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Rooster Hamble River Sailing Club Virtual Junior Warming Pan 2020

by Samuel Spencer 13 May 2020 20:21 BST 9 May 2020
Rooster Hamble River Sailing Club Virtual Junior Warming Pan 2020 © HRSC

The second annual Junior Warming Pan was held on Saturday the 9th of May 2020 with an online twist. Sailors from Hamble River Sailing Club, Netley Sailing Club, Royal Southern Yacht club and Warsash Sailing Club competed on the virtual waters for the coveted early season honours. This year's event was kindly sponsored by Rooster Sailing and the River Hamble Combined Clubs.

Race officers Alice Ryan and Richard Foulkes prepared for this year's event not with the usual donning of wetsuits but opening laptops. At 10:00 sharp the first racers took to the virtual water, some in their own unique manner. 32 sailors took part in 49ers; a new boat for most of the youth sailors.

The qualifying fleets began with fleet 1 and 2. The top five sailors were to qualify for gold fleet whilst the rest would race in silver. Interesting techniques were used with half the racers in fleet 1 having to serve pre-start penalties for collisions. Ben Proctor (HRSC) hoped that fewer penalties would be conceded using his creative technique, circling around the committee boat.

Remarkably, little damage was incurred considering the high frequency of crashes. If damage was removed from non-virtual racing, I'd fear the amount of collisions that may occur. At 11:00 fleet 3 were finally allowed to join the excitement. This fleet was particularly competitive, with all racers consistently finishing within ten seconds of each other.

After a short lunch break to organise results, silver fleet were back out on the virtual water at 13:00. In his pursuit of gold, Henry Ross (NSC) gave a very consistent performance across the afternoon never falling outside the top three. The next six places were extremely tightly fought, a connection issue for Thomas Saunders (WSC) in the final race lost him the chance of a medal.

Whilst Sabine Potter (WSC) almost forced her way onto the podium with a win. Ben proctor (HRSC) finished third with varied results due to his persistence in always taking a port hand flier despite crashing into several boats. Harvey Marchbank (HRSC) scored a very impressive second place with consistent results.

Gold fleet took racing to the next level, with tightly packed start lines racers were using all their skills and wits to gain a good start and propel themselves into first. Hugo Fletcher (HRSC) consistently performed well and came away with three first places to win the Junior warming pan. Xavier Dunn (WSC) consistently at the top end of the fleet even taking a win, placed second overall. With a brilliant final race leading the entire fleet by quite a way, Andrew Proctor (HRSC) propelled himself into third.

Slightly different this year the sailors were also set some challenges outside of the racing. The first, to send us a photo of their sailing locations. In third was Robert Proctor (HRSC) with his action shot of playing two games at once, in second was Lillian McPherson (RSYC) dressed up in her dad's sailing gear. Taking first place in the photo competition was Isla Fletcher (HRSC) who was virtual sailing whilst sat in her Oppie in the pool - the dog even tagged along too!

The sailors were also set the challenge of creating their Big Plastic pledge. This year HRSC are spreading awareness of the effect plastic pollution has on our river and oceans, and the impact changing our habits can have. Our pledge competition was won by Zachary Edwards (WSC) who pledges to "Use his water bottle when out this year and has pledged that his mum will have less milky coffee to save milk bottles!"

The prize-giving was held not in the club house with coke and pizza but over Zoom, to congratulate all the sailors for their amazing racing, and to virtually give the winners their prizes.

The prize-giving also saw the Best Club on the River Junior Warming Pan Trophy presented (sponsored by River Hamble Combined Clubs). After some very close results and only 1 point between Hamble and Warsash, it was won this year by Hamble River Sailing Club. Congratulations to all your sailors.

Thank you to all involved in the racing and we hope to see you at our Junior Warming Pan next year - fingers crossed this time on the non-virtual water.

Gold Fleet Results:

PosNameHelmR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1#MinifletchHugo Fletcher1211‑75
2XavvvvyXavier Dunn21‑53410
3AndrewP HRSCAndrew Proctor773(DNF)118
4Splash‑2Thomas Peace‑9525921
5SmileyFIsla Fletcher337‑101023
6RudyBarrRudu Barr‑124641226
7Rob PRobert Proctor5‑13412829
8GBRFREDDIEC5426Freddie Callaghan‑166813330
9MatP1Mathias Potter811‑127632
10James PraineJames Praine410‑1481335
11Felix1Felix Barr612(DNF)61135
12MondoMonty Ross13‑15159239
13Mattie MissileMatthew Friend14‑161021440
14GBR6402WillFWilliam Fletcher10‑141114540
15Burlton6351Gabriella Burlton159911(DNF)44
16JamproJames Brookes1181315(DNF)47

Silver Fleet Results:

PosNameHelmR1R2R3R4R5Net Pts
1HenHenry Ross22‑3138
2Harvey DoodlesHarvey Marchbank‑10323614
3HRSC BenBen Proctor71‑106216
4Babyboat1Sabine Potter474‑8116
5Thunder6537Thomas Saunders3562(DNF)16
6See YaAlex Saunders‑8417517
7GBR6208Ffion Cerrato1‑1074719
8Rambo LLillian McPherson6‑955925
9Sea FuryRory Saunders‑118910835
10Fredster10Freddie Day126129(DNF)39
11JamesHRSCJames Robinson9118‑121240
12GinjaNinjasailTom Austin5(DNF)DNFDNF443
13evathorneEva Thorne(DNS)DNS11111049
14ZakZachary Edwards‑131213131149
15=SofiaDewsburySofia DewsburyDNSDNSDNSDNF(DNC)68
15=Isabelle PymIsabelle PymDNSDNSDNSDNS(DNC)68

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