Exciting conditions for last weekend's Phantom open meeting at Denver Sailing Club 13/4/06

The second Denver Sailing Club Phantom open meeting held on Sunday the 9 April, was preceded by a training day on the Saturday. Andy Elliot of Evolution Sailing and formally Red Eye Sails gave on, and off the water guidance on set up, trim and boat handling. This was challenging in the 20 knot gusts. There was also an opportunity to try the Solution, a new dinghy design aimed at the lighter Phantom sailor or heavier Laser sailor.

On Sunday the conditions moderated to 10-12 knots and 11 competitors took to the water. At the fist attempt the fleet was a little keen to be away and was brought back to try again. At the second time of asking they got away cleanly for the short fetch to the fist mark. Gordon Banning making the best start at the windward end of the line, closely followed by Andy Shipp. Andy was first to the first mark to start the mile and half run down river. First back up the beat was Simon Elliot with a closely following pack. In a remarkable turnaround after being eighth at the top mark, Jim Frost was first back up the river to win from Alistair Warren and Ian Miller.

After lunch the second race got away cleanly first time. The wind had dropped to less than 5 knots, Ian Miller and Dave Hawkins made the best start and were the first two round the first mark. The race was shortened after only one lap. Simon Elliot took the gun from Andy Shipp and Alistair Warren. Dave Hawkins was first home boat in 4th.

The third race was sailed back-to-back, with Gordon again making a good start, but was beaten to the first mark by Andy, who later was forced to retire. Gordon led after the first lap, but by the finish it was Simon Elliot who took his second gun of the day and the event. Second was Gordon Banning to take 5th overall and third was Jim Frost placing him in third overall.