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2021 Masters ILCA 7 & 6 Qualifier at Queen Mary Sailing Club

by Guy Noble 9 Sep 2021 11:35 BST 4-5 September 2021

Rescheduled from the spring, after what hopefully will be the last of the Covid interruptions, QM hosted a great weekend of incredibly well run races for the Masters fleet - thank you Andrew Craig and Team. Orlando Gledhill and Jon Emmett were the overall winners in the ILCA7 and ILCA6 fleets with consistently good results after Saturday's racing to keep them at the top.

All week the forecasts had been flip-flopping about but Saturday was looking the better of the two days - this proved correct. With three great races held in 8 to 12 knots NE on Saturday and only one race taking place on Sunday it was still a suburb weekend.

Completing 4 races the competitors could drop their worst result. In the ILCA7s Orlando was unable to compete on Sunday so the combination of only getting one race sailed on the Sunday and the drop was decisive. Second place was a very different matter. Neil Peters (Pevensey Bay SC), not renown for his puddle sailing, sailed 2 great races on the Saturday and was looking good for second overall. But several other QM sailors were snapping at his heels. Michael Hicks (3,5,4) was consistent and in with chance but it would prove to be Tony Woods who would grab a 2nd on Sunday to bump him up to 2nd over all. Neil would have to settle with 3rd.

In the ILCA6 fleet Jon Emmett professionalism sets a great bench mark that allows the fleet to gauge just how well they are sailing. Max Hunt (SouthEast Sailboats) was on good form in the first race to get a well deserved second - after a small wobble in the second race he managed to keep consistent to secure 2nd overall. Close behind was Matthew Knight of QM who improved his scores on Saturday but got caught out on Sundays race. It was great to see so many visitors from clubs as far afield as, new Masters recruit, Joe Scurrah from Casington SC and Andy Fox from Leigh & Lowton.

As with many of the ILCA Masters events the top 10 or 12 places are often made up of the same faces. Gradually this changes but you have to work hard to get there. So it's worth looking further down the fleet to see who's coming through. In the ILCA7 fleet Nick Livingstone has not only been Chair of UKLA but has triumphed in many big Masters events over the years. Having just done the Open Nationals, Poole Week and now the QM event he is back on form. Simon Cavey (J70 Sailor) is improving fast along with several other QM sailors.

A new member of QM is Patrick Johnson (USA) and Will Apps form Lancing SC have great potential. In the ILCA6 fleet it great to see more women entering into the fray and I'm sure they will soon be giving some of the more familiar faces a run for their money. Of course there are many more talented sailors, too numerous to mention here, but I would encourage you all to come to the next Masters inland event - Inland Master Nationals at Graham Water 16th & 17th October. Or the next sea event at WPSA, the Autumn Masters and Open Qualifier - 2nd & 3rd October.

Along with the ILCA Nationals in August this QM event shows that if we get the race management right, even if the conditions aren't perfect, people will be very satisfied and happy. Add in some great off-the-water food, entertainment and prizes, you have the perfect weekend away.

Thanks to all the staff at QM and to our great Sponsors

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.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubAge CategoryR1R2R3R4Pts
ILCA 6 Fleet
1st216115Jon EmmettWeir Wood SCAM‑11113
2nd218860Max HuntWhitstable YCGM2‑93510
3rd217877Matthew KnightQueen Mary SCM642‑1212
4th195029David WilliamsGrafham Water SCGM4‑196313
5th205147Vittorio BoccoliniSeafarers SCAM‑1034916
6th203323Kevin PearsonThames SCLegend55‑9818
7th205151Bruce SnellingBurghfield SCGM3115(RET)19
8th219047Alison StevensQueen Mary SCAM76‑10619
9th213563Joe ScurrahCarsington Lake SCKiddie(RET)281020
10th219061Bob DraperStokes Bay SCGGM‑13713424
11th203157Mihail YankovQueen Mary SCM11‑1812225
12th213516Niall PeeloQueen Mary SCM(DNC)811726
13th213093Michael KinnearGrafham Water SCLegend8‑1371328
14th212396Adrian ElwoodQMSC Wembley SCGM910‑141130
15th216547David BatesQueen Mary SCGM121216‑1840
16th212199Ninian EadieQueen Mary SClegend14‑16151544
17th146162Zoe McCaigNewhaven and Seaford SCAM1514‑171645
18th207080David LambertAldenham SCLegend1615‑181748
19th214005Jacintha Hamilton‑LoveQueen Mary SCAM1817‑191449
20th206502Hilary ThomasLocks SCLegend17‑20201956
21st215230Gareth EdwardsQueen Mary SCGM(DNC)DNCDNCDNC66
ILCA 7 Fleet
1st202549Orlando GledhillQueen Mary SCM143(DNC)8
2nd214610Tony WoodsQueen Mary S CGM‑71629
3rd135850Neil PetersPevensey Bay SCGM2‑7169
4th214609Rupert BedellQueen Mary SCM43‑12411
5th213699Alan DavisOxford SCGM56‑15112
6th209265Michael HicksQueen Mary SCGGM354‑1812
7th209122Roger O'GormanQueen Mary SCAM‑828818
8th192575Tim CookQueen Mary SCGM9‑105721
9th217429Guy NobleQueen Mary SCGM‑12911323
10th214265Mac CourtsStokes Bay SCGGM‑181421026
11th215375Nick LivingstoneOxford SCGGM17‑187529
12th214415Chris EllyattQueen Mary SCGM6159(DNC)30
13th218115Simon CaveyQueen Mary SCGM15814‑2037
14th183153Matthew FletcherIsland Barn SCM1413‑251138
15th219098Andrew WhittakerQueen Mary SCAM1612‑171240
16th218700Andy FoxLeigh & Lowton S C.GM‑1917101946
17th215933John CurranWembley SCM‑2011201546
18th215186Michael PryerQueen Mary SCGM101622(DNC)48
19th194130Thomas NashQueen Mary SCM1120‑211748
20th179660Will AppsLancing Sailing ClubM21‑22131650
21st182689Patrick JohnsonNYYC AM132319(DNC)55
22nd216611Adrian LynhamStokes Bay SCM23‑24181455
23rd160551  GGM2221‑231356
24th178823Terence O'NeillSeafarers/ RSrnYCM241916(DNC)59
25th215788David PopperQueen Mary SCGM‑252524TLE70
26th217871Mark LyttleQueen Mary SCGM(DNC)DNCDNC971
27th212201Dick SoderbergQueen Mary SCM(DNC)DNCDNCTLE83
28th200912David Wilkinson GM(DNC)DNCDNCDNC93
28th195867Tim LawSalcombe YCGGM(DNC)DNCDNCDNC93
28th215376Nicolas Van TienenStokes Bay SCAM(DNC)DNCDNCDNC93

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