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KSSA Regatta lines up impressive 38 dinghies in first event + Videos
KSSA Regatta with Coaching, hosted by Wilsonian Sailing Club on the River Medway, lined up an impressive thirty-eight dinghies in their first KSSA event of the year.
The spread of experience of the fleet ranged from youngsters at their first ever regatta to those with several years of solid racing under their belts. With classes ranging from RS Teras, Toppers, Bytes, RS Fevas, RS 200s, Lasers, a Blaze and an RS800, the course was set as a triangle across the river based on average lap times.
Before racing, Head Coach Sam Rowe, assisted by Ed LeGassick, briefed the sailors on the start procedure and local conditions. Race One had to be postponed for 30 minutes whilst the Race Officer waited for the incoming tide to give sufficient water to lay a leeward mark! Meanwhile, the coaches took the sailors for an impromptu warm up run along the beach.
Vying for the top two places in Races One and Two were Michael Calvert (Radial) and Chris and Mark Thomas (RS200) chased by numerous Lasers and the Topper of Paddy Keech. With five coach boats on the water, there was much emphasis on developing competitors’ racing skills, specially permitted by the Sailing Instructions.
After a break ashore for lunch, two further races were held. The RO commented that he had been pleased with the line discipline of the sailors, although in Race three the entire fleet waited an extra five seconds after the start gun before anyone crossed the line! By Race four the tide was ebbing fast, such that when the leeward mark was recovered after being rounded by the last boat, the RIB crew all but picked it up off the mud. The top spots were again dominated by the Thomas boys and Michael Calvert and local sailor, Quentin Bes-Green (Radial) picked up two fifth positions.
After a shore-based coaches’ debrief, the prizes were presented by the Commodore of Wilsonian SC, Christine Godber. The endeavour prize was awarded to Morgan Archer from Blue Circle SC. Having capsized on the start line, his mast and sail drifted under the committee boat in the tide. Once upright again, he then battled his way up the fleet to achieve a creditable position by the windward mark.
Prize winners First: Chris and Mark Thomas Second: Michael Calvert Third: Tom Goodey and Jenny Pearson-Farr
First Wilsonian Sailor: Quentin Bes-Green First Topper: Paddy Keech First RS Tera: Ben Gray Endeavour: Morgan Archer
This event counts towards the Maidstone SC Memorial Trophy Series and is followed by another KSSA Regatta With Coaching on 5th May at Hampton Pier YC.