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The 2009 NSSA Regatta was hosted by the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club and sailed off South Beach in Bridlington Bay.

The 2009 NSSA Regatta was hosted by the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club and sailed off  South Beach in  Bridlington Bay.

This years Kent Team consisted of 19 sailors sailing 16 boats. In Toppers we had Charlotte Fenn, Dan Fenn, Chris Thomas, Mark Thomas, Louis Knevett, Sebastian Hansell and Tom Goodey. Rookies were Tom Hatcher and Olivia Goodey. Laser Radials were Richard Thomas, Elliot Piper-Brown, James Blackman and Tom Marks. Fast Handicap was Nathan and Zara Brazil and the slow handicap was Atticus Hansell, Jo Pearson-Farr, Kirstie Greenslade and Jennifer Pearson-Farr

The event was split into 6 fleets. The Radials shared a course with the Lasers offshore at the North end of the beach with the Fast and Slow fleets sharing an offshore course in the South. The toppers had their own offshore course straight off the landing area with the Rookies having an inshore course with coaching during the action.

The first morning saw many of the kids up and about early – the camp site was buzzing with excitement for the days racing ahead. Once breakfast had been consumed and the washing up had been done we all headed to the beach to check over the boats and break into fleets to brief the sailors on the days sailing. As became typical for the week the wind was a fresh 4 building to a 5 to 6. Later in the week the weather gods threw in rain and electrical storms just to keep it interesting! Day 1 saw the main fleets managing 3 races. The exception to this was the rookies who only had the opportunity to complete 2. Top performances for the day were credited to Charlotte Fenn, Dan Fenn, Tom Goodey, Richard Thomas, Nathan and Zara Brazil, Atticus Hansell and Jo Pearson-Farr, Louis Knevett, Chris Thomas, Kirstie Greenslade and Jennifer Pearson-Farr.

Tuesday was very much a repeat of Monday with the wind building as the day went on with all fleets getting in 2 races. This brought the Radials, Fast, Slow and Toppers up to 5 races and the Rookies to 4. It was a mixed bag of results for many sailors with Charlotte Fenn, Tom Goodey, Tom Hatcher, Kirstie Greenslade and Jennifer Pearson-Farr putting in consistent results.

Racing was cancelled on Wednesday due to exceptionally high winds. Unfortunately this meant that the Mount Hayes and the Allcomers race were cancelled, although the Single Hander race was postponed to Friday.

Thursday again saw building winds – seeming to appear from the moment the sailors left the beach! On this day the Topper and Rookie fleets only managing one race each. With the Radials and Handicap fleets managing 2 races before racing was postponed for the day. We saw a change in fortune at the front of the fleets with Dan Fenn, Louis Knevett, Sebastian Hansell, Olivia Goodey, Nathan and Zara Brazil getting great results on day 4.

We awoke on Friday to blue sky’s for our final day with the race management team planning to get all the main fleets to 9 races. The wind started to build as it had done on previous days – however with 3 days of heavy weather racing under their belts the Kent sailors coped with the conditions with ease. With the team focused on the last day there were excellent performances by Tom Goodey, Louis Knevett, Mark Thomas, Richard Thomas, Nathan and Zara Brazil, Tom Hatcher, Charlotte Fenn, Elliot Piper-Brown, Tom Marks, James Blackman, Atticus Hansell and Jo Pearson-Farr. Following a short break in the afternoon the Single Handed trophy race was run with Tom Goodey turning in a respectable 2nd place following a hard days racing.

Over the week all of our sailors recorded consistent results plus a number of first places. The exceptional performance of every member of the Kent team resulted in the Team Trophy coming to Kent.

My thanks go to all the Parents who gave their time to support the event.

Look forward to seeing you all at Datchet in 2010.



Thanks…………..Neale Farr



Overall Fleet Results



Fast Handicap - Nathan & Zara Brazil 4th

Slow Handicap - Kirstie Greenslade & Jennifer Pearson-Farr 10th

Slow Handicap – Atticus Hansell & Johanna Pearson-Farr 12th

Laser Radial – Richard Thomas 5th

Laser Radial – Elliot Piper-Brown 8th

Laser Radial – James Blackman 14th

Laser Radial – Thomas Marks 18th

Topper – Charlotte Fenn 2nd

Topper – Thomas Goodey 4th

Topper – Dan Fenn 6th

Topper – Louis Knevett 7th

Topper – Sebastian Hansell 10th

Topper – Chris Thomas 11th

Topper – Mark Thomas 13th

Rookie – Tom Hatcher 5th

Rookie – Olivia Goodey 16th