Itchenor sailor in line for 420 world championships

The fleet - including Jo Kalderon - take part in the 420 world qualifiers  Picture by Paul Wyeth / RYA

The fleet - including Jo Kalderon - take part in the 420 world qualifiers Picture by Paul Wyeth / RYA

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Jo Kalderon has qualified to compete for the 420 Worlds in Germany in July.

The Itchenor Sailing Club member and her crew-mate Midge Watkins (PYC) finished among the top seven all-girl boats over a championship of 26 races at three venues across a wide range of conditions.

In total 35 boats from the 420 fleet entered the qualifying series, including three more Itchenor boats. Kalderon and Watkins finished 17th overall, Issy Davies and Gemma Keers 23rd, Katie Davies and Grace Summers 25th and Lucy Mellors and Esme Jones 27th.

The RYA Youth National Championships were held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy - the final event from which the British 420 class selected the teams to represent GBR at the 420 open and ladies’ world championships in Travemunde, Germany, in July and at the 420 Junior European Championships in Gdynia, Poland in August.

Each year the class selects its top seven boys or mixed boats and top seven all-girl boats to represent GBR at the ladies’ and open world championships, and the top seven boats overall with age and gender criteria for the junior European championships.

The selection process for this year was based on the results from the class winter championships at Pwllheli Sailing Club, the spring championships at Hayling Island Sailing Club and the RYA Youth national championships at WPNSA.

The 420 world and ladies’ championships take place from July 25 to August 3 at Lubecker Yacht Club.

DELL QUAY

A week of strong winds put off many from competing in the Dell Quay SC Evening and Early Trophy race series.

However, for those brave enough to venture out there was exciting and challenging racing.

During race one of the evening series, Peter King and Colin Pullinger (RS400) led from the start, with Rob Corfield and Tom Dobbs (RS400) close behind.

Corfield and Dobbs flew their spinnaker in the strong gusts, almost catching King and Pullinger, but promptly capsized on the spinnaker drop.

In addition to the gusty winds, racing was further complicated by thick weed around the Hook mark and close to shore. Despite suffering three capsizes Nikki Buchanan (Laser Radial) made a fast recovery, gaining second place on handicap by just one second. King and Pullinger took first place on handicap, pushing Corfield and Dobbs into third.

Even stronger winds greeted participants in races five and six of the Early Trophy series. However, this time competitors found it easier to sail a course which avoided the very variable winds and strong gusts around the quay and down to Fishbourne.

In race five Malcolm Buchanan (Solo) and Corfield/Dobbs led a close contest up the first beat, with Buchanan more comfortable and sailing closer to the wind while Corfield and Dobbs were mainly sailing on the jib and trying to survive.

Buchanan was first to the Marina mark but after surviving a difficult gybe Corfield and Dobbs were able to hoist their spinnaker and run down to Quay mark ahead of Buchanan.

Buchanan took first place on handicap, with Corfield and Dobbs second and Fred Hilgers (Solo) third.

Ranjit Verghese (Solo) joined the fleet for race six but lost his rudder and had to be towed back to Dell Quay. Buchanan took first place again on handicap with Hilgers second and Corfield/Dobbs third.