Royal Southern Academy Match Cup first round was held over the weekend of 31st March and 1st April on the Solent in Laser SB3s. Sam Pearson led from the front throughout the Heat.
Sam Pearson, Tristan Jaques and Tom Dawson - Royal Southern Academy Match Cup 2012
Pearson, with Tristan Jaques on main and tactics and Tom Dawson trimming, booked his place in the 2012 Final with a perfect score of 10 wins and no losses in the Round Robins, and 2:0 in the final against Lucas Brun (BRA), Aleix Selles and George Collett.
Sam commented, 'We hadn’t sailed together as Team Wight Match for a while so this was very useful to get back into trim for the 2012 season. A big thank you to the Royal Southern and the umpiring team, especially David Battye for the pre-event rules seminar, a very useful addition.'
In the hard-fought petit final, Charlotte Lawrence and her all-girl crew, Katie McKenzie, Lavinia Paternoster and Jody Sanders, prevailed 2:1 over Savage Sailing Team helmed by Chris Savage. This could have gone either way as in the second match Charlotte charged over the line just a metre ahead of Chris as he unwound his penalty on the line.
All these teams are now invited to the Final on 23/24 June. Heat 2 is on 14/15 April with another pre-event seminar on 13 April. Early entrants include Ali Hall and Rob Gullan, last year’s semi-finalists, and there are still two spaces free. Pearson, who also won last year, will be the man to beat for the ‘Bill Foulkes Aladdin’s Cave’ Trophy and a guaranteed entry into the RYA National Match Race Final.
Royal Southern Academy Chairman, Karen Henderson-Williams added, 'With Academy teams coming first and second, we must be doing something right! Do come and join us.'
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