Hunts Youth League 2014
The Hunts Youth League saw 41 competing boats of which 3 were from Ely. Starting off gentle, the wind built into a finale for the final race of the day.
In the first race the wind was light and Chandler Stamford in a Laser Full Rig battled with Jack Knight crewed by Mollie Lee in their National 12. Kirk Stamford started in the Topper start, however, was unfortunate to find himself in the midst of the fleet. Eventually, Chandler sailed clear ahead of Jack and Mollie finishing 1st, with Jack and Mollie 2nd and Kirk 19th.
The second race featured a gustier breeze with a few competitors capsizing. Chandler and Jack & Mollie had a tussle with Jack Clarke in a Laser Radial of Hunts Sailing Club. Chandler collected weeds around his rudder allowing the other pair to sail 200 yards ahead. Jack Knight and Mollie Lee fought their way past Clarke to claim an admirable victory in the second race. Chandler sailed back to claim 3rd. Kirk sailed well and overtook four Toppers on the penultimate lap, but as the Toppers sailed their last lap, the wind faded which led to an increased average lap time. Despite this, Kirk finished 21st.
Finally, it all rested on the last race. By now, the breeze had built and brought some strong gusts. Chandler sailed well clear of Jack Clarke and his teammates Jack Knight and Mollie Lee. However, due to the wind strength, Chandler found himself overpowered in the full rig allowing the National 12 and Radial to gain on the upwind legs. Jack Clarke then managed to overtake Chandler. However, Chandler pulled back line honours on the final leg of the race. Jack and Mollie finished 3rd after leaving behind the Laser Radials. Kirk had a fantastic start, but found himself overpowered and fatigued after a hard days sailing. He finished a commendable 26th. On calculation, Jack Clarke beat Chandler on handicap and took the day’s title by his final race performance.
In conclusion, it was a fantastic day’s sailing for all to enjoy and saw friendly yet competitive rivalry between the top three finishers.
The final results were:
1st Jack Clarke - Hunts SC – 2nd, (7th), 1st 3 points
2nd Chandler Stamford – Ely SC – 1st, (3rd), 2nd 3 points
3rd Jack Knight and Mollie Lee – Ely SC - (6th), 1st, 3rd 4 points
26th Kirk Stamford – Ely SC - 19th, 21st, (26th) 40 points - 10th U'15