Shanklin Sailing Club took a team of nine boats to the Sprint 15 National championships in Netley last weekend. The Sprint 15 Nationals are one of the biggest contested catamaran Nationals in the UK with 61 entries this year. Seven races were planned over three days but due to failing wind on the second day only six races were completed.
The first day was held in force 3-4 winds with some strong squalls blowing through the course. Keith Newnham was lying in second place when he missed a toe strap and disappeared off the back of his boat snapping his tiller extension in the process. He had to retire and therefore use his only discard of the tournament. Geoff Howlett scored a 6th and a 10th on day one and Keith Newnham was 9th in his second race. Day 2 was much more successful for the team with Keith Newnham scoring a 2nd and a 6th and Simon and Lily Giles getting a 7th and 2nd. The final day saw some very fast and frantic racing, staying out of trouble was the key to success. In the final shake down Simon and Lily Giles became the new “2Up” National Champions, Stuart Pierce won the heavyweight competition and the team were runners up to Grafham Sailing Club.
Individual placings were: Erling Holmberg 7th, Geoff Howlett 9th, Keith Newnham 10th, Simon and Lily Giles 13th, Stuart Pierce 17th, John Shenton 35th, Stuart Dyer 43rd, Liam Thom 47th, Bob Baker 53rd.