The Sprint 15 Southern Championships were held at Thorpe Bay Yacht Club on the weekend of 26-27 June. The weather throughout the weekend was spectacular, with plenty of sunshine and enough wind to suit most tastes. The first day was the breezier of the two. A good easterly plus an added sea breeze made for scintillating conditions.
A feature of the weekend was how the local cadets leapt at the opportunity to race a catamaran, if one was available. The result was that five of the twenty four entries were under the age of eighteen. And for four of them, it was their first experience in a catamaran.
The first day of racing was dominated by Kyle Stoneham who won all three back-to-back races. Kyle is the reigning national champion of the Sprints and Tornados and others as crew. It is hard to believe he is only twenty three. Second was Dan Henderson who sailed a borrowed boat. Last weekend, Henderson was 5th in the Musto Skiff championships (74 entries) and the junior champion. Erling Holmberg, David Ball, Nick Dewhirst and Jenny Ball were in the positions that followed.
The following day was lighter. There were three national race officers on the committee boat, led by Phil Crawford. They delayed the Sunday race to allow the sea breeze to fill, which it quickly did. This time, Stoneham had to work harder. He was beaten into sixth place which he discarded. And in the last race, he was second to Dan Henderson who had a well deserved win. Theresa Ryall surprised everyone, not least herself, with a third in that race!
The overnight leaders held onto their positions at the final count.
Full Series Results available here
| Una Fleet|
|Name||Sail||Club||Format||Handicap Place||Fleet Place|
|Kyle Stoneham||1148||Thorpe Bay Yacht Club||Una Rig||1||1|
|Danny Henderson||469||Thorpe Bay Yacht Club||Una Rig||2||2|
|Erling Holmberg||2007||Shanklin Sailing Club||Una Rig||3||3|
|David Ball||1488||Marconi Sailing Club||Una Rig||4||4|
|Nick Dewhirst||2006||Whitstable Yacht Club||Una Rig||5||5|
|Jenny Ball||1917||Marconi Sailing Club||Una Rig||6||6|
|Eamonn Browne||1861||Marconi Sailing Club||Una Rig||7||7|
|Howard Hawkes||1643||Thorpe Bay Yacht Club||Una Rig||8||8|
|Chris Boshier||1551||Thorpe Bay Yacht Club||Una Rig||9||9|
|Gordon Goldstone||2004||Queen Mary Sailing Club||Una Rig||10||10|
|David Hopper||1391||Thorpe Bay Yacht Club||Una Rig||11||11|
|Andrew Hannah||1818||Thorpe Bay Yacht Club||Una Rig||12||12|
|Gerald Sverdloff||1933||Thorpe Bay Yacht Club||Una Rig||13||13|
|Jon Finch||1890||Stewartby Water Sports Club||Una Rig||14||14|
|Daren Fitchew||1642||Thorpe Bay Yacht Club||Una Rig||15||15|
|Gary Burrows||1871||Thorpe Bay Yacht Club||Una Rig||16||16|
|Theresa Ryall||1333||Thorpe Bay Yacht Club||Una Rig||17||17|
|Mark Wiltshire||1585||Thorpe Bay Yacht Club||Una Rig||18||18|
|James Hurst||565||Grafham Water Sailing Club||Una Rig||19||19|
|Mark Rushton||1530||Stewartby Water Sports Club||Una Rig||20||20|
|Tally Eyre||1520||Thorpe Bay Yacht Club||Una Rig||21||21|
|Will Thomason||127||Thorpe Bay Yacht Club||Una Rig||22||22|
|David Brook||1821||Thorpe Bay Yacht Club||Una Rig||23||23||