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Noble Marine 2012

Noble Marine 29er Winter Championship at Draycote Water Sailing Club

by Henry Jameson 6 Feb 16:02 GMT 3-4 February 2018

The Noble Marine 29er Winter Championship at Draycote on 3rd/4th February 2018 was as you would expect... cold!

Ian Bullock called it perfectly on Saturday cancelling racing early due to lack of wind allowing the sailors to hit the golf driving range, go bowling, shopping or trampolining for the day. Sailors not fast enough out the door spent valuable time with the committee discussing next season's racing and training schedule.

Sunday was set to be an early start with the aim of getting 5 races in to allow us to get a discard. The day started quite light but steadily picked up to its strongest gusting over 20 knots in race 4 then settled back down again for the final race. Draycote delivered its signature shifty, tactical conditions and race 1 saw the Dyer brothers sail a great race leading most of the way but it was Ewan Wilson and Fin Armstrong who took the win. Toby Atherton and I nearly caught them but we just couldn't pull enough speed out of the bag.

Ewan and Fin again read the conditions perfectly, sailing a flawless second race to once more take the win. Toby and I chased hard to end second with Toby Cope and Harry Pulford close behind in third.

Race 3 saw Chris James and James Hall take the race win by quite some margin, reading the first beat well after a great pin end start, Ewan and Fin chased in 2nd with Charlotte Ormerod and Jess Jobson close in 3rd. Now with the wind at its strongest, it was by far the most fun race of the day. And so, with some unmatchable upwind boat speed, and a pretty lift on port, the Fox brothers took a very impressive lead. However disaster nearly struck when they capsized on a reach meters from the finish – due to a sketchy drop. Their huge lead allowed the boys to get the boat back up and still take first, much to the disappointment of Ewan and Fin who had come screaming into the gate on a gybe drop to try and nab the win. This 2nd from Ewan and Fin meant the Winter Championship was theirs with a race to spare, with Fin retaining his trophy from the year before. Iain Bird and Anna Rowe finished in 3rd.

The final race for the day belonged to Bella and Anna who showed the fleet how its done with a massive lead from start to finish – utterly uncatchable. Ewan and Fin took another 2nd and Chris and James finished in 3rd to take 2nd place overall.

Quality race management allowed the fleet to get out of the boat park and have some fun on the Saturday, and also to have some great racing on the Sunday. Displays of boat speed showed some lengthy leads, however it was the shifts and gusts that turned out to be the winning feature, leader boards were often rewritten with a nicely timed gybe into a gust on the downwind.

After a short protest, the prize giving got underway with some fantastic Zhik prizes to be won – a brand new T2 harness, and white buoyancy aids were the most sought after. Ewan and Fin won through a consistent series, Chris James and James Hall pulled it out the bag in the last race to take 2nd, and Toby and I took third. Bella Fellows and Anna Sturrock took the girls' prize close behind in 4th, while the first mixed team was Iain Bird and Anna Rowe. A big thank you goes out to all the competitors, parents and the class association for making this event happen and a massive thank you to Noble Marine and Zhik for sponsoring the event.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st2787EWAN WILSONFIN ARMSTRONGWORMIT BOATING CLUB / RTYC11‑2226
2nd2545CHRIS JAMESJAMES HALLHISC/ROYAL SOUTHERN YC / HISC961‑12319
3rd2241HENRY JAMESONTOBY ATHERTONHISC / GURNARD SC/HISC22124‑1420
4th2343BELLA FELLOWSANNA STURROCKYEALM YC / LOCH TUMMEL SC/ROYAL TAY YC‑21578121
5th2493EWAN LUKEZAC BLOMELEYLLANDUDNO SC / LLANDUDNO SC/RYDAL PENRHO475‑9723
6th2539LUKE GRIBBINEWAN GRIBBINPAIGNTON SC71046‑1627
7th2347FREYA BLACKMILLIE ALDRIDGEHISC / PARKSTONE YC6‑12810428
8th2336CHARLOTTE ORMERODJESS JOBSONOXFORD SC / ROYAL TORBAY YC1193‑141033
9th2289PIERCE HARRISALFIE COGGERWINDERMERE SCHOOL‑224617835
10th2381IAIN BIRDANNA ROWEHISC / ISLAND BARN RESERVOIR SC‑2417103636
11th2332TOBY COPEHARRY PULFORDCARSINGTON SC/RUDYARD LAKE SC / LLYN BRE123‑17131139
12th2222MORGAN ARCHERJACK MILLERBLUE CIRCLE SC / FELPHAM SC1611‑265941
13th2329FERGUS FOXHARRY FOXBURGHFIELD SC‑2720161542
14th2796SAM COOPERSIMON HALLWEST LANCASHIRE YC / LEIGH & LOWTON SC/W10‑181371747
15th1504ELLIE WALTONBOBBY HEWITTDRAYCOTE WATER SC/HISC / DRAYCOTE WATER513‑22161549
16th1508OLLIE DIXONDYLAN WALENDY‑ WRIGLEYROYAL HARWICH YC / HARWICH TOWN SC8151115‑2049
17th2696MICHAEL DYERSAMUEL DYERHERNE BAY SC327911(RET)50
18th1779ARCHIE LECKIEBEN IBBOTSONLEIGH & LOWTON SC / LOCH LOMOND SC138(UFD)201354
19th938HARRISON PYEHARRY JONESDRAYCOTE WATER SC20‑2814221268
20th2172BEN BATCHELORMADDIE WYLIEIOMYC / YORKSHIRE DALES SC1516‑21181968
21st2229HANNAH ROBERTS‑STRAWJESS FLINTCARDIFF BAY YC / RUTLAND SC1719‑25192176
22nd2433OLIVER EVANSWILL JARMANGURNARD SC / WARSASH SC182218‑251876
23rd2432CAITLIN WEBSTERDANI MIDDLETONKINGS COLLEGE TAUNTON / SALTASH SC23‑2515232485
24th1702OLIVER FELLOWSWILL ADLERCASTLE COVE SC1923‑29242288
25th2695GEORGE RICHARDSGREGORY BROWNR LYM Y C / LYMINGTON TOWN SC‑332124212591
26th2414ELODIE EDWARDSAMY BALEPWLLHELI SC25‑36232726101
27th2292SIAN TALBOTMADELEINE BRISTOWLEIGH & LOWTON SC(DNS)31282627112
28th2694CHARLOTTE GORDONHARRIET WATKINSPARKSTONE YC / POOLE YC31342030(RET)115
29th2721ISHBEL ZUURMONDPHILLY ALAHISC/MENGEHAM RYTHE SC1424(RET)32DNC116
30th2224FINBARR WORMWELLRYAN WILKINSONFRENSHAM POND SC‑3533332823117
31st2341ALICE SENIORHAKAN DIGBYPLYMOUTH SC / QUEEN MARY SC262919(DNS)RET120
32nd2477ANNABEL WHELANZOE JAMESHISC371431(RET)DNC128
33rd1781TOM COCHRANENAT GRIBBINPAIGNTON SC‑3937343128130
34th1908BETH ALBONEOLIVER KINGCHICHESTER YC/MILTON KEYNES SC / HISC323027(RET)DNC135
35th1221SOPHIE JOHNSONDYLAN COLLINGBOURNEBLACKWATER SC / BURNHAM SC3035(RET)29DNS140
36th1818LAUREN DISCOMBESOPHIE DORRINGTONBOUGH BEECH SC/HAYLING ISLAND SC / WEIR34393533(RET)141
37th1972DILLY ALAANNA ZUURMONDHISC/MENGEHAM RYTHE SC / HAYLING ISLAND293236(RET)DNC143
38th2203HATTIE ROGERSFREYA CUMPSTYROYAL LYMINGTON YC / CHEW VALLEY LAKE SC2826(RET)DNSDNS146
39th471LEON STEINJOSEPH DORMERQUEEN MARY SC38(RET)3234DNC150
40th2485WILLIAM TAYLORLUKE BEUVINKESSEX YC / EYC434130(RET)DNC160
41st1153EMMA JAMESTAMSYN HILLSPARKSTONE YC / SALTASH SC364337(RET)DNC162
42nd2230MAGGIE RICKMANNANCY RICKMANHAYLING ISLAND SC/PAPERCOURT SC423838(DNS)RET164
43rd1158ATHENA VOGIATZIELLIE WALLDERWENT RESERVOIR SC / QMSC/IBRSC4040(DNS)DNSDNC172
44th1196SONIA EVANSTIM EVANSGRAFHAM WATER SC4142(RET)DNSDNC175
45th2479LIAM SCHIESSNIALL SCHIESSHSIC(RET)RETDNSDNSDNC184