Paul Grattage retained the Sprint 15 Winter Traveller Trophy after a winter series which was heavily disrupted by bad weather. Five events (one per month) were planned but only Stewartby and Draycote were unaffected by the weather. The Rutland event planned for December had to be postponed because of an amber snow warning and then when it was rerun on 25 February it was bitterly cold and just ahead of the Beast from the East snow emergency which put many off travelling. The Thorpe Bay event was abandoned as no wind materialised, although good racing was possible the next day for those that could stay over. Finally, the Grafham event was just a few days after the second Beast from the East and this reduced the desire to travel (together with the loss of other events meaning many of the regulars could no longer qualify with 3 results).
So Grattage was rewarded by travelling to the right events and won the series easily (1,1,1) from new Class Chairman, Ed Tuite Dalton (2,4,3) and George Love (3,4,4). Heather Knowles of Shanklin Sailing Club was the top lady. See below for the other places.
Pictures by Jeremy Atkins and Nigel Denchfield.
The Summer Traveller Series starts at Marconi on 14/15 April.
Final Results Summary:
Overall TT Series Top 5 Places: 1st Paul Grattage (Shanklin Sailing Club) 3 Pts , 2nd Ed Tuite Dalton (Draycote Water Sailing Club) 9 Pts, 3rd George Love (Carsington Sailing Club) 11 Pts, 4th Jon Pearse (Marconi Sailing Club) 17 Pts, 5th Gordon Goldstone (Queen Mary Sailing Club) 21 Pts
Una and Two-Up Fleet Top 3 Places: 1st Paul Grattage (Shanklin Sailing Club) 3 Pts, 2nd Ed Tuite Dalton (Draycote Water Sailing Club) 9 Pts, 3rd George Love (Carsington Sailing Club) 11 Pts
Full Series Results are available here
Total Number of Individual Competitors who attended at least one event: 31