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Selection Trials

Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy
20/04/2007 - 22/04/2007

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Selections Day 4

Fleet launched at 11:45, Warm, sunny and light winds.  (05/05/2007)

Day 3 - Summary

Light winds produced a race of snakes and ladders for most of the sailors. The leading pair of Phil Sparks and James Grant capitalised on the conditions to pull clear from the chasing pack finishing 1st and 2nd.

Tara-Gill Taylor took third place which catapulted him into the top 12. Craig Dibb picked up his second top 5 result of the weekend with a 4th. David Grant is keeping the pressure on for a Worlds place with a 5th in the last race for this weekend.

Overall standings after 8 races and 1 discard

1. Phil Sparks 8 pts
2. James Grant 17 pts
3. Alex Mothersele 47 pts
4. David Grant 49 pts
5. Anna Burnet 72 pts
6. Ben Robinson 76 pts
7. Aaron Smith 87 pts
8. Christian Townrow 90 pts
9. Calum Murdock 93 pts
10. Hermione Stanley 95 pts

Part II of the selection trials will take place at Pwllheli Sailing Club on the 5th - 7th May with a further 8 races scheduled.  

Day 2 - Summary

Saturday saw another glorious sunny day and contrary to the weather forecast, 12 knots of breeze greeted the sailors at the start of race 5. Three races were scheduled for the day and completed in good time.

In race 5 Philip Sparks continued his winning ways finishing ahead of Craig Dibb and Alex Mothersele. James Grant continued his consistant sailing to finish 4th with Ben Robinson not far behind in 5th.

Race 6 saw the leader extend his winning streak to five with Jane Sceales back in the running for the girl’s European place finishing in 2nd. Philip’s younger brother decided it was time to be recognised in his own right and at 11 show his future potential by finishing in 3rd. David Grant similarly decided that the his brother was not going to have it all his own way and finished in 4th ahead of Aaron Smith. James and Alex slightly lost points to the leader finishing in 11th and 14th respectively.

Race 7 showed the first chink in Philip’s apparent lead, finishing 25th. Although he was able to discard this race leaving him well clear at the top of the leader board, at this point with James Grant winning the race the pressure is still on, as an OCS or similar could upset the apple cart. Josh started to enjoy being at the front of the fleet and rounded the day off with a 2nd. Alex and David continued to show their sailing form finishing 3rd and 4th respectively. Jane too, closed on the leading girls with a superb 5th.

At the end of the second day the leader board had changed with many familiar names now in the team places.

Results after 7 races with one discard

1. Philip Sparks 7 pts
2. James Grant 15pts
3. Alex Mothersele 29pts
4. David Grant 44 pts
5. Aaron Smith 57pts
6. Anna Burnet 59pts

One race is scheduled for Sunday to complete racing in the first of two thrilling 3-day selection events.  

Selections - Day 3

08:50 One race scheduled. Warning signal 1025 light winds from the SE, 4 knots currently

10:00 fleet launched, 3 knots currently from the SE

10:40 - Race 8 underway, 6 to 8 knots

Race 8 Provisional results, 1st James Grant; 2nd Phil Sparks; 3rd Tarra Gill-Taylor   

Selections - Day 2

1015 - Fleet launched

Intention is to sail 3 races back to back today. Bright sunshine, 12knots from the South East, another glorious day for sailing

1100 Race 5 underway

Provisional Results Race 5: 1st Phil Sparks; 2nd Craig Dibb; Alex Mothersele

1230 Race 6 underway

Provisional positions at windward mark Race 6 - 1st Phil Sparks; 2nd Alex Mothersele; 3rd Josh Sparks

Provisional positions at last mark Race 6 - 1st Phil Sparks; 2nd Jane Sceales; 3rd Josh Sparks;

Photos from the first day can be seen in the picture gallery courtesy of Charles Ainsworth.

1350 - Race 7 underway

Provisional Results Race 7 - 1st James Grant; 2nd Josh Sparks

1500 - boats arriving ashore, racing finished for the day

Warning signal Race 8 Sunday 22nd April : 1025   

Day 1 - Summary

Day 1 of the selection trials has seen four Optimist races in glorious sunshine and wind.

The overnight leaders are as follows:

1. Philip Sparks 5 points
2. James Grant 10 points
3. Alex Mothersele 27 points
4. Anna Burnett 33 points
5. Christian Townrow 42 points
6. Hermione Stanley 43 points

3 races are scheduled for tomorrow and the first discard will be applied once 5 races have been sailed.  

Selections - Day 1

Fleet launched at 1100

1130 - first race underway. "I" Flag start. Wind from the East approx 9knots, sunny

Provisional results race 1: 1st James Grant; 2nd Phil Sparks; 3rd Alex Mothersele; 1st girl Annabel Vose

1330 - Race 2 underway. "I" Flag start

Provisional Results Race 2: 1st Phil Sparks; 2nd Alex Mothersele; 3rd James Grant

1445 Race 3 underway, fantastic sailing conditions, South Easterly 17knots, bright sunshine

Provisonal Results Race 3: 1st Phil Sparks; 2nd James Grant; 3rd Anna Burnet

1600 Race 4 underway  

Selector I at Weymouth

Friday sees the start of two 3-day events to select IOCA teams to represent GBR at the IODA Worlds, IODA Europeans and the French Nationals. 87 keen Optimist sailors will be hoping that their winter training and recent race experiences will help them in achieving their goals.

At the moment an Easterly / Southeasterly breeze around 10 knots is being predicted for Friday, with the wind strength weakening as the weekend progresses.

We hope to bring you news as it happens.  

Late payment fee

The online entry closed on the 26th March. Payment and signed entry forms not received by the 3rd April will attract a late payment fee of £10.

NO PAYMENTS will be accepted on the day.  

Online entry

This site will accept your online entries for the selection trials. The system will only accept online entries from those sailors who have been invited by IOCA and are current members of the class assocation (2007).
Invites were sent on the 2nd March 2007.

Once you have completed your entry and printed the entry form with the appropriate declarations -- please ensure that both the helm and a parent/guardian have signed it. Attach a cheque payable to IOCA(UK) and send it to the class co-ordinator.

Do not forget to print an Event Measurement Form and fill in all the relevant details prior to the first weekend. You will need to bring this along with your IODA log book to registration. Also please make sure that your buoyancy test is up-to-date.  

RIB drivers and crews

If you know which RIB you are planning to be in, then please drop me a line on and I will update the roster to show driver and crew allocated to a specific RIB.
Updates will only take place once all three slots for a weekend have been allocated.  

Signing up for duties

When you click on a particular duty, it is signing you up for that particular day. To do a whole weekend you will need to choose three duties, one for each day.  (06/03/2007)

Parental help

During the Selection trials we will require assistance from all families both ashore and afloat, this reduces the cost considerably and enables an efficient and effective running of the event.
The two weekends require approximately 300 volunteer days. This works out at slightly over 3 duty days per child competing.
Final acceptance for the selection trials will be confirmed online once payment and signed forms have been received and the appropriate duties have been signed up for.
Please sign up for your duties on the appropriate weekend(s).  


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