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420 National Championship at Brightlingsea Sailing Club - Overall

by Jennie Clark 29 Aug 16:36 BST 25-28 August 2018

The 420 class made a return to Brightlingsea SC for their 2018 National Championships and welcomed an internationally flavoured fleet with the UK entrants swelled by competitors from America, France and Republic of Ireland.

The club put on a fantastic event for the class, with a real team effort from club members evident on and off the water designed to provide excellent racing and hospitality – the hospitality extending to the many supporters for the sailors who were also present at the event. Evening entertainment ranged from a pasta supper to a full blown Black Tie dinner and at the prizegiving the fleet expressed their thanks to the very many Brightlingsea SC members who had made the event such a success.

Pre-event coaching saw some competitors making the most of the chance to have 3 days out learning the tides and wind patterns at this estuarial location, with class coach Tim Rush providing the participants with some really great tips and advice on how to sail this venue. Aided by Dan Burns and Rhys Lewis (members of the 420 Youth Squad) those who took part certainly came off the water knowing a lot more about the conditions and waters.

The first day of racing saw competitors enjoying a decent breeze and getting in 2 races. Haydn Sewell and William Heathcote took line honours in race 1 with Rhys Lewis and Drew Wright winning race 2.

Day two provided the stiffest winds of the event with the wind building throughout the day and the PRO keen to get racing completed before the worst of the front hit. The lighter crews did exceptionally well to compete in the very testing conditions, and everyone was very glad to get back ashore, get boats packed up and secured and find somewhere dry and out of the wind. A number of tents didn't survive the storm, but the fleet only suffered 1 broken mast and centerboard. Winners for the day were Rhys and Drew, who took line honours in both races.

Day three was forecast to be lighter but appearances can be deceptive and whilst it was lighter in the creek there was a good wind blowing out on the race course, with the RIB crews reporting back that it was 'a tad lumpy'. Those with weight and experience were able to power their way round the track for the first 2 races, but the wind dropped off for the final 2 races of the day making it more enjoyable throughout the fleet. Race 5 was won by the USA team of Will Mitchels and Ian Robinson, Races 6 and 7 went to Rhys and Drew and Race 8 went to Adele Burns and Dan Wright.

The final day dawned grey and windless and AP was flown at 09.30. The fleet settled down to wait for the wind, which arrived just over an hour later with AP coming down as D went up. The wind gradually built and the fleet enjoyed race 9 in light winds with the wind picking up enough to bring trapezes into play for race 10. The Irish team of Gemma McDowell and Emma Gallagher were the winners of race 9 and Alex Colquitt and Boo Coles won race 10.

With an impressive run of first places the National Champions for 2018 are Rhys Lewis and Drew Wright, the Junior Champions are Haydn Sewell and William Heathcote. Megan Ferguson and Bettine Harris are the 2018 Ladies Champions, Katy Byne and Ellie Driver are the U17 Ladies Champions, with Alex Colquitt and Boo Coles becoming the Mixed Boat Champions.

The class Special Award went to Freya Terry and Finn Roberts who didn't let a broken mast, ripped sail and damaged centreboard beat them, and worked tirelessly to get their boat back on the water in time to race again the next day with the help of other class members who loaned parts or helped with the re-rigging.

Huge thanks from the class to Brightlingsea SC for a really superb event hosted by an incredibly hospitable sailing club.

Overall Results:
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PosSail NoHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1st56342Rhys LewisDrew Wright-19111311712532
2nd55175Will MichelsIan Robinson92-12616226640
3rd55242Megan FergusonBettine Harris25496310-174851
4th55871Alex ColquittBoo Coles513DNC3114863154
5th56106Ross ThompsonNiamh Harper-293254569151160
6th54483Haydn SewellWilliam Heathcote1108185753BFD764
7th53966Adele YoungDaniel Burns2075DNC2231BFD276
8th54536Tom CollyerJamie Harris66977151349-1676
9th54481Calum BellAlex Hughes1046108137128-1578
10th54847Gemma McDowellEmma Gallagher161111DNC9144511081
11th54852Bertie FisherJohnny Thompson3177-211310913111396
12th56115Dylan McPhersonAndrew Sturt-2293812915101920105
13th55244victor migraineulysses migraine881441011BFD8BFD9106
14th55189Archie PennHarry Chatterton2414102148111117-29111
15th52566Kt. ByneEllie Driver41517123023RETDNC53143
16th52480Oliver Dowson McGillSzymon Matyjaszczuk1323211115121219BFD18144
17th54853Sally LorimerPippa Jones211613-22171821141312145
18th55400Jamie CookWill Martin2612161919161616BFD14154
19th52626Julia StaiteMatty Evans23-312014251714181024165
20th53703Maisie HarkessAnnabel Hitchmough1421181522DNC20211619166
21st54006Emily BiggarRuben Stokroos1219-2813181922261426169
22nd54997Aaron ChadwickCally Terkelsen2518DNC1720201922BFD4179
23rd54537Ellie ClarkDaisy Deshorger72223DNC27262323723181
24th56108Cossie LewisHenry Chandler172415DNC16211724BFD22190
25th51358Jazz TurnerLucy McCaig1126192023-2826252025195
26th54785Toby SchonrockKieran Young28DNC24DNCDNC252420217208
27th55398Cara BlandFaye Chatterton1820DNCDNC21221815DNCDNC216
28th54187Phoebe HutchingsEmmy Walker-30272216242425272328216
29th54582Molly WrightTomos Jones152526DNC292929302127231
30th55942Jessica JonesEllie Thomas272927DNC282727282231246
31st52565Freya TerryFinn Robarts323025DNC313028292430259
32nd53645Oscar CawthorneScarlett Cawthorne3128DNCDNC26DNCRETDNC1821260
33rd55102Julia MellersHarriet WatkinsDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC306

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