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Noble Marine 29er 2015 Winter Championships and Harken Grand Prix 1

by Oli Aldridge on 22 Jan 2015 17-18 January 2015
29er Noble Marine Winter Championship and Harken Grand Prix 1 at Draycote Water © Dominic Cotterill / www.eventstreammedia.co.uk

It was a freezing Saturday morning when the 29er sailors arrived at Draycote. Braving the harsh conditions and numb fingers, the boats got rigged and sailors changed into as many layers of neoprene as they could find!

The first race of the winter regatta began with a fresh, consistent 7 knot breeze with the sailors going up the left side of the race track making big gains. After a general recall, Oli Aldridge and Nathaniel Gordon started at the pin end and smashed the left side to round the top mark first but were no match for the legendary downwind tactics of Elliot wells and Jake Todd. The second upwind was taken by Dan Venables and Paddy Keech, with Bobby Hewitt and Harvey Martin in close pursuit. Quick shoutout to Nick Robins and Sam Grade who decided to start a minute early on a black flag!

The wind picked up for race 2 to about 12 gusting 15 knots and Matt Currell and Emma Hattersley won the pin and made a tactical decision to tack early. This played to their advantage as they battled with Dan and Paddy down the final downwind. Matt and Emma just clinched the lead from them with Bobby and Harvey's insane boat speed gaining them another 3rd.

For the penultimate race of the day the windward mark was moved closer to the shore, which made conditions near the top mark very interesting. In form Dan and Paddy gained another bullet followed by Elliot and Jake, with the Welsh, Rowan Edwards and Dan blight in 3rd.

The final race of the day consisted of a fierce battle between Oli & Nathaniel and Felix Crowther and James Cook, clear ahead of the rest of the fleet. James and Felix used their superior upwind height to gain a big lead in the race to win with consistency. Dan and Paddy taking 3rd.

The Sunday began with a short onshore postponement due to lack of breeze. The sailors were obviously eager to start as there were two general recalls but the race got away in about 5 knots of wind. The first mark was rounded first by the heavy wind specialists, James Grummet and Dan Budden. Followed by William and James Cunliffe who tacked off from the starboard end of the line and skilfully gained a lead on the second upwind. 2nd place went to James Leetch and Jemima Leedham who were unmatched in boat speed with Dan and James claiming 3rd, showing their prowess in light conditions. At the end of the 5th race the wind died to nothing with bands of breeze occasionally popping up. The race committee desperately tried to start another race but the temperamental wind disallowed it. Overall it was a great event and well done to all the sailors for coping in such challenging conditions, I look forward to seeing you all at GP2 Rutland in March!

A big thank you to the sponsors of the event; Harken and Noble Marine, without them the event wouldn't have been possible.

Oli and Nathaniel

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st2305Dan VENABLESPatrick KeechSutton Sailing Club1213‑67
2nd2225Elliott WellsJake ToddHISC21026‑2320
3rd2327Ollie AldridgeNathaniel GordonParkstone Yacht Club47‑1821225
4th543Bobby HewittHarvey MartinLeigh & Lowton Sailing Club / Ogston Sai3312‑25927
5th1967Crispin BeaumontTom DarlingBartley Green / Hayling Island‑166164430
6th25James GrummettDaniel BuddenBurwain Sailing Club / Leigh & Lowton Sa158‑305331
7th2223Rowan EDWARDSDaniel BlightClwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club / Port71438‑2932
8th1908Felix CROWTHERJames CookHayling Island Sailing Club23551‑2834
9th476James LeetchJemima LeedhamRutland Sailing Club6‑23819235
10th11Mimi El‑KhazindarEmma LoveridgeRLymYC1147‑131335
11th2234James EalesHenry Collins 9‑22991643
12th1702Jess hammettJohn MatherHISC1211‑23121449
13th1867Jamie SMITHJamie JobsonHayling Island Sailing Club / Royal Torb51225‑391153
14th2046Gus DixonLawrence LOGANHarwich Town Sailing Club / Notts County‑349673456
15th2018Luke RobertsonIzzie BerkleyDurleigh Sailing Club‑211910171056
16th2224Matt CurrellEmma HattersleyParkstone YC / Poole Yacht Club‑25119211758
17th2235Phoebe CONNELLANSophie OtterRutland Sailing Club / Grafham Water Sai13181715‑1963
18th1960Patrick CroghanNancy ScottQueen Mary Sailing Club / Island Barn Re‑3724429865
19th2325Anna PrescottEve TownsendHayling Island Sailing Club / Emsworth S18201414‑3666
20th2016Bella FellowsElla METHVENYealm Yacht Club1727‑3320771
21st2230Huw EDWARDSJosh DAWSONClwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club20132416‑4073
22nd2304Nick RobinsSamuel GradeHayling Island Sailing Club(UFD)1520231876
23rd2217Lauren MilesCharlie DarlingHISC / Hayling Island Sailing Club14213111(DNC)77
24th1220Courtney BilbroughHarriet WardHayling Island Sailing Club‑432521102278
25th1112James HammettBen ToddHISC / HISC‑261622222181
26th2222Alex JOESBURYTom JOESBURYClwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club8‑3713343186
27th2120Rebecca LewisWill WardDraycote Water Sailing Club241726‑372087
28th2099Henry SalmonDavid BrandHISC / HISC19311527‑3992
29th2292Edward NorburyCharlie HutchingsWarsash Sailing Club22301132‑3395
30th2216William CunliffeJames CunliffeRTYC / RTYC‑353435311101
31st1895Chay TaylorCaitlin JONESBurnham on Crouch Sailing Club / Hollowe30‑4036305101
32nd1779Hannah BristowEmily CovellLeigh & Lowton Sailing Club / Hayling Is27292918‑45103
33rd843Cameron WebberTom SullyThornbury Sailing Club / Thornbury Saili32‑38322825117
34th1972Joshua BELBENAlex EwartStokes Bay Sailing Club‑4126402430120
35th346Paris ThomasJacob HutchingsPaignton Sailing Club / Roadford Lake Sc2935‑372632122
36th2123Jessie MainDominic LewisWarsash Sailing Club / Bosham Sailing Cl33322733‑37125
37th2229Georgie McKenzieLucy MEARNSYorkshire Dales Sailing Club /283339(RET)26126
38th2221Signe Mathilde NORBORGOrla MitchellRoyal Lymington Yacht Club / HISC36282835(DNC)127
39th2323Rex FARRANTHenry WHiteBewl Valley Sailing Club3136‑433827132
40th1229George TardrewFreddie SimesBewl Valley Sailing Club10414242(BFD)135
41st342Chelsea JACKSONryan jonesclewedog sailing club(DNC)DNC343615135
42nd382Paddy Charles HutchingsSam SpencerRoyal Plymouth Corinthian Sailing Club /423941‑4324146
43rd2331Hannah RobertsJames GUINANLlyn Brenig Sailing Club /38‑42384041157
44th1277Hannah StoweLizzy MarkhamRutland Sailing Club / Upper Thames Sail454445‑4635169
45th2174Cori MacfarlaneCallum ELWINPort Dinorwic Sailing Club / Mumbles Yac4043‑444442169
46th1233Phoebe WoodElla CudmoreChew Valley Lake Sailing Club / Chew Val44‑46464144175
47th1504Ellie WaltonDaniel ArmstrongDraycote Water Sailing Club / Torquay39(RET)RETDNC38177
48th475William SpurwayEd ConlanBowmoor Sailing Clubo / Bowmoor Sailing4645‑474543179
49th1235Ben WoodCharlie WoodChew Valley Lake Sailing Club / Chew Val4747(DNC)DNC46190

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