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29er Harken Grand Prix 1 at Rutland Sailing Club

by Rob Loveridge 20 Mar 2013 06:18 GMT 16-17 March 2013

A huge turnout of 61 29ers made their way to race at Rutland for the first grand prix of the season, anticipant for the racing, particularly after our grand prix sponsors – Harken, had announced that they were generously increasing the prizes for this year's series.

Due to the large numbers, racing on the Saturday would be split into flights, and so the competition was close throughout the fleet, with points very tight. The first race, with a solid 12 knots, was dominated in one flight by Matt Venables and Will Alloway (Sutton / Rutland) who had a considerable lead on Rob and Emma Loveridge (Draycote Water) by the finish, and in the other by Owen Bowerman and Morgan Peach (Hayling Island / Royal Torbay), who would finish ahead of Mimi El-Khazindar and Ben Batten (Royal Lymington / Lymington Town) in second place.

This trend continued, as in one of the second races, Mimi and Ben followed closely behind Owen and Morgan yet again in second and first places respectively – making their flight extremely tough. In the other race, junior sailors Dan Venables and Finn Murphy (Sutton / Portishead) lead through the line, followed by the devastatingly quick Scottish boat of Gillies Munro and Daniel Harris (Royal Findhorn).

A sound knowledge of rules proved crucial in this second race as well, as many boats were given DNCs for not going through the gate that the shortened course flags were displayed at.

With a port biased line, the third race was led by those who could start effectively off this end. Mimi and Ben in one flight finally bucked the trend that Owen and Morgan were setting, and although these two boats yet again gained the first and second places, it was Mimi and Ben that sailed through the line in first. In the other flight, Rob and Emma were first, followed by a girl pairing of Ruth Allen and Alice Masterman (Emsworth / Hayling Island).

With more riding on the final race of the day than any of the sailors could have imagined, the wind went lighter, from a new, shiftier direction. Crucially, Ben and Mimi yet again showed their tactical prowess by achieving yet another bullet, but Owen and Morgan were not following. Instead, Vikki Payne and Stephi Orton (Emsworth / Chichester) sailed through in second. In the other flight, Tom Methven and Rob Lloyd (Plymouth Youth) yet again showed themselves to be a powerful force in light airs and finished first, followed by Felix Crowther and Paddy Keech (Hayling Island / Bough Beech).

After a long day's racing, the last thing any sailor wanted was a bitterly cold Sunday, however, after a good few games of table football, the postponement flag came down on Sunday morning and the sailors launched, now split into Gold and Silver flights, but facing elements that were against them, with snow settling on the decks of the boats.

As previously eluded, there was, inevitably, no racing, although a sequence was started. Fortunately, most sailors were not too upset by this decision, and at the time were looking forward to the (almost) warm showers. Some were not so happy, as having sailed a great day on Saturday, Owen and Morgan were left with no chance to take the first from Ben and Mimi.

Overall then, in third place were Rob and Emma on 6 points, behind Owen and Morgan in second, who were on joint points with the leaders on 4 points. Congratulations go to Ben and Mimi for showing their ability in these conditions and coming out as winners of the season's first grand prix. Notably, Vikki and Stephi finished first ladies ahead of Charlotte Hooper and Molly Brown (Royal Burnahm) who were a single point behind. In first juniors were Dan and Finn, in 11th place overall.

Thanks go to all those who made this a great event – the race committee, Rutland Sailing Club, and all the parents and sailors to name a few. Also, thanks go to Harken for their continued support towards the 29er class.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoSquadHelmCrewClubQ1Q2Q3Q4Pts
1st8NatMimi EL‑KHAZINDARBen BATTENRlym YC / Lymington Town SC2‑3114
2nd21NatOwen BOWERMANMorgan PEACHHISC / Rtyc112‑44
3rd2027NatRob LOVERIDGEEmma LOVERIDGEDraycote Water2‑4136
4th2045 Gillies MUNRODaniel HARRISRfyc & Findhorn Marina323(BFD)8
5th1194NatTom METHVENRob LLOYDRNSA / Plymouth Youth S‑73519
6th2025NatMatt VENABLESWill ALLOWAYSutton SC / Rutland SC16‑10512
7th1960NatVikki PAYNEStephanie ORTONEmsworth SC / Chichester YC55‑9212
8th1196NatCharlotte HOOPERMolly BROWNRoyal Burnham YC‑1144513
9th2121NatJamie CATCHPOLECurtis MEARNSLeigh & Lowton SC626‑1314
10th1702 Hugo ANDREWSElliot SPENSLEY‑ CORFIELDHISC46‑10414
11th2175TranDan VENABLESFinn MURPHYSutton / Portishead91‑12616
12th2018NatRuth ALLANAlice MASTERMANEmsworth SC / HISC / HISC7‑82716
13th703 Ian PAYNEJohn MATHERDraycote‑10104317
14th1324NatMurray HAMPSHIREChris BREWERPapercourt / Parkstone55‑7717
15th1908TranFelix CROWTHERPaddy KEECHHisc / Bough Beech Sailing Club8‑118218
16th2117NatEd CONNELLANMatthew RHODESMiddle Nene Sc / Rutland Sailing Club39‑17921
17th1902TranRowan EDWARDSDaniel BLIGHTPwllheli88‑15622
18th1905 Rory HUNTERFraser KITSON JONESArran Juniour SC‑12971026
19th2122 Christopher COWANThomas GOODBOURNPorchester / Burghfield(DNC)163827
20th1972TranJosh BELBENRobert MASTERMANStokes Bay SC / HISC4(DNC)131128
21st1784 James GRUMMETTDaniel BUDDENBurwain SC / Leigh & Lowton SC‑121151228
22nd2024TranLuke BERRYHenry MORLEYRutland Sailing Club / Rutland97‑161228
23rd2046 Gus DIXONHenry CUNNISONRoyal Harwich YC / Hayling Island SC11‑1461431
24th1287 Andrew KILBURNCalum HEALEYNotts County S C / Rutland S C‑147131131
25th2113TranLauren MILESCharlie DARLINGHISC‑141311832
26th2016 Robert BADDELEYJosh RIDLEYBurghfield / HISC‑181281737
27th322 Ben SWYERWilliam TARN‑CHAPMANConiston / Derwent Sc‑2110141337
28th2040 Jane FURNESSEllie HIDEDraycote Water131311‑1437
29th1235 Abigail CROFTJennifer CANTQueen Mary SC / Leigh and Lowton SC19‑2191038
30th1328 Danielle ROWERachel TILLEYNeyland YC / Llandegfedd SC1615‑19940
31st1895TranStirling TAYLORChay TAYLORBurnham SC13‑19161544
32nd1859TranAnna PRESCOTTJess EALESHayling / Lymington Town / Hayling / Roy15(DNF)121946
33rd167 Josh DAVIESJake DAVIESPwllheli SailimgC / Pwllheli SC181414‑2246
34th2026 Sean DONNELLYTadgh DONNELLYNational YC6(DNF)251647
35th1903 Cameron KITSON JONESNeil HUNTERLochcarron SC / Arran Junior SC1017‑252451
36th476 Matt CURRELLEmma HATTERSLEYParkstone YC(DNC)15181952
37th1509TranPhoebe WARRENLucy HARRISEmsworth / Queen Mary SC1916‑211752
38th1323 Lawrence LOGANTom CLAYTONNottinghamshire County / Scaling DAM1612‑282654
39th1322 Huw WHITWORTHHarry WILSONDatchet Water SC24(DNC)151554
40th382 Paris THOMASJamie JOBSONPaignton SC / Royal Torbay YC15(DNF)211854
41st1661 Ben JENNINGSMarcus TRESSLERRutland / Rutland SC‑2917191854
42nd401 Lewis MARRAaron MURRAYLargs SC / Loch Earn SC1718‑232055
43rd470 Matt HILLMarcus PAYNEHisc2021‑241657
44th16 Steph WEBBEROlivia WINTHERHill Head Sc / Thornbury Sc / Chichester22(DNF)172059
45th1249 Kim MAY‑PAPAILIOUAaron REYNOLDSPoole YC / Erith YC1718‑262560
46th1200 James THOMASJack NUNNCBYC / Llandegfedd222318‑2563
47th378 James CURTISHarry PHELPSIBRSC231922‑2764
48th79 Oliver SCOTTTom MITCHELLErith YC2320‑272164
49th2099 Hannah MUSKETTAilsa MUSKETTRoyal Lymington YC202026(DNC)66
50th1510TranJess HAMMETTDavid BRANDHisc / Papercourt / Hisc25(DNC)202267
51st54 Callum ESCRITTIan ESCRITTYorkshire Dales S C‑2622242369
52nd1779 Alex CORBYCameron WEBBERKing George Sailing Club / Hill Head Sc21(DNF)20BFD72
53rd325 Tommi COODEJames GUINANMumbles2523(DNC)2472
54th1122 Emma PHILLIPSKatie ROLLINSONStarcrossyc and Rtyc / Plymouth Youth27(DNF)232373
55th1277 Bex STOWEMax ROBINSONRutland / Oxford2424‑292876
56th2111 Hugh WARDTim CollinsHISC26(DNF)DNC2178
57th1221 Tom JOHNSONFlynn DAVIESBlackwater SC28(DNF)22DNC81
58th1220 Phoebe CONNELLANHatty WARDMiddle Nene SC(DNF)2228DNC81
59th2123 James HUTTON‑PENMANThomas JAYASEKARACorinthian Otters27(DNC)29DNC87
60th931 Alex JOESBURYEmlyn WILLIAMSPwllheli / Leigh and Lowton / Port Dinor(DNF)DNF27DNC89
61st1285 William HIDEDominic DANIELYorkshire Dales(DNC)DNC30DNC92

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