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South/South-West Zone Championships
By Jake Bowhay
I have recently got back from the combined South and South-West Zone championships in Weymouth. With 66 Toppers registered and a decent looking forecast it was set to be a great weekend. My goal for the event was to get on the podium as I really wanted to finish my season on a high.
Saturday dawned and it was a beautiful day although slightly less windy than I would have liked with around 6/7 knots in the morning building to around 10 for the afternoon. After a short briefing we sailed out to the course. The first two races I finished disappointingly despite following my pre-race plan. So I changed my strategy and headed out to the right as it looked like there was slightly more breeze. This paid off and my results improved.
I finished the day in 10th place so I knew I had a lot of work to do to get on to the podium. Day one was dominated by Hugo Burrows who took a very impressive 4 race wins.
Day 2 arrived and much more wind at last! Race five went well with a 4th. In race 6 I headed left up the first beat and that paid off well as I rounded the windward mark in 2nd behind Team Rooster’s Charlie South. After a tough battle downwind we split at the gate. I decided to head left again and this paid off as I managed to win the race. Race 7 I decided to stick to the same side of the course as before. This worked well and I finished 2nd.
Overall I finished 3rd and 2nd South with Hugo winning the overall event. Next event on the calendar is the final event in the Southern Area Topper Traveller series in which I’m currently second .
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