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29 Mar 2016

Staunton's Chloe Felton represents GBR in the Magic Marine Easter Optimist Regatta

Chloe Felton- Braassemermee

Chloe Felton achieved another of her goals when she was selected to be part of Team GBR for the Magic Marine Easter Optimist Regatta at Braassemermeer in Holland. As part of a 40 strong team, she took part in the Dutch team selection event along with 230 other sailors including American and Belgian teams. For the last couple of years they have also accepted open entries for international sailors through application. Jacob was accepted so also took part in the event.

After Chloe had some pre event training as part of the British Sailing Team, the event got underway on Good Friday with a fairly strong breeze. The fleet were split into 4 flights using a different race course to that used here in Britain. After pulling in 3 good results Chloe was sitting in 105th. Jacob also raced well in what was the toughest competition he'd sailed against, completing all 3 races to sit in 202nd.

Saturday was very windy, with gusts well in excess of 30 knots providing challenging conditions. They got 2 races in before racing was postponed as the wind increased. Once it had settled down a bit, they headed out for another race. This marked the end of the qualifying series, with 1 discard. Chloe finished in 116th, despite losing several places in the 2nd race of the day due to gear failure. This put her into silver fleet for the rest of the regatta. Jacob battled through and completed all 3 races despite a capsize in the final race of the day. He finished 205th which put him into the emerald fleet originally until they realised the SIs specified they needed 240 sailors (not entries) for 4 fleets! After a delay on Sunday morning to rejig the fleets, Jacob ended up in bronze fleet. Chloe remained firmly in silver fleet.

Although the maximum gusts were no stronger on Sunday, the wind strength in general was higher with little let up. After a very tiring race, racing got abandoned part way through the 2nd silver race due to wind strength. They relaunched gold and silver fleets for what turned out to be a final race about 3pm once the wind had dropped slightly. Racing was abandoned as expected on Easter Monday in the morning due to the storm conditions.

Chloe finished 24th silver fleet, 102nd overall and 34th British sailor. Jacob finished 43rd bronze fleet and 199th overall. Well done!