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Noble Marine / Vaikobi UKLA Qualifier 4 at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy

by James Curtis 15 Sep 06:43 PDT 10-11 September 2022

With many events scheduled for the weekend cancelled it was with great respect that the competitors arrived at Weymouth on Saturday morning. Each boat flew a black ribbon from their mast heads in memory of the Queen.

After a break from National racing since the ILCA Nationals at Hayling Island, UKLA Qualifier 4 kicked off in Weymouth with two days of racing for a 175 ILCAs. The weekend also saw the annual Bart's Bash. Here, James Curtis reports on the 81 boat ILCA 6 fleet.

After being held ashore, waiting for the wind to fill in, the first day saw racing in Portland Harbour. The wind was around 8 to 11 knots, from a Northwesterly direction, backing to Westerly as the day went on. The day seemed to be dictated by pressure driven shifts. The sailors topping the leaderboard were able to connect bands of pressure across the racecourse, taking the lifts that came with the pressure when they could. Often there were decisions to be made about whether a band of pressure would stay, (and the shift that came with it), or if it would only last a short period of time. This often meant a decision whether to 'dig in' to a shift, or conversely tack on the shifts as they came. This 'type of day' meant having the option to tack was key. Therefore a good start was especially helpful! All the top sailors demonstrated this, and Under 19 sailor Jack Graham-Troll had a superb weekend.

Boats seemed to do well from both sides of the course, with no real gain feature on the course being observed. The second race saw a black flag start, with several attempts at starting being made, as the fleet was repeatedly pushing the line. Overall the results were mixed throughout the fleet, with no sailor dominating completely. Eve McMahon, from Ireland, was the most consistent in the top few boats, with two 3rds and one 2nd.

Day two's race course was out in Weymouth Bay. The wind was from a South Easterly direction, building throughout the day, ranging from 10 to 15 knots. The location, combined with the direction, allowed for slightly larger waves to form, compared to the harbour. Again the day was dictated by pressure driven shifts, although arguably pressure was the more dominant factor. The top sailors were able to connect the pressure, after having options after the start.

Compared to the previous day, there was far less line sag, and unsurprisingly the first race started off with three attempts to start, with general recalls, resulting in the use of a black flag. Eventually the fleet got away, with the boats towards the pin end gaining the best starts, utilising the bias to their advantage. The third race saw slightly windier conditions.The boats that made it to the right and side of the race course, where there was more wind, rounding the windward mark in the top few places. The first downwind saw some sailors making gains, due to the course skew, as the wind was coming more from the right hand side of the course.

Overall it was an amazing weekend, with all six races completed. It was also nice to see several newcomers to the ILCA 6 fleet, making a good start after having transitioned from the ILCA 4.

Congratulations to Matilda Nicholls for winning the event, Daisy Collingridge for second and Eve McMahon third.

A special thank you to the Andrew Simpson Foundation and Lindsay Porter who help provide some excellent photos. Also our terrific sponsors, Noble Marine and Vaikobi who support the class so loyally:

  • Noble Marine has crafted a very competitive and excellent insurance product for all Laser/ILCA sailors. A very personal service and an extremely useful website help make this the 'go to' company. www.noblemarine.co.uk
  • Vaikobi - a brand born on the waters of Sydney Harbour, out of a passion for all ocean sports. Across the team, we paddle, Surfski, SUP, Wing Foil and Sail. www.vaikobi.com

The ILCA6 Fleet would like to thank everyone who made this great event happen.

Overall Results:

PosNatSail NoHelmCategoryClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1stGBR219894Matilda NichollsAAldeburgh Yacht Club442(BFD)1112
2ndGBR219900Daisy CollingridgeAWaldringfield SC2514‑9315
3rdIRL216111Eve McMahonU19Howth Yacht Club32354(DNS)17
4thGBR214007Jack Graham‑TrollU19Royal Lymington Yacht Club‑81426821
5thGBR220042Ben ElvinAMStokes Bay SC1‑121135222
6th 218913Vasileia KarachaliouA 73668(DNS)30
7thGBR190471Thommie GritU19 106‑31112736
8thGBR216210Molly SackerA 1213141‑481151
9thGBR216724Oliver Allen‑WilcoxU19Chew Valley SC / RLymSC / Castle Cove SC1518‑2993954
10thAUS221161Paige CaldecoatACVT 6(BFD)52021456
11thGBR220776Freddie HowarthU19Parkstone YC219‑281320568
12thGBR214560Terry HackerU19Rutland SC13‑252310111370
13thGBR216648Max SteeleU19Wembley SC; Stokes Bay SC191615‑3117673
14thGBR219391Anya Haji‑MichaelARedesmere Sailing Club142019167‑2776
15thGBR220158Christine WoodAClyde Cruising Club11‑282017161478
16thGBR217179Daniel FletcherU19Queen Mary SC‑2727815131780
17thGBR211013James CurtisU19Bosham Sailing Club1623‑2512151581
18thGBR215835Tim EvansU19Grafham Water SC181172326‑3485
19thGBR220040Chloe ElvinAStokes Bay SC2521227‑361287
20thGBR216023Freddie SunderlandU17Draycote Water51037(BFD)251996
21stGBR217515James KnightU19Draycote Water SC93116‑32321098
22ndGBR207087Archie BurtonU17Beaver328183310‑53101
23rdGBR216656Edwin CrossU17Shoreham23‑5217181241111
24thGBR206839Henry RedmondU19Covenham SC‑543413142823112
25thGBR211165Josh LyttleU17Queen Mary SC‑351435262216113
26thGBR206301James RussellU19RHYC22726‑573030115
27thGBR215695Freddie MaclavertyU17Llandudno SC/ Rydal school17191225‑6244117
28thGBR209425Carys AttwellU19Rutland SC33242721‑3821126
29thGBR213644Robin PhippsU17Parkstone Yacht Club29369(BFD)3420128
30thGBR215383Thomas BatesU19Ripon SC‑484138241422139
31stGBR220821Archie WrightU19Stokes Bay SC3115104144‑62141
32ndGBR218432Honor ProcterU19Cardiff Bay YC2439342718‑47142
33rdGBR217881Charlotte VideloU21Frensham Pond SC / Stokes Bay SC5533(BFD)83126153
34thGBR206856Iris SingletonU19Draycote Water SC45303222‑5040169
35th 201358Daisy FisherU19Hollingworth Lake SC392644(BFD)3724170
36thAUS207357Jeff LoosemoreGGM ‑533833284528172
37thGBR209056Oliver PayneU17Stokes Bay SC4745(SCP)193329173
38thGBR214203Alfie NoelU17Stokes Bay SC3635462929‑58175
39thGBR185603Reuben hudsonU17Shoreham Sailing Club46‑4721394143190
40thGBR183526Jude StanleyU19Hayling Island Sailing Club3444‑56353939191
41stGBR217873Alex Cogan SivarajanU19CCCDS20174558‑6452192
42nd 173611Oliver WoodleyU19RLYC412243‑616125192
43rd 216513Megan ThomsonU17Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club28324754‑5731192
44thGBR219660Rhys PowellU19 50‑6039401945193
45thGBR201703Fred Salter  375049(BFD)4618200
46thGBR212037Aimee BrayU17Felpham Sailing Club4942‑61443532202
47thHKG209950Wai Chak TsuiU17Hong Kong Sports Institute38‑6241432461207
48thGBR214580Hamish CollingridgeU17Waldringfield SC264950(BFD)4735207
49thAUS217000Gretel HainesU17Gurnard Sailing Club4351(BFD)382356211
50thCHN217034Yizhuo LIUU17 404340‑534251216
51stGBR218694Samuel OsborneU17Royal Victoria yacht club(DNS)4630305954219
52ndGBR212008Samantha EdwardsU21Papercourt SC6340(BFD)464033222
53rd 218156Sam LowbridgeU17Rutland SC5858(BFD)344346239
54thGBR217872Tom MossU17Ripon‑696754562737241
55thGBR183264Savva TretyakovAPenarth Yacht Club4461‑65425242241
56thGBR210368Matthew BottenU19Weir Wood SC51295950‑6757246
57thGBR215118Keiran BrayU19Felpham Sailing Club3063‑68596038250
58thHKG209946Tsz Yat Lumiere NgU21 ‑625551365855255
59thGBR214960Lucy DavisU19RSrnYC & RTYC‑655752374960255
60thGBR171988Toby BushU19Waldringfield SC61‑6536496348257
61stGBR147059Ffion WoodU19Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli SC6456‑67515336260
62ndGBR204013Lauren AttwellU17Rutland SC56546247‑6549268
63rdGBR218528Issy LeetchU19Rutland SC60(BFD)60485550273
64thGBR212564Ellen BarbourU21CAYC/EABC424855(BFD)51BFD278
65thGBR207082Peter TaylorGMParkstone YC‑736642457059282
66th 218036Imogen PalmerU17RSC/RCYC‑723764555672284
67thGBR217035Maddie ChildsU19King George SC59‑6458625464297
68thGBR219022Georgia HughesU19Llandegfedd SC5759576066‑69299
69thGBR212407Bob CudmoreGMParkstone YC‑715363666965316
70thGBR203312Lauren IronsU17Papercourt SC / Island Barn RSC52686663(DNC)68317
71stGBR215222Charlotte FensomU21Penine SC66‑6969526863318
72ndGBR219833Bryce SurguyU19Corinthian Otters68724865(DNC)DNC335
73rdGBR198575Molly TulettADalgety Bay SC‑777153677573339
74thGBR179873Nico DunfordU19 6770726874‑77351
75thGBR216870Finn GoodmanU17Teesdale Sailing & Watersports Club‑807773647366353
76thGBR153773Luke CrichtonU19Llandegfedd Sailing Club‑767470697274359
77thGBR162779Ethan ToppingU17Poole Yacht Club74757173‑7867360
78thGBR217500Emelia TinchU17Cardiff Bay YC70767470‑7775365
79thGBR219361Thomas WatsonU19Llyn Brenig SC75‑7975747171366
80thGBR217672Alex Strassberg AlonsoU17Bosham Sailing Club‑787877717670372
81stGBR195242Lily EyreU19Poole YC‑797376727976376

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