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Lincolnshire Youth Sailing Championships

RS300 Inland Championships and Magic Marine Grand Prix final event

The RS300 Inland Championships and Magic Marine Grand Prix final event were held at Hykeham SC over the weekend of 22/23 October. 18 visitors joined 6 home boats for the event. The first day was held in generally sunny conditions with a light to gentle breeze from the North-east, which is not the ideal direction for Hykeham and was always going to challenge the competitors. The Race team lead by Sam Mason did an excellent job of making the most of the conditions setting a course using the whole lake and turning around the 3 back to back races with minimal delay.

Local  knowledge and concentration would be as important as boat speed and Steve Sallis made the most of the home advantage with 3 bullets on day 1. In Race 1 Steve was closely challenged by Tim Keen (Sheffield Viking) and Alistair McLaughlin (Prestwick) who took 2nd and 3rd respectively.

In race 2 it was again Tim and Steve battling for the lead, but on the long downwind leg Luke Pepper (Hykeham) and Chris Bridle (Hykeham) used their local knowledge to find the stronger breeze and passed Tim and Steve. There was a close battle up the final beat and unfortunately for Luke a momentary lapse of concentration sent him too close to the trees allowing Steve and Chris to pass, holding 1st and 2nd to the finish with Luke 3rd and Tim 4th, who was surely feeling a bit baffled how he had been passed by the 3 Hykeham boats.

In Race 3 Rob Jones (Warsash), who is more used to the wide open lumpy stuff, seemed to have picked up some local knowledge from races 1 & 2 and took the lead on the first lap, but with Steve just behind, 2 races of experience at Hykeham was never going to match 30+ years. Rob held on to second followed home by Alistair in 3rd.

After soup, tea and cakes at the club the fleet made their way to the Fox and Hounds in the evening for a meal and a few beers.

The forecast for day 2 was for the wind to be more Easterly and slightly stronger, but it seemed to swing anywhere from North-east to East. In races 4 and 5 Tim sailed impeccably taking both races after a close battle with Steve, who followed him home in both races. In race 4 it was Paul Watson who led the chasing group to take 3rd. In race 5 Alistair took his third 3rd of the weekend.

The final race was led by Chris Bridle from the first mark, a lead he was to extend, looking comfortable for a victory right up to the point where he rolled it in on the run in one of the stronger gusts of the day. This left Alistair to take the win followed home by Tim in 2nd and Steve in 3rd. Despite Tim’s 1, 1, 2 on day 2 Steve had done enough to secure the overall victory and the RS300 Inland Championships.

RS300 Inland Championships overall results

1st Steve Sallis Hykeham SC 7 pts

2nd Tim Keen Sheffield Viking SC 10 pts

3rd Alistair McLauchlin Prestwick SC 15 pts

4th  Paul Watson Bowmoor SC 22 pts

5th Luke Pepper Hykeham SC 26 pts

The event also concluded the RS300 Magic Marine Grand Prix series. Tim had already secured the overall win, not even needing to count his second in the final event.

RS300 Magic Marine Grand Prix series overall

1st Tim Keen Sheffield Viking SC

2nd Dave Acres Emsworth SC

3rd Alistair McLauchlin Prestwick SC

4th  Steve Sallis Hykeham SC

5th Steve Bolland Bristol Corinthian SC

The top 5 received vouchers generously donated by Magic Marine as part of their sponsorship of the series.

Steve Sallis -  Oct 2016

RS300 Inland Championships at Hykeham

Hykeham Hosts Wash Rivers Regatta

The 2016 annual Wash Rivers regatta took place at Hykeham Sailing Club on Sunday 2 October.  A sunny warm day with a light shifty winds provided the ideal conditions for some close tactical sailing.

The format involved 6 teams of 3 boats competing against each other over a 3 race series. Hykeham entered 4 teams with visiting teams from Ouse Amateur and Witham sailing clubs.

The Hykeham team of Chris Bridle, Luke Pepper and Jonty Mason won the event by quite a margin as each of the team members consistently achieved top ten finishes.

This preserved Hykeham’s stranglehold on the event.

Full results:

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Covenham Sailing Club was the host club for this years regatta. 24 sailors from Covenham, Humbermouth, Witham and Hykeham sailing clubs took part in this event on the 16th July.


Three different classes were sailed under: 14, 16 and 19.

In the under 16 category Hykeham sailors Joe Jackson won the Pico/Topper competition with 4 wins and Kobe Sandiford finished 4th.

In the under 19 category Hykeham’s Peter Pearce finished 4th.

Hykeham will be host for next years event on the 15th July 2017

Special thanks to Peter Bayliss for his tireless and generous support with organising Hykeham’s participation in the event.

Matthew O’Neill - July 2016

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I have tried to get a few words from the ever modest Steve Sallis on the National 12 Championships without any success.  Having failed,  I have taken it on myself to report that Steve flew the club colours with distinction finishing 4th overall in a very competitive fleet of 41 boats. This was no mean feat for someone who has hardly sailed a National 12 during the last year, so he deserves our congratulations.  Well done Steve.   If you want to know more you will have to buy him a beer as this might loosen his tongue

Webmaster -  Oct 2016

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