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Rooster Southern Area Topper Traveller 2023 Round 1 at Spinnaker Sailing Club

by James Oborne 28 Mar 2023 09:06 BST 26 March 2023
Rooster Southern Area Topper Travellers at Spinnaker © Jae Jones

Sunday 26th March saw Spinnaker Sailing Club host the first leg of the Rooster Southern Area Topper Traveller 2023. In the week leading up to the event the forecast was changing almost daily, with conditions forecast ranging from 3 to 30 knots (and from every compass point imaginable) and rain or sunshine possible!

By Saturday evening most forecasts were saying to expect a very light westerly wind in the morning, swinging to a north easterly wind and building to 10 to 15 knots at lunch time as a front passed! The plan was for 7 short races, with separate starts for 4.2s and 5.3s, and even with a perfect forecast timings would be tight to fit everything in!

39 sailors (plus parents, grandparents, siblings and a race team) arrived on Sunday morning to a calm lake with barely a ripple! The ever optimistic Spinnaker Race Team led by Race Officer James Oborne began laying the course assuming the forecast would come through and sailing would be possible, while encouraging sailors to get rigged and launched before the briefing to allow a quick start. As the competitor's briefing began at 10.00 the wind began to fill in from the north east! After a quick briefing sailors began launching and the race team worked hard to get the course set to allow racing to begin! Even with the course laying delayed by the lack of wind the first race started at 10.40! With both fleets partway through their first race the wind dropped to almost nothing, with both fleets barely moving. The team aboard the committee began to discuss flying flag November and abandoning the race, but just as the decision was about to be made the wind returned, and race 1 was completed in around 35 minutes, 13 minutes longer than planned, and only just inside the race time limit!

The wind which returned partway through race 1 was from the north, and flicking north westerly occasionally. The safetyboats worked frantically to relay the course before race 2, with the start line also moved to allow for this wind direction. After swift work races 2 and 3 were completed and many of the sailors began thinking about their lunch! However, with the forecast having proved unreliable the race team promised the sailors they could have lunch soon as they got race 4 away while the wind was there, and questions over what would happen later! As planned there was a short break ashore for lunch after race 4 with Team Warsash proving it is always summer at Spinnaker as they fired up the BBQs for burgers and sausages!

As the sailors returned to the water for the final 3 races the wind strength began building, allowing a few of the boats to begin planing. As the afternoon progressed the wind continued to build, with capsizes a regular sight through races 6 and 7. However, all the sailors worked hard, and the safetyboats checked in with everyone, with no need to assist any sailors as they all righted their boats and got straight back to racing. Race 7 was completed by 15.40 much to the relief of many of the sailors who were beginning to feel the effect of a full day of racing, especially for those who had attended the windy ITCA training day on the Saturday! Back ashore the Spinnaker Galley team had a snack tea with hot chocolate waiting for the sailors, whilst protest hearings took place and the results finalised before a prize-giving on the patio!

It was brilliant to see so many sailors turn out for the series opener, including a large number of sailors attending their first event away from their home club. Unusually for a Topper event the 4.2 sailors outnumbered the 5.3s! There was some great sailing on display in both fleets, and some fantastic start line discipline, with no general recalls, and only a couple of boats being recalled individually! The shifty nature of Blashford Lake tested sailor's ability to read wind shifts, and benefit from the gain features. Well done to everyone who took part, and thank you to everyone who gave up their time to make this event happen.

In the 5.3 fleet the results proved incredibly close, with just 1 point between 1st place and 3rd! Full details about the series can be seen on the ITCA Website here. The next event of the series is at Itchenor Sailing Club on Sunday 7th May.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
4.2 Fleet
1st48627Lucas Keen‑922‑81117
2nd47797Charles Wood‑151‑9125716
3rd46983Barnaby Everett1‑712‑96616
4th47078Megan Cerrato‑113444‑7318
5th46771Henry Noel253‑654‑819
6th48664Hendricks Long10‑127372‑1629
7th44425Phileas Rousselle‑886763‑1130
8th45757James Broad(DNS)‑13105138238
9th47860Finlay Rhodes711810‑16‑13440
10th47466Alex Varney49‑16‑128111244
11th41384Jack Baskett54119‑1716‑1845
12th48133Reuben Wealthy13‑1614‑2039948
13th45413Krisitan Foltys36‑1713‑14141349
14th47494Matthew Svendsen621‑23‑221010552
15th46509Matthew Terry(DNS)145‑1715121460
16th34481Lewis Cameron‑18‑18151111181570
17th44839Daniel Cullen(DNS)15131512‑221772
18th37594Dylan Cullen1419‑2218‑2117SCP83
19th46221Joel Keen(DNS)10‑211920152185
20th62Alban Landricombe12‑221221‑23202287
21st34227Elena Bishop1717‑19161819‑2087
22nd47641Ewan Parish16‑20201419‑211988
23rd45823Eleanor Barker19‑2318232223(DNC)105
5.3 Fleet
1st47830Ethan Rhodes112‑8‑84311
2nd49035Matthew Emerson23‑4321‑611
3rd47432Max Morgan‑623133‑712
4th47776Jake Davies3‑7156‑13116
5th47355Samuel Wade‑74‑9442519
6th46447Ava Francis8‑98‑918429
7th46452Lewis Miller‑10‑10102710231
8th46939Sophie Grice56511‑159‑1436
9th48878Ffion Cerrato4812‑13106‑1540
10th44301Connor Parish‑115710‑1171140
11th48185Charlie Shires9‑1111‑1695842
12th46023Anna Cameron14‑156612‑15947
13th47223Eve Wealthy12‑14‑15145111355
14th47833William Grice1312137‑16‑141055
15th45776Matthew Board‑1613141213‑161264
16th16481Amelia Lampard15‑16‑161514121672
17th45968Matthew Friend(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC100
17th30863Max Beardsley(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC100
17th47746Thomas Peace(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC100

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