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ITCA Midlands Topper Traveller Series Round 3 at Trimpley Sailing Club

by Mike Powell 10 May 15:15 BST 8 May 2021
Startline action during Midlands Topper Traveller Round 3 at Trimpley © Trimpley Sailing Club Photography

With Round 2 of the Midlands Topper Traveller, planned for Northampton being cancelled due to no wind, the Midlands Toppers then moved onto Trimpley Sailing Club for Round 3 last weekend.

This is a new venue for the Midlands Topper Travellers, set in the heart of the Severn Valley with the most stunning scenery. 28 sailors entered the event and was to deliver very tricky sailing conditions which was going to test the sailors to their limits. There was also a strong contingent of Trimpley Topper sailors who were keen to use their local knowledge on wind shifts to give them a real chance of delivering excellent results.

For Race 1, Gwyneth Lanyon got off to a great start taking an excellent win, followed closely by current series leader, Ben Paling and then Jessica Powell, delivering an excellent top 3 result.

In Race 2, Finn Morgan sailed brilliantly to take the win, from Charlie Hopkinson and then Round 1 Draycote winner, Ben Paling. With the wind conditions continuing to be the challenge of the day, we were to see close bunching at the mark rounding; if the sailor picked up a gust, they could easily move up 5 places at a time.

Race 3 was to continue with another win for Finn Morgan, putting him in a very strong position to win the event, however the ever consistent Ben Palling was hot on his heels, finishing 2nd, followed by Joe Rowe.

The event win was still up for grabs as we went into Race 4; this was to be between Finn Morgan on 2 race wins and Ben Paling on equal points. For this race, there was course change due to shifting wind conditions; this was to prove to be Ben’s best race of the day taking the win by a convincing margin from local Trimpley Sailor Toby Gammond and then Georgia Hughes.

So it was Ben Paling taking the overall event honours, followed 1 point behind by Finn Morgan and then Gwyneth Lanyon

In the 4.2 Classification, the sailing continued to be very close between the leading contenders of Imogen Green and Katherine Gunn. Imogen took the first 3 races however Katherine fought back in the final race to make it a close contest. Eventually it was Imogen who took the 4.2 class honours with Katherine very just behind.

Congratulations to Ben Paling (Event Winner) and Imogen Green (4.2 Winner)

Special thanks to all of the volunteers at Trimpley Sailing Club for hosting the event and making the Midlands Topper Sailors so welcome.

Next, we move onto final Round at Draycote Water Sailing Club on 22nd May 2021. Places are still available if you would like to enter on the ITCA Website – looking forward to see you there!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClassR1R2R3R4Pts
1st47790Ben Paling5.32‑3215
2nd48586Finn Morgan5.3‑51146
3rd46168Gwyneth Lanyon5.31(DNF)5814
4th45772Georgia Hughes5.3‑1056314
5th46391Jessica Powell5.33104‑1217
6th48216Charlie Hopkinson5.3‑1227918
7th48317Noah Wood5.368‑13620
8th48664Toby Gammond5.311‑139222
9th47794Felicity Angell5.38(DSQ)10523
10th46341Niall Harris5.3(DNS)98724
11th48651Harriet Temple5.3912‑141132
12th48667Millie Hardiman5.3‑17.511111032
13th46734Harry Sims5.3136‑191433
14th44036Joseph Rowe5.34(DSQ)3DSQ36
15th48713Matthew Chadderton5.37(DSQ)161538
16th44012Jake Blakeway5.317.5718‑18.542.5
17th46611Jack Wright5.319420(DNS)43
18th48092Martha Christensen5.3151612‑1743
19th48193Jasper Focardi Dolling5.31417‑211344
20th48653Imogen Green4.2‑2014152049
21st48571Katherine Gunn4.2‑22151718.550.5
22nd28381Beth Edwards5.31618‑222155
23rd46241Oli Rogers5.3(DNS)DNSDNS1674
24th47613Ben Angell4.221(DSQ)DNFDNS79
25th46205Caitlin Thomas5.3(DNS)DNSDNSDNS87
25th48259Edward Paling5.3(DNS)DNSDNSDNS87
25th47777Katherine Burgess5.3(DNS)DNSDNSDNS87
25th45197Polly McMullan5.3(DNS)DNSDNSDNS87

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