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420 Spring Championship at Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy

by Jackie Taylor on 22 Mar 2012 17-18 March 2012
Spring Championships © Tom Mapplebeck

The 420’s assembled at Weymouth for their Spring Championships sponsored by CurraDinghy, and the second instalment of the 420 Worlds and Junior Europeans Selection series. Unlike any previous 420 Class event we were joined on our course by the Laser 4.7s who were holding their second European Selection and Ladder event.

The 420s led the charge on to the water with the intention of having one race before the 4.7s launched. However, contrary to the previous nights weather forecast, the wind didn’t play ball and when the 4.7s made it to the start line for their first race the 420s were still waiting patiently. Race 1 finally got under way as the wind started to fill in and Tim and Ed Riley took a convincing first place. Race 2 followed with Craig Dibb and Charlie Cox taking the gun. For race 3 the wind started to pick up and the sailors were more than happy to see the Oscar flag fly for a while meaning the jury could take a tea break. Sarah Alton and Molly Frost crossed the line first putting them back in the running.

After 3 races the 4.7s set off for the shore but the hardy 420s stayed out for one more race. Having grumbled slightly about a 4th race, Annabel Vose and Kirstie Urwin crossed the line smiling to take the win. The day ended with Tim and Ed Riley leading, closely followed by Annabel Vose and Kirstie Urwin, with Craig Dibb and Charlie Cox, and Sarah Alton and Molly Frost on equal points in 3rd and 4th.

Sailors awoke on day 2 to find even less wind than expected, i.e. none! At launch time some breeze had started to fill in but it was very unstable. Race 5 was started but half way up the first beat a massive wind shift meant the race was abandoned and the sailors all returned to the start line for another go. The committee boat moved several times as the wind continued to shift around, allowing time for tea and sausage rolls for the race committee, and then it was decided to have another go. This time the fleet made it to the windward mark and the race was won by Eleni Morus and Anna Greenwell, followed by Harry Derbyshire and Tom Lovesey. After a further frustrating couple of hours the wind was not prepared to play ball and was too unsteady to lay a course, so racing was abandoned for the day and the 420s headed ashore.

With 5 races completed and one discard, the event was won by Tim and Ed Riley, with Annabel Vose and Kirstie Urwin 2nd and 1st girls, and Harry Derbyshire and Tom Lovesey, 3rd.

The Class would like to thank everyone who helped over the weekend and CurraDinghy, our sponsor who donated the prizes.

Overall Results:

PosSailNumberHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5Pts
154415Tim RILEYEd RILEY16221311
254314Annabel VOSEKirstie URWIN33512212
354082Harry DERBYSHIRETom LOVESEY15269219
454182Craig DIBBCharlie COX51871121
554194Jess LAVERYGeorgie MOTHERSELE137155328
654057Isabel FITZGERALDKat COLVIN128414428
754164Toby MORSLEYMatt WALLIS49911628
854482Callum AIRLIEJoseph BUTTERWORTH231634831
954124Sarah ALTONMolly FROST751202933
1053871Hugo SLOPERJames DODD1911713940
1154379Charlotte FITZGERALDEmma SPRUCE10141431441
1254417Robert DICKSONSean WADDILOVE81218151247
1353866Annabel CATTERMOLEBryony BENNETT‑LLOYD18419121549
1454418Tarra GILL‑TAYLORMegan BRICKWOOD20101721552
1553958Caroline CROFTHenriette BRAND2819206752
1653703Ben HAZELDINERhos HAWES9251681952
1752407Adam HYLANDBill STAUNTON223DNF102358
1854130Nicolas FERELLECBaptiste SZEKELY141710DSQ2061
1952915James TAYLORRobert BADDELEY61329162762
2052868Eleni MORUSAnna GREENWELL17DSQ2723168
2154520Mathilde DOYEN PORTALMarine RIOU261811182471
2252230Scott WALLISJosh VOLLER242022261076
2354163Matt FOSKETTChris TAYLOR222112222176
2454364Alistair GRAYAlan MCINTOSH162813332683
2554536William KENNEDYAlex CURTIS113221243086
2653156Patrick CROSBIEGrattan D'ESTERRE ROBERTSDNC2624191786
2752566Morgan DibbGemma BIRD312425251892
2853959Emily KINVERMartha HASLAM272232321697
2952674Lucy YEATESEllie DEVEREUX212930173197
3053644Rosie WATKINSMidge WATKINS2530232728103
3154125Jennifer ABRAHAMEmily MCCALL32153128DNC106
3253966Jemima LAWSONLily SUMMERS3031282925112
3353232Ella STOGGALLGeorgie CAGE2927263032112
3452426Katie KINVERGeorgina HEARTH3333333133130
3549399Joseph CHADWICKNia CROCKFORD3434DNF3434136

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