An impressive turnout of twelve juniors from Llangorse SC went afloat on Saturday with 20+ others from around south and west Wales for the next round in the South Wales CYRC (club’s youth racing circuit) series. The breeze filled in right on time and gradually built throughout the day giving a great introduction to sea sailing for many of our juniors, some of whom were only racing for the second ever time, having learnt to sail earlier this year!
In the Optimist class Tom James was out of the blocks strongly with wins in the first two races, just pipping Béa Sparks – both of them edging in front of gold fleet sailors for an impressive start to the weekend. Osian James improved all weekend too and will be one to watch in the future – all three making it a Llangorse podium in the Optimist regatta division. Tom 1st overall, Béa 2nd , Osian 3rd – congratulations all.
In the Topper class a big turnout made for great racing and it was a very strong fleet. At the front of the fleet Ben Willett took the first race from Duncan Lloyd-Evans; then in the second, Duncan shook himself off to take the win from Ollie Vowles putting Ben into third; then in the third race as the ebb tide began to build taking sailors back away from the start-line Aled Llewelyn-Jones was able to capitalise being the first to tack away to the favoured right side, while the others got boxed in going left from the pin… Only a handful of points separated them after race four where Ben, Duncan and Aled made up the first three finishers but any of the top four could still win as they went into a fifth race in strengthening breeze. Ben’s third win of the day in race 5 sealed it overall, with Duncan 2nd, Aled 3rd and Ollie 4th in the final standings. Just behind them Miles Everett was continuing his great run of form, sparring with Thomas Willett who’d moved up to the 5.3 class for this event. With Maddie Vowles and Luc James also in the mix along with many of their friends from Mumbles, CBYC and Llandegfedd, there were closely fought battles throughout the fleet. Thomas’ consistency earned him 5th overall, Miles 6th, Luc 8th and Maddie 10th – putting seven Llangorse sailors in the top ten overall. Not to be outdone, James Laurie-Chiswell worked hard throughout the day too in constant battle with club mates as well as friends from Llandegfedd SC and Mumbles YC putting himself into a very impressive 15th overall in his first racing event on the sea. Also racing for the first time at an away venue Gwyn Jones and Ollie Smoult from our Club made up the top placings in the Topper Regatta division. Racing off the same start as all the others they rubbed shoulders with some very experienced racers and in some cases showed them around the course too! Ollie led the 4.2 sailors to mark 1 several times and won the regatta division outright while Gwyn also found his form, eventually taking a very creditable 2nd place overall.
The general handicap fleet with Lasers and 420s completed the spectacle and parents sat in the sunshine enjoying coffee and the fine views of the racing in the bay before normal business resumed as sailors came back ashore: Once the boats were packed, pockets were emptied of all available cash and the sailors loaded up with ice-creams ready for the prize giving in the evening sun.
Full results can be found here
Sailing photos afloat courtesy of Mumbles Yacht Club, thank you.