Sailing: Podium finish delights Jess and Megan at junior world championships

Jess Lavery and Megan Brickwood show their style at the junior 470 worlds
Jess Lavery and Megan Brickwood show their style at the junior 470 worlds

Emsworth’s Jess Lavery and her crew Megan Brickwood claimed a podium finish on the penultimate day of the 2014 470 junior world championships in Cervia, Italy.

The 470 duo, who teamed up in September 2012, sailed a solid series posting only one result outside of the top ten across the 11-race series.

“We are really pleased with the silver medal, we have sailed a really consistent event and have worked really hard in some tough conditions. It’s a great feeling to know that our winter’s training has finally paid off,” explained the 19-year-old crew Brickwood from Hamble, Hampshire.

“Coming into the regatta our main aim was for a top five finish with the intention to go on and medal at the 470 Junior Europeans in August which has a smaller fleet, so to win a medal here and go above and beyond our expectations is amazing!”

Lavery, 20, added: “It was a really challenging week. We have had a real mix of conditions with a steady sea breeze to some really shifty days. Tuesday was a really big day with some big breeze and some big waves, so it’s been a great week with a real mix of conditions to race in.”

As well as winning their first medal on the international circuit, the pair also picked up their first international race win at the halfway stage of the regatta.

Lavery continued: “We were so pleased when we crossed the finish line to pick up our first race win together – it was a tricky race to win with some big shifts on the course, it wasn’t an easy straight forward win so it was really good to get it.

“It gave us both a huge confidence boost knowing that we could do it and that we can actually win some races – hopefully more will follow now as we head into the 470 junior Europeans in August.”

Victory was sealed in impressive fashion by the reigning women’s junior world champions Maelenn Lemaitre/Aloise Retornaz (FRA), who scored seven race wins to give them an unassailable lead heading into the ten boat medal race.

“The competition has been tough as it always is in the 470 fleet, however the French have slightly run away with the lead this week, they are the reigning champions from last year and have once again just showed their class so congratulations to them,” said Lavery.

Barrie Edgington, British Sailing Team Podium Potential Squad Manager, commented: “Congratulations to Jess and Megan who have sailed a fantastic series in a real mixture of conditions. The Olympic 470 class is always highly competitive and one of the toughest fleets to make the podium so the girls have done a fantastic job in securing the second stop on the podium with the medal race still to come.”

CHICHESTER

This year’s Topper Open, moved from its previous date of October, was blessed with sunshine and light breezes, with no repeat of last year’s sudden squall which wiped out the entire fleet.

With variable wind strengths and some big shifts, it was still a testing day for the young sailors.

A total of 31 sailors participated, including ten from CYC. Others came from as far afield as Oxfordshire and Dorset. Three of the smaller sailors were using the 4.2 rig.
The first race saw a breakaway group making the most of the light winds and reading the shifts. First over the line was Hugo Burrows, visiting from west Oxfordshire, ahead of Elliott Kuzyk of Parkstone and Emma Crane (RYA). First of the CYC boats was Charlie Elliott in eighth.
In race two, Elliott got up to speed scoring a good first place in front of Kuzyk and Crane. 
Victoria Cowan of Portchester won the third race, with Elliott second and Crane third again. 
Overall winner was Elliott, ahead of Kuzyk and Burrows. Second CYC boat was Sophie Kirk in seventh place. First of the 4.2 sailors was Eliza South of CYC. 

Sailing Solutions and Magic Marine supported CYC and the harbour series.

The next open event at CYC is the annual dinghy week (July 25-29), and you can enter for the whole event or for separate days.

More information at http://www.cycdinghies.co.uk

BOGNOR

Bognor Sailing Club welcomed Pagham and Felpham SCs for their annual contest for the Tithe Barn Trophy.

Racing was keen and competitive in variable winds and there were thrills and spills which were well-marshalled by the safety boat crews.

In the end, Jonathon Saunders of Felpham had a very impressive sail to lead his team to victory.

CREWS from West Sussex were among those to take part in the revived Portsmouth Regatta.

The event was organised by Portsmouth Sailing Club in conjunction with the Royal Albert Yacht Club and Victory Class and sailing clubs from all around the Solent were very supportive.

Dayboats taking part were the Victory Class, XODs from Itcehnor, Seaview Mermaids, Bembridge One Designs and Bembridge Redwings, the IRC Rated yachts and NHC club cruisers.

The XOD class was won by Itchenor SC’s John Tremlett.

Racing took place in the eastern Solent and crowds lining the beaches enjoyed a colourful and exciting spectacle.