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ITCA Midlands Topper Traveller Series - Autumn / Winter 2020

by Mike & Donna Powell 18 Jan 11:32 GMT
Midlands Topper Autumn Traveller Series 2020 - Bartley event © Debbie Degge

For 2020, the ITCA Midlands Traveller Series was planned as a four event series however we lost our first event due to the ongoing restrictions.

We were able to hold Round 2 at South Staffs Sailing Club in September with over 25 sailors entering the event. With the Island in the middle at South Staffs, this makes for a challenge with changing wind direction. In some parts of the course the wind was very light with it picking up as the sailors went down to the leeward marks. The club hosted a great event and there lot of very close racing with Tara Ewbank (Chase SC / Staunton Harold SC) leading the way, winning the event from Hayden Moore (Notts SC), followed by Finn Morgan (South Staffs SC).

The 4.2 Sail classification is developing into a very competitive field and provided tight racing between the sailors. Jess Powell (Draycote) eventually taking the 4.2 win, closely followed by Imogen Green (Draycote).

Next up was Bartley Sailing Club, with the original date in October being cancelled due to no wind at all; we just managed to squeeze a rearranged date into the first weekend in November, before the 2nd COVID lockdown. It was totally opposite conditions for the rearranged date, with very high winds it was going to test all of the sailors. Arlo Turner (Glossop SC) won the event, followed by Hayden Moore (Notts SC) and then Heather Quinn (Notts County).

Due to the high winds, there were an increased number of 4.2 Sailors at the event with Jess Powell, (Draycote) winning this, finishing 6th Overall; followed by Imogen Green (Draycote) and Eddie Quinn (Notts SC).

With two rounds now completed, it was Hayden Moore leading the series with very strong results from the first 2 events. For the final round planned for Hollowell, Hayden's closest competitor for the series title would be from Tara Ewbank how had won the first event at South Staffs. The final round was planned for December at Hollowell, but due to no winds this had to be postponed until January.

Unfortunately the final re-arranged round at Hollowell SC was unable to take place due to the increasing COVID restrictions; so the decision was taken by the organisers to finish the Series after 2 rounds being completed.

Congratulations to Hayden Moore for winning the ITCA Midlands Traveller Series 2020, followed by Tara Ewbank and then Finn Morgan and with Jess Powell winning the 4.2 Sail classification.

Under 13 category was won by Clem Middle and Chloe Grayton taking the Under 10 honours.

Katherine Gunn won the "Endeavour Award" which is given for fabulous effort, determination and dedication to sailing.

Well done to every Sailor who took part in the series. All racing was very close but fair and throughout the series there were no post event protests!

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmSouth StaffsBartleyPts
1stTopper 5.345438Hayden Moore224
2ndTopper 5.347764Tara Ewbank178
3rdTopper 5.348586Finn Morgan358
4thTopper 5.348535Sam Grayton549
5thTopper 5.348327Arlo Turner10111
6thTopper 5.344036Joseph Rowe6814
7thTopper 5.348667Millie Hardiman71219
8thTopper 4.246391Jessica Powell14620
9thTopper 5.347181Clem Middle91120
10thTopper 5.346205Caitlin Thomas41822
11thTopper 5.348165Eddie Quinn121022
12thTopper 4.248653Imogen Green15924
13thTopper 5.348664Toby Gammond161329
14thTopper 5.348651Harriet Temple131730
15thTopper 5.347777Katherine Burgess822.530.5
16thTopper 5.348092Martha Christensen171532
17thTopper 4.248677Chloe Grayton211637
18thTopper 5.347023Heather QuinnDNC338
19thTopper 4.248571Katherine Gunn192039
20thTopper 4.245197Polly McMullan2022.542.5
21stTopper 5.348259Edward Paling11DNC46
22ndTopper 5.340003Matthew ChaddertonDNC1449
23rdTopper 4.247794Felicity Angell18DNC53
24thTopper 4.248193Jasper Focardi DolingDNC1954
25thTopper 5.327192Arthur Quinn22DNC57
26thTopper 5.346341Niall HarrisDNC22.557.5
26thTopper 5.344012Jake BlakewayDNC22.557.5
28thTopper 5.347222Georgia RiddellDNCDNC70
28thTopper 4.247613Ben AngellDNCDNC70
28thTopper 5.348744Graydon Mcleod FlemmingDNCDNC70
28thTopper 5.347790Ben PalingDNCDNC70
28thTopper 5.348798Izzy RitchieDNCDNC70
28thTopper 4.233848Morris MellorDNCDNC70
28thTopper 5.346241Oli RogersDNCDNC70

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