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Whitstable YC Club Championships 2024

by Steve Gray 29 May 15:57 BST 25-27 May 2024

WYC's annual club championships took place over the late May Bank Holiday weekend with six races over the three days. The weather exceeded the forecast on all three days with a good breeze on Saturday and Monday with the challenge of fresh to frightening on Sunday.

To make things as fair as possible across the wide mix of classes, a single start per race is used with a trapezoidal course to give one spinnaker reach and one tight reach per lap. Most classes had their chance to shine given the range of conditions, but at the end of the weekend the faster boats, and catamarans in particular shone.

The first two races were under clear skies and were dominated by Robert Govier and Club Commodore David Figgis in their Tornado with two bullets. Max Hunt in his ILCA/Laser radial followed with a pair of seconds with junior sailor Joe Barton in his Topper 4.2 third overall.

Black Sunday saw winds gusting to 28mph which tested the sailors and safety crews alike. Dart ace Dickie Ledger and Sarah Oliver came out to play in their Dart 18 to finish the day with a first and second, closely followed by the Fireball of Adam Whitehouse and Mike Hanson with a 1,3. Behind the leading two Rob and David's Tornado cruised majestically through the carnage with 3,2 whilst steady progress was made by Max Hunt with 5,4 and Rick and Sarah Perkins in their Tasar with a 6,5. Abby Ledger (Dickie's daughter) and Ami Moore were also proving consistent across both days until a capsize in race 4.

Monday was another brisk afternoon with a mix showers and sun - the clouds brought some stronger gusts which were enough for Dickie and Sarah to take two bullets in their Dart 18. Rob and David managed 3,2 giving then the series with no finish below 3rd, whilst Abby and Ami went 2,3.5 (a tie with Rick and Sarah's Tasar) to finish 2nd overall just ahead of the Tasar in 3rd overall.

Joe Barton won the under 18's trophy in 7th overall in his Topper 4.2, Charles Campion took the Laser trophy in 5th overall, Phil Emery and Julie Nuttel won the Merlin Rocket Johnson Cup, Max Hunt, who couldn't sail on Monday with a damaged back, still managed to win the Laser/ILCA radials and Alastair Gould took the Asymmetrics in his Musto Skiff.

Despite the brisk conditions the turnout of 44 boats was impressive with a good sprinkling of youngsters coming through including a good number of Toppers.

None of the racing could have taken place without our volunteers, so thanks to the race officers, committee boat drivers, safety boat drivers and crews, the recorders and finally the hardy souls who helped out on the beach on Sunday to support the returning tired and broken sailors.

Overall Results:

1402TORNADO646Robert Govier11‑32329
27512Dart 18822Abby Ledger674‑1023.522.5
32629TASAR1015Rick Perkins3.5‑96563.524
415096FIREBALL955Adam Whitehouse(DNC)10134725
5212200LASER1102Charles Campion‑74767529
6210359LASER1102Nigel Brown888‑125635
74TOPPER 4.21425Joe Barton3.559‑1391238.5
83816MERLIN‑ROC983Phil Emery9311(RET)10942
9130733LASER1102Bevis Field(DNC)610158847
107429Dart 18822Richard Ledger(DNC)DNC211150
11217723LASER1102Kevin HallRDGRDG‑148121052
12212015LASER1102Christian Brewer101112(RET)111155
13222555LASER RADI1154Max Hunt2254(DNC)DNC58
143736MERLIN‑ROC983Jon Bloice‑1817187131368
155775RS FEVA XL1244Jazzy Morrison22(DNC)1511211786
16191114LASER1102Marc Dumas1416201620(RET)86
1774MUSTO SKIF837Alastair Gould1512(DNC)DNC1818108
18532RS 500963Angelyna Gheur2313.5(RET)DNC1516112.5
19217418LASER1102Andrew Provan16201914(DNC)DNC114
20128RS VISION1139Harry Morrison30(DNC)DNCDNC1615151
2144929TOPPER1369Ralph Hadley515(DNC)DNCDNCDNC155
22174574LASER RADI1154John Phelan1213.5(DNC)DNCDNCDNC160.5
23217757LASER1102David Sansom(DNC)DNC179DNCDNC161
24111ALTO921Andy Hockey2826(DNC)DNC17DNC161
255802SOLO1142Stephen Nation1118(DNC)DNCDNCDNC164
262165TASAR1015Finn Crockatt(DNC)DNCDNCDNC2214171
2749024TOPPER1369Elliot James1919(DNC)DNCDNCDNC173
2845164LASER1102Tim de Klerk1723(DNC)DNCDNCDNC175
2943178TOPPER1369Jack Taylor2022(DNC)DNCDNCDNC177
302643TASAR1015Stephen Baker2121(DNC)DNCDNCDNC177
31638TASAR1015Ali Nicolson2624(DNC)DNCDNCDNC185
323576MERLIN‑ROC983John Gibbons2527(DNC)DNCDNCDNC187
333752MERLIN‑ROC983Huw Reynolds2925(DNC)DNCDNCDNC189
34145902LASER RADI1154Becky Morrison2728(DNC)DNCDNCDNC190
35172568LASER1102Andy Jackson(DNC)DNC13DNCDNCDNC193
36216730LASER1102Paul Kelly13(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC193
37218000LASER1102Simon Hadley(DNC)DNCDNCDNC14RET194
38198210LASER RADI1154Andrew Guerin(DNC)DNC16RETDNCDNC196
39184334LASER RADI1154Kelvin Tolson(DNC)DNCDNCDNC19DNC199
401561WANDERER1188Richard Maltby24(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC204
4121782LASER1102Adam Freeman31(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC211
42292420001118Sophia Rafeletos32(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC212
43=211129er895Harry Morrison(DNC)DNCRETRETDNCDNC225
43=177611LASER1102Adam Freeman(DNC)DNCRETRETDNCDNC225

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