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2018 Results

The 2018 Travellers Series consists of 6 events with 4 to count. With 3 events remaining, you've got to be in it to win it!

Sail No.HelmClub Llandudno Felpham Glossop PointsPosition
436Peter FiskLlandudno444121
458Kevin ClarkDelph526132
456Martin TubbLeigh & Lowton673163
455Kathryn ClarkDelph855184
440Paul NixGlossop72235
432Kathryn SmithGlossop1296
428Mitchell CampbellFelpham1297
459Christian SmartPembrokeshire YC1298
415Stefan SmartPembrokeshire YC2309
419Jack TurnbullRedoubt33110
438Ross PrytherchPembrokeshire YC33111
431Tony LordFelpham63412
447Ian RamseyPort Dinorwic93713

Glossop

Four visitors joined the local Solution fleet at Glossop for a singlehanded open meeting with the Supernova and Laser classes. It was a hot and sunny day with a westerly force 3, and according to the PRO the best conditions they’ve had in a long time.

Race 1 made the best of the day’s breeze with a course using pretty much the full length of Torside reservoir, with a long beat towards the dam and a series of off wind legs down to the leeward mark near the club house. I’m not sure if it made any difference, but Martin Tubb started at the committee boat end and led for the first lap. Thankfully the Supernovas weren’t far ahead, making the course easy to follow. It was quickly clear that there were huge gains and losses to be made on the upwind leg and local duo Kathryn Smith and Paul Nix pulled through on the second of three laps to take the top spots, with Martin hanging onto third ahead of Kathryn Clark.

The galley put on an excellent spread for lunch, which Kevin Clark claimed was one of the best he’d had at a sailing club, and that was before he’d even got to the cakes.

Race 2 got underway with slightly less breeze but some significant gusts. Paul and Kathryn Smith once again took the lead, with Kathryn Clark and Peter Fisk initially leading the chase. Kevin and Martin got past Kathryn Clark on lap 2. On the third lap Peter was unlucky to sail into a hole a few boat lengths shy of the windward mark allowing Martin and Kevin through, before Kevin had an uncharacteristic capsize at the gybe mark letting Peter slip back into 4th place. Paul took the win ahead of club mate Kathryn Smith.

The third and final race was back to back and it was a contest between Kathryn Smith and Paul who both had a 1st and 2nd place. In the dying breeze, Paul led with Kathryn in hot pursuit. Martin wasn’t far behind, and thought he might have a chance of getting past when they had a downwind luffing contest, however it wasn’t to be, and Kathryn pulled ahead of Paul to take victory and with it won the event. Martin came home in a consistent third place while Peter tacked up to the committee boat end of the line to take 4th, just ahead of Kevin.

This was the first inland open for the Solutions this year, having previously raced at Llandudno and Felpham, and for the next open we’re back on the salty stuff for the Nationals at Pembrokeshire YC.

PositionSail No.HelmClubPoints
1432Kathryn SmithGlossop2
2440Paul NixGlossop3
3456Martin TubbLeigh & Lowton6
4436Peter FiskLlandudno8
5455Kathryn ClarkDelph10
6458Kevin ClarkDelph10

Full results

Report: Martin Tubb

Felpham

Round 2 of the Solution Travellers Trophy was held on 23/24 June at Felpham SC. A civilised 2pm start on Saturday allowed plenty of time for boat fettling while the sea breeze built.

In Race 1, Kevin Clark was uncharacteristically keen on the start line and found himself called back, only to regret the time spent tuning Jack Turnbull’s rig as Jack sailed into a commanding lead. Kevin managed to pull his way back up to second place but was unable to catch Jack. Martin Tubb held onto 3rd. Race 2 saw Kevin get away with a clean start and hang onto the lead while it was Jack’s turn to take second. Martin once again held 3rd.

Sunday dawned with the much promised lighter airs which brought Mitchell Campbell and Peter Fisk into the mix at the front end of the fleet, taking 1st and 2nd respectively in Race 3. Jack Turnbull followed in 3rd. In Race 4, Kevin Clark managed to finish ahead of Mitchell Campbell in 2nd and Tony Lord, having listened closely to the advice he was given on Saturday night, came home in 3rd.

There was a bit of head-scratching going on during the lunch break as Jack tried to work out where he would finish if he stayed on shore to watch the England game. Having realised that it was all still to play for on the water and not so much on the pitch, the whole fleet went out for Race 5. Mitchell earned another 1st with Jack in 2nd and Kathryn Clark following behind in 3rd. As the wind dropped for Race 6, Kathryn got a cracking start and lead the fleet for 2 laps. Mitchell was close on her heels and engaged her in a tacking duel on the final beat. Luckily for Kathryn, it was a short beat so she held onto the lead to the finish. Jack took 3rd.

Thanks to Felpham SC for laying on wall-to-wall sunshine, a great party on Saturday night and fantastic sailing that saw every member of the fleet finish in the top 3 at some point. Mitchell Campbell took victory overall while Kevin Clark squeezed past Jack Turnbull on countback, to take 2nd and 3rd respectively.

PositionSail No.HelmClubPoints
1428Mitchell CampbellFelpham6
2458Kevin ClarkDelph8
3419Jack TurnballRedoubt8
4436Peter FiskLlandudno14
5455Kathryn ClarkDelph16
6431Tony LordFelpham17
7456Martin TubbLeigh & Lowton20

Report: Kathryn Clark
Photos:Toby Lloyd

Solutions at Felpham
Solutions at Felpham
Solutions at Felpham

Llandudno

A great time and racing was had by all the Solutions, who were joined by the Hornets and Scorpions for the Llandudno regatta. Despite arriving at the last minute on Saturday, the Smart brothers took 1st and 2nd, with Ross Prytherch making it a hat trick for PYC, with Peter Fisk completing the welsh domination.

Saturday was a light wind affair, but on Sunday the wind built through the day for some exciting sailing.

Saturday evening was spent in the club house drinking beer and playing various games like giant Jenga

PositionSail No.HelmClubPoints
1459Christian SmartPembrokeshire YC7
2405Stefan SmartPembrokeshire YC9
3438Ross PrytherchPembrokeshire YC16
4436Peter FiskLlandudno19
5458Kevin ClarkDelph26
6456Martin TubbLeigh & Lowton26
7440Paul NixGlossop SC26
8455Kathryn ClarkDelph33
9447Ian RamsayPort Dinorwic41

Full results

Report: Ross Prytherch
Photos:Sue Tubb

Solutions at Llandudno
Solutions at Llandudno
Solutions at Llandudno
Solutions at Llandudno