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Harken 29er Grand Prix Round 6 at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by Nick Robins 2 Jun 2016 08:44 BST 28-29 May 2016
Start line action in the Harken 29er Grand Prix at Grafham © Tom Dixon

Snakes, ladders and black flags

The 6th Grand Prix of the 2015/2016 series was hosted at Grafham Water but as the 38 boats pausing from their exams began to arrive, the wind began to drop. This meant the race officer was forced to postpone the start while we waited for the wind to fill in.

After a relaxed morning waiting in the sun, the breeze was sufficient to begin racing. A 6-7 knot breeze with frequent gusts meant that there were big position changes off the line in the first race. A shift supported the right hand side of the beat but the left had more pressure. This meant that the leaders appeared from both sides at the top, downwind Iain Bird and Jake Hardman split from the pack to build a significant lead, which they held to win the 1st race from Jame Hammett/James Eales and Nick Robins/Jake Todd.

Due to the nature of the wind the following races saw more big changes in position and boats struggling for consistency. After 3 races the race committee decided that due to the postponed start the day was coming to an end and we sailed in to rest before Sunday's races. Overnight James Hammett and James Eales led with a score line of (2,6,7). Following them were Iain Bird and Jake Hardman in 2nd.

Sunday dawned and to the horror of the sailors it appeared that summer was over, as a fresh 15 knot breeze from the North greeted people rigging there boats in considerably cooler conditions than Saturday. But with around 10-12 knots on the course we could start on time, the race committee did their best to make up for the previous days lack of races. Though it seemed the sailors did not get the idea, and forced at least one (normally two) general recalls on every single race of the day. This saw a large array of BFD's through the fleet's results.

The races were equally difficult as the previous day with large shifts and patchy gusts keeping everyone on their toes. Top comeback of the day goes to James Hammett and James Eales who went from near last to 9th in one downwind leg. Congratulations to Huw and Josh, who had a very consistent 2nd day to redeem them from their high scores on Saturday and take the event in the last race after 5 top 8 finishes on the day.

Other notable performances came from Bobby and Harvey who recovered from a BFD in the first race to finish second overall and Patrick and Dominic for managing to sail consistently enough to hold on to 4th place while discarding two BFD's. Phoebe Connellan and Sophie Otter won the last race to take First Girls. In 10th overall Sarah Jarman and Nick Devereux took the mixed prize and Freya Black and Elliot Wells top juniors.

Thanks to Grafham Water Sailing Club for hosting the event at short notice after it was moved, and to Harken for your continual sponsorship of the event.

Good luck with any exams, and hope to see you all at the Europeans and then Harken GP7 at Ullswater followed by GP8 at Hayling Island Sailing Club!

Overall Results:

RANKSail NoHelmCrewClubsR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st2478HUW EDWARDSJOSH DAWSONCLWB HWYLIO PWLLHELI SC‑19‑2425383223
2nd2399BOBBY HEWITTHARVEY MARTINLEIGH & LOWTON SC / LEIGH & LOWTON SC/OG(BFD)1‑97275426
3rd2304NICK ROBINSJAKE TODDHISC / HAYLING ISLAND SC3‑1284‑1024728
4th2341PATRICK CROGHANDOMINIC LEWISQUEEN MARY SC / BOSHAM SC(BFD)31183(BFD)1531
5th2514ROSGO BANHAMALEX KINGBEWL VALLEY SAILING ASSOCIATION/DATCHET‑11‑10106612631
6th2235PHOEBE CONNELLANSOPHIE OTTERGRAFHAM SC / GRAFHAM WATER SC128435‑19‑13133
7th2234JAMES HAMMETTJAMES EALESHISC / RLYC267(BFD)‑946934
8th2327ARRAN HOLMANNATHANIEL GORDONHOLLOWELL SC / PARKSTONE YC17‑22‑2021510540
9th2203HATTIE ROGERSORLA MITCHELLROYAL LYMINGTON YC / HISC62‑1684(BFD)16844
10th2025SARAH JARMANNICK DEVEREUXRLYMYC / BUDWORTH SC8413‑161168‑1950
11th2225IAIN BIRDJAKE HARDMANHISC151591510(BFD)‑1755
12th2379HANNAH BRISTOWEMILY COVELLLEIGH & LOWTON SC / HAYLING ISLAND SC413‑26(BFD)13157355
13th1504ELLIE WALTONDAN BUDDENDRAYCOTE WATER SC / PWLLHELI SC‑237‑141279111359
14th2123JESSIE MAINDAVID BRANDWARSASH SC / HAYLING ISLAND SC10‑2631014(BFD)12361
15th2275KATIE MUNROBETH HURSTROYAL FINDHORN YC515615‑1913(BFD)1064
16th14EMMA BARNETTJAMES GRUMMETTROYAL TORBAY YC / BURWAIN SC91651116(BFD)14‑2871
17th2292ED NORBURYBEN TODDWARSASH SC / HAYLING ISLAND SC14‑1711131212‑171173
18th2347FREYA BLACKELLIOTT WELLSHISC7‑231914‑281692287
19th777MATTHEW LECKIEFREDDIE SIMES (BFD)14‑17171717151494
20th2416JAMES LEETCHCHARLIE JEYNESRUTLAND SC139‑22212014(BFD)2097
21st2173ETHAN LEAHYROBERT RICHARDSONWINDERMERE SCHOOL / ROYAL WINDERMERE YC20‑2518‑2218112112100
22nd315BELLA FELLOWSBILLY VENNIS‑OZANNEPYS / HISC STOKES BAY18‑281218‑22182218106
23rd1781LUKE GRIBBINEWAN GRIBBINPAIGNTON SC‑22‑27212021201221115
24th2022EMMA TARDREWANNA ROWEHISC / ISLAND BARN RESERVOIR SC(DNS)‑31271923211916125
25th2477ALICE HANDLEYZOE JAMESHISC/RSRNYC / HISC(BFD)112424272718‑29131
26th773ALICE SMITHMATT HODGESQMSC/HISC / QUEEN MARY SC15‑29‑292524232325135
27th1972VICKY COWANPHILLY ALAPORTCHESTER SC / HISC/MENGEHAM RYTHE SC2518232626‑28‑2827145
28th1508DYLAN WALENDY‑WRIGLEYNIAMH HARPERHARWICH TOWN SC / LOCH TUMMEL SC2419‑3023252430(DNC)145
29th2046OLLIE DIXONWILLIAM COOKROYAL HARWICH YC / HISC‑28202828‑29222526149
30th1784TOBY COPEPIERS LUXFORDCARSINGTON SC/RUDYARD LAKE SC / GRAFHAM29‑342527‑34252024150
31st2242ABBIE BACKHANNAH TUCKER 26213332‑362924(RET)165
32nd2332DAISY LEE‑BROWNECHLOE BUTTERWORTHLLANDUDNO SC / PWLLHELI SC2130‑34(BFD)31302630168
33rd2414TOM BALEOLLIE GIBSONSOUTH CAERNARFONSHIRE YC / LLANDUDNO SC1633312933(DNC)(BFD)31173
34th1322TOM DAWSONSAM KNEALECBYC/PWLLHELI / CBYC2737323032(BFD)29(RET)187
35th1908BETH ALBONEASHLEY DEATONCHICHESTER YC/MILTON KEYNES SC / ROYAL H323235333026(DNC)(DNC)188
36th476GEORGE SUNDERLANDSIMON CLARKEOLTON MERE SC3035‑3631353127(DNC)189
37th93WILLIAM HARRISONDANIEL NICKALLSMARCONI SC3136‑3734373231(DNC)201
38th2507MAX CLAPPRYAN ORRROYAL SOUTHERN YC / ROYAL LYMINGTON YC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC234

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