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ITCA London and South East Topper Regional Championships at Shoreham Sailing Club

by Mark Dence & Tyler Harmsworth 5 Jun 09:51 BST 27-28 May 2023
Jessica Powell wins the Topper L&SE Regional Championships at Shoreham © Warwick Baker /

Shoreham Sailing Club hosted the L&SE ITCA Topper Regional Championships. A record entry of 39 Toppers were treated to fantastic sailing conditions with 12-18 knots north easterly without a cloud in the sky across the two days.

The competition was red hot with a strong turnout from the core L&SE racing fleet and guest appearances from the Midlands and East Region. Seven races were sailed across the two days providing great offshore experience for the many who are entered for the Topper Worlds in Cork and The Nationals in North Wales later in the summer.

Saturday the winds were light and shifty coming off the land, the starts were competitive however the fleet heeded the PRO warning of the black flag and apart from a couple of individual recalls were remarkably well behaved all weekend. The first two races were sailed on a trapezoid course.

As the second race finished the wind swung 45 degrees and built which also built the waves to enable some good surfing downwind. As the team reset the course it was also changed to a windward-leeward with a gate, which unfortunately caught out some competitors.

Harry Mitchell led the series for L&SE sailors at the end of day 1 with Rory in second place.

Amongst the non-L&SE sailors Jess Powel was leading with four firsts, followed closely by Kat Gunn.

On the Sunday, winds were more consistent, again the fleet disappointed the PRO and didn't allow him to use his favourite flag! The increase in wind made the downwind exciting with the unwary being caught out and tested the water temperature.

There was some very close racing throughout the whole fleet. Rory achieving two first places and two second places to secure his win of the event. In the girls Leah May managed a second and fifth winning her First Girl.

In the Non-L&SE sailors two Midlands guests Jess and Kat both turned in very impressive performances at the top of the leaderboard. In particular, well done to Jess Powell who took the prize for the first non L&SE sailor with seven first place finishes.

Huge thanks to Richard Harris and the whole team at Shoreham Sailing Club for hosting a truly fantastic event. We hope we'll be invited back next year!

4.2 Fleet Results:

ankSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1stGBR 49180Oscar LayDesborough SC/IBRSC1‑2121117
2ndCHN 49000MuEn ZhongIsland Barn Reservoir SC21(DSQ)122210
3rdGBR 48476Toby LayDesborough SC/IBRSC332(DNC)3DNCDNC21
4thGBR 45093Tom BrownPapercourt SC44(RET)DNCDNCDNCDNC28

5.3 Fleet Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1stGBR 48677Jessica PowellDraycote Water SC‑11111116
2ndGBR 48571Kat GunnDraycote Academy5232‑62317
3rdGBR47863Rory ClowIsland Barn Reservoir‑1272323219
4thGBR 48320Harry MitchellErith YC244495‑1328
5thGBR48733Peter TokajukIsland Barn Reservoir11‑1857413444
6thGBR 46430Seb RobbDowns SC46813‑146845
7thGBR 47028Leah MayIBRSC38‑1515114748
8thGBR 49176Harry DenceIsland Barn Reservoir10575‑1816649
9thGBR 49178Sam ClancyDesborough SC‑1410611511952
10thGBR 47949Luke TownsendCrawley Mariners YC6‑17961371253
11thGBR 47524Dan HebditchChipstead SC‑17311108121054
12thGBR48974Nathan ClarkWaveney and Oulton Broad‑26914143151469
13thGBR 48349Joseph ShorterPapercourt/Island Barn SC9‑2417211210574
14thGBR 48580Gloria SmithIBRSC7(OCS)131210171978
15thGBR 47316Vincent ShorterPSC/IBRSC‑251110221591683
16thGBR 48652Lucas SymonsIsland Barn Reservoir1319‑20197141890
17thGBR 46305Ian MaPapercourt SC82518826‑271196
18thGBR 47730Henry MossDowns SC19‑22121817181599
19thGBR 45506Finlay ToddIsland Barn Reservoir15131917‑232017101
20thGBR 47647Ilsa ToddIsland Barn Reservoir‑2320222016820106
21stGBR47124Thomas BeckNewhaven and Seaford222116920(RET)28116
22ndGBR 46465Callum HarrisShoreham Sailing Club16122116‑323131127
23rdGBR 48645Oliver WillettKing George SC21‑272323191927132
24thGBR 49182Isobel JefferiesWPSC/QMSC2414‑2827222522134
25thGBR 46623Sam DenceIsland Barn Reservoir202325(DNC)272121137
26thGBR 45975Fraser FergusonShoreham Sailing Club181624253129‑33143
27thGBR 44598Evan Hellyer 28152626‑302425144
28thGBR 34440Harry BaldwinKing George SC2928‑3029212826161
29thGBR 42919Susan LewisPapercourt SC332629(RET)282223161
30thGBR 49075Austin RogersBuzz Active‑30302724252629161
31stGBR 49183Sylvia JefferiesWPSC/QMSC27‑323128292324162
32ndGBR 42113Matthew LarnerShoreham Sailing Club313432(RET)24RET30188
33rdGBR 41019Lili von WehrenalpWembley SC342933(DSQ)333032191
34thGBR 41980Rudy WilliamsPapercourt SC3231(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC211
35thGBR 44502Alfie TollitShoreham Sailing Club3533(DNC)DSQDNCDNCDNC216
36thGBR 12162Stan Malenczuk (DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC222

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