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Noble Marine International Moth GP at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by Jason Belben 17 Apr 09:59 BST 13-14 April 2019

A fleet of 24 International Moths turned out for the third Noble Marine Grand Prix event of the year at Grafham Sailing Club over the weekend of 13th & 14th April. This included some new designs out for their first competitive event of the year Mike Lennon's 'Thinnair', James Sainsbury's 'Valkyrie' and Doug Pybus's home build. Noticable absence was Dave Hivey, apparently testing his new boat in Garda.

On Saturday temperatures were in the low figures despite it being Spring and the wind could only be described as variable. The fleet experienced four seasons in one day with light variable winds in the sunshine and cold moderate winds under the clouds. No one leg seemed to maintain a constant pattern however the race officer managed to get four good races in with close racing right to the finish and place changes abundant. Jim Mcmillian once again showed his skill in these conditions being the most consistent over the day but the top six was wide open with a mixture of front runners- Ben Clegg, Simon Hiscocks, Ross Harvey.

Sunday had a much better direction across the lake and the wind proved to be more consistent and stronger throughout the day however the temperatures were no improvement so the prompt starting by the race committee was much appreciated.

The racing was extremely close with finishers within boat lengths after three laps and positions changes were frequent with shifts and pressure differences across the course. Ross had a great start to the day with 1,1,3 which meant the event was still to be decided on the last race however a broken forestay ended Ross's day badly.

The event was decided on the last run which despite a large shift going into the line left Jim with overall victory.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelm Name:ClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st4533Jim McMillanStokes Bay SC21232‑54317
2nd4386Simon HiscocksWPWSA‑9512315522
3rd4509Jason BelbenStokes Bay SC‑4444442224
4th4501Dan EllisYealm YC566‑8626132
5th4584Michael LennonHayling Island SC823586(OCS)436
6th4309P GliddonNetley SC39‑109783645
7th3980Alex AdamsCastle Cove SC7887577‑949
8th4149Eddie BridleBrightlingsea677‑10998753
9th4493Ross HarveyHayling Island SC(DNC)DNC91131DNC65
10th45James SainsburyRutland SC151011(DNC)10109873
11th4602James RossNetley SC‑171413111316101087
12th4525Ben CleggBrightlingsea1356(DNC)DNCDNCDNC90
13th4577Doug PybusQueen Mary141115(DNC)1212181496
14th3169Brad GibsonMYA16131613(DNC)18111198
15th4043Joe AdamsOxford Sailing Club12(DNC)1212DNC151315104
16th4554Dave SmithwhiteHayling Island SC101214(DNC)1111DNCDNC108
17th3944Phil BevanGrafham Water Sailing Club1318(DNC)1514201618114
18th4411Christian HamiltonDatchet Water SC2115(DNC)DNC15131516120
19th3870Eddie GatehouseHayling Island SC2019181417‑211717122
20th4293Alex ReidGrafham Water/QMSC(DNC)16DNCDNCDNC171413135
21st4546Tom LambertWilsonian SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC141212138
22nd3945Chris Tilbrook 18171716(DNC)DNCDNCDNC143
23rd3890Katie HughesLoch Lomond19(DNC)DNCDNC161919DNC148
24th4492Nic StreatfeildRutland SC11(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC161

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