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Harken 29er Grand Prix Round 7 at Ullswater Yacht Club

by Huw Edwards & Josh Dawson 6 Jul 2016 07:33 BST 25-26 June 2016

Shifty winds but Torbay team win in the end

For the 7th Harken Grand Prix of the 2015/2016 series the fleet headed to the Lake District and Ullswater Yacht Club.

17 boats made the start line from as far afield as Torbay, Cork, and Aberdeen – true 29er travellers! The event was shared with the VX One fleet – a cool looking "old guys 29er" from Ovington Boats.

Saturday morning dawned over the campsite and club with the weather clearly showing it was going to be a difficult day for the fleet and race team as the lake was glassy calm. This meant the race officer was forced to postpone the start while we waited for the wind to fill in.

The fleet launched at about 11 am – little did they suspect it would be 7 hrs before they returned to shore. The day was characterised by 180 degree shifts, difficult waits between races in zero wind, and some one sided courses where it was difficult for boats to gain or lose places. It was a very hard day for the race team but well done though for persistence and getting the races completed.

As for the race positions, the long distance travellers fared well. Huw and Josh had started well in race one, but then Fin and Dan from Torbay, mastered the difficult conditions (often sub 5 knots) and posted a 2, 1, 1 in the next 3 races. The two Harrys from Cork also did well and went into second overnight. The fleet returned ashore very tired at 6pm hoping for better conditions on the Sunday.

Bolstered by excellent evening food at the club, and for many a good nights sleep in the campsite, (midges not welcome!) the Sunday morning looked much better with 12- 15 knots over much of the lake. The fleet headed south out of the clubhouse to a much better sailing area with big bays. The start line was close to the land to make the beat as long as possible across the lake. The fleet enjoyed five solid races in good lake sailing conditions. Bends and shifts off the hills were persistent, and those who unlocked the key to the beats and downwind legs fared well.

Dan and Fin Armstrong ontinued where they left off on Saturday posting 2 firsts and a second to give them the overall GP win – well done. Irish Harrys were second justifying the long trip from cork. Ullswater local boys, Ethan Leahy and Robert Richardson scooped first Junior in 9th Overall. Katy Munro and Beth Hurst took top ladies.

Next up on the GP series is Hayling on the 16/17 the July – looking forward to a great turn out there to end the series.

Many thanks to Ullswater YC teams (both Race and Galley) for hosting the event the weekend.

Overall Results:

PosNatSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
1stGBR2337DAN ARMSTRONGFIN ARMSTRONGRTYC2311121‑5‑411
2ndIRL2362HARRY DURCANHARRY WHITAKERROYAL CORK YC4‑13232433‑621
3rdGBR2478HUW EDWARDSJOSH DAWSONCLWB HWYLIO PWLLHELI SC15‑10633‑82323
4thGBR2025SARAH JARMANNICK DEVEREUXRLYMYC / BUDWORTH SC3‑9324‑824523
5thGBR2381HAMISH TAYLORRORY ROSECLYDE CRUISING CLUB / ABERDEEN & STONEHA(RET)46581(OCS)1227
6thGBR2275KT MUNROBETH HURSTRFYC SCOTLAND‑92‑887657136
7thGBR1781LUKE GRIBBINEWAN GRIBBINPAIGNTON SC615‑9‑10968742
8thGBR399CHARLOTTE ORMERODDANIEL LEWISOXFORD SC / HISC/OXFORD SC‑118476576‑943
9thGBR2173ETHAN LEAHYROBERT RICHARDSONULLSWATER YC5‑107‑115749845
10thGBR2045LUCY WILSONALLY FERGUSONLOCH TUMMEL SC/ROYAL TAY YC86114‑12‑1411101161
11thGBR390BEN BARNESTOBY GIBSONULLSWATER YC77‑121211101012(DNC)69
12thGBR2331TOM DAWSONERYL DAWSONCBYC/PWLLHELI10159109119(DNC)(DNC)73
13thGBR2414TOM BALEOLLIE GIBSONSOUTH CAERNARFONSHIRE YC / LLANDUDNO SC‑14111313131214(RET)1086
14thGBR2332DAISY LEE‑BROWNECHLOE BUTTERWORTHLLANDUDNO SC / PWLLHELI SC13‑14‑1414141312111289
15thGBR621MAZ ORRBEX ORRLOCH EARN SC1216(DNF)(DNC)151613131398
16thGBR872HOLLY MONKEMILY LOFTHOUSE‑HILLULLSWATER YC151215151615(RET)(DNC)DNC107
17thGBR1702TOBY COPEPIERS LUXFORDCARSINGTON SC/RUDYARD LAKE SC / GRAFHAM(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC133
17thGBR2203HATTIE ROGERSORLA MITCHELLROYAL LYMINGTON YC / HISC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC133

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