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Eastern Series Dates 2016

2nd April — Fishers Green
21st - 22nd May — Smugglers at Royal Harwich (Eastern Champs)
4th - 5th June — Creeksea Grand Prix event
15th - 16th July — Stone
15th - 16th October — Alton Water

Phantom Grand Prix Dates 2016

16th - 17th April - North - Leigh & Lowton
4th - 5th June - East - Creeksea
9th - 10th July - South -  Shoreham
2nd - 4th September - Nationals - South Shields
8th - 9th October - Midlands - Shustoke SC
5th - 6th November - Ovington Inlands - Grafham

2015 Phantom National Championships - Minnis Bay Sailing Club

Entry for the 2015 National Championships is now available.

Phantom Nationals 2015 NofR

Entry Form 2015

Entry this year is £130, with a £30 discount if paid before 23rd August.  The entry fee will get you three full days of sailing, Breakfast Bap and hot drink on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Evening Meal on Friday and Saturday and Nationals Event T Shirt (only for entries before 23rd August).


“As Last Race Winner Sullivan Takes The Spoils”

By Warren Martin and Ian Sullivan

The Spinlock Phantom Grand Prix series supported by JJ Boats and Allen Brothers moved to Walton & Frinton Yacht Club in the heart of the beautiful backwaters of Swallows and Amazons fame.  The 17 assembled phantom sailors had things other than exploring the muddy creeks and tributaries on their mind (though some became a little more familiar with them than they would have liked).

Saturday dawned fine and bright with a good 15 knot breeze.  The Race Officers Chris Brooke and John Sewell planned an Olympic triangle/sausage course in Hamford Water in champagne sailing conditions.  Race 1 had a clear start and Matt House showed how consistent he was going to be staying clear of the chasing Daren Pike and Ian Sullivan to take the win.  Places within the mid fleet changed regularly with Pete Shuttleworth and Phil Longley leading the rest home.

Race 2 - After a delay to allow the Race Committee to reset the course after a wind shift, Matt and his Alton Water sparring partner Bob Portway reacquainted themselves with the latter taking the win after a closely fought battle.  In the increasing wind the mid fleet positions had the added excitement of the odd capsize non more critical than Pete Shuttleworth who’s inadvert swim just before the finish gave Martin Jenkins the starboard advantage over Warren Martin allowing him to squeeze by.  A little further back, the classic woody sisterships of Simon Hipkin and Dale Jones were proving that well sailed phantoms of any description can provide competitive racing when in big fleets.

Race 3 was to be a beat to the windward mark followed by a reach to a spreader mark off Stone Point at the entrance to the river and a drag race back to the club against the wind and tide.  Matt House pulled off a great port tack start and was away opening up a big lead at the turn for home.  Unfortunately for him Ian Sullivan reveled in such conditions performing a ‘slow death’ by cutting Matt’s lead bit by bit on every tack and taking the lead with only 150 yards to go.  The rest of the fleet tacked back and forth against the fast flowing and rapidly draining river adding extra motivation to keep going or it would be a long walk home.  Daren Pike, Paul Church and Bob Portway rounded out the top five.

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