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Ovington Boats 29er Inland Championships at Grafham Water

by Bobby Hewitt 17 Dec 2015 10:20 GMT 12-13 December 2015
Ovington Boats 29er Inland Championships at Grafham © Hammett Family

After a few weekends off sailing for most, due to the crazy winter winds, 53 rusty 29er teams made the trek to the rescheduled 2015 Ovington Inland Championships at Grafham. The fleet enjoyed two days of high quality racing that tested the full wind range.

Saturday's first race was sailed in the wind range of 11-17 knots and was won by Crispin/Tom who got a decent first beat rounded in first and managed to extend as the boats placed 2-6 fought it out behind them with Ollie/Jamie taking 2rd and Hatty/Courtney 3rd. Another convincing lead in the second race from Crispin and Tom left them with another bullet and as winds peaked at 22knots there were a few more capsizes but the fleet managed well and 70% of boats finished.

Racing at the front was intense around the course with the heavier teams like Ollie/Jamie and Nick/Jake having the edge upwind but counteracting this lighter teams such as Dan/Nat and Bobby/Harvey managed to catch up on the downwind legs making for very even racing. Race 3 was great fun with 30knots+ gusts. Teams yanked on cunno and Crispin/Tom and Bobby/Harvey both went for the port duck option off the line which paid massively and with Bobby/Harvey's surprising pace in the breeze they managed to create and keep a lead around the course for the first half of the race however a questionable gybe set into arguably the biggest gust on the course sent them swimming on the gybe point leaving heavyweights Ollie/Jamie who kept it simple with the win.

With over half the fleet upside down only 13boats made it across the line. Putting in simple and solid performances Hugh/Josh finished in second and Jake/Nick in 3rd. Much to the nervous parents delight and with the wind only building the race officer decided to stop racing for the day with 5 races scheduled for the next day.

By the following day the wind speed had dropped significantly to 5 knots building to 8-10 knots. The race team did a great job by getting all 5 races in and the fleet did well to bear the cold and battle round the course! The left side seemed favourable throughout the day with a slight port bias and bigger lifts on port the further you headed out away from the centre.

This created almost classic Garda conditions with a big emphasis on starting, lane holding and lay lines. Stand out performers of the day with 4 solid counters were Dan/Nat with 5,5,4,3 and James/Ben with 2,6,6,2. Shout out to the unexpected right shift in the last race leaving the top 4 boats using it as a discard.

Well done to Crispin/Tom for another event win (although the fleet are closing in), Emily/Hannah for another 1st Girls, Dan/Fin for 1st Juniors and Jane/Paddy for 1st mixed.

A big thanks to Harken and Ovington Boats for the prizes and also to Grafham Water Sailing Club for hosting the rearranged event and delivering such high quality race management.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelm CrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st16CRISPIN BEAUMONTTOM DARLINGBARTLEY GREEN / HAYLING ISLAND1144‑1371‑1418
2nd2304NICK ROBINSJAKE TODDHAYLING ISLAND SC523‑24424‑2720
3rd2399BOBBY HEWITTHARVEY MARTINLEIGH & LOWTON SC / OGSTON SC449‑12216‑3526
4th17DAN VENABLESNATHANIEL GORDONSUTTON SC / PARKSTONE YC‑8555543‑2427
5th2344JAMES HAMMETTBEN TODDHAYLING ISLAND SC6‑22(DNC)26621032
6th2336OLLIE ALDRIDGEJAMIE JOBSONPARKSTONE YC / ROYAL TORBAY YC23179‑33‑221234
7th2040JANE FURNESSPADDY KEECHDRAYCOTE WATER SC914(DNC)6‑27105145
8th315ARRAN HOLMANBILLY VENNIS‑OZANNEHOLOWELL SC / HAYLING ISLAND SC121613915‑31‑2256
9th2362HARRY DURCANJOHNNY DURCANBALTIMORE SC2366‑3031211(BFD)61
10th2230HUW EDWARDSJOSH DAWSONCLWB HWYLIO PWLLHELI SC14921610‑22‑261566
11th2345PIERS NICHOLLSSAMUEL GRADEHAYLING ISLAND SC710(DSQ)(BFD)19914968
12th2379HANNAH BRISTOWEMILY COVELLLEIGH & LOWTON SC / HAYLING ISLAND SC11812‑2320‑3616572
13th2225IAIN BIRDJAKE HARDMANHAYLING ISLAND SC‑2720(DNC)11116131879
14th1960PATRICK CROGHANDOMINIC LEWISQUEEN MARY SC / BOSHAM SC202111817‑27‑28279
15th2337DAN ARMSTRONGFIN ARMSTRONGROYAL TORBAY YC1618(RET)1412318‑2081
16th900ROBBIE KINGMARCUS TRESSLERWARSASH SC / RUTLAND SC18198‑27‑351912884
17th2381HAMISH TAYLORRORY ROSECLYDE CC / ABERDEEN & STONEHAVEN YC1377(BFD)16‑29212892
18th0JESSIE MAINDAVID BRANDWARSASH SC / HAYLING ISLAND SC1026(RET)‑2821287395
19th2416JEMIMA LEEDHAMJAMES LEETCHRUTLAND SC(DNC)(DNC)DNC371115497
20th2235PHOEBE CONNELLANSOPHIE OTTERRUTLAND SC / GRAFHAM WATER SC21(RET)(DNC)15815102998
21st2234MAX MOYLESJAMES EALESDRAYCOTE WATER SC1915(DNC)13‑36142419104
22nd2292EDWARD NORBURYCHARLIE HUTCHINGSWARSASH SC221110‑342631‑337107
23rd2343BELLA FELLOWSELLA METHVENYEALM YC‑2512(RET)1922201723113
24th2203HATTIE ROGERSORLA MITCHELLROYAL LYMINGTON YC1724(DNC)1129258‑38114
25th2275KATIE MUNROBETH HURSTROYAL FINDHORN YC2923(DNC)212313‑3216125
26th2018LUKE ROBERTSONJACOB HUTCHINGSROYAL TORBAY YC1513(DNC)37‑40231933140
27th2027SARAH JARMANNANCY SCOTTROYAL LYMINGTON YC / HAYLING ISLAND SC3133(DNC)1825‑382025152
28th399CHARLOTTE ORMERODDANIEL LEWISDRAYCOTE WATER SC28(DNC)(DNC)2924322713153
29th403LEWIS BROWNGREGORY BROWNLYMINGTON TOWN SC3327(DNC)322826‑4111157
30th2216WILLIAM CUNLIFFEJAMES CUNLIFFEROYAL TORBAY YC24RDG(DNC)10‑38343832162
31st2173ETHAN LEAHYROBERT RICHARDSONROYAL WINDERMERE YC39(DNC)(DNC)2614173531162
32nd2380COURTNEY BILBROUGHHARRIET WARDHAYLING ISLAND SC3(DNC)(DNC)36188DNCDNC179
33rd2118JAMES HOLLISROB KEENBARTLEY GREEN / WALDRINGFIELD3729(DNC)1733‑422340179
34th2347FREYA BLACKANNA ROWEHAYLING ISLAND SC / ISLAND BARN RESERVOI‑4031(DNC)3530392917181
35th777NICK DEVEREUXFREDDIE SIMESBEWL VALLEY SC30(DNC)(DNC)BFD3121936184
36th1789LUKE HARTLEYOLIVER MORRELLSTOKES BAY SC2617(DNC)4032‑433437186
37th2206MARA LYONRORY HARPERPRESTWICK SC / LOCH LOMOND SC(BFD)(DNC)RET2215243930187
38th2046OLLIE DIXONWILLIAM COOKROYAL HARWICH YC / HAYLING ISLAND SC3425(DNC)3337‑414034203
39th2214MILES JONESOLLIE PERRYWARSASH SC / SILVER WING SC(DNC)RDG(DNC)20443725BFD207
40th408MORGAN ARCHERDAN THOMPSONBLUE CIRCLE SC / QUEEN MARY SC36(DNC)(DNC)3945184526209
41st1779MATTHEW LECKIEIZZI BRISTOWLEIGH & LOWTON SC32(RET)(DNC)BFD34303721211
42nd937WILLIAM RHODESHANNAH RHODESRUTLAND SC(DNC)(DNC)DNC254640446218
43rd1702TOBY COPEREBECCA BARRYROYAL LYMINGTON YC / CHESTER SC45(DNC)(DNC)3839353639232
44th1901DYLAN WALENDY‑WRIGLEYSIMON GADSBYHARWICH TOWN SC / NOTTINGHAM SC(BFD)32(DNC)4541443045237
45th1153ELLIOTT KUZYKSAM JAMESPARKSTONE YC(DNC)30(DNC)4343484343250
46th1277HANNAH STOWECAITLIN JONESHOLLOWELL SC38(DNC)(DNC)3149504242252
47th385MICHAEL CARVERHENRY HUTCHISONGRAFHAM WATER SC / HUNTS SC4128(DNC)47‑51455148260
48th313MEGAN THORNLEYROBIN JONESULLSWATER YC / HYKEHAM SC46(DNC)(DNC)4142524741269
49th470ERIC MCFARLANE BONDJUDE MCFARLANE BONDCHEW VALLEY LAKE SC42(DNC)(DNC)4248494944274
50th1220FLOSSIE TANNERELEANOR ELDERQUEEN MARY SC / BOWMOOR SC43(DNC)(DNC)4450515049287
51st1859OLI BAYLISSISSIE SPEIRSBURGHFIELD SC / FRENSHAM POND(DNC)(DNC)DNC4647464846290
52nd2028BETHAN MATTHEWCAITLIN ATKINALDEBURGH YC / ALTON WATER SC44(DNC)(DNC)BFD52474647293
53rd2331HANNAH ROBERTSJAMES GUINANLLYN BRENIG SC35(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC320
54th2219NICK DEVEREUXHEATHER SWORDBUDWORTH SC / LOCH TUMMEL SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC342
54th2231POPPY GILKSBUZZ GILKSQUEEN MARY SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC342
54th1754MILLIE ALDRIDGEMILLIE ALDRIDGEPARKSTONE YC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC342

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