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Optimum Time Watches Phantom Southern Travellers race report and results for Round 4 at Lee on Solent SC 6th and 7th of May 2017 by Jon Cooper

The Southern fleet headed to Lee on Solent for the 4th open in the SW traveller series.
On Saturday Simon Hawkes ran some excellent training for half a dozen of us, he was given a high tech video camera off Gordon which captured some good videos of us all sailing, and also some fantastic shots of him “air humping” when the camera was put down and left on by mistake! All of the trainees benefited from the on the water coaching, some real improvements were made by all.

Sunday – Race Day!
We were greeted with Bacon butties, no waves and fickle wind. A good turnout of boats made for an exciting day ahead.

After a short briefing everyone rigged and headed out for 4 back to back races.

Race 1
The first race of the day started with multiple premature starters, everyone was quickly brought back via a general recall.
On the second start those that started at the lower end of the line had a good advantage, they were in the favorable tide and closer to the first mark!
The fleet headed out to the wing mark on a very broad reach. Jon Cooper, Mike Tustin and Rob Starling appeared to be in a good position, but the tide proved to be a cruel beast with Jon being pushed into the wing mark (Mike and Rob managed to squeeze round). Nick (Slow) Orman and Ben Falat’s experience showed with the pair of them leaving adequate space for tidal movement!
Nick and Ben tussled all the way round, but Nick came out on top in the end (this was the theme for the rest of the day). For others in the fleet the shifty wind and tide made for a difficult race with positions changing all the time.

Optimum Time Watches Phantom Southern Travellers Round 4 at Lee on Solent SC 6th May Training and 7th May Open

The plan is for Simon Hawkes to run Phantom training on Saturday afternoon and to have boats rigged for 1.30 and go through set up sail shape etc etc and then some on the water coaching.
Sunday 4 races back to back from the club line 10.30 first start in what looks like a good wind forecast at the moment.
Simon Hawkes has 2 Phantom open wins under his belt this year but we have a new kid on the block now in the shape of Ian Stewart from Salcombe SC Who won the Frensham Phantom open last week in the latest boat number 1452 that son Jamie has modified with a lower cockpit for ease of getting under the boom. Beautiful job too. A new Phantom fleet is building in Salcombe so we could well be there next year with an open meeting. With Nick Orman due to attend Lee on Solent it could be fun at the front !!
As with all fleets, races within races and rivalries will ensue and a good turnout is expected to support this new Phantom venue...
See you on the start line

Optimum Time Watches Phantom Southern Travellers race report and results for Round 3 at Frensham Pond SC 23rd April 2017 by Jeremy Hudson

…. And so to the 2017 edition of hard fought racing for the very prestigious Frensham Phantom Pie Platter ….  The forecast was not good and perhaps put a few off attending with very variable wind strengths depending upon the source … the only thing in agreement was a SW wind direction and as it happened that was about the only direction we did not get!!
Despite the dire forecast, 6 visitors joined 5 home boats and in between drifting managed to get in 4 reasonable races with even the occasional spot of hiking and planning witnessed.
Some of the key highlights included:
Ivan Walsh obviously still a little overconfident from winning the series last year deciding that he only needed to show up to the start area with a minute to go.
Simon (00 something) Bond capsizing in a momentous gust of around 4 knots in between race 2 and 3.
The appearance of a new trend in wooden booms on a brand new boat which won 3 races! The boom apparently being multi-purpose with a Salcombe Yawl as they are the same length!  Not sure where you buy them from but they clearly work so there may be a rush of orders …. Although we were advised that they are a bit hard on the head!
The phantom WAGS, who enjoyed a lovely walk around the lake with its beautiful scenic Surrey countryside and witnessing all the ungentlemanly behavior on the water from various angles! (not really in the friendly Phantom fleet  ).
Numerous calls for Mast Abeam, showing the age and current rule knowledge of some of the participants!

Optimum Time Watches Phantom Southern Travellers Round 3 at Frensham Pond SC Saturday 23rd of April

The forecast is thankfully calmer than last year and the lighter winds might even give us a chance to halt the excellent run of series wins by Super Simon Hawkes !! Another fairly central location at a very welcoming club.

Briefing: 1015
Phantom Prep: 1055
Phantom first start : 1100

Schedule of races: 4 – 2 back to back in the morning, lunch, then 2 back to back in the afternoon. Three results to count. The first and last races will be simpler and shorter than the other two.
Entry fee: Phantoms £10.

Bacon butties and coffee served from 0915, lunch available.
Frensham free tea.
Plenty of parking, easy launching off jetties.

Sailing Instructions available on the day

Come and have some fun at Frensham

Optimum Time Watches Phantom Southern Travellers race report and results for Round 2 at Island Barn SC

The forecast of strong winds did not put off 18 sailors for round 2 of the travellers series. One rigged then thought better of it so 17 started the first race, not all finished. After 2 races we enjoyed a choice of hot lunches and a few decided to stay on dry land as the wind increased.
The race officer had a good day getting all four races completed and a great course set. The support boats were kept busy with Phantom and Aero swimmers all day.
Simon Hawkes and Mike Tustin were tussling all day up the front of the race with Simon clinching overall after a count back. Thats the first 2 opens to Simon who will be looking to defend his Frensham title from last year in round 3 on 23rd April.

1st   Phantom   Phantom   14   Wimbleball SC   Simon Hawkes
2nd   Phantom   Phantom   1438   Bowmoor SC    MikeTustin
3rd   Phantom   Phantom   1414   Shoreham         Steve Popple
4th   Phantom   Phantom   1419   Wimbleball SC   Paul Birbeck
5th   Phantom   Phantom   1386   Island Barn SC    Nick Mason
6th   Phantom   Phantom   1351   Island Barn SC   John Oldham
7th   Phantom   Phantom   1300   Shoreham SC   Ivan Walsh
8th   Phantom   Phantom   1289   Island Barn SC   Richard Barker
9th   Phantom   Phantom   1320   Creeksea SC   Roger Smith
10th   Phantom   Phantom   1   Minnis Bay SC   Clive Morley
11th   Phantom   Phantom   1443   Stone SC   Phil Longley
12th   Phantom   Phantom   12   Bowmoor SC    Olly Hopkins
13th   Phantom   Phantom   1256   Creeksea SC    Eric Howe
14th   Phantom   Phantom   1451   Tenby SC   Jon Nuttall
15th   Phantom   Phantom   1408   Island Barn SC Thomas Alex Dawson
16th   Phantom   Phantom   1167   Broadwater SC  Dave Patrick
16th   Phantom   Phantom   1184   Creeksea SC   Graham Dale-Jones

Optimum Time Watches Phantom Southern Travellers Round 2 at Island Barn SC Saturday 25th of March

After licking our wounds from the Wimbleball open and Beastie last week we head off to Island Barn SC for the second Phantom open of the new season, for a joint event with our rivals in the Eastern region. This is very central and a good turn out is expected with many coming up from the south west for the challenge. The forecast is looking a bit calmer than last week I'm pleased to say...

Briefing is at 10.30 and first race at 11.00 with 2 races in the morning and 2 races after lunch.
Cost is £15 to include post racing cream tea
Full details at http://www.islandbarn.org.uk

Optimum Time Watches Phantom Southern Travellers at Wimbleball Sailing Club

Optimum Time Watches Phantom Southern Travellers at Wimbleball Sailing Club

The 'Paunch was Launched'

The forecast had been looking fierce all week but on the day looking from the Clubhouse across the course it looked a bit gusty but nothing outstanding.

A gusty force 5 blowing from the west did not deter 9 fine specimens eager to start their 2017 Phantom Southern Series. With visitors from as far as Shoreham, Plymouth and Lee on Solent some had put in a great deal of effort to be there.

A strange correlation became apparent in that the further the competitor had travelled the less the "Paunch" label could be applied, although most that attended as you expect sailing were of some stature.

A guest appearance from a previous National Champion Mr Tyler Harmsworth caused a buzz in the dinghy park but he decided to save himself for the Beasty in a Phantom the following day.

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