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ILCA Open at Hastings & St Leonards Sailing Club

by HSSC 1 Sep 22:46 BST 27 August 2022

Hastings & St Leonards Sailing Club held its annual ILCA / Laser Open meeting on the Saturday of the Bank Holiday weekend. Twelve sailors competed, four from visiting clubs.

Racing was delayed in the absence of wind, and even when under way the first two races were held in light airs. Three boats were over the line at the start of the first race and were required to return to begin again. Their error lost them places and gave them the challenge of catching-up in barely a breath of wind. As boats moved serenely across a millpond sea, the top sailors began to assert themselves. Tony Woods (fresh from completing the UKLA Skills week training) of Queen Mary's Sailing Club, found enough breeze for two straight wins, well ahead of the others behind him. Best placed local sailor, after the two morning races was Said Toubi with a second and a third.

The wind backed south easterly during the break for lunch and increased to force two to three. Back on the water, it was again Tony Woods who made it look easy with a further two firsts. Another visitor, Ian Gregory of Frensham Pond and Stokes Bay sailing clubs, had Woods in his sights but could not pass him and had to settle for two seconds.

After the final race started the wind shifted easterly changing the points of sail around the course. The top sailors coped easily with the alteration but there was confusion further down the fleet with one boat heading for the wrong mark and another causing a "pile up" at the penultimate buoy. With all results in, Tony Woods won the trophy, Ian Gregory was second and Hugh Ashford took third and best placed Hasting's sailor. Best placed novice went to Bijan Rafraf from Hastings and best placed youth sailor to Dimithry Bykov of Sovereign Sailing Club.

Thanks to all competitors and volunteers for a slow but great day.

Overall Results:

PosRigSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4Pts
1stILCA 7214610Tony Woods‑11113
2ndILCA 6220041Ian Gregory‑42226
3rdILCA 7211347Hugh Ashford3‑64411
4thILCA 7213642Melanie Clark‑843512
5thILCA 7217722Said Toubi23‑10813
6thILCA 7208666Mark Early5‑76314
7thILCA 791448Bijan Rafraf759(DSQ)21
8thILCA 7217721David Caffrey‑997622
9thILCA 6213901Dimithry Bycov10‑115924
10thILCA 7211346Paul Sandford6‑1081024
11thILCA 7186160Eric Petersen(DNF)811726
12thILCA 6158364Lucas Terry11‑12121134

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