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Bayside Marine Topper SW Area Championships 2020 at Brixham Yacht Club

by Mark Smith 24 Sep 12:21 BST 19-20 September 2020
Bayside Marine Topper SW Area Championships at Brixham © Mark Smith

Brixham Yacht Club hosted the first South West topper event of the season on the 12th and 13th of September generously sponsored by Bayside Marine Chandlery. Thirty-nine children entered and competed, winning an array of prizes at the end. The light wind conditions posed a hard challenge for lots of sailors although this gave some of the lighter sailors a chance to shine.

By the end of the first day, 3 challenging races had been completed with Oliver Hale taking the overnight lead of the 5.3 fleet and local Brixham sailor Thomas Semmens leading the 4.2 fleet, winning 2 out of the 3 races that day. At the end of the second race of the day, the wind dropped dramatically meaning the fleet was held with a short AP postponement which the sailors thoroughly enjoyed giving them a chance to catch up with old friends while remaining socially distanced on the water. Shortly after, the wind picked up again and we ended the day on a nice mild wind race, lifting everyone's spirits!

The second day of the weekend started off with no wind, meaning an early postponement was needed. After about an hour of sitting around with friends, the wind filled in nicely and brought with it some good racing. The wind was a bit stronger than on Saturday meaning that most sailors were more comfortable and happier with the new conditions. This meant more sailors were pushing the line and after one general recall, the race officer made the call to switch to the U flag for the rest of the day, meaning there was time for 3 great races to be completed.

After two days of exciting racing in the warm September sunshine Tilly Phelps from Parkstone Yacht Club emerged as first girl overall with Oliver Hale from Poole Yacht Club as first boy and the 2020 South West Topper Area Champion.

Local sailor Thomas Semmens from Brixham Yacht Club ended the weekend as the 2020 South West Topper 4.2 winner.

Due to the current situation with Covid the overall event had a very different feel to usual but a great weekend was had by all despite this due to all the hard work from the team of volunteers at Brixham Yacht Club and the local class association.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
4.2 Fleet
1st30364Thomas SemmensBrixham YC/Paignton SC11211(DSQ)6
2nd47954Fred FreemantlePoole YC2‑313219
3rd45398Olly SmithPoole YC‑32323212
4th19116Isabel Williscroft ‑44444319
5.3 Fleet
1st47792Oliver HalePoole YC‑51251110
2nd47653Miles RipleyPaignton SC25‑724215
3rd48433Robin PhippsParkstone YC343‑153619
4th47399Tilly PhelpsParkstone YC‑2014115425
5th47350Ali HolbornCCSC72‑1077831
6th45398Maddie SmithPoole YC17‑163111234
7th48248Emily SmithPoole YC103513‑15334
8th47437Amber HalePoole YC6‑13669734
9th47836River GreenPoole YC1210‑141061149
10th46522Joe ReidExe SC48‑2311131652
11th47954Ollie FreemantlePoole YC916812‑171055
12th4Issy SmithBrixham YC812‑158141456
13th47731Finn CaddyBristol Corinthians SC11‑22112010961
14th43814Dan HolbornCCSC2218998(DSQ)66
15th30827Issy GlazebrookASWC Portland19‑301814161380
16th47615Harry AsplinSaltash SC(DNC)DNCDNC42583
17th47769Adam RogersSaltash SC‑24231716121583
18th44839Ella BishopParkstone YC161519‑21181987
19th46895Lara OdlingStithians SC‑28201218201888
20th47236Devon GreenPoole YC1719‑2917222095
21st47783Ben AdlerCastle Cove SC1394(DNC)DNCDNC98
22nd47220Mark RipleyPaignton SC15613(DNC)DNCDNC106
23rd48513Abi RichardsCastle Cove SC27‑2921221917106
24th44028Noah CurtisChew Valley Lake SC‑252122232323112
25th48685Isabella WoodSalcombe YC2617‑32242125113
26th46192Kyle MuelanerCotswold SC141120(DNC)DNCDNC117
27th46459Rebecca SmithBrixham YC21‑2724262724122
28th46927Emma HillsSaltash SC33‑3425192422123
29th45654Maddie JinksHooe Point SC‑302826252621126
30th47085Huw BeareStarcross YC2326‑28272526127
31st48048Luke EdwardsASWC Portland1824‑34302929130
32nd45757Mason GreenPoole YC‑312530283027140
33rd48149Oscar FiltnessASWC Portland‑323231292828148
34th48172Freddie Reynolds 293327(DNC)DNCDNC161
35th67Jack MarlerBrixham YC34313331(RET)RET165

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