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RS Feva Grand Prix at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by RS Class Association 22 Apr 2013 21:51 BST 20-21 April 2013
RS Feva Grand Prix at Grafham © Peter Newton / Digital Images

The first RS Feva Grand Prix event of 2013 carried on as 2012 left off – sunny, light, shifty & extremely tricky! Grafham Water SC were the hosts for the 40 boats. The forecast was 3 to 6 knots on the Saturday & this forecast came true to form.

After a short postponement the fleet got away in 6 knots of breeze. Two boats were over the line but they came back. Arthur Brown & Niamh Davies lead at the windward mark as the wind dropped to 4 knots on the first leg. The Burnham sailors extended their lead at the leeward gate with Hannah Bristow & Bobby Hewitt in 2nd & Jamie Smith & Piers Nicholls in 3rd. By the 2nd windward mark Will & Matt Taylor had climbed from 5th to 2nd with Hannah & Bobby still in 3rd. The fickle wind then filled in from behind allowing Will & Matt to catch the leaders & after a perfect roll gybe they took the lead & blanketed Arthur & Niamh allowing Hannah & Bobby through to 2nd.

The back markers struggled to finish as the wind dropped to 3 knots but the start sequence for race two began as the wind built to 5 knots. A huge left shift as the gun went allowed a few boats to cross the fleet on port whilst many, by the committee boat, struggled to cross the line. It became clear how biased the first leg had become & so race 2 was abandoned. The wind then dissappeared but re-appeared in enough force to attempt another start. The second race restarted but another big left shift & a drop in strength to 2 knots resulted in another abandonment & the fleet was sent home.

Sunday dawned sunny & light again, but with a forecast of more wind later. The first start of the day resulted in a General Recall so the next start was on a black flag. The fleet got away in 7 knots of breeze with 3 boats black flagged.

Arthur & Niamh again lead the fleet at the windward mark from James Eales & Henry Collings; 3rd Alairic Bates & Matt Walker-Morecroft. As the wind dropped to 5 knots the leader pulled away even further. The race was shortened & won by Arthur & Niamh, whilst Harvey Martin & Will Ward took 2nd from Jamie & Piers who had been black flagged so 3rd went to Courtney Bilbrough & Orla Mitchell. With wind swings of 50 degrees, or more, the race team moved the course & eventually started the sequence for race 3 in 4 knots of breeze. However, the wind dropped and shifted left as gun went allowing one boat to port tack the fleet. Leading at the windward mark was Jamie & Piers; 2nd Sophie Hempsell & Emily Covell; 3rd James and Henry.

As the wind constantly shifted & pressure came through from different parts of the course Jamie & Piers did well to hold on to their lead whilst Will & Matt climbed through to take 2nd; in 3rd was Elliott Wells & Jake Todd.

The start sequence for race 4 was postponed as another huge left shift came through, but just as race 4 was about to start, another shift resulted in another postponed start at 1 minute to go!

Then the breeze came in at last – 10 knots of breeze so the warning signal went up again & finally the fleet got away. With gusts of 15 knots it was Elliott & Jake in the lead; 2nd Arthur and Niamh; 3rd Jamie and Piers. But the wind was still fickle & leading at the 2nd windward mark was Jamie and Piers with Harvey & Will up to 2nd & 3rd Arthur and Niamh. But there was more place changing to come & Harvey & Will lead at the final windward mark from Arthur & Niamh;3rd Jamie and Piers. Finally it was Arthur & Niamh who took the win; 2nd Jamie and Piers; 3rd Harvey & Will.

As the wind held, the final race got away swiftly & anyone of 3 boats could take overall honours. Leading at the windward mark was Will & Matt but they were quickly overtaken downwind by Elliott & Jake on the plane; 3rd James & Henry. The 13 – 15 knots of breeze allowed Elliott & Jake to extend their lead at wind ward mark; 2nd Harvey and Will; 3rd Will and Matt positions they held to the finish.

This gave the overall win to Will & Matt Taylor from Alton Water Sports Centre; 2nd Arthur Brown & Niamh Davies from Royal Burnham YC/Burnham SC; 3rd Jamie Smith & Piers Nicholls from Hayling Island SC.

Congratulations to the Race Team of Peter & Sue Saxton who managed to secure 5 races in the trickiest of conditions.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st5028TAYLOR WillTAYLOR MattAlton Water Sports Centre152‑9311
2nd1486BROWN ArthurDAVIES NiamhRoyal Burnham YC/Burnham SC31‑91813
3rd4883SMITH JamieNICHOLLS PiersHISC5(BFD)12513
4th1883MARTIN HarveyWARD WillOston Sailing Club112‑153218
5th4332WELLS ElliottTODD JakeHISC‑211434122
6th4530EAALES JamesCOLLINGS HenryRlym/HISC1044‑12422
7th2508JOBSON JamieARMSTRONG DanielRTYC69810‑1833
8th4251HEMPSELL SophieCOVELL EmilyBosham/HISC‑1815671139
9th3424BILBROUGH CourtneyMITCHELL OrlaDocklands Sailing and Watersports Centre‑20316111040
10th3357DARLING TomBYFORD CharlieHISC7‑191461441
11th4682KELLY GregCATCHPOLE GeorgeIsle of Man Yacht Club23‑2458642
12th4610BRISTOW HannahHEWITT BobbyLeigh and Lowton2‑2012131643
13th4635BATES AlaricWALKER‑MORECROFT MattBowmoor SC410‑21191346
14th4608DUFFY BradleyCOX BellaOakham/Rutland12611‑262352
15th3999NUNN HuwCOTTERILL DominicBowmoor SC131119‑251255
16th4890MATTHEWS MaxRIVINGTON GuyTudor SC‑29122451556
17th2791HARRIS CameronHARRIS EUANDeben Yacht Club9‑322521762
18th4415ROBINS NickCAMPBELL‑BOTTOMS AliciaHayling Island Sailing Club257‑28141763
19th4631BLACK FreyaBLACK IssyRLYC17‑2910152264
20th4361SCOTT JamesWHITE HenryWembley SC817‑26172466
21st2215GRIGGS MaxGRIGGS CodyRoyal Torbay Yacht Club1425‑3318966
22nd5146LEWIS DanielMARSHALL ElliottDraycote Water SC26817‑302172
23rd4945LEWIS RebccaSLINN ImmiDraycote Water SC‑271622162074
24th453BARKER HarrySPURWAY WilliamBowmoor SC162213‑282576
25th5037HILLS JoeNEVE HenryOakham/Rutland22211820‑2681
26th5161VENNIS‑OZANNE BillyLEWIS JackHISC/HHSC24(BFD)7243186
27th3362WALTON EllieWINBUSH HarrietDraycote Water SC19133427(DNC)93
28th4623NORBURY EdwardHUTCHINGS CharlieWarsash‑3130312219102
29th4606FROST AlexBRYERS YuriOakham/Rutland15‑33322927103
30th3746LASHBROOK DominicFOSTER JamesOakham/Rutland282820‑3130106
31st4133STREATFIELD LilyNEVE LottieOakham/Rutland‑3723233329108
32nd4470EDMONDS CristianWATSON RafeChew Valley Lake SC321827(DNC)32109
33rd4145PAYNE TristanTODD BenHayling Island Sailing Club30(BFD)302328111
34th1492JOBSON JessicaWOOD AngusRTYC3526‑373236129
35th3638EDMONDS AliceWIDDICOMBE ElizabethChew Valley Lake SC‑3627353635133
36th3734VISSER BernardBYFORD WillOakham/Rutland3431‑383533133
37th3788BILBROUGH MadelineBILBROUGH TimDocklands Sailing and Watersports Centre333429(DNC)DNC137
38th2915PROFITT TomSPIEGL WillStamford School/Rutland Sailing Club‑3835363434139
39th2920ROBSON ROSIENAYLOR MollyStamford High School(RAF)36393737149
40th4135NEVE NickBYFORD CharlieOakham/Rutland(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC164

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