Paul Grattage retained the Sprint 15 Winter Traveller Trophy for the fourth consecutive year in a winter series in which (contrary to last year) all events and all races were sailed. Five events were run at Stewartby, Draycote, Thorpe Bay Rutland and Grafham and winds we generally good to strong with the exception of Rutland where winds were very light and fluky and it was amazing the Club managed to run all 3 races. Winds were strongest at Grafham where a force 4-6 westerly was the residue of storm Gareth. A 35 knot squall in the last race really tested the fleet.
Overall 41 sailors took part in the series but Grattage won it easily with an event to spare. Jenny Ball of Marconi was runner up and Stuart Snell was third. See below for the other places.
The Summer Traveller Series has already started at Marconi on 6/7 April. The next event is at the Isle of Sheppey on 18/19 May.
Overall Winter Series Results: 1st Paul Grattage (Shanklin) 3 pts, 2nd Jenny Ball (Marconi) 8 pts, 3rd Stuart Snell (Grafham) 10 pts, 4th Ed Tuite Dalton (Draycote) 17 pts, 5th Jon Pearse (Marconi) 17 pts, 6th Simon Hare (Oxford), 7th Nigel James (Marconi), 8th Derek James (Draycote).
Report by Bob Carter
Final Results Summary:
Overall TT Series Top 5 Places: 1st Paul Grattage (Shanklin Sailing Club) 3 Pts , 2nd Jenny Ball (Marconi Sailing Club) 8 Pts, 3rd Stuart Snell (Grafham Water Sailing Club) 10 Pts, 4th Ed Tuite Dalton (Draycote Water Sailing Club) 17 Pts, 5th Jon Pearse (Marconi Sailing Club) 17 Pts
Una and Two-Up Fleet Top 3 Places: 1st Paul Grattage (Shanklin Sailing Club) 3 Pts, 2nd Jenny Ball (Marconi Sailing Club) 8 Pts, 3rd Stuart Snell (Grafham Water Sailing Club) 9 Pts
Sport Fleet Top 3 Places: 1st Simon Hare (Oxford Sailing Club) 6 Pts, 2nd Derek James (Draycote Water Sailing Club) 6 Pts, 3rd Ray Gall (Carsington Sailing Club) 12 Pts
Full Series Results are available here
Total Number of Individual Competitors who attended at least one event: 41