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Starcross Junior Regatta 2023

by James, William, Taryn and Connie 29 Aug 06:38 PDT 19-22 August 2023

19th - 22nd August 2023 saw the third Starcross Junior Regatta take place on the glorious River Exe. Racing was extremely competitive - although first place in both fleets was a conclusive win, there were several bunches of boats where placings were only decided after the last race, with some of the Gold Fleet placings being decided on countback.

As ever though, this regatta is about more than competitive racing, and this year featured an exceptional volunteer-run galley more akin to a food festival than a junior regatta, a sailing trip to Dawlish Warren, and the usual camping over on Saturday night.

Here, four of the junior sailors who competed give their report of the event.

"If someone were to ask me if they should do the junior regatta even though they aren't very good at sailing, I would tell them that they should..." William Longthorpe

"What is so special and unique about the Starcross Yacht Club Junior Regatta is that no matter what the outcome of the race, everyone leaves with a prize" Connie Laver

"I now feel much more confident sailing" Taryn Trehern

One bright and sunny morning... The estuary was looking promising, and the sailors were rigging. Some in Fevas, some in Teras, Picos, Lasers, and Toppers. There was almost every kind of boat. Generally, people rigged in shifts, taking turns to have breakfast (a buffet of pastries, sausages, breads and spreads), step their masts, attach their rudders and thread the main sheet along the booms. First Gold fleet launched, shortly (I say shortly, I mean there was a long queue) followed by Silver fleet. Rudder into the water, daggerboard down, sheet in, and away! James Scott Baker

My name is Taryn, I am eleven years old, and I attended the Starcross regatta, racing in the silver fleet. I personally enjoyed the four days of racing as each day I improved my sailing skills. The weather condition on the first three days were exceptionally gusty and challenging, but on the final day there was barely any wind!

The second day was the most exciting for me, my Tera was fun to sail and responsive. I didn't capsize during the races, even though the waves were hauling my dinghy to and fro. The water was choppy and the wind was forceful, making me concentrate ever the more on my sailing.

The course laid out for us was designed in a challenging aspect, that I found great to learn from, as we had to sail on many different reaches.

I now feel much more confident sailing and I would like to give thanks to all the people that gave me advice during the regatta, to the organisers of this sailing event, and the people in the galley that fed us all delicious meals.

Even though the weather was difficult at times, I still had a lot of fun and can't wait to compete in my next regatta. Taryn Trehern

We started the day three with a delicious breakfast. My gold wristband meant that I was able to choose anything I wanted from the extensive menu. I opted a few croissants and a pain aux chocolate.

On this day, the conditions were light to start with, but then they picked up for the 3rd race. The light winds at the beginning were useful as they helped us gain race experience in different conditions. It also meant that it wasn't just the best heavy wind sailors that could win or place high on the scoreboard (which was more important in gold fleet than silver).

There were three races on Day 3, with my favourite being race two where I exceeded my expectations by finishing higher than I imagined. It was great to see such camaraderie amongst the sailors, with everyone smiling and having a good time.

If someone were to ask me if they should do the junior regatta even though they aren't very good at sailing, I would tell them that they should as in silver fleet its more about what you learn and how much you improve, rather than how good at sailing or racing you are. When they become a better sailor and want to sail in gold fleet, whilst they still learn, it is more focused on the racing side as they are more experienced.

At Starcross everyone is very helpful and eager to assist, such as organising this event and undertaking different roles: briefing, safety boats, race officer and food. Even though they are doing that, they still find time to help people by giving advice, helping rigging boats and organising a trip down to Dawlish Warren after the first day to play games and letting people share boats on the way down to Dawlish. I had a great time and can't wait until next year. William Longthorpe

Tuesday was the final day and was significantly less windy than was forecast. As a result, the first race went quite slowly and some of the RS Fevas struggled to get their spinnakers to fill. Due to the shiftiness and lack of wind, the second race was postponed but lots of us enjoyed a little swim whilst we waited.

As the wind was not picking up, the committee boat and the race officer decided to abandon the second race but with 9 races completed over the four days this did not cause an issue with the scores and we had had plenty of opportunities to get out on the water. Once everyone was safely off the water, the results (without any protests) were posted and there was an opportunity to question any results or to protest.

Whilst the final scores were being calculated, we enjoyed a great lunch and drinks from the galley (thank you to the volunteers who did an amazing job, we're incredibly lucky!). After a while, it was time for the prize-giving.

What is so special and unique about the Starcross Yacht Club Junior Regatta is that no matter what the outcome of the race, everyone leaves with a prize, whether that be a prize from a sponsor or a mug.

Some of these prizes are gifted to the club by other club members, and are awarded for other attributes in sailing, such as resilience, kindness and sportsmanship. This really encourages young sailors to get involved and just give it a go.

I really enjoy taking part in this event when I can because it is an opportunity to give other boats a try, meet new people and overall, just enjoy the sport. I really hope that this Regatta continues for many years to come. Connie Laver

Big thanks to those organisations who sponsored and donated prizes: Exeter School, Tozers, Exe Sails, Admiral Trailers, RYA.

Also to the volunteers who ran such a fantastic galley provision, masterminded and lead by Richard Stoneman.

And to the parents and helpers who gave up their time to organise and run the event.

We will be back - keep an eye on

Overall Results:

Gold Fleet

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClubPYR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
1stLaser Radial211183Ben Fuller Paignton SC115011212‑7‑81210
2ndFeva XL7355Nicola RichardsPhilippa PaleyCastle Cove SC Starcross YC/12482.5‑16155212‑618.5
3rdTopper 5.347731Isabel Williscroft Paignton SC1369524‑7132(DNF)421
4thFeva XL3733James CoxWilliam WestSt Mawes / Starcross YC1248733‑151013‑11734
5thLaser 4.7220468Noah Kenny Lyme Regis SC1210‑86524863‑934
6thRS Tera Pro2121Polly Scott Starcross YC13642.55‑6665.55‑8535
7thRS Tera Sport3900Tom Solly Starcross YC144548643‑20115‑1441
8thLaser Radial189355Charlie Pickering Starcross YC1150‑14410‑128494342
9thLaser Radial200838Caleb Greeves Starcross YC11506912‑14‑175.579149.5
10thLaser 4.7173170Noah Helm Lyme Regis SC1210911737‑12‑14101259
11thLaser Radial184736Gylfi Greeves Starcross YC115015‑219911947‑1664
12thLaser 4.7109012lona Romero‑FleM Palgnton SC12101310‑141013‑1710131079
13thFeva XL1884Amelie BallantyneLottie WoodStarcross YC1248‑21171181210‑1815881
14thFeva XL515Fergus StockmanArchie KemmishStarcross YC1248127151391515‑19‑2186
15thTopper 5.344895Max Outram Starcross YC1369171213(ONF)1614136‑1991
16thFeva XL595Berenice Rydin‑OrwinAnnabel JennerLyme Regis SC12481013(DNF)(DNF)141120141193
17thLaser Radial167886Zach Simmons Starcross YC115011‑181716(DNC)13171617107
18thRS Tera Sport3216Barney Rhodes Exe SC14451814.518(DNC)(DNC)18121218110.5
19thFeva XL422Rowan GreevesConnie LaverStarcross YC1248‑2214.520111516‑212120117.5
20thLaser Radial169011Ashton Shears Paignton SC115019‑221618(DNC)19161715120
21stTera Sport3094Emma Starcross YC14451620‑211719211918‑22130
22ndTopper 4.247023Oily Skeldon Starcross YC1420201919(DNF)18‑22222013131

Silver Fleet

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClubPYR1R2R3R4R6R7R8R9Pts
1stRS Tera Sport3423Stefan Anderson Exe SC144511‑3112118
2ndTopper 5.311886Hal Outram Starcross YC1369421424‑7219
3rdRS Tera Sport2444Jocelyn Farnell Starcross YC14453342432‑821
4thTopper 4.246387Jonty Greeves Starcross YC14205423514‑1024
5thTopper 5.334458Jasmine D'Arcy Starcross YC1369‑8666385.5640.5
6thPico4125Joe Simmons Starcross YC126013(OCS)576.553443.5
7thRS Tera Sport1986Florence Farnell Starcross YC1445678(DNC)9611754
8thRS Tera Sport1556Taryn Trehern Starcross YC14457(DNF)DNF56.595.5964
9thTopper 5.321149Keisa Buckley Starcross YC136991011811‑1281168
10thTopper 5.344482William Longthorpe Starcross YC1369(DNF)DNC9DNC8710381
11thRS Tera Sport4414George Campbell‑Willmott Starcross YC144510912(DNC)1314121383
12thTopper 4.21Harvey Dossett Starcross YC1420257(DSQ)DNCDNCDNCDNC102
13thTopper 5.3xTom Simmons Starcross YC1369(DNC)DNC14DNC1015145102
14thTopper 4.229938James Scott Baker Starcross YC142012(OCS)10DNC141313DNC106
15thRS Tera Sport798Anaya Stoneman Starcross YC1445(DNC)DNCDNCDNC1210914111
16thPico1Mae Moore  1260118(DNF)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC129
17thPico2Ursula JenkinsEllie‑May Palethorpe 1260(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC11OCS12133
18thRS Tera Mini6Ella Calvert Starcross YC1476(DNF)DNC13DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC145
19thRS Tera Mini1Quinlin Buckley Starcross YC1476(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNFDNF15DNC147
20thRS Tera Mini5Jessica Calvert Starcross YC1476(DNF)DNCDNFDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC154
20thRS Tera Sport2287Sophie Longthorpe Starcross YC1445(DNF)DNCDNFDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC154

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