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Harken 29er Grand Prix at Queen Mary Sailing Club - Overall

By Bill Tucker on 4 Jun 2012 2-3 June 2012

‘Twas the day a million people came out to watch the boats – OK, that bit was some 10 miles further East on the Thames. But we had the better weather. Only light drizzle for R5 and half of R6 then it cleared and the wind rose from the fairly sedate 6-8kts to perhaps 10-12 and rising.

Shifts and windbands were common place and as the day before it really, really paid to be able to stay in them. Going on hot angles downwind you had to potentially bear away some 20 odd degrees if you fell out of the pressure and that was exacerbated when you then tried to gybe back. The only way of saving yourself was gybing immediately, the moment you felt the pressure drop.

One seasoned observer noted the following – at the front they were almost all hotting it up all the time, in the middle most mixed hotting it up with soaking and at the back there was a lot of soaking going on – hmmm. But we guess that the sailors were beginning to get the hang of them for Day 2 marked the return of reward for consistency. Outrageously all 3 top boats scored an identical 8pts today, even if only two of them did so by counting all 3 of the days races!

So the biggest box of choccies went to Ben Batten & Tim Gratton, top girls were Vikki Payne & Steffi Orton in 2nd whilst 3rd were the Time Lords, otherwise known as Phil Walker & John Mather (some feat of organisation to arrive 35 mins before the start and make it out in time at every single GP!).

Queen Mary provided great race management and their hospitality was as ever the business in their newly refurbished club house. Thank You. The full set of winners from each category was as follows with their thanks to the series sponsors – Harken.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1st773Ben BATTENTim GRATTONLymington Town SC/HISC / Ltsc622-1113418
2nd1960Vikki PAYNEStephanie ORTONEmsworth SC/Chichester YC-1315832322
3rd703Phil WALKERJohn MATHERDraycote/Draycote1835-117125
4th1196Charlotte HOOPERMolly BROWNRoyal Burnham YC/Royal Burnham YC546346-1328
5th1858Jack HAWKINSChristopher THOMASRestronguet SC/St Mawes25(BFD)1055229
6th2025Matt VENABLESWill ALLOWAYSutton SC/Sutton SC73-9179532
7th382Jovian SHORTJacob BARNETTRoyal Torbay YC/Royal Torbay YC47-114108942
8th2027Rob LOVERIDGEEmma LOVERIDGEDraycote Water/Draycote Water313(BFD)1524744
9th2040Joan FURNESSAbbie PAGEDraycote Water/Draycote Water-17919811745
10th1220Murray HAMPSHIREHugh WARDQueen Mary/Queen Mary1067212-151552
11th1754Ollie COOPERJames POYNERHayling Island SC/Hayling Island SC9-144136101254
12th2018Ruth ALLANAlice MASTERMANEmsworth SC/HISC-161012715121167
13th1509Will HARRISChris BREWERQueen Mary SC/Parkstone YC11(BFD)8141711869
14th394Ed CONNELLANMatthew RHODESMiddle Nene Sc/Rutland Sailing Club1212156-20191074
15th1782George MEREDITHAshley GREENALLGrafam Water SC/Grafam Water SC1415-2220913677
16th1490Curtis MEARNSJamie CATCHPOLELeigh and Lowton SC/Leigh and Lowton SC8-19181213181685
17th771Robert BADDELEYLuke BURYWOODBurghfield / Hayling Island/Burghfield /151614-2418161897
18th543Jane FURNESSEllie HIDEDraycote Water/Draycote Water-2611162216142099
19th1248Barnaby BLACKSTONEGuy WILKINSONBewl Valley / HISC/Royal Lymington / HIS21181918-232214112
20th722Robert MORRISTess ALLANSCYC/Emsworth SC18(BFD)1023142523113
21st1275Hugo TUCKERTim COLLINOEmsworth SC/Emsworth SC20171721-281722114
22nd1235Abigail CROFTJennifer CANTQueen Mary/Queen Mary222020191923-24123
23rd1200Rebekka THOMASJessica ANNETTCBYC / Llandegfedd/CBYC / Llandegfedd1922211722-2725126
24th900Dan VENABLESFinn MURPHYSutton/Portishead232513162726(DNF)130
25th342Rory HUMPHRIESChris BARNESLeigh & Lowton/Leigh & Lowton242124252520-28139
26th1322Huw WHITWORTHHarry WILSONDatchet Water SC/Datchet Water SC-27232326242426146
27th2076Will ACRESFinbar PRESTONEmsworth SC/Emsworth SC25(DNC)DNCDNC262119155
28th1249Kim MAY-PAPAILIOUNia CROCKFORDPoole YC/Poole YC2824252729-3027160
29th723Edward COATESDavid JACKSONBough Beech SC/Bough Beech SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC212821166
30th1277Martha RHODESBex STOWEMiddle Nene SC/Rutland SC29262628-302929167
31st1026Imogen SMITHLucy HARRISBough Beech SC/Queen Mary SC(DNC)2727DNFDNCDNCDNC182

Ladies top 3:
Vikki Payne & Steffi Orton 2nd
Charlotte Hooper & Molly Brown 4th
Joan Furness & Abbie Page 9th

U16 top 3:
Curtis Mearns & Jamie Catchpole 16th
Jane Furness & Ellie Hide 18th
Hugo Tucker & Tim Collino 21st

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