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13 Oct 2016

RYA Midland Zone Championships

Zone champs

The weekend of 24/25th September saw a number of Staunton members in action at RYA Midland Zone Championships, held this year at Draycote Water. Ian Kelly and Simon Kelsall were mark laying, Sam Kelly was part of the race committee and Andy Felton was results officer. And then there were the sailors! Jacob Felton and Thomas Kelsall were competing in the Optimist fleet and Kamran and Tara Ewbank competed in Toppers.

The conditions on Saturday were windy and gusty. The Optimists managed all three races, though there were a number of capsizes. Unfortunately there were too many Topper capsizes, so after the first race the Toppers were held onshore before AP over A was finally raised. Race 1 was interesting, with a number of sailors falling foul of missing a mark. Only four Topper sailors got a result!

Meanwhile in the Optimists, Jacob and Thomas were both pleased with their results - 1st and 9th respectively. Jacob pulled in two further bullets, and Thomas got a 12th in race 2 in conditions that did not favour him. Putting all his effort in to keeping his boat as flat and fast as he could manage, he didn't manage race 3!

Going into Sunday's racing, Jacob was in a strong position but had to show that he was just as capable in lighter winds. He pulled in another two race wins to win the event, discarding his 3rd in race 5. Thomas had another excellent day with a 4, 6 and 10 to finish in 9th, beating some of last year's zone sailors.

For the Toppers, Sunday was a more successful day sailing than the Saturday, as they managed to complete four races, rather than the scheduled three, making it a much better weekend overall. Kamran sailed consistently gaining a 5, 6, 5, 7 which saw him finish the weekend in 6th place. Tara finished in 19th, sailing on the full 5.3 sail, placing 15, 17 and 18. Although she started the last race, she didn't manage to finish it.

Final results:

Optimists

Jacob Felton 1st

Thomas Kelsall 9th

Toppers

Kamran Ewbank 6th

Tara Ewbank 19th