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Sailing: Twins star in Open Series

Sailing: Twins star in Open Series

By Andy Mitchell

Sailing: Twins triumph in Open Series

TWINS Emilia and Charlotte Boyle took the honours on home waters having secured the top two places in Royal Lymington Yacht Club’s Optimist Open Series last weekend.

The event, which attracted more than 100 youngsters from across the country, saw four members of the host club finish in the main fleet’s top six, which was keenly contested across seven individual races.

Overall winner Emilia secured victory in the fourth race and won by five points from Charlotte who won race five. Hattie Rogers took two individual race victories but her challenge for top spot was curtailed by a 27-point total in the fourth showdown.

William Heathcote, Royal Lymington’s top male performer, started well with top-two finishes in his first three races but ultimately faded away to fifth.

Optimist Open Series – main fleet results (top six): 1 Emilia Boyle (Royal Lymington) 27.0, 2 Charlotte Boyle (Royal Lymington) 32.0, 3 Henry Chandler (Emsworth) 33.0, 4 Jamie Harris (BCYC) 35.0, 5 William Heathcote (Royal Lymington) 44.0, 6 Hattie Rogers (Royal Lymington) 47.0.

  • Edward Beardsall was dominant in the Regatta fleet with Salterns member Tom Ling third courtesy of some consistent displays, including a runners-up spot in the sixth and final race.

Maya Williams was Royal Lymington’s top performer and also the number one female with fifth place in the Regatta, while Freddie Howarth of Poole Yacht Club came sixth out of 31 competitors.

On the event, Royal Lymington secretary Kevin Podger said: “These youngsters have the potential to be the champions of the future.

“We enjoyed a very high standard of racing given their ages.

“We were very pleased to see the club so well represented and it was just reward for the efforts of our volunteers, coaches and parents.”

  • A limited fleet of five boats took part in Saturday’s Spinlock and Harken IRC1 fleet as victory saw Fergus Roper and Rupert Holton move to the summit in Jibe.

Stephen Hopson (Figaro II) came second after failing to finish April’s race, while William Newton (Jibe) took third Just two boats finished in the LH fleet which saw David Hough (Aventurera) maintain top spot ahead of Royal Lymington’s John Turner (Dynamic).

  • Top-four finishes in races three and four proved enough for Ashley and Helen Smith (Wanderer) to emerge victorious in Highcliffe Sailing Club’s Harbour Challenge Series on Sunday.

In bright sunny conditions with wind averaging between two and 10 knots, Tania Tarrant (Laser) blazed a trail round the course to take first in both races, securing joint-second spot overall alongside Malcolm Briggs (Mirror), who had won twice at the previous meeting.

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Narendra Modi government wants to make 'dead' Yamuna navigable

New Delhi: Can you visualise boats sailing on the almost dead Yamuna river in Delhi? The Narendra Modi government is exploring the possibility of making the river – and possibly other rivers as well – navigable to transport people and goods.

Roads and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari had called a meeting of Delhi government officials on the issue and sought their opinion on it, a top government official said.

The newly-elected BJP-led government is planning to create a national waterway grid by linking major rivers in the country to ferry people and goods.

“Minister Gadkari asked us whether Yamuna river can be made navigable. He has asked us to come up with suggestions to make it possible,” another Delhi government official told IANS, requesting anonymity.

Sources in the government said top officials of Delhi government’s environment department, Delhi Jal Board and Irrigation and Flood department were present at the meeting.

“We will have to study the feasibility of the project. There will be a meeting with the minister on this issue soon. We have already apprised him of the current status of the river,” said another official.

However, environmentalists find the idea as “not well placed”.

“The idea of rejuvenating Yamuna for navigation is not well placed. The Yamuna river has never had appreciable water during the lean season,” said Manoj Mishra, convener of Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan.

“It is to be seen whether they construct a water barrage and then make Yamuna navigable. But then it will not be Yamuna but a canal,” Mishra told IANS.

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