Stewartby Water Sports Club TT : Summer Series
Saturday 9th June 2012

A 9 strong home team joined 13 visitors for the Sprint 15 Summer TT held at Stewartby Water Sports Club. Holding a summer sailing event is always a gamble but there was bags of wind and broad smiles across the faces of the helms as they gathered in the clubhouse for bacon-butties and the briefing.

Even before racing began; drama came in the shape of a gust which cast Chris Clarkes sail skyward like a giant kite attached only by the halyard. The rogue sail took the top of Mark Norman’s thumb off and led to Chris taking no further part in the regatta and mark soldiering on with a bandaged hand.

The 4 races planned were to take place on the smaller ‘club’ sailing area forcing boats to short-tack to the windward mark and milk every ounce out of the wind on the reaches. Early in race 1 Steve Sawford, Kevin Dutch and Richard Philpott made the best of the conditions taking an early lead and managed to lap the back-markers by the start of lap 3. Erling Holmberg led the second pack around in the sometimes-gusty conditions. Plenty of spills throughout the fleet made for an exciting spectacle from the shore. But after 7 laps it was Sawford, Dutch and Philpot on the line.

Race 2 saw a repeat of the Sawford, Dutch one-two with Holmberg picking-up a well-deserved third place. Midfleet, home-competitors were picking-up decent mid fleet places with Robert Finch coming out on top from Simon Miles, Mark Norman and Jon Finch.

Over lunch, Race Officer Tim Browning and Safety Boat Captain Ian Howard set about extending the course to include a fast 1000m broad-reaching leg across the lake and with, the wind continuing to hold, racing began in earnest.

Once again, Sawford and Dutch continued to dominate the racing from the front, with Philpott holding onto third-place. Howard Hawkes posted 4th place (his best of the day), but as Race 3 drew to a close, conditions eased somewhat with the remainder of the fleet sedately crossing the line.

Race 4 began in moderate conditions compared to the rest of the day and the race officer made the decision to shorten the overall course length. However the wind soon picked-up resulting in very fast laps indeed. At the end of the race, Philpott picked-up first place (Sawford and Dutch had sealed the event after 3 races) with local helm Robert Finch bagging second place. Local boats dominated the top 10 places with Simon Miles, Mark Norman and Jon Finch picking-up 4th, 5th, and 8th respectively.

After 4 races the event was won by Steve Sawford (Rutland) followed by Kevin Dutch (Seasalter), Richard Philpott (Colne YC). First Stewartby boat was Robert Finch (5th). Mentions also go to under 19 helms Marcus Finch (18th) and Harry Janes (20th) who stuck it out all day in spite of the conditions.

Race by Race results

Steve Sawford, TT Winner
Steve Sawford, TT Winner


Full Series Results available here

Una Fleet
CompetitorsEvent Placings
NameSailClubFormatHandicap PlaceFleet Place
Steve Sawford1733Rutland Water Sailing ClubUna Rig11
Kevin Dutch1938Seasalter Sailing ClubUna Rig22
Richard Philpott1988Colne Yacht ClubUna Rig33
Erling Holmberg2007Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig44
Robert Finch1838Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig55
Howard Hawkes1643Snettisham Beach SCUna Rig66
Simon Miles1827Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig77
Mark Norman1431Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig88
Paul Craft1267Worthing Sailing ClubUna Rig99
Liam Thom554Shanklin Sailing ClubUna Rig1010
Jon Finch1890Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig1111
Stewart Pegum1918Oxford Sailing ClubUna Rig1212
Robert England1351RYAUna Rig1313
George Stephen1594Queen Mary Sailing ClubUna Rig1414
Gary Burrows1871Thorpe Bay Yacht ClubUna Rig1515
James Hurst565Grafham Water Sailing ClubUna Rig1616
Clive Latham1841Oxford Sailing ClubUna Rig1717
Marcus Finch13Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig1818
Andy Bunyan1289Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig1919
Harry Janes527Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig2020
Karl Pountney1494Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig2121
Chris Clarke327Stewartby Water Sports ClubUna Rig2222