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Topper Southern Area Championships and Rooster Southern Tour at Warsash Sailing Club

by Stu Davies 20 Oct 2021 08:25 BST 16-17 October 2021
5.3 start during the Topper Southern Area Championships at Warsash © Topper class

Over the weekend of 16th & 17th October Warsash SC hosted the 9th and last Rooster Southern Tour Traveller of the 2021 Topper season which also doubled up as the ITCA Southern Area Championships.

This two day event consisted of 4 races each day and was contested by 26 5.3 sailors and 12 4.2 sailors, we'd unfortunately lost a few sailors in the days leading up to the event, but had gained a few extras from the South East region, who must have been tempted by prospect of sun and wind for what is for most the last event of the calendar year.

As the Saturday dawned, we had just shy of 40 sailors waiting eagerly on the beach and in the pounds to be released onto the water, unfortunately though, the forecasted 8kts of breeze in the morning was completely absent and we had to wait for lunchtime for the wind to swing around to the South and fill in, once this had happened, they launched into the Hamble and headed out to the Solent to go racing. RO Nigel and his team set a standard inner and outer loop course and made the most of the late afternoon sun and light breeze to get 3 races in. "Sea Shanty" Russ & Rog posted all the starts live to Toppers in the UK, so the parents could see what was happening from ashore.

In the 5.3 fleet Leo Yates, visiting from the SE region showed his speed early to take the first race, his first of the weekend. Jake Rawes took the next 2 bullets, to be the overnight leader, with Emily, Finn, Rhys & Seb battling it out just behind.

In the 4.2 fleet a similar pattern was emerging, Greg Czura from around the corner at Lee-on-Solent took the first race win, but Warsash's Jake Davies was more consistent to be the overnight leader from Marcus King.

Sunday arrived and so did the wind, a little stronger and more stable than the Saturday, the sailors headed off around the corner to the race area with the smaller sailors now having to hike out, we'd lost a few sailors overnight to the demands of school work and some who were experiencing 2 days of back-to-back racing for the first time.

On the race course, the 5.3 sailors tended to favour the left side of the course, with the 4.2 sailors preferring the right side, either way, it was Leo & Greg who both came to the front of the fleet and secured 3 more race wins each and the event victories. Emily Brushett managed to secure herself a race win, having been pipped to the finishing line on the previous day by the smallest of margins and Jake Davies finished the event with his second race win.

The sailors were lucky to have 49fx British Team sailor Steph Orton to present the prizes, she presented to the first three in each fleet, plus first boy & girl outside the top 3 (Emily & Finn and Tate & Aurelia Stubbs), endeavour (Jacob Howells & Matthew Terry). A special mention to Aurelia Stubbs as she was sailing in her first event in the club Topper and to Toby Quartly for not giving up even when his boat was sinking.

A massive thank you goes to Rooster, Baltic & Lewmar for the generous donation of the prizes and the superb trophies and a huge thank you to all of the parents that helped out over the weekend either on the water, or on the shore to give the sailors an excellent event.

As this event was the last 2021 traveller and the end of the Autumn Traveller Series, Southern Area Rep Andrew Goodman also had some trophies to hand out.

There were supposed to be 4 events in the Autumn Series, but with Oxford having no wind and Bosham being blown off, it was just the results from the shared Island Barn open and Warsash that made up the series.

Leo Yates (IBSC/Burghfield) took the 5.3 fleet prize having won both events, from Seb Davies (Warsash) and Rhys Griffiths (Shoreham).

The 4.2 fleet was won by Greg Czura (Lee-On-Solent) from Jake Davies (Warsash) & Ethan Rhodes (Warsash).

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
4.2 Fleet
1st26795Greg CzuraLee on Solent1‑7‑711137
2nd47776Jake DaviesWarsash SC2‑41‑42319
3rd45364Marcus KingWarsash SC‑3223‑42211
4th48743Tate KumpWest Wittering433‑93‑7417
5th47830Ethan RhodesWarsash SC‑514‑555520
6th34031Charles WoodWarsash SC6‑9‑8268628
7th48627Lucas KeenStokes Bay (JETS)7‑86684‑931
8th46771Henry NoelWarsash SC‑96‑12876835
9th46509Matthew TerryWarsash SC10‑11‑1171010744
10th47796Seb SittonWarsash SC855(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC48
11th48066James HayterWarsash SC11‑12101099(DNF)49
12th41779Aurelia StubbsWarsash SC121091111(DNC)(DNF)53
13th34481Anna CameronWarsash SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC75
13th454Emily ShellWarsash SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC75
5.3 Fleet
1st48153Leo YatesIBRSC / Burghfield SC1‑2‑512116
2nd47685Jake RawesOxford Sailing Club311‑143‑5513
3rd47676Seb DaviesWarsash SC4‑542‑82416
4th48315Finn Brook‑HolmesPortchester Sailing Club23335‑7‑1016
5th48249Rhys GriffithsShoreham SC54‑6‑643319
6th47786Emily BrushettWarsash SC7‑9271‑10825
7th45768Torquil MorrisonEmsworth Slipper SC6675‑13‑9630
8th48579Henry MartinPortchester Sailing Club814‑15‑1574235
9th46892Ed Upton‑BrownBosham‑12710411‑131244
10th48797Jude ArmstrongUpper Thames Sailing Club10‑15‑161168944
11th48185Arran GoodmanHill Head Sailing Club‑1110‑1391061146
12th47833Ella HarrisWeston SC911‑18129‑211455
13th48685Ed SmithSpinnaker / Calshot‑18‑1717131211760
14th47355Samuel WadeStokes Bay/ JETS15812‑19‑16121360
15th46364Matthew EmersonSpinnaker‑24‑1891014141663
16th48626Toby QuartlyHill Head Sailing Club141382022‑23‑2477
17th31922Ffion CerratoWarsash SC(OCS)‑24141615151777
18th43525Charlie ShiresStokes Bay Sailing Club‑211911‑2219201584
19th46666Grace BuckleyWarsash SC‑2212‑231818181985
20th47658Alexander Van DorenOxford Sailing Club13161917(DNF)(DNS)2388
21st6203Robert O'MearaStokes Bay Sailing Club(OCS)(DNC)20821222091
22nd46447Ava FrancisSpinnaker1621‑24‑2417192194
23rd48676Jacob HowellsLlandegfedd SC1920‑22‑2320171894
24th33664Ben PearsonStokes Bay Sailing Club‑23(DNC)2121231622103
25th48332William AlmondGoring172325(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC121
26th29628Beth AlmondGoring2022(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC126
27th47746Thomas PeaceWarsash SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC140

The results from the Summer Series & Autumn Series were then merged together, to give the overall 2021 Rooster Southern Area Traveller Series winners.

Seb Davies (Warsash) won the 5.3 fleet, from Aaron Goodman (Hill Head) and Jake Rawes (Oxford).

Greg Czura (Lee-On-Solent) complete the set to take the 4.2 fleet from Tate Kump (West Wittering) and Ethan Rhodes (Warsash).

All the results can be found on the ITCA results page Southern Area Event Results (

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