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North East & Yorkshire Youth Travellers (NEYYTS) at Ripon Sailing Club

by Lucy Priest 1 May 17:50 BST 23 April 2022
Testing conditions in the North East & Yorkshire Youth Traveller Series at Ripon © Gail Jackson

Saturday 23 April saw 50 youth and junior sailors launch at Ripon Sailing Club for the first round of the 2022 North East & Yorkshire Youth Traveller series. Now in it's 39th year, the series continues to go from strength to strength offering competitive racing at the front of the fleet with a supported coached regatta division for the less experienced.

The event was being shared by the RS Tera North summer series and they enjoyed a turnout of over 20 Teras at the event.

Ripon also ran a session for their younger sailors who are not yet ready to participate in the racing and six young 'ducklings' enjoyed a day of Optimist sailing and joy-ride double hander outings under the supervision of Y&J Sailing Secretary Lucy Priest.

The predicted strong winds didn't arrive in the morning and the fleet started race one from the far end of the lake to maximise the length of beat. Local ILCA 6 sailor Tom Bates showed the fleet a clean set of heels and led the race on the water and on handicap whilst the other ILCA 6 sailors had a good race with positions changing each lap with series regulars Redmond, Burton & Boyce pulling away from the other ILCA 6 and finishing in that order.

Moss, Fisher, Horsman & Hirst had a close finish with 4 seconds between the four boats with Fisher pipping the gents over the line. Elsewhere the Whitehead brothers in their Tera Sports and the Tera Pros of Knowles & M Sommerville had a good race with Somerville winning on handicap.

In the regatta fleet Lucy Cliffe showed promise of things to come with a solid performance to finish 21st overall on handicap while 6 year old Harry Wilson in his Tera Mini finished the race with his smile still firmly intact.

After a break for lunch the fleet returned to the start line to be met with increased wind, big gusts and, unusually for Ripon, large breaking waves!

The top five in race 1 kindly opened up the score board by all being disqualified either via UFD or for rule infringements leaving heavy weather loving ILCA 6 Moss to take second after T Whitehead's Tera Sport.

Many sailors struggled in the conditions and retired or were taken ashore but it was fantastic to see the high level of boat handling and competition despite the adverse conditions, performances to note include Alderson and I Wright in their ILCA 4s, Bullen put in his best performance of the day in his Tera Pro to finish eighth whilst Wood & Gordon in their Tera Sports had big planing legs and even bigger grins to finish sixth and seventh respectively.

Whilst their results may not make the top ten, some solid high wind sailing was seen from many less experienced sailors including Charlie Hammond, Grace Gordon & Lucy Cliffe in their Toppers who battled each other to the finish line along with Rosie Morrison's ILCA 6.

After a pause between races to allow the safety crews to recover abandoned boats (with help from some of the more experienced sailors) race 3 started with a different course and a smaller starting line-up as many decided to stay ashore as the wind had shifted but was still gusting hard. Goodman in his ILCA 6 decided he also wanted a UFD on his score card with a textbook trigger pull executed 2 seconds too early.

Meanwhile in the competitive Tera fleet, D Whitehead showed his brother around this time to finish fifth overall, with Knowles' Tera Pro pipping Bullen's Pro with Boatman in his Tera Sport finding his mojo to finish with the leading pack of Tera Sports. The ILCA's of Redmond, Moss and Bates were split by Blades's Optimist in third overall on handicap.

A notable performance, and Ripon's sailor of the day, was Michael Napier, sailing in his first competitive event who put in a solid performance and learned a lot to take forward for next time finishing 24th overall having finished every race.

An excellent start to this series and a fantastic day on the water at Ripon. The next event in the series is on Saturday 7 May at Yorkshire Dales SC.

Overall Results:

PosHelmDivisionClassSail NoClubR1R2R3Pts
1Henry RedmondMainILCA 6206839Covenham SC2(UFD)13
2Tom MossMainILCA 6217872Ripon SC‑6224
3Tom BatesMainILCA 6215383Ripon SC1(DSQ)45
4Thomas WhiteheadMainRS Tera Sport3829Filey SC‑18167
5Liam BoyceMainILCA 6210212Filey SC4(UFD)711
6Ollie HirstMainILCA 6203965Scammonden Water74‑1811
7Spirit AldersonMainILCA 4209061Derwent Reservoir93‑1012
8Henry BladesMainOptimist6500Scaling Dam SC‑32.510313
9Alex HorsmanMainILCA 61147Ripon SC85(DNC)13
10Daisy FisherMainILCA 6217628Hollingworth Lake SC5(UFD)914
11Frederick WoodMainRS Tera Sport1610Leigh & Lowton‑226814
12Archie BurtonMainILCA 6216402Beaver SC3(UFD)1215
13Daniel WhiteheadMainRS Tera Sport3830Filey SC‑2012517
14Lewis GordonMainRS Tera Sport2739Scaling Dam SC‑1971118
15Imogen WrightMainILCA 432673Covenham SC118(DNC)19
16Finn GoodmanMainILCA 6216870Teesdale Sailing1011(UFD)21
17Henry BullenMainRS Tera Pro1985Bassenthwaite SC‑2491423
18Matthew SomervilleMainRS Tera Pro3003Bassenthwaite SC1413‑1627
19Matthew KnowlesMainRS Tera Pro2837Bolton SC17(DNF)1330
20James CatterallMainRS Tera Pro3922Derwent Reservoir‑26141731
21Boyen ChestnuttMainILCA 6170440Ulley SC1221(DNC)33
22Rosie MorrisonMainILCA 6217628Ripon SC1523(DNC)38
23Molly WilsonMainRS Tera Sport4343Filey SC‑35191938
24Michael NapierMainILCA 6204061Ripon SC‑36202040
25Charllie HammondMainTopper 5.342542Covenham SC2516(DNC)41
26Matthew BoatmanMainRS Tera Sport3917Sunderland YC27(DNF)1542
27Lucy CliffeRegattaTopper 5.342168Otley SC2122(DNC)43
28Henry KirkpatrickMainRS Tera Pro2365Bassenthwaite SC3115(DNF)46
29Cameron SomervilleMainRS Tera Pro1Bassenthwaite SC2918(DNC)47
30Grace GordonMainTopper 5.345022Scalling Dam SC2824(DNC)52
31Ethan WildMainILCA 4214587Ripon SC13(DNF)DNC64
32Joshua WrightMainILCA 4152484Otley SC16(DNF)DNC67
33Ollie EatonRegattaRS Tera Sport2074Ripon SC(DNC)17DNC68
34Thomas KirkpatrickMainRS Tera Pro3034Bassenthwaite SC23(DNF)DNC74
35Ella BrophyMainTopper 5.347860Ripon SC30(DNF)DNC81
36Grace StockdaleMainRS Tera Pro2162Ripon / Bass32.5(DNF)DNC83.5
37Zach WilliamsonRegattaRS Tera Sport2175Ripon SC34(DNF)DNC85
38Isla McKeownMainRS Tera Sport1807Gresford SC37(DNF)DNC88
39Oscar ManningRegattaOptimist5370Ripon SC38(DNF)DNC89
40Oliver RickarbyMainTopper 5.37537Ripon SC39(DNF)DNC90
41Harry WilsonRegattaRS Tera Mini3025Filey SC40(DNF)DNC91
42Isobel ArkleMainTopper 5.323076Sunderland YC41(DNF)DNC92
43Harriet NewcombeRegattaRS Tera Sport22Ripon SC42(DNF)DNC93
44James WrightMainTopper 5.328073Covenham SC43(DNF)DNC94
45Saffy BroxhamRegattaTopper TazTAZRipon SC44.5(DNF)DNC95.5
46Jasper ChestnuttRegattaRS Tera Sport0Ulley SC44.5(DNF)DNC95.5
47Olivia ArkleRegattaTopper 5.3BlankSunderland YC(DNF)DNCDNC102
47Oscar TrenholmeRegattaTopper 5.34Ripon SC(DNF)DNCDNC102
47Ellie NapierMainTopper 5.312345Ripon SC(DNC)DNCDNC102
47Fred TrenholmeRegattaRS Tera Sport3492Ripon SC(DNF)DNCDNC102

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