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GJW Direct ITCA (GBR) National Topper Series NS1-South at Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club

by Mike Powell 21 Sep 2022 04:21 PDT 17-18 September 2022
Katherine Gunn wins the 5.3 fleet - GJW Direct ITCA National Topper Series NS1-South open meeting at Island Barn © ITCA

With the Topper World and National Championships been completed very recently, the ITCA GBR NS (National Series) Events were immediately back under way for the 2022/2023 season.

NS1 had originally been planned to happen at Carsington SC, however this became infeasible to run due to the low water level. Not wanting to cancel and with only 3 weeks to go the ITCA GBR team quickly set about finding an alternative venue along with taking the decision to split NS1 into two separate South and North Events so as to enable as many sailors to attend as possible with short notice.

Island Barn SC was the host for NS1 South Event on 17th/18th September with over 60 Topper Sailors in attendance and were greeted with 9-11 knots of breeze and bright sunny conditions. Along with the experience of our PRO; Sean Semmens and his team of mark layers; the sailors were all set for what was to be a great weekend of sailing.

Race 1 got under way on time and it was local sailor Rory Clow (Island Barn SC) who made his mark with a win just ahead of Sam Morley (Llandegfedd SC). Island barn was producing some very shifty North Westerly breezes and it would definitely be the sailors who could make the most of the shifts who were going to do well. Likewise, get it wrong and you could see 30 boats sail past you very quickly.

Oliver Smith (Poole YC) was the sailor who mastered the shifts in Race 2 with a strong win, followed by Katherine Gunn (Notts County SC) taking a second place, adding to the third place she had taken in Race 1. Further down the fleet, the results were looking mixed with challenging conditions delivering some excellent racing.

Into race 3 and Rory Clow would add to his Race 1 win, taking the honours with Race 2 winner; Oliver Smith following home in second place and with day 1 now over with three races completed, the sailors could now relax and enjoy the excellent hospitality laid on by the host club. Katherine Gunn was the overnight leader demonstrating that consistency was definitely going to be the key to winning the event.

Rory Clow and Oliver Smith would be looking to day 2 when the discards come in; where they would have a real opportunity to chase Katherine down for the event win.

Day 2 would start with similar conditions with slightly more breeze in a similar direction. Our Race officer made a couple of adjustments to the course and the sailors were quickly under way for Race 4. There was a real bunching with over half the fleet arriving at the windward mark at the same time. Spectators had a great view of some amazingly close racing as sailors were looking to pick their way through and avoid collisions.

Katherine Gunn stamped her authority and took the Race 4 win by a convincing margin, followed by Seb Davies (Warsash SC).

For Race 5, the wind picked up a little as forecasted and the close racing at the windward mark continued with boats coming in port looking for a gap in the fleet of boats approaching on starboard. Again we had different winner in the form of Edward Smith (Spinnaker SC) sailing strongly during all of the four-beat race. In 2nd place was Dan Powell (Cardiff Bay) who was really getting to grips with the shifting conditions and putting in his best result of the event.

With 1 race to go, the consistency of Katherine Gunn throughout the event led the way with no result out of the top five and the only person who could mathematically catch Katherine being Seb Davies.

Race 6 started and it again be a very close race with the lead swapping places a number of times, it would not be until the third lap where the leader; Jessica Powell (Draycote) would break away and taking the race win. Katherine Gunn's second place in this race meant that she took the overall event honours.

A special mention should also to Magnus Metcalf for his amazing third place in the last race of the day, which moved him well up the finishing order.

For the 4.2s it was a reduced number however this was still very hotly contested. It would be Ethan Rhodes (Warsash SC) taking 3 wins in the 4.2 class who would win overall, just one point ahead of local sailor MuEn Zhong (Island Barn SC).

Well done to Katherine Gunn (Overall Event) and Ethan Rhodes (4.2 classification).

Thanks must go the our amazing hosts, Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club for jumping in at the last minute to ensure the event took place and also thanks to our class sponsors GJW Direct, Rooster, Topper Sailboats, Optimum Time and Harken.

Entry is now open for NS1 North at Leigh and Lowton SC on Saturday 5th November. We look forward to you joining us there.

5.3 Fleet Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st48571Katherine GunnNotts County SC / Draycote Academy32‑513211
2nd47676Seb DaviesWarsash SC‑183324618
3rd48433Alex JonesParkstone YC‑154438524
4th48248Oliver SmithPoole YC1312‑166729
5th46391Jessica PowellDraycote Water SC1058‑125129
6th48685Edward SmithSpinnaker SC8‑211441431
7th47863Rory ClowIsland Barn Reservoir SC113111‑17834
8th48743Tate KumpWest Wittering SC4‑17759934
9th48138Sam MorleyLlandegfedd SC2109627‑2854
10th47658Alexander Van DorenAbingdon School SC/Oxford SC5‑2069191756
11th49035Matthew EmersonSpinnaker SC‑38111010241065
12th47647Isla ToddIsland Barn Reservoir SC915122110(RET)67
13th47028Leah MayIBRSC/Tsc714‑39873470
14th47173Dan PowellCardiff Bay YC2512‑421422376
15th48349Joseph ShorterPapercourt / Island Barn SC12‑291917181379
16th47776Jake DaviesWarsash SC626167‑292580
17th48508Alex PurrierParkstone YC162329‑36121191
18th47399Holly NortonParkstone YC‑4292733111292
19th48246Keah EdwardsCam SC‑3461727282098
20th47928Samuel ClancyDesborough SC19191335‑3916102
21st46447Ava FrancisSpinnaker SC‑431622391415106
22nd47734George BurdenParkstone YC‑303015281321107
23rd48907Keali RhodesNorthampton SC / Draycote sc‑372223241622107
24th47949Luke TownsendCrawley Mariners YC207‑33262333109
25th48733Piotr TokajukIsland Barn Reservoir SC2825‑40131531112
26th48974Nathan ClarkWaveney and Oulton Broad YC14‑2828182626112
27th48679Harry WemyssHickling broad SC/ Snowflakes SC1118‑36253030114
28th44192Jago JenningsWaldingfield24361819‑4019116
29th48652Lucas SymonsIsland Barn Reservoir SC22830‑402236118
30th16517Magnus MedcalfBrancaster Staithe SC‑35323123313120
31st47634Abigail PennyHorning SC26242615(OCS)35126
32nd48878Ffion CerratoWarsash SC1734‑35312024126
33rd47926Amelia SmithParkstone YC21‑4332322127133
34th48660Alex BaldingIsland Barn Reservoir SC27273434‑3514136
35th48580Gloria SmithMaidenhead SC/IBRSC29‑3725203329136
36th49034Kieran VanhoutteEly SC32‑3521292532139
37th48581Efa ThomssCardiff Bay YC33‑4424223437150
38th47860Thomas SemmensBrixham YC/Paignton SC23311138(RET)DNS157
39th47316Vincent ShorterPSC/ IBRSC3641203032‑42159
40th47782Felix HarleParkstone YC31‑3837373818161
41st44036Oscar RoweDraycote SC3933‑45413738188
42nd46271Zoe MorleyLlandegfedd SC44‑4638423639199
43rd46611Jack WrightLlandegfedd SC‑454041434141206
44th49044Sylvia JefferiesWPSC/QMSC‑505050444340227
45th18Alexander Tsokris‑WildmanN/A‑484747454444227
46th45124Geraint HeadMaidenhead SC‑515149464243231
47th47719Dexter CorkinIsland Barn SC413946(DNC)DNCDNC234
48th45506Finlay ToddIsland Barn Reservoir SC404244(DNC)DNCDNC234
49th22805Dylan Boynton LavelleIsland Barn Reservoir SC5252514745(RET)247
50th12069Harry ElsdenIsland Barn Reservoir SC(DNF)4843DNCDNCDNC253
51st46223Sophie ElsdenIsland Barn Reservoir SC4645(OCS)DNCDNCDNC253
52nd48666Hannah KewleyIsland Barn Reservoir SC4749(RET)DNCDNCDNC258
53rd49033Isobel JefferiesWPSC/QMSC495348(DNC)DNCDNC258

4.2 Fleet Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st47830Ethan RhodesWarsash SC211‑4217
2nd49000MuEn ZhongIsland Barn Reservoir SC1‑222128
3rd48678Thomas NortonParkstone YC34(RET)13314
4th47725Lena TokajukIsland Barn Reservoir SC43(RET)34418

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