Younger Members' Sailing Day Report

21/02/2014

A cool and windy day saw 34 Younger Members take to Queen Mary reservoir on Saturday 1st February for the opening YM sailing day of 2014. Sailors were divided into 8 crews of four, and a fleet racing programme was designed that let each team sail in seven of the intended eight races.

The course was a simple rectangle, with upwind and downwind legs separated by a pair of exciting reaches, which proved a test of speed and boat handling.

Once under way, the races each proved tightly-contested, with the lead changing hand regularly, and four different crews scoring at least one win each. A brief lunch break took place after the fifth race, during which a heavy squall came through, and the decision was made to abandon the rest of the series.

Once ashore, the PRO and event organisers made some furious calculations, before the prize-giving could begin. Congratulations go to Emily Parker and her crew of Georgie Bell, James Kitt and Amy Cardale for their consistency, which saw them narrowly edge Charlie Lowe’s team to the coveted YM trophy.

After all the excitement of the close racing and challenging conditions, it was refreshing to see so many happy, if exhausted, faces. Our sincere thanks must go to Sarah Hornby for her help in organising the event, and Richard Ambler and his race team for putting on such an enjoyable day.

Results:

1st: Emily Parker, Georgie Bell, James Kitt and Amy Cardale

2nd: Charlie Lowe, Amelia Boadle, Matt Pimm, Anne Sceales

3rd: Rob Gosling, Camilla Gosling, Andy Morley-Smith, James Edwards.

 

By Jamie Foot