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Cadet UK National Championships at Brixham Yacht Club - Overall

by Neil Collingridge 1 Sep 09:42 BST 23-27 August 2021

We rejoin the Cadet Nationals half way through with, as we reported previously, "everything to play for throughout the fleet".

Wednesday saw a continuation of the breeze and big easterly seas with Will Shepherd and Joe Mycroft starting to find their mojo, registering a bullet and a second. Hannah Carruthers and George Cox Oliff after faltering a little in the first, won the second race of the day but Hamish Collingridge and Rhona Enkel scored a consistent 2,3 to start to close the gap to Hannah and George - down from 7 points at the start of the day to just 4 points in it as the day ended.

In the silver fleet, Evan Harris and James Vellacott held onto their overall lead with 12,17 and Olivia McMorris and Phoebe Millar continued to add to their haul of silverware in the regatta fleet with two more results pushing well up into the back-markers in the silver fleet.

On Thursday the wind was forecast to drop through the day and drop it did. Only one race was sailed and Jess Watling and Annabel Shepherd were desperately unlucky. With a healthy lead all around the course and extending on the fleet throughout to the last leeward gate the wind literally shut down and the final beat became trickier than a very tricky thing.

Mish and Rhona kept their boat sailing low and fast (relative to those around them that is) and crept through to take the win ahead of Will and Joe with Hannah and George recovering to take 3rd. Jess and Annabel were ultimately 5th but should reflect positively on just how well they had sailed whilst there was wind. First silver fleet boat went to Monty Hampton and Tom Stoddart with a cracking 8th place with Olivia and Phoebe once again ahead of the back of the silver fleet boats with a 21st.

So that left things yet more finely balanced going into the last 2 races on the final day. 2 points between Hannah and George and Mish and Rhona but with neither having a discard after their OCS's in race 1.

At the top of the first beat Mish and Rhona led but a spinnaker snafu at the leeward gate allowed Hannah and George to break cover and take the win and extend their overall lead to 3 points with just 1 race left. Evan and James took a 6th followed by an even better 3rd in the final race to secure silver fleet overall with once again Olivia and Phoebe prevailing in regatta fleet in both races to seal that victory overall.

So back to the battle for overall 2021 UK Cadet National Champions... Mish and Rhona rounded the windward in the final race in second behind Will and Joe and they both held these positions throughout the race but Hannah and George were buried deep in the high teens and had to work hard to dig themselves out.

Ignoring the bananas sailed by others, they had reduced the deficit somewhat by the first leeward gate where they sensibly took the uncrowded port gate to avoid the melee, but at the start of the outer loop they still needed lots more places to take first overall.

Down the long outer run they again sailed straighter and faster than the slower and longer bananas sailed by the 4 boats around them and with just the last leg to go they had gained all four boats and were up into 5th - a spectacular comeback.

They held this position to the finish - even then they had a tricky cross just metres from the line - and so ended equal on 23 points with Mish and Rhona but took the overall championship on countback by virtue of having won more races - worthy champions but undoubtedly pushed to the limit.

Proceedings ended with a cracking prize-giving - the cadet class has too much history and as a result too many trophies to list them all but everyone received at least a keepsake to take home.

Perhaps more importantly the experiences and memories these young sailors take away just cannot be replicated - Brixham Yacht Club served up a simply superb week of sailing and one which will rank up there with the best for years and years to come (I should know; its our 10th!).

A big thank-you to Richard, their Commodore who was in the water everyday helping launch and recovery, to Adrian who lead the arrangements and to their merry band of helpers who were always on hand with good humour and a beer. Arky, our unique PRO was brought in from the race course in a cadet sailed by Toby Bush and even managed to fly the kite.

An epic end to an epic last day of an epic week. The class also says farewell as it does every year to the cohort who age out - they too are epic - but what a send off to give them. They will go from strength to strength and we hope "never forget their first cadets".

Overall Results:
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PosFleetBoat NameSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1GoldAurora10076Hannah CarruthersGeorge Cox‑OlliffFPSC/WSC(OCS)12217131523
2GoldNo Regretts9877Hamish CollingridgeRhona EnkelWSC(OCS)23532312223
3GoldMay Contain Nuts9994William ShepherdJoe MycroftFPSC556112122‑18135
4GoldPushing It10001Toby BushKemmel ThorogoodWSC3471647133‑1448
5GoldShe Who Dares9028Bridgitte NeeMonty SlumpFPSC13112(RET)9677955
6GoldLift Off9321Ines GreenThomas KrailingWSC11‑1546431199663
7GoldWhats it Called9020Jess WatlingAnnabel ShepherdFPSC‑20915101254551075
8GoldEnigma10003Libbie BushEmily KrailingWSC87547101512‑211179
9SilverSpectre10007Evan HarrisJames VellacottWSC91610310‑1712176386
10GoldBoombastic10032Amelia MayhewHettie ThorogoodWSC21397861614‑222196
11GoldJoint Effort10012Edward FletcherAlex EnkelWSC26‑3328858104177113
12SilverDouble Expresso9634Sarah McEwanHolly JonesFPSC10811209‑292010822118
13GoldAelous10002Tom WalkerAva StoddartFPSC41817(DNC)DNC11861112122
14SilverSullom Voe71Monty HamptonTom StoddartSCSC76828(RET)141781024122
15SilverMischief and Mayhem9964Sophie SfaxiAlex McEwanFPSC61216‑19151913111516123
16SilverZest9876Robert StewartDylan McArdleWSC(SCP)111214111321181415129
17SilverTeen Spirit8533George LittleZachary WindibankFPSC121721‑2314165191217133
18goldGood Vibes10092Brandon BarkerKali KaraskasStone SC18102291715‑25231313140
19SilverTwocan9985Gwen ThorogoodElouise MayhewWSC19141315132114‑251618143
20GoldSorcerer9983Tristan WhittleDominik McArdleWSC16‑271813191818152019156
21GoldAquilo8854Ryan HarrisSophie MarshallFPSC222526162212‑292248157
22SilverMaster Mariner8352Megan McMorrisJoshua DavidsonSCSC171924172022930(DSQ)4162
23SilverSugar Rush8845Mimi SlumpSamantha NeeFPSC1321‑2321162019162323172
24SilverThe Great Escape9962Charlie BaileyJames BaileyWSC25‑292524262323241920209
25SilverSizzerling Hot8333Lydia MycroftMimi WindibankFPSC2126202221262420‑3229209
26SilverEl Nino9043Fiona NeeElliott ChapmanFPSC15233025182722(DNC)2725212
27SilverWhacky When Wet9378Tom ShepherdJolyon ConwayFPSC14221426253127‑322928216
28SilverShe who shall not be named9400Emilia MayhewImmi SherwoodWSC/FPSC27‑301918282428262526221
29RegettaScallywag9083Olivia McMorrisPhoebe MillarSCSC23242930‑312526212831237
30GoldLegend7202Emilia HamptonJemima McMorrisSCSC24‑313127303031312427255
31SilverFired Up9371Ethan MillarThomas PontetSCSC(OCS)2027292428DNS293133256
32SilverPurple Haze9454Amelie WhitehouseMaddy SherwoodFPSC2832323123‑3333332630268
33RegattaMoonraker8556Ava RobertsJack DingwallSCSC/Rickmansworth292833322732322830‑34271
34RegettaAzure9080Annie PowerDaisy AdamsSCSC/WSC30‑343433293430273332282

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