Written by Fiona Tylecote
Last Updated: 21 July 2014
Created: 21 July 2014
The second Rutland Junior Series finished this Sunday – with more of our sailors taking part and cutting their teeth in a racing series.
The series has been well supported with regulars complaining if family trips mean missing racing.
IN Sunday’s racing the wind was light to moderate from the west. With a few minutes to spare before the racing started Steve led the little fleet on a Follow my leader course practicing slowing, stopping and then speeding up.
Racing up and underway saw Libby Petit join the fold giving the racing a good go in her Tera. Alex Knatchbull gave Ben Tylecote a good run for his money in the Bic – Charlie being away as support crew for the Laser Masters currently waiting for the wind in Abersoch! There was some fantastic starting going on with Oscar coming in at speed on time and whizzing past some of the boats.
Joseph showed that he is improving week on week and did some lovely sailing upwind. Jordon too is improving greatly every week and really finding his feet around the course.
Thomas Branson joined us for races 2 and 3 sailing round nicely in his Topper. Also joining us was the spectator fleet of proud parents and younger sisters – quite a following! Assisting in the Committee boat was Oliver McKee who was chief horn blower.
After racing Bob Glennie – a member of the sailing committee and the days main Pro presented the prizes for the series.
Race 1 series – This series recognises the first race every weekend and forms it’s own separate series. Sailors are not eligible to win this series if they are in the top 3 of the other series, however the winner on this occasion won the series outright beating Ben, Charlie and Oscar on points.
First Carys Attwell (Optimist) – a fantastic series from Carys who is also knocking on the doors of the leaders in the main series.
Second – Isobel Leetch (Optimist)– - Isobel has come on amazingly this series.
Third – Jordon Shales (Taz) – who has been a great participant all series.
Personal Handicap Series – This series recognises improvement against yourself and the prize goes to the person who has improved the most over the course of the series.
First- Joseph Green – an amazing transformation – some great sailing
Second- Alex Knatchbull – Alex has really got to grips with his Open Bic having only just moved in to this from his Optimist.
Third Annabel Turnbull – Annabel shows some great determination around the course and has really improved her mark roundings.
Main race series
First – Ben Tylecote – tied on points with Charlie going in to the last weekend unfortunately Charlie was away this Sunday so unable to give Ben a good battle for the series. Ben has shown some particularly good awareness of wind direction which has given him a little edge in shifty conditions
Second – Charlie Turnbull – having sailed a superb series Charlie regularly leaves us gasping with some awesome recoveries from some big deathrolls downwind. He is really sailing on the edge and going fast as a result
Third – Oscar Morley – Oscar has really got to grips with sailing the Topper – and putting in some amazing starts. He is looking forward to the Autumn series and hopefully the wind!
Well done to everyone who has taken part in the series – and those of you who didn’t we missed you. Ongoing we are aiming to do some follow my leader and practice starts before the racing starts so if you are not sure of the racing but fell like just trying a little this would be perfect.
Racing is not on this Sunday 27th July - not sure about the following weekend – keep your eyes on the website for details.
See you all at Holiday week