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Berthon Marina Optimist open meeting at Royal Lymington Yacht Club

by Valeria Sesto 6 Jun 19:17 BST 1-2 June 2019

This last weekend, the RLymYC hosted their annual Oppie Open sailing event, for all optimist sailors around the country, who came to Lymington to contest for this traditional trophy.

It was a superb weekend with all sorts of sailing conditions, from light winds to over 23 knots. Very tidal, as characteristic from the Solent. Both the Worlds and European GBR teams were down here to train for their events in Antigua and France, which made the regatta's level very high and demanding. The event was sponsored by Berthon Marina (and thanks to Dominic May) and supported by Coffee Mongers Roasting Company (thanks to Brooke El-Khazindar) and New Forest Ice Cream. The Event also had the presence of SAS Plastic Free Lymington, led by Christine Spriter.

There were 85 competitors from Main and Regatta Fleet.

Under the expert command of Race Officer George Heathcote, the Main Fleet completed three races on Saturday, with very challenging weather conditions, shifty and light winds together with tide. Regatta Fleet completed five races.

At the end of Saturday there was a clear lead from Lymington local Santiago Sesto-Cosby yet all top sailors were able to claim the cup, given their skills, ability and closeness in points. On Sunday the wind was strong in the morning, with gusts of over 35 knots. This was enough to have all the younger sailors upside down, so Regatta Fleet made the difficult decision to come back ashore. In the meantime, the Main Fleet found the strong conditions ideal for sailing and training with more choppy seas and wind against tide.

This fleet completed five further fantastic races on Sunday, with the last two, being moved further out towards Yarmouth to give the sailors a race course with more waves and tide, to challenge them and to train for their wavy International sea events ahead. Santi won the event outright, was first boy and top Lymington Sailor, despite starting with a wobbly 23rd place on the first race on Sunday, which meant Hayling Island Sailor Kuba Staite got closer and his life-long friend Henry Heathcote (who had a spectacular last race win) was catching up too. He had won two races, had a second, two thirds, a fifth and a seventh, which put him in first place with 22 points, ahead of Kuba (25 points) and Henry, who was third with 31 points.

The event was organised by RLymYC Feet Captains Richard Breese and Valeria Sesto, the Safety Leader Joff McGill and PRO George Heathcote. On the water team was competed by Pin Boat Ben Vines and Mark Layers Gen and Ed Webb. Clive Cosby was Regatta Fleet PRO, supported by GBR former Olympian Sarah Gosling. Vicky Leen was the event lead from the Club team.

The Prize Giving took part on the balcony of the RLymYC and the prizes were given out by the two current top British 420 sailors who are going to the Youth World Championships for GB this year, Lymington's William Heathcote and Haydn Sewell (who was coaching the Lymington fleet this weekend).

Main Fleet Results:

The overall Winner was Santiago Sesto-Cosby, also winning the top boy prize and the trophy for the top Lymington Sailor.
Youngest Sailor: Leo Gosling
Johnny Marshall Trophy: Main Fleet, First Girl overall Arwen Fflur
Pom Green Trophy: Main Fleet First Optimist age 12 years and under Johnny Sargent
Salterns Trophy: Main Fleet First Optimist age 10 years and under Lila Edwards
Yachtmail Trophy: Regatta Fleet winner Ocean Hughes
Lymington's Emma Breese was the top Junior girl

PosBoat NameSail No.ClubSailors NameR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1stArgie Bargie6521RLymYCSantiago Sesto‑Cosby312‑23531722
2nd 6520HISCKuba Staite535622‑19225
3rd 6519RLymYCHenry Heathcote6‑18122712131
4th 6516RLymYCBen Mueller1775166‑1033
5th 6542WKSC/Shotwick SCArwen Fflur122414353‑1643
6th 6527RLymYCElla Lightbody13‑146311813357
7th 6517HISCRobert Mawdsley‑18417104471157
8thGreat White6446Emsworth Thorney & Bowmoor SCJohnny Sargent45‑281361318867
9thTarka6346RLymYCEmma Breese217141191020‑3283
10th 6495RLymYCSam Webb810‑268211242386
11th 6548Datchet SCJosh Lyttle26819410‑4111987
12th 6470Bewl SCCharlie Gatehouse141681527‑4410595
13th 6098 George Creasy7911(BFD)19BFD6101
14th 6412West Kirby SCFreya Sewell231291219179‑24101
15th 6404RLymYCAnnabelle Vines‑291110291591417105
16th 6266RLymYCAgnes Bracey‑Davis111324281811‑3214119
17th 630RCYCFelicity Brellisford162615182015.516‑35126.5
18thMojo5752Burghfield SCMatthew Mason‑382423223215.584128.5
19th 6398Bewl SCJamie Gatehouse2031‑3272814529134
20th 6530RLymYCNoah Evans212218‑3512182419134
21stAcceleration6393 Terry Hacker25611(UFD)13451225137
22ndZLG6510 Archie Munro‑Price2425349177(RET)26142
23rd 6467RLymYCOliver Vines22192227222215‑37149
24th 2912RCNVRafael de Tomas1015316(BFD)422645157
25th 6235RLymYCMolly Dowson‑McGill1723‑402124242231162
26th 6363Parkstone YCEmma Rennie‑4220162529262920165
27th 6485RLymYCFreddie Fitzsimmons272113(UFD)47203018176
28th 6431Parkstone YCEmily Schonrock‑3632212634232122179
29thOlivia6350Parkstone YCLila Edwards19333334142725‑40185
30th 6531RLymYCFinn Evans28(UFD)432425211728186
31st 6327Burghfield SCJoseph Jones34(UFD)274523253312199
32nd 6451RLymYCCameron Bignold‑Kyles332939(UFD)BFD322313227
33rd 5409Royal Valencia YCRosario de Tomas45303030362831(RET)230
34thMonkey Moo6351 Gabriella Burlton(UFD)36313331403427232
35th 6352 Seb Lyttle4727‑494116372743238
36th 6323Parkstone YCTom Hakes‑4928421943364030238
37th 6182Royal Valencia YCIrene de Tomas‑4444203935313733239
38thLeviOsa5758PapercourtNoa Moskovitch3045254033(RET)3642251
39th 6272RLymYCTabitha Davies(UFD)3436374629BFD21261
40thSea Dragon6444Emsworth Thorney & Bowmoor SCGwen Sargent(DNC)DNCDNC1730333536267
41stRey6415Parkstone YCEliana Edwards353938434239‑4641277
42nd 6411Bosham SCZac Shepherd3249502026(RET)RET44279
43rd 6402RSYC/Hamble Rive SCWilliam Fletcher414645‑5239352847281
44thHoratio6463WSCHenry Camm46434736373043‑52282
45th 6547Emsworth SC/HISCMegan Farrer9(UFD)35UFD8DNCDNCDNC284
46th 6289 Imogen Jones4341(UFD)4250344138289
47th 6304Burghfield SCCharlie Howard48424148383839(RET)294
48thMonkey Too6063 Hennie Burlton4047‑514448473834298
49thOpi Wan Kenobi6450RLymYCHarry Baddeley3937375049(RET)4746305
50thGBR6481Warsash SCSabine Potter15(UFD)2932DNCDNCDNCDNC308
51st 6404Parkstone YCSebastian Schonrock(UFD)384438BFD464939312
52ndWater Bolt5901 Jack Donovan31354831(DNC)DNCDNCDNC319
53rd 6522RLymYCHenry May5050‑524741484248326
54th 5817 William Bracey‑Davis37484651(RET)495049330
55th 6472RLymYCFreddie May(DNC)DNCDNCDNC40RET4515332
56th 5779 Will Dengate(UFD)40534945RET4850343
57th 6288RLymYCNia Mecklenburgh(DNC)DNCDNC4644434451344

Regatta Fleet Results:

First Youngest Sailor and third boy overall: Leo Gosling, RLYC
First Girl and second overall: Ella Cumming, Warsash Sailing Club

PosBoat NameSail No.ClubSailors NameR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1stAll The Gear No Idea5377RLymYCOcean Hughes31‑86313
2ndFull O' Beans6375Warsash SCElla Cumming5325‑615
3rd 6208Warsash SCFfion Cerrato9‑1171421
4th 6301Parkstone YCWill Hakes225‑181423
5thMomentum5712RLymYCLeo Gosling873‑13523
6thTurbo5212 Joe Armstrong Rowland4‑12191226
7thThunder6087Warsash SCThomas Saunders154‑201727
8th 6283HISC/MRSCPlaton Khodykin12613‑14132
9thSplash5872 Thomas Peace104910‑2333
10th 6204Bewl SCZara Gatehouse1917‑203241
11th 6484Warsash SCEvie Cumming15‑21182742
12th 6105RLymYCAlice Pope7914‑161343
13thZiggy5738KYCJames Kennedy11815‑191044
14thDuck5356RLymYCFreddie Howe1713‑2441145
15th 6024Bosham SCPippa Shepherd6166‑262149
16thGBR6259BBSCJoseph Wimpory‑21191112951
17thGambare3813RLymYCFreya Hutchinson1820‑238854
18th 6288 Nia Mecklenburgh13‑272271557
19thOpi Wan Kenobi5883RLymYCHector Davies14181015‑1957
20thFluggbinder5934 Finnlee Leigh‑Anderson161412‑211860
21stOptimist6212 Charles Wood231017‑272070
22nd 5591RLymYCMatilda May‑281521172275
23rdOcean Hamster5788RLymYCAlex Breese‑252316221677
24thSea Otter4183KYCLauren Mecklenburgh24‑2626112586
25th 5051 Sam Armstrong Rowland222219‑252487
26thEat My Shorts4182RLymYCWilliam Hutchinson20242523‑2792
27thNinja Terrier5369RLymYCDaisy Heron26252724(RET)102
28thLily Pad5830RLymYCAmelia Hutchinson27‑28282826109
29th 5831Warsash SCMarcus King(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC132
29th 6292RSYC/Hamble River SCIsla Fletcher(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC132
29thNike6416Parkstone YCHarry Franklin(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC132
29thPoseidon5775KYCRory Kennedy(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC132

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