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Etchells Saida Cup Regatta 2024 at the Royal Thames Yacht Club

by UK Etchells Fleet 16 Jun 07:18 PDT 8-9 June 2024
Etchells Saida Cup Regatta © Mark Wayte-Smith

Saturday was looking like champagne sailing conditions until the hints of a sea breeze swung the wind left and led to postponement while the race committee battled the shifts and relaid the course.

All of Saturday was raced under U flag with most boats still pushing the line hard, which managed to catch out 2 boats in the first start. A tidal change during the day, shifting to wind vs tide caused bumpy chop that was challenging to maintain speed through when the wind was down, with plenty of gear changes occurring.

The weather conditions were forecast similarly for Sunday but this time the sea really breeze wreaked havoc. The second race was in particular a challenge, with 60 degree wind shifts every other minute up the first beat. Ziggy managed to get the best of the first after heading out right and led round the windward mark very comfortably.

The last 100m of the race was interrupted by a 180 degree wind shift, leading to gybes and dropping kites to head upwind to the finish; this caused boats to jump and drop places like flies.

Beyond this the wind behaved, no tidal change during the racing meant a flat and calm sea.

Regatta winner was Chris Hampton on Tango. David Bromilow was first Corinthian and first Youth Boat.

Huge thanks to the PRO Phil Hagan and the Royal Thames Yacht Club race committee, who managed to fit in an entire series in challenging conditions.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoatTeamR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1  AUS 1466TangoChris Hampton / Sam Haines / Charlie Cumbley1521217
2  GBR 1271Ziggy (Corinthian) (Youth)David Bromilow / Will Martin / Henry Heathcote / Oscar Cawthorne68141315
3  GBR 1459ExabyteShaun Frohlich / James Hemmingway / Duncan Truswell43524417
4  GBR 1495Louise Racing (Youth)Tom Hough / Isaac Lines / Dan Harris / Killian Boag31893722
5  GBR 957Alison (Corinthian) (Youth)Harry Cowell / Ted Blowers / Will Birch Tomlinson / Steph Small26785222
6  GBR 1460Man's Best FriendQuentin Bes‑Green / Paul Blowers (Sat) / David Tydeman (Sun) / Ed Salter524138524
7  GBR 782Pulse (Corinthian) (Youth)Maisie Harkess / Lia Horne / AJ Luxton / Kt Byne / Alicia Biggs8411391235
8  GBR 927Shamal (Corinthian) (Youth)Owen Colbern / Charlie Cooper / Max Bradley / Becky Caiger991066838
9  GBR 1148Ariel (Corinthian) (Youth)Ross Bannam / Charlie Dodd / Ross Southwell / Alice SeniorUFD119510641
10  HKG 1407Astrid (Youth)James Oxenham / Kate Robertson / Thomas Lee / Kelly Hilier101231011943
11  GBR 1439Rocketman (Corinthian)Rob Goddard / Dylan Collingbourne / Adrian Padro710611131145
12  GBR 1014Palaver (Corinthian) (Youth)Azat Ulutas / Seun Williams / Jessye Opoku‑Ware / Max Guiguet‑BelcherDSQ1313771050
13  GBR 1194Mano (Corinthian) (Youth)Sam Barnes‑Thornton / Harry Blythe / Benedict Brown / Nicholas OldroydUFD71212121356

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