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KSSA Opening Splash at Medway Yacht Club

by Jo Wicken 28 Apr 2015 08:22 BST 25 April 2015

Youth sailors in Kent were out in force for the KSSA Opening Splash on 25th April at Medway Yacht Club. Thirty-eight sailors from clubs across the county entered, with experience ranging from those participating in their first regatta to others who have raced at national level. The format for the day was two races back-to-back in the morning and the same again after lunch, an average lap trapezoid course catering for the Optimist through to the RS200.

Race 1 involved beating against the last of the ebb tide with the Laser Radial of George Hyett being the fastest boat for the first two laps, fending off the challenge from Stanley Chick (Radial) and Julia Judd/Mark Lightbody (RS200). The Toppers completed four laps, the faster boats five laps, but it was three well-sailed Toppers that took the top positions on corrected time.

Race 2 followed a similar pattern, with Morgan Archer (Topper) and Emma Crane (Topper) placed first and second respectively again.

All the sailors and duty crew came ashore for a pasta bake lunch as the sun came out. It was warm enough for sailors to sit out on the grass bank watching all the other boating activity on the river.

By the start of Race 3 the wind had built to Force 4 and the wind over tide conditions added a different dimension. A good few boats capsized round the course mainly on the downwind leg but only three of the starters in that race were unable to complete the course. Toppers took the first five places.

Although it was coming up to 4pm, against the odds, Race Officer Tim Townsend managed to squeeze in a fourth race so as not to waste the almost perfect sailing conditions. Medway Yacht Club's George Jones secured his best result of the day (4th) making him the highest-placed MYC boat overall.

The winner of the event was Morgan Archer from Blue Circle Sailing Club, who retained the trophy for the second year in succession, unbeaten in any of the races.

Thank you to our hosts, Medway Yacht Club, and the army of volunteers both ashore and afloat for making it such an enjoyable event.

Overall Results:

PosBoat TypeSail NoHelm NameCrew NameClubPYR1R2R3R4Pts
1stTOPPER47647Morgan Archer Blue Circle1340‑11113
2ndTOPPER47079Emma Crane  1340‑22226
3rdTOPPER45191Connie Hill Bough Beech SC134063.53(OCS)12.5
4thLASER RADIAL207931Stanley Chick Broadstairs Sailing Club11355‑107315
5thTOPPER45794Heather Denbigh Bough Beech134036‑96.515.5
6thLASER RADIAL204888George Hyett Downs113543.510‑1317.5
7thTOPPER46870Pierce Seward Broadstairs1340‑12841022
8thRS FEVA XL4530Michael DyerSamuel DyerHerne Bay Sailing Club12338‑1412525
9thTOPPER22383Scott Wilkinson Rye Harbour Sailing Club1340‑18781126
10thLASER RADIAL173385Max Taylor‑Nobbs Downs Sailing club11359‑19116.526.5
11thLASER RADIAL177960Connor Lamb Whitstable Yacht Club11357516‑1928
12thTOPPER47665Finlay Adamson Cinque Ports Pirates1340‑261151228
13thRS 2001098Julia JuddMark LightbodyDowns Sailing Club1047‑131313935
14thLASER 4.7161799Ben Gray Wilsonian119514‑1661636
15thLASER RADIAL950Imogen Cage‑White Broadstairs11351012‑151436
16thLASER RADIAL172811Richard Tutt Wilsonian sailing club113511‑2118837
17thLASER RADIAL146964George Jones Medway YC113522‑2517443
18thRS FEVA XL3333Hannah MumfordMax BehrensRedoubt Sailing Club1233‑1615141544
19thTOPPER27512Henry Townsend Medway Yacht Club134019920‑2248
20thTOPPER46430Alex Head DSC1340‑2018191754
21stLASER RADIAL186940Gabrielle Mould Chipstead S.C.113515‑30242059
22ndTOPPER27402Jem Causer Wilsonian1340‑2322221862
23rdLASER RADIAL199442Joseph Lord Downs Sailing club113517‑28252163
24thTOPPER30449Jack Dann Wilsonian1340252021(DNS)66
25thRS TERA SPORT2620Iggy McNally Whitstable1457272723(DNS)77
26thLASER143514Alistair Bolton MYC10912124(DNS)DNS81
27thTOPPER23637Rowan Ellerby Medway YC1340282627(DNS)81
28thBYTE CII2947Tara Head DSC11502917(DNF)DNF82
29thTOPPER37203Charlie Baker MYC13402423(DNF)DNS83
30thTOPPER33885Brendan O'Shea MYC13403029(DNS)DNS95
31stTOPPER15825Zoe Breare MEDWAY YC1340(DNF)DNS26DNS98
32ndTOPPER26882Anna Baker MYC13403131(DNS)DNS98
33rdTOPPER28416Tom Hirst Broadstairs Sailing Club1340(DNF)DNSDNSDNS108
33rdOPTIMIST4912Morgan Glass Medway YC1665(DNS)DNSDNSDNS108
33rdTOPPER45673Alex Jeffery Medway Yacht Club1340(DNF)DNSDNSDNS108

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