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HRSC RS Tera Southern Championships

Published 12:42 on 4 Jul 2023

HRSC RS Tera Southern Championships - Race Report

Hamble River Sailing Club welcomed 39 racing Teras for their Southern Area championships over the weekend of 10 th /11 th of June. The visitors arrived from as far west as Fowey and as far north as Uxbridge, but it was the contingent from Gurnard SC that dominated the Tera Sports Division the Pro Division was led by Frensham Pond, however, the next four places were hotly contested. Day one had a very shifty wind direction which was very unpredictable which gave both race management and the competitors plenty to consider however, the wind strength varying between 10 to 15 knots enabled 4 races to be completed. Casius Day finished day one with 7 points leading Will Harris on 13, with Jasper Jenkinson and Raff Bradley on 14 and 16 respectively leaving all to play for in the Sports Division. The Pro fleet were also close with Will Stratton-Brown from Frensham leading local Hamble Sailor Alex Saunders by 3 points closely followed by Oliver Smith from Gurnard on 17.

Sunday's weather was light and almost from a reciprocal direction from the previous days racing. The contestants started racing on time in testing variable light conditions. The race management team managed to get 3 races in before time ran out. The Pro fleet held there previous day positions Will Stratton-Brown increasing his lead over Alex Saunders to 9 points, although Oliver Smith narrowed Alex's lead over him to one point. Sports fleet first 8 places going to Gurnard Sailors were only interrupted by Zoe Lomas-Clarke from Frensham Pond SC in 5 th. Casius Day won his division by 4 points over Will Hains. Well done the Southern area Champions and indeed Gurnard with such a successful and large turn out.

The Train and Race regatta fleet for Tera sailors newer to racing saw 12 sailor training and competing under the watchful eye of coaches Catlin and Marnie. Training started on land Saturday morning looking at boat setup and how to use this to ensure good speed on the water followed by some top coaching tips to perfect starts and being the first off the line. After a quick lunch on land sailors headed out into the river to put those skills into practice before starting the first day of racing. Day 2 allowed for a morning of coaching on the land to work on skills identified during Saturday's racing before heading out on the water and squeezing in the last of the races to complete the series before ensuring there was time for silly sailing races that included sailing round the course standing up whilst trying not to fall in. All sailors in the regatta fleet went home winners with everyone getting a medal and the knowledge of how to improve their results for their next racing event.

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