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Sailingfast Laser 4.7 World & European Qualifier Event at Rutland Sailing Club

by Keith Videlo 13 Feb 13:52 GMT 9-10 February 2019

On 9th & 10th February, Rutland Sailing Club hosted the Sailingfast Laser 4.7 World and European Qualifier event. Over 44 intrepid Laser sailors made the journey, despite the Storm Erik weather warning.

Saturday saw the sailors greeted with wind in excess of 30 knots, which was forecast to drop as the day progressed. A decision was made at 11:45 to launch the fleet as the wind had dropped to below 25 knots. As luck would have it, as soon as the fleet was launching, the wind bounced back to 30 plus knots. The following 20 minutes saw most boats capsizing at least twice and led to the decision to send the fleet ashore.

David Rowlands, the Race Officer for weekend, reported that the Committee Boat was struggling to stay upright in the wind and waves. After an hour ashore, all racing was postponed until the next day.

On Sunday the sailors were greeted to a complete contrast in weather. Saturday whilst very windy, had been mild. Sunday saw light winds, rain and temperatures just above freezing.

The first race was sailed in a force 3. Drew Gibbons from West Kirby S.C. quickly pulled out a big lead and won very comfortably from Thomas Williamson, whilst the Issy Leetch led the girls home.

By the start of race 2 the wind was beginning to pick up as forecast, the girls showed the boys how to sail, with Coco Barrett winning from Island Barn S.C. closely followed by Liz Beardsall. In race 3 Kai Wolgram from Llyn Brenig won followed by Scott Forbes. Coco again led the girls.

By the time Race 4 had started the wind had picked up to force 4-5 and the fleet was beginning to look depleted as several boats decided they had had enough and came ashore for an early shower. The race was again won by Kai with Theo Gumbley second. Despite retiring from the last race Drew had done enough to secure the series win and the Winter Championship. The girls were led by Liz with Coco finishing next. This meant Coco had won the girls event, a fitting birthday present.

After four back to back races, tired and cold sailors returned to shore to be greeted by a massive rain shower-perfect for packing up the boat!

At prizing giving the Laser class thanked Rutland S.C for all their help and support in organising the event especially David Rowlands the Race Officer, Tom Rushbridge the UKLA Laser 4.7 Race Officer and all the safety crew. A special thank you was made to Sailingfast who generously donated all the prizes and are sponsoring the 2019 4.7 ladder events.

The Laser 4.7 class looks forward to returning in early May when hopefully the weather will be much kinder. Our next qualifier is at WPNSA on 9/10 March when the fleet are hoping for some milder weather.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st193725Drew GIBBONSWest Kirby134(DNC)8
2nd213657Scott FORBESLoch Lomond SC‑1242410
3rd214081Kai WOLGRAMLlyn Brenig‑1891111
4th213540Coco BARRETTIsland Barn‑1015511
5th213082Harvey LEIGHLlsc and Trearddur Bay553‑813
6th210233Theo Gumbley 4‑2211217
7th213150Elizabeth BEARDSALLWarsash172‑18322
8th194122Thomas WILLIAMSONIsland Barn2‑12101123
9th214005Abby CHILDERLEYRsrnyc8‑146923
10th212008Samantha EDWARDSPapercourt11712‑1930
11th213524Jamie TYLECOTERutland SC13117‑1531
12th213051Keelin GREENEHISC7‑26141233
13th206488Charlotte ROCKETTBarnt Green‑1510131033
14th205823Josh MORGANDubai Offshore SC‑22218635
15th206191Charlotte VIDELOFrensham Pond SC6‑17171639
16th213080Max BRADLEYWwsc / Rsyc24‑259740
17th213533Catie WARBURTONLoch Venachar Sc20‑34151449
18th204883Jacob FELTONStaunton Harold SC91526‑3150
19th214007Jack GRAHAM‑TROLLRLymYC / Banbury SC1913‑201850
20th178683Eabha STRONG‑WRIGHTLlandegfedd SC142019‑2253
21st165292Oliver WOODLEYBurghfield SC166‑373557
22nd202320Gemma MCDONNELLHollowell‑2929161358
23rd213084Alice SNOOKHISC(OCS)16272063
24th209425Carys ATTWELLRutland SC26‑27211764
25th193443Sam JONESHill Head SC31828(DNC)67
26th203290Jennifer WESLEYLoch Venachar21‑24232468
27th208711Yana SKVORTSOVAIsland Barn Reservoir SC2719‑352773
28th206471Bruno NICHOLASLLSC(OCS)18312675
29th214960Lucy DAVISRoyal Southern YC‑3930252176
30th200715Ben TYLECOTERutland SC302822(DNC)80
31st204013Flynn ATKINSChristchurch S232336(DNC)82
32nd201639Freya BADDELEYRLymYC28‑33243082
33rd123546Tess SADOWSKIRLymYC25‑36302984
34th204121Jacob ANDERSENRLymYC‑3737292389
35th197689Cameron HOOKGurnard SC3232‑342589
36th213584Mack Marin MILINKOVICWwsc‑3631323497
37th176779Findlay BIGNOLD‑KYLESRLymYC3335‑3933101
38th195246Issy LEETCHRutland SC3(RET)DNCDNC103
39th201587Freya PEMBERYRutland SC34‑383832104
40th210223Oliver BADDELEYRLymYC(OCS)OCS3328111
41st195779Anya MORRISMYC383940(DNC)117
42nd215222Charli FENSOMPennine SC35(DNC)DNCDNC135
43rd196667Patrick BEUKENHOLDTDerwent Reservoir Sailing Club(DNC)DNCDNCDNC150
43rd191330Luke ANSTEYFrensham Pond SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC150
43rd142793Sebastian SHILLINGDerwent Reservoir SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC150
43rd145911Oscar SHILLINGDerwent Reservoir SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC150
43rd190719Ewan MCANALLYRutland(DNC)DNCDNCDNC150

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