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Team 15 North-East Windurfing at Kielder Water Sailing Club

by John & Judy Scullion 23 Aug 2017 09:52 BST 20 August 2017
Ethan Weeks, winner of the 3.5 fleet in the T15 windsurfing at Kielder Water © John Scullion

The final event for 2017 in Team 15's North-East regional racing calendar took place at Kielder Water Sailing Club on Sunday 20th August 2017.

Four teams competed: the North Lincs Invaders and Pugneys Pirates travelled north, while the Coquet Crushers came south, and of course the Kielder Kestrels were on home waters.

The wind was a steady (for Kielder) 10 to 15 knots south-to-south-westerly, with only a slight shift during the day. This of course meant that the more experienced sailors wanted more wind, while the less experienced were occasionally caught out... so a fairly happy medium then.

Race officer Geoff Brown set a course in the middle of the lake for the 4.5, 5.8 and 6.8 fleets; a square course with the 6.8s doing an extra lap of the 2nd and 3rd marks. Meanwhile Gabby Littler oversaw the 3.5 fleet, who had to reach out from the shore, round a mark and get back to shore, without getting entangled on the rocks to leeward.

The 3.5 fleet, with 11 sailors, suffered some general chaos at the start of each race as each competitor attempted – not always successfully - to raise their sail without dropping it on their neighbour. However Ethan Weeks of North Lincs managed to gain clear air and establish a convincing lead over all the competitions, finishing 6 out of 9 races in first place. Second was Rhys James of the Coquet Crushers, and third Fay Tomlin of Kielder.

The 4.5, 5.8 and 6.8 fleets managed seven races. In the 4.5 fleet, Annabelle Scullion of Kielder swept the board with six firsts and a second, including on one occasion beating not only the other 4.5s but all the 5.8s as well! Second was Tom Russell, also of Kielder, while Agi Cornellissen and Sophie Dryden of Coquet put up a brave performance and earned merit awards for their perseverance. The 5.8 fleet was led by Sarah Selim of Pugneys, winning all seven of her races, while James Carragher of Coquet just beat Ellie Bedford of Pugneys to take second place.

In the 6.8 fleet, William Russell of North Lincs won very convincingly, with five first places and two seconds to discard. Pip Heywood of the Coquet Crushers was second, and Tom Hunter of Pugneys third.

The Super X event involved, for the 3.5s, a jump on the way out and a kneel on the way back, while the larger rigs had to perform a beach start, and then a kneel on the way back. The winners were: 3.5 Ethan Weeks of North Lincs, 4.5 Tom Russell of Kielder, 5.8 James Carragher of Coquet, and 6.8 Pip Heywood of Coquet.

Overall, the Coquet Crushers won the day, while the North Lincs Invaders won the series to become the North-East T15 champions.

A great time was had by all. Thanks to all those who helped to make the day a success, including the organisers, race officers, rescue boats and providers of delicious and abundant food, and most especially thanks to the competitors and those who took the time to come and watch.

Team Ranking Table:

1stCoquette Crushers20
2ndKielder Kestrels23
3rdNorth Lincs Invaders29
4thPugneys Pirates32

Overall Results:

PosSail NoClubHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
3.5 Fleet
1stY7North Lincs InvadersEthan Weeks111‑2‑61‑9116
2ndO8Coquette CrushersRhys James‑3‑3231212‑511
3rdP4Kielder KestrelsFay Tomlin223123‑8‑4‑613
4thY14North Lincs InvadersSpencer Leaning4‑6‑96‑7425223
5thY15North Lincs InvadersSophie Leaning‑544‑5(DSQ)543323
6thY2North Lincs InvadersFelix Chase655(DNF)4‑7‑76733
7thO3Coquette CrushersMax Moody7‑8743(DNF)6(DNF)835
8thP5Kielder KestrelsArchie Nixey‑Godfrey8(DNF)6(DSQ)5(DSQ)3DSQ438
9thO9Coquette CrushersNancy Moody9(DNF)8(DSQ)9657(DNF)44
10thO4Coquette CrushersDaniel Read(DNF)910(DSQ)8(DSQ)DNSDNSDNS63
11thO12Coquette CrushersBeth Carragher(DNF)7(DNF)(DNF)DSQDNSDNSDNSDNS67
4.5 Fleet
1stP3Kielder KestrelsAnnabelle Scullion‑11‑21111  5
2ndP2Kielder KestrelsTom Russell‑22122(DNS)2  9
3rdO7Coquette CrushersAgi Cornellissen(DNF)(DNF)DNSDNF3DNFDNS  23
4thO11Coquette CrushersSophie Dryden(DNF)(DNS)DNSDNS4DNSDNS  24
5.8 Fleet
1stB5Pugneys PiratesSarah Selim‑1‑111111  5
2ndO5Coquette CrushersJames Carragher‑322‑3232  11
3rdB7Pugneys PiratesEllie Bedford2‑3‑32323  12
6.8 Fleet
1stY1North Lincs InvadersWilliam Russell11111‑2‑2  5
2ndO1Coquette CrushersPip Heywood‑3‑323211  9
3rdB1Pugneys PiratesTom Hunter22‑3233‑4  12
4thP15Kielder KestrelsBen Russell4‑744‑543  19
5thP9Kielder KestrelsJonathon Dodd‑5‑555455  24
6thB4Pugneys PiratesSophie Hunter‑64‑76666  28
7thB3Pugneys PiratesOlivia Pye‑766‑7777  33

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