ILCA (Laser) Open 2023

On Sunday 9th July 29 ILCA boats turned up at NCSC for the Rooster sponsored Midlands GP Open event.

Rebecca Ogden the Race Officer had an interesting job as the wind swung and shifted. 

The first race got off to a clean start, and a good beat, but by the second lap it was a reach then halfway up a beat to the windward mark. It proved tricky for the Race officer and competitors.

In the First race Craig Williamson getting to the windward mark first and being overtook by his dad Paul Williamson quite quickly leaving line honours to Paul closely followed by Gary Knott from Notts County, but George Faraday in his ILCA 6 winning race 1 on handicap.

Race 2 got away after a general recall and shifty winds with a shortened race Craig Williamson this time beating George on handicap and Gary Knott coming home third with Sammy Mason just missing out on beating dad Richard Mason.

After a quick lunch break race 3 got away in slightly more breeze with Craig Williamson leading from start to finish.

Race 4 was a Pursuit race in changeable winds with Craig managing to beat his dad Paul and George managing to hold on to 3rd place. Sammy Mason did not keep dad behind her but did beat Gary Knott to finish 5th in the Pursuit.

A huge well done to Youth girls Sammy Mason and Kat Gunn who finished 7th and 8th overall..Well done girls!

The prize giving with homemade cakes donated by competitors and families finished a great day’s sailing.

Rooster prizes were awarded to the top 3.

Master Trophy went to Paul Williamson.

Sammy Mason won 1st Lady and Youth. Kat Gunn won 2nd Lady and Youth.

John Wells won 1st Legend and David Beard won 1st Tuesday Night sailor.

Many thanks to all the volunteers including race team, Ann Marie for the results and David Eberlin for the excellent photos as always.


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