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Topper Midland Championship at Notts County Sailing Club

by David Eberlin 26 Jun 19:18 BST 23-24 June 2018

Thirty five toppers entered The Midlands Topper Championships that took place at Notts County Sailing Club on 23 June. Two days of racing were planned, however, the forecast suggested that there would be a light-ish breeze on Saturday and no breeze at all on Sunday. The Midlands Topper Traveller series has been plagued by the severe lack of breeze, sometimes, nothing at all, and the BBC weather man who cheerfully predicted on Thursday evening that Sunday would be a perfect, sunny, summers day, with little or no wind, was unfortunately absolutely correct in his forecast.

We were lucky, however, to have Ken Twemlow as our RO again this year and he battled the testing conditions to get five races off on Saturday. The racing was close and in these races four sailors, Greg Cornes, Kate Robertson, Will Thomas and Ben Paling scored first places. In at least two races, massive shifts left half of the fleet flying and the other half floundering, experience, it would appear, counted for naught, if you were in the wrong place you were stuck, whilst the lucky few made massive gains.

For some of the sailors this was their first opportunity to sample fleet racing in larger numbers than perhaps they are used to and some were pleasantly surprised by how well they did. Charlie Hopkinson, from Notts County SC, was first Under 13 (in eighth place overall) and a special mention must go to Libby Weston, who won the Endeavour prize, having recently started to learn to sail over the road at the new Notts. Scouts Adventure activity centre, and in a borrowed club boat, took to the water for her first race, only the sixth time in a boat.

On Sunday Ken decided that the weather gods might be smiling on everyone else, but not on the sailors and racing was quickly abandoned. By that time the competitors had gone on strike and most were already de-rigging!

Greg Cornes, of Chase SC and RYA Intermediate Squad, continued his fantastic 2018 winning streak, having already won the Midland Traveller Series with two events to go, picked up a clear first place, and has now been crowned Midlands Topper Champion for 2018, a worthy and very popular winner. Ben Paling from Notts County SC sailing a fantastic series, picked up three particularly good results in the shifty winds and squeezed into second place on final race countback, pipping Kate Robertson, from Swarkestone SC, into third place.

Overall Results:

PosHelm nameSail NoClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1stGreg Cornes47173Chase SC‑9611210
2ndBen Paling47790Notts County21‑108314
3rdKate Robertson45152Swarkestone SC1382‑1014
4thDan Keenan47765Tamworth SC‑13426719
5thJude Singleton47101Hollowell SC39‑193520
6thWilliam Thomas46770Notts County SC‑147411123
7thAngus McKenzie45735Yorkshire Dales SC559‑14423
8thCharlie Hopkinson48216Notts County SC81165‑1230
9thScarlet Desorgher44631Rutland SC1725‑19933
10thCharlie Turnbull47723RYA‑201739635
11thOli Keenan45197Tamworth SC‑2181271138
12thDaisy Desorgher46888Rutland SC410‑23131340
13thAnnabel Turnbull45506RYA1812‑214842
14thTaylor Berry46064Chase SC1113718‑1949
15thIris Singleton47181Hollowell SC12‑1616101452
16thFelix McMullan48101Hollowell SC61515(BFD)2056
17thSam Grayton40817Notts County SC7142216‑2559
18thMerryn Attridge48318Swarkestone16‑2217121560
19thRaife Piggott46688Notts County SC10(RET)11152864
20thRoss Ferguson48324Blithfield15181321‑2667
21stKeiran Bray45991Banbury SC192114‑231670
22ndAimee Bray47388Banbury SC2219‑24172280
23rdLia Horne35994Worcestershire Youth Sailing Association242318(BFD)1883
24thTara Ewbank46920Staunton Harold SC‑252020202484
25thImogen Day47794Hollowell SC262426‑271793
26thEmily Russell40729Worcestershire Youth Sailing Association‑32.52627222398
27thRobert Stevenson29184Notts County SC‑302725262199
28thCaitlin Thomas46205Notts County SC23252824(RET)100
29thFinn O'Callaghan43317Notts County SC‑32.530292527111
30thEddie Paling42613Notts County2728‑302929113
31stEddie Quinn27192Notts County SC2931‑322830118
32ndLibby Weston10Notts Scouts2829‑333031118
33rdEwan Bremner‑Harrison35882Notts County SC31323131(DNC)125
34thCharlie Dudill23050Notts County SC34(RET)RETDNCDNC142
35thMartha Stevenson43114Notts County SC35(RET)DNCDNCDNC143

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