KSSA Promoting Youth Sailing in Kent
KSSA event




On arrival at Bough Beech reservoir things were looking good, I had a nice boat courtesy of father, there was a nice breeze freshening the air courtesy of our Holy Father. There was one problem however, I did not have a helm. In my experience from when Andrew has made un –planned exits from the boat, RS 400’s are not overly quick without a helm.

Phil Kennard was due to stir, but leading the jet set lifestyle he does when I arrived at Bough Beech he was not technically in the country, having been sailing in Lake Garda the week before. After our first contact at half past nine and Phil was still in baggage I decided it might be a good plan to rig the Laser as a last resort!

Phil held up the morning briefing as the senior members of the association decided to wait for him so he could be awarded the chairman’s cup.

The first race was underway by eleven thirty in a steady force three occasionally gusting four. The shifting winds did not favour the trapeze boats, Lucy Heather seemed at home in the conditions as she showed the boys in toppers the way round the course winning the first race overall on handicap.

After lunch the breeze had increased to a pretty constant force four to five with the shifts coming through even more violent than before. Thriving in the stronger winds Chris Catt and Kate Todd streaked to victory in the 29er.

In the third and final race the wind had once again increased with regular force five gusts coming through, It was now the turn of Phil and I to perform in the now heavy conditions.

A good day was had by all, I think!?

Overall results; Robert Waite (Topper) 3rd, Lucy Heather (Topper) 2nd, Phil Kennard and Richard Turnill (RS 400) 1st. Lucy and Mark Heather also won the first school prize for Leigh CTC. So Lucy, how many times have you beaten Mark in recent times?

Thank you to all that helped to make the day so successful, especially those who waited for Phil to arrive in the morning. Good luck to Kate, Phil and Michael who sailed their last KSSA regatta.

Richard Turnill