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Cambridgeshire Youth League at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by Hilary Talbot 23 May 2022 05:54 BST 21 May 2022
Cambridgeshire Youth League event at Grafham Water © Paul Sanwell / OPP

Twenty-seven young sailors from Cam SC, Ely SC, Hunts SC and Grafham Water SC converged on Grafham Water for the second event in the 2022 Cambs Youth League event. This annual five-event series brings together young sailors from five Cambridgeshire clubs to race in very different environments, from the river Cam, to small lakes to the large expanse of Grafham Water, which can be very daunting for those not used to it.

Despite the forecast at the start of the week for high winds, causing the Race Officer to be concerned that the event would have to be cancelled, the winds were light to moderate from the west providing friendly conditions for all. The day started with the Race Officer, John Aston, briefing the competitors on the arrangements, the flags to be used and the race area where sailing would take place. All competitors had to stay on shore until a flag informed them that the safety crews were in place to guide them to the racing area across the lake from the clubhouse launching area.

Race 1 got under way with the fleet divided into three flights, first the Optimists, then the Toppers and finally the Lasers, plus a Topaz Uno. Race 1 was very close with five boats finishing within one minute on corrected (handicap) time, Tim Evans of Grafham Water SC in a Laser Radial winning ahead of Sara Goujon from Hunts SC in a Laser 4.7 and Jason Kilstruck from Cams SC in an Optimist.

The fleet then came ashore for lunch before heading out for races 2 and 3 sailed back-to-back.

After lunch, in race 2, Cam SC sailors took the first three places, with Tyrii Bell in a Topper taking first, from Jason Kilstruck second and Elisabeth Collins third, also in an Optimist. Tim Evans took fourth place.

Race 3 saw everything to play for as Tim and Jason were both on 5 points, with Graydon McLeod Fleming from Hunts SC having a fourth and discarding a DNS, while Tyrii Bell had a first and was discarding an RTD. In the end, line honours went to Tim, with Graydon taking second, and GWSC sailor Adele Burbidge taking third in a Laser Radial.

More photographs of the event can be viewed at the Grafham Water SC Photo Gallery.

The final results were: Tim Evans (GWSC) first, Jason Kilstruck (Cam SC) second, Graydon McLeod Fleming (Hunts SC) third. The team prize went to Grafham Water SC. It was great to see the young sailors out on the water and having fun and we are looking forward to the next CYL event at Ely SC on 9th July.

Overall Results:

PosFleetClassSail NoHelmClubPYR1R2R3Pts
1st3Laser Radial215835Tim EvansGrafham Water Sailing Club11471‑412
2nd1Optimist5761Jason KistruckCam Sailing Club164232‑65
3rd2Topper46921Tyrii BellCam Sailing Club1365(DNS)156
4th2Topper48744Graydon Mcleod FlemingHunts Sailing Club13654(RTD)26
5th1Optimist6465Elisabeth CollinsCam Sailing Club164253‑15.58
6th3Laser 4.7201861Sara GoujonHunts Sailing Club120827‑119
7th3Laser Radial215303Adele BurbidgeGrafham Water Sailing Club1147‑8639
8th3Laser Radial196559Malcolm McLeod FlemingHunts Sailing Club114765‑811
9th3Laser Radial197899Matthew DonleyGrafham Water Sailing Club1147‑1010414
10th3Laser Radial0Skye CollardGrafham Water Sailing Club11479‑14716
11th3Laser 4.7218524Dominic AthertonGrafham Water Sailing Club1208‑1181018
12th1Optimist5701William SwannGrafham Water Sailing Club1642‑2091221
12th2Topper45701TabithaEly Sailing Club1365‑2112921
14th1Optimist6478Sophie KistruckCam Sailing Club16427‑2015.522.5
15th3Topaz Uno1723Barney WraggGrafham Water Sailing Club12511211‑1723
16th3Laser Radial154746Jack ScreatonGrafham Water Sailing Club11471315‑1828
17th2Topper 4.246007Thomas MatthewsGrafham Water Sailing Club140916.5‑191329.5
18th3Laser 4.7154746Kiera FrenchGrafham Water Sailing Club1208‑16.5161430
19th2Topper45152Kieran VanhoutteEly Sailing Club13651417(RTD)31
20th1Optimist5504Edward MillettCam Sailing Club1642(DNS)131932
21st3Laser Radial123872Matilda HallCam Sailing Club11471818(DNS)36
22nd2Topper44144JoshuaEly Sailing Club136519‑222039
23rd2Topper6152Jasper PaddickGrafham Water Sailing Club1365‑22212142
24th2Topper42612Niklas MaclayGrafham Water Sailing Club136515RTD(DNS)43
25th1Optimist1Isaac WilcoxCam Sailing Club1642RTDRTD(DNS)56
26th2Topper0Sebastian ParkinsonGrafham Water Sailing Club1365(DNS)DNSDNS58
26th3Laser Radial201847Alfie Scott DavisonGrafham Water Sailing Club1147(DNS)DNSDNS58

Grafham Water SC is based in Cambridgeshire and offers some of the best inland sailing in the country. The club is open to all classes of boat with strong fleets of Sprint 15’s, catamarans, Lasers/ILCAs, Solos, D-Zeros, RSs and Flying Fifteens. For more information about the club please visit the website at or call the club on 01480 810478. Follow the club on Facebook at

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