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NW Junior Traveller Trophy and RS Tera Northern Area Championship at Bassenthwaite Sailing Club

by Bass Press 19 Jul 2022 16:13 BST 16-17 July 2022

Bassenthwaite SC hosted the NW Junior Traveller Trophy and RS Tera Northern Area Championship on the weekend of the 16th and 17th July.

A bumper turn out of 68 under eighteen helms sailed a competitive five race series in varied conditions, starting in light winds and blue skies on Saturday and on Sunday, as the record breaking heatwave arrived, a postponement and then a blasting last race in a fresh westerly sea breeze. Within the fleet was the NW Junior Traveller Trophy, the RS Tera Pro and the RS Tera Sport northern area champs. Whilst some of the more experienced helms were making easy work of the racing, the coached regatta fleet included some sailors racing for the first time.

On Saturday three races were sailed back to back, with only two boats OCS. The wind varied in strength as it came through in waves during the afternoon, with some boats managing to enjoy brief planing conditions. Jacob Bennett in a Laser from Glossop led overall overnight with two wins, with Alex Horsman from Glossop 2nd. Max Rawlinson from Roa Island was lying 3rd overall and lead Tera.

Sunday started with grey skies following overnight rain, and a wind that wouldn't settle for the scheduled 1030 start. However, it came in from the south as forecast, and racing was under way shortly after 1100. Both fleets had clean starts and some good racing in F1-2 winds. The fleets went ashore for an early lunch and waited for the wind to fill in again.

A sea breeze resolved things and the final race started about 1430 with a good F2-3 enabling some planing, and causing a few capsizes. Champagne sailing conditions to finish an excellent weekend's racing!

Despite the slow final lap in race 4 affecting their finishing position, overnight leaders Jacob and Alex were able to discard the result and finished the weekend overall as 1st and 2nd respectively, with Arthur Baker from Derwent Reservoir in his Optimist 3rd.

The Tera Sport Northerns was won by Thomas Whitehead from Filey, with brother Daniel 2nd. The Tera Pro Northerns was won by Matthew Somerville from Bassenthwaite, with Max Rawlinson from Roa Island 2nd.

Full results here.

Next up is Craftinsure Bass Week, starting on Saturday 30th July. Entries still open here.

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