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UKLA ILCA 7 National Championships at Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy - Overall

by Sam Whaley 21 Aug 2021 10:25 BST 13-18 August 2021

The much anticipated 2021 UKLA Nationals took place from the 13th-18th August at the 2012 Olympic sailing venue, WPNSA. A record (for the past few years anyway) of 51 ILCA 7s gathered in Weymouth, bringing total numbers across all rigs to 270 boats - a pretty impressive feat considering.

The week started with a bang (literally) with a tech talk by British Sailing Team sailor Micky Beckett, who successfully demonstrated how to pull so much downhaul on that your ropes explode.

Jake Farren-Price has reported on the first three days, so we start with day 4...

Tuesday, day 4, brought sunnier and gustier conditions. Micky Beckett had a great first run to lead, followed by Norman Struthers. Sam Whaley managed to pull himself back into contention up the second beat and stole second place off Norman, who was again having a blinder of a race.

In the second race of the day the wind increased significantly and there were many tired bodies in the fleet. Sam Whaley led around every mark apart from, crucially, the final one, after being overhauled by Micky Beckett on the last run. Jake Farren Price sailed a stellar race to take third with Norman Struthers fourth and James Juhasz fifth.

Tuesday evening brought an incredible Gala Dinner with special guest Ian Percy. The dinner was held to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Laser/ILCA and to raise money for the Andrew Simpson Foundation. With huge prizes and a great performance by Tim Hulse (MC) the group managed to raise over £10,000. To cap it all Sir Ben Ainslie sent the sailors a message of thanks via WhatsApp.

The fifth and final day brought lighter (but still fully hiking) winds. With the windward mark set just off the famous Nothe course, the winds were incredibly flukey, with the jammy sailors of the fleet licking their lips in anticipation.

Micky Beckett had a good start to lead around the windward mark, whilst Sam Whaley and Norman Struthers were both flagged by a mysterious jury boat without a jury flag (something not allowed according to the sailing instructions). Both did turns anyway and went away bewildered at the experience.

Jake Farren Price sailed an awesome race to challenge Micky and take second place, whilst James Juhasz was consistently fast to seal third.

Coming into the final race of the championship and Norman Struthers and masters sailor Nick Harrison had a brilliant first beat to be first and second to the windward mark. Micky Beckett's speed was soon apparent as he took the lead down the run, with Sam Whaley moving into third place. These positions stayed the same all the way to the finish, with Jake Farren Price stealing fourth place from Ben Flower and Nick Harrison.

Overall Micky Beckett easily took the title, winning nine out of ten races, with Sam Whaley taking second and Jake Farren Price third. First master was Mark Lyttle in eighth and first U21 was Gordon Cogan Sivarajan in tenth.

Many thanks to the UKLA for organising and WPNSA for hosting such a brilliant event and we hope to see everyone next year!

The 100-strong force of volunteers helped make this happen but our class secretary has to be one of the most able, resilient and long suffering in the business. Thank You Ellie Ratusniak - without all your work we'd be running around like headless chickens.

Of course the sponsors provided the oil that made the wheels go round...


Sailingfast - Duncan brings his battle bus down from Scotland for most the big events, which is so ridiculously well equipped, you could replace everything on your boat. Although based in Scotland they will get anything to you super fast. He also supplied many of the prizes for the draw on Saturday evening.

SouthEast Sailboats - Max brings bespoke quality at affordable prices to the class. His passion for detail has made his products a must have for anyone who wants quality. He also supplied many great prizes for the event.

Ovington Boats - Chris Turner lives dinghies and has been a significance presence in the boat building world for decades. OB are now the official UK builders of ILCAs. A very smart new Ovington ILCA Dinghy was on display at the Masters event.

Vaikobi - a brand born on the waters of Sydney Harbour, out of a passion for all ocean sports. Across the team, we paddle, Surfski, SUP, Wing Foil and Sail. Sailing has been a passion within the business right from the start. The senior management team at Vaikobi comprise more than fifty years of marine industry and sailing experience between them.

Noble Marine - Ian MacManus (the man behind the name) has crafted a very competitive and excellent insurance product for all Laser/ILCA sailors. A very personal service and a extremely useful website help make this the 'go to' company.

Fernhurst Books - Jeremy Atkins has put together an incredible list of the most useful dinghy racing books. If you have books on racing you've probably got at least one Fernhurst book.

Overall Results:

1st Master - Mark Lyttle

PosNationalitySail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1stGBR219091Michael BeckettSolva SC1111‑2111119
2ndGBR217866Sam WhaleySwanage SC23241322‑5322
3rdGBR217303Jacob Farren‑PriceStokes Bay SC32‑7644532433
4thCAN216284Norman StruthersStokes Bay SC513636234(UFD)244
5thCAN217718James Juhasz 953557753(RET)49
6thCAN215613Ben Flower ‑848735467549
7thGBR215695Jack HopkinsHayling Island SC76‑9876674859
8thGBR217871Mark LyttleQueen Mary SC‑281810108138910793
9thGBR210020Alistair Goodwin 11‑171512131091261199
10thGBR174621Nick HarrisonStokes Bay SC15‑271111188131086100
11thSCO211012Gordon Cogan SivarajanClyde Cruising Club6713‑20141215151212106
12thGBR218436Gareth KellyLeigh and Lowton16‑2112131191481610109
13thGBR169126Joe WoodleyGrafham Water SC13‑26141491110111419115
14thSCO213657Scott ForbesHelensburgh SC171116‑1812161713915126
15thGBR210233Theo GumbleyWeir Wood SC‑2391721202318222013163
16thGBR214610Tony WoodsQueen Mary SC24‑313024101512181818169
17thGBR215244Thomas Parkhurst ‑3416221922292917139176
18thGBR215390Thomas BrindleyRedesmere SC141521‑31211923202620179
19thSCO219069Finlay TulettDalgety Bay SC20192017232419‑252116179
20thGBR213966Dan KeenanTamworth SC‑27222327162226191514184
21stGBR197369Ross WilliamsQueen Mary SC2112242519‑2727261724195
22ndGBR27Neil PetersPevensey Bay SC(DSQ)DSQ1915301816141126208
23rdGBR211133Adam FermorStrangford Lough YC2525252225252024‑2717208
24thGBR214415Chris EllyattQueen Mary SC33321816(RET)1434162928220
25thGBR211324Rhys JonesCardiff YC‑38232928332022211929224
26thGBR216500Peter SherwinChew Valley Lake SC2924‑3433261730312427241
27thGBR217429Guy NobleQueen Mary SC312828233533212830‑38257
28thGBR213545George Sudnerland 223733(DNC)242628323521258
29thGBR215375Nick LivingstoneOxford SC(DNC)342630343232233322266
30thGBR199009Jamie BlakeGreat Moor SC1920‑4036373640293123271
31stGBR213590George Graham 18142734173024(RET)DNCDNC282
32ndGBR213708Craig PalmerLancing SC30403129‑443439353225295
33rdGBR208715Sam DavisPoole YC263339352921(DNC)DNC2331296
34thGBR202316Harry NewtonWhitstable YC36293732‑402825363439296
35thGBR211257David CasaleQueen Mary SC37‑423526393137383730310
36thGBR216065Krishan Bhogal 10842(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC319
37thGBR216373James Percival‑Cooke 41059(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC323
38thGBR142793David ShillingDerwent Reservoir SC3936‑4343324236372536326
39thGBR178441Sam PettySpinnaker SC42354139‑433831343632328
40thGBR215423Andy WeatherspoonDerwent Reservoir SC3538(DNC)DNC364333272833332
41stGBR197694Greg Cornes 45(RET)4438313738333837341
42ndGBR195029David WilliamsGrafham Water SC323942403835‑44394334342
43rdGBR210191John PitkethlyTynemouth SC4343323741393541‑4441352
44thGBR214125Jake BowhayStokes Bay SC12(DNS)DNCDNC15DNS11DNC22DNC355
45thGBR216611Adrian LynhamStokes Bay SC(DNC)DNCDNC42284043304235378
46thGBR211111Howard GreenLeigh and Lowton SC414136(DNC)2741DNCDNC3943386
47thGBR215788David PopperQueen Mary SC4645384142444240(DNC)DNC397
48thGBR142019Paul WoodsLlangorse SC403046(DNC)47DNSDNCDNCUFD40439
49thGBR214682Michael PappStaunton Harold SC444445(DNC)45DNSDNCDNC4545445
50thGBR165130Brett LewisMedway YC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC46DNS41DNS4044466
51stGBR183153Matthew FletcherIsland Barn SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC4142496
52ndGBR208933Simon WeatherspoonDerwent Reservoir SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC531
52ndSUI217823Nick ZeltnerRegatta Club Oberhofen(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC531

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