Match Report
Sedbergh School Boys-U18A vs  tbc
On: Saturday, 02 Oct 2021
Venue: Away

S.Gunning 2nd youth and Radial

P. Briot 1st 4.7 and 3rd youth

“SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST”

Final event of Laser Lakeland and Borders Grand prix series – Oct 2nd – Ullswater Yacht Club

After 6 months and 13 events it was not entirely clear who was going to win overall – the forecast promised plenty of wind in contrast to many of the events this year. However the wind was paying us back in spades….. of 30 competitors, only 13 managed to finish even a one lap race. At one stage I looked out over the fleet and well over half the boats were capsized simultaneously. The Race officer took the prudent decision to abandon racing after this one race especially given that it took over an hour to retrieve all the sailors and boats.

Sam Gunning (E ) was keen to improve his scoreline and if possible, beat his nearest rival in the youth and radial class – which he duly did, since she retired without completing the race and his final place was better than one of his previous races so he could discard his worst score. Sam Sancar (W) was keen to complete a series by competing in four events which he duly did. Jan Theymann (SH) on only his second competition in the Laser was keen just to build up his experience. Even with the smallest sail he had to retire but was notable in the hour or so he spent up to his waist in water helping others as they arrived back at safety to retrieve their boats. All three of them commented how “impossible” it was to sail with massive gusts accompanied by 90 degree windshifts!

Overall Sam Gunning came 9th in the series (after a tie break with MPR) and was wnd placed radial and youth. Sam Sancar was 12th in the overall series. Interestingly Pierre Briot (SH/OS) who completed his series in the summer term came 11th overall, but first in the 4.7 rig and 3rd youth.

The sailing squad’s final competitive outing of 2021 will be at the RN CCF National Regatta at Southport where we will attempt to retain our National honours from 2019.