PY Helm Name Crew Name Elapsed Time Corrected Time Scoring Code Race Position Points

Sprint 15 Fleet

SPRINT 151938931Kevin Dutch  0 mins 3435 secs3745.91 secsFinished11
SPRINT 151981931Martyn Ellis  0 mins 3464 secs3777.54 secsFinished22
SPRINT 151890931Jon Finch  0 mins 3494 secs3810.25 secsFinished33
SPRINT 152007931Erling Holmberg  0 mins 3496 secs3812.43 secsFinished44
SPRINT 151838931Robert Finch  0 mins 3516 secs3834.24 secsFinished55
SPRINT 151923931Tim Seymour  0 mins 3540 secs3860.41 secsFinished66
SPRINT 151643931Howard Hawkes  0 mins 3561 secs3883.32 secsFinished77
SPRINT 152004931Gordon Goldstone  0 mins 3624 secs3952.02 secsFinished88
SPRINT 15 SPORT1594894George Stephen  0 mins 3518 secs3970.65 secsFinished99
SPRINT 151391931Steve Healy  0 mins 3643 secs3972.74 secsFinished1010
SPRINT 152006931Nick Dewhirst  0 mins 3688 secs4021.81 secsFinished1111
SPRINT 151908931George Wood  0 mins 3791 secs4134.13 secsFinished1212
SPRINT 15565931James Hurst  0 mins 3807 secs4151.58 secsFinished1313
SPRINT 151259931David Turnbull  0 mins 3812 secs4157.03 secsFinished1414
SPRINT 151755931Rob Bailey  0 mins 3822 secs4167.94 secsFinished1515
SPRINT 151206931Mark Hollis  0 mins 3850 secs4198.47 secsFinished1616
SPRINT 151551931Keith Persin  0 mins 3856 secs4205.02 secsFinished1717
SPRINT 151840931Keith Chidwick  0 mins 3903 secs4256.27 secsFinished1818
SPRINT 151970931Simon Hare  0 mins 3941 secs4297.71 secsFinished1919
SPRINT 15424931Ian Mills  0 mins 3952 secs4309.71 secsFinished2020
SPRINT 151945931Ian Collyer  0 mins 4310 secs4700.11 secsFinished2121
SPRINT 151871931Gary Burrows  N/AN/ADNF2424
SPRINT 15871931Stefan Smith  N/AN/ADNF2424
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Race: Sprint 15 TT 3 17th July 2011
Dutyteam: Windpseed:
Force 7
Boat Sail Number PY Helm Name Crew Name Elapsed Time Corrected Time Scoring Code Race Position Points

Sprint 15 Fleet

SPRINT 151938931Kevin Dutch  0 mins 1868 secs2037.08 secsFinished11
SPRINT 152007931Erling Holmberg  0 mins 1923 secs2097.06 secsFinished22
SPRINT 151838931Robert Finch  0 mins 1956 secs2133.04 secsFinished33
SPRINT 151981931Martyn Ellis  0 mins 2062 secs2248.64 secsFinished44
SPRINT 152006931Nick Dewhirst  0 mins 2087 secs2275.9 secsFinished55
SPRINT 151871931Gary Burrows  0 mins 2094 secs2283.53 secsFinished66
SPRINT 151551931Keith Persin  0 mins 2097 secs2286.8 secsFinished77
SPRINT 151206931Mark Hollis  0 mins 2150 secs2344.6 secsFinished88
SPRINT 151890931Jon Finch  0 mins 2153 secs2347.87 secsFinished99
SPRINT 152004931Gordon Goldstone  0 mins 2160 secs2355.51 secsFinished1010
SPRINT 151908931George Wood  0 mins 2200 secs2399.13 secsFinished1111
SPRINT 151259931David Turnbull  0 mins 2233 secs2435.11 secsFinished1212
SPRINT 15565931James Hurst  0 mins 2305 secs2513.63 secsFinished1313
SPRINT 151923931Tim Seymour  0 mins 2398 secs2615.05 secsFinished1414
SPRINT 15424931Ian Mills  0 mins 2473 secs2696.84 secsFinished1515
SPRINT 151945931Ian Collyer  0 mins 2596 secs2830.97 secsFinished1616
SPRINT 151970931Simon Hare  N/AN/ADNF2424
SPRINT 151755931Rob Bailey  N/AN/ADNF2424
SPRINT 15 SPORT1594894George Stephen  N/AN/ADNF2424
SPRINT 151391931Steve Healy  N/AN/ADNF2424
SPRINT 151643931Howard Hawkes  N/AN/ADNF2424
SPRINT 15871931Stefan Smith  N/AN/ADNF2424
SPRINT 151840931Keith Chidwick  N/AN/ADNF2424
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