Topper Open September 2007

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TOPPER
SOUTH EAST TRAVELLER 13      
SERIES DECIDER
ISLAND BARN
22 09 07
 
 
Headline
Jonathan Hewat won the event and the Traveller Series in an event which ended with a bizarre Redress situation. Read full report for details.
 
 
 
Report
43 boats arrived for the final Topper Traveller. Well done hardworking Area rep Jo Wicken for generating such enthusiasm so late in the season.
 
Unfortunately, the morning weather, though sunny, was testing in both its lightness and variable direction.
 
Race 1 – Bad news for Topper Sailboats. You don’t need a new boat to win. Good news for oldies. You don’t need to be just a few years past weaning to excel. Clive Jackson from Papercourt, age unknown, but probably the writer’s side of thirty, and sailing Topper 16516 (30,000 Toppers have been made since this one!)) overtook Jonathan Hewat (the series leader) on the final run to take first place. Oldies rejoice.
Race 2 – A big shift left as the gun went meant those at the pin end were laughing and the committee boat starters were cursing the race officer. Hewat got it right and led from start to finish, with Stephanie Wicken a close second. Jackson did well to salvage a 5th from a poor start.
 
At lunch, Hewat had a 3 point lead over Jackson and Wicken.
 
Race 3. Prayers answered. A steady, if light, south westerly had established itself. The lunch had contained too many calories leading to an over-enthusiastic line charge and general recall. Energy was better managed for the I-flagged second start. Juliet Beck led all the way round lap 1, with Hewat nibbling at her transom, as they started Lap 2. As these two match-raced up the second beat, Jackson caught them in clear air. By the finish, Hewat had hunted down Beck for first, Jackson took second and a weary Beck took third.
Race 4. Beck, resolve undiminished, was a life jacket thickness over at the pin and was called back. Hewat had an easy win and held off Will Street from Pevensay Bay.
This gave Hewat the event and he sailed home.
Race 5. This race had one of the strangest racing incidents the writer has come across and is a lesson to all race officers and sailors. The first lap went beautifully, with Julia Beck leading. As the committee boat crew were writing down Lap 1 positions, a committee crew member did so by resting his recording sheet on a board with a large ‘1/2’ on the back. This was facing the sailors. Boats 1 & 2 ignored it. However boats 3,4,5,6,7,8,9, all took this to mean ½ a lap remaining and returned to the finish after completing the first beat. On receiving no ‘gun’, they retraced their paths, to rejoin near the back, making their displeasure known to the committee boat as they eventually finished. Having established what had happened, the Race Officer’s (writer’s) first instinct was to Abandon, second instinct was to award points based on first lap positions, which seemed to him the fairest option for everyone. However, Abandoning would have been unfair to the leading boats, and the Sailing Instructions / RRS did not allow the second option. So the results were posted as recorded and the inevitable redress against the Race Committee was lodged with about a dozen boats signing the form.
The Protest Committee dismissed the redress and the results stood. This was tough on boats who were misled, but the writer agrees was the correct outcome.
The lessons for the Race Officer are clear. Keep an eagle eye on less experienced assistants and do not allow anything to take place on the Committee boat that might cause confusion. Secondly, do not consider trying to manufacture what might appear to be a fair resolution if the S.I.s do not allow it.
The lessons for the sailors are clear. Read the S.I.s,, stick to them and do not be led astray by extraneous signs, however tempting they might be.
Julia Beck rightfully kept her first place, with Clive Jackson second.
Congratulations to Clive Jackson for giving a lesson to all the Squaddies (except one), to Julia Beck for being single-mindedly competitive in every race, and to Jonathan Hewat who deservedly won the event and the Traveller Series. He looks to have a successful sailing career ahead of him.
 
1   Jonathan Hewat       45500       Medway
2    Clive Jackson          16516       Papercourt
3   Julia Beck                 40877       Papercourt
4   Stephanie Wicken    44304       Wilsonian
5   George Spedding     45594       Queen Mary
6   Will Street                 41590       Pevensey Bay
 

Island Barn RSC Traveller 2007

Overall

Sailed:5, Discards:1, To count:4, Ratings:PY, Entries:44, Scoring system:Topper Traveller Series
Position Helm Sail No. Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Points
1 Jonathan Hewat 45500 Medway 2 1 1 1 (45 DNC) 5
2 Clive Jackson 16516 Papercourt 1 5 2 (7) 2 10
3 Julia Beck 40877 Papercourt 3 8 3 (15) 1 15
4 Stephanie Wicken 44304 Wilsonian 4 2 13 4 (40 DNF) 23
5 George Spedding 45594 Queen Mary 5 3 9 (10) 6 23
6 Will Street 41590 Pevensey Bay 8 9 7 2 (40 DNF) 26
7 William Barnes 46100 Papercourt 7 6 6 9 (40 DNF) 28
8 Alexander Le Gassick 45616 Wilsonian 6 10 11 (17) 8 35
9 Charlotte Bonella 43126 Papercourt 9 18 8 3 (23) 38
10 Tom Richardson 45750 Hastings (28) 14 15 8 3 40
11 Josh McLynn 44318 Wimbledon Park 22 4 16 5 (40 DNF) 47
12 Catherine Whitehill 40742 Papercourt 13 (19) 14 11 10 48
13 Daniel Adeline 41850 Bough Beech 19 15 (32) 6 12 52
14 Thomas Weekes 45367 Maidenhead 10 20 4 (21) 21 55
15 Dan Fenn 44954 NSSC 12 16 12 23 (40 DNF) 63
16 Helen Baldwin 44889 Island Barn 15 7 22 22 (25) 66
17 Charlotte Fenn 42309 NSSC 16 12 25 14 (40 DNF) 67
18 Charlie Runcorn 45972 Wimbledon Park 21 (29) 18 24 5 68
19 Jonty Freeman 45818 NSSC 23 21 5 19 (24) 68
20 William Bovington 44516 NSSC 11 13 31 18 (40 DNF) 73
21 Finn Caiger-Smith 45228 Wimbledon Park 17 27 17 12 (40 DNF) 73
22 Martin Lown 44510 Crawley Mariners 14 17 27 20 (40 DNF) 78
23 Louis Knevett 35199 NSSC 18 (31) 23 28 11 80
24 Adam Bermingham 44928 Wilsonian (32) 28 21 26 7 82
25 Caroline Baldwin 42551 Island Barn 29 22 20 (34) 13 84
26 Jack Spence 42004 Papercourt 20 (30) 30 27 9 86
27 Oliver Machell 22619 Papercourt 35 23 (41) 25 4 87
28 Edward Le Gassick 44489 Wilsonian 26 25 24 16 (40 DNF) 91
29 Olivier Greber 44981 Pevensey Bay 24 11 26 36 (40 DNF) 97
30 Tom Howard 43170 Island Barn 27 39 19 13 (40 DNF) 98
31 Joseph Simmons 36364 Portchester SC (36) 35 10 31 26 102
32 Felix Crowther 32942 Queen Mary (33) 33 28 30 15 106
33 Benedict Cooper 45794 Bough Beech 30 (36) 29 33 16 108
34 James Peck 20169 Papercourt 25 32 34 (35) 18 109
35 Olivia Bentley 43729 Island Barn (41) 37 33 29 27 126
36 Alistair Smith 16499 Island Barn 34 (43) 38 37 20 129
37 Katie Hedgecock 34062 Lancing (42) 41 36 38 17 132
38 Elodie Jackson 21419 Lancing 39 (42) 40 40 14 133
39 Isabelle Jackson 24182 Lancing 40 40 35 (41) 19 134
40 Harry Bradley 45746 Queen Mary 37 34 37 32 (45 DNC) 140
41 Matthew Morton 44756 Queen Mary (45 DNF) 38 42 39 22 141
42 Zoe Robinson 43013 Papercourt 38 24 39 (45 DNC) 45 DNC 146
43 Kirsty Mackie 33086 Island Barn 31 26 (45 DNC) 45 DNC 45 DNC 147
44 Peter Grassick 45159 Papercourt (45 DNF) 45 DNC 45 DNC 45 DNC 45 DNC 180