The 420 fleet was greeted with fantastic conditions at Hayling Island for the Spring Championships over the weekend of 1st / 2nd April as a precursor to next week’s RYA Youth Nationals.
Bright sunshine, a just sub-Flag Oscar (steady above 13 kts) wind and excellent race management from Tim Hancock, resulted in achieving four excellent tight races out in the Bay on the Saturday.
The forecast on Sunday was for a dropping wind, on top of a high Spring tide, but conditions offshore remained just about sailable and a further three races were achieved to give a full series.
Izzy Davies and Gemma Keers stamped their authority on the weekend with six race wins to take a fully deserved victory. Hattie Morsley and Pippa Cropley were hot on their heels in second, followed by Vita Heathcote and Milly Boyle in third to give the girls a full podium.
With six girl boats, one mixed and three boys boats in the top ten, it shows that the 420 is a great gender equaliser but the boys will certainly be up to get their own back at the Youth Nationals.
British International Class Chair
With thanks to Mike Catermole for photography
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