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Noble Marine & Sailingfast ILCA 4 boys Autumn Qualifier (Q6) at Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy

by Will Hakes 26 Oct 2023 21:05 BST 21-22 October 2023
Noble Marine & Sailingfast ILCA 4 boys Autumn Qualifier (Q6) at Weymouth © Lotte Johnson / www.lottejohnson.com

Over 160 boats arrived in Weymouth this weekend for the 6th UKLA Qualifier of 2023. The 4s had a strong turnout, with 60 boats split into two fleets - the males and females - for the first time ever.

On Saturday, we launched into a light north-easterly wind, and began the trek out to Weymouth Bay, where racing was set to be for the day. The sail out proved to be the opposite of the weather for the day, and as we reached the bay the wind picked up as a counter/cross swell complicated the already tricky conditions. As the fleet spread out across the race area, warming themselves up for the racing ahead, clouds began to build over the Dorset hills.

After a short postponement, the ILCA 7s got off racing, however a big shift forced an abandonment and restart of their race. Shortly after, the ILCA 4 girls, and then boys, got off racing.

After good starts in race one, Tom Hakes and Ben Anderson worked hard to get ahead at the windward mark. These two sailors proved to be the sailors of the day, sharing the three race victories between them. The top reach was a place for gains to be made all weekend, with some sailors opting to sail higher and faster, but more distance, and others lower but shorter distance.

By the end of the race the breeze had built significantly and there were gusts up to 30 knots. The first race ended with Tom Hakes taking the win, but only by a small margin to myself and Ben.

The second race was sailed in similar conditions, with another battle between Ben and Tom. This time Ben Anderson prevailed. For the final race of the day, the wind eased off slightly for the tired and thankful sailors. Tom Hakes sailed away from the fleet for his second victory of the day, putting him into first place overnight. Toby Waggett and Oscar Bartlett finished off the podium in race three, managing to get away from the pressure of a tight pack.

All the sailors arrived on the shore tired but with big smiles on their faces, and happily ate the pasta that was waiting for them at tally.

The second day had quite different conditions. The P flag was raised, signalling that we were to be racing in Portland Harbour that day. Moderate south-westerly winds with flat water made for champagne sailing conditions as we sailed downwind toward the committee boat. We quickly got started, and the first race was dominated by Tom Hakes once again. Max Bromilow also sailed an outstanding race to get himself into second place.

The second race was quite similar. Thomas Davey led round the first mark, but constant pressure from Ben Anderson on the second beat put him into the lead. The final race of the weekend took place in dropping wind and ended up being the event decider after a great weekend-long battle between Ben Anderson and Tom Hakes. Ben led off to the left side of the race track after a good start and established an early lead to his close competitor. However, Tom kept the pressure on heading into the second lap but fell short to Ben's speedy sailing. Will Moss had a great race, finishing second.

Well done to all competitors, but especially to Ben and Tom who battled each other hard all weekend with Ben ultimately prevailing by one point.

On behalf of all the ILCA 4 sailors, I would like to thank UKLA, the race committee, mark-laying boats, safety boats, and everyone else who volunteered to make the event happen.

Also we must thank UKLA's terrific sponsors for their continuing support at the qualifiers. Many have been supporting us over many years through difficult times... thank you. Noble Marine, Ovington, Sailingfast and Rooster.

ILCA 4 boys Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1210099Ben AndersonRyde School31‑53119
2212405Tom HakesParkstone Yacht Club12115‑610
3212400Will HakesParkstone Yacht Club2344‑16821
4212670Toby WaggettDerwent Reservoir Sailing Club‑1710253525
5213516Thomas DaveyRoyal Harwich YC / Royal Hospital Sch75762‑1227
6213658Oscar Bartlett 483‑169327
7217303Alex JonesParkstone Yacht Club‑1041087736
8221789Tate Kump 56129‑17941
9166633Robbie HudsonRoyal Lymington YC117878‑1741
10198317Oliver McCormickParkstone yacht club6961012‑1643
11215303Max BromilowParkstone Yacht Club1212‑182151455
12222567William MossBarnt Green SC22‑3015134256
13201022Eddie DorsettParkstone YC91116216‑2563
14213644Sam RomerSt Catherines SC1519‑221511464
15211166Seb Lyttle 1416‑2114141169
16214587Ethan Wild 8181117‑201872
17219830Gethin KellyLlyn Brenig161592213‑2675
18209134Tristan Harding ‑26251319241091
19210220Mortimer mastindabchicks18171424‑282295
20192844Tom YatesGurnard Sailing Club212417‑251923104
21213540Lucas SymonsIsland Barn Reservoir Sailing Club131324‑282728105
22204915Will WebsterParkstone YC‑282023181827106
23207296Zachary ChappellParkstone Yacht Club23‑2826202613108
24209190Alex Charlton‑JonesChipstead Sailing Club3126201221‑32110
25222766Macsen barberDale yacht club‑302219262224113
26189314Harry Franklin (RET)DNCDNC111015116
27171897George HutcheonBurnham‑on‑Crouch Sailing Club / Corinth19142527‑3533118
28209216Oliver SmithHISC/Gurnard SC2723(DNC)302319122
29210981Tom CovellPoole Yacht Club252728‑323021131
30215690Oscar Filtness 2021273431‑37133
31122214Jamie RobinsonLee on The Solent Sailing club‑323229293220142
32209016Barnaby WatsonGuernsey yacht club242930‑333331147
33215613William HainesGurnard Sailing Club(DNF)DNSDNC232534162
34187036Kit Lester (DNC)DNCDNC312929169
35165641Finlay LloydLee‑on‑the‑Solent34(DNC)DNC353430173
36218986William Brown 2931(DNC)DNCDNCDNC180
37160507Wilf ToveyCardiff Bay yacht club / TATA33(DNC)DNC373735182
38185722Finlay ToddIsland Barn Reservoir SC35(DNS)DNC363636183
39221319Edward Roberts‑StrawCBYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC200

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