23 August, 2016

Phantom open

This year also counted towards the Phantom class’s national Grand Prix series. 10 helms enjoyed three races on Saturday. Local Steve Popple won races 1 & 2 in champagne force 4 conditions.  Race 3 in progressively lighter conditions favoured local veteran Ivan Walsh who having nailed the start  bagged  his first open meeting race win. Consistently low scores by Chris Shelton & Richard Simms kept them in contention overnight.

Popular class stalwarts Titch & Viv arrived during the afternoon to initiate proceedings which kept Tyler & Lisa behind the bar fully employed thus ensuring a healthy profit !!

Grateful sailors tucked into bangers, mash & beans during the evening courtesy of the two Mandys.

Overnight winds increased creating typical Shoreham conditions. Titch easily won race 4 held in a held in a rising force 5 followed by Gareth Griffiths & Steve Popple. Toe strap failure immediately followed by an Olympic standard back flip meant Walsh finished 6th.

Race Officer Phil Ayton & his excellent team wisely decided to cancel race 6 due the deteriorating conditions.

Steve Popple retained his overnight lead with Ivan Walsh runner up & Richard Simms third overall.

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