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 Junior Racing Regatta, 20th June 2005 at Tonbridge Town Sailing Club.

The forecast was very hot and light airs. We arrived to find not only the predicted sunshine but also a cooing south easterly 5 to 10 knot breeze. It was ideal conditions for junior racing.

The race officers, Danny and Katie Martin, gave a short briefing, wasting no time to ensure that we made the best use of the wind. Eight Toppers from Trinity School and Bewl Valley hit the line at 10:30 to start the first of a tightly contested 11 race series.

Tom Blachford from Trinity School had a narrow lead at the lunch time break from Andrew Pickard from Bewl Valley and fellow school mates David Spedding and Jamie Hemmingway from Trinity. With the wind holding up, the afternoon progressed with Andrew Pickard and Mark Purkis from Bewl Valley putting in some good finishes to close the gap on the leader, but wins in the last two races eventually saw Tom Blachford a comfortable winner of the Appentice Master Trophy with Mark Purkis aged 10 in third place winning the Chesworth Trophy for best young sailor.

My thanks goes to Tonbridge Town Sailing Club for providing the venue and wonderful weather, Danny and Katie for setting good courses, keeping the event moving and giving feedback to the sailors and to all the sailors themselves who worked hard to improve their performances throughout the day.

John Martin