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Topper North East Traveller at Pennine Sailing Club

By Ian Escritt on 2 Oct 2011 1 October 2011
Photos © Ian Escritt
Toppers at Pennine
Toppers at Pennine

What a scorcher!

October on top of the Yorkshire Pennines is normally when the locals break out the dry suits, but not this time. Competitors were greeted by 27 degrees centigrade and wind ranging from 7 to 15 mph, so it was sun cream and shorties all round for the twenty two sailors.

At the start of race one a good 12mph breeze was blowing across the course and it was James McKenzie (Yorkshire Dales) who got the perfect start and first beat to lead from Tom Clayton (Scaling Dam), Ellie Brown (North Lincs). James looked to be extending into a sizeable lead until he sailed the wrong course letting the rest of the fleet through. Tom sailed away to win but second place was a great battle between Ellie, Joe Henderson (Derwent Res), and Callum Escritt (Yorkshire Dales). Callum just squeezed out Joe by less than a couple of seconds with Isaac Marsh (Scammonden) making a late charge into fourth. The fleet sailed ashore for lunch and a sun screen top up.

The race officer set a pin end bias line for race two catching out a few people who couldn’t cross the line on starboard. Ellie Brown led around the windward buoy followed by Joe Henderson and the chasing pack. Tom Clayton found the conditions to his liking and hit the front to win from Joe and Ellie. At this point Tom believed the event was his, but unfortunately for him everyone bar local sailor Harry Cappleman (well done Harry)! had rounded the leeward buoy incorrectly and were disqualified. With everything to play for race three was a thriller. Callum Escritt made the most of a good start and first beat to lead for all six laps, but the result wasn’t secure as Joe and Tom pressed hard to the finish.

Overall Callum won his first Topper open from Tom, Joe, Isaac and first girl Ellie.

Tom now leads the series due to Luke Cowling not attending due to injury (get better soon Luke). The final event will take place at Scaling Dam on the 15th of October where the series winner will be decided.

Overall Results:

PosHelmSail NoClubR1R2R3Pts
1stCallum Escritt25323York Dales2(DNF)13
2ndTom Clayton45022Scaling Dam1(DNF)34
3rdJoe Henderson45197Sunderland3(DNF)25
4thIsaac Marsh46148Scammonden4(DNF)48
5thEllie Brown45708N Lincs5(DNF)611
6thSimon Weatherspoon46970Derwent8(DNF)513
7thFaye Wright45471Sunderland6(DNF)915
8thHarry Cappleman33729Pennine-1511516
9thGeorgie McKenzie45326York Dales10(DNF)717
10thJames McKenzie45765York Dales9(DNF)817
11thEllie Smith42115Beaver7(DNF)1118
12thOliver Blackburn43712Pennine12(DNF)1022
13thRebecca Tenney46388Pennine11(DNF)1223
14thChris Speddings35947Pennine14(DNF)1327
15thJames Tulley41894York Dales13(DNF)1427
16thHarriet Lee27898Yeadon16(DNF)DNC39
17thBram Hollingsworth33844N Lincs(DNF)DNFDNC46
17thJan Hollingsworth8N Lincs(DNF)DNFDNC46
17thFinlay Brechin44851Derwent(DNF)DNFDNC46
17thMeghan Senior32154Pennine(DNF)DNFDNC46
17thImogen Van Ruiten32147Pennine(DNF)DNFDNC46
17thCharlotte Stewart44683Pennine(DNF)DNFDNC46
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