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Waldringfield e-Easter Egg

by Ian Videlo 14 Apr 07:20 BST 13 April 2020
Waldringfield Sailing Club e-Easter Egg © Ian Videlo

Waldringfield's traditional Easter Egg open meeting was transformed into a Virtual Regatta event. One of the benefits of a virtual event is that you can schedule it to coincide with the one chilly day of an otherwise glorious Easter Weekend.

A handful of visiting Lark sailors joined the Waldringfield e-sailing community for an event comprising 3 heats followed by a grand final in the evening. In all, some 44 people entered the event. The heats were dominated by three Cadet sailors from the 2000s, Ben, Hamish & Stephen, with notable performances from current Cadet sailors Inés Green, Dominic McArdle & Toby Bush amongst others. Racing was close and competitive, but none more so that the second race of heat 2 where a blanket finish saw most of the fleet finish within a second of each other.

Each flight comprised four races, the first two in Dayboats and then the final two in 49ers. Most of the participants joined an online meeting for the banter, though it was much quieter once the races were under way. The one exception was when the guest Race Officer for heat 2, Dan Watson "capsized" and was eliminated from his first race as he took the cover off his iPad. Nevertheless he then surpassed himself with an entertaining blow by blow commentary of the rest of that race.

So after a well deserved break for refuelling, the top 20 competitors reconvened in the evening to resume battle. And what an experience it proved to be with everyone pretty evenly matched the racing was extremely tight. There was hardly anything to separate the fleet with all 20 boats converging on the second windward mark together. How did that keep on happening?

Ed Harris, fresh from his victory at the RS200 version of the Waldringfield Easter Egg on Friday looked to be in pole position going into the final race, but wasn't quite able to get out of the bunch, allowing Aaron Woolf to claim overall victory by one point. In third overall, travelling (virtually) all the way from Dorset was Ned Winter. Only a handful of points then separated 4th to 16th places, with youngsters Toby Bush and Isobel Stewart finding the consistency that most others couldn't.

Overall a most enjoyable afternoon catching up with friends and enjoying some great racing.

Heat Results:

A Heat
1stBen1581Ben Stone113‑55
2ndAds205Adam Fuller‑52136
3rdinesgreenInés Green242‑78
4thDomMcSorcererDominik McArdle35‑919
5thEddMcEdd McArdle43‑7613
6thwhitebait13Robert Stewart‑1084214
7thOscar ttv pro maxOscar Bush76‑8417
8thajv1155Alyson Videlo‑975921
9thCara1247Cara Bland(DNF)961227
10thEchogeckoEdward Fletcher6‑11101127
11thFlnglyFiona Gray810(DNF)1028
12thBest of the restMark Stone11‑1211830
13thAtkinson'sMarc / Kathy Atkinson(DNC)DNCDNCDNC42
B Heat
1stHWSHamish Stone‑63115
2ndNED1665Ned Winter129‑1112
3rdCV10 ELOChris Videlo(DNC)46212
4thCalypso2Edward Harris3‑85412
5thEthanDaveyEthan Davey563‑914
6thDan WatsonDaniel Watson(DSQ)18716
7thTobyt322Toby Tracey2104‑1216
8thBlackVelvetNeil Firth49‑13316
9thRollergirlHarry Pynn‑1077620
10thAl KAlan Krailing(DSQ)512522
11thgenesis8539Chris Whitehouse12‑1321327
12thTomatronTom Krailing7‑12101027
13thMJGMJ Gifford8‑1414830
14thDougHSDoug Hutton‑Squire91111(DSQ)31
15thSummerBreezeSue Firth(DNF)15151444
16thFloraWFlora Winter11(DNC)DSQDNC45
C Heat
1stSWV1447Stephen Videlo111‑33
2ndOBYToby Bush(DSQ)2248
3rdHarrychatHarry Chatterton36‑11110
4thwscIan Videlo27‑8211
5thBigBadWoolfAaron Woolf533‑911
6thIsobelIsobel Stewart(DSQ)54615
7thCameronh97Cameron Harris(DNF)45716
8thLANDylan McArdle48‑9517
9thShrimperBobBob Whitehouse7106(DSQ)23
10thNo DearMike Pert69‑10823
11thFastForward9026Duncan Bush8‑1171025
12thBigrafikiRichard Woolf913(DSQ)DSQ38
13thJaspJasper Bush(DSQ)1212DSQ40
14thThe Flying DutchmanDarrell Atkinson(DNC)DNCDNCDNC48
14thollie098Ollie Jennings(DNC)DNCDNCDNC48

Overall Results:

1stCBigBadWoolfAaron Woolf15‑1039
2ndBCalypso2Edward Harris811‑1310
3rdBNED1665Ned Winter22‑17913
4thCSWV1447Stephen Videlo‑13311721
5thCOBYToby Bush4109‑1123
6thCIsobelIsobel Stewart(DNC)117523
7thABen1581Ben Stone(DSQ)146424
8thBDan WatsonDaniel Watson11(DSQ)5824
9thAEddMcEdd McArdle‑16168125
10thBCV10 ELOChris Videlo312‑131025
11thBHWSHamish Stone9134‑1526
12thCCameronh97Cameron Harris7712‑1426
13thAwhitebait13Robert Stewart1015‑18227
14thAAds205Adam Fletcher124‑141228
15thBEthanDaveyEthan Davey(DSQ)DSQ2629
16thAinesgreenInés Green6815(DNF)29
17thADomMcSorcererDominik McArdle15‑1731634
18thBTobyt322Toby Tracey51816(DNF)39
19thCHarrychatHarry Chatterton146(DNC)DSQ41
20thCwscIan Videlo17919(DNF)45

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