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Harken Laser Radial Nationals at WPNSA

By Jon Emmett on 4 Sep 2011 27 August - 2 September 2011
Jon Emmett is first GBR boat and 4th overall at the Radial Nationals
Jon Emmett is first GBR boat and 4th overall at the Radial Nationals
Photo © Eddie Mays / www.eddiemays.com

The 2011 Radial Nationals was hosted by WPNSA, the venue for the 2012 Olympics, and therefore unsurprisingly featured a strong international contingent, despite being late in the year (many international sailors have spent most of the last three months in Weymouth training and doing Sail for Gold and the Olympic test event regattas). Therefore the standard was exceptionally high.

Total entries were just below the 150 mark (perhaps because the championship was held in the last week of August which is school time for those living north of the border and very close to the start of term for the rest of us). As a result, racing was split into two groups for the first four days, then into Gold and Silver for the final two days, with the intention to race out in the bay as much as possible.

Day one and World ranked number one Evi Van Acker from Belgium started with a bang with a win and a fourth, enjoying the strong westerly wind of a race course that she is now more than used to. Acker finished second overall at the Olympic test event to Marit Bowmeester who was having a week off (she actually came out to watch some of the racing) before returning to training the following week, although her brother raced the standard rig with the two top Dutch sailors pushing hard for the title.

Veronika Fenclova from the Czech republic also had a good first day, but perhaps it was too good, being one of the fifty people who got black flagged, meaning she had a BLF and a second. In fact the international sailors contingent dominated with the top three places, a trend that would follow all week. However Andrea Brewster and Ross Harvey did manage to take a race win.

Bank Holiday Monday and the wind decided to have a little rest, although not a lot! Ross Harvey had a great day with a 1,2 but the internationals continued to dominate. It was a difficult day with sailors playing snakes and ladders with their positions, where you could be two boat lengths from someone but in completely different wind.

Tuesday turned out to be a rest day (just like they have at the Olympics) where the wind failed to show completely (hopefully something that will not happen at the Olympics).

On the final day of the round robin series three races were scheduled with the easterly wind proving difficult to judge as it was coming off the land. This was a day which made or broke the event for many people. Acker came out of the blocks firing, scoring a 1,1,6 although Jon Emmett was the more consistent with a 2,3,2. However unfortunately this was the last time that Van Acker raced. Feeling under the weather on the Thursday, she decided to pull out and fly home early.

The penultimate day was another three racer, but this time in finals. With a weak forecast for the final day it seemed sensible to make the most of the conditions and that is exactly what happened. The standard was now that much higher with not a single person managing three good races! Sam Vandormael showed the best speed, winning two out of three races (but failing to make the top ten) with fellow Belgian Jeroen Belis having the best day counting two thirds. Hannah Snellgrove did her bit for the Brits to take the other race win.

So it really was a mixed championship. The final day was again in light winds, and a three o’clock cut off meant that to get the race in it had to be sailed in the harbour. However the gods were on our side and we managed the final race just before the fog rolled in (like something out of a Stephen King novel).

A tussle on the start line for the Championships saw Fenclova come off the worst allowing Belis to get away. In the end Fenclova finished in the late forties, unable to recover from the bad start, but she still finished a very comfortable second overall and first Lady by a large margin. A third overall from Belis was more than enough to give him the event.

The international sailors really dominated, with the tussle for third between Slap and Emmett. Emmett led Slap around the first windward mark but Slap was just in front of Emmett round the second. Down the final run Slap went right with Emmett left. When the pressure filled in Slap moved to a comfortable win with Emmett dropping to sixth, to lose third overall by one point. Slap also finished first Youth.

So International sailors filled the podium, with Top Brit Emmett winning the National title for the fifth time. First master (and indeed Grand Master) was Ann Keates who had a great final race leading for much of it, although eventually dropping to fifth. Top Junior was Henry Wetherell who if he continues to grow at his current rate will surely be in the Standard rig before too long! The 2012 Championships will be held at Abersoch in July.

Laser racing for the Radials starts again in the form of the World and European Qualifier series which kicks off on the last weekend of September at Highcliffe before travelling to Hayling Island and Paignton in October.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmR1AR1BR2AR2BR3AR3BR4AR4BR5AR5BR6AR6BR7AR7BR8R9R10R11Points
1197516Jeroen BELIS 31 7 2  2 2 262123325
2192635Veronika FENCLOVA BFD2 1 4  3 1 19854734
3192755Levi SLAP2  2 16 BFD 1 3 78BFD4144
4201509Jon EMMETT5  335 5 2 3 2 17613645
5199848Nathalie BRUGGER 24 8 8 3 10 3 7922446
6197515Sam VANDORMAEL3  813 11  7 4 411113450
7193480Ross HARVEY 16  2 110 15 13 62012253
8199867Andrea BREWSTER6  13 1  5 5 11184151555
9200260Michael BECKETT4  7 19 45 7 11 52103255
10196552Nikolaas VAN DE LOOCK 515  6 2 11 6 316311956
11195123Hannah SNELLGROVE 1120  1 1426 2 1 3195762
12196527Claire BLOM 65  18 27 8 9 104514OCS79
13200482David JESSOP7  64 6  4 8 8111420OCS80
14192689Fatima REYES BFD7 2 9 4 4 7 1526171883
15197517Tom PELSMAEKERS 43  13 1020 6 4 10BFD72683
16195188Thomas DECKERS BFD8  17 78 5 10 131382389
17193211Matthias VAN DE LOOCK8  515 18  16 29 141215247110
18199056Manon LUTHER11  14 14 16 9 19 22672219114
19199496Chloe MARTIN13  22 22 87 14 8 2725194120
20187600Niels BROEKHUIZEN14  12 10 5 14 7 1528DNF752612128
21189351Max ROBINSONBFD  10 20 4312 11 5 3517617133
22183281Emiel BRUSSELMANS10  1312 12  12 14 2919222152135
23198479William DE SMET12  15DSQ 14 16 8 18 22191838142
24198904Andrew GREEN 825 6 3 19 21 19 31183021145
25188816Emma PLASSCHAERT BFD27  12 3 10 11 554162342149
26200261Jack PREECE 2214  4 216 12 16 32302755162
27201053Jelmer VAN BEEK DNE11 36 16  15 12 614101616174
28198907Tom GOODEY 710  58 26 19 18 1341653610180
29192525Charlotte GREENHALGH15  17 32 30 13 21 173329348183
30200888Henry WETHERELL BFD9  36 9 38 10 2120232536189
31193225Beth LYGOE9  279 BFD  22 17 22243429OCS193
32201360Tom PIGGOTT 1230 28 15  36 16 1923283158202
33195051Tobias HAMER23  2031 19 24 22 32 42213313206
34197306David PAIN16  1940 28 11 13 12 39583735210
35195034Angus GRAY‑STEPHENS 916 19 10 17 31 34 30394056211
36199297Sophie MCKEEMAN20  16 23 15 30.5 15 2536323829211
37195847Rheanna PAVEY21  28 9 1936 28 29 25273231217
38200262Hannah TILLEY BFD13 17 BFD  29 30 1221333533223
39189355Robbie ROBINSON28  2510 13  21 28 32DNC352839227
40197701Jamie DIAMOND19  1123 24 25 25 14 43373946235
41198292Ann KEATESBFD  305 22 37 36 28 5236415240
42190913Sam BARKER18  35 34 119 16 9 4549DNC50241
43197514Evi VAN‑ACKER1  4 8 61 1 6 DNCDNCDNCDNC244
44182287Peter NEWBERY26  24 7 23 25 22 2449474827247
45198164Georgina POVALL BFD12  11 12 17 34 3147455841250
46195159Sarah BUTTERFIELD 1935 34 20  40 26 953245037254
47197924Edward JONESBFD  929 BFD  18 31 3629314728258
48198892Felicity FOULDS25  32 5 2038 44 15 59605911264
49197278Anna PIGGOTT 1339 37 26  45 27 1838414245281
50169700Rick LONGBOTTOM 3017  42 13 26 42 60.556464422282
51172598Doug HORNER32  23 35 41 20 23 2358444343286
52184170Laura VAN DE LOOCK 1518 14 37 35 20 39 63406054293
53193248Harry HOULDING22  3470 21 15 38 33 403854DNF75295
54197930Thomas WILLIAMS 1438 54 7 34 24 45 46425251301
55185614Anthony PARKE BFD19 16 23 32 30 41 48435649301
56188597Ellie CUMPSTY BFD51  3 2423 40 24 61676120307
57201719Andrew BRIDGMAN 1640 11 BFD 21 39 22 37BFD6462312
58197309Alex JARDINE 1729  26 17 28 47 5665666525319
59201405Abigail HEWITT BFD21 25 38 13 33 26 64505759322
60169089Alexander ALCOCK 2341  29 2518 9 17 DNFDNCDNC53324
61171774Alexander STILL35  4249 30  34 35 1651546230327
62196912Kieran HILLBFD  2638 BFD 14 19 27 55516344337
63198883Alice BURFORD 3126 45 BFD  35 20 4460636714338
64198905Josh STONEBFD  33 30 6430 18 25 70594940348
65184360Stuart KEEGAN 3223  55 40 24 51.5 3444554561348.5
66173521Josh KERR 2622 72 51 33 29 40 34615560350
67197765David SUMMERVILLE BFD31  39 3527 35 38 505246DNC353
68169214Ollie SELLERS 2544  15 3429 41 20 685669DSQ357
69195064Matthew ALDOUS‑HORNE27  BFD27 33 44 26 43 625351DNC366
70198602Ben BROWNBFD  4524 25  23 24 53695753DNC373
71201018Luke BURYWOOD17  43 28 4949 34 36 57486863375
72193247Will SELLERSBFD  4026 32 28 32 47 67626648381
73199438Johanna ASPLUND38  3121 40  27 37 28666470DNC382
74196171Dan BULLOCK DNCDNC 47 48  30.5 51.5 60.5DNCDNCDNCDNC536.5

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