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Topper Topaz Uno National Championship at Whitstable Yacht Club

by Robert Govier 17 Aug 2015 11:35 BST 15-16 August 2015

The inaugural Topper Topaz Uno Nationals took place at Whitstable Yacht Club on the North Kent coast, on 15th and 16th August 2015. Four races were sailed alongside the Whitstable Town Regatta over the two days in light wind conditions that suited the boats well. Over twenty boats took part, in a mixture of Plus (white sail) and Race rigs.

As well as regular Whitstable Yacht Club and visiting Topaz sailors, including an entry who came all the way from Abu Dhabi, the fleet was supplemented by sailors from other classes, who were provided loan boats by Topper and Wild Times Sailing School for the weekend. This resulted in a wide range of abilities, experience and sailing styles on the water, and kept the racing close throughout the fleet.

The event proved to the sailors new to the boat that the adaptable Topaz Uno dinghy is just as exciting to sail and rewarding as the catamarans and larger monohull dinghies that many of them were more used to!

At the front of the fleet, there was a consistent battle between 13 year old Max Sellar and Whitstable Yacht Club Vice Commodore Andrew Jackson (usually seen in a Taser!), regularly swapping positions and chasing each other around the course. In the end, Max won the event with a very decisive three first places and a second, whilst Andrew could only manage a first, two seconds and a third place to come in second overall. Max also took the prize for the first placed cadet, and first Race rig.

In another close battle, Abby Zambinski (normally seen helming a Nacra 17 or F18 catamaran) beat Ali Nicholson to third place by one point, and also won the prize for the first Plus Sail rig. Despite a spectacular capsize just a few metres from the finishing line at the end of the third race, Ali managed to beat Mark Fagg into fifth place by just one point. Sixth and seventh places went to cadets Issis Bruton and John Jones, Steve Pimblett came eighth, and Mark Freeman, who runs the Noukhada Adventure Company and Topper Dealership in Abu Dhabi, came in ninth place.

Everyone had a great time at Whitstable Yacht Club, enjoying the fun but competitive racing, and taking part in hopefully the first of many Topper Topaz Uno Nationals. They also enjoyed the added bonus of having a front row seat on the water for the Air Show at nearby Herne Bay! The event was generously sponsored by Topper, Ronstan and Musto Clothing, and organised by Richard Ledger and Robin South for Whitstable Yacht Club.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubPYR1R2R3R4Pts
18Max SellarWYC124011‑213
294Andrew JacksonWYC12402‑3125
39399Abby ZambinskiWYC12554‑143310
49522Ali NicholsonWYC124034‑10411
56Mark FaggWYC1240‑825512
610264Issie BrutonWYC12557‑154617
713John JonesWYC124067‑97.520.5
811270Steven PimblettWYC1255‑11661022
911Mark Freeman 1255510‑12924
1065Donna HenderWYC1240‑17581225
119586Tony ClementsWYC1240129‑137.528.5
129727Robert GovierWYC1240‑161271130
139120Francesca DeLaceyWYC1255131311‑1437
141194Richard EarlandWYC1255108(DNC)DNC40
159726Patty BakerWYC1255‑1817141344
16808Bex Alcock 1255916(DNC)DNC47
179209Peter HillWYC12401411(DNC)DNC47
180Mike ColemanTankerton Bay SC1255(DNC)DNC151552
1910629Alex AndrewsThe Varne Boat Club125515(DNF)DNCDNC59
209856Todd MeiWYC12551918(DNC)DNC59
2110630Jack RuffheadThe Varne Boat Club1255(DNF)DNFDNCDNC66

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