74 youngsters arrived at the Club on Saturday morning on a cool bright autumn day for the annual Queen Mary Youth Regatta. Entries came from around the South East with the vast majority being in Toppers, Fevas and Lasers. The racing took the form of 4 average lap handicap races each lasting approximately 40 minutes with two in the morning and two in the afternoon. At stake were the Youth Trophy, the Junior Trophy, the Topper Trophy and the Schools Trophy.
In the morning the race committee set a triangular course with two laps to be completed although some of the less experienced sailors only did one lap with the average lap system allowed us to rank the results correctly. First across the line in both morning races was Tim Palmer from QMSC in a Laser Standard. Squally conditions kept the safety boats busy with the less experienced competitors struggling to stay upright as the gusts came through.
A break for lunch allowed competitors and safety crews to warm up before returning to the race course for a further two races in the afternoon. Sunnier and slightly less windy conditions greeted us for the beginning of the third race for which the course was made smaller and an additional lap was added. Once again the lasers crossed the finish line ahead of the main fleet. A front came through during the final race which was now reduced to 50 of the strongest competitors with once again the lasers being in front
Congratulations to the overall winners Tom Mitchell and Oliver Scott from Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre in an RS Feva XL. Level on points but in second place after the tie break was Tim Palmer in a Laser Standard who also won the Laser Trophy. Young Patrick Croghan in his RS Tera retained the Junior Trophy coming 3rd overall. The Topper trophy was won by Angus Couper from QMSC. The Schools trophy was not awarded as we did not have more than one school with 3 or more entries.
Many thanks to QMSC for hosting the event; to Catherine Rawson, Martin and Joan Pride for officiating and to Freddie Cardew-Smith for leading the safety teams on the day
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