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Rooster Topper South East Travellers at Chipstead Sailing Club

by Jane Marshall 22 Sep 2018 13:12 BST
Rooster Topper South East Travellers at Chipstead © Graham Evans

A beautiful morning greeted the 40 Topper sailors that had gathered from twelve clubs around the region for the latest round of the Rooster Topper South East Traveller Series at Chipstead Sailing Club just outside Sevenoaks. This event also coincided with the annual Chipstead Topper Open, resulting in an impressive turnout of sailors of all ages - from juniors to veterans and everything in between. An optimistic four races were planned, and a combination of the wind gods playing ball and the ruthless efficiency of race officer Dan Fox, meant that the full schedule was completed.

The first race was sailed in a gentle westerly breeze and got underway at the second time of asking. It was dominated by Aaron Evans from Silver Wing SC, with the experience and local knowledge of veteran Doug Haig securing second place, and junior Hugo Valentine also from Chipstead SC completing the podium places. The wind picked up for the second race with some lively gusts to keep the fleet on their toes, and a tight battle quickly ensued between Aaron Evans, Hugo Valentine, Henry Koe from South Bank SC and J Crossley from Datchet Water SC.

After a number of place changes, especially downwind, Aaron picked up his second win of the day and Henry pipped Hugo on the line to take second place. A well deserved lunch was then served, with the competitors re-fuelling for what would surely be more close and exciting racing in the afternoon.

After lunch, the wind was relatively stable but easing slightly, and the same race course was used. In the third race, a shifty first beat led to big gains and losses across the fleet - but Aaron Evans again managed to ease to the front where he remained until the finish. Doug Haig took second and Lawrence Donnelly from Surrey Docks SC came through nicely for third. With the winner of the event now decided, there will still many places up for grabs in the final race, where the wind thankfully held on to ensure fair racing.

Normal service was resumed, however, with Aaron completing a clean sweep of four bullets, Doug Haig taking his third second place and Hugo Valentine completing a trio of third places - with these results mirroring the overall results for the event. The performance of the race was arguably by Callum Sarsfield of Chipstead SC who was called over at the start, but battled through from the back of the fleet to finish seventh.

In addition to the overall podium, prizes were awarded to first Lady which was won by Club Class Captain Jane Marshall just ahead of junior Ella Cantor also of Chipstead SC. First Youth went to Aaron Evans, first Junior to Hugo Valentine, first Veteran and the Chipstead Topper Open trophy both went to Doug Haig.

A great day was had by all the sailors, spectators and parents, with such a fantastic turnout from both the travellers and the local boats alike. A big thank you goes to the race committee, volunteers and caterers from Chipstead Sailing Club that made the event a huge success. Thanks also go to our event sponsor Rooster for the prizes.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
147780Aaron EvansSilver Wing SC‑11113
231578Doug HaigChipstead SC2‑5226
345170Hugo ValentineChipstead SC33‑539
448246Lawrence DonnellySurrey Docks SC4‑83411
547902Henry KoeSouth Bank SC82(DNF)515
646919Antoni PascaliIsland Barn Reservoir SC6‑76618
747796Cameron SwordPapercourt SC5‑94918
841400Callum SarsfieldChipstead SC‑1067720
948232J CrossleyDatchet Water SC9410‑2723
1045865Jane MarshallChipstead SC7158(DNC)30
1135135Alex PringleChipstead SC(DSQ)1311832
1218288Ella CantorChipstead SC11‑16131337
1348600J WoolgarPapercourt SC‑2210151237
1445241Joseph MolePapercourt SC(DSQ)1291839
1545446John Taylor‑IngleChipstead SC13‑17171040
1643320Peter MorphewChipstead SC(DSQ)18121444
1742300Christopher HixChipstead SC16‑21191146
1845047Miles VidlerCrawley Mariner YC1714‑201546
1931059James ProsserChipstead SC14‑19181648
2048177R HudsonNewhaven and Seaford SC‑2611221952
2144813E RollestoneNewhaven and Seaford SC20‑26162561
2246076O WattamFelpham SC1220‑302961
2328590Tom MitchellChipstead SC15‑31252262
2444074P GillowChipstead SC‑2523231763
2523022Isabelle CobbChipstead SC23‑29212064
2636341Tom HummersonChipstead SC‑292514DNC68
2746520Kaitlyn WyattPapercourt SC2424‑292169
2844318J HardyWimbledon Park SC21‑27272371
2914940Hannah BaradellChipstead SC28‑32242678
3033842Greg ChapmanChipstead SC1822(DNC)DNC81
3147719Megan ThomsonIsland Barn Reservoir SC‑3030282482
3245055Harry SmithChipstead SC193531(DNF)85
3347649Jibriel BostonTideway Sailability31‑33262885
3442210Karen PollockChipstead SC2728(DNC)DNC86
3519203M BussChipstead SC(DNF)38DNF30109
3612831Eleanor ColesmithChipstead SC3237(DNC)DNC110
3714010Harris NomikosChipstead SC3336(DNC)DNC110
3843097Seb BrayChipstead SC(DNC)34DNCDNC116
39=19544Luke BrayChipstead SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC123
39=14010Costis NomikosChipstead SC(DNF)DNFDNCDNC123

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