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IOCA UK Gill Optimist End of Season Championships at Royal Torbay Yacht Club

by Debbie Smith 21 Oct 20:05 BST 16-17 October 2021
IOCA UK Gill End of Season Championships at Torbay © Debbie Smith

Exactly 100 of the UK's top young Optimist sailors enjoyed two days of glorious autumn sunshine, last weekend, on the English Riviera as the IOCA UK Gill End of Season Championships returned to Torbay for the first time in five years.

With wind significantly lighter than forecast, competitors had to wait for racing to get under way on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the breeze slowly and inconsistently filled in - giving the mark layers significant challenges in setting a course - before it settled to a steady Force 3, enabling Principal Race Officer Ian Bullock to deliver three races to get the regatta under way for Main Fleet.

The tricky conditions led to a first start general recall where most of the fleet were over the line, but settled down after further starts with the black flag, leading to plenty of movement on the leader board at the races progressed.

On the near side of the bay, Regatta Fleet race officer Imogen Gibb fared slightly better, with the breeze settling down sooner - enabling her 23-strong fleet of youngsters to enjoy five races on the opening day of the event.

The glorious sight of the 77-strong main fleet returning to shore, after almost six hours afloat and as the sun began to set across Torbay, provided plenty of picture perfect moments for parents as the first day's racing came to a close.

Similar conditions greeted the sailors on Sunday morning, with an almost two-hour postponement passed on the water by the fleets before the wind showed up. Principal Race officer Ian skilfully managed to secure a further three races for Main Fleet, with the final orange flag being raised minutes before the time limit. The Regatta fleet also made the most of the day, securing a further four races.

Hot pasta and a warm welcome from Royal Torbay Yacht Club Commodore Phil Rumbelow at their cliff top gardens greeted competitors as the weekend concluded with a prize-giving that recognised not only the top performers from the weekend but the achievements of some of the IOCA British team at international events too.

In the End of Season Championships, Henry Camm from Warsash SC took the top spot in Main Fleet, as first boy and the overall winner, with Lila Edwards from Parkstone Yacht Club the first girl and fifth overall. Top Junior was Joe Wimpory, representing both Bewl and Hayling Island Sailing Clubs.

The Regatta Fleet was won by Felix Howe of Royal Lymington Yacht Club, who secured five first place finishes across the nine-race series with club mate Isla Hutchinson securing first girl and fourth overall. Royal Lymington took home the top performing club trophy for the Regatta Fleet, having secured the top seven positions, while Warsash SC triumphed as top performing club in Main Fleet and Parkstone YC were recognised for delivering ten top performers to the event.

IOCA would like to thank event sponsors Gill for their support, Royal Torbay Yacht Club and its members for hosting the event, Principal Race Officer Ian Bullock and Regatta Fleet Race Officer Imogen Gibb, along with their busy teams, for delivering a great series in challenging conditions - and all of the parent volunteers for making the event possible.

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Regatta Fleet Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
15892Felix HOWERoyal Lymington YC94331111111
26245William HUTCHINSONRoyal Lymington YC71162454219
36051Laszlo DRUMMONDRLymYC42623646324
46289Isla HUTCHINSONRLymYC591615532425
55995Ben MCEWENRoyal Lymington YC1581844325733
66480Natalie AYLINGRLymYC251513102223944
75468Oscar WINGATERLymYC61651611768851
85931Callum MARSHALLBlackwater SC111377141177555
96275Ryan SURGUYCorinthian Otters1778961310131966
106601Oliver RATCHFORDBEWL12311871511181667
115915Ruby COSTERRLymYC3171011122112101068
126145Charlotte SELFCBYC14612128814111269
136320Caedon FAULKNER ‑ LEASKRsrnyc18189513121814677
146476Joshua AYLINGRLymYC11023OCS15168151782
156167Josh PICKARDBowmoor SC2119215161013191186
166147Gracie ALLSOPPCBYC1914131091419171390
175559Beth LLEWELLYNHISC1011191718179122094
185483Oscar SMITHSouth Staffs & Draycote131217DNFDNF2017914102
196393Kit LESTERRoyal Harwich YC20224182018212118119
205609Hugo THOMASCBYC82322142122161622119
215796Abi LLEWELLYNHISC22202021199152215119
225238Eliza HOLLEYRestronguet SC162114201719202021126
236259Matthew WIMPORYBewl & HISC231521192223232323146

Main Fleet Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
16412Henry CAMMWSC1121186127
26600Thomas KELSALLStaunton Harold SC858153927
36306Oliver MCCORMICKParkstone5113581732
46593Archie MUNRO‑PRICECastle Cove2336233334
56520Lila EDWARDSParkstone YC7115491536
66342William MOSSBarnt Green SC1896144437
76481Sabine POTTERWarsashsc34271371443
86592Jack DONOVANDatchet Water SC26923281252
96574Noa MOSKOVITCHRLYM633215112156
106549Tabitha DAVIESRoyal LYM YC108231820561
116516Hugh ANDREWSBlackwater SC221919422273
126518Will MEARSCorinthian Otters438361122073
136603Ciara MURPHYRoyal Burnham YC194333514878
146598Joe ARMSTRONG ROWLANDRSYC945212418779
156456Joe WIMPORYBewl & HISC16201348151882
166163Thomas DAVEYRoyal Hospital School / RHYC17291034171184
176464Ralph SURGUYCorinthian OttersBFD30142103591
186470Charlie GATEHOUSEBEWL3610351243699
196129Will WEBSTERParkstone YC143950171225107
206429Patrick BROMILOWWKSCBFD165OCS19109
216527Joseph JONESBurghfield33671273819109
226414Luke ELLIOTTGuernsey YC154426102536112
236144Arthur GREAVESDatchet Water / HISC11344663329113
246548Seb LYTTLEDatchet49151929742114
256271Jonny ROGERSRoyal Lymingyon252630192223115
266411Zac SHEPHERDBosham SC321827331327117
276459Hennie BURLTONRoyal Southern YC56725271941119
286582Angus MCEWENRoyal Lymington YC121718445049140
296301Will HAKESParkstone YC203237252647140
306519Freya HUTCHINSONRLymYC292824502437142
316410Dirk ROGERSRoyal Lymington YC35045204830146
326512Oliver MEANSRoyal Harwich & Horning651438384513148
336583Eliana EDWARDSParkstone YCBFD6120361616149
346328Harry DRAPERParkstone YC382328423238159
356530Tom HAKESParkstone YCBFD274OCS2132162
366517Thomas SAUNDERSWarsash / Royal Southern286370263710164
376080Cinar ege DORTBASDraycote Water SC274234283640165
386453Ollie ATKINCYBC423748224726174
396331Robbie HUDSONRLYC242462522948177
406570Merle NIEUWLANDCBYC473340302753177
416575Theo SMITHSouth Staffs & Draycote263129723954179
426495Leo GOSLINGRoyal Lymington YC134655165750180
436558Laragh EPSTEINCBYC413565373533181
446584Matthew MASONBurghfield / HISC214722495145184
456292Hugo FLETCHERRoyal Southern / Hrsc632549414934198
466506Dilara SOYERDraycote Water SCBFD4947313044201
476007William MCEWENRoyal Lymington YC305541326551209
486505Barney BROMILOWParkstone YC544859217528210
496416Harry FRANKLINParkstone615644463431211
506258Oliver TRUDGEONGuernsey YC395417515566216
516311Fraser HAKESParkstone YC312257475971216
526561Ella JONESHISCBFD4131434457216
535894Andrew PERRATTHelensburgh SC / RNCYC625339396724217
546531William FLETCHERRoyal Southern YC / Hrsc371316DNSDNSDNC222
556152Nicola RICHARDSCastle Cove SC402151675361226
566533Jessica WATSONGuernsey YC516852563143233
576360Emily LEARYTata SC506660402364237
586404Madeleine GREAVESDatchet Water SC / HISC556054534055257
596336Sam ARMSTRONG ROWLANDRSYC465761574158259
606444Pippa SHEPHERDBosham SC454366586356265
616424Sam ROMERSt Catherines SCBFD5942596442266
624940Rachel ELMSHISC356468655852274
636586Sebastian BAILEYBurghfield SC53584360DPI65274
646343Ella MARTINCBYC527358456060275
656572Toby WAGGETTTeesdale SWC / DRSC445163627363283
666451Sienna MORDAUNTRoyal Lymington YC604077546862284
676272Hector DAVIESRoyal LYM YC436256616267284
686313Alanna STARKIEDerwent Reservoir SC576964665646289
696346Alex BREESERLymYC485274735469296
706253Adam CRAIGBurghfield697253636674323
715350Barnaby WATSONGuernsey YC677676705259324
725627Molly MARTINCBYC597472556972327
736334Isabella BARNESDraycote. SC586571717273337
746196Niamh EPSTEINCBYC687075696170338
756398Zara GATEHOUSEBEWL707769687168346
766395Megan THOMASCardiff Bay YC667573647075348
776501George SELFCBYC647167DNCDNSDNC358

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