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Bartley Wins the Team Prize and Holds the Top 4 Places for the RYA Midlands Youth Series

Bartley hosted the finale of the 6 event RYA Midlands Youth Series on Sunday 15th Spetember in champaign sailing conditions.

Sunshine and force 3 winds greeted the competitors as they arrived at Bartley Sailing Club for the RYA Midlands Youth Series finale. Race Officers Aida Milvydaite and John Ling provided the briefing followed by a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday for John by the sailors.

The five-race regatta then got underway in strengthening and then weakening winds as the clouds came and went.

Race one enabled the sailors to get a feel for the course and where the gains were with some big opportunities on the upwind leg often neutralised by the fickle wind on the run. Sean Ricketts in his Supernova was first to the windward mark but also first to get caught out by a gust and take an early swim. The Laser fleet got away well and made the most of the stronger wind periods managing to pull away as they got up to full speed on the reach. Megan Hardiman sailed her 4.7 rig flat and fast upwind and with just the right amount of heel on the downwind legs to take the win from Harrison Allen and last year’s winner Tom Williams.

The wind strengthened in race 2 and whilst the Lasers stretched away with the Supernova, and the Toppers had their own battle, it was Theo Smith in his Optimist who nailed the beats to take the win from Megan Hardiman. Josh Oates took third place from Tom Williams in a tight battle between the Laser full rigs.

After a great lunch at Tilly’s Galley an increased fleet took to the water as Mona Nygard from Olton Mere borrowed one of the club boats to take part rather than just watch her sisters Stella and Eva.

A course change meant more reaches in race 3 and the stronger wind conditions resulted in the Laser full rigs and Supernova shooting away from the chasing pack. In the 4.7s Harrison Allen reached the windward mark ahead of Stella Nygard and Megan Hardiman however by the time they were back to the leeward mark Megan had passed Stella and her match racing tactics forced Harrison high and gave her rights at the mark to get ahead. This battle slowed the group down considerably allowing Millie Hardiman sailing her Topper for the first time to catch up to the back of the group and beat them on handicap. In the end it was the laser full rig of Tom who beat Josh and Sean in his Supernova into 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Race 4 had many battles throughout the fleet; Josh, Tom and Sean were close throughout with Josh winning the battle in the end, in the 4.7 / Radial fleet Harrison made sure it didn’t go all Megan’s way taking the honours while Stella and Eva upped their game closing in on them. In the Toppers Millie, Cecily Webb and Tiarnan Smith fought well with Ben Hodgetts keeping them honest as he steadily improved as the day went on in his first regatta. Theo kept the Optimist driving forward and took third place behind Harrison and Megan after the results were processed.

The final race was a battle of the full rigs with Josh and Tom equal at the finish and Megan remaining consistent to take 3rd.

The team de-rigged and dried off with a welcome piece of John’s birthday cake to replenish their energy for the prize giving.

The regatta prizes were awarded to:

1st           Megan Hardiman             Laser 4.7              141464                  Bartley S.C.

2nd          Tom Williams                     Laser                     186251                  Bartley S.C.

3rd           Josh Oates                          Laser                     180713                  Bartley / Barnt Green S.C.

1st Under 12                        Theo Smith                         Optimist               5483       Bartley S.C.

1st <2yrs experience       Ben Hodgetts                     Topper                 40647    Bartley S.C.

The Series Prizes were awarded by Don Munro to:

1st           Megan Hardiman             Laser 4.7              141464                  Bartley S.C.

2nd          Harrison Allen                    Laser 4.7              213555                  Bartley S.C.

3rd           Cecily Webb                       Topper                 42852                    Bartley S.C.

4th           Millie Hardiman                RS Tera                 2122                       Bartley S.C.

5th           Greg Cornes                       Laser Radial        197694                  Chase S.C.

Team Prize:                                         Bartley S.C.

1st under 12                                       Theo Smith         Optimist               5483                       Bartley S.C.

1st <2yrs experience                       Ben Hodgetts     Topper                  40647                    Bartley S.C.

We wish our juniors continued success as they take part in the RYA Midland areas championships this weekend. Sean, Josh, Harrison and Megan will be in the RS Feva XL Championship fleet, Millie and Cecily are in the Championship Topper fleet, Theo in the Championship Optimist fleet, and Ben in the Topper Regatta fleet - good luck to all.

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