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Etchells Sir Kenneth Preston Regatta at the Royal Yacht Squadron

by Jan Ford 28 May 07:41 BST 25-27 May 2019
Etchells Sir Kenneth Preston Regatta ©

This weekend saw the 25th year of the Sir Kenneth Preston Trophy; in memory of the retired Vice Commodore of the Royal Yacht Squadron and captain of the 1960 British Olympic sailing team. Previous notable recipients of the prize (and who feature on the plaque in the Squadron) are Stuart Childerley and three times winner Laurence Mead.

This year's event saw fourteen Etchells entered, and three youth teams. This is in keeping with Sir Kenneth Preston's personal aim to support young sailors.

Saturday began with blue skies, warm weather and no wind, which led to an hour postponement to racing. This allowed crews to tweak rigs, sunbathe and have Tiffin's breakfasts. At midday a sea breeze began to fill in and the Etchells made their way to Hill head race area for some windward leeward courses. Three races were run, which saw competitive racing at all points in the fleet. Particular note should be made of Peter Roger's team who took the lead in the first race and Grant Simmer's team who came first in races 2 and 3.

Sunday saw a new band of pressure across the Solent, with brief glimpses of sunshine. The wind direction was similar to Saturday, a westerly, but with a bit more of a kick (average 18 knots). This led to a challenging sea-state of short, sharp chop in the racing area. First place in race 5 went to William McNeil and in race 6 Grant Simmer took the lead. Particularly notable was the performance of Robby Boyd and his youth team in Race five, who had a very clean and quick race and finished in 3rd.

After finally emerging from the salty sea's, the Etchells sailors made their way to the squadron for the event dinner. It was an excellent evening hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron and a chance for many of the youth teams to integrate into the class.

Monday was the final day of racing in the SKP. The conditions were very glamorous, with blue skies and an average of 15knots, beginning as a NW and swinging round to a Westerly throughout the day. The bigger waves led to lots of surfing downwind and some great action photographs. The fleet had clean starts all day, with the comforting call of 'line clear' in both races. The last race of the day saw Jolly Roger winning, proving that you can win the social and then win races.

This weekend was a fantastic glimpse into the racing that is to come for the rest of the season. The Etchells class are very grateful to Peter Saxton (PRO) and his team for running a seamless event.

Overall Results:

PosBow NoSail NoYacht NameCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
160  GBR 1460MBFGrant Simmer / Graeme Spence / Sam Haines4112514718
29  GBR 14091409 (Corinthian)William McNeill / Toby Mumford / Toby Yeabsley3293171320
392  GBR 1441HighlifePeter Rogers / Neil Harrison / Charlie Cumberley172BFD633527
437  GBR 1437Exabyte 7Shaun Frohlich / David Bedford / James Anderson7348765234
539  GBR 1439Rocketman (Corinthian)Rob Goddard / Bryn Phillips / Diana Kissane / Ed Haynes104341057639
652  GBR 1352Jolly RogerMatt Reid / Matt Reid / Bruno Van dyke5966DSQ410141
731  GBR 1431STRAIT DEALERDavid Franks / Graham Sunderland / Harry Blowers / Jenny Copley655BFD4291041
820  GBR 1020Royal Lymington YC Youths (Corinthian)Robby Boyd / Nik Froud / Andrew Pimm / Chay Taylor126RET7386446
97  GBR 1407Ice (Corinthian)Andrew Cooper / Mike Greville / Patrick CondyDNCDNCDNC52112858
1053  Gbr 1353The Plant HunterMalcom Offord / Laurence Mead / Will Heritage881010998DNF62
1182  GBR 782Royal Thames YC Youths (Corinthian)Chris Eames / Emily Kinver / Rosie Povall / Alida910RET981012967
1251  GBR 1351Audrey (Corinthian)Jon Warwick / Eddie Warwick / Fraser Woodley2118DNFDNSDNS111274
1314  GBR 1194Oxford University YC Youths (Corinthian)Rebecca Anthony / Josh Bell / Meli Besse / Annika Moslein11127DNCDNSDNS131184
1433  GBR 1438Swedish BlueAnte Razmilovic / Andrew mills / Brian hammersleyDNCDNCDNC1DNSDNSDNSDNS91

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