|From end oct 2010|
7th Wave Team: Ffinlo Wright, Greg Kelly and Tony Pitt
The Topper Challenge was held in the traditional light winds at Mooragh Park last Sunday (31st October). Four teams competed with entries from the Venture Centre, 7th Wave, Isle of Man Yacht Club and King William’s College. Each team consisted of three members all aged 16 and under, boats and safety boats were kindly provided by the Venture Centre.
A total of six races were sailed which allowed each team to race every other team once. The team with the lowest cumlative points in a race was the winner of that race. The overall winners were the team winning the most races.
Many of the competitors have competed in the event for three or four years running and it is superb to see how over the years the sailors have started to develop team strategies, tactical thinking and great communication between team mates.
A two-lap triangular course was set and there was some very close racing. The Venture Centre, Isle of Man Yacht Club and King William’s College each won two races and lost one. The team from 7th Wave sailed another excellent series winning all three of their races and retaining the Topper Challenge Trophy for the fourth year in a row!
The trophy was presented by Nigel Hendy, the founder of the Topper Challenge, to 7th Wave’s team Greg Kelly, Ffinlo Wright and Tony Pitt.
1st: 7th Wave (Greg Kelly, Ffinlo Wright, Tony Pitt)
2nd = Venture Centre (Amie Shute, Matthew Reed and Alfie Leech)
2nd = Isle of Man Yacht Club (Harriet Quayle, James Kelly, Ben Batchelor)
3rd King William’s College (Izzy Sharpe, Hannah Howitt, Conal Hansford)