The Windsport Catparts Sprint 15 Traveller Series 2009 Report

The Windsport Catparts Traveller Series for 2009 was won for the second year running by Charles Watson who beat Erling Holmberg into second place by his performance in the last event at Grafham. The Queen Mary duo of Gordon Goldstone and Keith Chidwick took third and fourth respectively with Howard Hawkes in fifth place. The leaders were a bit lucky as several of the top sailors were struggling to get in enough events to qualify. This was particularly true of John Postlethwaite who only got back into travelling later in the year but he took a first and a second so watch out guys for next year!

The biggest event of the season was at Grafham with 38 entries and some challenging windy conditions. Brian Phipps of Windsport won but John Postlethwaite, Steve Sawford and Charles Watson gave him a run for his money. John Postlethwaite won from Robin Newbold narrowly at Carsington where we had 17 entries and light and fickle winds. At Marconi we had 16 entries and strong winds and it was a local trio of David Ball, Peter Tovey and Jenny Ball who took the honours leaving the travellers struggling for the minor places. The Open Dinghy Club at Angmering was our smallest event with just 10 entries but it is a nice relaxing venue and Erling Holmberg took first place from the local, Chris Ricard, and Gordon Goldstone took third place. Kevin Dutch stole the show at Seasalter with a masterful performance in Sport mode. Kevin has been recently grounded by the arrival of a baby daughter but he promises to be back in the fray next year. There were 18 entries at Seasalter and the northern contingent of Charles Watson and Ben Tunnacliffe muscled their way to second and third places. This was despite the Tunnacliffs leading the locals astray with a late night drinking session until 5am Sunday morning.

Sadly we did not get enough entries sailing Sport mode to present the Sportster Traveller Cup.
We now look forward to the winter series of one day races which kicks off on 7 November at Stewartby. The teams of Draycote and Carsington are looking forward to their interclub contest. Last year they both seemed to think that they had won I wonder if someone will document the rules this year?

Final Results Summary:

Overall TT Series Top 5 Places: 1st Charles Watson (Halifax Sailing Club) 9 Pts , 2nd Erling Holmberg (Shanklin Sailing Club) 11 Pts, 3rd Gordon Goldstone (Queen Mary Sailing Club) 19 Pts, 4th Keith Chidwick (Queen Mary Sailing Club) 26 Pts, 5th Howard Hawkes (Snettisham Beach SC) 32 Pts

Una and Two-Up Fleet Top 3 Places: 1st Charles Watson (Halifax Sailing Club) 8 Pts, 2nd Erling Holmberg (Shanklin Sailing Club) 10 Pts, 3rd Gordon Goldstone (Queen Mary Sailing Club) 18 Pts

Sport Fleet Top 3 Places: 1st George Love (Carsington Sailing Club) 17 Pts, 2nd Kevin Dutch (Seasalter Sailing Club) 17 Pts, 3rd Derek James (Draycote Water Sailing Club) 18 Pts

Southern Champion: Erling Holmberg (Shanklin Sailing Club)

Northern Champion: John Postlethwaite (Beaver Sailing Club)

Inland Champion: Brian Phipps (Restronguet Sailing Club)

Full Series Results are available here

Windsport Voucher Winners:

Voucher Winners by TT Event
Seasalter Sailing ClubGeorge Stephen15
"John Holmes10
"Andrew Carter5
Open Dinghy ClubErling Holmberg15
"Gordon Goldstone10
"Keith Chidwick5
Marconi Sailing ClubPeter Tovey15
"Erling Holmberg10
"Fenella Miller5
Carsington Sailing ClubRobin Newbold15
"Gordon Goldstone10
"John Postlethwaite5

Event Summaries:

Total Number of Individual Competitors who attended at least one event: 69

Event Attendance Summaries
TT EventNumber of Home CompetitorsNumber of TravellersNo. of Una or Two Up CompetitorsNo. of Sport Mode CompetitorsTotal Number of Competitors at Event
Seasalter Sailing Club10917219
Open Dinghy Club6410010
Marconi Sailing Club9716016
Carsington Sailing Club41317017
Grafham Water Sailing Club73135338

No. of Competitors From Each Club
Who Took Part In At Least 1 Event
ClubNumber of Competitors
Beaver Sailing Club6
Carsington Sailing Club4
Colne Yacht Club1
Draycote Water Sailing Club3
Grafham Water Sailing Club7
Halifax Sailing Club4
Hollowell Sailing Club1
Island Yacht Club1
Marconi Sailing Club10
Netley Sailing Club1
Open Dinghy Club6
Oxford Sailing Club1
Queen Mary Sailing Club4
Restronguet Sailing Club1
Rutland Water Sailing Club1
Seasalter Sailing Club10
Shanklin Sailing Club2
Snettisham Beach SC1
Thorpe Bay Yacht Club1
Whitstable Yacht Club1
Charles Watson - Overall Summer TT Winner

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