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Gill Optimist Late Summer Championship at Brightlingsea Sailing Club

by Sandy Ramus 2 Sep 10:44 BST 27-28 August 2022

It was time to pack up the boats again, load the trailers and head to the beautiful East coast. Brightlingsea greeted us with its broad estuaries filled with it traditional working boats and dramatic skies.

Day 1

The RO, PJ, having studied the forecast and with his local knowledge promised us good sea breezes, but only if we were patient. An AP over 1 was flown but the on board Race Committee barely had time to finish their swim before PJ was proved right and a 8-10 knot shadow of pressure could be seen rolling in from the South East.

Wisely the RO went straight in with a U flag start and both the Main and the Regatta fleet were off with only 4 boats in the former falling foul of the race team's beady eyes.

Lymington's Jonny Rogers took an early lead and ultimately line honours, proving once more that he is a chip off the old block and will be one to keep an eye on going into the future. Regatta fleet saw up and coming rookie Sean Di Salle take the bullet in what was to become a weekend reign of terror.

Race 2 was less smooth with the RO proving he was not going to be messed around taking down 8 in the main and 5 in the regatta fleet on the U start. Despite picking up a 42 penalty at the last gate, veteran Will Mears scoped the 1st when it transpired that Rogers was on the bench with a UFD. Oscar Smith sailed a blinder stealing one off of Di Salle.

The next 2 races saw the breeze increasing and some big shifts as the gradient started to dominate. Isla Edwards took race 3 and Will Webster 4 in the main while Di Salle smashed the last regatta race of the day. Bosham SC's Pippa Shephard got impressively busy with the shifts and logged a worthy 3rd place.

Day 2

After a fabulous sailing club BBQ the night before day 2 looked to be a real stonker.

Race 5 started clean with both fleets punching up wind into a 10-12 knot North Easterly concluding in unstoppable Lila taking the main and you guessed it Sean Di Salle taking regatta, proving that his boat name "Pole Position" was spot on.

With the tide getting stronger the fleet struggled to line up well with more false starts and ultimately the RO have to reach for the black. He spotted 2 in race 6 and 8 in race 7 Di Salle took races 5 and 6 in regatta giving him a floorless score sheet after discard. Parkstone's Eliana Edward delighted in sneaking one off her sister in the 7th but couldn't stop her in the 8th leaving the unstoppably dominate sisters finishing 1, 2 overall.

IOCA and the competitors would like to say a huge thanks to Brightlingsea SC for hosting an amazing sailing and social event proving that you don't need to be a big club to host a successful, 90 boat strong, oppi fleet. Special thanks go to Alex Davey for all his hard work organising the event. Lastly massive thanks as ever to our class sponsors Gill Marine.

Overall Results:

Regatta Fleet

PosSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st6508Sean Di Salle1‑211115
2nd5483Oscar Smith‑91655219
3rd6453Alice Atkin235‑84721
4th5618Finn Byrne7444‑10322
5th6522Ruby Coster3(UFD)339523
6th5957Charlie Holland85272‑1024
7th6502Troy Buttimer47(BFD)211428
8th6557Natasha Adkins56(BFD)126635
9th6203Bertie Parrett1010(BFD)1031144
10th4717Bonnie Marshall‑12976121246
11th6354Hugo Thomas11(UFD)8157849
12th6347Reg Mallett13891113‑1454
13th6277Roisin Epstein6(UFD)BFD98957
14th6587Josie Rist‑Heppell1611101714‑1968
15th5961Zoe Green141211‑21191672
16th4443Amelie Renard18(UFD)1413151878
17th6489Archie Hutcheon19141518‑221783
18th6561Finn Neal‑22151219182084
19th5235James Herbert15(RET)DNC14171384
20th5988Camilla Garlick2113(BFD)20161585
21st6092Lucy Eeles20(DNS)1322202196
22nd4705Grace Marshall17(UFD)DNC1621RET104
23rd5501Freddie Bennie2316(DNC)DNCDNCDNC114
24th5215William Pipe(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC125

Main Fleet

PosSail NoNameR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st6620Lila Edwards221‑41‑41411
2nd6583Eliana Edwards433‑1381(BFD)120
3rd6609William Webster54‑221‑736322
4th6618William Moss68‑1322122‑1432
5th6518Will Mears315115‑14(BFD)1338
6th6612Dirk Rogers710210411(BFD)‑2244
7th6600Laragh Epstein‑23511‑211464848
8th6608Joe Wimpory(UFD)(UFD)346323755
9th6624Andrew Perratt86‑211615‑195555
10th6619Zac Shepherd‑15(UFD)101411811256
11th6553Finn Ramus1215‑255‑48591157
12th6464Ralph Surguy14119‑286(BFD)13962
13th6611Jonny Rogers1(UFD)18917‑2471668
14th6292Hugo Fletcher107815‑2717‑221269
15th6572Toby Waggett(UFD)96818‑36141772
16th6328Harry Draper1613‑48‑23169101074
17th6444Pippa Shepherd9‑38123251024‑3983
18th6467Alex Saunders131814249(BFD)(BFD)684
19th6253Adam Craig17171617‑21‑22121594
20th6519Freya Hutchinson‑20(UFD)20182071719101
21st6578Joe Armstrong Rowland(UFD)19471339(BFD)25107
22nd6574William McEwen(UFD)‑5071930251823122
23rd6316Patrick Di Salle2114‑4031‑37152028129
24th6582Ben McEwen2712‑372734‑481520135
25th6289Isla Hutchinson11‑43384210‑512118140
26th6439Daisy Fuller‑3324152222‑383324140
27th6623Ollie Atkin‑34223130241331‑32151
28th6434Jessica Welch2621‑4433‑36162531152
29th6454Freddie Pank29‑352812283429‑43160
30th6516Callum Marshall24202637‑3823(BFD)30160
31st6598Sam Armstrong Rowland2216‑46322620(BFD)46162
32nd6349Felix Garlick252839‑43123128‑45163
33rd6449Harry Whelan‑4126173823‑473034168
34th5837Dominic Bowden35292725‑463226‑49174
35th6549Hector Davies19(UFD)(BFD)20UFD182337176
36th6575Theo Smith‑4930‑433632371627178
37th6313Alanna Starkie3025‑453519‑413438181
38th6393Kit Lester183736‑5629‑494321184
39th3281Noah Mathers31362334‑5133‑4229186
40th6450Rory Armstrong‑50322926‑52293635187
41st6527Logan Brown4031‑4941‑45211936188
42nd6500Henry Blades‑363424293335‑4033188
43rd6360Emily Leary37411940‑4340(BFD)26203
44th6610Nia Byrne‑5342‑54483926842205
45th5844Lizzie Hudson384035‑47‑42282740208
46th6558Niamh Epstein‑52333239404235‑52221
47th6472William Shaw32(UFD)4144502741‑56235
48th6515Rupert Garlick283942‑54444537‑54235
49th6242Jacob Jull4223‑56‑5741533953251
50th5870William Fuller4448‑5150473038‑51257
51st5251Polly Armstrong4547‑50‑5331444547259
52nd6275Ryan Surguy3946334649‑5248‑50261
53rd615Stella Davey4645‑5245354646‑48263
54th6418Tristan Shaw48(UFD)4749‑55503241267
55th6395Meg Thomas43273052(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC270
56th6378George Hutcheon4744‑53‑5553434744278
57th6374Nicholas Jones5149‑5551545444‑55303

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