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Independent Schools Association 2023 National Regatta at Draycote Water Sailing Club

by Dave Rowe 17 Oct 2023 11:47 BST 12 October 2023
Princethorpe College students at the Independent Schools Association 2023 National Regatta © Princethorpe College

The Independent Schools Association 2023 National Regatta was held at Draycote Water Sailing Club on Thursday the 12th of October.

33 boats and one windsurfer pre-entered to take part in this ISA National Championship. The weather forecast was for light winds from the east going south and fading as the day went on.

The sailing instructions had first warning signal for 9,55am, teams had traveled from far and wide and every team made the first start which was bang on time an achievement in its self.

Main fleet were handicap racing around a trapezoid course, start 1 was away clean and Leo Yates of Reddam House school in the ILCA 6 lead the way chased hard by Edward Whittaker from Bruern Abbey in his Topper, the breeze held at 8 knots and all sailors completed the 45 min race.

The Rookie fleet of to the west of the lake were racing around a similar course with support from Draycote's instructors Ffion and Andy, the rookies were working on a sprint format of lots of short races and were on race 3 very quickly and making the most of the wind.

Race 2 for the main fleet was away clean again and it was much tighter going up the first beat Fevas, Optimists, Teras and Picos we all in contention at the top mark with the ILCA 6 and Toppers.

Holly Norton of Ballard School was having a good race leading the Toppers and William Shaw of Princethorpe was looking quick in his Optimist. The wind started to die and the second lap needed concentration to keep the boats going and spotting the pressure.

Draycote's Race officer Ethan Cheshire was aiming for a 3rd race and a late lunch to make the best of the wind but as the sequence was about to start the wind switched off, change of plan and main fleet sent ashore for lunch.

The Rookie fleet still had wind on the left of the lake from a Northerly direction so they were going to finish race 6 before joining main fleet ashore.

There was a slim chance of wind for the afternoon so after lunch the main fleet launched under D Flag and drifted to the start line close to the club house, 30 minutes passed and AP displayed, boats were rafted, noise carry's across water and the air was full of laughs and fun as we waited. It soon became clear it the wind wasn't coming so it was AP over A and time to pack up.

Prize-giving was on the patio where lone Windsurfer Luke Stevens of Belmont school awarded a sportsmanship trophy. The Rookie fleet after 6 races was won by Imogen Whitfield of Normanhurst school with an impressive four races wins in her Topper. Main fleet was very close and Leo Yates taking the win from William Shaw in the Optimist.

A fantastic day and ISA National Championship will be back at Draycote on the 10th of October 2024.

Big thank you to hosts Draycote Water and event sponsors Bigg Bobble Hats.

Main Fleet Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewTeamR1R2Pts
1stILCA 6221490Leo Yates Reddam House Berkshire123
2ndOptimist6472William Shaw Princethorpe314
3rdTopper 5.347399Holly Norton Ballard School257
4thRS Feva8243Sam BrownHenry AdamsonClaires Court School437
5thOptimist6563Rupert Purnell Thorpe Hall School5712
6thTopper 5.3GBR 46971Edward Whittaker Bruern Abbey6915
7thTopper 5.348653Imogen Green Dixie Grammar School71118
8thRS Tera Pro2302Lucas Muriel Thorpe Hall School81220
9thTopper 5.348678Tom Norton Ballard School12.51022.5
10thTopper 5.332542Jasper Nicholls Princethorpe15823
11thRS Tera Sport1444George Hyde Meoncross91423
12thRS Tera Sport2917Emily Hyde Meoncross10.51525.5
13thRS Feva8294Victoria JessemanMonty MorganClaires Court School21627
14thRS Tera Sport3566Oscar Clark Thorpe Hall School10.51727.5
15thRS Feva8230Jude ArmstrongIsaac JacksonClaires Court SchoolOCS430
16thRS Tera Sport4066Felix Reason Claires Court School171330
17thRS Tera Sport4250Henry Gorridge Thorpe Hall School12.51830.5
18thTopper 5.348324Morris Mellor S Anselm's161632
19thTopper 5.346135Jai Dhaliwal Princethorpe141933
20thTopper 5.347023Charlie Millward Princethorpe192039
21stRS Tera Sport4065Max Skelton Claires Court School182341
22ndTopper 4.228381Alex Mullhall Princethorpe202141
23rdPico1Frederick Rosenthal Thorpe Hall School232245
24thFusion8Sam Prance Princethorpe222446
25thTechno 293 5.8913Luke Stevens Belmont School Dorking24DNC50

Rookie Fleet Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmTeamR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1stTopper 5.344343Imogen WhitfieldNormanhurst School11121‑36
2ndTopper 5.31Ryan BernasconiHeathfield Knoll2‑3312210
3rdTopper 5.354534Harry PrancePrincethorpe‑32233111
4thPico0Max MaddernAlleyn Court‑64554422
5thTopper 5.34Harriet GodfreyPrincethorpe45446(DNC)23
6thPico3Harry EvansThorpe Hall School5‑766.555.528
7thPico2Frank DurrantThorpe Hall School‑7676.575.532

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