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Youth Lasers - News

Youth Lasers - News

Papercourt Open

Burghfield Youth Laser Success at Papercourt

Seven young Laser sailors travelled to Papercourt last Sunday (29th April 2018) to take part in the Papercourt Laser Open, part of the Thames Valley Laser Grand Prix Series. It was a great day for Burghfield, with our sailors taking home just under half the prizes.

Typical gusty, shifty conditions prevailed at Papercourt, keeping sailors on their toes and eyes out the boat, looking for the pressure.

In the 4.7 fleet, David Calder dominated the morning’s races, taking two bullets, (even beating some of the Radials), but had to leave at lunch, leaving the top spot to play for in the afternoon. Oli Woodley and James Barrett battled it out in the afternoon, with a first and a second each.

Moving up a rig, the Radial fleet was closely contested between Douglas Calder and James Hall (Papercourt), each counting two firsts and a second, with Calder narrowly beating Hall on countback.

For some of Burghfield’s sailors, this was their first experience of an open meeting and a special mention goes to Henry Allen and Alex McCorquodale-Cruise.

Many thanks to Mark Stevens, Connie Stevens and Douglas Calder for coordinating this trip and briefing ‘Team Burghfield’.

Burghfield Results:

1st Radial: Douglas Calder
8th Radial: Connie Stevens

1st 4.7: Oli Woodley
2nd 4.7: James Barrett
3rd 4.7: David Calder
4th 4.7: Henry Allen
6th 4.7: Alex McCorquodale-Cruise

29/30 September 2007

RYA Zone champs

RYA Zone Championships - Grafham Water

Jake Bullock travelled (though that should read battled given the appalling travelling conditions on Friday night!) North to join 47 other Laser 4.7s at the RYA Zone Championships in Grafham over the weekend. This event is also the second National squad selection event for the 4.7s.

The event had fleets of Optimists. Toppers, Fevas and Cadets (several classes included a number of well known ex and current Optimist sailors). The optimists and Laser 4.7s shared the same course.

3 races were sailed on Saturday in steady but very shifty 10 - 15 knots, bright sunshine with intermittent rain, with a further 2 planned for Sunday.

The 4.7s started the first race with a general recall. Each subsequent race started under the black flag (which still managed to catch a handful out).

Jake sailed well all day, counting two 21sts at the end of day one, to place him in a very credible 26th overall, against some very tough competition.

Sunday, the sailors descended on the club, under blue skies but frosty conditions (4 degrees - here comes winter!) and absolutely no wind! After a 1 hour postponement, and with no wind forecast for the rest of the day, racing was eventually abandoned at 12 noon.

Full results from the RYA

15th/16th September, 2007

Lasers at Poole

Poole Youth Regatta

A record 5 Burghfield Laser 4.7s joined the travelling Oppie Armada last weekend at the Poole Yacht Club Junior and Youth regatta. This gave the young sailors valuable experience in dealing with both sea sailing and big fleet racing, with some 25 4.7s competing.

Saturday was a day of warm sunshine and light winds. Initially the fleet was held onshore waiting for some wind, which did eventually arrive and the three planned races were achieved. Starts in the 4.7 fleet were competitive with many general recalls and increasing use of the black flag. The best Burghfield result of the day was a creditable 5th by Jake in the 3rd race.

Sunday again started windless, but when the wind did arrive it was much stronger and increased throughout the day. Burghfield’s 4.7s did well in the tougher conditions with all 5 finishing all three of the races. Andrew learnt a hard lesson in the second race when along with 7 other 4.7s he was caught over the line on a black flag start. Nick showed great determination in the third race to continue and finish and despite a number of energy sapping swims on the downwind legs. Jake again achieved the best Burghfield result of the weekend, by coming 3rd in the second race.

7thJake Bullock
11thOwen Gibson
17thTom Dawes
18thAndrew Bickerton
22ndNick Dawes

Full Results...

8th/9th September, 2007

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Hayling Island ladder Event

Two Burghfield 4.7s travelled to Hayling Island at the weekend for the penultimate Laser 4.7 ladder event. The event had attracted a strong entry of 50 Laser 4.7s, making this a great experience for Burghfield’s young 4.7 sailors. The racing was held outside the harbour in Hayling bay, so the first challenge was to sail from the club, out through the mouth of Chichester harbour and across to the racing area !

Fortunately the tide was ebbing and the wind direction was favourable. The organisers clearly had safety well under control, plenty of RIBs, a tagging system, and even a brief on what to do if fog arrived.
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The first race on Saturday in a light but steady breeze was to be the best race of the day for both Jake and Andrew, with creditable 15th and 18th places respectively. The size of the course was quite an eye-opener for those not used to sailing on the open sea. The second and third races were both held over a slightly shorter course in fading wind conditions. Jake unfortunately was caught over the line in the second race and ended up having to count this as his discard. Andrew dropped down the fleet to 35th. The third race saw Jake finishing 25th and Andrew 48th, his worst result of the weekend. Finally after over 5 hours out on the water the fleet returned back to the club aided by the now flooding tide.
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Sunday morning brought light and fluky winds and the fleet was held onshore until the flood tide had eased sufficiently to allow the 4.7s a chance of sailing out against the tide. Once out in the race area, the race officer again held the fleet because of a lack of wind. They were however well placed to watch a drama at sea unfold, when a large motor yacht caught fire near by and burnt ferociously for an hour or two until it eventually sank!

In the early afternoon the wind, albeit light, did eventually arrive and the final two races were held. The first race saw Jake and Andrew in 32nd and 35th respectively. The second race was to prove better for the duo with Jake 16th and Andrew 21st. Again it had been another day of over 5 hours out on the water. The final result saw Jake in 27th place and Andrew 31st.

Created on 12/09/2007 09:33 PM by Ian Bullock
Updated on 05/05/2018 11:11 PM by Douglas Calder
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