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!
|1st||8||Rick Peacock||Alain Sign||WPNSA||4||-5||4||1||1||1||1||12|
|2nd||104||Dave Evans||Stu Bithel||Corous SC/Hollingworth SC||2||2||2||-3||3||2||2||13|
|3rd||5||Dylan Fletcher||Mary Rook||Petersford SC||1||1||3||4||4||4||(DNC)||17|
|4th||1110||Daniel Henderson||George Hand||Thorpe Bay YC||-6||6||1||2||2||3||5||19|
|5th||1027||James McIntosh||Brendon Jenner|| ||(DNC)||3||8||11||5||6||3||36|
|6th||109||Matther Rickard||Andrew Torboton||Africa Sailing||(DNC)||9||7||5||8||5||4||38|
|7th||1182||Miles Burrage||Mason Burrage||Thorpe Bay YC||-9||4||6||8||9||7||9||43|
|8th||104||Edd Clayson||John Gimson||Hill Head Sailing Club||3||8||5||6||7||(DNC)||DNC||45|
|9th||1098||Simon Conway||Rich Sheridan||Erith YC||5||10||-11||9||11||9||6||50|
|10th||940||Matt Humphreys||Luke Yeates||Weston SC||10||-11||9||7||6||11||7||50|
|12th||998||Robert Large||James Large||Waveny and Oulton Broad YC||8||12||-14||12||12||8||8||60|
|13th||445||Alison Davies||Tobi Watson||Loch Lomond SC||12||-13||13||13||13||10||10||71|
|14th||698||David Papworth||Mike Wallis||GWSC||11||14||12||14||14||(DNC)||DNC||81|
|15th||2||Bruce Allan||Alec Boere||Datchet Water Sailing Club||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||15||DNC||11||90|