This afternoon’s tense qualifying races were watched live by a number of club members as Jodok Gerber sought to win through the initial qualification stage in the RYA’s Spring Virtual Sailing Club Championship.
Lining up in a flight against 13 other club champions, including those from Maidenhead SC, Ranelagh, QMSC, Whitstable YC, Welsh Harp, Wembley, and RTYC, the quality of the field was strong.
Supported by representatives from the Tamesis Club virtual sailing strategy brainstrust, Jodok set about the competition in the businesslike manner that saw him triumph in the club qualifiers. However, this was to be no walk in the park. A combination of savvy competition, and a couple of bloopers while leading the second race robbed Jodok of the chance to challenge for a podium spot.
However, he did enough to finish a creditable fifth in his flight with a net score of 13, and twelfth out of 19 qualifiers for the regional final on Friday 15 May.
There is only one spot available from Friday’s racing for the national final so the racing will be all about skill, fine margins, keeping one’s head out of the boat, reading the shifts, improvising, and staying calm under pressure. Sailing on the river at Tamesis Club will have been an ideal training ground!
To watch the action live, join as a spectator on the Virtual Regatta Inshore app. The first race is due to start at 1pm and you can expect to receive updates from Jodok between races on the Tamesis Club Sailing Whatsapp group.