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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

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