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Cadet National Championship 2022 at Royal Torbay Yacht Club - Days 1 & 2

by Neil Collingridge 27 Jul 05:40 BST 23 July - 6 August 2022

Two weeks of sadet Sailing extraordinaire have now kicked off at Torquay. The Nationals has seen 70 entries from countries across Europe and we are two days in.

Day one saw some decent breeze - fifteen to twenty knots in race 1 which was much to the liking of Toby Bush and Kemmel Thorogood (GBR) who took to the front upwind like scalded rabbits and refused to relinquish the lead. They were chased hard by Loic Schoonooghie and Emiel van Daele (BEL) and Will Shepherd and Joe Mycroft (GBR). In Regatta Fleet Dominic McArdle and Jacob Myers (GBR) took first from Thomas Pontet and Benjy Bullock (GBR).

PRO Stuart Childerley got the skates on to roll straight into race 2 which saw different leaders - this time Oliver Brands and Hannelore Cammaer (BEL) from Loic and Emiel with Sophia Sfaxi and Evie Boddy (GBR) third. Regatta fleet winners this time were Thomas and Benjy followed by Jemima McMorris and Harriet Davies (GBR).

Today Tuesday was forecast to be lighter and shifty with the breeze looking to head right throughout the day. After a short postponement to let things settle the fleet was launched in record time (well faster than day 1 that makes it a record so far) and then it was off into an average 6 knots of breeze. These were tricky conditions but those that got away cleanly off the biased end of the line could play the shifts whilst those stuck in the mire had to dig themselves out the hard way. The wind clocking right but occasionally settling back left gave opportunities for gains and losses and at the finish Sebastian Czerwinski and Mateusz Dudzinski (POL) had secured the win from Will and Joe with Tom Walker and Ava Stoddart (GBR) third. A third race winner in regatta fleet - Ned Fairhurst and Sam English just served to underscore how tricky the conditions were with Jemima and Harriet stringing together some consistency with another second place.

And then race 4. A bit more breeze, maybe 8 knots, 10 at best. And new Poles at the front - Krzysztof Wozniak and Jan Nowakowski (POL) ahead of Will and Joe who are starting to string together some impressive consistency and lead overall after 2 days. Sebastian and Mateusz grabbed third to finish a great day for them. Regatta Fleet saw Jemima and Harriet take their first bullet ahead of Ned and Sam which leaves these two boats at the front of the fleet in that order at this point.

Lots of fun and games also to be had. Tonight is the "come dressed as your boat name" party - lets see how that goes. In the meantime we have 3 days of racing ahead before the Nationals conclude and the Europeans commences. Lots of racing still to come.

As always we are very indebted to our sponsors. Vaikobi, Plymouth Gin and help us run these events affordably and enable some great prizes to be won....and in some cases help keep the parents calm and lubricated after sailing finishes. Thankyou to all of them. More in a couple of days time.


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