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International Etchells South Coast Championship at the Royal London Yacht Club

by Iona Smith 28 Jun 22:18 PDT 26-27 June 2021
Corinthian and Youth winners at the Etchells South Coast Championship © Jan Ford

Saturday morning dawned sunny and windless as competitors from seventeen boats made their way down to the docks. Thankfully, a message from the race committee confirmed the breeze was filling in and the forecasted 8-12kts arrived just in time for Race 1.

After a strong start, No Dramas led the fleet to take race 1 closely followed by Rocketman and Swedish Blue. The strong tide around the windward mark caught many boats by surprise, with multiple teams having to make extra tacks, and Sumo putting in a great performance to take the win in race 2.

Race 3 saw No Dramas take first again and top the overall standings at the end of the day. Sumo sat close behind, as second overall and leading youth boat, followed by Swedish Blue in third going into day 2.

The start of day 2 came with a forecast of 15kts dropping to 6kts by the end of the day, presenting a challenge for teams to set their boats to the conditions. Race 4 had a fiercely competitive pre-start and four boats were marked OCS, while Swedish Blue continued their strong performance from Saturday to take the win, followed by Straight Dealer in second and Ice in third.

A general recall in race 5 brought all boats back for a second attempt, and No Dramas once again proved they were the team to beat after taking first place. Polaris took second place and Exabyte finished soon after in third.

The final race saw the breeze drop off and Polaris took the win, putting in a strong performance after not racing on the Saturday, followed by Straight Dealer in second and Exabyte in third.

A consistent performance throughout the weekend saw No Dramas, sailed by Andrew Lawson, Andy Beadsworth and Simon Fry, take top prize, followed by Ante Razmilovic's Swedish Blue, crewed by Brian Hammersley and Andrew Mills, in second place and Straight Dealer in third, sailed by Graham Sunderland, Vita Heathcote, Tommy Hough and Ryan Orr. Top Corinthian team, and leading youth boat, went to Sumo, who also finished fourth overall and was sailed by Anthony Parke, Will Birchall, Will Taylor and Josie Meredith.

Thanks to the Royal London Yacht Club Race Officer Peter Taylor and his race team for running 6 competitive races in varying conditions and putting on an excellent event.

Overall Results:

PosBow NoSail NoYacht NameSkipper / CrewR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
19  GBR 1409No DramasAndrew Lawson / Andy Beadsworth / Simon Fry13141DNC10
233  GBR 1438 /1333Swedish BLUEAnte Razmilovic / Brian Hammersley / Andrew Mills32514515
331  GBR 1431Strait DealerGraham Sunderland / Vita Heathcote / Tommy Hough / Ryan Orr492210219
420  GBR 1020Sumo (Corinthian)Will Birchall / Anthony Parke (Helm) / Will Taylor / Josie Meredith514914322
517  GBR 1417China WightNicholas Stagg / Simon Spraggs / Matt Reid115355624
639  GBR 1439Rocketman (Corinthian)Rob Goddard / Joe Byrns / Ed Haynes / Carys Randeria24678827
77  GBR 1407Ice (Corinthian)Andrew Cooper / David Rickard / Freddie Cooper6673111433
859  GBR 1459ExabyteShaun Frohlich / Duncan Truswell / Ben Cooper779OCS3733
930  SUI 1430K2James Mchugh / James Mchugh / A Richardson / Pete Mate812RET66436
1032  GBR 1432DesperateRob Tyrwhitt‑Drake / Roger Reynolds / Ben Cassford10108891345
1182  GBR 782Pulse (Corinthian)Tiger Tellwright / Hattie Askew / Tom Collyer / Arthur Brown1214111071050
1294  GBR 1194Mano (Corinthian)Iona Smith / Willow Bland / Alistair Grant / Cat Wallace91110OCS121254
1351  GBR 1351Audrey (Corinthian)Jon Warwick / Will Bedford / Fraser Woodley / Hannah Hunt13813OCS13956
1489  GBR 1489PolarisStuart Childerley / Ben Childerley / Abby ChilderleyDNCDNCDNCOCS2157
1548  GBR 1148Silver LiningMurray Chapples / George Hyett / Nick Pratt15151412151167
1614  GBR 1014Palavar (Corinthian)Azat Ulutas / Jamal Ganiyu / Camilo Orobio / Seun Williams14161211161568
1727  GBR 927Shamal (Corinthian)Ines Pont Sanchis / Tiarnan Finney / Robert Richardson / Sam Jenkins161315DNCDNCDNC80

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