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420 End of Season Championship at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by Hugo Fisher 4 Dec 2017 07:00 GMT 2-3 December 2017
Hatty Morsley & Pippa Cropley win the End of Season Championship © Hugo Fisher

Following an excellent class open training the previous weekend, very cold temperatures and light winds greeted 30 boats for the 420 End of Season Championships at Grafham Water Sailing Club.

Despite the best efforts of the race committee, a combination of shifting breeze and over eager sailors meant 3 false starts before getting race 1 away. ISAF representatives Hatty Morsley and Pippa Cropley dominated the race, leading from start to finish, followed by Julia Mellors / Alex Hughes and Vita Heathcote / Milly Boyle. Race 2 was led by the wily 420 coach Neil Marsden with Rebecca Coles for lap one before Izi Davies and Gemma Keers picked better shifts on the 2nd beat and the two finished comfortably ahead of the pack. The final leg proved an interesting decision “to kite or not to kite” which shuffled a few places for the rest of the fleet. Race 3 again saw an over eager fleet and a few more notables taking an early bath, but now familiar winners in Hatty and Pippa.

Day 2 was similar conditions - fractionally warmer but damper and a number of top boats needing to get rid of some expensive discards from Day 1 and the cobwebs from the end of season party. After a few more false starts Hatty and Pippa continued their masterclass of light wind sailing in races 4 and 5 with Adele Young and Dan Burns and Vita and Milly in race 4 and Drew Wright and Ellen Main and Izi and Gemma in race 5 also picking more ladders than snakes. Race 6 provided a novelty with the first “clean” start of the weekend. As the breeze dropped the first run was particularly challenging but Neil and Boo rose to the challenge best and led the last lap relatively comfortably from Izi/Gemma and Drew/Ellen. Race 7 saw 5 teams back early to pack up their boats, courtesy of yet more black flags. Alex Smallwood and Ross Thompson, our other ISAF boat, finally showed their normal form to dominate the race, followed by Izi and Gemma and Tom Collyer and Jamie Harris.

Overall, very worthy winners were Hatty and Pippa with 4 wins out of 7, followed by Vita and Milly and Neil and Boo. Further down the list a number of relative newcomers to the class showed the clear benefits of the class training as well as the value of consistency (numbers rather than letters on the scorecard). Thanks to the race officer for his patience and good luck to the ISAF boats in China and the Worlds team in Australia.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelClub (Helm)CrewClub (Crew)R1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1st56009Hatty MorsleyPortdinorwicPippa CropleyLymington1911113(BFD)26
2nd54483Vita HeathcoteRLymYCMilly BoyleRLymYC36-123114835
3rd52756Marsbar Marsden Rebbeca Coles 182116(BFD)1442
4th54510Drew WrightCBYCEllen MainWarsash17(UFD)34231342
5th53966Adele YoungSpinnaker SCDaniel Burns 61322(BFD)20245
6th54852Bertie FisherItchenor SCFraser HemmingsStokes Bay SC711510-1661150
7th55871Alex ColquittWest Kirby SCRobert GiardelliWest Kirby SC54-16118111251
8th55517Izi DaviesItchenor SCGemma KeersItchenor SC81(BFD)832BFD53
9th56339Eleanor KeersItchenor SCAaron ChadwickFishers Green SC/West Kirby SC910418(BFD)8554
10th56108Cossie LewisBosham SCHattie CollingridgeWaldringfield S C-211714995761
11th55854Ellie DriverBarnt Green SC/Trearddur Bay SCRachael CrossBarnt Green SC4713166-231662
12th55026Haydn Sewell William HeathcoteRLymYC138615129-2263
13th55015Alex SmallwoodDatchet Water SCRoss ThompsonFrensham Pond SC(BFD)3BFD5718165
14th54487Jack LewisDraycote Water SCCharlie BaconCorinthian Otters1221(BFD)75121875
15th55102Julia Mellers Alexander HughesSutton SC2258131317(BFD)78
16th56115Dylan McPhersonBurnham SCAndrew Sturt -242010211710987
17th55189Archie PennWaldringfield S CBen WarringtonThorpe Bay Y C111520-2214151590
18th54536Tom CollyerAldenham SCJamie HarrisBristol Corinthian YC1618(BFD)191916391
19th54379Charlotte BoyleRLymYCGeorgia BakerBewl Barbarians1912(BFD)141526692
20th56106Niamh HarperLoch Tummel SC / Royal Tay YCLewis SmithRoyal Forth YC1019171220-291492
21st55242Megan FergusonFrensham Pond SCBee HarrisBCYC23161527107(BFD)98
22nd55485Mateo Farina Harry Chatterton 15149231821(BFD)100
23rd53377John HayesSouthport SCJoel JamesSouthport SC22227172114(BFD)103
24th53703Maisie HarkessBowmoor SCAnnabel HitchmoughBowmoor SC145(BFD)29262219115
25th54006Kieran YoungSpinnaker SCRuben Stokroos 2524192422-2710124
26th55400Jamie Cook Ioan DaviesCardiff Bay YC-27231820252517128
27th54048Rachel McKluskeyLeigh & Lowton SCIssy WALLWORKRedesmere SC20-262125232421134
28th54682Calum CookRoyal Lymington YCJohnny ThompsonFrensham Pond SC(DNS)DNSDNSBFD41920136
29th54998Chloe FeltonDraycote Water SC/Staunton Harold SCBecky CropleyLymington26-282326242823150
30th55943Emily BiggarThe Solway YCSzymon MatyjaszczukWelsh Harp SC2827222827-3024156