Wind down Wednesday Races
Extend the competiton and camaraderie:
2 Wind down Wednesday races: 27th August and 3rd September
All in handicap, line start whatever the wind direction, START TIME 6.30
Food should be available
Thanks to Steve Smith, Errol Edwards, Mike Higgins and John Kelly for race and safety team for 27th August.
Helen Martin, Martin Jeremy so far for 3rd September, one more safety crew needed please.
Topper Open Weekend– 30th/ 31st Aug 2014
Eight visitors joined nine Chew juniors for Topper race training last Saturday. This training was run by the SW Topper Association as a precursor to the Open meeting on Sunday. The sailors were split into two groups based on their experience and put through their paces by the RYA Coaches. They practiced starting techniques, upwind tactics and general boat handling before completing a short final race series. Despite the blustery conditions all enjoyed themselves and gained lots of top tips from the coaches.
On Sunday, 28 Toppers (including 13 Chew boats) enjoyed champagne conditions for the 2014 Open Meeting.
Racing got underway early with two races before lunch in 9 – 13mph breeze and factor 30 sunshine. James Hollis of Bartley SC took the early lead with a 1st and a 3rd closely followed by Hugo Hanson with a 4th and 1st. Chew boats were also in the mix with Kieran Moore leading the way and Murray Scott hot on his heels.
After lunch a further two races in slightly more breeze and yet more sunshine completed the series. James Bartley showed consistent form to record a 5th and 1st, equally consistent was Ellie Hutchings of Roadford recorded a good series with a 4th and a 2nd, securing 1st and 2nd overall respectively. Chew Boats were well represented in the final results with 4 boats in the top 10, led by Kieran Moore in 3rd.
Six Topper 4.2’s raced alongside the full rigs with some really close racing amongst the younger sailors with Miles Ripley at 9 years old and Eleanor Cooke, 10 years, competing in their first Open Meeting.
Lots of prizes courtesy of Rooster were enjoyed by competitors throughout the fleet, with special awards for those competing in their first Open event.
1st: James Hollis (Bartley SC)
1st 4.2: Noah Sheriff (Chew Valley LSC)
By Nick Martindale
Chew youngsters enjoy August Antics
This year's August Antics held over the bank holiday weekend was a big hit with 32 young Chew sailors who took part. The three days of coaching, fun and games on the water for sailors aged eight to twelve was blessed with good weather and winds of 5-15kts each day. High quality instruction was delivered by the Chew Dinghy Instructors and Assistant Dinghy Instructors, supported by RYA Coach Anna Piggott who ran the training for the Toppers on Sunday. Full use was made of the club's Optibats, Teras and Toppers, with each child helming their own boat. Some were also lucky enough to have an exciting ride on a Windrider trimaran thanks to the CLADS.
By Richard Hole
Chew juniors excel at the feva Worlds
Four Chew RS Fevas competed in the 184 boat Allen RS Feva World Championships in Carnac, France during the last week of July. For half the crews this was their first World Championships, for others it was their second or third. The competition has increased over the last few years and this year 18 countries were represented, with 5 nations making it into the Top 10.
Laser UK Masters Nationals 2014 18-20th July
A report from Hamish Fowler
Peter Sherwin Grand Master Champion 2014
Steve Smith – 3rd Radial
Julian Cooke – 4th Master
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