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ITCA London and South East Topper Traveller Autumn Series 2022 at Medway Yacht Club

by Oli Yates 17 Sep 2022 23:39 PDT 4 September 2022

The latest event in the Autumn series was held at Medway Yacht Club on Sunday 4th September.

The wind settled in with around 8 to 14 knots, with some large gusts funnelling down the river estuary. The tide proved challenging, ebbing in the morning and in the afternoon flooding. This caused interesting conditions for the sailors, meaning the sailors had to stick to the far sides of the river whilst avoid the yachts and other motor craft.

Race 1 was into the tide, and several sailors headed for the right hand river bank whilst another group heading left. Izzy Johnstone and Rory Clow got to the windward mark first with the left hand group being disadvantaged. At the bottom mark most followed up the left bank. Leo Yates had a powerful windward leg, going from 8th to 3rd, chasing down Izzy and Rory. On the final beat Leo played the shifts well and got into first to win the race followed by Izzy 2nd and Rory 3rd.

In race 2 the fleet was led off the line by Leo, closely followed by Isla Todd and Seb Robb. Leo got to the windward mark first and headed downwind, slowly accelering away from the chasing pack to win. Izzy was in a battle again with Rory, but managed to keep him behind to come second, with Rory taking another 3rd.

The third race was just as close but once again Leo led at the first windward mark, closely followed by Izzy and Rory, and the race finished in that order.

The final race saw some changes as the wind dropped and the tide reversed flow. Izzy lead at the windward mark followed by Seb Robb, Isla Todd and Will Brown, with Leo in 5th. Leo slowly moved up the field and Rory, having a poor beat, slipped back. Seb had a fantastic run to overtake Izzy, but coming up to the last mark capsized, letting Izzy thorough to win the race, followed closely by Isla Todd. Leo and Will had a fantastic battle to the finish line with Leo just taking 3rd by 1 second.

Congratulations to the event winner Leo Yates with 3 first places a 3rd place (discarded). Izzy Johnstone came in 2nd and Rory Clow 3rd.

In the 4.2 fleet there were just three sailors, but a great battle ensued between Callum Harris and Toby Lay. Both kids won two races but Callum managed to achieved two second places to win the event.

A huge thank you goes to our host Medway Yacht Club for organising a brilliant event and setting four amazing races. We look forward to returning very soon.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
4.2 Fleet
1st46465Callum HarrisShoreham SC11‑224
2nd48476Toby LayIsland Barn SC‑33115
3rd47086Sophia JohnsonChipstead Sailing Club22(RET)DNC8
5.3 Fleet
1st48153Leo YatesIsland Barn SC111‑33
2nd47853Izzy JohnsonChipstead Sailing Club‑22215
3rd47863Rory ClowIsland Barn SC333(UFD)9
4th47647Isla ToddIsland Barn SC85‑11215
5th46430Sebastian RobbDowns Sailing Club4‑155716
6th48320Harry MitchellErith Yacht Club664‑916
7th47028Leah MayIsland Barn SC57‑10618
8th47316Vincent ShorterIsland Barn SC986‑1023
9th48652Lucas SymonsIsland Barn SC7413‑1524
10th48602William BrownIsland Barn SC14‑187425
11th48580Gloria SmithIsland Barn SC139‑15527
12th48733PeterTokajukIsland Barn SC10128‑1730
13th47752Harry DenceIsland Barn SC11‑1691434
14th47730Henry MossChipstead Sailing Club‑181017835
15th47949Luke TownsendCrawley Mariners Yacht Club‑1511141237
16th47928Sammy CalncyDesborough Sailing Club121412‑1638
17th46623Sam DenceIsland Barn SC19‑20161146
18th45506Finlay ToddIsland Barn SC161319(RET)48
19th46919Oscar LayIsland Barn SC17‑19181348
20th48645Oliver WillettErith Yacht Club2017‑20.51855
21st48898Alexander Tsokris‑WildmanQueen Mary SC212122(UFD)64
22nd48717Austin RogersBuzz Active Eastbourne222220.5(UFD)64.5
23rd3691Kate LeemingMedway Yacht Club2423(DNS)DNC74
24th1881Isobel SpurlingMedway Yacht Club23(RET)DNSDNC77
25th48150Sam McNamaraChipstead Sailing Club(DNC)DNCDNCDNC81
25th47570Aurelia McNamaraChipstead Sailing Club(DNC)DNCDNCDNC81

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