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Schools Sailing Championships at Itchenor Sailing Club

by David Priscott on 6 Jul 2009 2-3 July 2009
Racing during the Schools Sailing Championships at Itchenor © David Priscott

For over 50 years Itchenor Sailing Club has hosted the annual Schools Sailing Championships. This year’s event proved to be as enjoyable and as competitive as ever with 58 sailors from 15 schools taking part. In the early years the Firefly was the dinghy of choice. Nowadays schools have the choice of entering either Fireflys or 420s.

Competitors experienced a range of conditions in Chichester Harbour with clear blue skis throughout. Thursday’s racing started in light variable airs with a more consistent breeze developing after midday. On Friday a stronger wind provided more challenging conditions for the fleet.

The format of the championships sees the fleets divided after the first day with the top boats competing for one trophy and the lower half another. In the Fireflies the top boats compete for the Gavin Anderson Tray and Sevenoaks dominated taking the top three places. Georgia Trapp and Camilla Pudney vied for top place with Lawrence Gibbons and Henry Forward throughout the series with the girls edging out the boys with six wins to four. Lucy Harris and Imogen Palmer scored consistently to take third place.

The Nick Prosser trophy for the lower fleet was won by the Tonbridge boat of Alex Frankling and Henry Carr.

With the same format in the 420s it was another close contest for top spot. The Bedales crew of Izzy and Ed Fitzgerald scored most first places but a couple of poor results and a disqualification caused them to slip to third place behind the more consistent Hugo Sloper and Charlie Hartley from Charterhouse, whose scoring was never out of the top three, and Tonbridge’s Edward Burrows and Patrick Liddicoat with another set of high scoring results.

The top 420 all girl crew of Hannah Goldsmith and Alexandre Pye came from King’s School, Canterbury and was awarded the Astral Cup.

The 420 lower fleet competed for the BSDRA trophy and the Tonbridge crew – Alex Buck and James Wicheloe - were the winners by one point from James Jenkins and Harry Saunders of Sherbourne with Downside’s William Omerod and Oliver thickness third.

Whilst the competitor’s main objective was the racing, useful training sessions led by Itchenor Club members sharpened the skills and the evening and lunchtime socialising was enjoyed by all.

Overall Results:

PosSchoolHelm & Crew
Sir Richard Fairley Challenge Trophy – 420
1CharterhouseHugo Sloper & Charlie Hartley
2TonbridgeEdward Burrows & Patrick Liddicoat
3BedalesIzzy & Ed Fitzgerald
Astral Cup – 1st all girl crew 420
1King’s CanterburyHannah Goldsmith & Alexandra Pye
BSDRA Trophy – 420 lower fleet
1TonbridgeAlex Buck & James Wicheloe
2SherbourneJames Jenkins & Harry Saunders
3DownsideWilliam Omerod & Oliver Thickness
Gavin Anderson Tray - Firefly
1SevenoaksGeorgia Trapp & Camilla Pudney
2SevenoaksLawrence Gibbons & Henry Forward
3SevenoaksLucy Harris & Imogen Palmer
Nick Prosser Trophy – Firefly lower fleet
1TonbridgeAlex Frankling & Henry Carr
2TonbridgeTom Watkins & Oliver Bussell
3TonbridgeEdward Halsor & George Collins

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