Kempe, Penruddocke put on good show at UK regatta
Sebastian Kempe and Adriana Penruddocke flexed their muscles at the UK Laser Association Autumn Qualifier 3 in Weymouth, England, over the weekend.
The Bermuda sailors produced podium displays competing in the 60-strong Laser Radial open division at the two-day regatta, which served as a qualifier for both the World Championships and European Championships in the class.
Kempe won the under-17 division, was third among all male competitors and sixth overall, while Penruddocke placed third in the under-21 female division and 36th overall.
Kempe achieved four top-ten displays during the six-race series with a best finish of second in the fourth race competing in chilly 55F temperatures and breezes ranging between 15 and 18 knots at the venue of the 2012 Olympic sailing regatta.
The 15-year-old might have fared even better had he not been black-flagged in the final race for going over the start line early.
“The weekend was good,” Kempe said. “It was a good chance for me to see where I’m at compared to the rest of the sailors here in the UK.
“I am really happy with my results from the weekend.”
Meanwhile, Penruddocke finished seventeenth in the opening two races with a best showing of eighth in the third.
She said: “It felt really good, especially after not being able to race for so long.
“It just shows that the continuous hard work I’ve been putting in shows on the results.”
The 20-year-old nevertheless managed to secure a spot on the podium despite being ruled out of Sunday’s final three races of the regatta because of other commitments.
“I had a VO2 max fitness test on the Sunday to see where my aerobic capacity is and managed to score a 61,” Penruddocke explained.
“I would have liked to [continue racing on Sunday], but my fitness coach booked me into the slot, which has to be done months in advance, and was before I knew there was going to be racing on that day.”
Former Bermuda resident Matilda Nicholls was the overall winner in the Laser Radial open division.
The British sailor had three firsts, two seconds and a worst finish of seventh to finish five points clear of nearest rival Hannah Snellgrove, the three-times national champion.
“I am really thrilled to have won my first senior event in the Laser Radial,” Nicholls said.
“I have been training hard all year, both with my fitness and sailing with the British Sailing Team.”
She added: “It was really nice to be sailing with Adriana Penruddocke and Sebastian Kempe in the same fleet. I owe so much to Bermuda and the nine years I lived on the island and learnt to sail.
“I regularly get very supportive messages from my Bermuda friends, who are so encouraging of my efforts. My old coach from RBYC, Tom Herbert-Evans, international sailor Tim Patton and Olympian Jay Cameron-Hooper are so very generous with their support.
“I am lucky to now benefit from being a part of the highly successful British Sailing Team and I am working hard to see how far I can progress in this sport.”
Britain’s Finley Dickinson, the top male, finished third to complete the overall podium.