KSSA Promoting Youth Sailing in Kent

KSSA Regatta Whitstable YC


A successful year for Kent Young sailors after winning the Team Cup at the nationals at Great  Yarmouth  earlier this Summer, the Kent Team were pleased to meet up again to compete in some excellent, exciting racing at Whitstable.

On Saturday, 10th September, 26 boats from 8 different Kent Sailing Clubs were road towed by supportive adults to Whitstable Yacht  Club on the North Kent Coast. The wind was building all the time from a more gentle SW 12 mph to over 20 mph by the late morning and predicted to increase further. The RO decided on 3 races back to back, so boats were quickly rigged and young people changed into sailing gear ready for the Briefing. The great thing about the KSSA events is the range of ages (13-18years),the mixed fleet of Lasers, Toppers, Fevers, a 29er, Tera and Topaz,the range of abilities from superstars to those in their first year of racing ,all racing against each other on a handicap course.

At the start of the briefing our invited guest,The Chairman of Kent County Council Tom Gates, gave Kent Sailing colours to 3 young Laser sailors who have all achieved an inspirational standard In Sailing . 
Stan Chick ( Clarendon  and Chatham House Grammar, Ramsgate)
Pierce Seward (Dane Court Grammar, Broadstairs)
Imogen Cage-White (Kent College, Canterbury )

The conditions for launching were really good with a falling neap tide, an offshore wind and plenty of room on the foreshore to leave boat trolleys. All boats were on time and the sea state was moderate until the turn of the tide.

The starts on each of the three races were timed to perfection by the lead boats and the competition amongst the lasers was intense! The Laser 4.7 and the Radials appeared to have an advantage over the full rig and could power up in the strong winds. As the wind strength increased so did the number of capsizes and the 6 rescue boats were kept extremely busy. The coaches encouraged the novice sailors in their Toppers and most of them achieved 2 races. The intrepid Dyer brothers in their 29er had a sequence of capsizes on the last leg of the third race when the wind gusts were really strong, the sea more turbulent and they had a rigging problem. Once sorted they flew across the finishing line!

A full set of results can be read on the KSSA website, but here are the first 6 places.
1st    Max Sellar  Laser 4.7 Whitstable Yacht Club
2nd.  Emma Crane. Laser Radial. Bewl Valley Sailing Club
3rd    Stan Chick. Laser . Broadstairs Sailing Club
4th.   Michael and Sam Dyer. 29er. Herne Bay Sailing Club.
5th.   Joseph Lord. Laser Radial. Downs Sailing Club.
6th.  Harry Tee. Laser. Herne Bay Sailing Club

The KSSA Committee would like to thank Neale Farr Regatta Organiser, Sam Chick OOD, Dave Ellis RO, Sarah White Registration, Tim Seward Lead Rescue, Deb.Thomas Prizes etc, Olly Cage White and Dani Juden Coaching , Mike Smailes results, Marion Smailes tally board,  Mark Breare, Martyn Styles, Phil Cope for their general  and generous support.

Huge Thanks too, to Whitstable Sailing Club for hosting this event , supplying rescue boats with crews, a fabulous committee boat and crew, and brilliant all-day catering for such a large number of sailors, helpers and parents!
Elena Settefield.
KSSA ViceCommodore.


PS The Chairman’s Cup was presented to Elena for her many years of dedication and commitment for which we are all very grateful.

Deborah Thomas

KSSA Commodore

Special thanks to Mark Breare, Martyn Styles, Phil Cope, Andrew Baker for their general  and generous support.