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Cadet Open Meeting at Waldringfield Sailing Club

by Sara Cox-Olliff 14 Nov 2023 09:25 GMT
Cadet Open Meeting at Waldringfield © Robert Deaves /

A blustery October weekend welcomed 25 Cadets from Frensham Pond and Rickmansworth to join the strong home fleet at Waldringfield Sailing club on the River Deben. The sailors had benefited from some excellent preparation before the event from the legendary Michael MacNamara but could they put it into practice?

Day one saw the regatta fleet race wins go to Jenna and Daisy and Emily and Clara with three races sailed across high tide. Whilst the main fleet winners of Sam and Isabelle, Hettie and Clementine and Alex and Jude ensured the standard Waldringfield sibling rivalry was off to a good start.

An increase in wind strength ensured that the sailors were in for an exciting second day of the event.

Whilst the safety boats kept an eye on the approaching front, the race officer managed to get in two more exciting races with Alex and Jude gaining their second win followed by Rhona and Sophie who with their consistent scores were hot on their transom for the event win.

Things were equally close in the regatta fleet with Jenna and Daisy and Emily and Clara both securing another race win.

It was all to play for in race 6. And then the squall hit. The safety boats were suddenly very busy as the 32 knots of wind was accompanied by a synchronized capsize mostly the regatta fleet. Meanwhile the main fleet battled round one lap before the course was shortened and finished. Well done to all the sailors and fleet winners.

Emily and Clara regatta fleet winners proved that mindset is everything and set out to win the regatta fleet at their first open event. Here's a short extract from Emily:

On Saturday we had our first day of racing and a lot more wind! We did three races, Jenna and Daisy from Frensham Pond and Fishers Green won the first race. After Emily and Clara from Waldringfield won the second and third race, we went in for cake.

On Sunday there was meant to be a storm but luckily we manged to fit in two races. Jenna and Daisy won the first race and Emily and Clara won the second. Clara then decided she was converted to a windy weather fan and prayed for more wind. It worked! A 32 knot squall came through. All nine regatta fleet boats capsized and the rescue team were busy!

Race 6 was abandoned. We managed to all get in safely, for prize-giving and George and Jasper returned still singing.

If you want to see what it was like sailing on the Deben in the summer take a look at the video clip below which celebrates Waldringfield Cadet Week 2023...

Regatta Fleet Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st903Emily KrailingClara VellacottWaldringfield SC‑511215
2nd8333Jenna BerryDaisy CoxFrensham Pond SC12‑9126
3rd8427Charlotte Noren TophamMiles HardyFrensham Pond SC2323(OCS)10
4th9034Tommy LayRosemary FishWaldringfield SC4435‑616
5th8403Tom StoddartAustin BerryFrensham Pond SC3‑956317
6th9633Nicole RichardsonElliot MasonWaldringfield SC‑7674522
7th7279Anna ThomasJames WalkRickmansworth SC854(DNF)724
8th9400George LettsJasper BushWaldringfield SC‑9868426
9th9020Zoe ThomasAmelie PedleyRickmansworth SC67‑87828

Main Fleet Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1stGold10012Alex EnkelJude BaldockWaldringfield SC3311‑8311
2ndGold9982Rhona EnkelSophie RinglandWaldringfield SC22451‑814
3rdGold9028Sam NeeIsabelle DaviesFrensham Pond SC1‑6536116
4thGold10032Hettie ThorogoodClementine Denny PickessWaldringfield SC617(DNF)2622
5thGold9985Gwen ThorogoodPrimrose Denny PickessWaldringfield SC45(DSQ)43.5723.5
6thGold9289Dylan McCardleLewis WalkerWaldringfield SC(RET)7369227
7thGold10001Kemmel ThorogoodGeorgina LoaderWaldringfield SC114627(UFD)30
8thSilver9631Dominik McCardleEliza CardWaldringfield SC‑15122103.5431.5
9thSilver10055Daniel RinglandLucas FishWaldringfield SC510108‑11538
10thGold10003Oscar BushHarriet WalkerWaldringfield SC8118710(UFD)44
11thGold9984Tom KrailingElla EdwardsWaldringfield SC7811(NSC)5DNF48
12thSilver10094George Cox‑OlliffJemima Cox‑OlliffWaldringfield SC9139912(DNC)52
13thSilver10007James VellacottOliver WalkerWaldringfield SC139131114(DNF)60
14thSilver9042Kali KaraskasAraminta Denny PickessWaldringfield SC1014(DNF)1213DNF66
15thSilver9026Imogen BushElsa StockWaldringfield SC14(DNF)121315DNF71
16thSilver10002Ava StoddartPenelope DaviesFrensham Pond SC121514(DNC)DNCDNC75

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