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2017 Report on some of our Youth sailors

We have not had many sailors sailing on the circuit this year, but a few have done a couple of local events including Jasmine Mcquillin, Hugo Asquith, Hattie Asquith and Gil Stalker.

Joel Traves:
Joel has sailed at national and local events and had his best result at the Spinnaker Optimist Open finishing 3rd. He has been selected for the IOCA/RYA South Zone Squad.

Dan Burns and Adele Young:
In the 420s both Dan (crew) and Adele (helm) have had a great year: both are club members and started sailing Optimists at Spinnaker in about 2009. They qualified for the Open European Championships which were held in Athens in July and they also qualified for the World Championships which are being held in Perth, Australia at Christmas, but sadly this opportunity had to be declined due to costs. They then sailed at the Scottish Championships and won the event.

Unfortunately the Nationals were held straight after the Scottish Championships at the same venue and most of the fleet contracted a sickness bug.

They then sailed at the Autumn Championships in Weymouth and finished 4th overall, qualifying for the RYA 420 youth squad which is a winter squad of 4 camps training at various venues across the U.K..

More recently they sailed at the Itchenor Open 2 weeks ago and finished 3rd overall.

Adele Young:
Adele has set up a training group of 8 optimist sailors to sail once a month throughout the winter at the club, and she is also coaching the IOCA training. She was asked if she could coach the IOCA development squad this winter, but had to decline as it clashes with the Youth squad dates.

Kieran Young:
Kieran had a great last season in the optimist class, sailing at 2 Spanish events in January and February them in Holland for the Easter regatta.
He sailed at the team selection trials in May and finished 5th overall and qualified for the World Championships in Thailand. He finished 73rd in the Silver Fleet and 137th place overall which was a great achievement.
He then finished 20th overall at the Nationals, which was the 8th-placed British sailor.
At Parkstone he won the Optimist Open, and then finished 2nd in their Youth Week sailing a Feva .
He then signed off his Optimist sailing at the Spinnaker Open, winning with 2 races and 2 clear wins and so completed a double, securing the Spinnaker Open title 2 years in succession.
He has now moved into the 420 class and is sailing at some Scottish academy weekends as his crew is Scottish and also sailing at the class open training at various events over the winter.

Marineguard have offered to help both Kieran and Adele with some of the costs which is brilliant.

Joan Laycock:
Joan attended 5 of the 6 Topper National Series Events last season, averaging 17th Junior Female with her best result a 9th Junior Female in the Winter Championships at WPNSA. Since then she has finished 15th Junior Female in Silver Fleet at the Topper Nationals in Wales. She intends to transition fully to Radials and do more club racing.

Mathew Laycock:
Matthew has been competing less in this, his GCSE year, attending mainly training and club events and recovering from a knee injury, resulting in 11 GCSE Grade A and above which keeps him on course for Medical School. He has now transitioned from 4.7s to Radials.

Both Joan and Matthew have coached adults all season and they intend to take their Dinghy Instructor course before next season starts. Joan is also keen to perform more Safety Boat duties at the club.

Matthew won the Autumn morning series at the club and Joan was 2nd, both beating the adults and so proving that Juniors can club race!

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Oxford Eric Twiname Report

Eric Twiname 2017

The weekend of the 14-15th of October, two feva teams (eight boats) represented Spinnaker in the Eric Twiname Team Racing event in Oxford.

We were all a little nervous turning up on the Saturday morning as there were a lot of teams and they all seemed to have done team racing events before, but we rigged and launched our boats with our Port team the first to sail in the 3rd race of the day. Admittedly, we were all a bit confused about timings, but after our first few races we began to feel a little more confident with the course.

In each race there were four boats (two in each team), they lasted about 10 minutes each and was made up of four marks in an “S” shape course. We had four wins out of 11-12 races on the first day which we were quite pleased about as some teams were very aggressive. This meant that the next day Spinnaker Starboard were put into the Silver A fleet and Spinnaker Port ended up in the Silver B. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to race each other once throughout the 2 days.

Neither team managed to qualify for the semi-finals of their fleet, but we managed to beat Winchester College in a close match on the 2nd day after they had beaten us on the 1st. Overall the event was a great success and everybody really enjoyed it!! We definitely hope to compete next year…

By Bryony Synnott

Adele & Daniel clinch 420 selection!

Adele’s Report:

Dan and I sailed at the Autumn Champs at WPNSA on the 30th of September and 1st of October. The weekend was quite breezy and we were lucky enough to share the course with the 470 and Finn class – this was one of their Olympic selectors.
We completed 7 races over the weekend – 5 on the Saturday and 2 on the Sunday – this was due to a building wind and fog.
We sailed consistently through the series and we were very happy with our result – we feel as though our speed improved and our starting had got better compared to how we performed in Athens.

We managed to finish 4th overall and 3rd Open boat , this has meant that we have been selected for the 2017/2018 420 Youth Squad. We are happy to have been selected for this as it was one of our goals and hopefully it will help us to improve over the winter ready for next season!
420 WPNSA Autumn 2017 Results

Amelie’s Story & Eric Twiname Update

Hi – I’m Amelie and I have been sailing @ Spinnaker for over 5 years. I started off in an Oppy and I used to be terrified of the noise of the wind in the sail when I sat at the pontoon. After lots of encouragement I got in and soon started to enjoy the windy days.

I have stopped sailing my Oppy now and have moved to a laser and team racing in the Fevas. Team racing has given me more confidence with my sailing and the chance to learn things from other people. Team racing is about teams of boats racing against each other over a short course, using the sailing rules and working with the other team boat to get across the line first and second.

We have been training for about 9 months and in 2 weeks’ time we will be heading to Oxford Sailing Club to take part in the Eric Twiname youth and junior team races. The teams would like to thank Pippa and her team of instructors, our families for coping with us shouting at each other on the water and giving their support. A big thank you also to Marine Guard for sponsoring our amazing team jackets and Brearley Building Services for the jacket printing.
Look out for the teams at the club for our last weekend of practice and wish us luck.

If you are interested in starting team racing keep looking at the website for news on youth training scheme programmes.

Success for Kieran!

After 4 long and tough days of sailing over the Bank holiday weekend, Spinnaker Sailing Club has another Optimist sailor going to the World Championships.

Kieran Young finished the Optimist selection trials in 5th place overall out of the top 79 UK sailors. The top 5 are selected to represent GBR at the World Championships, this year it is being held in Thailand in July.

SYT Boat Checks!

Sunday 1st May saw a good turn-out for Boat Check Day despite the Bank Holiday, weather and closure of the A31.

A friendly reminder that sailing starts every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. prompt and anyone still requiring a boat check should arrive quite a little earlier than this so we can ensure you have all completed your check before the session starts. We aim to get going promptly at 9:30 and you do not want to miss something important.

SYT Boat Check Presentation as PDF

Saskia Clark at Spinny

Saskia ClarkThose at the IOCA Winter training held at Spinnaker on 18th March were thrilled to be joined by Olympic Champion and World Sailor of the Year Saskia Clark. Despite competing attractions of skiing and rugby, 35 excited sailors took to the water, assisted by a large number of indispensable parents and organisers who brilliantly overcame some logistical challenges, fuelled as ever by Jackie’s bacon sandwiches.

Saskia was fantastic and she and the kids had a really good laugh and great fun. Along with the chocolate she brought for the kids she came with her medals (carried in a pair of socks) which she passed around so that all of the kids could take a turn wearing them and getting a selfie. As well as presenting the prizes, which were many and generously sponsored by Rooster, she also brought a carrier bag full of Rio Olympic Sailing gear, which the kids won by drawing out raffle tickets given to them at registration.

Saskia stayed right until the end of the afternoon and was the last to leave after she had signed almost every child’s IOCA medal and had a selfie taken with them. There would have been many tired but happy kids at school the next morning.

We are hoping that Saskia may be kind enough to join us for an SYT oppy session, so keep your eyes peeled for news!

Calling all Topper Sailors!

Calling all Topper Sailors

Spinnaker Sailing Club is again hosting the first of the Rooster Topper Traveler Series. Brush off the winter dust and come along on Sunday 9th April 2017. Registration starts at 08:30 and briefing will take place at 09:40. There are four races planned with 5.3 and 4.2 Toppers taking part.

Plenty of prizes are up for grabs so don’t miss out, after all it could be you winning the first place prize. No better way to start the new season with a great race at a great venue!

Nor & SI’s can be found on the Club website. Click Here!


We have reviewed the success of last year’s programme and hope we have been able to incorporate your suggestions for improving our training opportunities for the 2017 season. If you have any further suggestions/comments/ideas/opportunities please email!