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2022 Noble Marine UKLA ILCA 4 Inland Championship at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by Josie Kelly & Skye Collard 11 Nov 18:31 GMT 5-6 November 2022

Leo Yates becomes the 2022 ILCA4 Inland National Champion but it wasn't easy with only 3 points separating the top 3 places it was down to the last race...

On Saturday morning, a huge 192 sailors arrived at Grafham Water ready for a chilly weekend of racing to finish off the season. Despite Grafham having low water levels, the Race Team still managed to provide two course areas and 6 great races for the ILCA Inland Championships.

66 sailors competed in the ILCA 4 class, who sailed an IX2/3 course all weekend. On Saturday, we were met initially with very light winds, however after a group briefing and the task of selecting the least muddy route down to the water, we were met with a breeze of around 15 knots with some larger gusts.

Race 1 was quickly under way, with a clear start for the whole fleet and the pin end seemed to pay, despite it being the more empty end of the line. Joe Rowe started the event with a bang, coming in 1st, followed by Angus Beale in 2nd and Dylan Beatty in 3rd.

By race 2, the wind had continued to build and sailors were seen to be utilising their controls more, in order to race the fastest. We were hit by some pretty big gusts and Ben Anderson made this work and took 1st, followed by Leo Yates in 2nd and Derin Soyer in 3rd.

For race 3 however, the wind died and was back down to a speed where most of the sailors were no longer hiking. The Race Committee had decided to give us an extra lap, giving us more of a chance for switching positions on the last race of the day. This favoured Joe Rowe, who came in 1st, followed by Angus Beale in 2nd and Amelie Hacker in 3rd.

The fleet was raring to go on Sunday morning, so much so that we pushed the line a little too much and had a general recall. We promptly restarted and a busy line of sailors got off to a good start with the little amount of wind we had. Archie Munro-Price made this work and won the race, followed by Ciara Murphy, and then Oliver McCormick.

Race 5 was just as light as race 4, people trucked out to each side of the course in search for wind although weary not to get too stuck out to one side with the ever changing wind. Although a slow race, it was won by Josie Kelly, followed by Seb Lyttle and Ciara Murphy in 3rd. (Unfortunately Ciara got 2 UFDs in race 3 and 6 thereby losing any chance of taking the top spot).

Between race 5 and race 6, we had a short postponement due to a wind shift but the Race Team was quick and got us back racing in no time. The wind had also increased during this time so we had a good fast paced 3 laps to finish off the event. The trend for this race was to hit the port lay line early and this seemed to pay off, so there was a constant stream of sailors coming in on port to the windward mark. Ralph Surguy smashed this race, followed by Derin Soyer And Thomas Davey.

Both days, a big bowl of pasta was greatly received by the sailors to refuel after a hard days work. Leo Yates managed to walk away with the win, just 1 point ahead of Archie Munro-Price and 3 points ahead of Angus Beale. Top 3 Females were Amelie Hacker 6th, Kaitlyn Wyatt 12th and Josie Kelly 14th. A huge thank you to everyone involved for making it a great last event for the 2022 season!

And finally a massive thank you on behalf of all the ILCA sailors from the weekend to all the helpers and volunteers who made this event possible. Especially the RO James Hynes and Neil Collingridge.

Different perspective

Every year many young sailors move up from the Optimists and the Toppers to the ILCA4s. The transition can seem daunting but is also full of new challenges. Sailing in a boat that is identical to the ones used in the Olympics adds a certain glamour to this step but more than that the sheer thrill of being there with friends having a laugh is priceless. In these very charming paragraphs Skye captures the spirit of just that moment.

My Weekend (by Skye Collard)

On the Saturday I was really nervous. This was the first Class National I've ever been to. I hadn't done any of the squads before and I only moved to the ILCA 4 this year.

Thankfully I have a lot of support at my School's sailing club and at Grafham Water Sailing Club; I also took part in the amazing ILCA skills week (With Jon Emmett) at Weymouth and learnt loads there too.

I set myself the goal of completing all the races and to not come last. I knew that competition was tough. I felt better when I met up with friends.

The wind got more exciting as the day went on on the Saturday. I got tired towards the end of the day. Someone on port called 'starboard' on me. Luckily I know this trick and ignored it.

The miserable weather on the Sunday made the wind shifty and this challenged my ability to set a course for racing. This is something I definitely need to work on. I was pleased with my starts. Hopefully I can take part in a lot more training so I can keep improving.

The winners of the ILCA 4 class are really amazing sailors. I really enjoyed the experience and hope to continue to improve.

Thanks also to our main weekend sponsors, Noble Marine, Ovington Boats, Vaikobi and Sailingfast 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 to insure your boat. www.noblemarine.co.uk
  • Sailingfast - Duncan brings his battle buss down from Scotland for most the big events, which is so ridiculously well equipped, you could replace everything on your boat. Although based in Scotland they will get anything to you super fast. sailingfast.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
  • Ovington Boats - one of the biggest and best dinghy builders in the world and are now the official UK builders of ILCAs. www.ovingtonboats.com

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmSailing AgeClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1179546Leo YatesU16Island Barn SC / Shoreham SC624‑267726
2220097Archie Munro‑PriceU16CCSC & RLYMYC5881‑11527
3195154Angus BealeU18Corinthian Otters211268‑3529
4213678Derin SoyerU18 1435‑1710234
5216703Joe RoweU18Draycote Academy1911812‑2141
6216607Amelie HackerU16Rutland SC201339‑291459
7173537Ralph SurguyU16Corinthian Otters1171625(UFD)160
8210099Ben AndersonU16Gurnard Sailing Club81327‑361563
9218981Harry CourtsU18 1756532‑3365
10213516Thomas DaveyU16Royal Hospital Sch / Royal Harwich YC152611‑4320375
11185604Nathan RussellU16RHYC916191419‑2777
12189059Kaitlyn WyattU18Shoreham SC / Papercourt SC162318214‑3182
13200715Dylan BeattyU18Rutland Sailing Club31793024‑3783
14212661Josie KellyU16Felpham SC39‑46121311984
15218043Tom RawlingsU16Lyme Regis Sailing Club1220‑312428488
16199492Jessica WatsonU16Guernsey Yacht Club2419‑332951289
17220039Ciara MurphyU16CISC / Royal Hospital School710(UFD)23UFD90
18206959Toby SmithU16Rutland SC / Royal Hospital School443523‑412490
19207093Harry RowlandsU16Rutland Sailing Club132525‑4123995
20198317Oliver McCormickU16 28‑40273132596
21220823Spirit AldersonU16Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club192928426‑34106
22198827Joseph HendersonU18Welsh Harp Sailing Club252413(BFD)1430106
23211145Lewis BaconU16Leigh and Lowton182824‑34632108
24170426Jadon Brockdorff‑KennedyU18Queen Mary SC322210‑373017111
25211166Seb LyttleU16 232117(BFD)250113
26207649Harriet GeorgeU18Royal Hospital School / Royal Corinthian‑49367191536113
27201872Hugh AndrewsU16Blackwater SC1012(UFD)22UFD6118
28198211Harry WestU16Royal Lymington Yacht Club2963046(UFD)10121
29159450Tim CzuraU18 21‑633832188122
30203965Oliver HirstU16Scammonden Water Sailing Club34141536‑4323122
31167848Freya HalsallU18WOSC312734‑382111124
32201022Eddie DorsettU16Parkstone YC3843‑4420918128
33209984Tatiana HazelwoodU16Royal Hospital School/Rutland Sailing Cl22‑4839271726131
34163032Finley MossU18Barnt Green SC2741218(UFD)39136
35201861Sara GoujonU16Hunts Sailing Club40‑5741111629137
36209979Jack McCormickU18Parkstone YC‑481822283338139
37212946Felicity AngellU16 3331‑36162728140
38175763Eddy ReidU16 303329‑353416142
39195819Max BromilowU16Parkstone Yacht Club3634143925‑51148
40215417Stella NygardU16Draycote Water Sailing Club45‑5323103541154
41213589Jacob BennettU16 ‑413537333813161
42212943Monty DesforgesU16Guernsey Yacht Club4615204747‑60175
43209957Nathan FlynnU16Corinthian Otters42‑5242124442182
44220457Tetiana FedorenkoU16 ‑474443403722186
45152514Electra ReevesU18 ‑554745454520202
46216431Oliver GattonU16 263048‑525048202
47189419Adele BurbidgeU18 44‑5526423952203
48215283Bronwen ThomasU16 ‑595447154643205
49133286Bea WestU16Newhaven and Seaford sailing club434546‑494246222
50220441Finlay CochraneU16Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club5439404853‑61234
51199865Olly MayoU16Gurnard SC‑583258444853235
52212386Harry BurgeU16Rutland SC(DNC)DNCDNC313140238
53161492George HillU18GWSC3538565754‑63240
54220159Ethan MillarU18South Cerney SC56375254‑5847246
55166624Ines GreenU18 51‑5650555145252
56218865Maia DelinU16WPNSA37‑6154504958253
57160507Florence ToveyU16 53425351‑5754253
58210220Mortimer mastinU16dabchicks6250(RET)584049264
59203986Barnaby WatsonU16Guernsey yacht club‑614951565256264
60167839Emily BattertonU18West Oxfordshire Sailing Club(DNC)DNCDNC532255266
61173875Sam ClarkeU16Glossop Sailing Club505149‑595959268
62171897George HutcheonU16Burnham‑on‑Crouch Sailing Club / Corinth605957‑615544275
63192485Skye CollardU16 57‑6060605657290
64208933Ethan Mitchell‑ClarkeU16Rutland Sailing Club‑636255626062301
65214587Ethan WildU16 525859(DNC)DNCDNC305
66184150Olivia Kinnear LewisAGrafham64(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC336
67197899Matthew DonleyU16 (DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC340

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