WELSH LASER OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017
Saturday September 30th
4.7, Radial and Standard classes
Contact John Walmsley
Saturday September 30th
4.7, Radial and Standard classes
Contact John Walmsley
Last weekend, junior members of Dale YC competed in the Topper Winter Championships in Weymouth, the host venue for the 2012 Olympics. Over 150 sailors competed in the blustery and challenging conditions over the weekend, with gusts of 30 knots. Saturday brought heavy gales that forced the Race Committee to postpone all races for both 5.3 and 4.2 fleets for two hours eventually making the decision to postpone until the next day. Similar conditions were seen on Sunday with only a small three-hour window shown in the forecast to race in before the wind increased above 30 again. Many sailors in the 5.3 fleet reefed onshore before the early morning launch – including myself who is about a foot shorter and 20kg lighter than my competition.
In the first race of the day, I rounded the windward mark 5th and was 1st boat with a reefed sail. But being reefed, sailors with full sails had the advantage of having a bigger sail so I lost a few places overall and finished 12th but still 1st reefed. As the wind increased with every race, more and more sailors chose to reef their sails so that capsizing wasn’t a constant battle. Four races were completed in total with one discard. The Welsh sailors had very good results, including those representing Dale YC: Jake Scott finishing 43rd, me – Lou Boorman with 30th and Finn Robarts with 17th in the 5.3 fleet of 122. Andrew Scott (age 10) in the 4.2 fleet, completed every race and finished 29th.
Junior sailors from dale have also been selected for high-standard squads this year: Lou Boorman and Finn Robarts are in the British Topper Squad, Jake Scott in Youth Development Squad and Andrew Scott following in his brother’s footsteps in South & West Regional Squad. If there are any sailors trying for a place in the higher squads such as Intermediate, British, Youth, you definitely need to compete in these events to be considered after applying, especially the qualifying events. If you’re trying for any Regional Squad, my advice is to compete in as many local CYRC’s, racing and training as you can to gain experience and confidence and to learn. If you’re trying for Welsh Squad, you’ll need to compete in the national events to show commitment to the selection panel but most importantly you’ll gain the experience of racing in larger fleets with bigger starts.
The next event in our calendar is the 3rd event in the national series at Carsington, a reservoir in Derbyshire, on the 18th and 19th of March. However, there are various training camps for different squads in the week prior to this event.
Everyone in the topper world has two big events that are taking over their calendars. The World Championships which will take place in Loctudy on the east cost of Brittany, France, drawing competitors from all corners of the globe for the week-long championships. Somewhere the sea will be warm!Topper National Championships hosted this year in Wales at Pwllheli SC where sailors from Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland will be competingagainst each other in a week-long competition in the sea of North Wales. Jake, Finn, Andrew and I will not only be representing Dale, but Wales and Britain as well.
I wish everyone good luck in their events, training and squad applications – Lou Boorman.
About three years ago Peter and Eli Morgan visited Akoroa in South Island New Zealand. They were presented with the Akoroa Sailing Club burgee which eventually found its way back to our club house. When we made our trip to New Zealand in November/December we took the DYC burgee with us and presented it to Kit Grigg. Kit is the patron of the AYC, a great character who has not only been an enthusiastic yacht sailor but is a farmer as well! Of course that made Will’s day. Whilst most members were out of sight racing in the bay we exchanged stories in the waterside clubhouse. This one has water lapping under the decks and bar! Kit told us, with an enormous grin that he was too much of a liability to be taken out racing in the strong winds of the day. We watched the racing boats return from the top of the mountains surrounding the bay, spinnakers flying.
Jo and Will Richards
This year’s Eric Twiname Championships were hosted at Rutland Water Sailing Club, as it is every year. The Eric Twiname Trust is lead sponsor for this premier national event for Juniors. It is one of the largest sailing events in the calendar for regional teams in Optimists, Toppers, RS Fevas and 4 classes of Bic Techno Windsurfers. It is also used by Laser 4.7s as the first part of the selection process for the National Junior Squad. Over 270 competitors attended the 2016 Championship held at Rutland Sailing Club on 7th– 8th of May. The teams are decided by their zone squad HPM and squad coaches, who choose the best or highest ranked members of the zone squads, excluding UK Squad sailors. Overall there are 9 zones from all corners of the country: Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and the six zones of England: South, North, East, South West, South East and Midlands.
273 sailors competed over a sunny, warm weekend in relatively light wind conditions, with very close racing for some classes on the final day. The South East Zone dominated the windsurfing classes, securing first and second in the 6.8m and 7.8m Techno. The East Zone won overall in the Optimist class. After the first day of racing, many Welsh topper sailors were very highly ranked in the results and this continued throughout the event with the overall results showing 3 Welsh sailors in the top 20: Lowri Boorman – 3rd, Duncan Lloyd Evans – 4th and Jake Scott finishing 12th, two of which were from Dale Yacht Club, with a fleet size of 86. Northern Ireland were given the Dinghy Trophy at the prize giving because of a tie between Wales and Northern Ireland in the topper results. This was later corrected when the committee realised that the Sailing Instructions stated that the tie would be broken due to the position of the highest ranked sailor from each of the tied zones, Northern Ireland’s was 5th and Wales’ was 3rd therefore Wales was rightfully crowned with the Dinghy Trophy.
The Welsh team were delighted to have won the championships for the first time in 30 years and hope to be as triumphant in years to come.
The most recent junior event for toppers was the 5th in the National Series at Plymouth where Lowri Boorman finished 30th overall and 7th female and Jake Scott finished 57th and 42nd male out of a fleet size of 121. Also in the 4.2 fleet Andrew Scott finished 26th and was 5th under 11 from a fleet of 32.
The conditions varied massively from very light winds of about 6mph to strong winds of over 25mph, but generally increased in strength throughout the weekend. On the second day of racing it looked likely that the day’s racing would be postponed due to very poor visibility with lots of thick fog covering the entire harbour but the topper fleet launched on time and unfortunately just as the rain came in. As they made their way to the racing area the majority of the fleet had to tack to avoid a very large private cruiser as it sounded its loud horn accompanied by a dark pilot boat. As another cruiser sailed out from the mist, the start was postponed for 20 minutes until the starting area was clear. Starting became very difficult for the whole fleet because of the poor visibility it was impossible to get a transit for the start line which resulted in a huge line sag of about three or four boat lengths, and the best starts were made by those at the committee boat or pin end where the start line was clear to see. The fog slowly disappeared as the day went on and by the 3rd race there were no remaining traces of fog to be seen.
By the 7th and 8th race of the event, the wind had become very strong and in between those races the whole topper fleet had to wait for about 30 minutes before starting the 8th race, to let the ferry pass through the channel. Many sailors drifted very far down below the start line because of the increasing tide strength that could clearly be seen on the port channel marker.
Article submitted by Sarah Boorman
Hats off to the Junior Sailors of Dale Yacht Club – Lowri Boorman 13 yrs, Jake Scott 14 yrs, and Andrew Scott 9 yrs, who competed at the Topper Winter Regatta at Weymouth on 27th and 28th February (National Series 2, NS2)
All three sailors were exposed to gruelling and brutal conditions, including
rough sea swells, wind gusts of 24 knots and wind chill of 2 C. Lowri and Jake, who are in the Welsh National Squad, competed in the 5.3 Topper Class achieving an impressive set of results. There were 147 entries in total aged between 12 and 17, but Saturday saw 50 sailors retire from sheer exhaustion and cold. The safety boat crews were kept very busy throughout the event.
Lowri’s results: 44th overall, 32nd Junior, 8th Female and 3rd U14 Girl
Jake’s results: 76th overall, 57th Junior, 54th Male
Andrew also displayed true grit in such challenging conditions, achieving the top U10 yr old and receiving a prize for his impressive performance in the 4.2 Topper Class.
Meg Boorman 17 years old was a member of the GBR Topper Squad before making the transition to the Laser Radial. She will be coaching and teaching with the West Wales Watersports for a third season this summer as well as being employed by RYA Cymru for a few days.
Now a fully fledged Dinghy and Windsurfing Instructor she also manages to find time to train and compete as a member of the South and West Regional Windsusrfing Squad.
Club Burgees (£25) and logoed clothing are available for sale. Contact the Hon. Sec. for clothing and the Membership Sec for burgees.
High-quality Dale Yacht Club Clothing is now available from St Brides Bay Clothing.
Polo shirts (£15), Sweatshirts (£20) and Hoodies (£25) are available in various colours, with the Dale Yacht Club logo embroidered on the left chest can be purchased from…
St Brides Bay Clothing
Unit 5 Agamemnon House
Nelson Quay, Milford Marina
Milford Haven SA73 3AY
Tel 01646 690904 or email them at email@example.com
Boat names can be added at extra cost.
In conjunction with West Wales Watersports, Junior Sailing Training will take place throughout the spring and summer on Wednesdays starting from April 9th to September 17th from 6:30 to 8:30
All abilities are welcome and training will be divided into separate groups depending on ability.
There will be Beginner Inductions on 7th May, 14th May, 11th June, 9th July and 6th August.
Sessions cost £10 each and you need to be a member of DYC to take part (Junior or Family).
For more information contact Sam Butts or Rosemary Mecklenburgh (either directly or via the Contact page)
There will also be courses for Adults and Improvers in May and June – details of these will be supplied nearer the time.