Club members achievments 2012
Lawrence Logan, of Notts County SC and a RYA Topper Junior National Squad member, managed a first place in the recent ITCA Topper Midlands Championships.
The event, held on Saturday 26th May at Shustoke SC near Sutton Coldfield, took place in glorious sailing conditions – blue skies, mid 20’s temperature and a good F3 gusting 4 down the lake. A good field of just under thirty Toppers from around the Midlands entered and Lawrence managed a hard fought 1st place in the first two races which, with a 3rd in the final race being discarded, gave him the title for 2012. A good crop of trophies resulted.
The great weather meant all the competitors had a great time and Lawrence looks forward to the bigger challenges of the National and World Topper events through the summer. Thanks to Hartley Boat Chandlers of Derby for their continued support.
Great result Lawrence well done. (photo to left)
Topper Events - Summer 2012
By Lawrence Logan
UK National Championships - Pwllheli, North Wales. 268 Entries
The topper nationals were held at Pwllheli in Wales. The fleet was split up into 3 flights: yellow, blue, red. I was in yellow. The first day was windy, around 18 knots, and each flight got in 3 races. I got a 2nd, 2nd, 3rd which I was very pleased with. The next day was even windier resulting in no racing on that day; the third however was a very light wind day, the race officer attempted a race but the wind died off too much meaning an abandonment of the race and we were sent to the beach to wait for the “wind”. Eventually, after many hours, the day was canned. The next day was we were split up into Gold and Silver, I was lying in 5th so I was comfortably into Gold fleet. On the first day of the championship we did 4 races in medium to light winds, they didn’t go brilliantly until the last race when it picked up I got a second. The second to last day we did two more races where I sailed another discard but then got a conservative 5th. The penultimate day came down to 3 sailors, Ross Mcfarlane, Giles Kuzyk and me. I was beating Giles by 2 points. Giles got 2 firsts, Ross got an 8th and a 17th and I got an 11th and a 6th. Overall, Giles won and Ross came second. I was 3rd overall which I was ecstatic about.
World Championships - Workum, The Netherlands. 176 Entries
The worlds were held in Workum (Holland). The first day started off with light airs resulting in no racing for that day. The second day was better and 4 races were held, my day wasn’t brilliant but I didn’t get any really bad races or black flags. Day 3 racing was not possible once more after being sent out twice in a day in very light winds and over 30 degree temperatures. Days 4 and 5 saw brilliant winds and the fleets had been split into Gold and Silver. I got some consistent results, over the two days we did 7 races with forecast light winds for the last day. The final day was as predicted: light but starts happened for both fleets and I was lying in third place until it was abandoned due to no wind across the course and no more racing was sailed that day. I came 10th overall, scraping into the prizes on the stage.
Notts County Windsurfer Cameron Coghill (15) achieved a superb third place in the International North Sea Cup.
The North Sea Cup takes place at four venues, in four countries bordering the North Sea Netherlands, France, UK and Belgium. Cameron has consistently finished in the top rankings resulting in a third overall against 148 other youngsters.
Cameron sails at Notts County Sailing Club at Hoveringham, where he learnt to windsurf and practises regularly, in between travelling to the National circuit and internationally.
After a busy year training with the National Junior Squad Cameron has had the opportunity to take part in in a number of International competitions giving him the experience he needs to be successful in the future.
Cameron enjoys all aspects of the sport including freestyle and slalom, and has recently been spotted passing on his knowledge to other young windsurfers.
Cameron comments “I am delighted with this result, it’s been great making so many international friends from the sport and is thanks to the support I have received from my sponsors Spartan Wetsuits, Juice Boardsports and Newark & Sherwood Council. I am looking forward to rest of the season and following the recent news about windsurfing being removed from the 2016 Olympics I am going to focus on my sailing and hope the decision is changed for 2020.” (Cameron to right in photo to left - if that makes sense). Great result Cameron.
Emily Hall (14) is under 17 World Slalom Champion. The event took place at Lake Garda (Italy). at Turbole and there were 70 sailors, from 32 nations. Emily was 15th overall against all comers and first girl under 17, leading the rankings from Day 1.
Winds were light and going up to 20 or 30 knots, Emily was sailing on a 7.7 sq m sail (same as many of the club racers use). A superb result well done Emily.
35 boats in all attended, 3 from Notts county.
2 Lasers Luke Hardy and John Wells, One Scorpion Peter Hardy and Russ Clay.
Three races were held in some very strange wind, the lake being in a valley surrounded by trees !
All Three races were very closely contested with short beats and tight spinnaker runs !
This was a Handicap Open so a Large part of the time you sailed in very different company.
The fleet was mainly Laser and Solos, other boats included RS 400s, Laser 4000, and Larks.
The club made us all very welcome and provided a very welcome lunch time meal and a free buffet followed at prize giving.
I would recommend this meeting to anyone who is thinking of doing any opens, it isn't far to travel (58 miles) from our club and a good taster for anyone who hasn't travelled before.The lake is around 3/4 the size of ours and the courses very simple and easy to navigate.
Peter Hardy 1st Junior Helm.
Peter Hardy & Russ clay 7th.
Luke Hardy 10th.
John Wells 24th.