Please select your home edition
Edition
Ovington Boats - VX One

Optimist North East Area Championships at Kielder Water Sailing Club

by Michelle Russell on 19 Jul 2014 12-13 July 2014
Optimist North East Area Championships at Kielder © KWSC

Kielder Water Sailing Club hosted the first ever Area Championships in the North East on 12/13 July 2014.

Eight races took place for the main fleet over the two days in very light shifting winds on a trapezoid course. At the end of the first day Luke Stewart, Kielder Water SC was in first place with Ben Russell, also from Kielder, one point behind in second. On the second day in even lighter winds Luke Stewart retained his first position.

However Ben dropped down to third place owing to Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club's Oscar Shilling becoming inspired having been beaten twice by his eight year old brother Seb on the previous day! All the sailors had been in the RYA North Zone Optimist squad and did incredibly well in the light conditions.

Meanwhile the regatta fleet, under the instruction of coach Pete Clayton, completed five races over the two days using the same trapezoid course on the inner loop. Three of the sailors had completed winter training with the North East Optimist Development Squad this year. They took the first three places; first Izzy Blake, Derwent Reservoir SC, second, Liam Boyce, Scaling Dam SC and third George Stewart, Kielder Water SC.

Three sailors from Kielder Water SC had only just learnt to sail this spring. Fin Wilkinson and Abi Cowley completed all the races finishing an impressive fourth and fifth respectively, whilst Victoria Connolly could only sail on the Sunday and came third in one of her races! Jonathan Dodd, who normally prefers windsurfing, was the only sailor to beat the overall winner, Izzy Blake from Derwent, with a first place in one of the races.

On Saturday evening there was a barbeque enjoyed by all, especially as the midgies stayed away! The sailors relaxed by making the current craze of loom band bracelets.

The championship was a great success and hopefully inspired the next generation of Optimist sailors in the region. One visiting parent said "KWSC ran a very impressive area championship with great race management and a brilliant atmosphere."

Thank you to all at KWSC who made this possible including Race Officer, Rob Shaw and Assistant Race Officer (also barbeque chef!) Ernie Bennett, who did a great job managing the thirteen races. They were aided by the safety boat crews who spent most of the two days moving the large orange marks with the shifting winds.

Julie Stewart and Alison Dodd in the galley provided delicious hot meals and breakfast on both days.

Hopefully this is the first of many successful North East Optimist Area Championships across the region where more sailors will enjoy racing each year.

Main Fleet Results:

1. Luke Stewart, KWSC
2. Oscar Shilling, DRSC
3. Ben Russell, KWSC
4. Harry Myers, DRSC
5. Seb Shilling, DRSC
6. Archie Dodd, KWSC
7. Patrick Beukenholdt, SDSC
8. Oliver Lovell, DRSC

Regatta Fleet Results:

1. Izzy Blake, DRSC
2. Liam Boyce, SDSC
3. George Stewart, KWSC
4. Fin Wilkinson, KWSC
5. Abi Cowley, KWSC
6. Jonathan Dodd, KWSC
7. Victoria Connolly, KWSC

Related Articles

Influx of Optis ready to race!
In ACT Optimist Championship at Canberra YC It is that time of year again when we see a mass migration of Optimist dinghies down the Hume Highway for the ACT Optimist Championship sailed annually from the Canberra Yacht Club on the last weekend in October. Posted on 19 Oct
Allen Academy Optimist
Continuing to support grass-roots sailing For the past 2 years Allen, the British sailing hardware manufacturer, has been supporting grass roots sailing by supplying an Ovington built Optimist to a budding young sailor and this year is no different. Posted on 12 Oct
Volvo Gill Optimist End of Seasons
More than 200 sailors compete in Weymouth More than 200 sailors competed in the IOCA UK Volvo Gill Optimist End of Season Championship at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. Posted on 10 Oct
Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championships overall
Several sailors catapulted up the results 132 entries from 16 countries battled it out over five days of racing this week in Hong Kong. Six qualifying races for the Yellow and Blue fleets were sailed on Monday and Tuesday, followed by the 2017 Asia & Oceanian Team Racing Championships. Posted on 6 Oct
Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championships day 4
Ideal conditions in Hong Kong There were ideal conditions today; sunny skies and 12 to 20kts across the racetrack. Coming into Day 4 of the Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championship, Thailand's Jedtavee Yongyuennarn, Turkey's Demir Dirk and Thailand's Panwa Boonnak were the top three. Posted on 5 Oct
Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championships day 3
Team China win the Team Racing The wind came out in force for day 3 of the Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championships for the 2017 Team Racing Championships. 16 teams were ranked in terms of points of their top four sailors after two days of racing where 6 races were completed. Posted on 4 Oct
Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championships day 2
Blue skies and a better than forecasted easterly breeze Day 2 of the Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championships saw blue skies and a better than forecasted easterly breeze of 6 to 12kts on the race track positioned off Stanley Bay in Hong Kong. Posted on 3 Oct
Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championships day 1
Together with Hong Kong's National Day celebrations The 2017 Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championships opened last night at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in conjunction with Hong Kong's National Day celebrations. Posted on 2 Oct
Optimists at Lyme Regis
Strong winds and large waves A typical Lyme course of strong winds and very large waves were the order of the day for the Optimist sailors at Lyme on Saturday, and only the 17-strong Gold Fleet did the full 4 races, as the wind and sea built. Posted on 2 Oct
RYA Welsh Zone Championships
Callum in command More than 100 sailors enjoyed the sunny weather and gusty conditions on Fishguard Bay with a range of winds from high to manageable. Sailors aged 8-16 competed in six fleets. Posted on 1 Oct