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Rooster Optimist Southern Traveller Series at Chichester Yacht Club

by Nick and Biddy Colebourn 15 May 13:02 BST
Rooster Optimist Southern Traveller Series visits Chichester © Brian Ayton

18 competitors in main fleet braved the strong and gusty wind at Chichester Yacht Club for the Rooster Optimist Southern Traveller Series Open Meeting.

Race Officer Derek Jackman set a trapezoid course, for the Main Open Fleet, which gave the opportunity for some exciting downwind sailing but was hard work up the beats for all the sailors.

Sam Watson from Emsworth Slipper SC showed his mastery of the conditions by winning all three races but his brother Luke chased him hard all the way finishing second overall. Hazel Jones of Hayling Island SC and Edith Ingram of Dell Quay SC also sailed well with Edith just taking second place in the last race to take third overall with Hazel fourth on discard.

Lower down the fleet Florence Ingram also DQSC and Lucy Owen of Chichester YC showed a steady improvement in spite of the increasingly windy conditions finishing twelfth and fourteenth overall. Ethan Hill was first CYC boat in seventh place with Effie Grant two points behind in ninth.

For the less experienced sailors, the Rooster Regatta Fleet Series event provided opportunities for the 30 competitors to develop their racing skills. The wind strength was a real challenge for them with winds up to 25 knots but they coped with the conditions with great courage and tenacity. The wind was strong enough for some exciting planing on three downwind legs of the course.

In the first race, Tom Saunders from Warsash SC led the first lap but his clubmate, Tom Peace, recovered from seventh, after a poor start, to take the lead in the second lap.

There was quite a battle for the lead during the third lap between Ella Cumming also from Warsash, Tom Peace and Finnlea Leigh-Anderson from Christchurch SC. Those three continued in tight competition on the final lap with Tom Peace winning, Ella second and Finnlea third at the end.

After a break ashore, to allow a severe squall to pass through and giving the sailors time for lunch, the second race started with Joe Armstrong Roland of Royal Southern YC showing very quickly out of the start and maintaining superior boat speed, on all legs of the course, to build a substantial lead through the first two laps. However, a period of very strong wind found him in difficulties on the third beat and Tom Peace came through to win again.

There was considerable place changing in this race, with Barney Bromilow from Parkstone YC coming through to second, after his fourth in the first race, followed by Tom Saunders at the finish.

Overall, Tom Peace won with Barney Bromilow second and Tom Saunders third. The tie on points between Saunders and Leigh-Anderson was settled by the results in the last race.

Jake Teece of the home club, CYC, sailed consistently well to finish fourth.

Main Fleet Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1st5252Sam WatsonEmsworth Slipper SC‑1112
2nd6279Luke WatsonEmsworth Slipper SC22‑34
3rd5943Edith IngramDell Quay Sailing Club4‑726
4th6179Hazel JonesHISC33‑46
5th5224Ella JonesHISC54‑79
6th6345Dirk RogersRoyal Lymington YC‑65510
7th5834Ethan HillCYC‑116814
8th6522Henry MayRoyal Lymington Yacht Club‑109615
9th5378Effie GrantCYC88‑916
10th6529Emily BrushettRSrnYC713‑1420
11th6432Ed Upton BrownBosham Sailing Club‑13101121
12th4944Florence IngramDell Quay Sailing Club‑16121022
13th720Harrison Blackmore‑SquiresCYC1211‑1323
14th4396Lucy OwenCYC‑15141226
15th5302Bas BushChichester Yacht Club9(DNF)DNF28
16th6288Nia MecklenburghRoyal Lymington YC14(DNF)DNC33
17th6042Ollie McCormickParkstone Yacht Club(DNC)DNCDNC38
17th6195India EastwoodBosham Sailing Club(DNF)DNCDNC38

Regata Fleet Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2Pts
1st5872Thomas PeaceWarsash Sailing Club112
2nd5745Barney BromilowParkstone Yacht Club426
3rd6087Thomas SaundersWarsash538
4th5934Finnlee Leigh‑AndersonChristchurch358
5th6493Jake TeeceCYC7411
6th6484Ella CummingWarsash Sailing Club21113
7th6301Will HakesParkstone Yacht Club6814
8th6271Jonny RogersRLymYC8917
9th5788Alex BreeseRLymYC14620
10th3534Ned ColesEmsworth Slipper SC121224
11th700Archie BarberRSrn.YC151025
12th4767Sienna MordauntRoyal Lymington Yacht Club131326
13th6105Alice PopeRVYCDNF738
14th4650Roman ArcherPYC9DNS40
15th4771Isla HillCYC10DNC41
16th5072Nicholas AndersonCYC11DNS42
17th717Marcus Blackmore‑SquiresCyc16DNS47
18th4414james MartinEmsworth Slipper17DNS48
19th5946Evie CummingWarsash Sailing ClubDNFDNC62
19th5753Tom EastwoodBosham Sailing ClubDNFDNF62
19th5883Hector DaviesRLYMYCDNFDNC62
19th5369Daisy HeronRoyal Lymington YCDNFDNC62
19th3378Seb SittolWarsashDNFDNC62
19th5051Sam Armstrong RolandRSrnYCDNFDNS62
19th5251Joe Armstrong RolandRSrnYCDNFDNF62
19th6273Matilda MayRoyal Lymington Yacht ClubDNFDNS62
19th4183Lauren MecklenburghKeyhavenDNFDNC62
19th5289Zac BrushettRSrnYCDNFDNC62
19th6024Pippa ShepherdBosham Sailing ClubDNFDNS62
19th5107Lauren BarberRSrn.YCDNFDNC62

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