Llangorse Juniors strong at Draycote…

The Topper National Series 1 event took place last weekend at Draycote Water SC with a big turnout from Llangorse’s juniors.  The racing was like a game of snakes and ladders, with a fresh northerly breeze coming off the nearby shoreline on Saturday.  Despite some big sustained shifts the race officer completed five excellent races back-to-back for main fleet, calling it a day just before 5pm.  Then on Sunday the mirror calm eventually gave way to a steady 5 knots from the west enabling one final race before abandoning all further sailing for the weekend.  With the final race becoming very patchy the race continued, with some sailors climbing the ladder, others finding the snakes.

Highlight of the weekend was a double-bullet for Llangorse!  No club has done this as far as we know.  Ben Willett sailing in the blue flight won race 5 pulling into the lead and defending an upwind finish from two sailors close on his heels; while in the red flight of race 5 Duncan Lloyd-Evans also took the win with a carbon-copy defence of his lead upwind to the finish line.  Competition is tight and the win wasn’t certain until protest-time had elapsed so the achievement hadn’t really sunk in until Sunday morning but it pulled them both up the ladder to 5th and 19threspectively.  Elsewhere, it was clear just how competitive our Llangorse sailors are becoming: Getting into or close to the top 100 at these events is a huge achievement with so many sailors in squads and putting in so many hours of training.  With seven sailors inside the top 100, a number stepping up to main fleet from the 4.2 class for this event and banking some impressive results, all of our club sailors can all be immensely proud.  Competing against the best in the country the overall results after six races stacked up as follows:

Ben Willett                       7th

Duncan Lloyd-Evans          19th

Aled Llewleyn-Jones          47th

Ollie Vowles                      65th

Tommy Willett                  92nd

Miles Everett                    94th

Georgia Phillips                99th

Luc James                        101st

Aimee Stephenson            105th

Maddie Vowles                 115th


Well done all!  This weekend we have the Welsh Zone Championships where they’ll be joined by many of our Optimist sailors, youth Laser sailors and a few more of our Topper sailors too.  Cardiff Bay Yacht Club play host for this big championship and news of squad places for 2016 / 2017 will soon follow.  Good luck to you all and keep having fun!