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Virtual Rigger Topper Winter Regatta at Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy

by Ben Whaley 13 Feb 2013 17:23 GMT 9-10 February 2013

The fleet arrived at Weymouth to a calm but slightly miserable day of cloud and rain with a stable 10 knot breeze coming from the West. With 156 entries, everyone was split into 4 flights, mixing around every race so everyone races against each other. With the breeze keeping steady, the fleet managed to launch on time at 10:15 for a hopeful 3 races during the day.

The first race saw Nick Devereux and Haydn Griffiths posting bullets, with Elliot Kuzyk and Alexander Hughes 2nd, followed by Patrick Croghan and Ben Whaley 3rd.

The next race saw Crispin Beaumont and Ben Jennings emerge from the fleet as winners, closely followed by Tom Wallwork and Luke Robertson in 2nd with Aaron Holman and Ben Whaley finishing in 3rd place.

Race 3 saw the wind die down a little to around 6 or 7 knots, this time Patrick Croghan and Aaron Holman posted firsts, with Crispin Beaumont and Alexander Hughes in 2nd, closely followed by a new face at the top: Ollie Dixon, and Ben Jennings in 3rd place. The fleet then returned to shore with some of the bigger sailors battling cramp from the tight topper light wind positions.

Sunday dawned to a 30 knot breeze from the South East. Most of the heavy sailors were eager to get going to rise back up towards the top of the fleet. The racing was postponed until the wind calmed down and at 12:30 the fleet launched to a 20 knot breeze from the South East.

Race 4 eventually started after a 180 degrees shift and a sudden drop in wind; the wind was now coming from the North West at a steady 13 to 15 knots. Once again Aaron Holman posted a bullet, but this time alongside Nathaniel Gordon, a new face in the top 3 this regatta. 2nd places went to Crispin Beaumont and Alexander Hughes again and the 3rd places were taken by another new face in the top 3, Zak Morten, with Ben Whaley posting his third 3rd place of the Event.

The 5th race of the event got underway but was immediately abandoned as a mighty 35 knot squall colonised Weymouth Harbour, forcing the fleet back to shore for the final time during the weekend. After everyone packed up, the prize giving was held in the Spinnaker Lounge upstairs at the Academy.

The overall winner was Crispin Beaumont from Bartley with a mere 4 points from the 3 races that he was counting (each sailor got 1 discard as 4 races were sailed) followed a very close 2nd place to Haydn Griffiths from Leigh and Lowton on 8 points, also on 8 points was 3rd place Ben Jennings from Rutland SC and 4th place Alexander Hughes from Sutton SC. 5th place Ben Whaley from Swanage SC was close behind on 9 points followed by 6th place Patrick Croghan from Queen Mary SC on 10 points to complete a very close top 6 all inside 10 points. The first girl prize went to Rhiannon Flack from Spinnaker in 12th place, 2nd girl Chloe Barr from Hill Head SC in 19th place and 3rd girl was Harriet Ward from Hayling Island SC in 20th place.

A great thanks to the event sponsor Virtual Rigger. The next National event will be National Series 1 on April 13th & 14th at Datchet.

Overall Results:

PosHelmClubSail NoR1R2R3R4Pts
1Crispin BeaumontBartley40929‑41225
2Haydn GriffithsLeigh And Lowton SC4721115‑1228
3Ben JenningsRutland SC47087‑91348
4Alexander HughesSutton SC470882‑4248
5Ben WhaleySwanage SC4730933‑939
6Patrick CroghanQueen Mary SC468933‑111610
7Thomas WallworkRedesmere47303724‑813
8Nathaniel GordonParkstone YC466934(OCS)9114
9Luke RobertsonWimbleball47350925‑3016
10Nick DevereuxBudworth SC468531‑2161017
11Elliott KuzykParkstone YC467012105‑3017
12Rhiannon FlackSpinnaker4720755‑26919
13Oliver AldridgeParkstone YC466891046‑1620
14Arran HolmanHollowell4722873(TAL)TAL21
15Peter DanielsSutton SC4543366‑11921
16William Birch‑TomlinsonHayling Island SC46175‑878621
17Zak MortonRutland SC47306‑281310326
18Oliver BlackburnLeigh & Lowton S C47076‑14137727
19Chloe BarrHillhead SC4707818‑198531
20Harriet WardHayling Island SC469691010‑141131
21Simon PageRedclyffe YC448448‑15131334
22Daniel MartinQueen Mary SC4597618117‑3436
23Ewan GribbinPaignton SC4702811917‑2937
24Jack ButtersParkstone44899138‑221839
25James GrummettBurwain SC472661415‑181140
26Calum RosieHelensburgh SC4577225124‑3541
27Adam RussRedesmere462521914‑311043
28James CookQueen Mary SC45710306(BFD)844
29Daniel BuddenLeigh & Lowton SC4630311‑29132044
30Joseph MullanPriory SC46939151415‑1744
31Lucy MearnsLeigh And Lowton SC46654171216‑2745
32Nancy ScottIsland Barn Reservoir SC466235‑25162546
33Emily LloydPlymouth Youth Sailing46349‑231821746
34James CumminsChew Valley Lake SC46116208‑281846
35Georgie MckenzieYorkshire Dales45326229‑231546
36Tom SmithNotts County SC4659016‑19171346
37Dylan Walendy‑WrigleyHarwich Town4617413727‑6147
38Lucy GatesQueen Mary SC46889‑3322111447
39Phoebe ConnellanMiddle Nene SC4700316‑20151748
40Daniel BullRollesby Broad SC47355‑3817181449
41Adam FullerOrwell Y C45586‑343114550
42Tom JefferyBurton4722217‑24122352
43Bella FellowsYealm YC45104621‑272754
44Ollie DixonRoyal Harwich YC4557112(OCS)34156
45Hal SandersonRoadford Lake SC4708121‑33241257
46Callum EscrittYorkshire Dales S C46888202019‑2459
47Samantha KimberleySpinnaker312232416‑292363
48Harri PainCardiff Bay YC4739022‑37261967
49Phoebe WoodNa47031‑3924301569
50Richard BettlesTollesbury/Broxbourne47075282319(DNC)70
51Stephanie WingeattLeigh & Lowton SC44777192725‑3771
52Isabelle KingHollowell SC471012726‑411972
53Marcus TresslerMiddle Nene SC462221227‑383473
54Iain SwordLoch Tummel SC46521231634‑5473
55Alice SmithPapercourt45732261731‑3874
56Clive JacksonPapercourt17501‑3128202674
57Mara LyonPrestwick SC454001531‑422975
58Ashley DeatonRoyal Harwich YC44381302820‑4678
59Anna SturrockLoch Tummel SC/Royal Tay YC473433633‑421281
60William CookQueen Mary SC452382718‑433883
61George HunterQueen Mary SC47027372522(TAL)84
62Hannah ComfortBurghfield SC46640(BFD)29332284
63James RipleyPaignton SC45437‑5223372484
64Megan BoormanFishguard Bay YC45142‑3326322684
65Sophia HarperBosham SC47209‑5430391685
66Hamish MunroSpinnaker4672029‑42243285
67Alistair HigginsLoch Tummel SC4515240‑42252186
68Georgie HoustonHayling47084‑3832233388
69Emma WrixonSpinnaker44813213635‑5692
70Stanley ChickBroadstairs SC468702443‑452895
71Kate RollinsonRpcyc454132540‑453196
72Carys RanderiaHunts46855(OCS)32214598
73Emma CraneBewl Valley SC47079‑4639402099
74Luke RaynerBurton SC47099313533‑5299
75Tom RennyTeifi B C47085(BFD)341056100
76Natalie KellewayBurghfield47338323534‑41101
77Nina TilleyLlandegfedd SC465403622‑6445103
78Chloe ButterworthPwllheli SC4677629‑463836103
79Jonathan WilsonWimbleball SC473883734‑4432103
80Georgia KingHollowell SC46124343832‑50104
81Tom JoiceNbyc/Bssc457183536‑4933104
82Anya Haji‑MichaelRedesmere46023‑63374721105
83Alex McfarlaneCastle Cove SC4683539‑452937105
84Eddie AttenburrowStarcross47023‑51403536111
85Freya CumpstyChew Valley4639626‑534642114
86Emma HartleyParkstone YC35749‑60303054114
87Dugal WilsonLoch Venacher4574249‑513631116
88Matthew ComfortBurghfield SC46271485028‑59126
89Grace Bradley‑ShankarDocklands Sailing & Watersports Centre4673444‑463746127
90Callum DixonDocklands Sailing & Watersports Centre467944945‑6135129
91Imogen KempPoole47182425236(DNC)130
92Joe AnsteeMiddle Nene SC45353404446‑47130
93Sam JamesParkstone YC466914541‑4944130
94Iona DixonDocklands Sailing & Watersports Centre470294347‑5142132
95Ciaran RanderiaHunts471584648‑5039133
96Matilda MatthewsCbyc46231‑58554040135
97Christopher WhalleySpinnaker4609243‑524448135
98Emma MccluskeyNantwich & Border Counties42990474347‑49137
99Harry PulfordLlyn Brenig473414238‑5958138
100Oliver JessupParkstone YC471945639(BFD)43138
101Benjamin RobertsSaundersfoot SC46729414948‑53138
102Eleanor HensleyRoyal Harwich YC471806059‑6522141
103Eleanor CraigStaunton Harold SC466646241‑6639142
104Angus LawsonEast Lothian YC4541641‑635051142
105Victoria CowanPortchester SC42247475839‑60144
106Teresa FranzPapercourt SC454774550‑6150145
107Angus KempPoole29641355457‑70146
108Hannah RobertsPwllheli46021‑59475347147
109Morgan ArcherBlue Circle SC46223‑65484357148
110James HawkeHill Head SC467105253‑6044149
111Sarah AlcockHunts SC33986594448‑60151
112Katherine ParishStewartby Water SC40740445655‑63155
113Carrie CushionPoole YC33527‑61555843156
114Jonathan AshworthNa460165051(DNC)59160
115Lizzy MarkhamUpper Thames4366650‑615555160
116Harry WallheadRoyal Harwich YC1380657‑615152160
117Rosie MyersNeyland YC42811535453‑58160
118Francesca MackayQueen Mary SC4717932(OCS)52DNC163
119Thomas RussellNorthampton SC45972‑66664157164
120Joel RobertsonWimbleball4381462(DNS)DNC25166
121Molly SackerBewl Valley SC46274584960‑66167
122Matthew Haji‑MichaelRedesmere40144‑68605651167
123Eden LukeSpinnaker44839555656(DNC)167
124James HollisBartley SC46044545758‑62169
125Rebekah NashOxford43087‑67596448171
126Ffion ThomasNeyland YC46519516754‑69172
127David SaundersHill Head SC469376562‑6749176
128Abigail KimberleySpinnaker45488‑66655461180
129Jago Strong‑WrightLlandegfedd SC / Cardiff Bay YC46227‑69645265181
130Issie BrutonNa47077576463(DNC)184
131Sam LawrenceNeyland YC45182(OCS)576266185
132Alex WhitfieldCbyc/Pyc45663‑64625964185
133Ella MethvenPlymouth Youth Sailing45925(DNC)DNCDNC28186
134Charlie Tordoff‑GibsonSpinnaker440184860(DNC)DNC187
135Louis BrandCorinthian Otters4661055(DNS)DNC53187
136Jessica TaylorBlackwater SC4268167‑696655188
137Iwan RobertsPwllheli SC47218‑70685763188
138Toby CopeRudyard Lake SC44144646365‑67192
139Emma BishopCastle Cove SC459226166‑6767194
140Hakan DigbyQueen Mary SC47154‑71676364194
141Matthew HarrisonRudyard Lake SC4484968‑706265195
142Piers LuxfordRollesby Broad34393‑70657062197
143Sara ShelleyNa215176358(DNC)DNC200
144Ross Neville‑JonesSpinnaker4600056(DNF)DNC68203
145Ariel ThomasPaignton31262‑71686968205
146Conor LambWhitstable YC753(BFD)DNCDNC211
147Matthew SaundersHill Head SC36557726971(DNC)212
148Morgan BuglerNyc46483737268(DNC)213
149Paul Moughtin‑LeayManor Park408036971(DNC)DNC219
150Ben McelroyWimbleball4275072(DNF)DNCDNC230
151Daniel TaylorDraycote Water SC45614(DNC)DNCDNCDNC237
151Liz SherwoodHayling Island SC46852(DNC)DNCDNCDNC237

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