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Jack and Laura Hardie win the South Cerney 2013 Cadet Open

Strong force 5 south westerly winds greeted the 31 entries at South Cerney Sailing Club on the first of the 2 day 2013 Cadet Open meeting. Sensibly, six of the least experienced boats decided to sit out the first race and watch the others. Much to the race officer, Mike Johnson’s, delight the fleet provided a clean start for race one at the first attempt - a feat that was to be repeated several times over the weekend! Screaming reaches, the occasional capsize and regular wind shifts saw the lead traded several times, with Ben Shorrock and Ellie Watling (8441) finally taking the line honours, followed by Alex Philpott and Harry Fitzsimmons (9754) in 2nd and Jack and Laura Hardie (8513) in 3rd.

Rain arrived for race two, and ensured a drop in the wind conditions, to a highly variable force 3. An extremely competitive start saw Alex and Harry (9754) being pushed OCS by a leeward boat, and their failure to return meant they were out of this race. The pond sailors from Frensham clearly mastered the lighter, shiftier, conditions scoring a 1-2-3 for their club with Jess D’Arcy and Amy Goult (9400) taking the race win. After lunch, the skies cleared and the force 5 breeze returned, and a fantastic display of high class junior sailing was on offer from all in the fleet. The gybe mark saw only one capsize, allowing the safety crews to enjoy the racing. The heavy weather experts from Royal Lymington YC came to the fore, with Henry Marsh and Freddie Collings (9240) taking the win in race 3, closely followed by Alex and Harry (9754).

After the sailing, racing of a different kind continued into the evening with a return of the Scalextric championship. 36 of the day’s sailors signed up to race through 5 minute heats, and semi finals. The final was noisy, the trackside packed, and with plenty of hands to help marshall the racing. The overall winner was South Cerney SC’s own Harry Folkard.

Overnight, the wind eased allowing those in tents to catch a few hours sleep, and the much gentler force 3 tempted a few more of the bronze fleet out sailing for the final 2 races. Chaos ensued at mark 2 of race 4 when the leader led most of the fleet round the mark the wrong way. It took a few minutes for everyone to unwind themselves and continue the race. Race 5 started in lighter conditions still, and the pressure was clearly starting to show, with the only general recall of the weekend. Fresham Pond SC’s sailors confirmed their dominance in these conditions, with Jack and Laura Hardie scoring two bullets, and winning the event overall by 1 point, from Alex and Harry in 2nd and Ben and Ellie in 3rd. First South Cerney boat, and winner of the Wiltshire Trophy, was Sophie Goodrich and Emma Quekett (8291) and first bronze fleet boat was Jamie Tointon and Annabel Taylor (9295) from Parkstone YC.

Full results are here.

Author: 
Andrew Wallace

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