Please select your home edition
Edition
Seaview Studio 2020 LEADERBOARD

Midlands Topper Traveller Round 8 at Hollowell Sailing Club

by Scott Keenan 20 Jul 2019 07:08 BST 13 July 2019
Midlands Topper Traveller Round 8 at Hollowell © Victoria Turnbull

The Topper fleet were welcomed to Hollowell on Saturday 13th July for the final round of the 2018/2019 Topper Traveller Series. Twenty seven boats were on the start line with seven boats from Draycote SC and a further seven from Notts County SC.

The sun was shining and the breeze gentle as the racing started on a figure of eight course. Ted Ball made the best of the first beat reading the conditions and took an unassailable lead to the first mark. Kate Robertson and Ben Paling followed as Ted increased his lead at the front taking his first race win.

Race 2 was based on the same course and following a clean start Iris Singleton led to the windward mark followed by Heather Quinn and Kate Robertson. The female trio were closely pursued by Ben Paling and Will Thomas and whilst Iris managed to hold her lead from start to finish Ben Paling managed to finish second in front of Kate Robertson and Will Thomas with Heather Quinn dropping to fifth.

After lunch the course changed, however, the conditions remained much the same, Race 3 got under way at the second attempt after a general recall, with Ted Ball judging the first beat to perfection again being first to the windward mark. As the race proceeded there were three boats challenging for the lead Ted Ball, Thomas Link and Ben Paling. The leading three were followed by another pack of five boats jostling for positions around the race course right until the finish line. The race finished with Ben Paling followed by Thomas Link and then Ted Ball who was having a great day at the front.

The start of Race 4 was also interrupted with a general recall before a clean start gave Charlie Hopkinson a chance to be the first boat to the windward mark. Similar to Races 1 and 2, the first boat could not be caught from that position and Charlie went on to take the win by a considerable margin. Behind the leader there was a battle from start to finish for the remaining top four places with Will Thomas, Ben Paling, Heather Quinn and Oliver Keenan. The positions changed on each beat but as they crossed the line it was Ben Paling second and Will Thomas in third.

The day finished with first overall for Ben Paling, Charlie Hopkinson second and Iris Singleton third. No sailor had more than a single first or third place as their best result, and only Ben had two second places which proved to make the difference at the end of the day. Another close event to finish the Series! Read the series round-up here.

It all starts again in September.

Related Articles

OnBoard sailors get new boat boost
Ten youngsters from across the UK have been handed a huge boost The delighted sailors have been awarded exclusive use of their own boat for the next two years through the on-going partnership between the John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST) and RYA OnBoard. Posted on 27 Nov
Midlands Toppers have a blast at Bartley
Event fully subscribed to the 30 boat limit The second event of the Midlands Topper Traveller Series took place on Sunday 1st November at Bartley S.C. with the event fully subscribed to the 30 boat limit demonstrating, yet again, what an active Topper fleet there is in the Midlands. Posted on 3 Nov
Topper Southern Area Championship at Warsash
A bright and crisp Autumn day for the 41 sailors A bright and crisp Autumn day greeted the 41 entries to the Rooster Southern Topper Traveller & Area Championship hosted by Warsash SC. Along with 21 sailors from the home club we welcomed visitors from across the South. Posted on 20 Oct
Topper Training & Open Weekend at Bosham
Tip Top Topper sailing at top harbour club Bosham Sailing Club once again proved what brilliant sailing it can offer youngsters as it hosted a weekend of training and racing in conjunction with the International Topper Class Association (ITCA). Posted on 13 Oct
Sailing provides a glimmer of light
September has been a busy month for the sport September has been a busy month for sailing in the UK. A few of the major venues, such as the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) and Datchet Water Sailing Club, managed to host major events in a Covid-secure fashion. Posted on 28 Sep
Regional Junior Championships conclude
The young racers were rewarded with blue skies and a brisk wind The second part of the Regional Junior Championships took place this weekend - with sailors, parents and volunteers enjoying safe and fun racing at four regattas around the country. Posted on 28 Sep
Bayside Marine Topper SW Area Championships
39 young sailors take to the water at Brixham YC Brixham Yacht Club hosted the first South West topper event of the season on the 12th and 13th of September generously sponsored by Bayside Marine Chandlery. Posted on 24 Sep
RYA Northern Ireland Youth Championships
More than 90 Youth and Junior sailors at Ballyholme More than 90 of Northern Ireland's Youth and Junior sailors have taken part in the RYA Northern Ireland youth Championships, which were hosted by Ballyholme Yacht Club. Posted on 24 Sep
Minima Annual Regatta
First club in this neck of the Thames to hold a regatta during COVID The turnout for Minima's 2020 Regatta was good with 22 sails, bearing in mind that many double-handers are off the water due to social distancing. Minima is the first club in this neck of the Thames to actually hold a regatta in the year of Covid-19. Posted on 7 Sep
Royal Harwich Yacht Club Junior Race Week
A fantastic week of racing for 60 junior and youth sailors A team of 25 volunteers under the leadership of the Handicap Class Captain Stephen Olle and Race Officer Joe Hunt delivered a fantastic week of racing for 60 junior and youth sailors from 17th to 21st August. Posted on 24 Aug