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Harken 29er Grand Prix Round 8 at Hayling Island Sailing Club

by Bobby Hewitt 22 Jul 2016 09:16 BST 16-17 July 2016
Harken 28er GP at Hayling Island © Alex Irwin / www.sportography.tv

Lessons learnt?

Forty-seven teams made the trip to Hayling Island SC for the eighth and final Harken GP of the 2015/2016 season. The weather was predominantly bright sunshine with light winds. The large 29er fleet shared Hayling Bay with the visiting RC44 fleet and some BAR press boats came over to watch and snap pictures. Thank you to Sportography.tv who had a full camera team on station with drone in action and of course to Harken for the continued support of the 29er Class.

The first day consisted of wind ranging from around 6-12 knots and a fleet determined to aim towards the left of the beat and the port end of the line to take advantage of the tide, so the 29ers swarmed at the pin. Race Officer Tim Hancock then tried to lure them back along the line as the pin was moved back and back. With tide pushing people over for the first half of the day there were many general recalls, however once racing, the fleet battled around the course like gladiators in a Roman Coliseum. Although the left side of the course seemed to pay on some of the beats it was far from certain as a sure fire strategy. Throughout the day with the winning strategy seeming to be get a good start near the pin end of the line and stay in the pressure. Five races were sailed on Saturday with the dying wind in the last race making it hard to cross the finish line against the tide. Top performance of the day went to old timers Rowan/Dan with 4,1,4,1,1 who looked like they'd never been out of the boat! Dan/John meanwhile, a new pair with plenty of experience, had a 9,2,1,2,4.

A very similar second day dawned and the four scheduled races were sailed in light winds. Forty-one boats were black flagged in the first race partly due to the adverse tide ripping the fleet over the start line and the quote "when will they learn" from welsh squad coach Max Todd summed up the fleets error. Racing was tough throughout the day with the occasional wacky shifts, random bands of pressure and tide. the Race Officer did a really good job to get the 4 races in as the RC44s, which were in sight, only got one race ! The 4 races were won respectively by Bobby/Harvey, Rowan/Dan, Dan/John and JJ/James. At the end of the weekend 9 races were completed allowing 2 discards so no excuses for making a few mistakes.

Even with two black flags Rowan Edwards / Dan Blight were consistent enough to storm the win by a 9 point margin counting 7 top 6 results with Crispin Beaumont / Tom Darling 2nd and Bobby Hewitt / Harvey Martin 3rd. It was hard to believe that this was Rowan and Dan's first GP win while Max Todd was heard shouting "Wales Wales" on more than one occasion on the water. Phil Walker, RYA Youth Squad coach was watching the sailing and he must have been pleased to see his RS800 crew come in 4th with Dan Venables.

Hattie Rogers and Orla Mitchell took top all girls from Phoebe and Sophie while Izzy Black and James Grummet took the mixed award. In the Junior category Henry Jameson and Harry Jones took the prize in their first GP.

A big thanks to Hayling Island Sailing Club for hosting, the race committee led by Tim Hancock for putting on some great racing in tough light winds and Harken for their continued support.

Good luck to all the sailors heading out to the 29er Worlds in Medemblik next week, where 42 GBR boats are entered. Phil Walker was heard to comment, "Great weekend and hopefully lots of lessons learnt ahead of the Worlds".

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubsR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
1st23ROWAN EDWARDSDANIEL BLIGHTCLWB HWYLIO PWLLHELI SC / PORT DINORWIC41411(BFD)61(DNC)18
2nd16CRISPIN BEAUMONTTOM DARLINGBARTLEY GREEN / HAYLING ISLAND‑183232(BFD)94427
3rd2399BOBBY HEWITTHARVEY MARTINLEIGH & LOWTON SC / OGSTON SC1‑85‑85126828
4th2305DAN VENABLESJOHN MATHERSUTTON SC92124(BFD)111(DNC)30
5th2337DAN ARMSTRONGFIN ARMSTRONGRTYC2‑21846(BFD)102335
6th777GEORGE TARDREWFREDDIE SIMESHISC810973(BFD)38‑1348
7th2203HATTIE ROGERSORLA MITCHELLROYAL LYMINGTON YC / HISC3410‑177(BFD)1414254
8th2225IAIN BIRDJAKE HARDMANHISC57‑141014(BFD)115658
9th2235PHOEBE CONNELLANSOPHIE OTTERGRAFHAM SC / GRAFHAM WATER SC1493‑2410(BFD)571159
10th2514ROSGO BANHAMALEX KINGBEWL VALLEY SAILING ASSOCIATION/DATCHET116‑1913‑2321312562
11th2344JAMES HAMMETTJAMES EALESHISC / RLYC135315‑39(BFD)73165
12th2HANNAH BRISTOWEMILY COVELLLEIGH & LOWTON SC / HAYLING ISLAND SC151213913(BFD)‑2013782
13th2478HUW EDWARDSJOSH DAWSONCLWB HWYLIO PWLLHELI SCTP51116635(BFD)810(BFD)97
14th2336OLI ALDRIDGEJAMIE JOBSONPARKSTONE YC / ROYAL TORBAY YC161312258(BFD)‑28249107
15th2341PATRICK CROGHANDOMINIC LEWISQUEEN MARY SC / BOSHAM SC201961411(BFD)2318(BFD)111
16th14ISSY BLACKJAMES GRUMMETTHAYLING ISLAND SC / BURWAIN SC731711‑32(BFD)211918114
17th2304NICK ROBINSJAKE TODDHISC / HAYLING ISLAND SC1017(BFD)1612(BFD)49DNC117
18th2338FREYA BLACKELLIOTT WELLSHISC2116151218(BFD)16‑2519117
19th2241HENRY JAMESONHARRY JONESHAYLING ISLAND SC / DRAYCOTE WATER SC24‑322027213‑301712124
20th2477ALICE HANDLEYZOE JAMESHISC/RSRNYC / HISC173324239(BFD)‑372210138
21st1504ELLIE WALTONHATTY WARDDRAYCOTE WATER SC / HISC2323183019(BFD)1216(BFD)141
22nd2506TOM MITCHELLCIAN ASHBYRLYMYC / CHRISTCHURCH SC(DNC)143433205‑392327156
23rd2292ED NORBURYCHARLIE HUTCHINGSWARSASH SC25182921‑31(BFD)173117158
24th399CHARLOTTE ORMERODCHARLOTTE ORMERODOXFORD SC / HISC/OXFORD SC2230171517(BFD)(UFD)20BFD170
25th2117CHRIS JAMESJAMES HALLHISC/ROYAL SOUTHERN YC / HISC2722‑4035‑404342128171
26th2479COURTNEY BILBROUGHHANNA BRANTHAYLING ISLAND SC / OXFORD SC(DNC)(DNC)212216BFD271521171
27th2045LUCY WILSONALLY FERGUSONLOCH TUMMEL SC/ROYAL TAY YC3129272926(P54)18‑3416176
28th2275KATIE MUNROBETH HURST 1915111842(BFD)(UFD)26BFD180
29th1779MATTHEW LECKIEIZZI BRISTOWLEIGH & LOWTON SC / LEIGH AND LOWTON SC2626232827(BFD)2929(BFD)188
30th2022EMMA TARDREWANNA ROWEHISC / ISLAND BARN RESERVOIR SC‑3728283129(BFD)153325189
31st2123JESSIE MAINDAVID BRANDWARSASH SC / HAYLING ISLAND SC1224221915(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC190
32nd2118JAMES HOLLISLEWIS BROWNBARTLEY GREEN / WALDRINGFIELD32‑42302025(BFD)403215194
33rd2112GRAHAM COOKJAMES COOKHISC / HAYLING ISLAND SC‑4136263238(BFD)242814198
34th2113RORY FULTONJAMIE MACAULAYBOUGH BEECH SC342733‑3824(BFD)263622202
35th1781LUKE GRIBBINEWAN GRIBBINPAIGNTON SC2835254028(BFD)2527(BFD)208
36th2174CORI MCFARLANECALLUM ELWINMUMBLES YC423432‑4336(BFD)193524222
37th2046OLLIE DIXONWILLIAM COOKROYAL HARWICH YC / HISC3340373422(BFD)2237(BFD)225
38th1322TOM DAWSONSAM KNEALEPWLLHELI SC / CARDIFF BAY YC2920(BFD)2630(BFD)3839BFD231
39th1867OLLIE DENNISELLIE MCDONALDHISC ESC364344(DNF)(DNC)6354131236
40th1972VICKY COWANPHILLY ALAPORTCHESTER SC / HISC30414337(DNC)(BFD)363020237
41st2222CHARLES ELLIOTJACK MILLERFELPHAM SC3537364137(BFD)(UFD)4023249
42nd2111TRISTAN PAYNEJAKE CARPENTERHAYLING ISLAND SC4025354433(BFD)3142(BFD)250
43rd1508ALICE SMITHDYLAN WALENDY‑WRIGLEYHISC/QUEEN MARY SC / HARWICH TOWN SC3838393634(BFD)‑423830253
44th2128ZOE KINGISOBEL CLARKHAYLING ISLAND SC3939383941(BFD)32‑4426254
45th1153RORY COHENSAM JAMESFRAMPTON ON SEVERN SC / PARKSTONE YC(DNF)46414244(BFD)334529280
46th726SOPHIE BENTLEYTOBY MIZZIFELPHAM SC444442‑4543(BFD)414332289
47th476GEORGE SUNDERLANDSIMON CLARKEOLTON MERE SC4345454645(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC322
48th2507MAX CLAPPRYAN ORRROYAL SOUTHERN YC / ROYAL LYMINGTON YC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC343

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