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49er Inland Championships at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by Dylan Fletcher on 10 Nov 2011 5-6 November 2011

Misty start to the first day, 15 boats met in the killer shrimp infested waters of Grafham lake! With light and shifty conditions, quick out of the blocks were Dylan Fletcher (current 49er European Champion) and Mary Rook (current match racing world champion) taking the first two race wins.

Daniel Henderson (musto skiff world champion) and George Hand took the third race line honours. Final race of the day was won by Rick Peacock (reigning inland champion) and Alain Sign both usually found at the front of the boat. But consistency from Stuart Bithell (2010 endeavour champion and 470 olympic hopeful) and Dave Evans (49er world ranking #3) left them on equal points with Dylan and Mary, but loosing out to a girl (and dylan) with no race wins over night.

Overnight Alain heard the rumours of the rewards of race wins and with the increased wind, dominated the final day with three race wins to take the overall title!

Second went to consistent pair Dave and Stu despite a little swim downwind on the last day!! Third was Dylan and Mary top girl crew and one of two girls in the fleet working towards a 2016 girls skiff campaign!

Great inland conditions, race management and hospitality from Grafham water and Ovington boats all in all a cracking event!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1st8Rick PeacockAlain SignWPNSA4-54111112
2nd104Dave EvansStu BithelCorous SC/Hollingworth SC222-332213
3rd5Dylan FletcherMary RookPetersford SC113444(DNC)17
4th1110Daniel HendersonGeorge HandThorpe Bay YC-661223519
5th1027James McIntoshBrendon Jenner (DNC)381156336
6th109Matther RickardAndrew TorbotonAfrica Sailing(DNC)97585438
7th1182Miles BurrageMason BurrageThorpe Bay YC-946897943
8th104Edd ClaysonJohn GimsonHill Head Sailing Club38567(DNC)DNC45
9th1098Simon ConwayRich SheridanErith YC510-119119650
10th940Matt HumphreysLuke YeatesWeston SC10-1197611750
11th708T.MuttT.ClaytonStone SC7710101012(DNC)56
12th998Robert LargeJames LargeWaveny and Oulton Broad YC812-1412128860
13th445Alison DaviesTobi WatsonLoch Lomond SC12-13131313101071
14th698David PapworthMike WallisGWSC1114121414(DNC)DNC81
15th2Bruce AllanAlec BoereDatchet Water Sailing Club(DNC)DNCDNCDNC15DNC1190

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