West Sussex Schools and Youth Sailing Association (WSSYSA) is looking forward to its flagship event: the Annual Regatta, on 9/10th September being hosted by Dell Quay Sailing Club in Chichester Harbour. The WSSYSA executive committee look forward to seeing you there.
The Association would appear to have reached a ‘cross roads’ in its development and would like to discuss with you (the lead adult members of participating sailing clubs) the organisation of WSSYSA activities in 2018. You will know the Association has historically provided a broad scope of activities including the Topper Travellers Race Series, similar series for Lasers, Racing Rules seminar, Instructor training, and sponsored a team attending the National Schools Sailing Association’s (NSSA) annual regatta. The Executive committee has decided to consolidates its efforts in future and only support an Annual Regatta.
To spell this out, this means there will, no longer, be any support for a team to represent West Sussex at any NSSA event, no Traveller racing series nor any training events delivered by WSSYSA in future. This has been largely driven by the dwindling number of people able to commit their time to volunteer and support the Association and organise / deliver it’s activities.
Looking ahead, in order to continue operation of the Annual Regatta, the existing Executive want to widen representation and participation from the Sailing Clubs and form a larger Committee whose sole and only purpose is to deliver the Annual Regatta. This would mean attending 3 meetings a year to make the event happen and provide support to the hosting Club / Centre.
We have always been fortunate to have volunteer clubs wishing to host our annual event. If your club is keen to host the 2018 event, please contact Martin Tomlinson (on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 07377 698869) to confirm your interest as soon as possible (first come first served!).
Please give the future development of the WSSYSA some thought. The Executive shall be organising a meeting during the regatta weekend, on the 9/10th September 2017, to discuss this further. We are all expecting another excellent turnout and look forward to recruiting sufficient support to continue running these popular events.
The final event in the series was completed at Arun YC. High winds meant the event comprised only two races, but the three main contenders for the series (Alfie Lester, Miles Vidler, and Oliver Wattam) all braved the elements to fight to the finish. In the end, Alfie took first place, from Oliver in second and Miles in third.
And so to the final results for the Topper Traveller series. With the results at Arun not affecting the previous placings, it’s congratulations to our top three sailors:
1st: Alfie Lester (Felpham)
2nd: Miles Vidler (Crawley Mariners)
3rd: Oliver Wattam (AYAC)
Prizes will be presented at the end of the WSSYSA Regatta at Dell Quay SC on 9-10 September.
WSSYSA apologises to all sailors participating in the Topper Traveller this year for the lack of clarify regarding the scheduling of events counting towards the series and the method for calculating the overall results. With this post we hope to restore the balance.
The WSSYSA Topper Traveller was intended to comprise six events at Crawley, West Wittering, Chichester, Felpham, AYAC, and Arun, with the best four scores to count for each sailor and with only sailors from affiliated clubs included. However, due to some administrative oversights, two corrections must be made to the series schedule.
Firstly, an event was scheduled at Lancing SC on the same day as the event at West Wittering event. Due to bad weather the West Wittering event was cancelled. However, because many Topper sailors were encouraged to attend the Lancing event and did so in good faith, we are counting the Lancing event within the series.
Secondly, it was unclear to sailors whether the Topper Traveller event at Chichester YC was the Club Open Dinghy Regatta on 25 June or the Topper Open on 9 July. Again, Traveller sailors variously attended both events in good faith and we are going to count both events towards the series scores. In a further twist, the results at Chichester on 9 July were calculcated as separate 5.3 and 4.2 fleets with no way of combining the results in to a single fleet; accordingly the 5.3 and 4.2 results have been counted as separate races when calculating the series scores.
Taken all of this into account, the current Topper Traveller standings provided below are based on the results of seven events completed (Crawley Mariners, Lancing, Chichester x 3, Felpham, and AYAC) with one left to complete at Arun on 30 July (see the events listings for NoR and SIs). Alfie Lester currently leads comfortably from Miles Vidler, Oliver Wattam and Sam Brackley, but with Sam currently counting a DNC a high finishing place at Arun could see him challenge Alfie for the title. Overall, 45 sailors have now competed in the series, with 15 competing in more than one event.
If you spot any errors in the results, please do drop the association a line via the WSSYSA website ‘Contact’ button and we’ll look into it.
We look forward to seeing you at Arun for the decider!