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North West Topper Championship at Bolton Sailing Club

by Sam Young 29 Sep 08:59 BST 18 September 2021
North West Topper Championship at Bolton Sailing Club © Andy Young

Thirty-three Topper sailors from clubs across the north of England travelled to Bolton Sailing Club on Saturday 18th September for the North West Championships.

Winds were forecast as light and dropping over the day and, though looking slightly more promising than the forecast on arrival, the race officer decided to launch the fleet swiftly and get 3 races in back-to-back before lunch. If the wind held up, there would still be a chance for a fourth race after lunch, giving the sailors one discard.

The lighter sailors took poll positions in the first race with Jasper (Hollingworth Lake) 1st, Lewis (Leigh & Lowton) 2nd and Rosanna (Budworth) 3rd. Over-eagerness saw a general recall in Race 2 and the race committee quickly hoisted the U flag for the second start. This caught out 5 sailors including the winner of the first race (and first on the water in Race 2 but scoring 38 points for his UFD). Erin (Scaling Dam) having stayed behind the line during the last minute before the starting signal (see rule 30.3!), took the race win, followed by Lewis and Harriet (Elton).

The wind held up for Race 3, though there were some tricky 'holes' and interesting wind patterns. Ava (Elton) won, with Erin 2nd and Rosanna 3rd.

As they came ashore for lunch, the fleet were treated to the Red Arrows flying over on their way to the G7 Speakers' Conference in Chorley (though unfortunately there weren't any red, white and blue contrails to match the Topper sails!). There was a mixed appetite for a 4th race with many eager to discard their UFD scores and improve their positions and others happy to end the day with 3 races (girls were lying in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th place at this stage).

There was still enough wind for the fleet to launch and a tight Race 4 saw Erin lead from the start to seal the Championships. Jasper finished second in the last race and was second overall, with Ava finishing third and third overall. A great day's sailing and thanks to Bolton Sailing Club for hosting the North West Championships; the next event in the North Traveller series is West Riding Sailing Club on 23rd October.

Overall Results:

1st5.3Erin YoungScaling Dam SC‑51214
2nd5.3Jasper BramwellHollingworth Lake SC1(UFD)427
3rd5.3Ava Harris‑ScottElton SC‑95139
4th5.3Lewis BaconLeigh & Lowton SC22(UFD)711
5th5.3Rosanna JoyceBudworth SC3‑63612
6th5.3Chris HampshireRipon SC4‑75514
7th5.3Tom MossScaling Dam SC84(UFD)416
8th5.3Harriet WoodElton SC‑10310821
9th5.3Seren GreenUllswater YC‑13137929
10th5.3Matthew BairdBudworth SC‑211161330
11th5.3Benjamin GreavesPennine SC7‑12111230
12th5.3Leon KadiogluWest Kirby SC6(UFD)81731
13th5.3Oliver LumbRipon SC1489‑1831
14th5.3Sam AubreyBolton SC‑1610121032
15th5.3Sian BairdBudworth SC11(UFD)131135
16th5.3Kiera CowellScaling Dam SC159‑201539
17th5.3Lewis BlytheYorkshire Dales SC171416‑1947
18th4.2Millie HayfieldHollingworth Lake SC191615‑2150
19th5.3Alex SmithUllswater YC18(UFD)171651
20th5.3Emre FranklandBurwain SC20‑21181452
21st5.3Oliver ScanlanSouthport SC‑2322142258
22nd5.3Anna StonecliffeBolton SC‑2517232060
23rd5.3Tobias KhawarBolton SC221821‑2461
24th5.3Eva MurphyBudworth SC‑2619192563
25th4.2Xavier BramwellHollingworth Lake SC271522‑3064
26th5.3Huw MaddocksPennine SC242024‑2768
27th5.3Paul RobertsLeigh & Lowton SC12(UFD)UFD2369
28th4.2Hugo Calvey‑SutcliffeBurwain SC‑3023252977
29th4.2Annabel HayfieldHollingworth Lake SC‑3226262678
30th5.3Yusuf HussainRipon SC‑2925272880
31st5.3Emily CottamBolton SC2824(DNS)DNC86
32nd4.2Julia SmithWest Riding SC‑3327293187
33rd5.3Emma BeggBolton SC31(UFD)28DNC93

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