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Isle of Wight Youth Championships 2022 at Brading Haven Yacht Club

by Polly Schafer 16 Nov 2022 09:20 GMT 12 November 2022
Isle of Wight Youth Championships 2022 at Brading Haven © Ben Wood

SE/ESE 8-11knts sunny 15-17 degrees C. The conditions couldn't have been better for the fourth and final event of the IoW Youth Championships. BHYC had 37 entries split over four classes with the ILCA classes and the Tera Sport/Pro sailing a windward/leeward course.

Three races were planned and sailed for each class. The racing was very close in all classes with Noah Evans sailing a very consistent regatta in the ILCA 6 coming out top in the end. In the ILCA 4s Finn Evans was very impressive with 2,1,1 results thus taking the win in the larger fleet of twelve boats.

The Tera sport fleet also produced some very close racing with the lead changing many times over the three races. Samuel Leather was the most consistent just pipping Jasper Jenkins to take the regatta. Isla Preston sailed a good regatta and won the Tera Pro class.

In the Tera Regatta Coached Fleet a separate shorter windward leeward course was set to the south of the main regatta and hosted by "Goshawk" BHYC's original Committee Launch, gleaming in her pristine Platinum Jubilee colours.

Thirteen young sailors came to the start line in all three races, with some good close racing and position changing encounters at the windward mark and on the downwind legs of the two lap course.

A commanding performance from start to finish by Harry O’Callaghan gave him three exemplary wins 1,1,1, and first overall, although pressed very hard downwind in the single lap last race by Fallon Day with a fine 2,3,2, second overall and with a very close 3,5,3 and third overall from Ran Wheeler, just pipping, Jack Harrison 4,2,5 fourth overall on countback.

Thanks to Rory McGuffin and Chris Wilkinson the BHYC Race Officers.

The events over the season were sponsored by Musto and Island Webservices.

For the race results across five fleets see the event website www.iwyouthdinghychampionships.co.uk

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