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Noble Marine Vaikobi UKLA Qualifier 6 at Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy

by Leo Yates 6 Oct 2022 17:03 BST

From rain to sunshine and light to strong winds, Weymouth had it all

After a brief two-week break, 139 ILCAs descended on Weymouth for this season's third qualifier event. The forecast was for a windy Saturday, but this did not deter the 54 strong ILCA 4 fleet. Then as the morning came, all launched into a 20kt south-westerly with gusts of up to 27kts keeping the whole fleet challenged and working hard throughout the day.

When race one began, the slight port bias meant the fleet was evenly spread across the line making for a tight start to the race. On the first leg the strategies in play varied wildly but generally those who went left came out on top with Archie Munro-Price leading the fleet round mark 1. Then followed an intense downwind where surfing the chop without running into the wave in front was paramount to success.

A chaotic leeward mark with plenty of death rolls led into the second up-wind where the fleet all followed to the left side of the course. Then after another challenging downwind and reach to finish, the race came to an end with Archie Munro-Price taking first, followed by Toby Smith and Harry West.

Race 2 followed much the same pattern of the first. The fleet, mostly having learnt from the first race, went out to the left hand side of the first leg with some even over-laying the mark in an attempt to get best pressure. Samson Cross lead at the first mark followed closely by a chasing pack including Archie, Leo Yates and Amelia Hacker.

Another tiring lap ensued with Archie eventually taking the win closely followed by Leo Yates after overtaking Amelia Hacker on the downwind.

By race 3 everyone was getting tired, but the competition was as strong as ever. On the start everyone was more evenly spread along and the slight right shift that came through meant that going up the middle was a valid option up leg 1. Many used this to their advantage, then followed another lap of close racing where Toby Smith took his first win of the event followed by Amelia and behind her was Archie.

Sunday morning came about with lots of rain in the air, a quiet boat park and rumours of a possible postponement dominated the early part of the morning, but then despite the heavy rain, tally opened on time and the boat park sprung into action rigging boats while trying to stay warm and dry. When we got out to the course we found a steady 10kt Northerly wind which was slowly dropping throughout the day.

Race 4 featured a tight start with a heavily port biased line. Up the beat sailors went to different sides of the course but it was clear at the top mark the further left you went the better you did. Then followed a downwind with rapidly dropping wind, but we all made it round the leeward mark.

On the final downwind the wind went to less than 3 kts. And the fleet then limped across the finish just inside the time limit in a rather anticlimactic finish. The race was won by Archie closely followed by Cameron Bignold-Kyles then Erin Pank.

Then after another couple hours of waiting on the water, the race committee hoisted AP over A, ending the event early after just four races due to a lack of wind.

Congratulations to all who managed the difficult conditions throughout the weekend. The top six sailors were Archie Munro-Price, Toby Smith, Amelia Hacker, Leo Yates, Millie Lewis and Ciara Murphy.

Finally, a big thanks to all the volunteers who helped out and allowed the event to happen and thanks also to our main weekend sponsors, Noble Marine, Vaikobi and SailingFast who support the class so loyally and both provide amazing services to the class and sailors.

ILCA 4 Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1220097Archie Munro‑PriceCCSC & RLYMYC11‑313
2206959Toby SmithRutland / Royal Hospital School241‑77
3216607Amalie HackerRutland SC532‑1610
4179546Leo YatesIsland Barn / Shoreham825‑3615
5220514Millie LewisMedway YC710‑12421
6CAY 220039Ciara Murphy 4‑99821
7216703Joe RoweDraycote Academy957‑2921
8195154Angus BealeCorinthian Otters‑13741324
9198211Harry WestRoyal Lymington Yacht Club3618(DNC)27
10173537Ralph SurguyCorinthian Otters10126‑1828
11201872Hugh AndrewsBlackwater SC14‑1711530
12218043Tom RawlingsLyme Regis Sailing Club61114‑2531
13205176Samson CrossShoreham1788‑4133
14218981Harry Courts 111310‑3234
15204915Cameron Bignold‑KylesRLymYC‑271617235
16189059Kaitlyn WyattShoreham / Papercourt‑1815161142
17209979Jack McCormickParkstone YC151413‑5042
18210099Ben AndersonGurnard Sailing Club2123‑27953
19198827Joseph HendersonWelsh Harp Sailing Club12‑28192253
20218413Erin PankCastle Cove Sailing Club29‑3223355
216191  ‑2520152459
22210618Jacoby Keegan 201821‑3959
23220823Spirit AldersonDerwent Reservoir1927‑311561
24212943Monty DesforgesGuernsey Yacht Club231922‑2764
25206446Lily BrowningTSC / IBRSC16‑38203167
26199492Jessica WatsonGuernsey Yacht Club22‑34331469
27207649Harriet GeorgeRHS / Royal Corinthian‑3924281769
28218865Maia DelinWPNSA2625‑291970
29177612Nathan FlynnCorinthian Otters302124‑4475
30195819Max BromilowParkstone Yacht Club282226‑4376
31198317Oliver McCormick 3244(DNS)682
32212661Josie KellyFelpham SC3129‑372383
33209984Tatiana HazelwoodRoyal Hospital School/Rutland‑4433362089
34215417Stella NygardDraycote Water Sailing Club332630‑3889
35211166Seb Lyttle ‑3730323092
36201022Eddie DorsettParkstone YC3540(DNS)2196
37220457Tetiana FedorenkoGurnard SC24‑45383496
38219627Grace StephensHayling Island‑4643421297
39215283Bronwen Thomas ‑3837352698
40212233Amelia NuttallTenby Sailing Club3431‑413398
41159450Tim Czura 41‑422542108
42217181Thalya AmbroziakHLSTC/FPSC403634‑47110
43199865Olly MayoGurnard SC363540‑45111
44212405Tom HakesParkstone Yacht Club(DNC)DNCDNC10120
45201861Sara GoujonHunts Sailing Club47‑484628121
46166624Ines Green 433939‑52121
47167848Freya HalsallWOSC45‑474437126
48191333Teo Sheffield 424143‑46126
49210220Mortimer Mastin (NSC)464540131
50219330Emily Campbell (RET)DNCDNC35145
51188584Max TaitRoyal Lymington yacht club(DNC)DNCDNC48158
52221319Edward Roberts‑StrawCBYC(DNC)DNCDNC49159
53171897George HutcheonBurnham / Royal Corinthian(RET)DNCDNC51161
54208933Ethan Mitchell‑ClarkeRutland Sailing Club(NSC)DNSDNC53163

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