North West Juniors Travellers Trophy & Topper Open Meeting

There were 41 entrants competing as part of the NWJTT. Fortunately the wind was not as strong as forecast, and the sun was shining too – what a bonus! (The severe weather warning, forecasting flash floods, hit nearby Carlisle which suffered a terrific thunderstorm, with hailstones – The Bass micro climate strikes again!!)

This year we had, for the first time, a fleet of six Optimists, but unfortunately only one Youth helm.

The conditions started with moderate winds, and occasional blustery conditions that caused a few capsizes. In the Junior fleet, Reece Tomlinson from Fiddlers Ferry showed the fleet his heels in the first race, winning by almost two mins.

Race 2 was held after a lunch break, and the wind was strengthened by a sea breeze which led to a few more capsizes, and some of the juniors struggling a little bit. There was some close racing between the Lasers, with Reece again leading the fleet.

Some of the leaders had time to come ashore for more sustenance before going back out for the next race.

The conditions were the same for the third and final race – some strong gusts, various capsizes, and much great racing,

What will be noticed in the results is a great deal of consistency. There will be a lot of weary kids on the journey home, but happy after a great days racing.

As Reece Tomlinson was the sole person in the Youth category, his results are being discarded from the Traveller Trophy, so the Junior winner is Oliver Davenport from Redesmede in his Laser Radial, with Joe Watkins from Bass 2nd.

Annandale were triumphant in the Optimist fleet, with Rebecca Bryant 1st, and Finn Mitchell 2nd.

In the Topper fleet, Calum Healey from Sutton secured 1st over Mitchell Kneale from Chester 2nd.

Junior fleet winner
Oliver Davenport – Redesmere
Optimist fleet winner
Rebecca Bryant – Annandale
Topper fleet winner
Calum Healey – Sutton
Sole Youth, winner of Junior fleet
Reece Tomlinson – Fiddlers Ferry