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Northamptonshire Youth Series 2022 final leg at Cransley Sailing Club

by Norman Byrd 9 Sep 2022 22:28 BST 3 September 2022
Northamptonshire Youth Series final leg at Cransley © Norman Byrd

Cransley is a picturesque sailing club that appears a million miles from anywhere but is only 5 minutes from the large East Midlands town of Kettering. As befitted the final event of the series we had a large turnout with plenty of first timers taking part from the home club. Nigel Austin, club commodore, led the briefing and three large fleets hit the water.

The wind was light and fluky but stable enough for a few effective hours of coaching and training. The rookie fleet, coached by Nigel, made their way around the reservoir having a thoroughly lovely time. The toppers and the fast fleet combined whilst head coach Rachel took the slow fleet.

After a hot lunch the impatient sailors went afloat to race. We were delighted to be joined by Tim Hall, regional performance manager from the RYA.

The overall series was still to be decided although it looked to be between William Shaw the current leader, and Noah Byrd. The breeze had stabilised a little but was still light.

The home club was well represented in the fast fleet with Cerella Davies, Comet, and Astara Davies, ILCA, pushing overall winners Olivia and JJ York in their Feva.

Keali Rhodes, Northampton, took up where she left in her Topper winning all three races. Draycote sailors Peter Astley and Oscar Rowe took second and third, Peter's result being particularly notable given that this is his first year of racing and travelling.

Noah Byrd, Draycote, was determined to give William a run for his money and took the first two slow fleet races. The wind around the lake was a little unpredictable at times resulting in the fleet sailing up an arm of the lake in a particular order and leaving it in another. After two races Noah had won the day's event with two firsts, but William was still leading the overall series.

It would all hinge on the final race of the day, the final race of the series.

Noah led until perhaps the last leg when he was overtaken by William's brother, Tristan. Tristan's win in the final race shook the overall series up. Noah and William tied on 7 points after discard, with the win going to Noah. A cruelly close result after five separate events.

The prize-giving was well attended after a super tea laid on by Cransley (perhaps the best tea of the series, we ought to have a prize for that!).

Six first timers received their first event medal. Tim awarded spot prizes which were gratefully received.

This year we awarded a best newcomer. This rewards participation with the trophy being decided based on the number of races started, then using races finished and points if needed. It was extremely close, but Amelie Renard representing Draycote in her optimist was the inaugural winner. Amelie finished in seventh overall, an amazing result for a first-time competitor who is only 10. Peter Astley finished one place behind in the overall results.

The best club trophy was retained by the Draycote sailors for a second year. Pinnell and Bax kindly sponsored the series and many sailors went home with a prize.

The overall series prizes were awarded to:
Slow fleet, Noah Byrd.
Topper fleet, Keali Rhodes.
Fast fleet Olivia and JJ York.
The best under 13 trophy was awarded to Noah Byrd.
The best under 16 trophy was awarded to Tristan Shaw.
The best under 19 trophy was awarded to Tom Chapman.

The best overall sailor was Noah Byrd (who gave a slightly embarrassed acceptance speech).

The series was a thorough success this year. We are keen to welcome junior sailors from all clubs, not just the 5 "home" clubs. We are particularly keen to encourage and welcome sailors of all standards and abilities in all classes of boats including Hansa and Access classes.

Thank you to the five home clubs who put in a tremendous amount of work in making the events run smoothly, Pinnell and Bax, head coach Rachel Heggs and to our enthusiastic sailors and their families.

The series will recommence in the late spring next year, please follow on and, who knows, we might even return to Middle Nene sailing club!

Series Overall Results:

PosFleetHelm & CrewClubFirst EventDray-coteHollo-wellBan-buryNorth-amptonCran-sleyPts
1stSlowNoah ByrdDraycote Water SC ‑913217
2ndSlowWilliam ShawBanbury SC 2‑41137
3rdSlowTristan ShawBanbury SC 73(DNC)3215
4thTopperKeali RhodesNorthampton SC 6(DNC)24416
5thTopperJack StrongNorthampton SC (DNC)5781232
6thSlowHenry ByrdDraycote Water SC ‑216661432
7thSlowAmelie RenardDraycote Water ScYes‑1785111135
8thFastOlivia York & JJ YorkNorthampton SC 1579(DNC)536
9thTopperPeter AstleyDraycote Water SCYes(DNC)91410740
10thTopperEdward WhittakerDraycote Water SCYes‑191113121955
11thTopperCharlie O'NeillNorthampton SC 201510‑22.51661
12thSlowFinn NealHollowell SCYes(DNS)1216132061
13thFastSam CooperNorthampton SC 1314(DNC)212573
14thTopperJai DhaliwalDraycote Water ScYes(DNC)1317192473
15thTopperOscar RoweDraycote Water SC 10(DNC)DNC5885
16thTopperWilliam Mawby‑GroomBanbury SC 14(DNC)117DNC94
17thFastTom ChapmanCransley SC 42(DNC)DNCDNC130
18thFastNed DuffyBanbury SC 8(DNC)4DNCDNC136
19thFastAstara DaviesCransley SC 16(DNC)DNCDNC9149
20thTopperCharlotte HemslochBanbury SC 18(DNC)12DNCDNC154
21stTopperEdward CroxtonHollowell SCYes(DNC)16DNCDNC15155
22ndFastOlivia JoyceNorthampton SC (DNC)DNCDNC1723164
23rdTopperHari ClarkeDraycote Water SC (DNC)DNCDNC2022166
24thFastGaston BouchadNorthampton SC 23(DNC)DNCDNC28175
25thTopperClem MiddleDraycote Water SC 1(DNC)DNCDNCDNC187
26thFastMatt BestBanbury SC 3(DNC)DNCDNCDNC189
27thTopperKitty DavyDraycote Water SC 5(DNC)DNCDNCDNC191
28thFastCerella DaviesCransley SC (DNC)DNCDNCDNC6192
29thTopperCharles HuttonBanbury SCYes(DNC)DNC8DNCDNC194
30thFastHatty ConnollyShustokeYes(DNC)DNCDNC9DNC195
31stFastJames BeersCransley SC (DNC)DNCDNCDNC10196
32ndTopperAmber PlayleHollowell SCYes(DNC)10DNCDNCDNC196
33rdTopperOliver RogersSouth Staffs SCYes11(DNC)DNCDNCDNC197
34thFastBen AngellDraycote Water SC 12(DNC)DNCDNCDNC198
35thFastJoe RileyCransley SCYes(DNC)DNCDNCDNC13199
36thFastOlivia York & Lily YorkNorthampton SC (DNC)DNCDNC14DNC200
37thTopperAiden RyderNorthampton SC (DNC)DNCDNC15DNC201
38thTopperAlfie NaylorBanbury SCYes(DNC)DNC15DNCDNC201
39thSlowMarcus HemmingNorthampton SCYes(DNC)DNCDNC16DNC202
40thTopperWilliam ClarkeHollowell SCYes(DNC)DNCDNCDNC17203
41stFastCharles StockCransley SC (DNC)DNCDNCDNC18204
42ndFastOliver Stuart & JJ YorkNorthampton SC (DNC)DNCDNC18DNC204
43rdFastBear OdlingDraycote Water SC (DNC)DNCDNCDNC21207
44thTopperFranciszek KurzawaDraycote Water SC 22(DNC)DNCDNCDNC208
45thFastAmber O'Neil & Olivia LeesonNorthampton SCYes(DNC)DNCDNC22.5DNC208.5
46thFastOlivia Joyce & Ellie CharmanNorthampton SC 24(DNC)DNCDNCDNC210
47thSlowAmber O'NeilNorthampton SC (DNC)DNCDNCDNC26212
48thSlowOlivia LeesonNorthampton SC (DNC)DNCDNCDNC27213
49thTopperAiyushi ModhaCransley SCYes(DNC)DNCDNCDNC29215
50thTopperHolly EvansCransley SCYes(DNC)DNCDNCDNC30216
51stTopperReuben StevensonCransley SCYes(DNC)DNCDNCDNC31217
52ndSlowClemmie RenardHollowell SCYes(DNC)DNCDNCDNC32218
53rdTopperThomas CroxtonHollowell SCYes(DNC)DNCDNCDNC33219
54thTopperJoseph HutorkaCransley SCYes(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNS248
54thTopperFlorence RileyCransley SCYes(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNS248
54thTopperJoshua EvansCransley SCYes(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNS248
54thTopperSam JakubowskiBanbury SC (DNS)DNCDNCDNCDNC248
54thFastRoan CovertBanbury SCYes(DNC)DNCDNSDNCDNC248
54thTopperTheo BurgoineBanbury SCYes(DNC)DNCDNSDNCDNC248
54thTopperCoen BurgoineBanbury SCYes(DNC)DNCDNSDNCDNC248
54thSlowHollie LoveNorthampton SCYes(DNS)DNCDNCDNCDNC248

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