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UKLA ILCA6 Qualifier at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy

by Matilda Nichols 10 Nov 2021 10:36 GMT 23-24 October 2021

After the weather cancellation of the second UKLA Autumn Qualifier, the sailors were raring to go afloat this time! There were 78 sailors registered to race at WPNSA which meant the Race Committee were given a difficult dilemma of whether to split the fleet into flights or keep together on one start-line. We were all delighted that they kept us sailing as one fleet; it's a lot more fun for all involved when it's only a two-day event.

The weekend had forecasted some powerful breeze and we were not to be disappointed. Hiking power was going to be key for the racing ahead! Sailing in a SW breeze in Portland Harbour would also bring us some shifty and gusty conditions keeping the racing close and exciting.

Day 1 brought us a tricky day of racing as the usual 'Portland Bill effect' did not seem to be the winning strategy. Race 1 was the perfect example with plenty of snakes and ladders throughout the race. Being on the correct shift and in the pressure allowed Matilda Nicholls to take the 1st race win closely followed by training partners Ebru Bolat in second, from Romania, and Daisy Collingridge, ILCA 6 National Champion, in third. Race 2 saw Youth sailor Sam Dickinson up at the front challenging the ILCA 6 women. His good pace upwind helped him finish second in the race with Ebru (first) and Daisy (third) claiming podium finishes again!

After two very physical and intense races, the ILCA 6 fleet was clearly eager to get race 3 under way and get back ashore. Unfortunately, our eagerness led to two general recall starts and a couple Black Flag penalties before we could start race 3. Once the race was under way it ultimately came down to a hike-off to the 1st Windward Mark due to a big right shift! Ebru nailed it with another race win with Youth sailor Ed Baker and Master sailor Jon Emmett climbing towards the front of the fleet and providing another good challenge for the ILCA 6 women.

With day 1 done and dusted, the overall points were very close and would become even closer when Black Flag penalties could be discarded on Day 2. The ILCA 6 sailors put in a good shift for day 1 and headed home for plenty of food and sleep ahead of another windy day of racing!

Day 2 of racing highlighted the importance of starting at the biased end of the start-line. Youth sailors Tom Mitchell and Luke Anstey demonstrated this perfectly with a fabulous pin-end start allowing them to grab third and fourth place in race 1 of day 2. Jon and Ebru also used their great experience to nail the start-line and come away with first and second in that race.

The pin proved to be a strong place to start again in race 2 with British Sailing Team sailors Matilda and Daisy finishing first and third after leading the fleet from the pin-end. Chloe Elvin managed to utilise the shifty and gusty aspects of a Portland Harbour south-westerly to her advantage. She came storming past sailors in a great gust of wind all the way to second place on the final downwind of race 2.

In the final race of the weekend there was lots of play for with the top four all in close contention for an overall podium position. Similarly, there was a host of opportunities for sailors to grab a place in the top ten before the last race was up. With a big rain cloud at the top of the racecourse, sailors knew some big breeze was incoming and that you were going to have to give it all you had left in the tank to nail the final race.

Youth sailor Oliver Allen-Wilcox showed his great level of hiking endurance to snatch up 5th place and get him his best result of the weekend! Ben Elvin also reminded us of his ability to hike hard in the final race and keep it consistent with a sixth place. Daisy and Ebru had a great final battle in the final race with Daisy coming out on top and Jon close behind them in third.

After a long sail back home and some nice warm showers the sailors were ashore and eagerly waiting for the final overall results. A female podium lockout was nailed by Ebru Bolat in first, Daisy Collingridge in second and Matilda Nicholls in third (1st Under 21).

Jon Emmett won the Men's overall with Tom Mitchell finishing first Under 19 and Sam Dickinson first Under 17. Coco Barrett snatched up first Under 19 Female with Carys Atwell as first Under 17 female.

Full results are below

Ebru Bolat said, "I found that we had great sailing conditions with medium to strong wind which made it difficult to juggle both speed racing and decision making, but choosing the right time during the race when to switch the focus from one to the other was very important and provided big gains in the race. It was the perfect event to practice maintaining a consistency in racing and to find weak points to strengthen in the future. All in all, it was a super intensive but really fun event! I'm looking forward to the next Qualifier!"

Thank you to the brilliant Race Team who set good start-lines and marks were laid and re-positioned promptly and accurately - A truly high-quality event with a high-level of sailing throughout the fleet. Thank you also to the sponsors who support our Qualifiers. Congratulations to Ebru Bolat, who has been training with us at WPNSA now she is a student in Bournemouth, she is a strong sailor and also makes delicious cake!

The next event for the ILCA 6 women is the ILCA World Championships in Oman which we hope should be a fair bit warmer than the UK!

1st Ebru Bolat, Sportul Studentesc Bucuresti, ROU
2nd Daisy Collingridge, Waldringfield SC
3rd Matilda Nicholls, Aldeburgh YC

Women Overall:

1st Ebru Bolat ROU
2nd Daisy Collingridge
3rd Matilda Nicholls

Men Overall:

1st Jon Emmett
2nd Tom Mitchell
3rd Sam Dickinson


U21 Matilda Nicholls
U19 Coco Barrett
U17 Carys Attwell


U19 Tom Mitchell
U17 Sam Dickinson


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.

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.

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.

Overall Results:

PosNationSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1stROU217836Ebru BolatSportul Studentesc Bucuresti2112‑628
2ndGBR217870Daisy CollingridgeWaldringfield SC33(BFD)63116
3rdGBR219044Matilda NichollsAldeburgh Yacht Club153‑91717
4thGBR216115Jon EmmettWeir Wood SC6‑7414318
5thGBR219812Tom MitchellRoyal Tay Yacht Club88‑1037430
6thGBR209000Sam Dickinson ‑1022891031
7thGBR216646Alastair BrownStokes Bay/Great Moor94‑1255932
8thGBR214268Ben ElvinStokes Bay SC46911‑13636
9thGBR210001Chloe ElvinStokes Bay SC13‑177721140
10thGBR216402Molly Sacker 5115128‑1341
11thGBR216724Oliver Allen‑WilcoxChew/RLym/Castle Cove712816‑27548
12thGBR213544Luke AnsteyFrensham Pond SC1415(DNC)411852
13thGBR216655Edward BakerChew/Bowmoor‑2221613101262
14thGBR214637Ewan McanallyRutland SC169‑2319152079
15thGBR213524Jamie TylecoteRutland SC2110‑2415212188
16thGBR216624Christine WoodClyde Cruising Club20‑391718171890
17thGBR213540Coco Barrett 12181921‑322393
18thGBR211013James CurtisBosham Sailing Club‑23222120141693
19thGBR210976Richie ThurlbyHill Head SC19‑272723121495
20thGBR216122George ColquittWest Kirby SC1823201422‑2897
21stGBR211717Nancy HighfieldHong Kong111413‑34263498
22ndGBR21787Alexander Hughes 17‑351525241798
23rdLAT219015Martin AtillaBBSC‑341916172925106
24thGBR214007Jack Graham‑TrollRoyal Lymington241311‑433729114
25thGBR213537Kristian SchaferBrading Haven YC‑312014263126117
26thGBR216607Anya Haji‑MichaelRedesmere2751(DNC)101615119
27thGBR214560Terry HackerRutland SC252433‑362019121
28thGBR212783Archie WrightWarsash SC3016322918‑38125
29thGBR217881Charlotte VideloFrensham Pond SC2929183123‑33130
30thGBR209425Carys AttwellRutland SC35322524‑4130146
31stGBR194659William SunderlandDraycote Water3330383219‑39152
32ndGBR191794Jon Gay 26‑4337383022153
33rdGBR218860Max HuntWhitstable YC3825313033(DNC)157
34thGBR210900Felix McMullanDraycote Water SC‑553136272540159
35thGBR211875Mila MonaghanCardiff Bay YC28442233‑5235162
36thGBR211165Josh LyttleQueen Mary SC412840‑452831168
37thGBR208659Luka FranklinIBRSC‑484728354224176
38thGBR219067Rory FerrierEast Lothian Yacht Club‑524029373536177
39thGBR208325Dru TownsendPortishead Y & SC‑544534283437178
40thGBR213641Rob CageThames SC4637264038(DNC)187
41stGBR217179Daniel FletcherIsland Barn Reservoir374635(DNC)4032190
42ndGBR215118Keiran BrayDraycote/Banbury324246‑494427191
43rdGBR209056Oliver PayneStokes Bay SC443341‑474641205
44thGBR212573Rhys Powell 36‑5351413642206
45thGBR216002Lydia BarberStokes Bay/Blithfield3934(BFD)444348208
46thGBR215383Thomas BatesRipon SC45483048‑5147218
47thGBR218156Jim LowbridgeRutland SC1526(BFD)22BFDDNC219
48thGBR173611Oliver WoodleyRLYC495039‑514744229
49thGBR183264Savva Tretyakov (DNC)3647464954232
50thGBR216704Finn SinclairNeyland/Pembrokeshire40‑5852524543232
51stGBR216378Matthew StubbinsLlandudno SC42‑5545534846234
52ndGBR214203Alfie NoelWarsash SC51‑6148425052243
53rdGBR206856Iris SingletonDraycote Water SC504943‑605555252
54thGBR206301James Russell 4738565461(DNC)256
55thGBR201988Arthur CollenetteGuernsey YC5757‑64583945256
56thGBR214960Lucy DavisRSrnYC & RTYC58605939‑6349265
57thGBR190996Honor ProcterCardiff Bay YC59414461‑6460265
58thGBR195246Issy LeetchRutland SC5352505558(DNC)268
59thGBR177526Ethan CheshireDraycote Water SC60‑6255505357275
60thGBR204539Anya MorrisRLymYC/MYC‑615460565453277
61stGBR216647Xavier DunnWarsash SC5659‑62595650280
62ndGBR204972Harley Stone ‑736457575951288
63rdGBR212556Annabelle Pierce‑JonesPort Dinorwic SC‑686753645756297
64thGBR216005Chester Hendy 436642(DNC)DNCDNC307
65thGBR216919Jessica PerkinsWarsash Sailing Club63564965(DNC)DNC311
66thGBR161755Amanda Henderson 71‑7254706059314
67thGBR212109Arwen FflurPwllheli SC72‑7461636861325
68thGBR174459Maddie ChildsDatchet Water SC6568656762(DNC)327
69thGBR212382Macrea Raymond 69‑7369626564329
70thGBR179812Islay GoodmanHill Head SC‑746567696762330
71stGBR205150Olly Phillips 67(DNC)DNS686658337
72ndGBR190673Joe MolePapercourt62716366(DNC)DNC340
73rdGBR219061Bob DraperStokes Bay SC666358(DNC)DNCDNC343
74thGBR203593Enya GibbsWilsonian SC‑767666716963345
75thGBR211681William Tsui 706968(DNC)DNCDNC363
76thGBR125612Jonathan InglesfieldHISC6470(DNC)DNCDNCDNC368
77thGBR217500Emelia Tinch 757570(DNC)DNCDNC376

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