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ILCA Open at Chichester Yacht Club

by Biddy Colbourne 11 Oct 09:38 BST

20 ILCAs entered for the Chichester Yacht Club Open with great support from eight home club members.

The forecast for light winds turned out to be accurate but the first race started, with only a slight delay, in a breeze from the north. Due to the light winds many ILCA 4 sailors transferred to the ILCA 6 fleet. A trapezoid course was set and close racing in the standard fleet resulted in James Perry and Tommy Perkins sailing the two CYC club boats having a close race with James coming out on top. Charlie Porter made his way to third after being over the line at the start, with Julian Wilkins 4th.

In the ILCA 6 fleet Richie Thurlby from Hill head and James Curtis from Bosham built a considerable lead finishing first and second with Luke Watson (Emsworth SC) coming in third with Edwin Gamble from HISC making his way from last to 5th.

Ethan Sparkes (CYC) won the battle of the ILCA 4s

The start of the second race was delayed while a wind shift forced the course to be reset. The race started in a reasonable breeze but half way round the second lap it evaporated. As the Race Officer was considering abandoning the race a new breeze filled in from the north. Sadly, it then evaporated again causing the course to be shortened at the next mark. However, Julian Wilkins CYC mastered the conditions and improved from 6th to lead after the second lap and maintained his lead to finish first followed by Wayne Williams CYC who sailed consistently in the difficult conditions. They were followed home by Richard Bradshaw from Weirwood SC who improved from last to third. James Perry came fourth.

Richie Thurlby again showed his mastery of the conditions winning his second race followed home by Sam Watson and Eliza South (Emsworth SC), who showed great determination in the difficult conditions.

With no sign of any wind the third race was not started.

Overall, the results were very close. In the Standard ILCA7 fleet Julian Wilkins taking first place on count back from James Perry both on 5 points with Wayne Williams just taking 3rd place on count back from Tommy Perkins both with 7 points.

Jamie Thurlby convincingly won the Radial ILCA 6 fleet with Sam Watson taking second from Luke Watson

Ethan Sparkes took the 4.7 ILCA 4 from Lottie Cheeseman.

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