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London Traveller Series at Hillingdon Outdoor Activities Centre

by Sally Jones 25 Apr 07:39 BST 22 April 2018
London Traveller Series at Hillingdon Outdoor Activities Centre © Sally Jones

The first of this season's London Traveller Events took place on Sunday 22nd April at Hillingdon Outdoor Activities Centre (HOAC), an event organised by parents to allow participants from London based clubs and RYA Centres to enable the youth sailors to take part in class racing in a relaxed and friendly environment in different locations across the capital.

The forecast looked good for the day with a nice force 2 and lovely sun shine which was perfect for the competitors.

18 sailors took to the water in Lasers, Toppers, Feva's and Tera's competing in 4 races. The race officers set an interesting Course around the lake and had 2 starts for the different fleets. The morning races were interesting as the wind kept dying off around the upwind marker and then picking up around the downwind side of the course, this lead to a lot of changing of positions out on the water in the morning racing.

The 2 races before Lunch, were dominated by Curtis in the Laser fleet with the boats behind fighting for 2nd place with every tack.

In the afternoon the wind increase and became more gusty and 2 more races took place. All the fleets were changing positions during the afternoons racing due to the wind picking up and there being a few capsizes, this made for exciting viewing for the on shore parents. A great day had by all.

Overall Results:

Topper
1st Jack Hardy (Wimbledon Park)
2nd Matthew Beattie (HOAC)
3rd Ruben Persey (Phoenix Outdoor Activities Centre)

RS Tera
1st Harry Mitchell (Erith YC)
2nd Ben Gomersall (Broadwater SC/HOAC)
3rd Elin Morris (HOAC)

Laser
1st Curtis McKay (HOAC)
2nd Connor Beattie (HOAC)
3rd Matthew Bennett (Broadwater SC/HOAC)

Next Event is Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre on the 5th May (Toppers only).

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