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RS Tera Start of Season Championships at Northampton Sailing Club

by Alice Davis & Will James 2 May 10:42 BST

Pro Fleet - by Alice Davis

We arrived at Northampton SC on Saturday morning for the Start of Seasons only to discover the crazy 50 knot forecast was true! After an hour's postponement the race officer Neil Barford decided to can the racing for the day leaving us to go and do other things with our friends. However because we didn't get any racing in on Saturday, it meant a VERY early start on the Sunday launching at 8:30 in the morning with the aims of getting six races in that day.

The first race was very close with me rounding the last mark in first however due to all the sports starting, I got mixed up with them and Teddy took the win, with me in second and Peter in third. The second race was very shifty and difficult and after some close racing at the front, Esme stole the win from Teddy in second and Max in third. In the third race, Teddy yet again took another win, I was in second, and Oliver was in 3rd after some very close racing in shifty conditions. The last race before lunch was again difficult to sail and Lucas won, with Oliver in second and me close behind in third.

We then went in for lunch for a while before going out again to get another three races in. In the fifth race, I picked the shifts really well and on the last lap I had a massive lead however close to the windward mark, my traveller snapped and I then had to try to sail the rest of the race holding the mainsheet from the boom which was very tiring! Nevertheless, I managed to finish the race with a win followed by Oliver again in second and Max in third.

In the sixth race, after I'd managed to kind of fix my traveller with a piece of rope in my buoyancy aid, I gained into second but then lost on the upwind to Max meaning Lucas took another win, Max in second and me in third. We were all surprised that there was a last race and were quite tired nevertheless, me, Oliver and Teddy battled it out for the decider of who would win the event and overall, in the last race, I won after a nerve-racking last downwind, and Oliver closely followed with Teddy in third.

I am really to have pleased to have won as I was consistent the whole way through and it was close racing. Thank you to all the competitors for making it such a good event!!

Sport Fleet - by Will James

50 RS Tera sport sailing boats arrived from all around the country to race at Northampton Sailing Club for the RS Tera Start of Seasons Championship. The strong winds forecast for the weekend made the chance of sailing getting cancelled on Saturday a possibility. Sure enough the winds built but with some really big gusts of up to 40 plus knots, the race officer made the sensible decision and after a one hour postponement to cancel all racing for the day.

SI's were changed to allow an earlier start on the Sunday and a later finish. Race one got under way with a small start line, lots of pushing with some very enthusiastic sailors caused the inevitable general recall. The second start was under a black flag and unfortunately eight boats were black flagged. The winner of that race was William James (2671) second Toby Hatsell (1906) third Fflur Pierce (1922).

Race two was a clear start with another first for William James (2671) closely followed by Tristan Ahleid (1874) and in third place Fflur Pierce (1922). Race three was all clear again and the winner was Freddie Sunderland (3575) second Finlay Lomas-Clarke (2226) third Felix Stewart (2969). The fourth race was an all clear again and the winner being Finlay Lomas-Clarke (2226) second Oliver Stratton-Brown (2392) third Freddie Sunderland (3575).

The fifth race was again an all clear with Felix Stewart (2969) being the winner, second was Olly Peters (228) third William James (2671). The sixth race was again an all clear with William James (2671) being the winner, second was Olly Peters (228) third William Bailey (3159). The seventh and finally race was an all clear and saw William James (2671) win the final race, second Olly Peters (228) and third William Bailey (3159).

Overall the final standings were Freddie Sunderland (3575) third the Fflur Pierce (1922) second and William James (2671) first. It was an absolutely great weekend and everyone was ready to go to Rutland Sailing Club for the RS Tera Inland Championship.

Frensham wins the club prize

With an impressive thirteen members taking part, Frensham Pond Sailing Club won the club prize. Members Oliver Stratton-Brown took fourth place in the sport fleet and Mark Soars took first place in the regatta fleet, an amazing result considering it was his first ever championship event! Credit to all the children who took part and to the coaches at the club for inspiring the children to take part and strive to win!

Pro Fleet Results:

PosSail NoClubHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1798Great Moor SCAlice Davis2‑52‑3131 9
22386Isle of Man Yacht ClubTeddy Dunn121‑75‑83 12
32602Yorkshire Dales SCOliver Rayner‑8‑632242 13
42505Welsh Harp and DatchetMax Steele‑73‑95326 19
52012Banbury SCLucas Bennett‑12751‑12111 25
63257Yorkshire Dales SCEsme Barraclough41‑12‑13699 29
72025Royal Lymington YCAbby Hire6‑19‑18121074 39
83657Alton WaterFelix Powell‑1810684‑1812 40
93262Draycote Water SCImogen Wade597‑15‑14128 41
102743Benfleet Yacht ClubJoseph Blaker‑11‑14119867 41
112941Welsh Harp Sailing ClubAkira Blackah‑14‑1510471113 45
122764Frensham Pond SCTom Stratton‑Brown‑1341311‑15135 46
133444Isle of Man Yacht ClubPeter Cope31246(OCS)(DNC)DNC 49
142936Draycote Water SCJames Knight‑22138‑16131010 54
152842Great Moor SCOskar Shepherd108‑1614914‑15 55
161591Brightlingsea Sailing ClubHarry McTiernan‑17‑18171016514 62
172784Isle of Man Yacht ClubNickolas Ellis917142111(DNC)(DNC) 72
183436Royal Lymington YCTom Wharmby1516‑21‑22181716 82
193654Corinthian Otters/ Royal Hospital SchoolImogen Palmer‑21112018‑221618 83
20985Emsworth SCOllie Williams19‑2019‑20171517 87
213578RickmansworthToby McFarlane‑20‑231517191919 89
222670HISCAlex Baker1621‑22‑23212021 99
232171Rutland SCLauren Attwell‑2322‑2319202120 102

Sport Fleet Results:

PosSail NoClubHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
12671Paignton SCWilliam James11‑10‑11311 7
21922PDSC/Rydal PenrhosFflur Pierce334‑1467‑9 23
33575OMSCFreddie Sunderland9713‑114‑13 24
42392Frensham Pond SCOliver Stratton‑Brown65924‑10‑23 26
52969Windermere SchoolFelix Stewart(OCS)63‑221612 28
63159Ripon / Yorkshire DalesWilliam Bailey10‑26‑214833 28
72226Frensham Pond SCFinlay Lomas‑Clarke‑11112110‑125 29
83597Hayling Island Sailing ClubJosh Stokes7488‑16‑226 33
91874FPSCTristan Ahlheid‑13211‑13597 34
102603Yorkshire Dales Sailing ClubMatthew Rayner(OCS)8‑3259810 40
11228HISCOlly Peters(OCS)‑332412222 42
121906Middle Nene SCToby Hatsell2‑257‑2871611 43
132652Welsh Harp SCJoseph Henderdson4‑3151515‑234 43
143192Royal Lymington Yacht ClubHarry West20912613‑21‑29 60
153091Rutland Sailing ClubToby Smith‑2314‑189121515 65
162855Royal Hospital SchoolGeorgie Stammers‑22201710185‑21 70
172154Yorkshire Dales SC / Ripon SCTilda Brayshay151516‑191411‑18 71
182967Windermere SchoolZak Sanderson Davies517‑3324‑351416 76
193464Gurnard Sailing ClubKillian Boag‑27131971720‑31 76
202086RHYCNathan Russell182314‑29‑36138 76
212090Frensham Pond SCToby Thompson1918620‑34‑2814 77
222611Llandudno SCFreddie MacLaverty12‑211516‑231719 79
233606Bough BeechFinley Southon16161325‑3118‑28 88
243560Hayling Island Sailing ClubMax Sydenham2110‑2618‑291922 90
253719HISC/ ESCThomas Jubb829‑37‑38202420 101
262616HISCMark Jenkins Jauma‑33122717‑322726 109
273585Emsworth Sailing ClubToby Field1724282121‑29(DNC) 111
283596Hayling Island Sailing ClubBen Stokes14‑352526‑383117 113
292662ItchenorHenry Jones2828203419‑35(DNC) 129
302300RVYCSam Osborne2627223024‑32(DNC) 129
313423Swysa/exeJoshua John‑ringe(OCS)302323‑332530 131
322414Gurnard Sailing ClubThomas Leather2422293226‑34‑35 133
332092Isle of Man Yach ClubArchie Dunn(OCS)19313322‑3632 137
341901Hayling Island Sailing ClubAlex Sydenham32‑37302725‑3324 138
353250Welsh Harp Sailing ClubKai Blackah(OCS)3436352726(DNC) 158
363263Draycote Water SCHarriet Wade2938‑40‑47373027 161
372214Frensham Pond SCAndrew Soars25‑453431‑494034 164
382661Wilsonian SCCharlotte White41‑46‑4240283825 172
392049HISC/Emsworth Sailing ClubJess Charlesworth38‑43‑4341303933 181
401387HISCCharlie Baker31324137‑45‑4443 184
412348Frensham Pond SCWilliam Stratton‑Brown35‑41353639‑4739 184
429Felpham Sailing ClubJosie Kelly39‑403939‑473737 191
432467Rutland Sailing ClubGeorgiana Caldecott30‑47‑4744444238 198
442356Emsworth SCCharlie Williams34‑4844‑45414336 198
452380Emsworth Sailing Club/HISCBen Charlesworth3636‑484343‑4842 200
463009Weston SC/ Rock SCElla Harris4039‑45‑46404541 205
474Hayling Island Sailing ClubJemima Holden(OCS)42‑4642424140 207
481693Draycote Water SCFelicity Angell424438(DNC)‑464644 214
492260HISCJoshua Inglesfield43‑49‑4948484945 233
503780Bough BeechArchie Southon37(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC 241

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