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Bollé RS Feva Grand Prix at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by RS Class Association 24 Apr 2012 16:26 BST 21-22 April 2012

Grafham Water SC welcomed the RS Feva class for the first Bolle sponsored Grand Prix event & 4th qualifier for the 2012 World Championships. 90 RS Fevas joined Flying 15s, Scorpions & Larks for the multi-class event set on two courses.

On Saturday the boats made it to the start line with thick black storm clouds looming. Race Officer Peter Saxton & team gave the fleet time to arrive & settle with a 5 minute AP & after a general recall & black flag start the fleet got away. With the wind tending to pull right to the clouds & 6 – 10 knots of breeze it was Lauren Miles & Esther Fenton-Jones who battled with Tom Darling & Will Dolin (caught black flag ) all the way round. Arran Holman & new crew Josh Haynes were hot on their heels to take 2 points whilst Chay & Stirling Taylor climbed through to gain the 3 points at the finish.

A big wind shift caused the AP flag to be hoisted 3O seconds before the 2 nd start but the race got away with 3 boats black flagged. James Hutton-Penman & Thomas Jayasekara led convincingly from start to finish in the gusty testing conditions. The battle continued behind with Elliott Wells & Jake Todd climbing through the fleet to finish 2nd whilst Flynn Davies & Daniel Lewis pulled through from 5th to 3rd.

By late afternoon the clouds built further & a short postponement was signaled allowing a 25 knot squall & huge right shift to pass by. At the fourth attempt & after 16 boats were caught black flag the fleet got away in a sublime 5 knots ! At the windward mark it was Arran & Josh leading from Will Robinson & Joe Hills in 2nd with Jenny Smallwood & Jamie Webb in 3rd. The fleet coasted down the run in 3 knots of breeze with a huge black cloud heading straight for the middle of the course. As the leaders Arran & Josh followed by Will & Joe then Tom & Will arrived at the leeward gate the Race Officer made the decision to abandon the race before things got silly. The boats were close to shore as lashing rain & 30 knot gusts from every direction ripped through the fleet.

Sunday brought brighter conditions & perfect 6 – 10 knots + sunshine but with the threat of more tricky cloud conditions. The Race Officer was keen to get started on time & the rescheduled race 3 got away at the first attempt on a black flag with 16 boats left on shore due to yesterday’s BFD . Jenny & Jamie led from start to finish with Chay & Stirling pulling up to 2nd by the finish with Jess Hammet & Hattie Lucas-Clements in 3rd

The wind had now increased slightly & moved left. A clean start saw James & Thomas flying again but it was Jess & Hattie on form who took the win with James & Thomas 2nd & Jenny & Jamie 3rd.

With the wind still building to 15 knots the boats started to ‘heat up’ downwind resulting in lots of place changes as the boats fought for the fastest angles downwind. Race 5 saw Will & Joe overtaken by James Curtis & Harry Phelps. Arran & Josh in 3rd then struggled with a broken kicker. At the finish it was James & Thomas in 3rd.

The final race was going to be quite a show down with anyone of 10 boats able to win the event. The wind increased with gusts of 19 knots resulting in one of the leaders capsizing on a gybe to the gate . James & Harry were leading again but were overtaken by Elliott & Jake who took the win when the race was shortened whilst Jamie Jobson & Eve Gadd stormed through the fleet to take 3rd.

With different winners & such a depth of fleet it was too close to call who had won the event but when results were published it was Jenny Smallwood & Jamie Webb who had clinched victory by the narrowest of margins. 3 points separated the top 6 boats.

A huge thank you to GWSC for running such a great event & Bollé Marine for their sponsorship in the form of Bolle’ sunglasses as prizes.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st2383Jenny SmallwoodJamie WebbWraysbury Lake SC8-3513131136
2nd4355Anna PrescottJess EalesHayling Island / Royal Lymington / Lymin-1485451436
3rd1518James CurtisHarry PhelpsIsland Barn Sailing Club-25617111237
4th3120Lauren MilesEsther Fenton-JonesPapercourt SC19-19571537
5th4344Chay TaylorSterling TaylorBurnham Sailing Club352-20151237
6th4332Elliott WellsJake ToddHISC72721-25138
7th4627James Hutton-PenmanThomas JayasekaraBurnham Sailing Club181(BFD)231741
8th4251Robert MastermanMarcus PayneHayling Island-21131284542
9th3750Jamie SmithPiers NichollsHISC1141013-26947
10th783Jack NunnDavid BrandHISC/Papercourt1011410-241651
11th2508Jamie JobsonEve GaddRTYC514(BFD)276355
12th6Arran HolmanJosh Haynes 2720-2282158
13th3105Tom DarlingWill DolinBurghfield(BFD)1614616658
14th4102Matt HillJoe ReeveBurghfield12-32167112268
15th4606Will RobinsonJoe HillsOakham/Rutland429(DNC)1821871
16th2012Phoebe WarrenTabitha PeelChichester1315-291729781
17th4740Jess HammettHattie Lucas-ClementsHISC/Papercourt19(BFD)31213882
18th2047Flynn DaviesDaniel LewisDraycote Water SC233(BFD)9123784
19th3788Olvier ScottTom MitchellDocklands617252418-2790
20th4032Max ClappSally ClappRSYC2610(BFD)31141091
21st2000Jourdan SwindonAlex BradleyTBYC-4434814191994
22nd4623Edward NorburySteve NorburyRoyal Limington YC61(DNC)2316104114
23rd1412Max MatthewsGuy RivingtonTudor SC912(BFD)303231114
24th1883Harvey MartinWill WardOgston Sailing Club3030111537-40123
25th4407Patrick GannonSam PearceBSC22282625-5136137
26th4470Cristian EdmondsNick EdmondsChew Valley Lake SC-55253835932139
27th4631Emma BakerIsabella BlackBVSC203813-473435140
28th4085Samuel GradeKatie PrescottHayling Island / Lymington Town2818(BFD)283928141
29th1486Arthur BrownNiamh DaviesBurnham Sailing Club273791259-68144
30th3811Rebecca LewisFiona MulcahyAldeburgh332764435-57145
31st4415Nicholas RobinsAlicia Campbell-BottomsHISC17-4232294225145
32nd4530James EalesKatie CruickshankHISC-462128413124145
33rd4604Kathryn Hutton-PenmanMatthew JayasekaraBurnham Sailing Club1633273241-48149
34th2523Connie MeekEmma Barnettrtyc352221-452744149
35th2568Rex FarrantLewis KeenBewl Valley4223(BFD)191749150
36th797Ella MitchellHannah JenningsHayling Island S.C.3820242345-50150
37th4620Cameron WebberJoseph FenwickHill Head SC15452248-5029159
38th2045Nick NeveLottie NeveOakham/Rutland5041153620(DNF)162
39th4610Hannah BristowIzzi BristowLeigh and lowton37-6818264443168
40th4071Max DuceBen FarendenThorpe Bay Y C-494330403620169
41st4385Libi AskewEmily ProudCyc/HISC24(BFD)40532330170
42nd4608Samuel BarsonBradley DuffyRutland SC-413635394034184
43rd3737Edward HaynesHenry BowersSevenoaks School / Bough Beech4726(BFD)642226185
44th4051Alex HadleyEdward Elmore 36444433-5539196
45th4079Madeleine HopperTally EyreTBYC3131314265(DNC)200
46th4639Ben RichardsSam RichardsRoyal Southrn5655(DNF)55288202
47th4622Buzz GilksPoppy GilksQueen Mary SC4346(DNC)595313214
48th1664Jonathan BaddeleyLouise HughesUTSC29(BFD)333430DNC218
49th4361James ScottSam LythgoeWelsh Harp - London3919(BFD)693862227
50th3734Gregory SaleAlexander FrostRutland Sailing Club34494351-5453230
51st4354Oskar BissetMax Taylor-Nobbsdowns sailing club40-6134466052232
52nd3743George HaynesTancredi PucciSevenoaks School/Bough Beech-605442583347234
53rd1836Reuben WoodbridgeAlice WoodbridgeCVLSC(DNC)4848654633240
54th3100Anna Lucas-ClementsLucy HarrisaHISC & QMSC54-6447624341247
55th3740Alice KiddRemi PfisterSevenoaks School/Bough Beech4556(BFD)385756252
56th3999Matt Walker-MorecroftDominic CotterillBowmoor68503649(DNC)51254
57th4194Dominic HallJonathan HallDatchet Water SC-666037375665255
58th4717Delanie RutterEve TownsendEmsworth Sailing Club(DNF)53BFD434823259
59th4641Josh StraussJack MitchellHISC485249-664963261
60th2791Cameron HarrisEuan HarrisOrwel Yacht Club5247515462(DNC)266
61st2215Max GriggsCody GriggsRoyal Torbay Yacht Club-736539567145276
62nd4133Lily StreastfeildEmily AtkinsonOakham/Rutland64594152-7261277
63rd3626Alex JoseburyEmlyn WilliamsPort Dinorwic Sailing Club5740DNE-614742278
64th3733Tom SmithDaniel Wilson 5124(BFD)6052DNC279
65th3815Issy GilbertMartin GilbertEmsworth sailing club535157-856660287
66th4135Stuart DoughtyWill ByfordRutland Water SC5857(BFD)686454301
67th2582Christian ThomasNathan FlanaganStokes Bay696745-766959309
68th3537Grace SummersPhilippa ChawolerEmsworth SC6772545067(DNF)310
69th3782Oliver GriffithsCameron CurrieDocklands637055-726855311
70th4850Greg WatsonMaddie ShieldsThorpe Bay Yacht Club626652-847064314
71st2153Immi SlinnRuby GriffinDraycote Water Sailing Club(BFD)62BFD676146328
72nd4043Ella KilkellyLibby ManningThorpe Bay786350-837667334
73rd211Tom DuttonIndia EdwardsShropshire SC5971567375(DNC)334
74th2081Hamish OliverJames Rudd JonesSevenoaks School/Bough Beech6558(BFD)6363DNF341
75th4145Tristan PayneJeremy NelsonHayling Island Sailing Club74(DNC)467458DNC344
76th3362Ellie WaltonAbi RileyDraycote Water SC716958-827870346
77th3424Courtney BilbroughOrla MitchellDocklands Sailing and Watersports Centre3239(DNC)DNCDNCDNC347
78th1250Milo GordonPippa ChawolerChew Valley Lake Sailing Club8180595779(DNC)356
79th2920Hannah BrewisFrankie PyeStamford School / Rutland Water797663(DNC)7366357
80th3697Tabitha GibbGeorgie PowellSevenoaks School/Bough Beech76746278(DNC)69359
81st4204Samuel LeedhamJemima LeedhamRutland7579607577(DNC)366
82nd2431Edward WhattoffRigbyRutland/Stamford Sch7773618180(DNC)372
83rd56Harriet WinbushSophie BrownRutland Water SC8582537981(DNC)380
84th2376Isobel CurrieRaya UzunovaDSWC8483657084(DNC)386
85th3020Issy GordonSophie JonesSevenoaks School/Bough Beech(BFD)78BFDDNC7458394
86th3746Hannah LeafMikayla PunterOakham/Rutland83(BFD)648082DNC401
87th3741Niamh FentonRoise DonaldSevenoaks School/Bough Beech7277(BFD)71DNCDNF404
88th4222James RussellLauren RussellAlton Water SC7075(BFD)77DNCDNC406
89th2915Rosie RobsonMolly NaylorRutland Sailing Club8081(DNC)DNCDNC71416
90th1492Jessica JobsonAngus WoodRTYC8284(DNS)8683DNC427
91st862Oliver Barnes-DeanPatrick StillmanThorpe Bay Yacht Club(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC460

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