Volvo Gill Optimist Inland Championship
Grafham Water Sailing Club
14/05/2011 - 15/05/2011

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We look forward to seeing you at the Volvo Inland Championship being held at Grafham Water Sailing Club.  
(18/03/2011)

Strong winds and testing sailing conditions

Tough, windy sailing conditions proved testing for over 300 young Optimist sailors this weekend at the Volvo Gill Optimist Inland Championships, Grafham Water Sailing Club. Strong winds of around 20-22 knots, gusting around up to 25 upset the racing schedule on the first day. Racing was abandoned for the Regatta fleet’s racing without any races completed. The wind was lighter for the second day with around 12 knots, gusting 14/15 allowing the fleet to complete five races.

The 200 Main fleet sailors managed six races over the weekend with Optimist World Squad member, Matt Whitfield, 14, from Penarth Sailing Club taking the overall win by 8 points from fellow World Squad member, Sarah Norbury, 14, from South Staffordshire Sailing Club. European Squad member, Jemima Lawson, 14, from Emsworth Sailing Club finished third on equal points to Sarah Norbury. Jemima sailed well and consistently over the weekend but Sarah finished the second day winning two consecutive races, to take second.

“The weekend went really well! I sailed well in every race apart from the last one but it was quite a challenge because there were some races with a lot of wind and some with not that much so it was hard to be consistent in every race. There were also massive shifts to work with.” Said event winner Matt Whitfield.

It was also close at the top of the Regatta fleet with William Heathcote, 9, from Royal Lymington Yacht Club and James Hammett, 11, from Papercourt Sailing Club both finishing with 9 points apiece. It was a great first championship event for William who showed great racing skills, finishing the event in style by winning the last two races. They were followed closely by Marrhew Ke Vasseur, 12, from Guernsey Yacht Club. Top girl in the fleet was Zoe James, 12, from Papercourt Sailing Club who took one race win and finished 5th overall. Royal Lymington Yacht Club and Papercourt Sailing Club dominated the Regatta fleet with 3 sailors from each club finishing in the top ten.

“The first day was very windy so we didn’t race but the second day wasn’t as windy and we had some good racing. I enjoyed the weekend, I really liked being out on the water sailing and I’m glad I won,” said William Heathcote.

The next UK National event on the Optimist calendar is the Volvo Gill National Open British Championships, to be held at Pwllheli Sailing Club from 30th July to 5th August. The event attracts around 500 Optimist sailors from around the globe and will also be celebrating its 50th anniversary.

"Winds on Saturday gusting over 25 knots gave the top sailors at this year's Inlands the chance to show what they can do, and show us they did, with an impressive display of boat handling and racing particularly at the top end of the fleet. Matthew Whitfield proved a worthy winner in the Main fleet, and great to see a couple of the girls, Sarah Norbury and Jemima Lawson showing their paces in the windy conditions to finish second and third. William gave notice of his intention to be a fine young sailor by winning the Regatta fleet.” Recounted Marshall King, Chairman of the International Optimist Class Association after the event.  
(18/05/2011)

Helpers required

Your help is need to make this event a success. Please click on above link and see where you can volunteer to help.  (18/05/2011)

Killer Shrimp washdown - Important information for all competitors

Grafham Water is infested with a foreign invader - a non-native predatory shrimp dubbed the Killer Shrimp! In an effort to contain the shrimp the Environment agency has imposed processes to ensure all dinghies, RIBs and sailors are thoroughly washed down. Your sailors will be given a Pink tag at registration and this will be replaced with a green pass once the sailor and dinghy has been washed down. You will need this pass in order to leave the club on Sunday.
For more information, click on the title to access the "Killer Shrimp FAQ".  
(11/05/2011)

Schedule

Key timings for the weekend are available here, or from the Info section of this page  (10/05/2011)

Exciting opportunities for you

Volvo Car UK are pleased to continue their support of the Optimist Championships and are looking forward to the Inlands, working alongside new clothing sponsors Gill.

Something very special is landing at this year’s Volvo Gill Optimist Inlands!

As part of their support for the Inlands, Volvo Car UK is giving one family an XC90 for the weekend. As well as travelling to the event in style and comfort, each car will come fitted with a tow bar.

Click on the above link for full details  
(06/05/2011)


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Killer Shrimp FAQ
Grafham Water is infested with a foreign invader dubbed the Killer Shrimp! In order to contain the shrimp the Environment agency has imposed a process to ensure all dinghies, RIBs and sailors are thoroughly washed down beforer leaving the venue. Your sailors will be given a Pink tag at registration and this will be replaced with a green pass once the sailor and dinghy has been washed down. You will need this pass in order to leave the club on Sunday. We have put together a 'Killer Shrimp FAQ' which you can access by clicking the blue title above.

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