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17 Jul 2015

SHSC represented at Optimist and Topper Midland Area Champs

Optimist and Topper Midland Area Championships at Hollowell Sailing Club

The Optimist and Topper Midland Area Championships took place at Hollowell Sailing Club attracting 17 Optimist and 19 Topper entrants from across the region for a hotly contended series over a mostly light airs weekend. Staunton was well represented with three Optimist sailors - Chloe and Jacob Felton and Tara Ewbank, and three Topper sailors - Paul Moughton-Leay, Kamran Ewbank and Peter Nugent.

The race officer succeeded in running the full schedule of races despite particularly challenging conditions on the Sunday, and for sailors it was vital to stay fully focussed to manage the tricky windshifts and patchy winds. Tara managed to make the most in race five, zooming past a handful of stationary sailors much to the amusement of parents on shore!

Saturday evening featured a BBQ and some great games which were hugely contested not just by the sailors but also by their parents! Wheelbarrow racing with real wheelbarrows, welly-wanging, three way tug-of-war and Hollowell Rules Rugby made for an evening of fun for everyone.

In the Optimist Midland Championships Chloe Felton defended her Optimist Midland Champion title with an impressively consistent set of results, counting three bullets, a third and a second to finish at the top of the scoreboard after one discard with just 8 points. Well done Chloe! Also congratulations to Jacob and Tara for putting in some great results.

Whilst for the Topper Midland Championships, the event proved a great warm up for the upcoming Worlds Event later in July. All of the top ten results went to Topper sailors due to compete in the Worlds, with Staunton’s Paul Moughton-Leay coming in third place. Congratulations also go to Kamran and Peter for their first Topper travelling event and some great racing, with Kamran getting a spot prize for being first non-squad sailor in his first Topper event.

Thanks go to Hollowell SC for the great welcome, fantastic food, huge fun and great racing.