43 Toppers, 35 in the main fleet and 8 in the Regatta Fleet, were rewarded for their journey with blue skies and a fitful Force 2, which would favour the lighter sailors.
The course was a trapezoidal and five races were scheduled, four to count. All the top contenders for the South East Traveller Trophy were here to compete for this prestigious title in the final meeting of the series.
The Race 1 start was hotly contested. 2 boats were too keen and were called back. Freddie Connor, the Irish National champion from Bexhill, rounded the windward mark first and gradually extended his lead to win by 40 metres from Ben Slater.
Connor repeated this feat in Race 2, putting himself in a very strong position for the day. Jordan Taylor took the second slot.
The wind increased to Force 3 for Race 3. Alex Grassick, the tallest sailor in the fleet, used his power well and built up a commanding lead in Lap 1. In Lap 2 the wind dropped and Freddie Connor chipped away at Grassick''s lead. The wind dropped more and the race was shortened to 2 laps. Grassick held on to win from Connor and Max Richardson.
Surely a 1,1,2 would seal it for Connor - but wait. 2 boats were over at the start in race 4 and one was Connor. With an I flag flying Connor had to round the Committee boat and give chase. By the windward mark on lap 2 Connor had taken the lead which he extended to the finish, to take the Meeting. Max Richardson took second in this race.
Race 5 was the closest of the day. On the final lap, on the top reach, Taylor surged past Connor and Richardson. All 3 rounded Mark 2 together, with Charlotte McCarthy very close behind this bunch. Connor gained an inside overlap on Taylor at Mark 3, to take the lead which he held to the finish, to take the Meeting with a perfect score of four firsts. Taylor held off a spirited challenge from Max Richardson, to take second in this final race and also second for the Meeting, on count-back, from Richardson.
First female was Charlotte McCarthy in a fleet where females unusually took 6th,7th, 8th, 9th, 10th ,12th and 13th places.
The regatta fleet was won by Tom Howard with a perfect score of 3 points from Joshua Hobbs.
1st Overall 45152, Fred Connor (Bexhill S.C.)
2nd Overall 44869, Jordan Taylor (West Wittering S.C.)
3rd Overall 45373, Max Richardson (St.Leonards S.C.)
4th Overall 45159, Alex Grassick (Papercourt S.C.)
5th Overall 45155, Ben Slater (Bexhill S.C.)
6th Overall 44442, Charlotte McCarthy (Chipstead S.C.)
1st Under 13 43231, Morgan Bowen-Perkins (Hampton S.C.)
1st Under 14 40877, Julia Beck (Papercourt S.C.)
1st Adult 15840, Flavell Albertini (Island Barn S.C.)
1st Female 44442, Charlotte McCarthy (Chipstead S.C.)
2nd Female 34071, Olivia Bell (Hampton S.C.)
1st Island Barn 45266, Alison Baldwin (Island Barn S.C.)
2nd Island Barn 43729, Olivia Bentley (Island Barn S.C.)
1st Non Squad 34071, Olivia Bell (Hampton S.C.)
Endeavour 27502, Lily Harrison (Bexhill S.C.)
1st Regatta 43170, Tom Howard (Island Barn S.C.)
This Traveller result meant Freddie Connor deservedly took the coveted 2006 South East Traveller Series Trophy from Max Richardson, second, and Jordan Taylor, third.
S.E. Traveller Series Results:
1st Freddie Connor (Bexhill S.C.)
2nd Max Richardson (St.Leonards S.C.)
3rd Jordan Taylor (West Wittering S.C.)
4th Ben Slater (Bexhill S.C.)
5th Julia Beck (Papercourt S.C.)
|1st||45152||Fred Connor||Bexhill S C||1||1||-2||1||1||4|
|2nd||44869||Jordan Taylor||West Wittering S C||-6||2||4||3||2||11|
|3rd||45373||Max Richardson||Hastings and St. Leonards||3||-5||3||2||3||11|
|4th||45159||Alex Grassick||Papercourt S C||5||3||1||-13||5||14|
|5th||45155||Ben Slater||Bexhill S C||2||4||-10||8||6||20|
|6th||44442||Charlotte McCarthy||Chipstead S C||4||6||-7||7||4||21|
|8th||45504||Suzi Bell||Hampton S C||10||14||12||4||-18||40|
|10th||40877||Julia Beck||Papercourt S C||7||15||14||5||-20||41|
|14th||45477||Frazer Clark||Hastings & St Leonards||13||18||6||15||-19||52|
|15th||45594||George Spedding||Queen Mary||-22||12||22||6||13||53|
|16th||44304||Stephanie Wicken||Wilsonian S C||17||8||13||-19||16||54|
|17th||44690||Bethany Wellerd||Crawley Mariners Y C||14||17||16||-25||8||55|
|18th||45266||Alison Baldwin||Island Barn R S C||16||20||-26||9||11||56|
|19th||44347||Charlie Runcorn||Wimbledon Park||15||16||19||-21||14||64|
|20th||44236||Jonty Freeman||Newhaven & Seaford||25||9||28||-33||9||71|
|21st||45616||Alexander Le Gassick||Wilsonian S C||20||-24||18||18||22||78|
|22nd||44516||William Bovington||Newhaven & Seaford||19||23||25||20||-30||87|
|23rd||45750||Tom Richardson||Hastings SC||23||22||20||-32||25||90|
|25th||43546||Joshua Mclynn||Wimbledon Park Sailing Club||-29||26||27||17||24||94|
|26th||44489||Edward Le Gassick||Wilsonian S C||26||25||17||27||-31||95|
|27th||20078||Martin Lown||Wilsonian S C||24||21||-29||23||27||95|
|28th||45488||Matt Symons||Chipstead S C||21||28||-30||26||23||98|
|29th||43231||Morgan Bowen-Perkins||Hampton S C||-31||27||21||29||26||103|
|30th||45746||Harry Bradley||Queen Mary||27||-31||24||28||28||107|
|31st||43729||Olivia Bentley||Island Barn R S C||33||-35||23||30||33||119|
|32nd||23079||Thomas Weekes||Maidenhead SC||32||32||-34||24||32||120|
|33rd||45271||Emily Wilson||Bexhill SC||30||30||-33||31||29||120|
|34th||21098||Jake Beney||Papercourt S C||34||33||32||34||(36.0 DNF)||133|
|35th||27502||Lily Harrison||Bexhill SC||-35||34||35||35||34||138|
|1st||43170||Tom Howard||Island Barn RSC||1||1||1||-2||3|
|2nd||34334||Joshua Hobbs||Island Barn RSC||-3||3||2||1||6|
|3rd||16499||Alistair Smith||Island Barn RSC||4||4||3||-5||11|
|4th||20884||William Scott||Island Barn RSC||5||2||5||-8||12|
|5th||17962||Daniel Maynard||Bexhill SC||2||5||-8||7||14|
|6th||44843||Georgia Mc Greger||Salcombe||-6||6||6||3||15|
|7th||12764||James Curtis||Island Barn RSC||-7||7||4||4||15|
|8th||15840||Flavell Albertini||Island Barn RSC||(9.0 DNC)||9.0 DNC||7||6||22|