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South West Topper Travellers at Brixham Yacht Club

by Sean Semmens 4 Oct 2022 07:22 BST 1-2 October 2022
South West Topper Travellers at Brixham © James Mills

The last traveller in the SW Topper program for 2022 took place at Brixham Yacht Club over the weekend of October 1st and 2nd. Saturday saw 22 intrepid sailors venture out of the shelter of Brixham Harbour into a blustery Westerly 20 knots for open training led by the excellent Max Todd and his team of coaches. A full-on day of race drills ensured that a good night’s sleep was had by all.

Sunday dawned to pouring rain and a brisk NE wind, but a short delay while the BYC rescue craft rescued an incapacitated boat coincided with the rain stopping, the breeze and waves abating, and the fleet headed out to the race course in perfect English Riviera weather seen off by the local seal.

After a short sail to the race area the fleet were greeted by a 10-knot oscillating breeze. 5.3 and 4.2 rigs sailed the same racecourse to maximum start line action, while the 4.2 sailors sailed one less lap of a trapezoid course. The waves proved challenging for some, but 4 races were sailed back-to-back with little down time between races.

For the 4.2 sailors the smaller sail and less power proved hard for some to navigate the waves, yet some incredibly close racing led to plenty of close finishing with just 2 pts separating 2nd to 4th. In the end Tayah Gilboy (Paignton SC) used her Torbaydos experience to help her onto the podium just behind Joel Tidey (Parkstone YC) who claimed 2nd overall. The conclusive winner was Harry Mills (Saltash SC) who won all 4 races.

The 5.3 fleet was dominated by graduates from the 4.2 fleet all moving up to the bigger 5.3 sail. Oscar Filtness (Castle Cove SC) claimed 3rdoverall with 4 3rd places, while Holly Norton (Parkstone YC) continued an ongoing rivalry with fellow ex 4.2 sailor Thomas Semmens (Brixham YC), Holly coming 2nd overall chased hard but Thomas clearly capitalising on home waters advantage managed to win all 4 races.

A quick derig, followed by refuelling pasta and a prizegiving in the club where there were prizes for all were gratefully received. This concluded a very successful weekend which in turn concluded a very successful SW Topper program.

Thanks to Brixham YC and their army of volunteers for a great event. The Commodore even donned a wetsuit to do a sterling job of helping the sailors launch and return to the slipway.

A very special thanks goes to the event sponsors Bayside Marine. Bayside Marine are the premier chandlery in Torbay and have an excellent online shop at very competitive rate. Brixham Yacht Club are very grateful for their support.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
4.2 Class
1st47621Harry MillsSaltash SC‑11113
2nd45689Joel TideyParkstone YC22‑337
3rd47857Tayah GilboyPaignton SC3‑4429
4th47021Ollie RawlingsLyme Regis SC‑63249
5th46895Tom SmithSGBA45‑6514
6th44193Amelie BallantyneStarcross YC5‑65616
7th48678Thomas NortonParkstone YC77(DNC)DNC22
5.3 Class
1st47860Thomas SemmensBrixham YC/Paignton SC‑11113
2nd47399Holly NortonParkstone YC‑22226
3rd48149Oscar FiltnessCastle Cove SC‑33339
4th49032Huw BeareStarcross YC‑644513
5th47350Louis VossParkstone YC465‑815
6th47653Amelia GilboyPaignton SC‑756617
7th47732Edward LeeSaltash SC577‑1219
8th47926Amelia SmithParkstone YC‑1098724
9th42331Toby CollsChew Valley SC88‑111026
10th47731Isabel WilliscroftPaignton SC13(OCS)10427
11th47615Thomas WilllsSaltash SC‑11109928
12th49019George ReynoldsSalcombe YC911‑141333
13th45236Dylan PritchettChew Valley SC1212‑131135
14th41604Zeph LindeyerSaltash SC‑1413121439
15th46927Samuel BuntingSaltash SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC48

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