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420 Spring Championship at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy

by Jennie Clark 8 Apr 11:37 BST 6-7 April 2019
Vita Heathcote and Milly Boyle win the 420 Spring Championship at the WPNSA © Richard Sturt

Competitors for the 420 Spring Championships enjoyed a weekend at WPNSA with sparkling conditions, great wind and a first class race team led by Adrian Stoghall.

Conditions on Saturday on shore were described as 'sunscreen and two fleeces', but out on the water the breeze kicked in and the sea fret lifted to allow Stog and his team to get four races run with super efficient timing ensuring that there were none of those long waits between races which chill everyone down.

With this being the second selector for the 2021 Junior Europeans and World Championship teams competition was always going to be tight and the racing showed that throughout the weekend. Haydn Sewell/William Heathcote took race one, followed home by Jess Lavery/Boo Coles and Jamie Cook/Will Martin. Race 2 saw Vita Heathcote and Milly Boyle hit the front of the fleet, chased home by Eleanor Keers and Faye Chatterton with Calum Cook and Calum Bell in 3rd. Heathcote/Boyle kept their winning pace for Race 3, with Cook/Martin in second and Sewell/Heathcote in 3rd.

The final race for Saturday saw Keers and Chatterton pushing Heathcote and Boyle into second place with Jack Lewis/Fraser Hemmings grabbing 3rd place.

Sunday's weather was much the same as Saturday and although forecast to be lighter winds in reality it seemed pretty much the same at the start. Some fairly big shifts in the direction kept Stog and his mark layers busy, with marks being bounced in between some very entertaining orders for coffee!

Keers/Chatterton took races 5 and 7 with Sewell/Heathcote bagging race 6. Lavery/Coles grabbed 2nd place in race 5 but the consistency of Heathcote/Boyle with a 3rd in race 5 and 2nd places in races 6 and 7 gave them the overall win. Lewis/Hemmings banged in another 3rd in race 7.

A great weekend, and now the fleet looks forward to yet more time on the water with a record entry for the Youth Champs guaranteeing that WPNSA will be packed to the brim from next weekend. A fun fair sited just beyond the Osprey Quay complex will no doubt provide a lot of evening entertainment. Game on!

Overall Results:

PosNatSail NoBow NoBoat Age GroupHelm NameCrew NameR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1GBR5524440YouthVita HeathcoteMilly Boyle‑411232211
2GBR5633923YouthEleanor KeersFaye Chatterton102‑11113118
3GBR123454Adult/YouthJess LaveryRebecca Coles2‑85425624
4GBR5448752YouthJack LewisFraser Hemmings54‑12354324
5GBR5610812YouthJamie CookWill Martin372‑1748731
6GBR5448336YouthHaydn SewellWilliam Heathcote193‑13121834
7GBR5448160YouthCalum CookCalum Bell6396‑1471243
8GBR5524233YouthMegan FergusonBettine Harris‑111147109546
9GBR560917JuniorBertie FisherCharlie Bacon9571211‑141357
10GBR5248065YouthOliver Dowson McGillSzymon Matyjaszczuk8623‑24661059
11GBR5256670YouthKt. ByneEllie Rush1212‑1311912460
12GBR5634218YouthRhys LewisDrew Wright710657(DNF)DNC66
13GBR5611557YouthDylan McPhersonAndrew Sturt13‑158141510969
14GBR5174045Adult/YouthHarry GeorgeJames George1513‑2998131573
15GBR54944JuniorToby SchonrockThomas Clayton17‑23171513111487
16GBR5646741YouthEllie DriverRose Edmonds18141022‑23161191
17GBR5537525YouthJulia StaiteMatty Evans14161416‑22181694
18GBR541876YouthPhoebe HutchingsEmmy Walker162115102621‑27109
19GBR533322JuniorCallum DG Davidson‑GuildOscar Cawthorne22‑271619161723113
20GBR5611650YouthEllie ClarkDaisy Desorgher2319181818‑2417113
21GBR5484937YouthLucy HughesJosh Manning‑21202020172018115
22IRL5580771YouthMorgan LyttlePatrick Whyte25‑291927191519124
23GBR5594255YouthSophie EdwardsEllie Thomas‑29172421281921130
24GBR5494728JuniorElla LanceOllie Meadowcroft282621825(DNF)24132
25IRL5305377YouthBen GrafAlexander Farrell19‑302226202522134
26GBR5364530YouthScarlett CawthorneFreya Terry261826‑28242225141
27GBR5611321JuniorChing WongElinor O'Leary2722252327(DNF)26150
28GBR5499835YouthChloe FeltonBecky Cropley(DNF)282829212720153
29GBR5510726JuniorAbbey MumfordEvie Herrington2025‑3025292629154
30GBR5646924YouthCharlotte VideloGemma McDonnell242427(DNF)UFD2328157

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