Sam Pearson wins first round of the Royal Southern Academy Match Cup

Issued by: Peta Stuart-Hunt

Photo, courtesy of Colin Hall: Sam Pearson, Tristan Jaques and Tom Dawson looking ahead to another win.

Sam Pearson led from the front throughout Heat 1 of the Royal Southern Academy Match Cup held on the Solent in Laser SB3s on 31 March/1 April.

Pearson, with Tristan Jaques on main and tactics and Tom Dawson trimming, booked his place in the 2012 Final with a perfect score of 10 wins and no losses in the Round Robins, and 2:0 in the final against Lucas Brun (BRA), Aleix Selles and George Collett.

Sam commented, “We hadn’t sailed together as Team Wight Match for a while so this was very useful to get back into trim for the 2012 season.  A big thank you to the Royal Southern and the umpiring team, especially David Battye for the pre-event rules seminar, a very useful addition.”

In the hard-fought petit final, Charlotte Lawrence and her all-girl crew, Katie McKenzie, Lavinia Paternoster and Jody Sanders, prevailed 2:1 over Savage Sailing Team helmed by Chris Savage.  This could have gone either way as in the second match Charlotte charged over the line just a metre ahead of Chris as he unwound his penalty on the line.

All these teams are now invited to the Final on 23/24 June.  Heat 2 is on 14/15 April with another pre-event seminar on 13 April.  Early entrants include Ali Hall and Rob Gullan, last year’s semi-finalists, and there are still two spaces free.  Pearson, who also won last year, will be the man to beat for the ‘Bill Foulkes Aladdin’s Cave’ Trophy and a guaranteed entry into the RYA National Match Race Final.

Royal Southern Academy Chairman, Karen Henderson-Williams added, “With Academy teams coming first and second, we must be doing something right!  Do come and join us.”



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