Luke Fisher Wins RS Vareo Nationals

Luke Fisher from Emberton Park Sailing Club recently competed in and won the Volvo Noble Marine RS Vareo National Championship at Weston Sailing Club on 18th September 2017.

For the full report, follow this link…

Overall Results:

First overall and also Grand Prix Winner – Luke Fisher, Emberton Park
Second overall, first Master and Grand Prix Third – Nick Crickmore, WOBYC
Third overall and first Grandmaster – Alan Bassett, Weirwood
Fourth overall, First lady and Grand Prix second – Cheryl Wood, Pennine
Best newcomer Darren Prior, Langstone
Persistence prize – Mike Dicker, Dell Quay

Pos Sail No Club Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Pts
1st 407 Emberton Park SC Luke Fisher ‑2 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 ‑3 8
2nd 165 Waveney & Oulton Broad YC Nicholas Crickmore 1 2 4 ‑5 3 4 2 ‑5 2 18
3rd 247 Weirwood SC Alan Bassett ‑5 4 2 2 1 2 4 3 (DNC) 18
4th 660 Pennine SC Cheryl Wood 3 ‑5 ‑5 3 4 5 3 2 1 21
5th 147 Langstone SC Darren Prior 4 3 3 4 5 3 5 ‑6 (DNC) 27
6th 436 Dell Quay SC Mike Dicker 6 6 6 6 (DNF) 6 6 4 (DNC) 40
7th 416 Warsash SC Chris Hughes (DNC) (DNC) DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 63
7th 547 South Cerney SC Kevin Weatherhead (DNC) (DNC) DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 63


EPSC at NSSA Regatta 2017

A contingent of 23 youngsters from Milton Keynes & Bucks Youth Sailing Association (MKBYSA) took part in the annual National Schools Sailing Association Regatta at Grafham Water during the last week of July.

The MKBYSA team was selected from sailors from 4 local sailing clubs, namely Emberton Park SC, Haversham SC, Milton Keynes SC and Great Moor SC.

This event attracts over 400 youngsters (11 to 18 yrs) in 20+ sailing teams from all over the UK. The Regatta comprises of 6 different fleets with 11 races each over 4 days, with the Wednesday considered a “day off” …unless you were competing in the “All Comers” race or the prestigious Mount Hayes Cup race which are both held that day.

Monday was the first race day, and the racing was tough going as the wind decided it was going to try and blow the boots off the young sailors. The rescue cover was kept very busy all day, with most people getting a “dunking” at some point. The uploaded photos from the day showed just how tough the conditions had been. The 4 sailors from EPSC secured good results in their first 3 races.

Tuesday, “what a difference a day makes”. The sun was out, but the wind had disappeared. The racing was subdued until the wind decided to make more of an appearance in the afternoon. The Emberton Park sailors are used to light wind conditions and gained some high positions in their second 3 races, i.e. Jack a 1st, Elizabeth an 11th.

Wednesday, was the Mount Hayes Trophy race. Each team races in similar boats, in knock out heats. Unfortunately, the MKBYSA team were knocked out in the early stages, with Cambridge going on to win the Trophy.

Thursday, normal racing was resumed, with Daniel Fisher achieving a 5th and 6th place in the Laser Radial fleet and Jack Bryant finishing in the top 6 again, in the Laser 4.7 fleet, both sailors putting pressure on the other leading teams.

Friday saw the wind return in force, with gusts over 22mph. The last 2 races of the event today were going to decide the top positions for the Laser fleets.  The final positions after 11 races were:

Laser Radial Fleet (55 boats competing):

Daniel Fisher 15th and Oliver Human 48th

Laser 4.7 Fleet (34 boats competing):

Jack Bryant 2nd and Elizabeth Richardson 13th

During the Trophy Presentation on Friday Evening, Jack Bryant was presented with a trophy for being the highest placed boat in the MKBYSA team, and Daniel Fisher was presented with a trophy for his contributions to the team.

The selection for next year’s MKBYSA team takes place at Haversham SC in November for the NSSA Regatta 2018 at Datchet Water.

Social – Annual Presentation Evening & Social

Saturday 9 March – Annual Presentation Evening & Social, 7:00pm, EPSC Clubhouse

The Annual Presentation Evening will be held at EPSC Clubhouse on Saturday 9th March.

Come along and congratulate those members who have some “silverware” to collect, and enjoy a fun evening afterwards, with an “unusual and very different” quiz, with team prizes for the winners and spot prizes throughout the evening.

Mike Griffiths will be organising the event and entertainment.

2 course meal is £7.00 for adults and £5 for children.

New Years Day Race 2017

Difficult conditions for the sailors during the New Years Day Race, meant Rob Bell (safety boat), was kept busy for the hour long race. Congratulations to Jack Bryant for leading the way from the start.

New Years Day Race 2017

EPSC Christmas Party 2016

A great evening was had by all at the annual EPSC Christmas Party. Lots of food, lots of laughs and lots of singing carols accompanied by the EPSC “scratch” band.

Sailors qualify for NSSA 2017

The NSSA trials were held at Haversham SC on 19 November 2016. 25 under 18 sailors qualified for the NSSA Regatta, which will take place at Grafham SC in July 2017. Four EPSC sailors were amongst those that received a place, namely, Elizabeth Richardson, Jack Bryant, Oliver Human and Daniel Fisher.

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