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Noble Marine Laser Radial Spring Qualifier 2 at the WPNSA

by Georgina Povall on 16 Mar 11-12 March 2017
Georgina Povall wins the Radial fleet in the Noble Marine Laser Qualifier held at WPNSA © James Tomlinson

The second Noble Marine Laser Qualifier of the year was held at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, and with 86 Radials entered, the decision was made to race as one fleet.

The forecast for Saturday was for 10–12kts decreasing throughout the day. Racing was to take place in Weymouth Bay with a stronger and longer-lasting wind than originally expected. The Standards and 4.7s got underway, but as usual, the large Radial fleet needed a few warm up starts and some black flags were given. Unfortunately, the visibility rapidly started to decrease and, despite a good breeze, we were held under postponement. The cloud that had enveloped the Radial fleet showed no signs of moving so, for safety reasons and the minor issue of being unable to see the pin end, we were sent ashore to await further signals and eventually racing was abandoned for the day.

Day two was more successful with three races completed in a building breeze, starting at about 5kts and reaching up to 10kts by the end of the third race. Race 1 saw those at the starboard end of the line come out on top with the leaders linking up the pressure which seemed to be the key strategy of the day. Ali Young came in from the right to lead around the top mark with Jon Emmett and Georgina Povall following having played the left. Pressure and shift on the left up the second beat gave Povall the lead, but after a solid downwind, Young reclaimed the lead and the win, followed by Povall and Emmett. The flat water and wind strength meant there was little difference in boat speed across the fleet so maintaining a clear lane and being in pressure were the priorities. This made it difficult to catch up with the front group if you were behind so a strong start at the biased end was important.

In Race 2, the leaders came from the left taking advantage of the pin-end bias and increased pressure on that side of the course. Rheanna Pavey led the way around maintaining a good lead on second and third by linking up the pressure and sailing lifted tack. Emmett and Young finished off the top three building up a consistent set of results.

Eager to get racing, the Radial fleet had yet more recalls in Race 3 with seven unfortunate sailors adding black flags to their scoreline. Starting at the pin-end and working the left paid up the first beat with Sally Bell from Ireland taking the lead at the windward mark followed by Povall. In the end, Povall took first, with Young in second and Bell in third.

The racing remained similar throughout the day and those that were able to link up the pressure gained. A clear start at the biased end was needed with the large fleet size and keeping the boat flat and powered up to maximize speed. Overall, despite the lack of racing on day one, we managed to get three good races in on Sunday. Georgina Povall took first overall on countback, tied on points with Ali Young who took second place, and Jon Emmett was third.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmR1R2R3Pts
17773Georgina POVALL21513
23978Ali YOUNG1323
3604Jon EMMETT32BFD905
47779Rheanna PAVEY81299
59294Arthur BROWN264711
64963Hannah SNELLGROVE445914
79112Yann BRACEGIRDLE3311415
89199Stephanie WINGEATT1073317
99374George GRAHAM713BFD9020
108944Ben WHALEY2481321
118876Chloe BARR4182122
129390Tom RENNY1631622
139221Daisy COLLINGRIDGE13331225
14NM1Harris CARTWRIGHT179BFD9026
158751Iona DIXON5432227
16294Rob CAGE18271028
179279Rhys WILLIAMS9214030
189115Mila MONAGHAN2010BFD9030
199508Christine WOOD6255331
209291Arthur FRY19144433
218788Ted BLOWERS11243935
229495Rory HARPER12592335
237379Ben ELVIN37201838
24IRL6Conor QUINN28291139
259008Milo GILL‑TAYLOR5163440
268936George FORD21192540
277641Ellie CUMPSTY14342842
288038Alice WOODINGS30361444
299166Anya HAJI‑MICHAEL3855846
309368Tom POLLARD43163046
318358Clementine THOMPSON4244547
329209Christopher JONES25232648
339461Martin COWELL27227749
349384Joseph DRAKE36262450
359017Deborah HUGHES40126452
368198Graham COOK73322052
378712William BIRCHALL15604156
389184Eleanor CRAIG29283857
399263Paul MOUGHTIN‑LEAY22373759
409160Arthur CONNOLLY45176562
418100Daniel WIGMORE39352762
429385James RUSS23405663
438844Jordan GILES48481967
449406Hugo HANSEN34653569
45IRL7Sally BELLBFD9069372
469290David SAUNDERS58781573
479238Thomas WOODINGS53304373
488992Will BEDFORDBFD90383674
499502Jake BOWHAY31465077
509254Matilda NICHOLLSDSQ90621678
519218Emma CRANE57473178
529337Molly SACKER49773281
538199Ellie HUTCHINGS32537085
549044Harry COWELL61424688
554631Max HUNT56414889
56IRL1Luke MCILWAINE35755590
57IRL3Angus FERRIS41564990
589161Eloise TANGUY66454792
599507Krishan BHOGALDNC90761793
609487Scott PARKER63514293
619431Thomas BRINDLEY59397698
629247Freya CUMPSTY525269104
63IRL8Olivia MOONEY478158105
648998Imogen KEMP466660106
659407Charlie SOUTH695751108
66IRL2Peter GILMOREBFD905059109
678952Dan THORNE‑LARGE676845112
689391Franklin WRIGHT556157112
699012Ciaran RANDERIA6449BFD90113
70471Bob CUDMORE786452116
719576Freya ANDERSON547462116
729411Theo PHILLIPS725861119
739550Magnus HANDLEY765472126
749630Rebecca ROBERTS747354127
759558Luke BEUVINK5080BFD90130
769551Natalya WILLIAMS686763130
779301Iain DUNCAN607173131
789546George SUNDERLAND658266131
799344Elizabeth BROWN756371134
808849Haydn LAVENDER628575137
819026Douglas CALDERBFD907067137
829397Eleanor POOLE717268139
839497William COOK7079BFD90149
849489Molly TULETT778374151
85NM2Ella BOXALL798478157
869210Henry BEARDSALLDNC90DNC90DNC90180
869330Sam DAVISDNC90DNC90DNC90180
869500Jason KIRKDNC90DNC90DNC90180

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