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Ovington 2021 - ILCA 1 - LEADERBOARD

International Etchells European Championship at the Royal Yacht Squadron

by Sam Jones 26 Aug 09:19 BST 20-22 August 2021
International Etchells European Championship day 1 © Gavin Ford

In short, a brilliant weekend's racing with some very tight and enjoyable competition throughout the fleet. Day 1 (Fri) saw the AP up early on while Peter Saxton, the PRO, waited for the wind to fill in.

Eventually it came in from the West around midday and racing got under way shortly after. The first race saw most of the fleet head left early on with a few electing to tack off, but it was K2, the leftmost boat, that was first round the windward mark. Gelert managed to pull ahead by the bottom mark and then lead the rest of the race with a close fought battle at the finish as they were followed closely by K2 and Polaris.

Race 2 saw newcomers to the fleet Angus Galloway and crew in GBR957 lead the fleet out on starboard after a brilliant committee boat start, they were just pipped to the windward mark by Eat Sleep E Repeat but held on around the course to take fifth overall, Stuart and Ben Childerley in Polaris taking the Race 2 win in the end. The final race was a similar story with the left hand side of the course paying off, Polaris took a second win to set the bar for the rest of the regatta, closely followed by Rob Goddard in Rocketman and then the youth boat of Sumo with Anthony Parke and crew in third.

Day 2 saw another early AP up while the wind settled. Similar to day 1, the fleet headed out after lunch and were greeted with light and fickle winds while the race officers tried their best to set a fair course. Eventually the wind settled sufficiently to get race 4 under way but a pin biased line caused a few too many boats to drift over the line leading to a general recall.

The wind shifted further left during the restart but the Uniform flag was displayed and had the desired effect of keeping everyone behind the line as Race 4 finally got away - the majority electing for a straight tack onto port at the earliest opportunity.

Angus Galloway in GBR957 played this perfectly and lead for the entire race, closely followed by Polaris and Gelert. Races 5 and 6 caused a good mix up of the results as the shifty condition caused a few of the leading boats to get caught up in the mid-fleet. This gave some of the Corinthian boats a chance to score some impressive results with No Dramas getting third in races 5 and 6 and Sumo getting the bullet in race 6. Swedish Blue also got their first race win of the regatta in race 5.

The third and final day had forecasted similar conditions to Saturday afternoon but with a northerly breeze - and no AP this time. The results were tight and this meant that any of the top boats could theoretically take the overall win if things went their way. Race 7 saw a split in the fleet with those electing to go onto port early and into the channel gaining the most.

Sumo was right in the mix and thanks to the tide rapidly taking the fleet towards the windward mark, they called the lay line perfectly from almost half a kilometre out and rounded first ahead of Gelert, followed closely by Exabyte.

Sumo managed to overstand the newly laid windward mark for the second beat and it looked like Gelert would take the inside, but they held on and took it all the way to the finish to score a second win in a row. David Franks had already commented on this being one of the best performances by a youth boat so far during the RYS dinner on Friday night, and this certainly backed that up, perhaps the suggestion he jokingly made of selling the boat made Anthony and crew sail a bit harder!

Race 8 was a similar story with but the course was more evenly split this time, most boats still going onto port early to make the most of the tide. Polaris was first round the mark and held on the entire way to the finish followed by Alfie who scored their second second in a row, then Gelert in third.

Race 8 left it all to play for with Polaris looking favourite to take the top spot overall, it was Swedish Blue who took the win in the final race to seal their position as second overall but Polaris came home second making them the 2021 European Champions.

Gelert fought hard but an unfortunate last race meant they had to settle for third overall in the regatta. Sumo also held onto forth overall after a not so great last race but still a very respectable finish. First Corinthian boat was No Dramas sailed by Andrew Lawson and crew coming home in eighth overall.

A great regatta and thanks to everyone that made it such a success in the sometimes tricky conditions of the Solent, especially the RYS race team headed by Peter Saxton and to the on-shore organisers, special mentions to Jan the class secretary and Graham and Karl for organising the youth boats and getting them ready in time. Finally, well done to Stuart, Ben and Roger on Polaris for taking home a well fought overall victory.

Hopefully see you all out on the water again soon.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameTeamR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
1  GBR 1489PolarisStuart Childerley / Ben Childerley / Roger Marino3112111661227
2  GBR 1438Swedish BLUEAnte Razmilovic / Brian Hammersley / Nils Razmilovic / Andrew Mills449817165139
3  GBR 1470GelertJames Howells / Ruairidh Scott / Jamie Lea1144358431742
4  GBR 1020SumoAnthony Parke / Ross Mackley / Josie Meredith / Jack Aitken5113RET81161348
5  SUI 1430K2James Mchugh / Luis Doreste / David Vera / Casey Marfo21516119258658
6  GBR 1493Eat Paul Ward / Charlie Cumbley / Paul Childs621013101034DSQ58
7  GBR 1351AudreyJon Warwick / Will Bedford / Fraser Woodley / Hannah Hunt76116612.51071865.5
8  GBR 1409No Dramas (Corinthian)Andrew Lawson / Hamish Mackay / Billy Russell813873314141066
9  GBR 1459ExabyteShaun Frohlich / Mathew Howard / Duncan Truswell1581212131522468
10  GBR 1434AlfieLawrie Smith / Richard Parslow / Goncalo Ribeiro / Joao Matos Rosa113644DNF910DNF69
11  GBR 1439Rocketman (Corinthian)Rob Goddard / Ed Haynes / Joe Burns / Vicky Cowan1272151211713771
12  GB 1352Jolly Rogerthomas abrey / Matt Reid / Dom Mortimer17121410241920886
13  GBR 1431Strait DealerDavid Franks / Graham Sunderland / Vita Heathcote / Ryan Orr995915DSQ12171288
14  GBR 957TBDAngus Galloway / Matias Sabate / Ed WhiteDSQ5151712.51518DNF95.5
15  GBR 1194Mano (Corinthian)Sam Jones / Willow Bland / Alistair Grant / Thomas Collyer14107161998191598
16  GBR 782Pulse (Corinthian)Jake Hardman / Tiger Tellwright / Alex Smerdon / Carys Randeria1317181914618125103
17  GBR 927ShamalInes Pont Sanchis / Tiarnan Finney / JJ Marie / Rory Rose162020181751793105
18  GBR 1227Bounce BackAllan Manuel / Stephen Rarity / David Kelly20161351818111611108
19  GBR 1148Silver LiningMurray Chapples / Ben Palmer / Matt Hannaby18181717161913159123
20  GBR 1271ZiggyAndrew Wishart / Thea Crawshaw / James Cunnison / Anna Watkins&Matt Sterett191919142114201116132
21  GBR 1014Palavar (Corinthian)Azat Ulutas / Jamal Ganiyu / Jahvarn Knight / Brandom Morales212121202017212114155

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