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RS Tera open meeting at Frensham Pond Sailing Club

by Simon Law 14 Sep 16:34 BST 9 September 2018
RS Tera open meeting at Frensham Pond © Harry Stratton-Brown

The Frensham open was sailed in wonderful conditions, showing off the lake at its best. Wind of 10-15 knots was ideal, and thankfully the forecast gusts of 20 knots did not come through. 46 entries, including five in the Pro fleet, meant a fleet (and start line) nearing championship size.

19 Frensham boats were joined by 27 visitors. The event was generously supported by Decathlon with a selection of prizes made available for both Sport and Pro fleets.

Figure of eight courses worked very well, and eight clean starts across the two fleets illustrated the high standard of sailing amongst these youngsters.

In the Sport fleet, the first race saw Max Sydenham of Dell Quay SC lead the top group of 6 for the first lap, with a significant gap from this group to the fleet. Max was eventually overhauled, with Harry West of RLYC taking the gun from Oliver Stratton-Brown with Max in third. Tight racing amongst the top six was to be the story of the day.

Oliver S-B then started to take control of the event, taking the next two races, and sailing through from a poor start to third in the last. The podium was completed by Harry West and Max Sydenham who were separated only on count-back to finish second and third respectively.

The Pro fleet of five included two local boats and three visitors. Congratulations to Akira Blackah of Welsh Harp SC who dominated the event with three firsts and a discarded third. Beth Lewis took second from the other Frensham boat of Tom Banes-Walker, on count-back.

In a fleet aimed at youngsters, we must also applaud the efforts of those with less experience. There were fourteen sailors participating in their first event, and the good humour and resilience that they showed on a relatively breezy day is to be commended. Zac Hardie impressed with his determination to continue, finishing each race with a smile despite rather more regular swimming than he had planned.

Pro Fleet Results:

PosSail NoHelm NameClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st2941Akira BlackahWelsh Harp Sailing Club111‑33
2nd888Beth LewisFPSC‑32316
3rd1985Thomas Banes‑WalkerFPSC2‑4226
4th985Ollie WilliamsEmsworth53(RET)412
5th2146Ellie HattamRutland Sailing Club454(RET)13

Sport Fleet Results:

PosSail NoHelm NameClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st2392Oliver Stratton‑BrownFPSC211‑34
2nd3192Harry WestRoyal Lymington Yacht Club125‑78
3rd1901Max SydenhamDell Quay SC33‑428
4th3496Adelicia LavenderFelpham SC45‑11110
5th3250Kai BlackahWelsh Harp Sailing Club5‑73614
6th3597Joshua StokesHISC6‑1321018
7th2597Oliver ThompsonHISC749‑1120
8th1763Finlay Lomas‑ClarkeFPSC868‑922
9th3598Henry PattenRoyal Lymington Yacht Club‑22107825
10th2645Joeseph HendersonWelsh Harp Sailing Club‑141413431
11th3596Ben StokesHISC21‑246532
12th625Ben StokesHISC9‑22101534
13th3029Holly FisherHISC11816‑2135
14th2090Toby ThomsonFPSC1012‑231638
15th2872Holly MitchellHISC‑1711121740
16th3242Liam WhelanHISC‑3015151343
17th2852Katy FisherHISC151614‑1945
18th190Alex SydenhamDell Quay SC‑2918181248
19th3585Toby FieldEmsworth181717‑2052
20th2459Mark SoarsFPSC1230‑321456
21st2300Samuel OsbourneRoyal Victoria Yacht Club162020‑3156
22nd2214Andrew SoarsFPSC28924(RET)61
23rd2348William Stratton‑BrownFPSC191927‑2965
24th1933Sam StuartFPSC1327‑292868
25th3398Max HalliwellFPSC2329(OCS)1870
26th68Harry SlightEmsworth Sailing Club‑3223252270
27th2670Alex BakerHISC25‑31212571
28th1662Ollie BradshawEmsworth26‑28192772
29th2616Mark JenkinsFPSC24‑26262373
30th2155Fergus LawFPSC2725‑282678
31st1387Charlie BakerHISC2021(DNC)DNC83
32nd2387William AhlheidFPSC31‑32313092
33rd1482Sam MastertonFPSC36‑38223694
34th3401Jago HalliwellFPSC40(RET)302494
35th2260Joshua InglesfieldHISC‑3833333298
36th2369Barnaby LawFPSC33‑353533101
37th2356Charlie WilliamsEmsworth343434‑35102
38th2637Maddy FranklinFPSC3537‑3834106
39th1889Lawson NunnBrightlingsea SC‑41363637109
40th2573Samuel Banes‑WalkerFPSC37(RET)37DNC116
41st1995Zac HardieFPSC‑39393938116

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