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Hamble River Sailing Club Optimist Open

by Jane Saunders 24 Sep 04:11 PDT 19-20 September 2020

This weekend saw our younger sailors take to the water in a range of events. Firstly there was the annual HRSC Uncle Bob's competition on Saturday, our annual junior event, with a range of competitions covering sailors from our youngest sailors in Baby Bobs, through Cousin Bobs, to the older cadets in the Uncle Bob's trophy itself.

Alongside Uncle Bob's, for the first time HRSC ran an Optimist open event on the same weekend. This consisted of two days of main fleet racing with 39 boats entered, with a regatta fleet of 19 boats joining them on Sunday. With champagne sailing conditions out in Southampton Water both days, we welcomed visitors from neighbouring clubs, and had two days of great competition in sunny conditions.

PRO Mike Foster got 13 races completed in main fleet in a range of wind and tide conditions, keeping the mark laying team on their toes! There was tough competition throughout the fleet, from the most experienced sailors through to those just starting out in main fleet, and despite the lack of shoreside events, everyone had a great time.

Henry Keegan (Parkstone YC) won overall, with local sailor William Fletcher taking second place, but also winning trophies for first HRSC sailor, and first Hamble River sailor (a new trophy cabinet may be required!). Cameron Bignold-Kyles (RLymYC) came third. First 12 and under competitor was Joseph Jones (Burghfield SC), who was 5th overall and first 10 and under was Jonny Rogers (RLymYC). Joe Armstrong Roland took the second HRSC sailor prize.

Due to the lack of regattas this season, there were quite a few competitors who were doing their first main fleet event, and especially on Sunday, the younger sailors really growing in confidence and challenging the more experienced competitors in the lighter conditions, which was great to see. Many thanks to everyone who travelled to Hamble to compete - it was great to see an Optimist event at HRSC and so many smiles out on the water.

Regatta fleet consisted almost entirely of local sailors from the Hamble River sailing clubs, HRSC, the Royal Southern YC and Warsash Sailing Club, who were all competing in their first open event. With lovely conditions, and under the eye of PRO Alice Ryan (our fantastic head of HRSC Cadets), everyone had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed their first regatta. Ollie Hughes (HRSC) took first place, with Phileas Rouselle (also HRSC) second, and Sophie Le Grice (WSC) third.

We have received some incredible feedback from parents and sailors about the event, and even from Hamble locals, one who commented "how amazing it was to see so many Oppies sailing out the river, and that in the past 20 years he has lived in Hamble he can't recall such an amazing open event on the river!"

Many thanks to HRSC for hosting this event, and our race committee, mark layers, rescue boats and all the parents and supporters who helped to make the event the success it was, even in the current difficult circumstances and with the restrictions necessary to enable the event to happen. Prizes were kindly donated by SailGP, North Sails, Doyle Sails and One Sails, and we are very grateful for their support.

Overall Results:

Main Fleet

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13Pts
1GBR 6400 Henry Keegan12121(17)12(6)111215
2GBR 6531 William Fletcher638493(11)11(15)36347
3GBR 6451UnicornCameron Bignold‑Kyles2(14)383214449(16)3153
4GBR 6446Great WhiteJohnny Sargent3(12)214757510(15)41260
5GBR 6327 Joseph Jones77510718(12)73(18)2461
6GBR 6444Sea DragonGwen Sargent566(OCS)104(12)92112111177
7GBR 6574 Noa Moskovitch957585(17)11(20)412101490
8GBR 6410Wave RiderDirk Rogers8813171312(18)5(22)261413111
9GBR 6042 Oliver McCormick1010116587(23)(26)1322157114
10GBR 6351 Gabriella Burlton111810914116(29)11726(32)20143
11GBR 6463HoratioHenry Camm1222(23)1220214821613(33)5144
12GBR 6579 Hugo Dobrijevic1311153613(29)2416(27)52421151
13GBR 6507 Edward Roberts‑Straw(22)9162211202(25)155172015152
14GBR 635 Hennie Burlton16211413(23)922(32)91210226154
15GBR 6336Bad AssJoe Armstrong‑Rowland2020(30)(RET)1723316181742110169
16GBR 6456 Joe Wimpory15(34)201521261018248(35)817182
17GBR 6570 Merle Nieuwland19159112210(28)(30)1716112628184
18GBR 6302 Jacoby Keegan1413172019(RET)1314271824(28)8187
19GBR 6271Danger BearJonny Rogers17(23)191918151913(28)21141719191
20GBR 6561 Hazel Jones1819(29)21161425325(28)211816196
21GBR 6374OspreyKai Miller2616(34)7152416(31)1324191624200
22GBR 6289 Imogen Jones231712161262321(32)(31)271926202
23GBR 6376 Charlie Howard211182927162122(30)239(34)23210
24IRL 1526 Sienna Mordaunt242625232619(31)2781989(31)214
25GBR 6481 Sabine Potter(DNS)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC15612147129231
26GBR 6517 Thomas Saunders282421(31)2518241710(29)252525242
27GBR 6411 Zac Shepherd(DNS)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC91032020718243
28GBR 6564 Matthew Mason44414227(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC250
29GBR 6292 Hugo Fletcher(30)(29)2724292820151422282722256
30GBR 6024 Pippa Shepherd3130(32)26(33)312620292531532286
31GBR 5452Killer ShrimpAdam Craig252522182422(33)33(34)30293129288
32GBR 6346TarkaAlex Breese32282825302930(34)31(33)231330299
33GBR 5251TurboSam Armstrong‑Rowland293126302832(34)28(35)26332327313
34GBR 5426Blue FlashRuby Callaghan(33)3231(OCS)322532191932303033315
35GBR 5215See YaAlex Saunders27272427313027(35)23(35)343534319
36GBR 5946SkallywagLauren Barber343333283433(35)2633343229(35)349

Regatta Fleet

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmR1R2R3R4Pts
1GBR 6036NinjagoOliver Hughes21(5)25
2GBR 3853SpotsPhileas Rousselle1(7)236
3GBR 6363 Sophie Le Grice3(16)3511
4GBR 5487 Daniel Allen74(10)112
5GBR 6336WizzaDarcy O'Donnell8(13)1615
6GBR 5513 Henry Ross628(DNS)16
7GBR 5817 Hannah Yates(11)39416
8GBR 5951 Alice Humphries484(DNS)16
9GBR 5615MarbleJack Ward566(8)17
10GBR 6284DoodlesHarvey Marchbank(10)57719
11GBR 5528Knot TryingNathalie Hall910(11)1029
12GBR 6368 Reubyn Follett139(15)1234
13GBR 6208BFGMegan Cerrato(14)11121336
14GBR 5363KermitAlex Varney(17)14141139
15GBR 6513Lightning BoltFreddie Dencher151213(DNS)40
16GBR 6044OlliotterThomas Austin121517(DNS)44
17GBR 6087Sea FuryRory Saunders16(DNS)DNS945
18GBR 5289Pocket RocketLuke Elkin(RET)DNF16DNS56
19GBR 5415Super StarfishToby Duckworth(DNS)DNFDNFDNS60

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