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The Junior Regatta took place this year on Frid 3rd Aug, on a beautifully sunny day with a gentle southerly breeze, an absolutely ideal day for the club’s youngsters to try their hand at Dinghy Racing.
The morning started, under the competent control of Migs, James R and Suzy Cooper on the bridge, with the All Comers Race, which had 14 entrants. The closely fought race, in light winds, resulted in a victory for Oliver Nisbet and Basti Pearce in a Hartley, with Annabelle Nash second in a Topper, and Sam Reynolds and Dhillon Nash third in a Feva.
The second race of the day was the annual Instructors Cup, where all the Dinghy Instructors from the recently completed RYA Courses pitted their skills against each other. The result of this titanic struggle was that Charlie Lewis won in a Feva, closely followed by Rachael Mellor who was second in a Topper, and Hannah Kunert and Olly Sarginson who were third in a Hartley.
The amazing thing about this race was that all the competitors, the Instructors, did a coordinated capsize on the 1 minute gun, but of course they were all up again and raring to go in plenty of time for the starting gun. T they each individually capsized again immediately after they had crossed the finishing line. What a wonderful demonstration of their skills, and what fun for the watching youngsters.
And the final race before lunch was the Single Handed Race, where an amazing 19 helmsmen and helmswomen signed in for the race. The closely fought race ended with Annabelle Nash winning in her Topper, with Matilda Fidel second in a Feva, and Josh O’Connell third in a Hartley.
And so lunch was taken, superbly provided by Helen, Jill, Sjoerd, Linda, and Alice, before everyone honed their competitive skills ready for the afternoon competitions.
The first 3 races in the afternoon were the Under 17’s, followed 5 mins later by the Under 14’s, and the Under 12’s a further 5mins after that. So the 3 races resulted in 17 dinghies on the water at the same time, all sailing round the course marked by the huge yellow buoys.
The U 17 race saw Louis Sidebottom and Henry winning in an RS Topaz, with Louis Tomlinson second in a Laser, and Hugo Lewis third in a Topper.
The U 14 race saw Annabelle Cox win in her Topper
And the U 12 race saw Archie and Phoebe Lord triumph in a Feva, with Imogen Crossfield and Emily Cutler second also in a Feva., and Rosie Cox third in a Topper
The final race of the day was the Parents Race which attracted 15 entrants. The race was won by Louis Tomlinson in an RS Vision, crewed by his Dad, Neil, with Dylan Nash second in a Feva, crewed by his Dad, Tom, and Rachael Mellor third in a Hartley, crewed by Rosie Cox. Interestingly the fourth boat was only 1 second behind and this was Sam Nisbet in a Mirror, crewed by his Granny Suki Pearce.
And so the day ended with a Prizegiving Ceremony where sweets, chocolates and other similar prizes were given to the first three in every race. The Commodore however reminded everyone that their actual club trophies would be presented at the Laying Up Supper on Sat 27th Oct, and he hoped that as many as possible would be able to attend and receive their trophies in person.
The Commodore also thanked all the Officers of the Day on the Bridge, together with the Safety Boat crews for all their efforts. He also thanked Helen and the others in the Galley for a great lunch, and of course everyone who had come to either take part in the day, or to support from the shore. A wonderful day had been had by everyone. Well done !
Commodore Jonnie Howard