Please select your home edition
Edition
Highfield Boats - YY - LEADERBOARD

Etchells Southern Area Championship at the Royal Thames Yacht Club

by Rob Goddard 13 Oct 2020 20:09 BST 10-11 October 2020
Etchells Southern Area Championship hosted by the Royal Thames Yacht Club © Rick Tomlinson / www.rick-tomlinson.com

Etchells Southern Area Championship hosted by the Royal Thames Yacht Club took place in the Solent over the weekend of the 10th/11th October.

With an ever-changing weather forecast, by Thursday the weekend's racing looked unlikely with the high wind forecast. By Saturday morning, the forecast had changed to little or no wind, and when the fleet was finally allowed out of port at 11 am, the 3 knots breeze slowly built to a 6 kt SW allowing race 1 to get under way.

After a great start David Franks' Strait Dealer led convincingly for the first two legs, but on the final upwind leg an inconsistent breeze meant it was all change as the middle of the fleet sailed round the leaders. It was two times Etchells World Champion, Stuart Childerley, racing his new Heritage-built Polaris for the first time, who took the lead to win in his first race helming an Etchells for years, just like old times.

Race 2 saw the fleet divide. Childerley started at the pin and headed hard left and arrived almost simultaneously with Robby Boyd sailing Sumo at the top mark, At the bottom gate, it was Sumo ahead but unfortunately a late kite drop and a stuck halyard meant Sumo had a slow rounding, and Polaris, keen to capitalise on the mistake, tried tacking closely through Sumo's dirty air, clipping Sumo stern. Polaris swiftly took her penalty, then, played the wind shifts up the middle of the track to lead at the top mark, gaining another first place.

Race 3 saw Polaris and Jake Hardiman's Pulse foul start, allowing Franks his second chance to lead around the course in the slowly building breeze now reaching 9 knots. Playing two shifts on the first beat, Franks led at the top mark from Jon Warwick's Audrey. Unfortunately, a quick gybe set from Audrey didn't work, enabling Strait Dealer to extend on the run and this time they had a lead that they wouldn't give up.

Race 4 Polaris was back in full stride, winning the pin and sailing hard left to lead at the top mark, while with a now slack forestay and hiking hard Pulse were in third and, despite the fleet trying to sail over them, that third place was hers and she defended it determinedly to the end.

With no racing predicted for Sunday, the competitors wanted a 5th race on Saturday, but unfortunately the sailing instructions precluded it. All crews were pleased that PRO Phil Hagan and his team managed to put on four great races in what could have been a cancelled day, leaving Stuart Childerley sailing with his son Ben and former Etchells World champion winner Roger Marino on Polaris GBR 1487 to win the regatta from Strait Dealer sailed by David Franks, Graham Sunderland, Vita Heathcote and Ryan Orr. Shaun Frohlich's Exabyte with Dave Bedford and Duncan Truswell came third, while in fourth overall, and first Corinthian. was Audrey sailed by Jon Warwick, Will Bedford (helm), Hannah Hunt and Fraser Woodley.

Overall Results:

PosBow NoSail NoBoat NameSkipper / CrewR1R2R3R4Pts
189  GBR 1489PolarisStuart Childerley / Roger Marino / Ben Childerley119112
231  GBR 1431Strait Dealer GBRDavid Franks / Graham Sunderland / Ryan Orr / Vita Heathcote631616
359  GBR 1459ExabyteShaun Frohlich / Bedford / Truswell1022418
451  GBR1351Audrey (Corinthian)Jon Warwick / Will Bedford / Fraser Woodley / Hannah Hunt494522
548  GBR 1148Silver Lining (Corinthian)Murray Chapples / Matt Hannaby / Ben Palmer853723
614  GBR 1014Palavar (Corinthian)Jahavarn Knight / Brandom Morales / Agid Ulutas / Martin Evans375823
794  GBR 1194Mano (Corinthian)Anna Prescott / Will Reid / James Cunnison / Isabel Scruby2471124
820  GBR 1020Sumo (Corinthian)Robby Boyd / Will Heritage / Harry Cowell / Ollie Evans5DSQ6225
982  GBR 782Pulse (Corinthian)Jake Hardman / Jake Bowhay / Alex Smerdon / Alice Senior9810330
1071  GBR 1271Ziggy (Corinthian)Adele Young / Jamie Harris / Thomas Collyer / Alex Colquitt768930
1117  GBR 1417China WightNicholas Stagg / Simon Spraggs / Ollie Spensley‑Corefield1110111042

Related Articles

Saturn Sails Mudhook Regatta
A welcome return to racing on the Clyde for 40 yachts It was champagne sailing for the yachts taking part in the Saturn Sails Mudhook Regatta at the weekend. Organisers, Mudhook Yacht Club, were delighted with the large turnout of 40 boats from across the Clyde. Posted on 16 Jun
Etchells Australian Nationals overall
First Tracks storm home to secure the title Peter Merrington and his team of Ian McKillop and Steve "Mothy" Jarvin on First Tracks AUS1485 took the wins in the Etchells Australian Nationals and the Australasian Championships on Sunday 13 June winning the final race of the regatta. Posted on 14 Jun
Etchells Australian Nationals at Mooloolaba day 3
Second day at the top for First Tracks Peter Merrington and his team of Ian McKillop and Steve "Mothy" Jarvin on First Tracks AUS1485 extended their lead on Saturday 12 June with a first and second in the two races. Posted on 13 Jun
Etchells Australian Nationals at Mooloolaba day 2
First Tracks slips into the lead Peter Merrington and his team of Ian McKillop and Steve "Mothy" Jarvin on First Tracks AUS1485 slipped into first place after the second day of the Etchells Australian Nationals sailed on Friday 11 June with scores of [15], 1, 8, 2, 8 (19). Posted on 12 Jun
Etchells Australian Nationals at Mooloolaba day 1
The conditions were testing for competitors and the race committee Day one of the Etchells Australian National Championship kicked off on Thursday 10 June and it is tight at the top following some high scoring results, across the board. Posted on 11 Jun
Australian Etchells Championship preview
Close to 40 teams competing with a number of notable sailors in the mix The Australian Etchells Championship will open tomorrow at 1800 hours with the competitors briefing at the Mooloolaba Yacht Club, located at The Wharf, Mooloolaba. Posted on 8 Jun
Etchells UK Southern Area Championship
21 teams attend, the highest since the beginning of the pandemic With an entry of 21 teams, the Southern Area Championships saw the highest Cowes Etchells fleet turnout since the beginning of the pandemic. Posted on 7 Jun
Red Funnel Etchells Regatta at Cowes
Light winds and sunshine for the 11 boats The 2021 Etchells Red Funnel Regatta was run by the Royal London Yacht Club in the Solent on the weekend of the 29th-30th May. 11 boats were entered, and the forecast was for light winds and sun. Posted on 1 Jun
Etchells Cowes Fleet Keelboat Champs 1
Fierce competition and treacherous winds This year's first Keelboat Champs event, run by the Royal Thames Yacht Club, with an excellent race team headed by Jenny Woods, saw fierce competition and treacherous winds as the five Etchells Youth Academy teams battled it out on the water Posted on 21 May
Etchells Sir Kenneth Preston Trophy
A strong entry of 18 boats race over the early May Bank Holiday weekend The 2021 Sir Kenneth Preston Trophy for the Etchells class was run by the Royal Yacht Squadron over the Early May Bank Holiday weekend 1st-3rd May. Posted on 5 May