Event report 2013


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Tight Finish in Schools Championships 420’s and Fireflies

After a briefly delayed start because of tidal conditions at the club, wind conditions were good for 3 races in the morning, a quick lunch on the beach supplied in their inimitable way by Nigel and Elizabeth Pattison followed by a race home to the club. Both fleets again were competitive and there was good racing throughout.

The tightly fought battle for the Richard Fairey trophy reached a conclusion with Magdalen’s Sam Jenkins and Owen Hallett came from behind on day 2 to beat Ransom Everglades Nathanial Johansson and Natalya Doris (sailing Fireflies for the first time this week) by a single point in conditions where consistently good finishes were extremely difficult to achieve. The top four Fireflies were separated by only 10 points after two days and 8 races.

Rosie and Midge Watkins from Parkstone Grammar were impressive winners of the Gavin Anderson Plate in the 420’s, with Bournemouth’s Max Moyles and Nathanial Gordon as runners up. The top 4 boats were separated by just 7 points.

Results were as follows:


Richard Fairey Trophy

1st Magdalen Sam Jenkins and Owen Hallett 11 points
2nd Ransom Everglades Nathanial Johansson and Natalya Doris 12 points
3rd Magdalen Guy Dixon and Joe Gough 18 points
4th Sevenoaks Massimo Mazzolim and Nick Yau 21 points
5th Ransom Everglades Alex Swerdlow and Sonora Medina 37 points
6th Millfield Campbell Manzini and Alex Smith 41 points

Ladies Prize (first all girl crew)

Sevenoaks Imogen Smith and Amy Swinglehurst

Nick Prosser Trophy (Mid Fleet trophy)

Dulwich College James Redshaw and Jasper Freeman

International 420’s

1st Parkstone Grammar Rosie and Midge Watkins 10 points
2nd Bournemouth Max Moyles and Nathanial Gordon 15 points
3rd Hurstpierpoint Abby and Harry Gilchrist 17 points
4th Surbiton High Katie and Isabel Davies 17 points

Astral Trophy (first all girl crew)

Parkstone Grammar Rosie and Midge Watkins

BSDRA (Mid Fleet prize)

Rugby School Alex Bibby and James Rigby


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100 boats for Itchenor Schools Week

Racing for the senior event in the Itchenor Sailing Club Schools Week started yesterday with 62 Fireflies and International 420's competing, following the successful Feva event earlier in the week which had 32 competitors.

Arthur Henderson and Jack Yeoman ran a successful day of race training followed by practice start and a mini race series Wednesday in sunshine and absolutely perfect 10-15 knot conditions for the sought after prize of a mars bar.

Day 1 of the main race series yesterday dawned with a gentle northwesterly wind and a very low tide which delayed racing initially until Principal Race Officer Alastair Shaw was able to get a first race in a developing sea breeze near East Head. Described by Harry Gilchrist as "very difficult", the race was tactical in very shifty conditions but negotiated successfully before an early lunch on the beach was taken.

In perfect conditions the first race after lunch was conducted on a special course with everyone enjoying the racing. The second race had a highly contested Firefly start which led to a restart, whilst the 420s got away cleanly. In dying wind the race was shortened, to allow a final race to happen. There was a welcome return of the sea breeze for a cracking late afternoon race all the way back to the club.

At the end of day 1 the fireflies were being led by nathaniel johansson and natalya Doris of ransom everglades school florida with 1/2/1/1. The international 420's were led by Rosie and midge Watkins of parkstone grammar with 4/1/1/2