Kent School Sailing Association – “Opening Splash Regatta”

Youth sailors in Kent were out in force for the KSSA Opening Splash on 25th April at Medway Yacht Club. Thirty-eight sailors from clubs across the county entered, with experience ranging from those participating in their first regatta to others who have raced at national level. The format for the day was two races back-to-back in the morning and the same again after lunch, an average lap trapezoid course catering for the Optimist through to the RS200.

Race 1 involved beating against the last of the ebb tide with the Laser Radial of George Hyett being the fastest boat for the first two laps, fending off the challenge from Stanley Chick (Radial) and Julia Judd/Mark Lightbody (RS200). The Toppers completed four laps, the faster boats five laps, but it was three well-sailed Toppers that took the top positions on corrected time.

Race 2 followed a similar pattern, with Morgan Archer (Topper) and Emma Crane (Topper) placed first and second respectively again.

All the sailors and duty crew came ashore for a pasta bake lunch as the sun came out. It was warm enough for sailors to sit out on the grass bank watching all the other boating activity on the river.

By the start of Race 3 the wind had built to Force 4 and the wind over tide conditions added a different dimension. A good few boats capsized round the course mainly on the downwind leg but only three of the starters in that race were unable to complete the course. Toppers took the first five places.

Although it was coming up to 4pm, against the odds, Race Officer Tim Townsend managed to squeeze in a fourth race so as not to waste the almost perfect sailing conditions. Medway Yacht Club’s George Jones secured his best result of the day (4th) making him the highest-placed MYC boat overall.

Overall Winner

Overall Winner

The winner of the event was Morgan Archer from Blue Circle Sailing Club, who retained the trophy for the second year in succession, unbeaten in any of the races.

Thank you to our hosts, Medway Yacht Club, and the army of volunteers both ashore and afloat for making it such an enjoyable event.

Overall Results:

Pos Boat Type Sail No Helm Name Crew Name Club PY R1 R2 R3 R4 Pts
1st TOPPER 47647 Morgan Archer Blue Circle 1340 ‑1 1 1 1 3
2nd TOPPER 47079 Emma Crane 1340 ‑2 2 2 2 6
3rd TOPPER 45191 Connie Hill Bough Beech SC 1340 6 3.5 3 (OCS) 12.5
4th LASER RADIAL 207931 Stanley Chick Broadstairs Sailing Club 1135 5 ‑10 7 3 15
5th TOPPER 45794 Heather Denbigh Bough Beech 1340 3 6 ‑9 6.5 15.5
6th LASER RADIAL 204888 George Hyett Downs 1135 4 3.5 10 ‑13 17.5
7th TOPPER 46870 Pierce Seward Broadstairs 1340 ‑12 8 4 10 22
8th RS FEVA XL 4530 Michael Dyer Samuel Dyer Herne Bay Sailing Club 1233 8 ‑14 12 5 25
9th TOPPER 22383 Scott Wilkinson Rye Harbour Sailing Club 1340 ‑18 7 8 11 26
10th LASER RADIAL 173385 Max Taylor‑Nobbs Downs Sailing club 1135 9 ‑19 11 6.5 26.5
11th LASER RADIAL 177960 Connor Lamb Whitstable Yacht Club 1135 7 5 16 ‑19 28
12th TOPPER 47665 Finlay Adamson Cinque Ports Pirates 1340 ‑26 11 5 12 28
13th RS 200 1098 Julia Judd Mark Lightbody Downs Sailing Club 1047 ‑13 13 13 9 35
14th LASER 4.7 161799 Ben Gray Wilsonian 1195 14 ‑16 6 16 36
15th LASER RADIAL 950 Imogen Cage‑White Broadstairs 1135 10 12 ‑15 14 36
16th LASER RADIAL 172811 Richard Tutt Wilsonian sailing club 1135 11 ‑21 18 8 37
17th LASER RADIAL 146964 George Jones Medway YC 1135 22 ‑25 17 4 43
18th RS FEVA XL 3333 Hannah Mumford Max Behrens Redoubt Sailing Club 1233 ‑16 15 14 15 44
19th TOPPER 27512 Henry Townsend Medway Yacht Club 1340 19 9 20 ‑22 48
20th TOPPER 46430 Alex Head DSC 1340 ‑20 18 19 17 54
21st LASER RADIAL 186940 Gabrielle Mould Chipstead S.C. 1135 15 ‑30 24 20 59
22nd TOPPER 27402 Jem Causer Wilsonian 1340 ‑23 22 22 18 62
23rd LASER RADIAL 199442 Joseph Lord Downs Sailing club 1135 17 ‑28 25 21 63
24th TOPPER 30449 Jack Dann Wilsonian 1340 25 20 21 (DNS) 66
25th RS TERA SPORT 2620 Iggy McNally Whitstable 1457 27 27 23 (DNS) 77
26th LASER 143514 Alistair Bolton MYC 1091 21 24 (DNS) DNS 81
27th TOPPER 23637 Rowan Ellerby Medway YC 1340 28 26 27 (DNS) 81
28th BYTE CII 2947 Tara Head DSC 1150 29 17 (DNF) DNF 82
29th TOPPER 37203 Charlie Baker MYC 1340 24 23 (DNF) DNS 83
30th TOPPER 33885 Brendan O’Shea MYC 1340 30 29 (DNS) DNS 95
31st TOPPER 15825 Zoe Breare MEDWAY YC 1340 (DNF) DNS 26 DNS 98
32nd TOPPER 26882 Anna Baker MYC 1340 31 31 (DNS) DNS 98
33rd TOPPER 28416 Tom Hirst Broadstairs Sailing Club 1340 (DNF) DNS DNS DNS 108
33rd OPTIMIST 4912 Morgan Glass Medway YC 1665 (DNS) DNS DNS DNS 108
33rd TOPPER 45673 Alex Jeffery Medway Yacht Club 1340 (DNF) DNS DNS DNS 108

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