SAILING: Niall’s first regatta title at Welland Yacht Club

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Nine boats competed in Welland Yacht Club’s novice regatta over three races.

Requirement of entry is that you have not won a regatta or race series in the past, as all entrants are classed as novice only boat handicaps apply – not personal.

Juniors Emma Agar, Lucy Burton and Niall Holland were looking for their first regatta title, each in a different class of boat – Topper, Topper Byte and RS Feva respectively.

Race one got under way with a reasonable breeze as the Laser of Phil Robertson broke away, closely followed by Burton, Agar, Kiala Burton and Holland and last away Mark Holland (Laser) with pairing Gerrit van Haren and Martin Cook (RS Vision).

The faster boats soon opened up a lead knowing that the handicap would even things up.

Despite a capsize Niall Holland managed the win, followed by Robertson second and Agar third.

Race two saw late entry Rebecca Slator (Topper) replace Robertson.

The wind was increasing slightly, proving a challenge for some.

Niall Holland made the best of the start and maintained the lead from start to finish to take his second win of the day, followed by Slator 
second and Agar third.

By the time of the start of race three the wind had really picked up with another late entry Gail Follington (Laser radial) and the return of Robertson.

The conditions favoured the adults in this race with the gusts being more than a match for the lighter juniors.

After capsizing multiple times Niall Holland retired from the race with Slator taking the win, followed by Robertson second and Follington third.

The overall result was close with the top two having a DNF apiece, but with two wins Niall Holland took overall victory above Slator, leaving Robertson in third.

Another successful day for the junior section proved again the club’s commitment to development.

Anyone interested in getting involved in sailing should email secretary@wellandyachtclub.co.uk