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KSSA - Youth Sailing in Kent - Opening Splash at Wilsonian Sailing Club

by Jo Wicken 24 Apr 2016 09:09 BST 23 April 2016
KSSA Opening Splash regatta at Wilsonian SC © Les Tindall

It was a rather chilly day, courtesy of a northerly wind, for the first regatta of the KSSA 2016 calendar. Twenty-five youngsters from across Kent took part in a multitude of dinghies. Experience ranged from those at their first event to sailors with many seasons' experience at national level and beyond. As well as a dispensation to permit on-water coaching by the patrol boats, at KSSA events the more experienced sailors are encouraged to offer tips to the newer sailors to help them improve their racing skills and this sharing of knowledge was notable throughout the day.

With the morning racing taking place shortly after low water, the sailing area was somewhat restricted. Race Officer, Dave Ellis, set a triangular course and quickly got the action underway. The Lasers completed six laps with Pierce Seward, Peter Freeland and Richard Tutt vying for the top places throughout. However, the well-sailed Topper of Morgan Archer came through to claim victory on corrected time.

There was a short interlude before the start of the second race whilst the large commercial vessel, Arco Beck, navigated Gillingham Reach, bound for Chatham. As soon as the river was clear again, the next race was started. This time the tussle was between Peter Freeland and Richard Tutt with the former just doing enough on handicap to take the race.

Lunch followed, after which the tide had risen sufficiently to enable racing in Hoo Bay and a new trapezoid course was set. In the meantime the wind had dropped a little. Peter Freeland dominated the race, managing to keep rival Morgan Archer at bay by just nine seconds.

With the wind continuing to drop, the final race commenced. This time it was Pierce Seward who led the Lasers with Chipstead SC's Catherine Wynn putting in her best result of the day.

Overall winner of the Opening Splash was Peter Freeland of Downs SC. Prizes went to the first six sailors and the Endeavour Prize was awarded to Iggy McNally from Whitstable YC sailing his RS Tera Sport.

The Race Officer was pleased to report that he had not had to recall a single sailor in any of the four starts and that running the racing had been a "delight" despite the inconvenient wind direction.

At the prize-giving, KSSA Commodore, Deb Thomas, thanked hosts Wilsonian Sailing Club for their hospitality along with the many volunteers who contributed to a most enjoyable event.

Overall Results:

1stPeter Freeland Downs SCLaser Radial1734861136‑31124
2ndMorgan Archer Blue Circle SCTopper476471341122‑35
3rdPierce Seward BroadstairsLASER 4.718643511952‑6417
4thAlex Head Downs SCTopper464301341543‑1212
5thImogen Cage‑White BroadstairsLASER 4.7211954‑76616
6thRichard Tutt WilsonianLASER172811109563‑121019
7thCatherine Wynn Chipstead SCLaser Radial18344111367‑149420
8thMorgan Tindall WilsonianLaser Radial1421141136‑1358821
9thHarry Downard WilsonianLASER 4.71022051195‑15107522
10thHannah MumfordTara HeadDowns SCRS Feva3333123512‑155724
11thGabrielle Mould CSCLaser Radial18694011369‑1211929
12thCharlie Baker Medway YCTopper37203134110910‑1429
13thJem Causer WilsonianLASER51518109511‑16141136
14thCraig Windridge Broadstairs SCTopper468511341‑1814151544
15thAnna Breare Medway YCTopper158251341(DNF)813DNS47
16thEmma Laversuch Whitstable YCLaser Radial1442791136‑1919161348
17thIggy McNally Whitstable YCRS TERA SPORT2620145714‑17171748
18thJack Dann WilsonianLASER 4.715971111951611(DNS)DNS53
19thGavin Cope WilsonianRS TERA PRO2493135623(DNF)191658
20thHenry Townsend Medway YCTopper2751213418(DNF)DNSDNS60
21stLee Windridge BroadstairsTopper467361341202218(DNS)60
22ndRobert Crane WilsonianLaser Radial2311361720(DNS)DNS63
23rdZoe Breare Medway YCTopper3045013412118(DNS)DNS65
24thAnna Baker Medway YCTopper841341(DNF)23DNF1867
25thHannah Bealey WilsonianTopper Taz013992221(DNS)DNS69

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