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Midlands Topper Traveller round 4 at Northampton Sailing Club

by Midlands Topper Fleet 12 May 15:48 BST
Midlands Topper Traveller round 4 at Northampton © Victoria Turnbull

As the sailing season starts to get into full swing the Midlands Topper Traveller Series 2018-19 reached the halfway point. So far the first three rounds at Draycote, Carsington and Banbury were all extremely close events with the first two boats at round 2 and 3 each scoring identical points and being separated only by countback. Kate Robertson had won round 1 at Draycote. Will Thomas had won both Carsington and Banbury on countback with Kate Robertson coming second at Carsington and Ben Paling coming second at Banbury.

Notable landmarks achieved by some Midlands sailors in the first three rounds were, finally Kate Robertson won her first ever Midlands Topper Traveller race, Heather Quinn did the same at Carsington and Charlie Guyett and Iris Singleton scored their first race wins at Banbury.

Round 4 at Northampton was a wholly different affair. Good wind in the morning session saw Kate lead the day with two wins and 2 points on the board. The next nearest sailors were on 7 points with Iris Singleton ahead on countback of Series leader Will. Ben Paling and Thomas Link were close behind on 8 points.

After a leisurely lunch break the wind had started to drop a little and become patchy and shifty. It was hard to tell whether these changeable conditions were more frustrating for the sailors or the spectating parents. Race 3 saw three boats leading away with Kate in the lead only for the rest of the fleet to catch up and swamp the leaders at the leeward mark. Rounding ten abreast it seemed in true Topper style the whole pack was shuffled again and Felix Mcmullan led for a while.

The final two races saw much of the same with the shifty patchy wind making the windward leg like a game of snakes and ladders, regularly shuffling the running order about.

A consistent performance by Iris Singleton saw her through to her first open meeting win with Kate second and Ben third.

Meanwhile in the 4.2s Imogen Green, Clemmie Middle and Polly McMullan were racing away amongst themselves with Imogen and Clemmie seemingly joined at the gunwhale vying for the lead spot in the 4.2 fleet. Imogen finally pipped Clemmie by 1 point in what seems to be Midlands style racing, extremely close and well sailed racing.

Overall Results: Series results can be found here [PDF]

PosClassSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
15.347101Iris SingletonHollowell2‑5125
25.348050Kate RobertsonSwarkestone115‑87
35.347790Ben PalingNotts County62‑1019
45.346770William ThomasNotts County342‑79
55.348252Thomas LinkLLSC53‑7513
65.348098Charlie GuyettCransley‑974415
75.347023Heather QuinnNotts County76‑9316
85.347765Oli KeenanTamworth4‑86616
95.348101Felix McMullanDraycote‑121031225
105.348437Taylor BerryChase89‑121128
115.346391Ted BallDraycote‑131181029
125.347388Amee BrayBanbury‑181211932
135.345991Keiran BrayBanbury10‑14131437
145.320862Joseph RoweDWSC111615‑1742
155.341145Matthew ChaddertonTrimpley‑1513141542
165.342613Edward PalingNotts County17DSQ)171347
175.342911Remy MacWhinnieDraycote1415‑191948
185.346548Emily RussellWysa16‑18181650
195.327192Eddie QuinnNotts County191916RET54
205.328661Stefan MurgiaCarsington‑2017201855
214.231618Imogen GreenDraycote‑2120212162
224.213976Clem MiddleDraycote‑2221222063
235.346512Jess HedgecockHollowell‑2322232368
244.245197Polly McMillanHollowellDSQ23242269

Prizes were awarded to:

1st overall Iris Singleton Hollowell SC
2nd overall Kate Robertson Swarkestone SC
3rd overall Ben Paling Notts County SC

1st 4.2 Imogen Green Draycote SC
2nd 4.2 Clemmie Middle Draycote SC
3rd 4.2 Polly McMullan Hollowell SC

1st U13 Matthew Chadderton Trimpley SC
1st Non Squad Sailor Joseph Rowe Draycote SC

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