Sue Pelling caught up with Simon Evans (Sir Thomas Moore School student) at the race day at the National School Sailing Association at Derwent Reservoir

Sixteen year old Simon Evans from Northumberland is competing for the third time at the Schools regatta at Derwent Reservoir SC. Having won his class at last year’s event sailing a 420, he’s opted to race a Topper.

So far he results are looking good with two fifths on the first day leaving him in third overall. However, out on the water today (24 July) for the Tuesday he made a tactical error, which saw him struggling off the startline in the 100-boat fleet.

SP: So what went wrong with the race today?

SE: As Adam Bowers so rightly pointed out in our morning briefing ‘the winning is in the starting’. Unfortunately I was not there this morning. I got in to bad situation on the start line and rounded the top mark in 20th. I clawed a bit back and eventually finished in 12th or 13th place overall.

SP: Who are your closest rivals out there on the race course this week?

SE: Mark Heather, Danny Boatman, Alex Cruttenden and Jonathan White. There are a lot of really good Topper sailors out there so it’s going to very hard to predict a result.

SP: What’s your immediate sailing ambition?

SE: To sail a Laser at this event next year.

SP: What about the Topper nationals, surely you’ll be competing at that?

SE: Yes, I’m looking forward to that because it’s at Pwhelli and I wan to beat my Topper world championship result of 23rd overall.

SP: What do you enjoy most at the NSSA regatta?

SE: The sailing is good but I really enjoy the social, you meet loads of new friends and the parties are great.

SP: And you are all camping?

SE: Yes, but unfortunately we’ve been a bit naughty over the last couple of nights so our tent is being watched!

SP: I’m sure it is! Good luck with the remainder of the regatta.