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Cadet Inland Championship at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by Angus Collingridge 28 Sep 2018 06:59 BST 22-23 September 2018
Cadet Inlands at Grafham Water © Tim Hampton

After a cracking National Championship at Thorpe Bay, the last UKNCCA event of the year, the Inland Championship, was soon upon us, having been moved to Grafham Water thanks to blue-green algae stubbornly refusing to leave Alton Water (note: it's cleared now).

It's also the time of year which witnesses the baptism of fire (how fiery depending on wind strength) of many ex crews becoming first time helms on the national circuit. Overall the event was set to be an intriguing trial of whether the newbies could give the old guard a decent run for their money.

On day one, racing went ahead right on schedule, with a first race starting tick-tock at twelve o'clock, albeit with wind far lighter than forecast, it was still consistently 10-15 knots. Race 1 culminated in no major surprises, with Katie Yelland and Dom Rowell taking the top spot, Ellie Watling and George Little and Kate White and Rhona Enkel in hot pursuit.

Race two, however, showed what some of the newer helms were capable of - thanks to some clever first beat manoeuvres and helped by some front runners including Katie Yelland and Lia Fletcher returning after individual recalls. First at the windward were Ollie and Will Mears, followed by newbie Hamish Collingridge crewed by Robbie Stewart and Sam Goult and Sarah McEwan. However, disaster struck at the leeward, as Ollie and Sam headed round the wrong mark, resulting in Hamish shooting off, like a startled ferret, into the lead, with Kate White and Cally Terkelsen having absolutely no intention of making life easy for him. With some jostling in the following laps, Race 2 finished with Kate White and Rhona Enkel in first, Cally Terkelsen and Brandon Barker in second, and Daisy Nunn and Oscar Bush in third.

After a much needed lunch break, and wind strength plummeting, it was time for a third race with once again Ollie and Will Mears leading around the windward mark, closely followed by Sam Goult and Sarah McEwan in second, and Katie Yelland and Dom Rowell, seeking to improve after their second race, in third. With many wary of a poor day 2 forecast, the intention was to run a fourth race. However, an unruly fleet caused more than a few general recalls, and a snail's-pace wind, put paid to any hopes of a fourth race. Towards the end of the race, with boats' speeds rapidly decreasing, the final run resulted in the Ollie Mears, Sam Goult and Katie Yelland all neck and neck, with Katie just pulling away at the finish in first, Ollie Mears in second, and Sam Goult in a close third.

So with the first day of racing complete, the overnight results were Kate White in first, Ellie Watling in second and Ollie Mears in third. However, tension and anticipation was high, as discards were sure to throw a spanner in the works for many of the front runners. All in all day 2 was looking too close to call.

However, the weather seemed to have ignored the weather forecast and wasn't exactly playing ball, as a dismal downpour and artic-like temperatures, lowered the morale of many sailors before launching. To make matters worse, there was a delay to racing as many parents were unaware of the earlier start, resulting in many sailors being late. On the bright side, though, there was a healthy breeze for racing.

Race four got under way with pace, supported by a breeze of 10-15 knots and climbing. Cally Terkelsen charged off into the lead at the windward mark and held on to a rather impressive lead throughout the race, with all others struggling to catch any ground on her. Overall, the race finished with Cally and Brandon Barker in first place, Phoebe Bradshaw and Imogen Mayhew in second and the ever consistent Ollie and Will Mears in third.

Race five immediately got underway, with Lia Fletcher and Kali Karaskas pulling away into the lead right off the bat, with Katie Yelland in second. All in all, there was very little change in positions the race, finishing off with Lia Fletcher in first, Katie Yelland in second and Olivia Gowland and Harriet Thorogood achieving their first top three result in a National event.

After the usual lunch break, it was time for the final race of the Inland Championship. Tensions were, as usual, very high, with many nervous parents calculating points in their head, and the wind reaching a healthy twenty knots resulted in more than a few rescues being required. Ollie Mears and Lia Fletcher convinced that starting on starboard was an unnecessary measure for them to take, port tacked the fleet to much success. At the windward mark, it was hardly a surprise that it was Ollie Mears in first with Lia breathing down his neck, in second. However, the new team of Lia and Kali Karaskas was clearly not content with winning only one race, and took Ollie Mears' first position from his grasp on the reach. From then on, there was little change in positioning, although Kate White and Rhona Enkel, in their final Cadet race, pulled through into third place. Overall for Race 6, Lia took the win, Ollie second and Kate in third.

So with all results totted up, and wine (and coke for the underage coach) bottles delivered to significant helpers in the event, with a special thank you going out to Matt White, who upon leaving the Cadet fleet, has laid more courses in his role as chief mark layer, than anyone dare count.

It was finally time for the reveal of the overall results. All in all, the regatta fleet performed very promisingly, with a sizeable fleet of eleven boats, including the arrival of many new South Cerney boats. Regatta fleet culminated with Hamish Collingridge and Robbie Stewart taking first, finishing in an astonishing (to this author) 17th overall, and also first under 13 helm. Not far behind was his close rival as mate Toby Bush with Kemel Thorogood, taking second in Regatta and 19th overall thanks to some impressive consistency. In third was Will and Tom Shepherd, finishing overall in 22nd. Throughout the event, the Regatta fleet proved that the divides between Gold, Silver and Regatta were not as clear cut as previously imagined, with many mixing with the more experienced bunch at every occasion.

The Silver fleet saw the return of Bea Green, keen to do another year, and her new crew Eloise Mayhew, taking third in the silver fleet, and 11th overall. In second was Daisy Nunn and Oscar Bush, who finished in 9th overall. However it was Ollie and Will Mears who stole the silver fleet show, as they not only won, but also finished at 2nd overall, and his impressive young age of 13 allowed him to also win first under 14 helm.

In the Gold Fleet, it was a tight affair, although a clear winner was eventually revealed. In 6th overall was Ellie Watling and George Little, who displayed a very consistent performance and a return to form for the Frensham duo. In 5th overall was Phoebe Bradshaw and Imogen Mayhew, an impressive result, with more than a few moments of brilliance. In 4th overall was Kate White and Rhona Enkel, bowing out of the Cadet fleet after 4 years with some magnificent successes. In 3rd overall was Lia Fletcher and Kali Karaskas, finishing with a brilliant last day, with two firsts on the trot. Next up was the aforementioned Ollie and Will Mears, a new, young team who are more than happy to show the old guard a thing or two on a start line. And in 1st place overall, was the new Inland Champions Katie Yelland and Dom Rowell, finishing with some great consistency.

So with boats put away for the week, the Inlands drew to a close. The weekend was a perfect example of the magnificence of the Cadet fleet and sailing as a whole, with many new faces rocking up with impressive results in what were some very tricky conditions. All there is to do is await the RYA Zone Championships, the last of the two indicators for the winter squad trainings. Zones here we come.

Overall Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1stGold10002Katie YellandDom RowellFrensham Pond SC1‑15142513
2ndSilver9962Ollie MearsWill MearsRoyal Corinthian YC6623‑10219
3rdGold10012Lia FletcherKali KaraskasWaldringfield SC/Stone SC4‑16691121
4thGold10007Kate WhiteRhonda EnkelWaldringfield SC/Maylinsea31410‑11321
5thGold10004Phoebe BradshawImogen MayhewFrensham Pond SC/WSC5‑8524723
6thGold9028Elinor WatlingGeorge LittleFrensham Pond SC247‑87828
7thGold8352Cally TerkelsenBrandon BarkerStone SC92‑17113429
8thGold9985Olivia GowlandHarriet ThorogoodWaldringfield SC8710‑213634
9thSilver9994Daisy NunnOscar BushWaldringfield SC1031279(RET)41
10thGold9983Hazel WhittleGwen ThorogoodWaldringfield SC7‑1381251143
11thSilver9321Beatrice GreenEloise MayhewWaldringfield SC1410‑15661450
12thSilver9977Sam GoultSarah McEwanFrensham Pond SC1314314‑191357
13thGold8420Rosie TargettSophia SfaxiFrensham Pond SC1111‑161115957
14thGold9151Yasmin SfaxiMatteo ManciniFrensham Pond SC/Fishers Green SC12129‑13121257
15thGold10051Ethan DaveyAlex EnkelWaldringfield SC/Maylinsea16‑18111881063
16thSilver9634Ben GoultAlexander McEwanFrensham Pond SC15‑17135171565
17thRegatta9374Hamish CollingridgeRobert StewartWaldringfield SC215‑2419141675
18thSilver9382Max BuswellMonty HamptonSouth Cerney SC209‑2317181983
19thRegatta10001Toby BushKemel ThorogoodWaldringfield SC19‑232115222299
20thSilver9673Alana CorbettMonty SlumpFrensham Pond SC23192023(OCS)21106
21stSilver8447Hannah CarruthersLibby DaunterFrensham Pond SC2221143020(RET)107
22ndRegatta9378William ShepherdTom ShepherdFrensham Pond SC2622‑29201625109
23rdRegatta9034Ines GreenEmilia MayhewWaldringfield SC2527‑32162517110
24thSilver9020Jess WatlingLillie BucktonFrensham Pond SC17242625(OCS)18110
25thGold8845Toby SlumpEmily CullenFrensham Pond SC‑272618262124115
26thSilver9289Isobel StewartChloe MorganSouth Cerney SC28‑2922242320117
27thRegatta10003Libbie BushDaisy HesterWaldringfield SC18252527(RET)26121
28thSilver521Amelia MayhewHenny WalkerWSC24202822(RET)RET130
29thSilver9964Antonia WilkinsonMegara WilkinsonFrensham Pond SC2928‑30292423133
30thRegatta9387Katya Davies‑SmithLucy PontetSouth Cerney SC35(DNF)19352727143
31stRegatta9401Megan McMorrisJoshua DavidsonSouth Cerney SC34(DNF)31312829153
32ndSilver7202Emilia HamptonJemima McMorrisSouth Cerney SC31313328(RET)30153
33rdRegatta9371Ethan MillarThomas PontetSouth Cerney SC3233‑34342928156
34thRegatta10006Jemima HillLizzy GrantFrensham Pond SC3330353326(RET)157
35thRegatta7679Mimi SlumpElisa PowerFrensham Pond SC30322732(RET)RET157

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