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29er Noble Marine Winter Championship at Draycote Water Sailing Club

by Max Moyles 20 Jan 2016 16:08 GMT 16-17 January 2016
Launching at the 29er Noble Marine Winter Championships 2016 © Paul Hammett

The Noble Marine Winter Championships hosted by Draycote Water Sailing club over the 16-17 January lived up to its name as 45 boats made the trip to Draycote to be welcomed with sub zero temperatures. Nine races were completed in mainly shifty light winds, leading to tricky racing and a high scoring event, where consistency was key. Eight different pairs won races over the weekend with no boat managing more than three top 3 finishes. The PRO Ian Bullock and the race team kept the race programme on track despite the fleets occasional desire for general recalls.

As the first race beckoned sailors were greeted with about 5 knots and a race committee keen to start on time meaning little time for preparation, turning up at 1 minute to go left Rebecca Lewis and Sam Grade with little option but to go hard left but with a strong start and good boat speed meant they could claim the first win of the event and set the tone for the rest of the day. The rest of the day followed a similar trend with the left hand side of the course paying dividends for those who took the highest risks. The end of day one left Bella Fellows and Ella Methven in first place after 18th in race 1 followed by 1,2,3 and heavyweights Josh Dawson and Huw Edwards in second place with 9 points.

As sailors returned to hotels (or campers for an unlucky few) forecasts were checked and snow was on the agenda. Overnight at least 3 inches of snow had fallen creating the morning's entertainment as rigging was postponed for a snowball fight. As reality dawned, that we would actually have to go sailing, layers were put on and boats rigged and as the D flag was raised the last snowballs were hurled and the fleet launched.

Day 2 had a completely different direction however the forecast did not live up to expectations as wind speeds rarely got above 8 knots. The day was surprisingly similar to Saturday as the sailors who committed to a side often making the biggest gains with a pin end start often a good option. After 4 close races points were tight with 6 boats in contention for the top 3 spots. A fitting end to the competition saw a battle between the top 3 boats overall with an upwind finish in race 9 with James Hammett and James Grummet taking the race win from Dan Venables and Nathaniel Gordon with Max Moyles and James Eales coming in third.

The two James's race win meant they took second overall on count back from Max and James however it was not enough to topple Dan and Nathaniel who took the event overall with a convincing margin of victory. This was Dan's third win in 3 years though this time with Nathaniel crewing. This relatively new partnership have thus been the only pair to challenge the dominance of Crispin Beaumont and Tom Darling who were fourth overall after a stunning run of 5 consecutive victory's in 29er run events since early September.

Phoebe Connellan and Sophie Otter took the ladies prize narrowly from Bella Fellows and Ella Mathven while Freya Black and Finley Armstrong took both the Junior and Mixed pair honours.

Congratulations to Dan and Nathaniel for the overall win and a big thank you to Draycote Water for hosting the event, Noble Marine for their generous support and to Zhik, the 29er Class clothing sponsor, for the prizes.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
1st2305DAN VENABLESNATHANIAL GORDONSUTTON SC / PARKSTONE YC4‑21491‑1215226
2nd2344JAMES HAMMETTJAMES GRUMMETTHAYLING ISLAND SC / BURWAIN SC10‑14‑171154210143
3rd2234MAX MOYLESJAMES EALESROYAL LYMINGTON YC696‑161153(BFD)343
4th16CRISPIN BEAUMONTTOM DARLINGBARTLEY GREEN SC / HAYLING ISLAND SC161118‑212141‑1853
5th2235PHOEBE CONNELLANSOPHIE OTTERRUTLAND SC / GRAFHAM WATER SC5‑29(UFD)1029154853
6th2343BELLA FELLOWSELLA METHVENPYS1832114‑23126‑3156
7th2230HUW EDWARDSJOSH DAWSONPWLLHELI SC25152(UFD)1318‑19762
8th2347FREYA BLACKFINLEY ARMSTRONGHAYLING ISLAND SC / ROYAL TORBAY YC‑2320‑24616369565
9th2336OLIVER ALDRIDGEJAMIE JOBSONPOOLE YC / ROYAL TORBAY YC81512478‑3612‑2866
10th1504ELLIE WALTONDAN BUDDENDRAYCOTE WATER SC / PWLLHELI SC9161184‑264‑281668
11th2399BOBBY HEWITTHARVEY MARTINLEIGH & LOWTON SC / OGSTON SC144333‑291922‑2468
12th2416JEMIMA LEEDHAMJAMES LEETCHRUTLAND SC112(UFD)15‑2912072379
13th1960PATRICK CROGHANDOMINIC LEWISQUEEN MARY SC / BOSHAM SC17‑26(UFD)56141781380
14th1779MATTHEW LECKIEIZZI BRISTOWLEIGH & LOWTON SC(UFD)179722610(RAF)1990
15th2380COURTNEY BILBROUGHHARRIET WARDHAYLING ISLAND SC131213‑32151128(BFD)496
16th2027SARAH JARMANNANCY SCOTTROYAL LYMINGTON YC / ISLAND BARN RESERVO2788‑3323‑31822197
17th2123JESSIE MAINDAVID BRANDWARSASH SC / HAYLING ISLAND SC22‑361921‑27713315100
18th2203HATTIE ROGERSORLA MITCHELLROYAL LYMINGTON YC719‑282517189(BFD)6101
19th777GEORGE TARDREWFREDDIE SIMESBEWL VALLEY SC15‑33(UFD)131210111426101
20th900ROBBIE KINGMARCUS TRESSLERWARSASH SC / RUTLAND SC20‑342220‑251771111108
21st399CHARLOTTE ORMERODDAN LEWISOXFORD SC / HAYLING ISLAND SC2111141913‑3422‑2310110
22nd2024WILLIAM RHODESMATTHEW RHODESRUTLAND SC(DNF)102126815‑291714111
23rd2304NICK ROBINSBILLY VENNIS OZANNEHAYLING ISLAND SC323514(UFD)2216(BFD)30113
24th2241HENRY JAMESONHARRY JONESHAYLING ISLAND SC / DRAYCOTE WATER SC126162328‑3321‑319115
25th2379HANNAH BRISTOWEMILY COVELLLEIGH & LOWTON SC / HAYLING ISLAND SC19‑3118121927‑331312120
26th2173ETHAN LEAHYROBERT RICHARDSONWINDERMERE SCHOOL / ROYAL WINDERMERE YC(DNF)1820172020‑321525135
27th403LEWIS BROWNGREGORY BROWNLYMINGTON TOWN SC2925‑32‑31103052517141
28th2121ALICE HANDLEYZOE JAMESHAYLING ISLAND SC262210299‑362624‑37146
29th2018LUKE ROBERTSONJACOB HUTCHINGSROYAL TORBAY YC / ROADFORD LAKE SC‑3324(UFD)221828252033170
30th1789LUKE HARTLEYOLIVER MORRELLSTOKES BAY SC30‑32262724‑37233220182
31st2292EDWARD NORBURYCHARLIE HUTCHINGSWARSASH SC3528(UFD)‑373519271827189
32nd2118JAMES HOLLISROB KEENBARTLEY GREEN SC / WALDRINGFIELD SC34‑4325‑363125241636191
33rd1324VICKY COWANPIERS LUXFORDPORTCHESTER SC / STOKES BAY SC(DNF)3023243735‑412132202
34th773ALICE SMITHMATTHEW HODGESHAYLING ISLAND SC / QUEEN MARY SC24‑40332834‑42352622202
35th2214MILES JONESOLLIE PERRYWARSASH SC / SILVER WING SC313531‑412616‑403629204
36th1781LAURA GILMOREEWAN GRIBBINSTRANGFORD LOUGH YC / PAIGNTON SC251327‑38‑3838303438205
37th2345REBECCA LEWISSAMUEL GRADEHAYLING ISLAND SC177(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC207
38th1508DYLAN WALENDY‑WRIGLEYSIMON GADSBYHARWICH TOWN SC / NOTTINGHAM SC36‑3929353021‑382934214
39th2046OLLIE DIXONWILLIAM COOKROYAL HARWICH YC / HAYLING ISLAND SC32‑41303433243433(DNC)220
40th2022EMMA TARDREWANNA ROWEHAYLING ISLAND SC / ISLAND BARN RESERVOI28‑3734‑443232373535233
41st1220FLOSSIE TANNERTOM CALLANQUEEN MARY SC37‑4437404039‑422739259
42nd1859OLI BAYLISSISSIE LAURA SPEIRSBURGHFIELD SC / FRENSHAM POND SC(UFD)3836‑423641313741260
43rd480JESS JOBSONMILLIE ALDRIDGEROYAL TORBAY YC / PARKSTONE YC(DNF)(DNF)35393940393040262
44th1613BETH ALBONEELEANOR CRANFIELDCHICHESTER YC / HOLLOWELL SC(UFD)4238‑434143433842287
45th1153CHARLOTTE GORDONSAM JAMESPARKSTONE YC(DNC)27(DNF)30UFDDNFDNCDNCDNC297
46th2225IAIN BIRDJAKE HARDMANHAYLING ISLAND SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC336
46th2345ARRAN HOLMANSAMUEL GRADEHAYLING ISLAND SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC336

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