UKCRA Youth at the Dart 18 UK National Championships


On Wednesday the 19th of August the Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club dinghy park welcomed the sight of the artic truck which had brought boats directly from the Europeans in Italy. It had been debated for several months which UKCRA Youth sailors would be attending the event but we had a healthy turn out and for once coach Paul Wakelin would also be sailing the event. Wednesday saw all of the boats setup in the Dinghy Park with boats borrowed from various UKIDA members and Paul Wakelin. Club racing in the evening saw a few teams hit the water for a practice drift followed by cheesy chips.

Thursday morning arrived with a steady breeze and come 2pm and with tallies on wrists the boats were pushed down the beach and made their way across the bar to the race area. The first race was immediately a discard as the race started whilst teams were doing an upwind tuning leg. Louder sound signals would have been good. James and Tom King managed to catch up and posted a 17th and 18th. After two races teams returned to the shore and pitched tents on the Millennium Green. The evening saw a quick shop for on the water race fuel followed by the commodore’s reception with a hot buffet meal for all.

Ross Watkins & Jess D'ArcyFriday racing kicked off at noon. There were several general recalls as the tide pushed the fleet across the heavily port biased line. All the teams were getting to grips with the boats and placed a lot higher than the previous day. James and Tim King placed 3rd in race 3 and Jess D’Arcy and Ross Watkins took 10th and 12th place. Sam Rowell and Dan Smith placed 19th and 24th. Caleb Cooper single handing achieved an 8th and 9th place. Fridays evening entertainment was the UKIDA games night along with the classic FFSC golf across the river.

James King - Daisy

Saturday racing kicked off at noon once again. The wind pick up to around 17 knots in the afternoon which meant some hull up action was in order. The fastest part of the course was the bear away around the windward to the spreader mark. Jess and Ross pulled out another 13th place whilst Team King whipped out another 11th and 13th place. Caleb put in an 8th place in what would be the final race of the event. The remained of the afternoon was spent playing crazy golf down Felixstowe Sea Front before getting ready for the 70s themed night. All 70s themed up we were back at the club for non-alcoholic beverages, a cold buffet and terrible dancing.

Sunday was a restless night. Boats remained upright however tents were worse for wear. An average wind of 22 knots gusting 25.4 resulted in the final day of racing being abandoned. The prizegiving was brought forward to noon. Coach Paul Wakelin took 2nd place overall. Team King won the Youth Trophy and Jess D’Arcy took first female helm.


UKCRA Youth Results:

Pos Sail No Helm Name Crew Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
2nd 7911 Paul Wakelin ‑3 3 2 1 2 3 11
13th 7778 James King Tom King 17 18 3 ‑19 11 13 62
16th 6457 Caleb Cooper ‑31 22 8 9 23 8 70
20th 1909 Jess D’Arcy Ross Watkins 22 ‑30 10 12 13 26 83
27th 7443 Sam Rowell Dan Smith (DSQ) 26 19 21 25 20 111

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