QM Youth had a fantastic week at the NSSA week long regatta earlier this month at the Olympic sailing site – the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. 700 competitors, 499 boats, 4 fleets, some 7 – 9 races for each fleet. QM’s 20 entrants ranging from 9 to 17 years competed across all the fleets and coped well with the wind and rain. Camping at a local school added to the team spirit for many.
Highlights included Paul Goodison awarding prizes on Friday night; QM Youths calling “starboard” on the China Olympic lasers training in the bay; ice cream and chips on Weymouth Town Beach; the Olympic Torch visiting on a wet and windy evening; and watching the GBR Star and 49ers practicing mark rounding. All in all a great experience and fantastic sea based preparation for other July regattas that participants will attend including the Topper Nationals at Pwhelli and the Feva Worlds at HISC. We hope to take an even bigger QM team to the 2013 NSSA event to be held at Bassenthwaite Sailing Club near Keswick in Cumbria.
Rookie Toppers (57 entries): Coco Barrett-57th
RS Fevas (38 entries): Buzz and Poppy Gilks- 4th, Sam Blunden and Emily Kirby -10th out of 38, Toppers (146 entries):Hatty Ward -5th, James Cook - 15th, Daniel Martin - 23rd, Will Cook - 42nd, Michael Smith - 42nd, Alex Knight - 55th, George Nelson - 85th, Erin Guy -129th, Daniel Thompson - 146th.
Laser Radial (82 entries) Ellie Tapper - 53rd, Ellie Gadd - 55th, Liam Horgen - 56th, Ed Mallet - 58th, Emily Smith - 61st
Overall it was a fun week with some great sailing and fun times had by all. The camping was interesting as we were all camped in a school field so had to be gone by 8 but everyone managed. the breakfast and dinner foods were not very nice with not enough calories to supplement the amount being used whilst sailing.
On the second day Daniel Thompson and George Nelson didn’t sail due to dehydration and feeling ill. Hattie finished 1st in the final race on Tuesday and everyone improved from Mondays results. On Wednesday we had the mount hayes trophy and Queen Mary came 3rd in our heat. With stronger winds in the afternoon the all comers races was abandoned and the singlehanded race was shortened.
Wednesday evening saw The Queen Mary team at the beach in the sun and Daniel T unfortunately hurt his thumb meaning he was unable to do any more races at the NSSA.
By Thursday the racing was abandoned in the afternoon meaning the jury could catch up on the backlog of protests. With Michael Smith, Will Cook and Buzz and Poppy winning all of their protests everyone was in a good mood as the Olympic torch came into the academy. Erin Guy did very well coming 129th in her very first Regatta and Coco coped very well with the strong winds and valiantly tried to complete as many races as possible. Overall it was a great week an everyone is looking forward to next year.
Thanks to Caroline Thompson, Tim Anderton, Jonathan Malin and of course all the parents for their help and support