- Written by Helen Sharp
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We arrived at Ely Sailing Club for the Cambs Youth League at 9 am followed by Gareth, towing Beth's Opi, Charlotte's Tera and William's Topper, Then followed by Paul, towing Tara's Pico. Finally Nick showed up towing Bobby's Laser, Andy's Topper and my Pico. We looked over at the Lake and it was very windy and the gusts were frequent and the water was swirling all over the lake, this was because it was so high up. The wind looked challening but exciting. It was then, a mad rush to rig all the boats and to get changed into our sailing gear. We had to take our boats down to the slipway but had to walk down the long uneven bumpy track. When we eventually got down the slipway you were alreay tired. We got all the boats on the water by using the non- existant slipway which was really hard to launch all the boats. Then we had to sail to the jetty and moored up to it. Then we had a briefing and got ready for the first race to start.
After waiting for absulute ages which left like hours, the race started in three sections. The Opis and Teras then the Toppers and Picos and the RS Fevas and then the Lasers. We were about the start and Tara capsized on the line. we all thought that it was challenging and fun even though we didn't know where the bouys were. It was a good race and there were a few capsizies for most. But Andy managed to capsize 22 times! In that race Bobby came 4th, William came 10th, I came 12th, Tara came 14th and Andy came 17th. but Charotte capsized and did not finsh the race due to the exhaustion and Beth didnt start because she hit her head on the boom before the race started.
The second race started much more smoothly and we found that race alot more eaiser to go around the lake because we knew where the bouys were. But Andy still managed to capsize another 8 times and we all capsized a few times in that race with William doing a nice Death role behind me and Andy retired that race on his 8th capsize . Beth and Charlotte started the race but didn't finish because of the windy conditions. As I went over the finish line, the Race Officers, didnt finish me, so i had to do an extra lap on my own but the hooter went off, I had capsized and had to carried on with the race. At the end of that race I came 6th, Bobby came 7th, Tara came 10th and William came 11th. When we got off the water the wind was increadably strong and the gusts also got stronger and really heavy .
There was a briefing before the third race and the Race Officer adivsed that only the Experienced Saliors went out to do the race. This was because the wind picked up even more and out of 28 boats only 13 boats took part in this race. The Sailors from Paxton, were Bobby, William, Tara and myself. As we were waiting for the start, we could see Andy in the Tera towing the Topper that Charlotte was in as ,they took their boats over to the Jetty. This time, we found the race alot easier because we had four bouys to go around and we knew where they all were. At the end of that race Tara had capsized 8 times and no one else had capsized in that race. Bobby came 7th, I came 8th, William came 9th and Tara came 12th.
Overall the day went really well and Andy capsized 30 times altogether and it was Beths first time sailing there. All the Juniors enjoyed the day and we brought home 3 of the 9 Awards. Beth got Youngest Competitor,Charlotte got First under 12's and I won First Girl. The overall results were Bobby came 5th, I came 8th,William came 10th, Tara came 11th, Andy came 19th, Charlotte came 20th and Beth 23rd. All the juniors did very well even though it was very windy. It was a great day of Sailing. By the end of the day, everyone was really tired and worn out.
By Helen Sharp
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- Written by William Russell
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It was quite breezy before the first race and it looked exciting and worrying. Once we signed on, rigged and got changed, we went to the briefing. When I found out the Laser Pico started on the same start as me, I was annoyed but got over it. We got ready to launch for the first race and heaed of to the start line.
I understood how the starts worked so I told the other Paxton members what to do and when it really started. I helped Aimee as she is new to racing and she wasn't sure how it worked. Once she started, our 5 Minute went not long afterwards. I was great. I had lined up on the line and in the last ten seconds, sheeted on. I was the first off the line and stayed there for a while.
I came 10th in that race in the end.
In the second race, my start was ok but I drifted past the line but made up for it. I went to the Windward Mark very well. I sailed where the wind was stronger which shot me ahead of the other Toppers
In that race I came 1st Topper which made so happy and I came 6th in that race. The 2nd race put me in a good mood so I had a good start and sailed well and in that race I came 2nd Topper and 9th. Overall in that day, I came 8th overall out of 34 boats and 1st Paxton boat. 2nd Paxton was Tara Butterfield in 15th overall and 3rd was Helen Sharp in 19th.
Charlotte Sharp and Aimee Russell raced for the first time at Grafham Water Sailing Club and did really well for young sailors. Charlotte came 33rd and Aimee came 34th but they put all the effort they had into the day of racing. All the Paxton Lakes Sailing Club members did really well at Grafham.
There are a lot more pictures here Cambs Youth League Grafham Pictures
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