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420 Inland Championship at Rutland Sailing Club

by Jennie Clark 18 Mar 09:36 GMT 16-17 March 2019
Eleanor Keers and Fay Chatterton win the 420 Inlands at Rutland © Richard Sturt

The weather forecast in the run up to the event never looked particularly good for sailing on Saturday and as the fleet arrived at Rutland Water most had already seen the waves breaking on the dam wall and knew that a postponement was all too likely.

And so it turned out to be. A postponement through to 1.30pm allowed the class (parents and sailors) to take part in a very interesting and informative discussion with the RYA's Ian Walker and Roy McCubbin, with plenty of questions from the floor providing a chance for Ian and Roy to share their knowledge and experience. Contributions from former 420 sailor and now 470 campaigner/420 coach Jess Lavery, and 420 Coach Tim Rush provided further information for the class to consider. At 1.30pm a wheezy siren attracted the sailors attention to AP over A being flown, and focus shifted to the Rugby!

The wind on Sunday was at the top end of what would be considered sailable for the class, but the PRO determined that it was suitable to go out and the fleet were launched quickly ready for a 10.30am start with the aim of getting the Sunday programme run, with as many of the held over races slotted in as possible.

Race 1 saw 3 boats OCS. Jack Lewis/Fraser Hemmings took line honours with Megan Ferguson/Bettine Harris second and Eleanor Keers/Faye Chatterton third.

James and Harry George, having led to the windward mark, managed to capsize, lose their spinnaker pole and have to do a dash back to shore for a spare.

Vita Heathcote/Milly Boyle, having spent much of Saturday tuning their new mast must have been pretty gutted to come back in with a 90 degree bend at spreader height. This was their only race of the day as a result.

Rhys Lewis/Drew Wright were the winners of race 2, followed home by Ferguson/Harris. Dylan McPherson/Andrew Sturt were third. A number of boats returned to shore with some very cold sailors on board. Race 3 saw Lewis/Wright bang in another first, moving them up the fleet. McPherson/Sturt were second, with Callum Cook/Calum Bell in 3rd place.

Race 4 will be remembered for the squall which came from one end of the water to the other, bringing vicious gusts, biting winds and hail. Spectators watched as it moved across the water with blue sky appearing at the other end of the water as the hail hit the sailors. These were real survival conditions, and the number of finishers showed just how much the fleet had been depleted by the squall. Winners of race 4 were Keers/Chatterton, with Jamie Cook/Will Martin 2nd and Cook/Bell in 3rd. Hot chocolate, provided by the class association, was very much in demand by the very cold and wet sailors when they returned to shore.

Prizes were presented by Ian Walker. The class thanks Rutland Sailing Club for a great event, and for all the many volunteers who made it possible.

Overall Results:

PosBow NoSail NoHelmCrewClub (Helm)Club (Crew)R1R2R3R4Pts
1st2356339Eleanor KeersFaye ChattertonItchenor SCBrightlingsea SC34(OCS)18
2nd3355242Megan FergusonBettine HarrisFrensham Pond SCBCYC224‑58
3rd1856342Rhys LewisDrew WrightCBYC ‑811810
4th1255400Jamie CookWill Martin Cardiff Bay YC4‑146212
5th6054481Calum CookCalum BellRoyal Lymington YCHelensburgh SC/Loch Lomond SC(OCS)93315
6th3654483Haydn SewellWilliam Heathcote RLymYC5‑117416
7th5756115Dylan McPhersonAndrew Sturt Hollowell SC1332‑1518
8th5254487Jack LewisFraser HemmingsDraycote Water SC 1514(DNC)20
9th411Jess LaveryRebecca Coles  6‑1851122
10th6554418Oliver Dowson McGillSzymon MatyjaszczukKeyhaven YC/Royal Lymington YC (OCS)88622
11th756091Bertie FisherCharlie BaconItchenor SCCorinthian Otters77‑9923
12th4551740Harry GeorgeJames GeorgeBurghfield SC/Lymington Town SC (DNF)611724
13th4156467Ellie DriverRose EdmondsDraycote Water SC/Trearddur Bay SCSnettisham Beach SC‑1710101636
14th654187Phoebe HutchingsEmmy WalkerWarsash SCWarsash SC12‑13121236
15th2555375Julia StaiteMatty EvansHayling Island SCBlackwater SC91613(DNC)38
16th254480Callum DG Davidson‑GuildOscar CawthorneTrearddur Bay SCShustoke SC(DSQ)12151340
17th3554998Chloe FeltonBecky CropleyStaunton Harold SCLymington14‑19181042
18th7052566Kt. ByneEllie RushDraycote Water SCDraycote Water SC/Staunton Harold SC101716(DNC)43
19th5056116Ellie ClarkDaisy DesorgherRipon SCRutland SC111519(DNC)45
20th2854947Ella LanceOllie Meadowcroft  15‑23171446
21st3753304Lucy HughesJosh Manning  192022(DNC)61
22nd2655107Abbey MumfordEvie HerringtonDowns SCDowns SC202121(DNC)62
23rd4955244David PeatyJude SingletonHollowell SC/Worcestershire Youth SailinHollowell SC(DSQ)DNC201769
24th3954785Mathias PotterCameron HookWarsash SCGurnard SC16(DNF)24DNC72
25th1655190Louis MillsHarri BurnsHolyhead sc (DSQ)2223DNC77
26th2156113Ching WongElinor OlearyIsland Barn Reservoir SCIsland Barn Reservoir SC18(DNF)DNCDNC82
27th155083Mathew IngramHarri BurnsHolyheadHolyhead sc(DNC)DNCDNCDNC96
27th4055244Vita Heathcotemilly boyleRLymYCRLymYC(DNF)DNCDNCDNC96
27th553380Jamie tylecotefreya PemberyRutland SCRutland SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC96
27th5555942Sophie EdwardsEllie ThomasTata steel SCCardiff Bay YC/Tata Steel SC/Tata Steel(DNF)DNCDNCDNC96
27th3053645Scarlett CawthorneFreya TerryShustoke SCFishguard Bay YC(DSQ)DNCDNCDNC96

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