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Laser South Coast Grand Prix Series Finale at Chichester Yacht Club

by Meryl Deane 14 Oct 2019 17:14 BST 12 October 2019
Chichester Yacht Club Laser Open © Mark Green

After gales on Friday, and high winds forecast again for Sunday, Saturday brought a lull in the wind. Unfortunately it also brought a damp mist and minimal wind.

Some keen Laser sailors made their way to CYC hoping for sailable conditions, including a small contingent from the Isle of Wight. This was also the final race of the Laser South Coast Grand Prix Series.

After a postponement for about an hour with no wind, enough wind filled in from the south to run some racing, despite very light and fluky conditions. Racing was run in two Fleets, Laser Standard and Laser Radial. Two races were completed.

In the Standard Fleet both races were won by Charlie South (Emsworth/Stokes Bay SC) who aged 15 beat many older experienced sailors. Charlie therefore won the Standard Fleet, and the Chichester YC Laser Open Salver. 2nd was Duncan Lawson (WWSC) and 3rd Charles Porter (CYC).

In the Radial Fleet, racing was dominated by the women sailors. Race 1 was won by Sophie Kirk (CYC) and Race 2 by Ellie Hutchings (CYC). This gave the win to Ellie, with Sophie second and Sam Steward (Brading Haven SC) was 3rd.

Charlie South also won the South Coast Grand Prix, 2nd was Simon Radford and 3rd Richard Bradshaw.

After racing the sailors retired to CYC clubhouse enjoying an excellent regatta tea, managing to arrive ashore shortly before the heavy rain. Despite the weather, a good day on the water.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2Pts
Radial Fleet
1st214134Ellie HutchingsCYC213
2nd210218Sophie KirkCYC134
3rd213537Sam StewardBrading Haven YC527
4th207686Kristian SchaferBrading Haven YC347
5th143697Sophie TaylorEmsworth Slipper SC4711
6th137130Tim ScottCYC7512
7th0Karl SchaferBrading Haven YC6612
8th207462Ed RollestoneNewhaven & SeafordDNCDNC20
8th13537Grace KingBembridgeDNFDNF20
Standard Fleet
1st215401Charlie SouthEmsworth / Stokes Bay112
2nd205320Duncan LawsonWWSC224
3rd181047Charles PorterCYC437
4th207700Julian WilkinsCYC358
5th208677Peter SnowdonShoreham SC6410
6th208671Richard BradshawWeirwood SC5712
7th208888Simon RadfordBosham SC7613
8th203304Andrew MartinCYC8DNF17

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