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Harken 29er Grand Prix Round 5 at Marconi Sailing Club

by Phoebe Connellan & Sophie Otter 26 Mar 2016 08:17 GMT 19-20 March 2016

Marconi Sailing Club hosted the 5th event in the 2015/2016 Harken Grand Prix series over the weekend of 19th and 20th of March. Saturday dawned cold and overcast, which saw the return of woolly hats. Needless to say, the race officer was keen to start on time to get the five races in and be back in time for hot soup and the rugby.

The wind was a steady 12 to 15 knots, and tide was ripping – we measured 6 boat lengths a minute. Hannah and Emily were quick off the mark, and claimed the first bullet of the event with a considerable lead. Race 2 saw closer racing, with overall winners Bobby and Harvey securing their first bullet, and new pairings Arran/Nathaniel, and Max/Ryan coming second and third. Ellie and Dan ended the day with two race wins taking races 4 and 5. Charlotte/Dan took second in race 4 with Phoebe/Sophie taking 2nd in race 5. Max/Ryan took 3rd in both races to end the day with 2,2,3,3,3. Most importantly we got back in time for an Indian and the rugby. Bonus!

This meant that overnight, Max and Ryan led their debut event in the 29er, followed by Bobby and Harvey in second with Phoebe and Sophie third. It was all to play for on the Sunday. The wind was lighter, and the sun made an appearance, which meant goodbye woolly hats and hello visors. Bobby and Harvey won the first race determined to shake off the challenge from Max and Ryan. After lots of general recalls due to the strong tides and dying winds, Hatty and Orla put in a great performance, finishing with a first and second in races 8 and 9. Ellie/Dan notched their third race win of the weekend in race 7 with Arran/Nat taking the last race.

The top three boats remained the same, but count back meant that Bobby and Harvey won the event, and Max and Ryan came second. Phoebe and Sophie took first girls in 3rd overall narrowly from Hattie/Orla in 4th overall. Well done to Jessie and David, who put in a consistent performance, finishing first mixed boat and sixth overall.

Shout out to Oli Aldridge for supplying us with chocolate after his and James' black flag in the last race and Orla Mitchell for lending Sophie some boots for the Sunday. It was great to see so many new faces in the fleet. Thank you to Harken for their continued sponsorship of the event and supplying prizes. Hope to see everyone at the youth nationals in two weeks time.

Overall Results:

RANKSAIL NOHELMCREWCLUBR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9NETT
1st2399BOBBY HEWITTHARVEY MARTINLEIGH & LOWTON SC511‑135172‑822
2nd2507MAX CLAPPRYAN ORRROYAL LYMINGTON YC23233‑1863‑1422
3rd2235PHOEBE CONNELLANSOPHIE OTTERRUTLAND SC64DGA52‑1136‑731.5
4th2203HATTIE ROGERSORLA MITCHELLROYAL LYMINGTON YC‑1055‑2110541232
5th2327ARRAN HOLMANNATHANIEL GORDONHOLLOWELL SC82‑141274‑155139
6th2123JESSIE MAINDAVID BRANDWARSASH SC‑11964‑15854541
7th1504ELLIE WALTONDAN BUDDENDRAYCOTE WATER SC‑1761111171‑18643
8th399CHARLOTTE ORMERODDAN LEWISOXFORD SC‑15‑1510243128948
9th14OLI ALDRIDGEJAMES GRUMMETTPARKSTONE YC47415‑16927(BFD)48
10th2379HANNAH BRISTOWEMILY COVELLLEIGH & LOWTON SC1109‑186614‑161056
11th2234MAX MOYLESJAMES EALESROYAL LYMINGTON YC912ZFP10929‑20‑1562
12th2225IAIN BIRDJAKE HARDMANHAYLING ISLAND SC7‑221281212(UFD)12467
13th1508DYLAN WALENDY‑WRIGLEYJOSH BONIFACEHARWICH TOWN SC311159‑201017‑191883
14th2347FREYA BLACKHARRIET CAGEHAYLING ISLAND SC20(DNS)(DNS)611168131286
15th2292EDWARD NORBURYCHARLIE HUTCHINGSWARSASH SC1387‑191971815(BFD)87
16th2025SARAH JANE JARMANNICK DEVEREUXROYAL LYMINGTON YC18161811815‑1910‑1996
17th403LEWIS BROWNGREGORY BROWNLYMINGTON TOWN SC14‑1919‑20181316911100
18th2477ALICE HANDLEYZOE JAMESHAYLING ISLAND SC2218‑2317‑232011113102
19th900ROSS BANHAMALEX KINGDATCHET WATER SC161417‑22131910‑2117106
20th1779MATTHEW LECKIEIZZI BRISTOWLEIGH & LOWTON SC‑1917161617‑24131413106
21st777GEORGE TARDREWFREDDIE SIMESBEWL VALLEY SC12138714(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC112
22nd2214MILES JONESOLLIE PERRYWARSASH SC(RET)202023241421(RET)16138
23rd1972VICKY COWANPHILLY ALAPORTCHESTER SC(RET)2322‑242122221720147
24th2022EMMA TARDREWANNA ROWEHAYLING ISLAND SC2121211422(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC157
25th93WILLIAM HARRISONDANIEL NICKALLSMARCONI SC232424(DNC)(DNC)23232321161
26th777bFREDDIE SIMESANNA ROWEBEWL VALLEY SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC212022BFD179
27th2416JEMIMA LEEDHAMJAMES LEETCHRUTLAND SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC203
27th2046OLLIE DIXONWILLIAM COOKROYAL HARWICH YC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC203

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