43 Dart 18’s ( biggest turnout for ages) braved the Bank Holiday Traffic to attend the second Travellers Trophy event of the year at Stokes Bay Sailing Club. The numbers were reinforced by a welcome return to the circuit by Worthing Sailing Club who brought along seven boats. Those who arrived on Friday held an impromptu pre event party so had hangovers even before Race One.
Saturday dawned windless allowing time to rig up, tune up and chat in some sunshine. It also allows time for Jenn Donovan to panic when her sailing bag with all her sailing and party clothes, UKIDA laptop and her MA dissertation went missing from the ladies changing room. She was not happy until her bag was returned to her having mysteriously appeared in the gents changing room. Luckily it was easy to identify as it had some unique kit in it not normally found in the gents in the form of a hairdryer and a comprehensive range of lotions and potions.
Early afternoon Race Officer Carl Downing got a course set with a long beat against the tide. The boats that started well were at the pin end and had kept close to the line before the start. The wind died mid race meaning 12 boats could not finish and that many who had finished had had an interesting time travelling the 20 metres from the gate to the finish on what was theoretically a reach
Saturday night was the normal quiet Dart social enlivened by the band Ubermeister who got all the school girls and boys and teachers (It was fancy dress) dancing. Luke Scott and Ian Akhurst had come in drag as Bananarama having been told it was an eighties theme as had Ian’s daughter Tory who came allegedly wearing mums old kit as a punk. David Lloyd was of course a headmaster with a cane and Dan Teubert came with a felt tip pen which he used to add increasingly rude messages to people’s shirts as the night went on. The party was in fact attended by a real school girl as Simon Drewsbury, still reeling from probably his worst ever Dart result having not even reached the windward mark, brought his daughter.
Unfortunately for some the party continued in tent city after the bar shut the excuse being Katy Phipps birthday next day. Happy returns were also due to Andy McQueen but more sensibly he kept this fact quiet. It is not clear if the party animals disturbed the circus that turned up in the early hours or vice versa but initially there was much excitement as people thought they may be another form of travelling folks. Poor Mark Robson whose car was right by the entry to the field was rudely awakened and forced to move his car to a safer location.
Day Two no wind am so racing began early afternoon allowing hangovers to disperse and a review of old Dart magazines bringing back memories and showing many faces in a less wrinkled format. It must be said the Cornish contingent probably looked and felt worst with Dan and Katy resorting to a little snooze on the trampoline. Paul Craft more constructively spent the morning measuring up boats and then trying to set his up to match. Not easy when everyone does it differently but he seemed pleased with the light wind settings that he acquired. Shame it blew up on the water!
Just as forecast the wind arrived early afternoon having been visible at each end of the Solent for some time. Again windward leeward courses were set with the beat against the tide. Race Two There was much competition for the Committee boat end allowing an early tack for the shore and a bit of tacking up the shoreline obeying, not!!!!, the 50metre rule prior to tacking out into the fast flowing river mid channel. The wind did its disappearing act just before most boats got to the mark really shafting Paul Grattage who not only had to tack to get round but then hit the mark requiring turns. The finish was déjà vue for some with the reach from the gate to the finish being a fetch at best. Poor Dan whose head was still elsewhere managed to do a port starboard thing that caused him to lose both his dignity and many places.
Post a bit of waiting around and course shifting Race Three began and the wind picked up allowing some Teams to trapeze. Inshore still seemed to be the way to go but the gains were lessening as the tide slackened off. More waiting around and then Race Four and Five with more of the same but the wind increased allowing all the Teams to trapeze and bash their way through the ever increasing chop. Couple of bumps and bangs one of which was caused by a competitor who should know better that I promised Knott to name. Starting was more interesting and inshore did not always pay. To no ones surprise the black flag had an airing following one especially hairy start with the lead boats all reaching down the line at full tilt.
Apart from Race One all the normal faces at the top of the fleet with local boats dominating. Dan Norman and Jenni Donovan had the unusual experience of seeing boats ahead of them and Julian Pickering crewed by daughter Yvonne had their best result ever in Race. Four narrowly missing out on a top ten finish.
The winners were Dave and Louise Roberts with Matt and Jakob Exon justifying the long trip down from Bridlington by coming second, Ciderless Paul Chatfield sailing single handed third, David Lloyd and Joanna Trafford fourth, Paul Grattage, who as per normal had sailed to the event, fifth and Dan Teubert and Katy Phipps from Restronguet sixth.
Thanks to the event sponsors Mills And Bann Solicitors, Windsor Carpentry and Joinery, Andark and Nigel Palmar and Windsport who provided excellent event support and on the water entertainment when Katy started singing. Finally many thanks to fleet captain Marco Manganelli who, having been left to get on with it by the rest of the home fleet do so b@@@@y well.
Roll on the next TT at the Isle Of Sheppey and the 2016 Stokes Bay Dart 18 Nationals which will be an event not to be missed
David Groom Dart 18 7523
|Rank||Sail No||Bow||Helm||Crew||Club||Race_1||Race_2||Race_3||Race_4||Race_5||Nt Pts|
|1||7835||29||Dave Roberts||Louise Roberts||Stokes Bay SC||1||(2)||2||1||1||5|
|2||7685||38||Mat Exon||Jakob Exon||Bridlington YC||(6)||1||1||4||2||8|
|3||7978||13||Paul Chatfield||Stokes Bay SC||2||3||3||2||(44/DNC)||10|
|4||7711||37||David Lloyd||Joanna Trafford||Stokes Bay SC||3||5||(9)||6||4||18|
|5||6001||43||Paul Grattage||Stokes Bay SC||5||(11)||4||7||7||23|
|6||6437||30||Dan Teubert||Katy Phipps||Restronguet SC||8||(26)||8||5||3||24|
|7||7961||17||Marco Manganelli||Rachel Foster||Stokes Bay SC||4||4||(11)||10||6||24|
|8||7513||40||Dan Kilsby||Jenny Kilsby||Stokes Bay SC||11||6||10||(18)||10||37|
|9||7923||9||Des Barnes||Bridlington YC||13||(24)||5||8||13||39|
|10||6473||11||Andy Kelley||Liz McClure||Stokes Bay SC||9||8||(22)||9||14||40|
|11||7945||1||Dan Norman||Jenni Donovan||Isle of Sheppey SC||12||10||14||(16)||5||41|
|12||7248||19||Andy McQueen||Stokes Bay SC||(24)||7||7||19||8||41|
|13||7973||34||Simon Moruzzi||Hayley Smith||Dee SC||(26)||22||12||3||12||49|
|14||7964||31||Mike Gomme||Sara Stone||Runswick Bay||7||16||(17)||17||11||51|
|15||7959||15||Michael Jones||Alyesha Franks||Netley SC||17||12||20||(21)||9||58|
|16||7673||42||Simon Dewsbury||Kate Winter||Stokes Bay SC||(44/DNF)||23||6||15||16||60|
|17||4293||12||Darren Wood||Tracey-Ann Wood||Island SC||21||(36)||16||11||17||65|
|18||7962||4||Mark Robson||Kerra Pearce||Isle of Sheppey SC||14||18||(25)||22||15||69|
|19||7894||25||Joe Franks||Harriet Franks||Bridlington YC||29||17||13||12||(44/BFD)||71|
|20||4684||8||Tom Parker||Netley SC||19||13||18||26||(44/DNF)||76|
|21||6803||32||Sarah Knott||Sue Nelson||Stokes Bay SC||10||9||19||(44/DNF)||44/DNC||82|
|22||7737||16||Andy Robinson||David Saunders||Felixstowe Ferry SC||23||(29)||26||20||20||89|
|23||7706||27||Shane Keen||Jill Andrews||Worthing SC||27||(33)||23||23||18||91|
|24||7969||2||Adrian Parsons||Mark Stones||Datchet Water SC||20||(31)||21||28||25||94|
|25||7770||18||Gary Piper||Stokes Bay SC||(28)||20||27||24||23||94|
|26||7523||23||David Groom||Celina Groom||Netley SC||15||25||30||25||(44/DNC)||95|
|27||88||3||Robby-Jon Garcka||Abbey Jupp||Worthing SC||(44/DNF)||15||24||14||44/BFD||97|
|28||8||35||Joffan Garcka||Elodle Garcka||Worthing SC||25||14||15||(44/DNC)||44/DNC||98|
|29||7325||5||Garry Jennings||Karen Raymont||North Devon YC||(31)||19||31||31||19||100|
|30||7703||36||Julian Pickering||Yvonne Pickering||Homeless||(44/DNF)||38||29||13||21||101|
|31||1361||10||Caleb Cooper||Matthew Cooper||Worthing SC||22||21||33||29||(44/BFD)||105|
|32||6457||21||Paul Craft||Dess Craft||Worthing SC||(30)||30||28||27||22||107|
|33||7341||17||Andrew Mills||Stokes Bay SC||18||27||36||(44/DNC)||44/DNC||125|
|34||5505||7||Patrick Palmer||Imogen Palmer||Worthing SC||16||37||40||35||(44/DNC)||128|
|35||7349||6||Nigel Jupp||Worthing SC||(44/DNF)||40||35||30||24||129|
|36||7709||14||Nigel Palmer||Giles Fletcher||Stokes Bay SC||(44/DNF)||35||39||32||26||132|
|37||5769||22||Shaun Devoto||Stokes Bay SC||(44/DNF)||32||37||33||44/DNC||146|
|38||7512||39||Kamil Bartusiak||Weston SC||(44/DNF)||34||34||34||44/DNC||146|
|39||7119||24||Luke Scott||Ian Akhurst||Netley SC||(44/DNF)||28||32||44/DNC||44/DNC||148|
|40||7784||26||Mark Benger||Stokes Bay SC||(44/DNF)||39||38||36||44/DNC||157|
|41||6875||20||Mark Holmes||Lynda Reed||Stokes Bay SC||(44/DNF)||44/DNC||41||44/DNC||44/DNC||173|
|42=||7532||28||Mike Footer||Bryan Hammond||Weston SC||(44/DNF)||44/DNF||44/DNC||44/DNC||44/DNC||176|
|42=||7714||41||Sean O’Connor||Helen Jones||Weston SC||(44/DNF)||44/DNC||44/DNC||44/DNC||44/DNC||176|