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P&B Northamptonshire Youth Series Round 1 at Cransley Sailing Club

by Nigel Austin on 11 May 7 May 2017

25 young sailors took part in the first round of the inaugural P&B Northamptonshire Youth Series at Cransley Sailing Club.

The day comprises of three 45 minute training sessions, lunch and then three 40 minute races. It is aimed as those starting racing - encouragement and top tips are essential. One of the sessions featured the use of bone induction headsets, as being used by Ben Ainslie's America's Cup team.

The vast majority of those who used them seemed to love the new technology and the instructor and safety crew were able to provide calm and focused instructions to helms and crews – which were acted upon immediately. We believe Cransley are the first club to be using these headsets and we are quietly confident we will inspire all ages and abilities to learn quicker and thus retain enthusiasm for the sport. Another great feature of the headsets is those wearing them can't answer back!

Three protest free races, sailed in a great spirit, resulted in winners from 2 different clubs in the fast (Charlie Sleet, Laser Radial - Cransley), slow (Susie Symes, Optimist - Banbury) and Topper (Daniel O'Toole – Banbury). Well done to all though – particularly loved the 11 Topper rafts we seemed to get at every mark!

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoHelm (& Crew)ClubR1R2R3Pts
Topper Fleet
1st 22879Daniel O'TooleBanbury Sailing Club‑211.52.5
2nd 45653Abigail LarrNorthampton Sailing Club1‑21.52.5
3rd 34665Emily BrittonCransley Sailing Club3‑636
4th 41619Charlie GuyettCransley Sailing Club4‑848
5th 45991Keiran BrayBanbury Sailing Club‑9369
6th 31767Toby AthertonBanbury Sailing Club64‑810
7th 27394Sam ByrdNorthampton Sailing Club5‑7510
8th 34132Imogen DayHollowell Sailing Club75‑912
9th 8285Declan BellCransley Sailing Club8‑9715
Fast Fleet
1stLaser Radial159230Charlie SleetCransley Sailing Club‑2112
2ndLaser132217Abi HaddenCransley Sailing Club‑4325
3rdLaser 4.7206715Jack Graham‑TrollBanbury Sailing Club32‑45
4thPico2Charlie SmithNorthampton Sailing Club1‑556
5thRS Feva3588Jacob Owen & George ChristisonNorthampton Sailing Club‑5437
Slow Fleet
1stOptimist5047Susie SymeBanbury Sailing Club1‑212
2ndOptimist4983Aimee BrayBanbury Sailing Club‑2123
3rdOptimist5534Felicity SymeBanbury Sailing Club3‑436
4thTera Sport3262Imogen WadeNorthampton Sailing Club43‑57
5thTopper 4.242970William GranthamCransley Sailing Club5‑749
6thTera Sport2986Harriet WadeNorthampton Sailing Club(DNF)6612
7thTera Sport2934Adam LarrNorthampton Sailing Club(DNF)5DNS13

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