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KSSA Regatta with Coaching at Wilsonian Sailing Club

by Jo Wicken 26 Apr 2012 10:23 BST 21 April 2012

An impressive thirty-eight dinghies entered the first KSSA event of the year, the Regatta With Coaching hosted by Wilsonian Sailing Club on the River Medway. The spread of experience of the fleet ranged from youngsters at their first ever regatta to those with several years of solid racing under their belts. With classes including RS Teras, Toppers, Bytes, RS Fevas, RS 200s, Lasers, a Blaze and an RS800, the course was set as a triangle across the river based on average lap times.

Before racing, Head Coach Sam Rowe, assisted by Ed LeGassick, briefed the sailors on the start procedure and local conditions. Race 1 had to be postponed for 30 minutes whilst the Race Officer waited for the incoming tide to give sufficient water to lay a leeward mark! Meanwhile, the coaches took the sailors for an impromptu warm up run along the beach.

Vying for the top two places in Races 1 and 2 were Michael Calvert (Radial) and Chris & Mark Thomas (RS200) chased by numerous Lasers and the Topper of Paddy Keech. With five coach boats on the water, there was much emphasis on developing competitors' racing skills, specially permitted by the Sailing Instructions.

After a break ashore for lunch, two further races were held. The RO commented that he had been pleased with the line discipline of the sailors, although in Race 3 the entire fleet waited an extra five seconds after the start gun before anyone crossed the line! By Race 4 the tide was ebbing fast, such that when the leeward mark was recovered after being rounded by the last boat, the RIB crew all but picked it up off the mud. The top spots were again dominated by the Thomas boys and Michael Calvert and local sailor, Quentin Bes-Green (Radial) picked up two 5th positions.

After a shore-based coaches' debrief, the prizes were presented by the Commodore of Wilsonian SC, Christine Godber. The endeavour prize was awarded to Morgan Archer from Blue Circle SC. Having capsized on the start line, his mast and sail drifted under the committee boat in the tide. Once upright again, he then battled his way up the fleet to achieve a creditable position by the windward mark.

Event Videos:

Prize Winners:

1st Chris & Mark Thomas
2nd Michael Calvert
3rd Tom Goodey & Jenny Pearson-Farr
1st Wilsonian sailor, Quentin Bes-Green
1st Topper, Paddy Keech
1st RS Tera, Ben Gray
Endeavour, Morgan Archer

This event counts towards the Maidstone SC Memorial Trophy Series and is followed by another KSSA Regatta With Coaching on 5th May at Hampton Pier YC.

Overall Results:

1stChris ThomasMark ThomasBroadstairsSir Roger ManwoodsRS 2005901057-21113
2ndMichael Calvert Salcombe YCBorden GrammarLaser Radial1737421110123-66
3rdTom GoodeyJenny Pearson-FarrBroadstairs S CDane CourtRS 2004821057-33227
4thAlex Geal Pevensey Bay SCSussex Downs CollegeLaser Radial1719891110-545312
5thQuentin BesGreen WilsonianDartford GrammarLaser Radial16904511107-95517
6thSeb Hansell Downs SCSt. EdmundsLaser Radial11110468-1118
7thPaddy Keech Bough Beech SCWilmington GrammarTopper460461301-10510419
8thElliot Marks Bough Beech SCCornwallis AcademyLASER RADIAL1905651110677-1220
9thToby Wood Downs SCUrsuline CollegeLaser Radial13828311101110-20728
10thJack Hill Bough Beech SCWhitgiftTopper45191130114-2112834
11thElliot Eyre Wilsonian BLAZE5741040121211-3535
12thAndrew Coward WilsonianStrood AcademyLaser256671085-381691338
13thCharlotte FennDaniel FennPevensey Bay SC RS 8008248209-3662540
14thPeter Freeland Downs SCSt FaithsTopper441611301-221814941
15thBen Gray WilsonianMarlingRS TERA SPORT114551511-261541
16thSuzy Geal Pevensey Bay SCCausewayLASER 4.7135841117516818-1942
17thTom Hatcher MargateSt GeorgesLaser17796010851315-161442
18thEmma Crane RYACornwallis AcademyTopper470791301-2019151044
19thStanley Chick Broadstairs S CChatham HouseTopper468701301-1817131646
20thLewis Humphries Pevensey Bay SCSackvilleTopper2845313011913-271749
21stFelix Hockey Wilsonian Laser13852510858-32193057
22ndConor Lamb Whitstable YCBarton Court GrammarTopper470211301-2615241857
23rdEleanor KiftSaskia WeatherleyWilsonianGads HillRS FEVA XL20131200262017-3263
24thMorgan Archer Blue Circle SCSt Mary's IslandTopper513012123-252064
25thHarry Tee Herne BayWilson'sLASER1431691085172822-3167
26thLucy Hockey Wilsonian Topper3545513012325-292270
27thHarry Downard WilsonianRoseacre JuniorRS TERA SPORT214552426-322171
28thCaitie Atkin Downs SC RS TERA SPORT222614552722(DNS)2473
29thJoey Kilbride WilsonianCornwallis AcademyTopper269391301-3527232777
30thJoshua Alldis Bough Beech SCChevening StBotolphsRS TERA SPORT15871455302428-3682
31stJulia Judd Downs SCDGGSTopper2893813013030-342383
32ndJames Downard WilsonianMGSTOPPER3156613012829-332885
33rdTazmin Tindall WilsonianInvictaByte498119032-37213386
34thRebecca Tutt WilsonianFort Pitt GrammarTopper235421301-3431312991
35thRichard Tutt WilsonianGreenacreTopper30449130131-35352692
36thMorgan Tindall WilsonianRoseacreByte01 Blue White Red119037-383034101
37thHannah Downard WilsonianRoseacre JuniorTOPPER3545313013334(DNF)DNF106
38thSteven West Wilsonian Topper02 Bluetac13013633(DNF)37106

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