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Harken 29er Grand Prix Round 1 at Rutland Sailing Club

by James Hammett 29 Sep 2016 10:27 BST 24-25 September 2016
Harken 29er Grand Prix Round 1 at Rutland © Suzie Hammett

Fifty 29ers travelled to Rutland Sailing Club to kick-off the first Harken Grand Prix of the 2016/2017 season in some challenging and physically demanding conditions. At this time every year the 29er "old guard" leave and new sailors step up to the plate while a host of newcomers join the fleet.

The first day set the tone for the event with a breeze of 20+ knots blowing constantly which lasted throughout the four races during the day, with some much windier gusts scattered around the course. Nick Robins and Billy Vennis-Ozanne smashed the day with a 1,1,1,2; the last race being won by Hannah Bristow and Emily Covell who had 2,2,2,1. These two boats sailed some incredible first beats and their speed was unmatched by almost any boat in the fleet. James Hammett and James Eales sailed a consistent 3,3,3,4 to hold 3rd overnight (13 points), 4th was new pair Bobby Hewitt and Matthew Leckie (22 points), and 5th was Hamish Taylor and Rory Rose (23 points), all these boats putting in consistent top 10s. Best starts of the day went to Harvey Martin and Tristan Payne who tricked the fleet with two brilliant port end flyers.

Most of the fleet thought the second day would bring slightly more forgiving conditions, and on the sail out to the course the wind was sitting around 12-15 knots. However, hope of an easier day were dashed by the start gun and the sailors were met by similar conditions to the first day. Nick and Billy dominated again with three bullets and a third winning the event comfortably discarding a 3rd to sit on 8 points, followed by Hannah and Emily who had 6 seconds throughout the event with 13 points. James and James finished 3rd on 22 points. 4th were Aaron Holman and Josh Dawson on 34 points , 5th were Bobby/Matthew and 6th George/Freddie.

The first girls, Hannah and Emily won by a significant margin, 2nd all-girl boat was Bella Fellows and Anna Sturrock in 11th fighting off Freya Black and Orla Mitchell who finished in 12th. Ryan Bush and Louis Gibbs won the juniors with Chris James and James Hall in second, and Emma Tardew and Anna Rowe in third. Top mixed pairing was Sarah Jarman and Nick Devereux.

Well done to all the sailors who competed and to those newcomers who had to face very tough conditions for their first outing. Thanks also to Rutland Sailing Club for hosting the event and sponsors Harken as well as Rooster who helped with some spot prizes. Harken GP 2 takes place at Weymouth on 8/9th October where the 49ers will also be competing and a great chance to catch up with some ex-29er sailors.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubsR1R2race 3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st2304NICK ROBINSBILLY VENNIS OZANNEHAYLING ISLAND SC / HISC111211‑318
2nd2379HANNAH BRISTOWEMILY COVELLLEIGH & LOWTON SC / HAYLING ISLAND SC222122‑12213
3rd2344JAMES HAMMETTJAMES EALESHISC / RLYC4333‑1351322
4th2331ARRAN HOLMANJOSH DAWSONCLWB HWYLIO PWLLHELI SC‑7567462434
5th2399BOBBY HEWITTMATTHEW LECKIELEIGH AND LOWTON SC / LEIGH & LOWTON SC5845‑12114542
6th310GEORGE TARDREWFREDDIE SIMESHISC‑161374935748
7th2381HAMISH TAYLORRORY ROSECLYDE CRUISING CLUB / ABERDEEN & STONEHA845661910‑19.558
8th2507MAX CLAPPROSGO BANHAMROYAL SOUTHERN YC / BEWL VALLEY SAILING‑127101011106660
9th2292ED NORBURYBEN TODDWARSASH SC / HAYLING ISLAND SC11(DNC)12117811969
10th2025SARAH JARMANNICK DEVEREUXRLYMYC / BUDWORTH SC17‑2314910481375
11th2343BELLA FELLOWSANNA STURROCKLOCH TUMMEL SC/ROYAL TAY YC1317988914‑1878
12th2347FREYA BLACKORLA MITCHELLHISC1012231214‑24151298
13th2118JAMES HOLLISJAKE HARDMANBARTLEY GREEN66(DNC)145UFD711100
14th1781LUKE GRIBBINEWAN GRIBBINPAIGNTON SC9101519‑21181317101
15th2046OLLIE DIXONDYLAN WALENDY‑ WRIGLEYROYAL HARWICH YC / HARWICH TOWN SC‑209161715161814105
16th2040RYAN BUSHLOUIS GIBBSBRISTOL CORINTHIAN YC / CHEW VALLEY LAKE1814‑211320172019.5121.5
17th2236CHARLOTTE ORMERODDANIEL LEWISOXFORD SC / DRAYCOTE WATER SC2311132025‑282210124
18th2337DAN ARMSTRONGFIN ARMSTRONGRTYC31511151914(DNC)DNC128
19th1220Harvey MartinTristan PayneHISC2416818‑27222127136
20th2416JAMES LEETCHJESS FLINTRUTLAND SC19252224181219(DNC)139
21st2113RORY FULTONJAMIE MACAULAYBOUGH BEECH SC2630182317(DNC)1716147
22nd1971RORY ODELLELLIOTT MARSHALLNORTHAMPTON SC / DRAYCOTE WATER SC1518(DNC)DNC16132915157
23rd2203HATTIE ROGERSTILLY MATTHEWSROYAL LYMINGTON YC / CARDIFF BAY YC/ROYA142220213225‑3523157
24th1504ELLIE WALTONWILL COOKDRAYCOTE WATER SC / HAYLING ISLAND SC(DNC)26192222212330163
25th2545CHRIS JAMESJAMES HALLHISC/ROYAL SOUTHERN YC / HISC2928171628‑332628172
26th2477ALICE HANDLEYZOE JAMESHISC2227(DNC)3123262722178
27th2022EMMA TARDREWANNA ROWEHISC / ISLAND BARN RESERVOIR SC27‑32242529203224181
28th2493EWAN LUKEZAC BLOMELEYLLANDUDNO SC2821(DNC)DNC24152525189
29th1702TOBY COPEHARRY PULFORDCARSINGTON SC/RUDYARD LAKE SC / LLYN BRE21(DNC)252631303329195
30th2173ETHAN LEAHYROBERT RICHARDSONWINDERMERE SCHOOL / RWYC/ULLSWATER YC(DNC)29UFDDNC2671621201
31st1322TOM DAWSONSAM KNEALECBYC/PWLLHELI / CBYC32312732‑35342432212
32nd843HUGO BURROWSOLI KINGOXFORD SC/WEST OXFORDSHIRE SC38363030‑43233034221
33rd111COURTNEY BILBROUGHHANNA BRANTHISC / OXFORD SC(DNS)DNCDNCDNC3UFD98224
34th2045LUCY WILSONALLY FERGUSONASYC/RTYC / LOCH TUMMEL SC/ROYAL TAY YC2520(DNC)DNC332931DNC240
35th2494MORGAN ARCHERHAKAN DIGBYBLUE CIRCLE SC / QUEEN MARY SC3634(DNC)DNC40273626250
36th1972VICKY COWANPHILLY ALAPORTCHESTER SC / HISC/MENGEHAM RYTHE SC37(DNC)2929363537RET254
37th2242Ellen MorleyHannah Tucker (UFD)DNC26283436DNC36262
38th1754MILLIE ALDRIDGEJESS JOBSONPARKSTONE YC / ROYAL TORBAY YC(DNC)DNC31273032DNCDNC273
39th1505HANNAH SCOTTBEN IBBOTSONANNANDALE SC/LOCH VENACHAR SC / ANNANDAL31(DNC)DNC3446DNC2833274
40th2206MARA LYONSOPHIE KIRKLARGS SC / STOKES BAY SC35(DNC)32DNC3837DNC31275
41st724ALICE EDMONDSBEN SYKESCHEW VALLEY LAKE SC(UFD)37DNCDNC37313435276
42nd311ROBIN JONESSVEN WHITEDRAYCOTE WATER SC/HYKEHAM SC / DRAYCOTE3019(DNC)DNC39DNCDNCDNC292
43rd1905EDOARDO SIROLLAFEDERICO SIROLLAQUEEN MARY SC3324(DNC)DNC41DNCDNCDNC302
44th2414DAISY LEE‑BROWNETOM BALEWHITSTABLE SC / SOUTH CAERNARFONSHIRE YC(DNC)333333DNCDNCDNCDNC303
45th1908BETH ALBONELIAM VASSCHICHESTER YC/MILTON KEYNES SC / FELPHAM3435(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC324
46th2028LUCY PENNANTCAITIE ATKINHAYLING ISLAND SC / WHITSTABLE YC(DNC)DNC28DNC42DNCDNCDNC325
47th2229HANNAH ROBERTS‑STRAWAMY BALECARDIFF BAY YC / SOUTH CAERNARFONSHIRE Y(DNC)DNCDNCDNC44RETRETDNC350
48th167ALI DOLANGRáINNE YOUNGBLESSINGTON SC / NATIONAL YC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC45DNCDNCDNC351
49th2327CHARLOTTE GORDONDANI MIDDLETONPARKSTONE YC / SALTASH SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC47DNCDNCDNC353
50th1158KIYO WONGELLIE WALLIBRSC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC357

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