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KSSA Regatta 2015

On Saturday, 12 th September, Broadstairs Sailing Club hosted the Annual KSSA Regatta for Young Kent Sailors. In spite of the off -putting weather forecast , 29 Sailors took part, with the majority sailing single handed boats such as Lasers( Radial and 4.7) and Toppers. In testing winds of 15-22 knots, strong tides and high waves, the elite sailors forged ahead...after all Kent was the winning team at the National Schools Sailing Association Regatta at Rutland in July and we have some very competent young helms.

For those who were less experienced in such conditions, coping with the strong tidal surge from the Goodwins, was almost too demanding, but with 6 ribs, all with coaching personnel on board everyone gained coastal experience from their day at the seaside! There were frequent capsizes, that were swiftly attended by the patrol boats, but in the majority of cases the boats were righted unaided.

The event was handicap racing with 2 races before lunch and 2 after.

1st -Pierce Seward Laser 4.7 Broadstairs SC who won the RTYC Trophy as Winner Overall
2nd - Sam and Michael Dyer RS Feva Herne Bay SC - Marsh Trophy
3rd -Toby Freeland Laser Radial Downs SC. Borough Deal Cup
4th - George Hyett Laser Radial Downs SC.
5th - Stanley Chick Broadstairs SC
6th. - Imogen Cage-White. Laser 4.7. Broadstairs SC. Cup for first Female Helm.
7th - Peter Freeland. Laser 4.7.

Finlay Adamson won the Steed Cup for the 1st Topper.
Alex Head the best under 14 years trophy.
Sir Roger Manwoods School won the Whitstable YC School Team Cup.

The Chairman of Kent County Council, Michael Harrison presented the very coveted Chairmans cup to Toby Freeland for his successes in both National and local events helming a variety of boats, with recognition about his valuable help in training younger sailors.

Broadstairs Sailing Club were brilliant hosts for this event and everything from meeting and greeting, the galley, the committee boat, the beach mastering, the race officers and staff, the computing of results shows that a lot of planning went into this excellent event. Thank you to everyone involved, KSSA Let's read a comment about the day's sailing from the overall winner Pierce Seaward.