Saturday 22nd April saw the Toppers return to Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre. Here is our race report from Leo Wilkinson.
Twenty two Toppers took part in this city Traveller Series event, with nine local sailors from DWSC entering. We launched into 6-10 knots of breeze on Millwall Outer Dock, but it was very patchy and shifty with all the skyscrapers around. The first race started with a tight pin end bias with myself, Fin, Coco and Curtis breaking away from the pack. We tussled all race but eventually Fin got ahead, followed by me, Curtis, Aaron and Coco.
In between races there was a big left hand shift which made the started even tighter at the pin, resulting in a single recall. In that race we discovered that whilst going down wind, if you sailed as close as you dared to the dock wall, you accelerated, even though there were tall buildings above you. I won, followed tightly by Fin and Yana.
In race three the wind levelled our over the course and it was between Fin, Coco, Curtis and myself but Fin romped away, leaving Coco in second and Curtis in third positions.
Going into the final race, with Coco having an OCS in the second race and Curtis a couple of points behind, it was a race between Fin and I for the overall top position. Fin won the race with Curtis, me and Coco having a photo finish.
Congratulations to Fin on his win in challenging conditions. Thanks to the club volunteers, all the competitors and all the parents for braving the centre of London.