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Optimist Open

Optimist Open

IOCA South Regional Regatta, April 2018: Entry Open

The inaugural IOCA South Regaional Regatta will take place at Burghfield Sailing Club on 28th April 2018.

The event is open to all Optimist Regatta sailors. Sailors who attended the Spinnaker or Thames Valley winter training will be automatically enetered for the event. All other sailors should enter via the link below.

Further Details, NOR and Enter HERE

Burghfield Winter Optimist Open, March 2018: Entry Open

The Burghfield Winter Optimist Open will be on 3rd March 2018.

Further details, NOR, Sailing Instructions and Entry available HERE.

Burghfield Winter Optimist Open, February 2017

The Burghfield Winter Optimist Open will be on 25th February 2017. For further information and to enter, Click Here

Burghfield Winter Optimist Open, 2013

The Burghfield Winter Optimist Open will be on 26th January 2013. For further information and to enter, Click Here
2012 Oppie Open

Burghfield Winter Optimist Open, 2012


The popular Open race meeting finally went ahead after a two week postponement due to the big freeze. Fortunately, the day saw a continuous force 3 with some mighty blasts to thrill those who took advantage of them and spill those who did not see them coming. With 40 boats entered in the Main Fleet and 11 boats entered in the Regatta Fleet, competition was going to be tough to get into the medals.

A breeze from the South West allowed the race officer, Ian Bullock, to set a course with a long beat the whole length of the lake. He commented that apart from a couple of minor mishaps there was some very good sailing throughout the three races sailed in the day.

The First prize for the main fleet went to George Ford from Royal Lymington Yacht club with Milo Gill-Taylor from Spinnaker / RLymYC and Joshua Haynes from Trent Valley SC picking up 2nd and 3rd.

Special mention should be made of Hannah Brant who, in 4th place, was the lead boat from the Burghfield SC Sailors and also picked up the shield for first prize from the IOCA(UK)Thames Valley Area.

The Regatta Fleet went to Benji Daniel from Papercourt SC with Benjamin Wood from Bowmoor SC and James Hall from Papercourt SC in 2nd and 3rd.

Sailors from the regatta fleet showed some sailing skills worthy of the main fleet and, at the same time, learnt the importance of depowering the sail by loosening the sprit and tightening the kicker. We look forward to seeing their progress.

Photos taken by Alex Irwin can be viewed on his website:

Main Fleet
Regatta Fleet

(Rear Commodore Sailing)

Burghfield Sailing Club

Burghfield Optimist Open, 2011

16 July 2011 CANCELLED
Event web page Click Here

Optimist Open 2010

Date: Saturday 6th February, 2010

Burghfield Optimist Open Meeting 31 January 2009

On Saturday 31st January, 168 young sailors braved a bitterly cold easterly wind of between 13 and 18 knots.

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Gold Fleet

The Burghfield Optimist Winter Open attracted 50 gold fleet sailors from home clubs as far afield as Restonguet in Cornwall, Portdinorwic in North Wales and Scaling Dam in North Yorkshire.

The gold fleet was made up mainly of sailors from the IOCA National and Intermediate Squads, and the great conditions looked like giving the sailors a great opportunity to put their three months of squad training into practice.
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With the easterly wind allowing the full length of Burghfield to be used, race one got away first time with an S-style course of three beats and two runs with short reaches. The gusty shifty conditions and an island on the first beat made for a number of place changes, but by the windward mark it was very close with nothing between the leading sailors. The second beat saw some of the more established sailors pull back earlier losses as they found clearer conditions and the increasing breeze more to their liking. Out in front, Zoe Parkinson and Aaron Holman were battling for the lead, with Aaron making better use of the shifts and just taking it up the final beat to win race number one.
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With sailors growing in confidence and pushing the line, race two got under way with the black flag catching out three sailors. At the end of the first beat David Pain held a lead of several boat lengths which he kept down the extra loop which took the fleet down a long run back towards the start boat. Over the next two legs Sophie Hamilton gradually reigned in David to draw level as they started the final beat, while some of the fleet were starting to drop off the pace over the longer course and increasingly gusty conditions. The final beat was nip and tuck with Sophie and David tacking on each other to the finish. Sophie eventually took line honours with David second and Josh Sparks in a close third nearly managing to take advantage of their duel, but just unable to pull through.
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It was back to the start and straight into the sequence for race three with the black flag flying again. However, this didn’t stop a general recall and six sailors being caught course side. They got away cleanly second attempt with the same course as race two but with a longer run almost back to the start boat. It was the Hamilton sisters side by side with Issy just holding the inside line round the buoy to start the second beat ahead. Behind them the rest of the fleet closed up down the long run with the second beat almost a re-start. By the end of the third beat the Hamilton sisters had been caught by Matt Whitfield who was now lying second. Up the final beat another tacking duel ensued with Matt managing to pull through to take first place from Sophie second and Issy in third. Tarra Gill-Taylor finished 4th continuing his great set of consistent results.
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After a short lunch ashore and a chance to warm up it was back onto the water for the fourth and final race of the day. With the timing going to plan, a slightly longer course was set comprising of two loops on the middle leg. Tarra Gill-Taylor sailed well up the first beat to round the windward mark in first place closely pursued by a gaggle of other sailors all with a chance for a top place finish. Tarra held his nerve and slightly extended his lead round the next couple of legs, leading the fleet round the tricky extra rounds. Up the penultimate beat Tarra over-stood the port lay-line allowing a couple of boats to come in from the right. It was very close going into the last two legs and at the finish it was David Pain taking the win followed closely by Charlie Cox and Tarra.

With four different winners through the four races it proved to be a highly competitive regatta where consistency paid; the first two finishers both counted results in the top five.
1st 5807 Sophie HAMILTON Burghfield S C
2nd 5789 Tarra GILL-TAYLOR Spinnaker
3rd 5791 David PAIN Cardiff Bay YC
4th 5608 Arran HOLMAN Hollowell
5th 5806 Issy HAMILTON Burghfield S C

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Silver Fleet

The Optimist Winter Open meeting at Burghfield welcomed 70 silver fleet sailors to the club, several traveling from as far a field as Cornwall, North Wales and North Yorkshire to compete in a close fought four race series.

Race one got under way in 2-3 easterly winds on a complex course set across the full length of the water comprising 3 beats, 2 runs and 2 short reaches. Typical Burghfield shifty conditions saw several place changes on all legs of the course, with line honors finally going to Sarah Norbury from South Staffs, followed by James Taylor then Benjamin Waha.

After a short lunch break ashore, the fleet took back to the water in freshening winds for the final three back to back races.
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Race 2 saw a clean start on a more complex course with an extra beat and a run close to the finish. Close racing along the full length of course saw several changes at the front on each beat, with Hugo Andrews from Hayling Island taking line honors followed by Martin Wrigley from Llangorse then Ross Mackey from Spinnaker.

A course change for race 3 incorporated a loop from the first windward mark back to the start, adding an extra long beat and run. A pack comprising Taylor, Wrigley, Doust, Williams and Callum Lambourn from Swarkestone pulled away from the main fleet on the second beat, with Taylor eventually pulling clear to take the win from Wrigley then Williams.
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Keeping the same course, Race 4 saw Sara Doust the lead fleet up the first beat in increasingly cold and shifty conditions. Doust held onto the lead to the finish, fending off several challenges up the final beat, followed by Lambourn then Taylor.

Tight grouping and regular place changes in all four races showed the silver fleet sailors to be evenly matched, but overall, top 3 consistency paid off for James Taylor who claimed first place with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd to count. Sarah Norbury took 2nd with 10pts, with Martin Wrigley 3rd 1pt behind in third.

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A Sailor's View

Last Saturday, the 31st January, the Burghfield Winter Optimist Open took place. It was jolly cold with winds gusting up to 27 knots from the East. Despite the cold and wind most sailors stayed out all day and did very well. I think my fingers would have fallen off if it was much longer! This was probably the biggest club optimist event ever with the 168 competitors split into main fleet and a coached regatta fleet. There were 3 main fleet groups, Gold, Silver and Bronze, with separate starts on the same course who all managed to fit in 4 races which lasted between 30 and 60 minutes. Regatta fleet, sailing on their own course, managed 5 races.

The first race started at 10:30 and was a series of 3 windward leewards along the whole length of the lake, separated by short reaches, with each fleet starting one after the other. Beginning with Silver, each fleet came in separately for a well organised lunch with the other fleets returning to the start for the next race. The wind increased throughout the day causing a few capsizes! With courses lengthened with additional loops and the non-stop sailing we were all very tiered by 3:30 when we came off the water.

After a hard but fun days sailing we had an opi tea followed by a prize giving with lots of prizes given by Sew Your Gear, Optimist Online, Snow and Rock and Mayday.

Many thanks to everyone who helped out in organising the event and to all the parents for bringing their sailors.

Jenny Cropley.

1st 5857 James TAYLOR Burghfield S C
2nd 5464 Sarah NORBURY South Staffordshire
3rd 5594 Martin WRIGLEY Llangorse
4th 5736 Sara DOUST Cardiff Bay YC
5th 5685 Dyfan WILLIAMS Mumbles / CBYC

Bronze Fleet

Bronze Fleet

Of the 40 sailors who took part in the Bronze fleet, 39 scored a series, testament to the skill and persistence of sailors just entering main fleet but not selected for any IOCA or RYA squad. All of the 4 races got away first time with no sailors troubling the pin end observer. There was strong competition throughout the fleet with the tail-enders determined to race each other right to the finish.
Bronze Fleet Winner
The standard was high and despite having a lead boat, the 'S' type course caused enough confusion for the leading boat to miss a mark, Burghfields Matt Thornton (11) realised his mistake, unwound himself and worked hard to finish second to Jessica Eales (12) of Lymington. The second and third races were punctuated by lunch ashore, but the break did nothing to upset Ellen Greenwell (12) of Warsash, Ellen led both races from start to finish. She tested the resolve of the PRO to close the 100m gap to the back of the Gold fleet, but was kind enough relinquish the overlap just before the finish to save the blushes of the National squaddies. Oliver Morrell (10) of Spinnaker also decided to repeat the symmetry in these 2 races with matching 3rds, combined with his 4th in the first race secured Oliver 3rd overall. The wind had increased 18 knots for the 4th race but this played to the strengths of David Brand (12) of Papercourt, coming home first to seal 2nd overall with 8 points. A 3rd place in the fourth race for Ellen Greenwell produced a series of 5 points, making her the Bronze fleet winner, this was a well deserved result from a sailor who has worked extremely hard over the past year.
1st 4972 Ellen GREENWELL Warsash
2nd 5763 David BRAND Papercourt SC
3rd 5506 Oliver MORRELL Spinnaker SC
4th 5042 Jessica EALES RLYC
5th 5579 Max CLAPP Royal Southern

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Regatta Fleet

Sixteen hardy and plucky 8 to 13 year olds took part in 4 hours of cold winter sailing in the Regatta fleet. With the race officer setting a rectangular course, the scene was set for some good sailing in an easterly 12 knots.

Race one saw the sailors finding their way around the course with Jennifer Lorimer from Warsash holding onto an early lead to win the race. Sophie Heritage from Yarmouth came in 2nd and Jack Mitchell from HISC 3rd.

Race 2 had Sophie gaining her first win of the day, subsequently winning Race 4, with Alex King from Warsash 2nd and Jennifer 3rd.

In the afternoon, the racing was hottting up (unlike the race officer), with sailors closely contending the lead. Race 3 saw Jack having his first win of the day with Jennifer 2nd and Joshua Waha from Royal Southern 3rd.

Race 4 some very close racing with Sophie, Alex & Jennifer gaining 1st, 2nd & 3rd.

Race 5 saw Peter Baddeley from Burghfield take the lead off the line, but falling to second place behind Jack by the windward mark. By the finish line Peter was 3rd with Jenny 2nd and Jack 1st.

1st 4976 Jennifer LORIMER Warsash
2nd 5877 Sophie HERITAGE Yarmouth
3rd 4440 Jack MITCHELL HISC
4th 4396 Alex KING Warsash
5th 4916 Peter BADDELEY Burghfield / WLSC


These events are not easy to put on and require a lot of people to help. The club would like to thank the following people:

First, the sponsors: Sew Your Gear, Snow and Rock, Mayday Chandlery and Optimist Online. The prizes were superb and and that will be remembered by everyone who was there.

Alex Pearce - for surviving being dropped in at the deep end. "Will you be fleet captain? Great, now run the biggest ever club open meeting!". He also welcomed people at the gate and ran bridge on the day which can't have done his blood pressure no good whatsoever

Ian Bullock who, as race officer, set what seemed at times, very ambitious courses to cover every wind direction and to deal with the large fleet sizes. In the end everyone agreed the racing was extremely successful and enabled such a large number of sailors to have a great days racing.

David Baddeley - not just for running the regatta fleet but for a good deal of the admin behind the scenes. It was David which kicked the whole process off and ensured that we did not get behind.

Steve Burywood - for organizing and running the safety, always the most important element of any sailing event.

Michelle Gent - for a lot of pre-preparation and for running the beach and generally being run ragged on the day. Wet wellies and freezing cold all day!

Peter Colvin - for a huge amount of preparation including extending the committee boat flag pole and building a white board mounting bracket which were superb, all in the last few days with very short notice. Also for running around on the day bringing us coffee and food

Liz Cropley for a lot of early preparation and for acting as our medic for the day.

Antony and his team in the kitchen - it is hard to pick one thing which made the day a success but getting the sailors fed and back out opened up many more options on the water and took a lot of pressure off the schedule.

Sharon, Suzie, Claire, Sue and Ellen - for registration and for putting up with the late night phone calls and mails between their husbands on the lead up to the event.

Sharon and Suzie - a second mention for also doing the results. All completed and posted online before the next race finished - fantastic.

Ros Urwin, Simon Potts, Penny Gibson, Martin Sowerby and Nigel Wrigley - for running the finish boat. This is one of the hardest, dullest, coldest jobs on the water and it doesn't help when the race officer merges two fleets right at the end when you are already too cold to think. Nevertheless, they did a great job and every one of the 600 finishes was recorded successfully. Many visitors here so an extra thanks to them.

Russ Woodley, Jay Dear, David Curran, Jake Bullock and Paul Dolin for helping on the committee boat. It is a long cold day where one wrong move can wreck everything so their focus and concentration was critical.

Fiona Baddeley - lots and lots of organising, prizes, oppie tea etc etc

Mark Smallwood for helping on the regatta fleet committee boat

Hannah, Pip and Tom for giving up a day to look after and coach the regatta fleet

Steve Burywood, Tim Cropley, William Morrison, Adam Gent, Adrian Ward, Jackie Taylor, Graham Wallis and Martin Lewis for supplying private RIBs - we could not have done it without their generosity. In particular, a big thanks to those visitors from other clubs who helped us out.

Bill Burywood for manning the car park. A thankless task but without it, it would be chaos.

Kevin Butler, Graham Dibb, Oli Frankish, Steve Hamliton, Andrew Streeter, Miles Quinton, Austin Wilson, Ian Gibson, David Bedford, Liam Creaven, Neil Makley and Andrew Eady for helping out on RIBs. Again, unsung jobs but you just can't run an event without people who are prepared to get cold and wet to look after our kids.

Kevin Butler - a second mention for being the first to have pictures up on the website.

Nick Voller, Steve Baraclough and Dave Gannon for running the individual fleets. This is a role which has built over the last couple of years and is a model which we will continue with as it helps the smooth running of the racing so much.

Rob Martin and Ant Davey for running the jury boat and for being on hand for to be the protest committee with Caroline Martin. Just having them there was enough to mean that we had no protests.

Pat Forbes for all the admin and preparation before hand.

Jo Pearce For filling her wellies on countless occasions helping launch and recover boats, on standing in the cold afterwards handing out teas and trying to get the sailors to take some fruit as well as their crisps and biscuits and helping get the club house upstairs cleaned afterwards.

Sarah, Steve and the team, our cleaners, for having the club immaculate before hand and immaculate again by 8.00 pm in the evening

Jean, Tom and all at BSTC for lending us three boats and getting engines on them in time and then for being flexible with their group on the day to avoid conflicts over sailing areas

Steve Thornton for standing on an island all day in order to get photos of every sailor.

Adrian Dowle for supplying his PA system (again) and for running the announcements during the day.

Richard Morrell for standing in the water all day waist deep helping to launch! We know the sailors can manage, but it is so much quicker when we help and "time is races".

Amanda and Steve Middleton for sorting out the out the handing out of oppy teas. We believe that everyone got what they wanted and it was very cold out there!

John Vail for ordering and delivering all the glassware on the day.

Helen Shirley-Quirk and Louise Shaw for running the bar - now that was welcome at the end of the day.

Andy Forbes for ensuring that the bar was well stocked and sorting our mess out afterwards.

All the parents who helped clear up at the end or found other jobs and just did them during the day.

To anyone else that has been missed off the list, please accept our apologies and thanks.

And, finally, to the Sailors, all 168 of them, who were a pleasure to run racing for. They competed well with no complaints and lots of smiles - and that's what it is all about!

Burghfield Optimist Open Meeting, 2007

Dan Saturday saw one of the biggest turnouts ever for the Burghfield Open Meeting despite a windy wet forecast. The sailors entered into either the Gold or Silver Fleets but raced together. Despite missing several of our regular sailors who were busy representing the South Zone at the ET championship (congratulations to Craig and Sophie for a brilliant performance there), there were 8 Burghfield sailors in the gold fleet and 5 in the silver fleet.

As the event was also the Thames Valley Championship and the Super Grand Prix event both fleets had the same start. The results team had to battle with 4 sets of results where sailors shifted position depending which set of results " thank you for all your hard work. Race officer Jonathan Lewis set a big course with some long testing beats and exhilarating runs in winds gusting up to 25knots.
Luke The first race of the day saw Tim Gratton on great form winning from Annabel Vose and James Parker Mowbray. Robert and Luke both showed great form with a 10th and 11th place coping well in strong gusty conditions. In the Silver fleet George Gibson lead the fleet with Morgan in 3rd. In the second race the winds increased causing the fleet to work even harder. Burghfield’s Callum Ellis won this second race in the gold fleet with Anneloes Boers taking the silver fleet.

After a well deserved rest and lunch race 3 saw Tom Britz (Royal Lymington) take the lead in the gold fleet. In the silver fleet Kat Colvin produced some excellent sailing and came second behind George Gibson. By the final race Kat had really found her winning streak and deservedly won the race to finish third overall in the silver fleet. In the gold fleet Tom Britz flew round the course to produce his second win of the day.
George and Kat Congratulations to all the sailors who took part. The Gold fleet was won overall by Tom Britz (RLym) with Callum 9th, Izzy 10th, Robert 11th, Luke 13th, Dan 18th & Josh 24th. The silver fleet was won by George Gibson with Kat Colvin 3rd, Morgan 5th, Harry 14th & Katie 17th. The Thames Valley Championship was won by Oliver Cooper (WLSC) with Izzy 3rd. The Burghfield results showed how much our hard work and winter training has paid off, with great results across all of the fleets. Our silver fleet sailors were often in front of some of the gold fleet and Luke finished as the top placed under 11 sailor with Robert as the top placed under 12.


Regatta Fleet 2007 Burghfield Open

A clean sweep for BSC Bronze fleet in the 2007 Burghfield Optimist Open Regatta Fleet

A windy day greeted the 21 Regatta fleet sailors at the Burghfield Optimist Open on the 12th May. Although some had experienced sailing in strong winds, for quite a few the conditions were going to be a new experience. Some of the fleet had little or no open racing experience, but they all rose to the challenge including 11 of our own Burghfield sailors, and set out to the course laid by regatta fleet race officer David Baddeley by the far side of Pylon Island.

The first race was led off by Guy Hart (BSC) closely followed by Lottie Harland (BSC). It was all very close at the windward mark, but down the run Guy pulled out a good lead as a couple of the fleet succumbed to the gusts and capsized. However, he was reeled back in and the first race was won by Jamie Kelleway (BSC) followed by Jennifer Cropley (Warsash, but also a new recruit to our BSC Bronze fleet) and Fraser Woodley (BSC). Guy finished 4th, Lottie 5th and Paddy Gannon (BSC) 6th.

After lunch the wind abated just a little for the second race. Guy led off again, but Fraser overtook him for an excellent first place with Guy in 2nd. He was followed by Callum Tolley (Papercourt) and Alex Lamont (Royal Lymington), Jennifer and Jonathan Baddeley (BSC).

The third race saw the wind pick up again with some big gusts coming over the fleet. This time the fleet split at the start with some going close to Pylon Island (shorter but less gusty) whilst others went out to the opposite side of the lake where the stronger winds were. The windward mark proved interesting as those on the far side came back to the mark on port tack. Fraser once again managed to get out in front followed by Lottie in 2nd and Jennifer in 3rd. Jonathan, Guy and Mimi El-Khazindar (Wraysbury) completed the top six. The wind started taking its toll during the race with a number of spectacular nose dives and capsizes on the run! But to their credit those who took to the water got back in, bailed and battled on. For such a young group of sailors in such strong winds there were very few retirements.

At the end of the third race the top positions were very close and so the fourth race proved the decider. After a similar split to the previous race at the start, a small group headed away from the windward mark onto the reach and then the run. Jennifer was up with the leaders when she was caught by a gust, spun out and capsized. That left Lottie, Fraser and Guy to fight out the top three places. After some excellent close racing, Lottie came home just ahead of Fraser with Guy in 3rd. Alex got another 4th followed by Emily Gent (Warsash) and Ella Mitchell (Warsash). The wind had really picked up by this time with numerous capsizes around the course, so everyone who completed the race should have felt a real sense of achievement.

The top 3 places for the day finally all went to the Burghfield Bronze fleet with Fraser taking 1st place, Lottie 2nd place and Guy 3rd place. This was a great start to the year for our new BSC racers, especially as Fraser hadn’t competed in an open event before this one and Lottie had only competed in one. Jennifer came 4th with Alex (Royal Lymington) in 5th and Jonathan in 6th. With Jamie in 8th place, Sam Yendell (BSC) in 9th place and Paddy in 11th place, the BSC racing fleet all finished in the top half. Special awards also went to Jennifer Cropley for highest placed under 9, Jonathan Baddeley for highest placed under 10 and Lottie Harland for highest placed under 11.

As well as the BSC racing group taking the top places it was great to see some of the BSC Opi Club on the water for this open. Joe Fraser, who is in Opi Club G3, managed to complete all four races in the testing conditions and he always came up smiling despite some submarining on the runs. Also Niamh Gannon who is in Opi Club G3 battled through the day and Louise Hughes, who is in Opi Club G2, braved the winds and made a great effort in the morning race finishing in 17th place showing that those who are in Opi Club G2 can also compete in some of the open events.

For the full results click here.

Basilica Optimist Open Meeting 2006

Basilica Optimist Open 2006 Despite a dreadful forecast of light winds and rain 57 sailors from 13 clubs arrived at Burghfield on Saturday May 6th for the 2006 Basilica Optimist Open Meeting. Although the rain never really materialised, the wind remained very light and extremely variable all day. Only some slick work from the Race Officers, Jon Lewis (Main Fleet) and Tim Carver (Regatta Fleet) enabled both fleets to complete 3 races.
Basilica Optimist Open 2006 The Gold and Silver Fleets combined to form a Main Fleet of 32 boats. In the first race Hermione Stanley had her best race of the day with a cracking 1st place. Liam Garrison from Royal Lymington was 2nd followed by Craig Dibb from Warsash in 3rd. First of the Burghfield boats was Jake Bullock in 4th place. The first Silver Fleet boat was Sophie Hamilton from Burghfield in 9th, closely followed by twin sister Issy and Dan Bullock, also from the home club.
Basilica Optimist Open 2006 Determined not to be outdone by the visitors the home boats fought back strongly in Race 2. Luke Burywood from Burghfield, one of the younger Silver Fleet sailors, led the race from start to finish to win convincingly. A fantastic effort and his first race win in a fleet of this quality. Jake Bullock finished 2nd with Sophie Hamilton in 3rd and Liam Garrison in 4th.
Basilica Optimist Open 2006 This left both the Gold and Silver Fleets finely poised with a number of sailors able to win either fleet. Matt Goacher from Weir Wood rounded off a very consistent series by winning the last race, closely followed by Issy Hamilton in 2nd with Jake Bullock in 3rd and Ed Riley from Weir Wood in 4th. This left the overall results incredibly close. In the Gold Fleet there were only 2 points separating the top 4 boats but Jake Bullock was a deserving winner, discarding a 4th place to win by a point from Matt Goacher in 2nd and Lima Garrison in 3rd. The silver Fleet was a tie that went to count back as twin sisters Issy and Sophie Hamilton had an almost identical set of results. It took a tie break based on the result of the last race to separate the pair. Luke Burywood finished 3rd.
Optimist Open 2006 The Regatta Fleet was completely dominated by Josh Voller from Burghfield. In his first Open Meeting this was a fantastic performance from a sailor who may well become a name to watch in the future. The light winds were particularly challenging for the less experienced Regatta Fleet sailors who needed a few stern words from the Race Officer both during and after racing in order to keep a lid on some of the less legal means of propulsion adopted by sailors desperately trying to find enough wind to keep the boats moving. None of this bothered Josh who sailed serenely through all of the holes to post a 1st and two 2nd places to win the event convincingly. Freddie Warren-Smith from Royal Victoria Yacht Club on the Isle of Wight was 2nd overall with Guy Hart, also from Burghfield finishing 3rd after winning the last race. Tom Rhodes from Papercourt was a very convincing winner of the second race but struggled to find the consistency to post a good overall result.
Basilica Optimist Open 2006 Sailing over, the competitors returned to the club for tea and cakes and some superb prizes, courtesy of event sponsors Basilica.
Basilica Optimist Open 2006


Created on 28/11/2005 05:48 PM by Burghfield Admin
Updated on 25/01/2018 03:34 PM by Sharon Bullock
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