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Kent Student Sailors make a Splash on the Medway

 

The Kent Schools Sailing Association ‘Opening Splash’ Regatta took place at Wilsonian Sailing Club on the Medway estuary on Saturday April 21st. There were bright skies and the light winds caused challenges for the student sailors and organisers alike.

 

24 boats entered the regatta and were disappointed to get no morning racing because of the very light winds and the strong spring tide. Over lunch the wind increased slightly and two races around a triangular course were possible.

 

The competitive start of the first race saw Chloe Martin (Bough Beech) over the start line early in her Lazer Radial so despite her strong racing she was not placed. This left the field in the first race open for Callum McKenzie (Bewl Valley) and Paul Turnill (Bewl Valley) to battle it out for first and second in their standard rig Lazers. In the Topper class Stephanie Wilson (Wilsonian) just managed to overcome the challenge of Jonathan Hewat (Medway) to be first home in this class.

 

Chloe Martin was well positioned at the start of the second race and stormed off the line. She kept up with the standard rig Lazers and claimed first place once allowance was made for handicaps. Callum Mckenzie and Paul Turnill were again fighting it out at the front of the fleet and tied for second place on handicap. Again Stephanie Wilson dominated the Topper class fleet of 15 boats to be first home in the class and fourth overall.

 

As the afternoon wore on the wind dropped again so no more racing was possible. This meant that overall Callum Mckenzie narrowly won the regatta from Paul Tunhill. Jack Turnbull (Redoubt) was third in his Streaker. Stephanie Wilson was first in the Toppers and fourth overall. It was a tough day for the double handers and Alec Rogers and Arron Smith (Wilsonian) were first double hander home in their 29er and 16th overall.