Northern Championship Carsington Sailing Club TT : Summer Series
Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st September 2008

The Sprint 15 Northern Championship were held at Carsington Sailing Club on the weekend of 20th 21st September. The weather was bright, warm but disappointingly the wind was light 4–6 mph from the South West and very variable, despite this two local Sprint 15s opted to sail in Sprint Sport mode, whilst the remainder of the fleet took the sensible option of sailing Una-Rig.

Race 1 started at 12 noon with the race officer David Cattemole setting a trapezoid course to give the fleet maximum reaching conditions given the light and shifting wind, this course would be used for all three races on the Saturday. The fleet starting on starboard with the exception of Ed Dalton who timed his port flyer to perfection which paid handsome dividends as he rounded the windward mark in first position closely followed by Ray Gall and Charles Watson. A close battle ensued over the next few laps with Gall & Watson gaining advantage over Dalton. The chasing pack of Erling Holmberg, Steve Tunnacliffe & Richard Harrison took advantage of some serious wind shifts to make up ground on the front runners. Finishing positions were Watson, Gall sailing “sport” from S Tunnacliffe with the final finishing positions on corrected time being Watson 1st Tunnacliffe 2nd and Ed Dalton 3rd.

Race 2 was sailed back to back and saw Gall and Gordon Goldstone set off on port, Gall having to tack half way down the starboard line of boats much to everyone’s amusement whilst Goldstone picked his way leeward of the line. Howard Hawkes having made a good start reached the windward mark first closely followed Erling Holmberg, Stewart Pegum and Gall, coming up on a tight line on starboard was Goldstone, unfortunately as he approached the windward mark an incident occurred with several boats on port tack led by Watson & Pegum tacked for the windward mark which seemed to put half the fleet into irons and Goldstone lost out badly. The second and third laps saw many place changes, picking the correct side up the beat was proving problematic, Ben Tunnacliffe, David Howarth losing out whilst Goldstone made progress through the fleet. Finishing positions were Gall “sport” Hawkes & Watson with the final finishing positions on corrected time being Hawkes 1st Gall 2nd and Watson 3rd.

Race 3 with minutes to go before the start of the race the wind died and changed direction making it impossible to cross the line on starboard, several boats were caught out but Hawkes and Holmberg had positioned themselves in the middle of the line and made a superb start arriving at the windward mark unopposed, meanwhile Tunnacliffe, Goldstone, Watson & Dalton were picking there way up a very tricky wind shifting beat. At the front Hawkes and Holmberg were having a great tussle with the lead over the next three laps changing many times but at the final leeward mark Holmberg rounded first but Hawkes sailed leeward of him and at speed to take the lead and snatch the win. Finishing positions Hawkes 1st Holmberg 2nd and Goldstone 3rd.

The fleet retired to the club house and the usual light hearted banter at someone’s expense, much discussion / interest on the provisional leader board with Watson leading the Northern Championship but with Howard Hawkes in a very good position with two wins to his credit and an 11th place to discard, also sailing well was Steve Tunnacliffe in equal second place. With this 20 sailors and their partners settled down to feast on the fine fayre (three course dinner) provided by the Galley and enjoy the Carsington vista and delightful evening sunset.

Sunday start delayed due to no wind and the forecast for the rest of the day wasn’t good, RO set a small trapezoid course to make best use of the light and fickle wind which arrived mid day but wasn’t going to last.

Race 4 Started with all the fleet on starboard headed by Hawkes, Watson, Holmberg, Dalton and Gall all in close proximity but it was Hawkes who rounded the windward mark first, positions changed in the mid order pack with Goldstone fighting his way clear of Tunnacliffe Harrison, Pegum and Howarth towards the front runners, the beat on the second lap found the whole fleet sailing towards a massive hole and dying wind, with the fleet in irons for several minutes a wind shift came through and caught several helms out, Pegum being worst affected missing the gate and being disqualified. The run towards the leeward mark saw several more place changes and to relief of the fleet an end to the days racing. Finishing positions Hawkes 1st Holmberg 2nd and Watson 3rd.


Full Series Results available here

Una Fleet
CompetitorsEvent Placings
NameSailClubFormatHandicap PlaceFleet Place
Howard Hawkes1643Snettisham Beach SCUna Rig11
Charles Watson1237Halifax Sailing ClubUna Rig22
Erling Holmberg2007Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig33
Steven Tunnacliffe1959Halifax Sailing ClubUna Rig44
Gordon Goldstone2004Queen Mary Sailing ClubUna Rig55
Ed Tuite Dalton1940Draycote Water Sailing ClubUna Rig76
Richard Harrison2001Netley Sailing ClubUna Rig87
Stewart Pegum1918Oxford Sailing ClubUna Rig98
Ben Tunnacliffe1343Halifax Sailing ClubUna Rig109
Sport Fleet
CompetitorsEvent Placings
NameSailClubFormatHandicap PlaceFleet Place
Ray Gall1914Carsington Sailing ClubSport61
D Howarth1275Carsington Sailing ClubSport112