Stewartby Water Sports Club TT : Winter Series
Saturday 23rd November 2019

Saturday 23rd of November was the rescheduled date for the first winter TT of 2019, due to the
previous date of 2nd of November being cancelled due to the forecast of gales. Six visitors joined four club boats on a mild dry November morning, the conditions were to be vastly different to that of the earlier cancelled date in November with only a very light breeze forecast.

After cups of tea and bacon rolls race officer Pete Ellis held a quick briefing welcoming visitors and explaining the course and the forecast of the light conditions.

Race 1 was off on time at llam. As the fleet were all pushing the line for the best possible position in the light conditions George Love ended up tapping Paul Grattage on the line resulting in Love having to do a penalty turn. Liam Thom attempted a port tack "flyer'' which resulted with him ducking and diving through the rest of the fleet, even so Thom was first to the windward mark followed by Simon Farthing and Paul Grattage. This order didn't change until the last lap when at the gun it was Thom, Grattage and Love who had pushed himself up to 3rd from 5th, Stuart Snell was 4th and Farthing was pushed back to 5th.

Race 2 was away after a quick turn around by race officer Ellis. All were off cleanly this time with Snell first to the windward mark, Grattage mis-judged the mark and tacked too early having to tack again then whilst trying to avoid the on-coming starboard boats got into irons at the mark allowing Love and Thom through.  By the end of the first lap Thom had passed Love and these positions remained the same throughout the race. At the gun it was Snell, Thom then Love.

Race 3 was to be the deciding race for the event winner, Grattage, Thom and Snell have it all to play for. As the fleet pushed the line for the final start Thom was being pushed up by girlfriend Yvonne Pike resulting in them touching and Thom having to do a penalty turn (has Pike taken the race win and the event from Thom!? Only time will tell). First to the windward mark was Grattage followed by Love then Snell.  Thom had to do a penalty turn for obstructing Love at the mark.  Grattage and Love have a coming together with Grattage having to do a penalty turn. At the end of the first lap it was Snell, Love, Grattage and Thom, this order changed by the end of lap 2 to Grattage, Snell, Thom and Love. As Lap 3 started the wind increased and it was all change again, at the end of the lap it was Snell, Grattage, Love then Thom. It was all to play for in the final lap, the race win would be the decider and it could be any one's race. At the gun it was to change again to Grattage, Love, Snell then Thom (so Pike probably had cost Thom the event).

After boats packed away it was into the clubhouse for hot soup and crusty bread and the usual
prizing giving of everyone leaves with a prize of a couple of bottles of cider apart from Liam who had "special beer!"

Competitor SailNo Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Best 2 Position
Paul Grattage 458 2 5 1 3 1
Liam Thorn 2018 1 2 4 3 2
Stuart Snell 2022 4 1 3 4 3
George Love 2019 3 3 2 5 4
Simon Farthing 1898 5 4 6 9 5
Robert Finch 1990 6 6 5 11 6
Mark Pattern 527 9 7 7 14 7
John Neal 879 7 10 8 15 8
Yvonne Pike 1965 8 8 9 16 9
Richard Page 1343 10 9 10 19 10


Full Series Results available here

Una Fleet
CompetitorsEvent Placings
NameSailClubFormatHandicap PlaceFleet Place
Paul Grattage458Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig11
Liam Thom2018Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig22
Stuart Snell2022Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig33
George Love2019Carsington Sailing ClubUna Rig44
Simon Farthing1898Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig55
Robert Finch1990Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig66
Mark Patten527Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig77
Jon Neale879Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig88
Yvonne Pike1965Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig99
Richard Page1343Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig1010