Please select your home edition
Craftinsure 2012
Product Feature
Zhik Laser ZhikGrip II Hiking Strap
Zhik Laser ZhikGrip II Hiking Strap
Boat Insurance from Noble Marine

Full racing risks
New for old cover

SailingFast Laser 4.7 open meeting at Datchet Water Sailing Club

by Gary Finkelstein 21 Jan 10:45 GMT 18-19 January 2020
SailingFast Laser 4.7 Open at Datchet Water © Keith Videlo

A fleet of 26 Laser 4.7s launched shortly before noon on Saturday 18th, in a reasonably steady sub 10 knots of wind, but with the odd gust topping 10 knots. A lovely brisk and sunny day; in the absence of tide, it was felt that it was better to get the boats on the water and try and get some races in, as the ripple seemed to be dissipating and the forecast for Sunday was even lighter wind.

The winds fortunately strengthened slightly as the day progressed, although there were some shifts as the temperatures dropped at the same time. Thanks to the experienced judgement of race officer Paul Jackson, the U-flag was used actively, and we managed to get four races in just before dark started to fall at 4pm.

The leaderboard changed hands as much as four times during the day, with Oliver Allen-Wilcox topping the table after the first race, Max Steele after the second, Jack Graham-Troll after the third, and Keijiro Kikkawa after the fourth. In the girls' fleet, Emily Elms was consistently at the top of the board except for the first race which went to Honor Proctor.

Sunday brought in even lighter winds, as predicted, and the decision was made to get the boats on the water as quickly as possible in case the winds did not hold out. Again, excellent judgement from the race officer, as he was able to steward two races by noon, at which point the wind all but died. However, it meant that we managed to achieve a full set of the six targeted races for the regatta.

In the boys' fleet, the leader board again changed hands, with the regatta being won in the end by Oliver Allen-Wilcox, with Keijiro Kikkawa in second and Jack Graham-Troll in third. The positioning in the Under 16 category was Jack Graham-Troll in first, Max Steele in second, and Tim Evans in third.

In the girls' fleet, Emily Elms won both the U16 category as well as the overall regatta, ahead of Dru Townsend and Honor Proctor in the U16, and ahead of Alice Snook and Dru Townsend overall.

A special thanks must go to Paul Jackson (Race officer) and the Laser 4.7 parents for running the event. Also, to SailingFast chandlery for sponsoring the event and providing the prizes.

The final results were as follows:

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1183117Oliver ALLEN‑WILCOXChew Valley Lake SC141251213
2201699Keijiro KIKKAWAStokes Bay SC231023515
3214007Jack GRAHAM‑TROLLGWSC47234820
4216648Maximilian STEELEWSC 3111106727
5212572Emily ELMSChew Valley Lake SC128772428
6215835Tim EVANSGrafham Water SC996410129
7203084Freddie HOWARTHParkstone YC13133116636
8191330Luke ANSTEYFrensham Pond SC5548DNCDNC49
921116Josh LYTTLEDatchet112139221550
10213084Alice SNOOKHISC8OCS513121250
11173611Oliver WOODLEYGWSC141491611351
12215414Thomas WILLIAMSONWeir Wood SC191824681364
13211013James CURTISBosham7OCS1420231074
14197361Ben OSBORNEMaidenhead SC23161519131174
15201587Sam DICKINSONHISC1511122DNCDNC76
16176779Findlay BIGNOLD‑KYLESRLymYC17OCS82319976
17208325Dru TOWNSENDPortishead16121917141776
18190996Honor PROCTERCardiff BYC6171624182077
19212008Samantha EDWARDSPapercourt18OCS251451678
20188461James BARRETTBurghfield sc2062012202378
21209425Carys ATTWELLRutland SC24DPI181172281
22180712Freddie JONESHISC2519171891982
23165295James KNIGHTDraycote Water SC10102315DNCDNC85
24170435Ethan CHESHIREDraycote Water SC212122211721101
25214960Lucy DAVISRoyal Southern YC22OCS26251514102
26215283Millie LEWISMedway YC262021262118106

Related Articles

Provisional Australian Sailing Youth Team selected
The team will represent Australia at Hempel Youth Sailing Worlds The provisional Australian Sailing Youth Team (ASYT) has been announced at the 2020 Australian Youth Championships at Sorrento Sailing and Couta Boat Club (SSCBC). Posted on 14 Jan
Australian Youth Championships overall
National Youth Champions decided after final day of racing abandoned Racing has been abandoned for the final day of the Australian Youth Championships at Sorrento Sailing and Couta Boat Club (SSCBC). The race committee continuously monitored conditions throughout the day in an effort to get the competitors on the water Posted on 14 Jan
Australian Youth Championships day 3
Racing abandoned due to smoke haze and light winds Racing was abandoned due to poor air quality and low visibility from the bush fires along with light shifty wind on day three of the Youth Championships at Sorrento Sailing and Couta Boat Club (SSCBC). Posted on 13 Jan
Australian Youth Championships day 2
Tricky conditions cause leader board chaos Several leading boats got knocked off their perch atop the standings after a tricky second day today at the Australian Youth Championships at Sorrento Sailing and Couta Boat Club (SSCBC). Posted on 12 Jan
Australian Youth Championships day 1
Strong winds push upper limits Strong winds provided exciting conditions on the first day of racing at the 2020 Australian Youth Championships at Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club (SSCBC) on Melbourne's Port Phillip today. Posted on 11 Jan
Australian Laser Championships overall
Wearn, Stransky, Riley, Coote and Wadley are 2020 Australian Laser champions With the regatta already won before the final two races, Matt Wearn finished the week with a third and a seventh (which became his second discard) to wrap up his fifth Australian Laser Championship. Posted on 8 Jan
Australian Laser Championships day 5
Wearn closes on fifth Australian Laser title With one day left to sail, Matt Wearn, who will be Australia's representative in the Laser class at the Tokyo Olympics, has an unbeatable lead in this year's National Championship. Posted on 7 Jan
Australian Laser Championships day 4
Black flags galore on a tough day It was another frustrating day for sailors and race officials alike at the 2020 Australian Laser Championships. Sandringham YC was shrouded in smoke, with the gentle southerly breeze not strong enough to blow it away - or allow racing to commence on time. Posted on 6 Jan
Australian Laser Championships day 3
Wearn consolidates his lead Three races were held at the Australian Laser Championships today as organisers sought to make up for yesterday's cancellations owing to high winds. Posted on 5 Jan
Australian Laser Championships day 2
No racing at Australian Laser Championships on Day 2 Racing has been cancelled on the second day of the Australian Laser Championships owing to strong winds. Posted on 4 Jan