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Optimist open meeting at Warsash Sailing Club

by Roger Cerrato 9 Jul 09:48 BST 7 July 2019
The main fleet return home, tired but happy after the Optimist open meeting at Warsash © Roger Cerrato

On Sunday the 7th of July 88 keen Optimist sailors from the 93 entered arrived at Warsash SC with their fingers crossed for some wind. After spending the previous afternoon worried about keeping the children suitably hydrated in 28 degrees C the worries of the organisers soon turned to "will there be enough wind to sail against the tide....".

Main Fleet PRO Peter Knight elected to launch on time at 1030am and the 43 strong Main fleet headed out towards the Solent under tow. At 11am the 24 boats in Regatta Fleet launched and headed out to Cat Head bay where Nigel Russell and his team were laying a course just out of the shipping channel.

The breeze initially proved tricky on both courses with 8 knots interspersed with numerous flat spots. Eventually the breeze built up enabling three races to be completed on the Main fleet course whilst the Regatta fleet had five.

Meanwhile once the flooding tide had filled Kipper Pond adjacent to Warsash SC's main clubhouse Kyle Wood led out the Coached Regatta fleet of 21 boats. For many of the young sailors of 7 and upwards this was their first taste of an open meeting and with the breeze quickly building it was a baptism of fire for some!

We were lucky enough to have two fantastic ex-Optimist sailors helping out as coaches with this fleet: thanks to Amy Smith and Mathias Potter.

All boats we're back ashore by 4:30pm for delicious cakes baked by the WSC Kipper mums. Competitors and club members alike then enjoyed one of Warsash's famous "Sausage Sizzles" before the prize-giving.

Prizes were handed out by WSC Commodore Trevor Bryant and David Witt skipper of the 100ft super maxi SHK Scallywag fresh from their victory in the recent Transatlantic Race.

Well done to winners in all three classes.

Thanks to Lewmar for supplying the prizes including some fantastic bespoke glass plaques. Thanks also to Ballistic RIBs for loaning a brand new 5.5m rib to support the Regatta fleet.

Main Fleet Results:

PosSail NoHelmnameClubR2R3R4Pts
1st6336Finlay CraigenRSrnYC‑1112
2nd6354Ellie CreightonCBYC2‑435
3rd6400Henry KeeganParkstone32‑55
4th6481Sabine PotterWarsash SC43‑67
5th6451Cameron Bignold‑KylesRLymYC6(OCS)410
6th6510Archie Munro‑PriceCastle Cove75‑912
7th6446Johnny SargentEmsworth and Thorney SCs‑97714
8th6363Emma RennieParkstone Yacht Club5‑201015
9th6327Joseph JonesBurghfield14‑18216
10th6346Emma BreeseRLymYC8(OCS)1119
11th6144Arthur GreavesPapercourt SC‑2591423
12th6458Merle NieuwlandCBYC10‑131323
13th6444Gwen SargentEmsworth and Thorney SCs11‑161223
14th5810Thomas DempseyCYC‑2262026
15th6350Lila EdwardsParkstone Yacht Club(DNF)81927
16th6533Jessica WatsonGuernsey Yacht club12‑171527
17th6304Charlie HowardBurghfield‑17121729
18th6129Will WebsterParkstone YC‑23141630
19th6402William FletcherRoyal Southern/ Hamble River SC‑21152136
20th5881Jemima DayReading SC1521‑2536
21st6323Tom HakesParkstone Yacht Club13‑282437
22nd6230Sebastian SchonrockParkstone YC‑30102838
23rd6411Zac ShepherdBosham Sailing Club16‑252339
24th6272Tabitha DaviesRLymYC1822‑3240
25th6431Emily SchonrockParkstone YC33(OCS)841
26th6415Eliana EdwardsParkstone Yacht Club2419‑3143
27th5839Eddie DorsettParkstone YC(OCS)113445
28th6331Robbie HudsonSpinnaker(DNF)232245
29th6063Hennie BurltonRoyal Southern yatch club20‑353050
30th6374Kai MillerWarsash SC34‑401852
31st6463Henry CammWarsash SC2626‑3752
32nd6039Jack McCormickParkstone Yacht Club28‑302654
33rd6452Bea GreenfieldOxford27‑292754
34th6450Harry BaddeleyRLymYC1938‑3957
35thIRL1620Dylan CreightonCBYC(DNF)243559
36th5557Hugo DobrijevicHISC2931‑3660
37th6529Emily BrushettRoyal Southern32‑342961
38th6289Imogen JonesBurghfield(DNF)333366
39th6381Max BromilowParkstone Yacht Club3136‑3867
40th6302Jacoby KeeganParkstone(DNF)274370
41st6414Luke ElliottGuernsey(DNF)324072
42nd6538Bay GorrodStarcross(DNF)374279
43rd6432Ed UptonBrownBosham(DNF)394180
44th6515Maya BrownBurghfield(DNC)DNCDNC94
44th6544Oscar Morgan‑HarrisRoyal Southern Yacht Club(DNC)DNCDNC94
44th6169Sam BrownBurghfield(DNC)DNCDNC94

Regatta Fleet Results:

PosSail NoHelmnameClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st6316Will BradleyGurnard SC‑621126
2nd5426Fredde CallaghanRoyal Southern YC173‑18112
3rd6301Will HakesParkstone Yacht Club‑4423312
4th6375Ella CummingWarsash SC‑12172515
5thIRL1526Sienna MordauntRLymYC265‑7619
6th5872Thomas PeaceWarsash SC55‑65419
7th5831Marcus KingWarsash SC39‑144824
8th6208Ffion CerratoWarsash SC8846‑926
9th6484Evie CummingWarsash SC‑1731081233
10th6024Pippa ShepherdBosham Sailing Club11‑18891038
11th5745Barney BromilowParkstone Yacht Club1012(OCS)11740
12th6183Jake DaviesWarsash SC9‑1612101142
13th5955Amelia KentHISC‑141111121347
14th6212Charles WoodWarsash SC‑19159161454
15th6116Zac JohnsonRoyal Southern YC1314‑15131555
16th29AMegan WebsterParstone YC16101317(DNF)56
17th5156Isla FletcherRoyal Southern/ Hamble River SC‑231716151664
18th5788Alex BreeseRLymYC‑211917141767
19th627Cori MillerWarsash SC15‑2118191870
20th6537Thomas SaundersWarsash SC720(DNS)DNSDNS79
21st5614Elsie UptonBrownBosham22‑2319201980
22nd5883Hector DaviesRLymYC1813(DNS)DNSDNS83
23rd700Archie BarberRSrn.YC2022(OCS)DNSOCS94
24th5179Zara DorsettParkstone YC24(RET)DNSDNSDNS102
25th6123Tom YatesGurnard Sailing Club(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC104

Coached Regatta Fleet Results:

PosSail NoHelmnameClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st5215Alex SaundersRSrnYC/HRSC111‑33
2nd5927Ruby CallaghanRoyal Southern YC422‑58
3rd6292Hugo FletcherRoyal Southern/ Hamble River SC2‑77110
4th3378Sebastian SittonWarsash SC533(DNS)11
5th3853Caedon Faulkner ‑ LeaskHRSC ‑ RSYC‑1244412
6th5107Lauren BarberRSrn.YC355‑913
7th5870William FullerHISC‑666618
8th6311Fraser HakesParkstone Yacht Club(DNS)89219
9th6207Ben GreenfieldOxford10(DNS)8725
10th5487Daniel AllenWarsash SC710‑111027
11th00ATom KeeganParkstone8910‑1227
12th6042George McCormickParkstone Yacht Club911‑121131
13th5969Megan CerratoWarsash SC‑131213833
14th6335Olivia ElliottGuernsey Yacht Club11(DNS)DNS1347
15th5822Nathalie HallWarsash SC(DNS)DNSDNSDNS69
15th6036Oliver HughesRoyal Southern YC(DNS)DNSDNSDNS69
15th5780Rafe BradleyGurnard SC(DNS)DNSDNSDNS69
15th6087Rory SaundersWarsash SC(DNS)DNSDNSDNS69
15th5929Freddie DayWarsash & HRSC(DNS)DNSDNSDNS69
15th4356Isabelle WoodWarsash SC(DNS)DNSDNSDNS69
15th5498Darcy ODonnellRoyal Southern Yacht C(DNS)DNSDNSDNS69
15th4723Ella HughesRoyal Southern YC(DNS)DNSDNSDNS69

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