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Etchells Southern Area Championship at the Royal London Yacht Club

by Simon Hall 9 Jun 12:29 BST 4-5 June 2022
Etchells Southern Area Championship at Cowes © John Green

A brilliant weekend 4/5 June of racing with a variety of conditions and competition even with our friends from the USA and Australia getting involved in the mix as the Worlds are coming up in September. The UK Etchells fleet gathered for the two-day Southern Area Champs, hosted by The Royal London Yacht Club with Bob Milner as PRO.

Saturday brought moderate breeze coming from the East as the 21 boat lined up for day one of racing. Tide was running against the course for most of the day which lead to some interesting racing. For the most part leaders came out of the left corner however a right shift in race 2 lead to a lee bow effect by the tide giving an early lead to those who had gone out right.

The leaders from Race 2 where as follows: Exabyte, Oatmeal and Mila with No Dramas (Corinthian) in a close fourth.

Race 3 showed Exabyte on excellent form again taking first place but Louise Racing now jumping up to second with Mila in third.

With the forecast looking light for day two, the Race committee pushed for a fourth race while we had some of the best conditions of the weekend. Race 4 saw a shake up with the results being Oatmeal in first, Mila in second and Gelert in third.

This lead to Mila securing the overnight lead by 7 points, which with the forecast could have meant an event win. Second and third were not as set with only 1 point between Oatmeal and Louise Racing.

Sunday presented, as expected, light winds, AP 1 was displayed at 10:00 with an expectation for the gradient breeze to build as the day went on. Postponements continued for the rest of the morning with the committee and competitors hopeful.

At 13:15 AP was removed and the fleet proceeded north to the race area. Racing began in what had now become a comfortable 10 knots from the west, but with no start allowed after 15:00 only the one race was sailed and that was it for the regatta.

All in all an excellent regatta with a special thanks to David Franks for hosting an excellent social on the Saturday night.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat nameTeam membersR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1  GBR 1434MilaLawrie Smith, Richard Parslow, Gonçalo Ribeiro, Ben Childerley133299
2  USA 1453OatmealPeter Duncan, Mark Mendledel, Andrew Palfrey6271110
3  GBR 1495Louise RacingGrant Gordon, Luke Patience, Greg Stegwart, James Williamson4724313
4  GBR 1459ExabyteShaun Frohlich, Henry Weatherall, Ed Wright13116614
5  GBR 1470GelertJames Howells, Ruairidh Scott, Jamie Lea81243217
6  AUS 1503TangoChris Hampton, Sam Haines, Elliott Hanson2687823
7  GBR 1352Jolly RogerTom Abrey, Matt Reid, Callum Healy311168426
8  GBR 1490No Dramas (Corinthian)Andrew Lawson, Hamish Mackay, Billy Russell94951127
9  GBR 1441HighlifePeter Rogers, Ben Cooper, Neil Harrison7569UFD27
10  GBR 1409Ada (Corinthian)Ted Blowers, Robby Boyd, Fraser Woodley51911101036
11  GBR 1351Audrey (Corinthian)Jon Warwick, Will Bedford, Tom Harrison, Sasha Tydeman10131315541
12  GBR 927Shamal (Corinthian)Anthony Parke, Ross Mackley, Josie Meredith20912121346
13  GBR 1271Ziggy (Corinthian)Rhys Lewis, Joe Bradley, Mike O’Donovan, Olly Dowson‑McGill11175141947
14  GBR 1432DesperateRob Tyrwhitt‑Drake, Ben Cassford, Rupert Anderson12161513747
15  GBR 1437SpicaJason Losty, Kevin George, Alex Smerdon1510RET111248
16  GBR 1468Strait DealerDavid Franks, Nigel king, Ryan Orr16141017DNS57
17  GBR 782Pulse (Corinthian)Simon Hall, Evie Snedker, Jake Hardman, Karl Schafer141814201460
18  GBR 1194Mano (Corinthian)Kate MacAdorey, Alex Guiterrez, Ben Batten, William Holden19818DSQ1762
19  GBR 1439Rocketman (Corinthian)Rob Goddard, Matt Hannaby, Philip Catmol171519181565
20  GBR 1014Palavar (Corinthian)Azat Ulutas, Brandom Morales, Ed Salter, Jamal Ganiyu182017191872
21  GBR 1417China WightNicholas Stagg, Kim Ridge, Harry BlowersDNSDNSDNSDNS1682

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