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MonEx Welsh Topper Championship & OnBoard Regatta at Llandegfedd Sailing Club

by Mark Williams 6 Jul 2023 07:07 BST 1-2 July 2023
Jack Wright's Port-flyer perfection during the MonEx Welsh Topper Championship at Llandegfedd © Nick Morley

Llandegedd lake was an excellent venue for more than 40 Welsh Topper sailors and a handful of visitors for this annual meeting. The fleets enjoyed two days of great racing with a fine Saturday barbecue hosted by Welsh Water.

Following closely on from NS5, Welsh sailors were still out in force. The regatta fleet of 14 had 2 super days of coached racing with Welsh coach Will Willett and his team. Many were new to racing and the breezy conditions made for an exciting weekend with a force 4 gusting 5. The fleet gained in confidence to navigate a multitude of varied courses by the end of the event

Further up the lake, PRO and former Welsh coach Bill Jackson set 8 races for the main fleet over the weekend. This was no mean feat with the main westerly being frequently interrupted by a boisterous southerly spilling over the hills, blowing bias back and forth across the course. Support RIBS were busy Saturday and Sunday, ensuring sailors were upright and fed between races, laying and relaying the windward marks. Some of the smaller sailors in both fleets did well to reef.

There was close racing throughout the 2 days. Dovey Yacht Club sailor Jasper Focardi-Dolling took the trophy winning 5 races in his new grey Topper. Local sailor Sam Morley put in a strong performance winning 3 races to secure second place. Steffan Williams of west Wales, New Quay Yacht club came through in a tightly fought 3rd place amongst a number of old hands returning to the fleet. S Baines, visiting Wales from Rudyard Lake was first girl, followed closely by Honor Hopkin then Efa Thomas from Cardiff Bay Yacht Club.

The event concluded with presentations in the watersports centre, generous prizes kindly donated by James Howells (Topper dad, sailor and local businessman) on behalf of MonEx. Ben Willett (former champion and new RYA coach) gave some spot prizes, including one to Baz Sanderson Wood who managed to cleverly re-rig his fraying kicker out on the water. Jasper the new Welsh Topper Champion awarded OnBoard medals to the regatta fleet sailors.

We had a great weekend, and hope to see you next year! Meantime, onward to Cork for the Worlds and Plas Heli for the Nationals.

Overall Results:

PosRigSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
Championship Fleet Fleet
1st 49096Jasper Focardi DollingDovey Yacht Club‑212112119
2nd 49007Sam morleyLlandegfedd1413‑614216
3rd 48165Steffan WilliamsNew Quay Yacht Club55682‑143736
4th 46970George BiggsLlandegfedd9‑12368102341
5th 48154Harry SimsLlandegfedd337573(DNF)1341
6th 48318S BainesRudyard Lake47104‑15136650
7th 46772Honor HopkinCBYC769‑204510950
8th  Baz sanderson‑woodLlandegfedd6241059‑161652
9th 48581Efa ThomasCBYC12131423‑237556
10th 48351George DaviesCBYC1111‑151212611871
11th 48676Jacob HowellsLlandegfedd‑201613716115472
12th 48066George SimsLlandegfedd15981513‑16151186
13th 46611Jack WrightLlandegfedd81712910‑21131887
14th 47389Freya WattsCBYC‑1915171198181290
15th 47743Thomas VenningShotwick Lake Sailing Club13141113‑187171792
16th 48138Zoe morleyLlandegfedd1710181711‑22121499
17th 48159Eliska van der VeenLlandegfedd1682318(DNF)151410104
18th 46102Rhys RowbothamLlandegfedd1021519141719(DNF)105
19th 43911Wilf ToveyCBYC / TATA‑2920212219122019133
20th  Clay Sanderson‑WoodLlandegfedd21191914(DNF)192321136
21st 47646Daniel PlantTresaith Mariners sailing club‑2522222117182120141
22nd 75J BainesRudyard Lake141816162027(DNF)DNS142
23rd 48970William PowellLlandegfedd(DNF)DNSDNSDNSDNS4822158
24th 44012Alexa AtkinsCBYC / BYC22(DNF)DNSDNSDNS20915159
25th  Rhys DoyleCBYC18242723(DNF)242223161
26th 46970Elsie BiggsLlandegfedd24252525(DNF)292424176
27th 47026Sophie VenningShotwick Lake Sailing Club28232024(DNF)2527DNF178
28th  Eliza PowellLlandegfedd272624(DNF)DNS302625189
29th  Max AttrillCBYC26(DNF)26DNFDNS2825DNF198
30th 47306Georgia ScottDale/PPSA2327(DNF)DNSDNS26DNSDNF200
OnBoard Regatta Fleet
1st4.2ClubHenry BaberLlandegfedd1‑631166220
2nd  Griff AttrillCBYC211(DNF)DNS11122
3rd ClubSkye Sanderson‑WoodLlandegfedd74‑92443327
4th4.246734Amelia SimsLlandegfedd‑11375224629
5th4.246622Kyle BockingLlandegfedd6‑963372431
6th4.246271Rowan morleyLlandegfedd‑8728535737
7th4.2 Karlu ClaassensLlandegfedd3889859‑1050
8th4.2ClubRobert JonesLlandegfedd4‑11107788852
9th ClubLene HolstenLlandegfedd5244(DNF)DNSDNSDNS60
10th4.2Clubjohnny bosanquetLlandegfedd95566(DNS)DNSDNS61
11th ClubNijan ClaassensLlandegfedd‑131213119910973
12th4.2ClubTheodore watkinsLlandegfedd(DNS)DNSDNSDNSDNS117583
13th4.2ClubYonah HolstenLlandegfedd10131110(DNF)DNSDNSDNS89
14th4.2 Harry HowellsLlandegfedd121012(DNF)DNS10DNFDNS89

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