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ITCA Topper Midland Championships at Notts County Sailing Club

by Luke Hardy 12 Jul 2016 12:07 BST 9-10 July 2016

The International Topper Class Association's UK Midlands Nationals, sponsored by Dinghy Rope and Adidas, were held at Notts Country Sailing Club on the 9th-10th July.

Thirty-two boats entered and launched for the first race on the Saturday morning. A medium strength wind took the sailors out North from the clubhouse to the start line. As the SSW wind built it was swinging whilst John Parr & Tom Haslam, the event race officers, tweaked the race course.

The format for Saturday was two races, lunch break and two more. The wind built into the afternoon creating challenging conditions for the sailors.

The first race was a Hollowell take-over with Andrew Sturt, Morgan Smith and Gemma McDonnell in first, second and third - respectively. Moving into the second race, the wind built to its climax for the day, though the gusts were strong and unpredictable right through the afternoon.

The end of the first day left Andrew Sturt lying in the lead with Tom Parkhurst from Beaver in second and Nick Welbourn of Hykeham Sailing Club in third. Other notable performances of the day were from Charlie Turnbull of Rutland Sailing Club and Heather Quinn and Molly Hinsliff-Smith of Notts County. Charlie achieved a 4th in race two after an unlucky first race. Molly, despite a bout of bad luck in race four causing a number of capsizes recomposed herself and kept plugging away until she finished, despite being in a position where many would have retired.

Heather Quinn completed race two on a 4.2 rig after a fight with a 5.3 in race one. Heather was the biggest success story of the event. She had never raced before, but was not shy to have a go. She is a credit to the coaches of the NCSC Saturday club.

The Sunday race program ran races five, six and seven originally they were going to be back-to-back races before prize giving, however the high winds meant the race team decided to call a break before the final race.

Tom Parkhurst won the first race of the second day, with Nick Welbourn taking second and Andrew Sturt third. Nick Welbourn went on to win the final two races of the event, giving him the overall championships after discard. Trent Durkhoop of Beaver put on an excellent show in the final race, coming in third place and so 7th overall in the championships.

Another personal achievement well worthy of accounting is that of Adam Foster, from Notts County. He scored a 20th in the final race, which showed a significant improvement over the weekend and incredible staying power in very testing conditions. Another notable result is Kamran Ewbank - who was first under 13 - well into the top half of the fleet at 13th, followed by Oliver Mills & William Thomas, all under 13, looks like there will be some close racing for many years to come!

Thanks to our sponsors Dinghy Rope and Adidas who provided some were stunning and motivating prizes for many sailors. Dinghy Rope provided a high-performance Topper mainsheet, a number of valuable vouchers for their online store and many other rope/sailing-accessory related prizes. Adidas supplied a range of items of clothing from their sailing range. For many the talk of the weekend was the GoreTex jacket. Remember next time you buy the support they have given to the Toppers and Juniors.

More photos by David Eberlin at: ncsc.org.uk/2016/07/09/topper-midland-champs-at-notts-county

Overall Results:

PosFleetSail NoClubHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1stUnder 1945197HykehamNick Welbourn4‑101121110
2ndUnder 1947748HollowellAndrew Sturt122333‑414
3rdUnder 1947799BeaverTom Parkhurst‑634214216
4thUnder 1947533Manor ParkKrishan Bhogal‑715452522
5thUnder 1947740HollowellMorgan Smith2‑83545625
6thUnder 1945497HollowellGemma McDonnell356‑777735
7thUnder 1945402BeaverTrent Durkhoop5‑99866337
8thUnder 1926027TamworthJason Culmar1377689(DNC)50
9thUnder 1947601Yorkshire DalesJack Burke12‑19810910958
10thUnder 1947657WSSCADavid Peaty86‑161612111265
11thUnder 1947277BeaverPoppy Wright913139‑1481365
12thUnder 1947723RutlandCharlie Turnbull(DNF)410111914866
13thUnder 1347764StauntonKamran Ewbank1116151210(DNF)1175
14thUnder 1347536PennineOliver Mills14‑21111318131079
15thUnder 1346770NCSCWilliam Thomas1512‑191417161589
16thUnder 1947600Yorkshire DalesOliver Burke161814151320‑2196
17thUnder 1944631NCSCScarlet Desorgher(DNF)221817151514101
18thUnder 1347173Aldridge Sailing ClubGreg Cornes18141221‑221918102
19thUnder 1937560TamworthCatherine Elson172020‑22161717107
20thUnder 1946888NCSCDaisy Desorgher19171719‑211819109
21stUnder 1947463HollowellMax Lewis1011(DNF)DNS1112DNF110
22ndUnder 1345735Yorkshire DalesAngus McKenzie2115‑2220202116113
23rdUnder 1311RutlandAnnabel Turnbull2024242323(DNF)24138
24thUnder 1922887TamworthDaniel Keenan2223211824(DNF)DNC141
25thUnder 1347101HollowellJude Singleton24252325‑262225144
26thUnder 1944602NCSCAdam Foster2628262625(DNF)20151
27thUnder 1318277Manor ParkEve Bhogal2527282727(DNF)22156
28thUnder 1334681NCSCMolly Hinsliff‑Smith2326252828(DNF)DNC163
29thUnder 1342613NCSCBen Paling29292924(DNF)DNF23167
30thUnder 1933030NCSCPhoebe Mack273027(DNS)29DNFDNC179
31stUnder 1344700NCSCRobert Stevenson2831(DNF)DNSDNCDNCDNC191
32ndUnder 1334385/47264NCSCHeather Quinn(DNF)32DNFDNFDNCDNCDNC197

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