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Volvo GJW Direct Topper National Series 3 at Datchet Water Sailing Club

by Andre Ozanne 26 Apr 2016 10:50 BST 16-17 April 2016
Volvo GJW Direct Topper National Series at Datchet © R Sturt

165 sailors from all corners of the land descended on the outskirts of the M25. Datchet gave the Topper class a warm welcome, well organised and lots of space to swing a Topper. Mums and Dads with their campers tactically positioned at the edge of the reservoir had views of the racing,shore activity and Datchet wouldn't be Datchet without the odd Airbus A380 for further observations, The other bonus of these campers is they never had to set an early morning alarm the 5.45 am Virgin Atlantic to Miami does that for them.

Racing was postponed for an hour on the Saturday wind was patchy and light Ian Bullock PRO for the 5.3 fleet and Andy Moore for the 4.2s kept a close eye on developments. Ap lowered and the 5.3 fleet ghosted over to the SW area of the reservoir. The 4.2s had a shorter course reasonably close to the club house.

Both ROs looked liked they were born with a wind indicators and handhelds as the wind did a wandering! With courses laid Saturday turned into a 5 race extravaganza, for boys whose Christian name began with J. The overnight wash up showed Jake Bowhay in the 5.3s from HHSC and James Deaton in the 4.2s from Royal Harwich with a string of 1st both sailors showing remarkable ability in very patchy conditions. The 5.3s were not without incident with black flags and course changes and races canned, one of the youngest competitors in the 5.3s Sam Jones leading to the weather mark was understandably a bit niffed when the weather wandered off in another direction. Other sailors of note were Bill Hudson and Leo Wilkinson in the 4.2s and Harris Cartwright and Andrew Homer in the 5.3s.

Some stayed and watched and listened to planes, some retired to nearby lodgings and listened to planes, Juliettes and Jemmas wondered whether their day would be tomorrow interspersed with listening to planes and some like me had a peaceful nights sleep lulled by listening to the lapping sea upon a Solent shore, while others knitted, yes the Topper class has gone knitting crazy and as it stands Kirsten Percival the Where's Wally hat knitter who with 23 hats under her belt has reached the top mark first closely followed by many other knitters. Crazy maybe but this is the brain wave of the classe's super secretary Jeanette Saunderspm who has put together another fund raising event which will culminate at the National Series held at Carsington. Last year the theme was pink and thousands of pounds were raised for Cancer research and also getting more females involved with sailing and sail race management. This year the Where's Wally hat themes will raise money for Prostrate Cancer.

With Sundays forecast looking patchy and even more flicky than Saturday you know what Andy and Ian where holding up and staring at, with various postponements racing got underway the 5.3 on the further from club course area seems to have breeze and the odd squirt of speed but a lot of ghosting took place. The 4.2s had even less wind and these races turned into a snakes and ladders kind of day, Andy slipped in 3 races cutting short the last race as the turbulence of the A380s was sucking what breeze there was and bending it off 100 degrees.

In the 5.3 Ian was only able to get 2 races in Jake, Harris and Samuel Cooper where all in for a shout at the top spot whether on the water calculations had been done or not Jake with his 3 firsts the day before edged out Harris by a few points and Samuel by a few more, all the guys having a good string of consistency. Harriet Lee Yorkshire Dales whos second name may well be Jemma secured a top ten overall with Millie Aldridge Parkstone YC and Charlotte Gordon finishing off the first three girls. Sam Jones didn't let that canned race bother him and at sailing age 13 was the youngest sailor in the top 20 finishing a very commendable 12th overall. Joseph Dormer was awarded the Optimum Time Endeavour prize.

In the 4.2s James eased every whisper of breeze and held Leo Wilkinson off,Monique Jezebel VO stole a race win off James and gained a J in her name to finish up 3 rd overall. It was very nice to see some new faces in the fleet,Hamilton Roaf, Cormac Obrien, Adam Grimwood all sailed very well Becky Cropley from RLYC was awarded the Optimum time endeavour prize and 9 year Dan Perkins from Portchester sailing club receives the Andre Ozanne Perseverance prize. This being Dan's first appearance at any sailing competition ever he completed every race apart from the last which was rudely curtailed by another competitors boom splitting his upper lip. Perseverance goes to him as he pumped back to shore was fixed up and then jumped back in and pumped like mad to get back for the start alas he missed the start time, perhaps a quick tow in would have given him a chance, he is all the better for his own determination to give it a go. He has caught the 4.2 bug and is now entered for the 4.2 Inland nationals at Grafham Water this weekend. It's a bank holiday weekend the forecast is looking breezy and wet just as we would expect and Grafham doesn't have a local flight path so I am going to get a good nights rest, not sure what the majority are going to do without the A380 alarm clock. So with 180 sailors registered and big breeze its time to look out for the girls and guys that can sail in breeze.

As always the class thanks its helpers and at this event thanks were given to Sue Markham and Jeanette Sanderson thanks also to Datchet to Volvo Cars UK, GJW Direct, Optimum Time and Sailing Solutions by Rooster our very generous sponsors.

Overall Results:

5.3 Fleet

OverallSail NoNameClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1st44813Jake BOWHAYHill Head SC/Stokes Bay SC11814‑23419
2nd47835Harris CARTWRIGHTClyde Cruising Club414148‑1222
3rd47768Samuel COOPERWest Lancashire YC632‑26101224
4th47647Morgan ARCHERBlue Circle SC5‑2032310326
5th47836Calum BELLHelensburgh SC/Loch Lomond SC1‑2553811129
6th46940Andrew HOMERDalgety Bay SC841817‑1029
7th47182Angus KEMPParkstone YC/Poole YC12510510‑41345
8th47806Toby COPERudyard Lake SC97‑124712746
9th46875Harriet LEEYorkshire Dales SC37‑2216181348
10th46303Lorcan KNOWLESLeigh & Lowton SC7981199‑1353
11th47902Timothy HARTNELLLancing SC15513416‑31962
12th47641Sam JONESHill Head SC / Jets12167‑23811862
13th47350Liam SCHIESSChipstead SC‑1765915171466
14th46701Elliott KUZYKParkstone YC2‑383061711167
15th47432Millie ALDRIDGEParkstone YC22297621‑4267
16th47646Hugo BURROWSWest Oxfordshire SC241(BFD)3372168
17th47531Curtis MCKAYHOAC / Queensmead7‑2316201122076
18th45197Nicholas WELBOURNHykeham SC5828(BFD)14122390
19th47928Charlotte GORDONParkstone YC1420‑38216241591
20th47303Isabel WALLWORKRedesmere SC261515518‑311493
21st46Molly SACKER 814‑261226161793
22nd46225Duncan LLOYD EVANSMumbles YC/New Quay YC192611‑381913896
23rd47808Coco BARRETTIBRSC / VR Race Team191710‑4823171096
24th47785Milly JINKSPlymouth Youth Sailing9266‑442662699
25th47636Christiaan WAKEFIELDParkstone YC16443332‑526104
26th47762Matthew MCROBBIEHykeham SC‑54103610201416106
27th47302Edward BROWNBroxbourne SC43(DNF)291112102107
28th4092Rhys CHANDLERClub Hwylio Bala SC11182819‑51257108
29th43170Ishbel ZUURMONDMengeham Rythe SC‑35141414213017110
30th42990Molly NIXONWLYC20‑512426151512112
31st45770Magnus HANDLEYQueen Mary SC3‑47271945194117
32nd47765Marcus HOWARDRedesmere SC2940328145‑53119
33rd47461William HARRISONMarconi SC2828624‑351815119
34th47087James PERCIVAL‑COOKENorfolk Broads YC/Horning SC/Snowflakes21‑43173025620119
35th45402Trent DUHRKOOPBeaver SC38‑5522152529120
36th47522Scott WILKINSONRye Harbour SC‑3232323221930120
37th47338Oliver KINGWest Oxfordshire SC4091137195‑44121
38th47769Angus FELLOWSYYC/PYS2730‑526172419123
39th47754Hakan DIGBYQueen Mary SC164615356‑536124
40th47443Brandon BANNERLeigh & Lowton SC‑4716938332016132
41st47399Tamsyn HILLSSaltash SC‑6542291851426134
42nd47076Ben NICOLLWest Oxfordshire SC42104(BFD)203228136
43rd47016Samuel SHACKLEBroxbourne SC2532‑358302021136
44th47533Krishan BHOGALManor Park SC63442(BFD)33418137
45th47649Finlay SWANTONFelpham SC312932‑467237138
46th45104Tom BOOTHPYS/ YYC2411131344‑4633138
47th47195Sophie KIRKStokes Bay SC1428162724‑3430139
48th47603Ollie HOLMESSt Mawes SC203332‑4032324144
49th47518Aled LLEWELLYN‑JONESSaundersfoot SC‑3939212727327144
50th47658Dan BATTYDorchester SC / Oxford SC1136‑512025495146
51st47484George VINCENTParkstone YC2535371711‑5022147
52nd45443Scott PARKERParkstone YC2339‑534221419148
53rd47952Christine WOODClyde Cruising Club222183339‑5436150
54th47792Frances FOXCVLSC41326(BFD)403433150
55th47790Samuel DAVISPoole YC1813404731‑605154
56th47264Rachael MCCLUSKEYLeigh and Lowton SC‑4834715184634154
57th47770Bertie FISHERItchenor SC4435‑541527331155
58th47740Morgan SMITHHollowell SC42620323223‑58155
59th44352Benjamin REASONHarwich Town SC10181929‑424040156
60th47794Alice SENIORPlymouth Youth Sailing32212093441‑49157
61st47731Thomas COCHRANEPlymouth Youth Sailing/Yealm YC‑52212410284232157
62nd47414Benjamin MCELROYCCSC / VR Race Team24‑52173094043163
63rd47751Harry PULFORDLlyn Brenig SC3543‑4922132823164
64th45625Suzanna HOMERDalgety Bay SC273718‑5223947170
65th47801Eabha STRONG‑WRIGHTLlandegfedd SC‑4822427433324171
66th47795Aimee STEPHENSONLlangorse SC/Worcestershire Schools Sail‑60231439412141179
67th47853Charlie SOUTHStokes Bay SC13272158‑592638183
68th43183Sonia EVANSHaversham SC/Priory SC4433‑4514362731185
69th46919Daniel THOMPSONQueen Mary SC‑5945384138169187
70th47124Georgia PHILLIPSLlangorse SC43314137297‑56188
71st47638Jenna VINCENTParkstone YC131152423735‑59190
72nd47306Jake SCOTTDale YC18482217(BFD)5037192
73rd47488Toby PEARCEHorning SC263019DNC(DNC)2231196
74th45142Lowri BOORMANDale YC3941373624‑4722199
75th46117Luke BEUVINKRoyal Corinthian Otters21322713‑575355201
76th47748Andrew STURTHollowell SC173147‑55292850202
77th44589Emily TURNERItchenor SC3125254631‑5744202
78th46961Rebecca ROBERTSCardiff Bay YC29494832‑653811207
79th47120Catriona WARBURTONLoch Venachar SC3838452534‑4929209
80th47568Abigail HOLDENHorning SC/Snowfakes SC343736DGA39‑5227209.5
81st46482Olivia MCKAYStarcross YC4936301230‑6353210
82nd47953Tamsin DODSWORTHPapercourt SC‑61494933123235210
83rd47030Matty COHENFOSSC‑6662511613960211
84th47538Finlay TULETTDalgety Bay SC1019554950‑6228211
85th47559Max BEANEYParkstone YC41812435063(TAL)217
86th45497Gemma MCDONNELLHollowell SC50503324‑562634217
87th47799Thomas PARKHURSTBeaver SC‑56503147371836219
88th47657David PEATYWorcestershire Schools Sailing and Canoe37‑594421473535219
89th47536Oliver MILLSPennine SC301234(BFD)534546220
90th47126Oliver FELLOWSCastle Cove SC6317463122‑6645224
91st47463Max LEWISHollowell SC1519255048(DNC)DNC225
92nd47637Emma JAMESParkstone YC46243122‑555449226
93rd45877Angus JAMIESONHorning SC30473531‑603746226
94th47569Finn ROBARTSFishguard Bay YC361247‑62383662231
95th47386Beth ALBONECYC/Milton Keynes SC‑49444329474325231
96th47956Anabelle ESQULANTDocklands Sailing and Watersports Centre4741233941‑6047238
97th11911William PARRETTHill Head SC / Jets414555(BFD)232748239
98th46521Josh HALELoch Venachar SC282454(BFD)445845253
99th46481Benjamin JUKES‑BENNETTLlyn Brenig SC‑64565034284243253
100th24986Jacob ATKINSStokes Bay SC61‑665734354425256
101st45735Gus MCKENZIEYorkshire Dales SC545339574315‑61261
102nd44631Scarlet DESORGHERNotts County SC461540‑60545848261
103rd45891James FOWLERChew Valley Lake SC / Nefyn SC5552‑6353453918262
104th45565Tristan HILLSSaltash SC53575028‑604332263
105th47764Kamran EWBANKStaunton Harold SC514041435336‑57264
106th43128Matthew DOLICZNYCotswold SC37‑584454523839264
107th47949Annabel SUMERAYPapercourt SC56‑606040421356267
108th47750Maxi TUSTAINIBRSC33483445‑625651267
109th47599Oliver CARRLoch Venachar SC342253(BFD)575551272
110th46610Aimee TAYLORBlackwater SC/Heybridge Basin Maldon402743595847‑63274
111th45732Ioan DAVIESPembrokeshire YC535548254945‑65275
112th47855Harriet KIRKStokes Bay SC525639364657‑61286
113th46888Daisy DESORGHERNotts County SC45‑625841485938289
114th45794Heather DENBIGHBough Beech SC2357(DNC)1856DNCDNC290
115th47101Jude SINGLETONHollowell SC5554584836‑6141292
116th46046Lily BARRETTIBRSC5029594461‑6552295
117th46023Noe PECKHAMLeigh & Lowton SC/Redesmere SC59‑646151542250297
118th43087Heloise SHADBOLTHill Head SC336162(BFD)405942297
119th45586Oliver LEARYNBYC. Horning606162355129(TAL)298
120th45972Rachel WYSSHollowell SC624246514951(TAL)301
121st46430Alex HEADDowns SC575459495930‑60308
122nd47207Jessica DODSWORTHPapercourt SC365865DNC(DNC)4839314
123rd47950Leon STEINCrawley Mariners YC585157(BFD)465564331
124th47000Luc JAMESLlangorse SC‑64636450554458334
125th46611Miles EVERETTLlangorse SC575363565848‑64335
126th47277Poppy WRIGHTBeaver SC5146616163‑6454336
127th47783William ADLERCCSCDNC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC2940342
128th44583Joseph DORMERQueen Mary SC585956‑64526259346
129th47389Rhianwen WILLIAMSCardiff Bay YC626060BFD(DNF)5652358
130th Daniel CHATTOCKDWSC6365(DNC)45646163361
131st44131Niall SCHIESSChipstead SC45635663(DNC)DNCDNC363
132nd46891Maximilian HATTERSLEYCarsington SC/DerbyshireDNC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC5162386

4.2 Fleet

OverallSail NoNameClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st47426James DEATONRoyal Harwich YC113211‑8211
2nd47807Leo WILKINSONMaidenhead SC532‑6232118
3rd47466Monique VENNIS‑OZANNEHill Head SC‑13261466934
4th47834Hamilton ROAFChipstead SC3984821‑1035
5th47077Thomas WILLIAMSONIBRSC7‑1557573539
6th21137William HUDSONNewhaven & Seaford8‑12133119641
7th47954Josie MEREDITHPapercourt SC9109‑156471358
8th47620Oliver VENNIS‑OZANNEHill Head SC26711914‑161463
9th47752Cormac O'BRIENIBRSC1114159‑1655463
10th47437Adam GRIMWOODChipstead SC611108128‑15863
11th47659Giles BAKERDWSC474‑20716101866
12th47654James SMAGGASGALEHOAC / Queensmead124161313‑2141779
13th47503Samuel CARRLoch Venachar SC15813‑211513201599
14th46127Ceri ROBERTSClwb Hwylio Clywedog SC141317141418‑2112102
15th40795Maisie BRISTOWIBRSC‑262114102319183108
16th46970Thomas WILLETTLlangorse SC21‑2912231092211108
17th47086Iwan ROBERTSClwb Hwylio Clywedog SC171818171110‑1919110
18th47780Aaron EVANSSilver Wing SC161923‑261720127114
19th46387Matilda GREGSONStarcross YC22‑23191919121716124
20th32162Robin STEINCrawley Mariners YC103011221829(OCS)21141
21st47539Noah SHERRIFFChew Valley Lake SC / Allaboard182224‑2724152320146
22nd47858Gruffydd GREENCardigan/Teifi Boating Club2827‑311228171128151
23rd47354Catherine ALBONECYC/Milton Keynes SC19162518222626‑32152
24th46578Zoe CHASEMumbles YC20522‑3130302923159
25th47685Samuel BRACKLEYFelpham SC(OCS)20202420222726159
26th47085Jessica ROBERTSCardiff Bay YC23252125‑27252527171
27th29048Andrew SCOTTDale YC272628526‑333031173
28th46274Harriet SACKERBurnham Overy Staithe SC2524‑322821232829178
29th30422Timothy EVANSHaversham SC/Priory SC242827162931‑3224179
30th47156Eliza SOUTHStokes Bay SC31‑32263032241425182
31st46686Ben PURRIERParkstone YC(OCS)17DNCDNCDNC271330189
32nd24986Becky CROPLEYRLYC29‑33303231282422196
33rd28987Daniel PERKINSPortchester SC30312929253231(DNS)207

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