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Noble Marine / Vaikobi UKLA Qualifier 4 at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy

by Samson Cross 15 Sep 07:59 BST 10-11 September 2022

It was with great respect for the Queen and the Royal family that the competitors arrived at Weymouth on Saturday morning. Each boat flew a black ribbon from their mast heads in memory of the Queen.

After a break from National racing since the ILCA Nationals at Hayling Island, the first of the autumn Qualifiers got under way in Weymouth with two days of racing for a 175 ILCAs. The weekend also saw the annual Barts Bash. Here, Samson Cross reports on the 60 boat ILCA 4 fleet.

Sixty aspiring young sailors who have just moved into the class from Teras, Toppers, Oppies and some experienced ILCA 4 sailors merged at Weymouth for a ILCA 4 qualifier.

On day one we experienced a west to south westerly inside the harbour wall with big shifts intertwined with little infrequent ones. Just before the start of race 1 there was a huge shift to port, leading to the port end being immensely favourable, this led to around 5 people doing a port flyer including Ben Anderson who took the race win well done him.

Race 2 saw the wind shifting with the pressure, Leo Yates mastered these and came out on top with the race win closely followed by Cameron Bignold-Kyles. Race 3 saw some of the older more experienced sailors coming back into the mix, Henry Keegan, Noah Evans and Nathan Russel took the podium respectively.

The end of day one saw many sailors ready and raring for a tough day's sailing hoping for better results the next day, the pressure was on.

On day two we experienced as forecasted 8-13 knots with a 90-degree shift to the south as we were launching. Because of this the sea state outside of the harbour was not as big as usual so we were expecting the chop to build up throughout the day while the wind staying pretty constant and level across the course.

Race one saw Archie Munro-Price taking the lead. The top 3 were all now competing for pole position. Aside from the podium competition everyone fought hard to gain just that extra boat length - no matter were you were in the fleet everyone had a great weekend. As the sailors made their way back to shore the dolphins arrived to lift the spirits of those who were downhearted and another great event was completed.

Final results were 1st Archie Munro-Price (13 points), 2nd Leo Yates (14) and 3rd Cameron Bignold-Kyles (20). Top Girl was 7th Erin Pank (46 points) then 11th Ciara Murphy (59 points) and finally 16th Kaitlyn Wyatt (77 points).

A special thank you to the Andrew Simpson Foundation and Lindsay Porter who help provide some excellent photos. Also our terrific sponsors, Noble Marine and Vaikobi who support the class so loyally:

  • Noble Marine has crafted a very competitive and excellent insurance product for all Laser/ILCA sailors. A very personal service and an extremely useful website help make this the 'go to' company. www.noblemarine.co.uk

  • Vaikobi - a brand born on the waters of Sydney Harbour, out of a passion for all ocean sports. Across the team, we paddle, Surfski, SUP, Wing Foil and Sail. www.vaikobi.com

The ILCA4 Fleet would like to thank everyone who made this great event happen.

Overall Results:

PosNatSail NoHelmCatClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1stGBR220097Archie Munro‑PriceU16WPNSA‑83511313
2ndGBR179546Leo YatesU16Island Barn SC / Shoreham SC21‑1946114
3rdGBR204915Cameron Bignold‑KylesU16RLymYC52‑2233720
4thGBR210099Ben AndersonU16Gurnard Sailing Club1134210‑1530
5thGBR207299Noah EvansU18Royal Victoria Yacht Club11‑202128235
6thGBR185604Nathan RussellU16RHYC10639‑14836
7thGBR218413Erin PankU18Castle Cove Sailing Club64‑251715446
8thGBR201872Hugh AndrewsU16Blackwater SC7211064‑2448
9thGBR218043Tom RawlingsU16Lyme Regis Sailing Club91517‑292952
10th 214081Henry KeeganU18Parkstone YC17‑2512251055
11thCAY220039Ciara MurphyU16 19‑2312716559
12thGBR216703Joe RoweU18 188‑261911662
13thGBR206959Toby SmithU16Rutland SC / Royal Hospital School‑2551510122264
14thGBR195154Angus BealeU18Corinthian Otters3112413‑251869
15thGBR198211Harry WestU16Royal Lymington Yacht Club‑3012215191774
16thGBR189059Kaitlyn WyattU18Shoreham SC / Papercourt SC‑20191611201177
17thGBR220823Spirit AldersonU16Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club‑2391315232080
18thGBR211166Seb LyttleU16 217‑3014271685
19thGBR209984Tatiana HazelwoodU16Royal Hospital School/Rutland Sailing Cl‑3916181693291
20thGBR205176Samson CrossU16Shoreham161720‑27132793
21stGBR220514Millie LewisU18Medway YC‑32261421211294
22ndGBR150792Poppy LuxtonU18Restronguet SC2618112317‑2895
23rdGBR218981Harry CourtsU18 143462026‑42100
24thGBR216616Edward SmithU18chipstead4‑3228242823107
25thGBR212661Josie KellyU16Felpham SC13102739‑4229118
26thGBR195819Max BromilowU16Parkstone Yacht Club2922‑31181831118
27thGBR216607Amélie HackerU16Rutland SC‑44317263821123
28thGBR216431Oliver GattonU16 33‑408283234135
29th 173537Ralph SurguyU16Corinthian Otters15‑4729383914135
30thGBR188584Max TaitU16Royal Lymington yacht club2829‑44332230142
31stGBR167848Freya HalsallU18WOSC‑383823342925149
32ndGBR212405Tom HakesU16Parkstone Yacht Club(DNC)DNCDNC8713150
33rdGBR199492Jessica WatsonU16Guernsey Yacht Club3628‑39252439152
34thGBR198827Joseph HendersonU18Welsh Harp Sailing Club40359‑443338155
35thGBR212943Monty DesforgesU16Guernsey Yacht Club‑424132323619160
36thGBR210289Charlotte WatsonA 352435‑433733164
37thGBR215417Stella NygardU16Draycote Water Sailing Club3127‑41363141166
38thGBR198317Oliver McCormickU16 343040‑454026170
39thGBR209979Jack McCormickU18Parkstone YC2242‑45304337174
40thGBR218865Maia DelinU16WPNSA24393837‑4736174
41stGBR203965Oliver HirstU16Scammonden Water Sailing Club4814‑52403447183
42ndGBR133286Bea WestU16Newhaven and Seaford sailing club4537‑51313044187
43rdGBR208668Noah WoodU18Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli SC1258(DNC)513535191
44th 210618Jacoby KeeganU16 2736484141‑51193
45thGBR170426Jadon Brockdorff‑KennedyU18 463333‑534545202
46thGBR215283Bronwen ThomasU16 4148363548‑49208
47thGBR201861Sara GoujonU16Hunts Sailing Club52‑5447424640227
48thGBR177612Nathan FlynnU16Corinthian Otters50454648‑5243232
49th 140871Ella BishopU18Parkstone Yacht Club47‑5537475353237
50thGBR199865Olly MayoU16 534634‑585156240
51stGBR192844Tom YatesU16 575043‑594448242
52ndGBR171897George HutcheonU16Burnham‑on‑Crouch Sailing Club / Corinth4943‑54505050242
53rdGBR23Jemima ChappellU16 3753534655‑58244
54thGBR191333Teo SheffieldU16 434442(DNC)DNCDNC251
55thGBR201022Eddie DorsettU16Parkstone YC(DNC)DNCDNC494946266
56thGBR210001Aimee BulkesU16Bowmoor Sailing club56495056‑5955266
57thGBR220441Finlay CochraneU16Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club5452495556‑57266
58thGBR214587Ethan WildU16Ripon Sailing Club‑585157525452266
59thGBR184840Lottie EyreU16Poole YC51565557‑5854273
60thGBR186255Lerming WangU16Barnt Sailing Club5557565457‑59279

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