The RS Tera Northern
Championship and Isle of Man Open, sponsored by Appleby Global, has two new
champions with local sailors Ffinlo Wright (13) and Ben Batchelor (11) of the
Isle of Man Yacht Club taking the prizes.
In the RS Tera Pro class
Ffinlo Wright, who has been getting close for some time, with a fine series in
the six races (with one discard) finishing with all straight wins. However it
wasn't straightforward for fellow Manx Youth sailing Squad member fought all
the way, eventually finishing on 11pts. Whilst the battle for third was between
Tony Pitts(IOMYC) and Angus Smith (Rydal Penrhos School) with Angus eventually
taking it with 14pts.
In the Sport Class reigning
Northern Champion Ana Paterson (Ripon SC) was defending her title against
eighteen other young sailors and she got off to to good opening series with a
5, 1 and 1 but local sailor Ben Batchelor (IOMYC) showed his prowess with a
win, third and second. For the rest there was
a mix of results with Patrick Cope, Alastair Joyce taking seconds and
Matthew Perry and Thomas Bale picking up thirds. There had been a mix of
sailing conditions with gentle winds turning gusty and eventually falling away
to light airs. However Sunday was forecast to be much windier with a bit of a
The met men got it wrong!
Whilst the seas was choppy the winds got lighter and lighter until the back
markers in the sixth race had to give up over time. It didn't stop some
excellent racing though. Unfortunately for Ana Paterson (Ripon SC) she beat the
starter on the first race of the day and didn't return. However a second and a
seventh was just enough to hold off a fast finishing Thomas Bale (Rydal Penrhos
School) on a count back with both on 16points. Meanwhile Ben Batchelor, who
performed creditably in national events and the World Championships, in 2012
was living the dream with three straight wins leaving him to finish on 6pts.
Other creditable performances came from 4thplaced Matthew Perry (IOMYC) 17pts in
his first Tera race; Patrick Cope (IOMYC) 5th; whilst 6th
placed Alastair Joyce (Ogston SC) had the misfortune to capsize on the start
line in the 5th race; clubmate Roscoe Martin sailed consistently to
finish 7th. Many of the inexperienced racers showed great
In all a great weekend of
sailing thoroughly enjoyed by all with special thanks to our sponsor Appleby
Global and to the Isle of man Steam packet Co. Ltd. For their support; to the
Isle of man yacht Club and its Commodore Phil Scott for the presentations and
the excellent BBQ; to race officer Michael Kneale and all the helpers, not
least the ladies for the food and the cakes.
We look forward to seeing
more competitors next year. to next year.
Leading results were, full results will be posted soon Pro Class 1. Ffinlo Wright (IOMYC); 2. Erin Murphy(IOMYC); 3. Angus Smith Rydal Penrhos School; 4 Tony Pitts (IOMYC)
Sport Class 1. Ben Batchelor (IOMYC); 2. Ana paterson (Ripon SC); 3. Thomas Bale (Rydal Penrhos chool); 4. Matthew perry (IOMYC).
Congratulations to all the sailors who took part and a big well done to our new Northern Area Champions!
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