Topper Open Meeting September 2012

 

Action at the Topper Open

[Photo: © Nick Marley]

The weather was beautifully sunny but almost calm as 47 competitors arrived, but a Force 1 to 2 breeze filled in, to enable the racing to start on time. A lot was at stake.

Being the final Topper South East Area Traveller, the event would decide the series winner as Clive Jackson (Papercourt) and Harriet Ward (Queen Mary) were tied on 8 points each after the penultimate event, Jackson leading on count back.

This was also a qualifier for the RYA South East Topper Zone Squad.

Island Barn also ran a 'Regatta Fleet' event for young sailors starting their racing careers. 43 Toppers entered the main event and 4 the Regatta event.

Harriet Ward started in style with a first, with Clive Jackson back in tenth. She pressed home her early advantage with another first in Race 2, taking lunch as a clear leader on 2 points, with home sailor Nancy Scott second on 5 points. Light wind rewards light sailors and Jackson, though of the Bradley Wiggins build, puts considerably more load in his Topper than Ward does in hers. How Jackson would have liked the event to have been held on the following day, when 18 knots of wind was forecast.

The light winds continued after lunch. But an added ingredient was a tricky wind shift pattern varying through 45 degrees throughout the afternoon. Patrick Croghan (Queen Mary) was in his element. Not only could he read the shift pattern better than anyone else, he was one of the lightest sailors on the course. So his well crafted leads at the first windward mark in Races 3 and 4, extended into big leads by the end of each race.

With one race to go and a discard already counting, Ward led on 4 points, with Croghan a single point behind. Michael O'Driscoll (Crawley Mariners) lay in third with a consistent 10 points, one point better than Scott on 11. Jackson's Traveller Series quest was all but over with a score of 16.

So, with the Traveller Series pretty well wrapped up, at stake in the last race were the Event prizes only. But what a final race we had. Croghan took an early lead but Ward and Scott harried him and each other for three laps. On the final run Scott passed Ward, depriving Ward of her points lead and hoisting herself above O'Driscoll overall. Croghan sailed on to his third afternoon win, which won him the event, with Ward a close second, Scott third and O'Driscoll fourth.

The Regatta Fleet was won by Coco Barrett from Desborough and her clean sweep of firsts should qualify her for the big fleet next time.

Results were a bit delayed by a protest. But the chairman Jim Champ, stated it was a pleasant experience due to 'the sporting attitude of the participants and the way they were quite happy to accept their colleagues could have a different recollection of events than themselves. They all deserve full credit for that.'

So the Final Traveller Series Shoot Out billing did not quite live up to its publicity. Harriet Ward's second place won her the South East Traveller Series convincingly by 2 points and Clive Jackson repeated his feat of 2011 by finishing the Series second, a, non-the-less, great achievement for an adult.

Overall Results:

Pos Sail No Helm Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Pts
Main Fleet
1st 46893 Patrick Croghan Queen Mary 3 -7 1 1 1 6
2nd 46969 Harriet Ward Queen Mary 1 1 -5 2 3 7
3rd 46623 Nancy Scott Island Barn 2 3 -7 6 2 13
4th 36720 Michael O'Driscoll Crawley Mariners 5 2 3 -7 5 15
5th 46889 Lucy Gates Queen Mary 9 6 2 -11 6 23
6th 47080 Alistair Smith Island Barn 7 4 4 -19 8 23
7th 17501 Clive Jackson Papercourt 10 5 6 5 -13 26
8th 28383 Lewis Humphries Pevensey Bay 4 8 12 -20 12 36
9th 46468 Elliot Marks Bough Beech 6 9 8 -17 14 37
10th 44375 Matthew Hodges Papercourt 8 11 14 8 -17 41
11th 45238 William Cook Queen Mary 12 10 -22 16 4 42
12th 28453 Tim Humphries Pevensey Bay 14 -22 17 3 16 50
13th 45770 Alex Knight Queen Mary 15 -24 11 4 20 50
14th 45732 Alice Smith Papercourt -20 20 9 15 7 51
15th 44348 Harry Anson Wimbledon/Bosham 18 -21 20 9 11 58
16th 46734 Grace Bradley-Shankar Docklands 13 17 13 -18 15 58
17th 46659 Jonathan Bell Papercourt -30 25 15 10 9 59
18th 47079 Emma Crane Bewl Valley 16 16 -25 21 10 63
19th 47021 Conor Lamb Whitstable 24 14 -35 13 22 73
20th 46870 Stanley Chick Broadstairs 17 19 18 -22 19 73
21st 28352 Izac Dodds   -23 18 21 14 23 76
22nd 44343 Andrew O'Driscoll Crawley Mariners 22 23 16 -28 18 79
23rd 44161 Peter Freeland Downs 19 13 -28 27 21 80
24th 44074 Catherine Wynn Chipstead 11 -32 29 12 31 83
25th 45919 Edward Benz Queen Mary 21 15 24 31 (DNC) 91
26th 47179 Francesca Mackay Datchet 28 -35 10 26 28 92
27th 47140 Alex Harwood Whistable 27 12 23 -35 30 92
28th 46736 Zoe James Papercourt 26 26 -34 24 26 102
29th 44583 Imogen Cage-White Bewl Valley 25 27 -33 25 25 102
30th 46465 Alexander Duncan Queen Mary -34 29 26 30 29 114
31st 42040 Molly Sacker Bewl Valley -36 36 32 23 24 115
32nd 46374 Daniel Thompson Queen Mary -39 37 19 34 32 122
33rd 44283 Daniel Halstead Bewl Valley (DNF) 28 30 36 33 127
34th 47154 Hakan Digby Queen Mary 33 -42 27 32 36 128
35th 43563 Leila Moore Docklands 32 33 -36 33 34 132
36th 46538 George Nelson Queen Mary -38 31 37 38 27 133
37th 15181 Izzy Rees Island Barn -40 34 31 39 35 139
38th 41724 Ellie Maxwell Island Barn 37 -41 39 29 38 143
39th 45266 Talya Gundogan Island Barn 31 -39 38 37 37 143
40th none (!) Rosie Johnson Queen Mary 29 30 (DNC) DNC DNC 147
41st 46725 Owen Mahuke Queen Mary 41 (OCS) 40 41 39 161
42nd 47077 Issie Bruton Whistable 35 40 (DNC) DNC DNC 163
43rd 46728 Erin Guy Queen Mary (DNF) 38 DNC 40 DNC 166
Regatta Fleet
1st 10003 Coco Barrett Desborough -1 1 1 1   3
2nd 33515 Henry Phillips Island Barn 2 2 -4 2   6
3rd 43170 Ellie Wall Island Barn -3 3 3 3   9
4th 26784 Aman Stuke Desborough (DNC) 4 2 DNF   11

1st Female, Harriet Ward (Queen Mary S.C.)
1st Adult, Clive Jackson (Papercourt S.C.)
1st Under 13, William Cook (Queen Mary S.C.)
1st Island Barn, Nancy Scott (Island Barn R.S.C.)
1st Non squad, Michael O'Driscoll (Crawley Mariners S.C.)
1st Regatta Fleet, Coco Barrett (Desborough S.C.)

 and lots more photos are here.