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RS Feva Rooster Grand Prix 1 at Itchenor Sailing Club

by Ed Stubbs & Noah Kenny 19 Sep 12:52 BST 17-18 September 2023
Megal winners in Rooster Grand Prix 1 at Itchenor © Chrissie Le Petit

We arrived on Saturday morning, it was hot and sunny 29 degrees. The club is right on the edge of Chichester Harbour and the dinghy park is decking which goes out over the mud banks. You have to be very careful not to drop any split rings or shackle pins! There was a steady 6-10 knots of wind, and 30+ boats rigging up in the boat park.

The race area on Saturday was in the channel a short distance from the club, just before the Bosham channel. It was narrow and very tidal.

Races 1 and 2 had shifty conditions and favoured those staying in the channel upwind and playing the shifts. Big gains were made downwind by staying out of the channel and gybing down the shore. Ed Stubbs and Noah Kenny mastered this technique by soaking down the margins and gybing when the bottom got too close.

Race 1 was won by Ed and Noah from Lyme Regis Sailing Club, followed by Ollie Atkin and Adam Craig from Cardiff Bay SC / Burghfield SC and Zoe Lomas-Clarke & Mark Soars from Frensham Pond Sailing Club in 3rd. Pippa Paley and Noah Helm from Starcross SC / Lyme Regis SC had their best race of the weekend finishing in 5th.

Race 2 again won by Ed & Noah with Felix Howe and Laslo Drummond in 2nd and Ollie Atkin & Adam Craig in 3rd For races 3 and 4 the tide had swung 180 degrees and was now heading out. The windward mark was positioned precariously close to a sand bank and Ed & Noah ran aground and 5 or 6 boats sailed into a hole at the windward mark.

They were still there when the leaders came around again and lapped them.

Race 3 was won by Ollie & Adam with Zoe & Mark in 2nd and Ed & Noah in 3rd.

Race 4 was more of the same, it was a very short race and was won by William Stratton-Brown & Will Ahlheid of Frensham Pond SC, with Ollie & Adam in 2nd and Zoe & Mark in 3rd.

At the end of the first day the racing was led by Ed and Noah, with Ollie and Adam in 2nd and Zoe & Mark in 3rd.

On the Saturday evening there was Thai Curry in the club and disco, the food was excellent and great fun was had by all.

Sunday dawned a very different day, it was overcast and a little bit cooler. The forecast of strong winds and possible thunderstorms at lunchtime threatened to cut the racing short. The race area today was a lot further down the channel due to the direction of the wind.

Race 5 started in around 17-18 knots and built as the race went on. Ed & Noah had a 200m lead at the top of the first beat, but not gybing off soon enough on the run meant they underlaid the gate a bit and got blown over trying to make up height to the lay line. The wind picked up to 22-23 knots and there were capsizes left right and centre.

Ollie & Adam capsized and had spinnaker issues which left them out of the race. About 30 minutes in the heavens opened and lighting moved in from the channel. The wind picked up and visibility drew in. The race was won by Ed & Noah with William and Will in 2nd and Jack Hodgkins and Isabella Barnes in 3rd.

Overall the event was won by Ed & Noah, with Ollie and Adam in 2nd and William & Will just pipping Zoe & Mark to 3rd place.

Heavy rain ensued for the next 2 hours whilst most packed their boats away still in their wetsuits. The club grounds were flooded, as was most of the surrounding area. But that didn't put a damper on the weekend.

Thanks go to Itchenor Club for their support in hosting the event. Thank you for your continued support Rooster, our series sponsor, and to all the sailors and parents!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st7070Ed StubbsNoah KennyLyme Regis SC113‑416
2nd88Ollie AtkinAdam CraigCardiff Bay/Burghfield2312(DNC)8
3rd5064William Stratton‑BrownWill AhlheidFrensham Pond SC‑4441211
4th5144Zoe Lomas‑ClarkeMark SoarsFrensham Pond Sailing Club3‑523412
5th3206Felix HoweLaslo DrummondRLymYC7255‑1819
6th8830Henry ReedOllie WilsonStarcross Yacht Club‑18668828
7th8377Jack HodgkinsIsabella BarnesSouth Staffs & Draycote‑231189331
8th7672Amelia KentDaisy FullerHISC‑1671211636
9th6157Isla HillRachel ElmsHISC6‑121171236
10th6298Jack GardnerGeorge LongFelpham SC / Bosham SC11149‑15741
11th4194Alex BreeseSienna Mordaunt 14‑201361043
12th8034Mia HateleyMona NygardDraycote Water8‑1814101143
13th5561Daniel LarsenGeorge AldridgeMCS‑2091617547
14th7530Ruby CallaghanLauren BarberHISC12‑161516952
15th7355Pippa PaleyNoah HelmStarcross YC513‑27221555
16th8424Amelia HutchinsonLauren McklenburghR.Lym.Y.C1717714(DNF)55
17th6381Benjamin GardnerZac RobstBosham SC‑211010191958
18th7806Elsie Upton‑BrownBelle FrancisBosham19‑2317121361
19th7741Lucy FoxEmilia LakerItchenor915‑29241664
20th5172Alex VollmerAmy ParkerTrearddur Bay Sailing Club15‑2119211772
21st106Laura JubbAbi LLewellynHISC/ESC248‑26232075
22nd8649Emily OlliverEmma BrennerSea Cadets (Hove and Adur)‑282522181479
23rd7394George MasseyXander BalieyItchenor Sailing Club13291828(DNC)88
24th6680Will HutchinsonRaffy SeddonR.Lym.Y.C10(RET)DNC13DNC91
25th1023Sofia DewsburyDaisy CharlesworthStokes Bay Sailing Club25192430(RET)98
26th6569Noah Akers‑DouglasHarry Burnell NugentISC/BSC31242320(RET)98
27th595Berenice Rydin‑orwinAnnabel JennerLyme Regis Sailing Club26272125(DNC)99
28th5646Ludovico WernigDavide WernigItchenor Sailing Club27302026(DNC)103
29th620Daisy TavnerHolly CoxHISC30222527(DNC)104
30th7654Orla EdgecombeAmelia DaviesHISC22263031(DNC)109
31st2381Beth AlmondSophia BakryGoring Thames sailing club29283129(DNC)117
32nd7605Thomas HandslipHugh StonehouseHayling Island Sailing Club(DNF)3128NSCRET127
33rd5648Lucinda LeaverPoppy BensonItchenor Sailing Club(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNF136

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