Boat Transport to Riva Del Garda
We are trying to find the most cost effective way to transport Toppers to Riva Del Garda for The Worlds in July of 2015.
In order to do this we need an idea of what sailors are planning to travel to Lake Garda and would be interested in using arranged group transport of Toppers from Ireland to Lake Garda and home again. If you are possibly interested in this option, please email Annamarie at Annamarie@excellentchoice.ie
4.2 Virtual Rigger Summer Championship – UK Nationals,
Pwllheli Sailing Club – Wales
By - Jenna McCarlie, 47097 (480),
County Antrim Yacht Club. Whitehead. Northern Ireland
The Virtual Rigger Summer Championships started on Sunday 3rd August with some 33 boats entered. This was my second time competing in the Summer Championships when in 2013 at WPNSA, I finished 3rd overall (1st Lady) and was keen to go up the table. I remembered some names from last year and was pleased to see them all again.
Knowing that the forecast was to be strong winds the first day was postponed with AP over 3 displayed in the morning and further AP over A later that day so we were all told to come back the next day ready for racing. Time to head to the Beach instead!!!
Each morning we were given a briefing in the Marquee with the 5.3 sailors and then separately from 4.2 coaches and PRO Kate Jones & Jim. Their instructions and pointers were great throughout the week.
We tried to get racing as soon as we got afloat each day with 2 races in the morning with lunch ashore and then back afloat for more races. Over the week we completed 13 races.
It was noticeable how much the wind increased with the sea breeze factor had on the size of the waves. Where I sail in Whitehead (CAYC ) which is on the entrance to Belfast Lough the waves and swell can get up to 2 metres. I felt happy and really enjoyed the experience of sailing in waves, practicing and using wave techniques to keep my boat going fast. Racing was very competitive throughout the week and all the girls on the results table started to pull away from the boys which was great, with one point of the week being 1st to 5th were all girls!!
On Friday 8th August the last day of racing I was sitting in second place behind Rachel McCluskey who was so consistent throughout the week and we had great competitive racing together all week. The wind was very light and even though we went afloat, racing was postponed to allow the wind to fill in. I said to myself – I had to sail to the best of my ability to get into 1st place and see how other results came about. The wind picked up from around 1100 and Kate Jones (PRO) set a windward / leeward course which was great given the wind direction and strength. I won all the races on the Friday and managed to take the Championship by 1 point. I was so pleased and excited when I came ashore
After we all came ashore all sailors were given a review by their coaches on their weeks sailing and then onto the Prize giving in the Giant Marquee. It was so exciting to go up onto the podium and be cheered by all those other sailors at the event.
If I was to give advice to new sailors competing for their first time in this event would be to always feel confident, always be prepared, never give up until crossing the finish line on the last race because you don't know what will happen and most importantly enjoy every minute of it!
Overall Traveller Results for 2015 now online!
Results from Traveller No.5 in Blessington also online
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Thank you to Simon McIlwaine
SLYC - Traveller No.4 and Team Racing Weekend
Strangford LoughYC attracted a record 92 boats for the penultimate Topper Traveller event of the year; the competitors were treated to sparkling seas, blue skies and a brisk force 4 which the leading boats revelled in, and was just past the comfort zone of some of the youngest and smallest sailors. For the ?th year a charity team racing event was held the day before, raising a stunning £1200 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. 36 sailors in 12 teams sailed a round Robin event across two leagues, with a knockout final series in the afternoon. This event had attracted more than 36 entrants, and so the Topper Class quickly arranged a training session for the those who missed a team racing place. The final was contested by the indelicately named Butt Hawks, featuring 3 of Ireland's most successful topper sailors this year - Conor Quinn (Carlingford), Geoff Power (Waterford) and Andrew Mitchell (Whitehead). Their opposition was "The Beauty and her Beasts" with SLYC sailors Peter Gilmore and Juliette Kennedy with visiting sailor from Royal Harwich YC, Ollie Dixon. The Hawks were slick performers and in the second race an over enthusiastic roll tack with capsize spelled the end of the SLYC challenge. Saturday night brought everyone together for a meal and craic in the clubhouse, allowing the charity raffle ticket sellers to run riot.
Three races on Sunday run from "Stack Polly" by PRO PJ Gault were closely contested by four adversaries who have battled against each other all year. This time it was only one point that separated them, finishing Conor Quinn first, then Ross Morgan from Skerries, Peter Gilmore and Geoff Power separated on count back in that order. Jenny Fekkes took the top lady prize in great style, whilst it was Erin McIlwaine from Newcastle who dominated the 4.2 smaller rig fleet, with three bullets.
Thank you to the approximately 70 club members who helped run a safe and successful weekend, led by the indefatigable Heather Gilmore!
RYANI Topper Junior Squad Applications Now Open
Please be advised that applications to the RYANI Topper Junior Squad is now available through http://www.ryani.org.uk/?q=juniorsquad