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8 Dec 2014

Optimist Winter Champs Report

Optimist Winter Champs 2014

Three of Staunton's young sailors made their way to Cardiff on a very wet Friday ready for the Optimist Winter Champs. Thankfully the rain eased in time for the racing on Saturday but the wind was light and shifty. Sunday's wind was a little stronger and consistent, but was definitely chillier. These were tough conditions for a first experience of main fleet but Kamran Ewbank approached it well.

The aim was for six half hour races a day, three back to back before a break for dinner. Unfortunately the wind didn't play ball, each race being full length. A break for dinner eventually happened at around 2.30, but it was never followed by race four as the wind died so the sailors headed to shore. The first race saw more pressure for the second start, resulting in them finishing together. The second race saw some huge shifts which made it challenging both for the sailors and the finishing team! The third race was more ordinary... Chloe had a fantastic day, finishing the day in 24th with 10th, 24th and 12th. This put her firmly into gold fleet. Kam did well in his first main fleet event with some solid racing, finishing the day in 116 out of 123 with 48, 56, 55. There was some close racing between Kamran and Jacob at times... Jacob however didn't have such a good day, being over the line on his first race.

Sunday started with very light wind, but built quickly to reasonable sailing conditions though much chillier. With a short reach between the two loops, five races were achieved. In gold fleet Chloe had a couple of not very good starts finishing in the lower part of the fleet, but picked her results up through the day to finish the last race in 19th. This left her in a very credible 38th overall (13th girl), finishing above a handful of national/intermediate squad sailors. In silver fleet, Kamran and Jacob were occasionally caught chatting as they went round the course! Both were seen with smiles as they crossed the finish line. Kamran was very consistent across the 2 days, finishing in 54th. Jacob had a much better day with some fantastic starts, improving as the day went on and achieving a 4th in his last race to leave him 47th overall.

It was a successful event for each sailor. They represented Staunton well and we should be proud of each of them!