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Cadets at the RYA East Zone Junior Championships

by Neil Collingridge 8 Oct 2018 08:17 BST 29-30 September 2018
Cadets at the RYA East Zone Junior Championships © Tim Hampton /

A tremendous entry of 32 boats at Grafham contested the last big Cadet event of the season. It was the final winter squad qualifier and with coveted places up for grabs it was always likely to be a competitive weekend. Six races; six different race winners - there can't have been many fleets at Grafham or elsewhere around the country where it was harder fought.

Race one up in the top left corner of the lake on a course shared with the Laser 4.7s under the excellent race management of Peter Saxton whose patience was to be tested by the very shifty conditions. Phoebe Bradshaw and Rhona Enkel - a brand new pairing took it by the scruff of the neck to win from another new combo - Yasmin Sfaxi and Matteo Mancini with Hazel Whittle and Gwen Thorogood taking third.

A long wait for the wind to settle followed. The sailors could see what was going on so waited patiently knowing we were in such good hands. Those who were using their time wisely could see that if you looked all the way up the track you could see which sides the gusts were coming down the lake and plan accordingly. It was too late to head to the right or left when the breeze got there but if you watched the lasers up ahead it was just about possible to see where you were going to need to be 5 minutes later. Hazel and Gwen mastered this nicely and sowed up race 2 with Ellie Watling and George Little in second and Daisy Nunn and Oscar Bush third.

Last race of the day and the sun was still out if a bit milky pale and not so warm but there was still reasonable breeze - perhaps in fact the most stable of the day and although it had been a long day on the water the racing was no less competitive. Rosie Targett and Sophia Sfaxi showing a welcome return to form reminded the fleet of what everyone knows they are capable of. A big win for them then with Olivia Gowland and Hettie Thorogood sailing through to second and Phoebe and Rhona taking the overnight lead with a third place.

On to day two and some better wind (strong and stable - where have we heard that before?) and the PRO had pulled rank to take our course to the east end of the lake where the wind was less affected by shore effects. Race 4 saw Sam Goult and Sarah McEwan port tack the whole fleet and disappear off up wind like a Shinkansen (look it up). They sailed like they were indeed on rails and pulled a start to finish bullet on the fleet showing great promise from the more junior ranks. So too was the boat in third place - siblings Ben Goult and Alex McEwan, sandwiching the ever consistent Phoebe and Rhona who were starting to take a grip on proceeding with great consistency.

By now it was blowing some but the Cadet class was again showing its great seaworthiness with most crews managing well and even those who occasionally tested the water temperature not put off. Race 5 - new faces in the lead Daisy and Oscar again pulling clear on the first beat and never getting caught. Second once more was Phoebe and Rhona (securing for them the champs with a race to spare) and Charlotte Leigh and Tom Krailing who were having a great weekend taking third.

Last race, some tired limbs, breeze now quite pokey, still squad places up for grabs. No surprises about second place - Phoebe and Rhona of course but this time it was Lia Fletcher and Kali Karaskas' turn to light the after-burners and record the win. Enough to secure second place overall for them, and third in the last race; Ben and Alex again.

So a great weekend for the Cadet Class pulling down the curtain on a fantastic season of competitive cadet racing. Fun of course at the forefront, friendships made, sometimes with sailors from the other side of the planet! Planes, trains, automobiles and of course our cherished boats - ten and a half feet of wonderfulness. Alongside the squads this winter there will be open training and regional training so go to for further information - it's true: "You'll never forget your first cadet!" You'll see...

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st10004Phoebe BradshawRhona EnkelFrensham Pond Sailing Club1‑4322210
2nd10012Lia FletcherKali KaraskasWaldringfield Sailing Club5‑9475122
3rd9151Yasmin SfaxiMatteo ManciniFrensham Pond Sailing Club2105‑244728
4th9994Daisy NunnOscar BushWaldringfield Sailing Club103‑12111530
5th9983Hazel WhittleGwen ThorogoodWaldringfield Sailing Club3111‑127931
6th9985Olivia GowlandHettie ThorogoodWaldringfield Sailing Club662810‑1432
7th8420Rosie TargettSophia SfaxiFrensham Pond Sailing Club17516‑20433
8th9028Ellie watlingGeorge LittleFrensham Pond Sailing Club12264‑131236
9th10051Ethan DaveyAlex EnkelWaldingfield Sailing Club4‑281558638
10th9634Ben GoultAlex McEwanFrensham Pond(DNC [33])121739344
11th9982Charlotte LeighTom KradlingWaldingfield Sailing Club11117153(DNC [33])47
12th9321Beatrice GreenEloise MayhewWaldrington71414‑1711854
13th9977Sam GoultSarah McEwanFrensham Pond13720116(SCP [21])57
14th9673Alana CorbettMonty SlumpFrensham Pond Sailing Club919‑2513141368
15th9374Hamish CollingridgeRobert StewartWaldringfield Sailing Club815‑2318211577
16th9964Antonia WilkinsonMegara WilkinsonFrensham Pond Sailing Club1917‑2419121077
17th9020Jess WatlingLillie BucktonFrensham Pond Sailing Club1420‑272061878
18th521Amelia MayhewHenny WalkerWaldringfield Sailing Club(DNC [33])13810252581
19th9382Max BuswellMonty HamptonSouth Cerney16161614‑191981
20th9378William ShepherdTom ShepherdFrensham Pond Sailing Club2389‑26222486
21st10001Toby BushKemmel ThorogoodWaldringfield Sailing Club(DNC [33])18109UFD [33]1686
22nd8447Hannah CarruthersLibby DaunterFrensham Pond Sailing Club(UFD [33])211316172188
23rd9289Isobel StewartChloe MorganWaldringfield Sailing Club182221‑25151793
24th10003Libbie BushImogen MayhewWaldringfield Sailing Club15‑231922182397
25th9034Ines GreenEmilia MayhewWaldrington(DNC [33])3018232620117
26th10032Hamish TaylorJess EversonFrensham Pond Sailing Club212726‑292422120
27th7202Emilia HamptonJemima McMorrisSouth Cerney Sailing Club242522‑312327121
28th8852Tristan WhittleEthan MillarWaldringfield2226‑29212729125
29th9576Edward FletcherOliver BennettWaldringfield Sailing Club2024‑28272828127
30th9401Megan McMorrisToby DavidsonSouth Cerney Sailing Club2529‑30302926139
31st7679Mimi SlumpElisa CurryFrensham Pond Sailing Club26‑3131283030145
32nd10002Katie YellandDominic RowellFrensham Pond Sailing Club(DNC [33])DNC [33]DNC [33]DNC [33]DNC [33]DNC [33]165

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