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Ocean Elements 2018

NeilPryde Sailing UK 29er Nationals at the Plas Heli Welsh National Sailing Academy - Overall

by Nia Mccallum 19 Aug 20:57 BST 6-11 August 2019
NeilPryde Sailing UK 29er Nationals at Pwllheli © Wavelength Image

The 29er National Championships and Eurocup got off to a great start in Pwllheli - 15-20 knots and a lumpy sea-state.

With an onshore wind, the first day was pretty much a pace race, with the added challenge of trying to keep the mast in the sky. Coming off the line, the right seemed to be the way to go, with the tide more favourable closer into shore. The boats that could hold off the line, then tack into a lane on port usually came out well, before the rest of the race turned into a drag race. GBR 2235 (Will Pank/Seb Gotto) had some good upwind pace to round the first mark in front, before GBR 2787 (Ollie Evans/Fin Armstrong) managed to roll them after the hoist. 2787 held their lead taking the win, 2235 in second and two of the Welsh representatives GBR 2898 (Aled Llewellyn-Jones and Ben Willett) coming third.

For the remainder of the day the conditions stayed pretty stable, although avoiding UFD's was key. 2787 managed to continue at the front and took 4 bullets from 4 races, 2235 finished the day in second after an impressive 2, 2, 2, 17 (after presumably a quick swim in the 4th race).

Day two brought a bit of change to Pwhelli, from 20knts the day before to sub 4knts. The breeze didn't allow the fleet to get any races in. Instead the fleet made do with beach games and the first 29er beach clean.

An intimidating forecast bore itself for the third race day. An earlier start time allowed a small window of race-able conditions. The race committee successfully managed to get three races away before a large squall came through whilst the fleet was in sequence for the fourth race. This sent the fleet running to the shore before the worst of the weather hit.

For the three races that got away, the sea state was larger and the wind stronger than the first day. Thrills and spills made for some exiting racing, with most boats taking a swim at some point in the day. 2787 led around the first mark and held to continue their winning streak, 2898 came in 2nd again with 2924 (Sam Cooper/Simon Hall) in 3rd. In the Second race 2787 stuck it in during the hoist on the first lap, letting 2926 (Ewan Luke/Zac Blomeley) take the win by some margin, USA 2 (Stephan Baker/Ripley Shelley) came in behind 2787 to take 3rd. More of the same in the last race, with some big puffs coming through, led to 2787 going for a swim on the final gybe, just letting 2828 (Tom Storey/Pierce Harris) through for the win.

At about 1 minute to go until the 4th race, a large squall came through causing many capsizes on the line and an AP over H for the fleet. It's fair to say the beach was carnage as the wind picked up and the fleet tried to land... Suzie Sturrock of GBR 134 won a spot prize for largest number of boat rescues in the surf. The 29er fleet prides itself on leaving no boat behind!

Saturday was a no go, due to gale force winds, so the sailors held the Sailors' Forum before heading off from the yacht club, with many choosing to go swimming/surfing at the local beaches instead.

The gala dinner was held on the Saturday evening and the Nick Simes Trophy was presented to 2787 as the best performing GBR 29er in the Eurocup Series. Nick Simes helped many of our sailors with transport to far flung events and the trophy is presented each year in his memory.

The final day of racing saw 5 races in light airs (a bit of a change from the usual windy and wavy). A chance for the lighter wind specialists to come to the fore. USA 2 had a fantastic day with two bullets, two seconds and a third. 2828 also came to the fore with two bullets and a third.

So Open and British National Champions are 2787 (Ollie Evans/Fin Armstrong), 2826 (Ewan Luke/Zac Blomeley) were second overall with 2924 (Sam Cooper/Simon Hall) in third. British Ladies Champions are 2507 (Athena Vogiatzi/Maddie Wylie), with 2344 (Annie Hammett/Jess Jobson) in second and 2882 (Hannah Roberts-Straw/Jess Nelson) in third. First Mixed was 2514 (Ben Batchelor/Lucy Hewitson) with 2695 (Flo Peters/Freddy Wood) and 2879 (Ishbel Zurmond/Archie Stokes) in third. Our First Juniors were 2229 (Ben Mueller/Freddie Lonsdale) with 2219 (Daniel Scott/Tom Irving) in second and 2046 (Gruff Green/George Sellwood) in third. USA 2 (Stephen Baker/Ripley Shelley) placed third in the Eurocup and were the highest placed non-British team with 2787 in first overall and 2826 in second.

Overall Results:

PosNatSail NoHelmCrewClubsR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12Pts
1stGBR2787OLLIE EVANSFIN ARMSTRONGGURNARD SC / RTYC1111122555‑9226
2ndGBR2826EWAN LUKEZAC BLOMELEYLLANDUDNO SC / LLANDUDNO SC/RYDAL PENRHO7647613‑184104759
3rdUSA2STEPHAN BAKERRIPLEY SHELLEY2NINER SKIFF SQUAD17(UFD)113103102132163
4thGBR2924SAM COOPERSIMON HALLLEIGH & LOWTON SC/WEST LANCASHIRE YC / W133‑2043743161411583
5thGBR2235WILLIAM PANKSEB GOTTONORFOLK BROADS YC / NORFOLK BROADS YC/RO22217111711464‑251086
6thISV2562SOPHIE FISHERSTEVEN HARDEENEW YORK YC65810914‑1597125388
7thGBR2828TOM STOREYPIERCE HARRISYORKSHIRE DALES SC / WINDERMERE SCHOOL44(UFD)337151112131192
8thGBR2898ALED LLEWELLYN‑JONESBEN WILLETTSAUNDERSFOOT SC / RYA3(UFD)322219817224697
9thGBR2848CALLUM BELLBEN IBBOTSONHELENSBURGH SC / ANNANDALE SC1289‑24125814228819125
10thGBR2332LUKE GRIBBINTOBY COPEPAIGNTON SC / CARSINGTON SC/RUDYARD LAKE11(UFD)55445242091426127
11thGBR2507ATHENA VOGIATZIMADDIE WYLIESOUTH SHIELDS SC / YORKSHIRE DALES SC10(UFD)161251221121117105131
12thGBR2696MICHAEL DYERSAMUEL DYERHERNE BAY SC2610‑3092425619131368159
13thGBR2915OLIVER FELLOWSWILL ADLERCASTLE COVE SC515(UFD)15148172919113116180
14thGBR2344ANNIE HAMMETTJESS JOBSONHISC / RTYC27181216‑3127RDG26215720192
15thGBR2241BEN HUTTON‑PENMANNATHAN CLARKBURNHAM SC/CORINTHIAN OTTERS14(UFD)714251335133221119194
16thGBR2478FERGUS FOXSAM KNEALEHISC / CARDIFF BAY YC151241(DNF)18107219241525197
17thGBR2514BEN BATCHELORLUCY HEWITSONISLE OF MAN YC / HAYLING ISLAND SC18914131319132729‑312623204
18thGBR2882HANNAH ROBERTS‑STRAWJESS NELSONCARDIFF BAY YC / RUTLAND SC81328193028276141919‑34211
19thGBR2695FLO PETERSFREDDY WOODHAYLING ISLAND SC29242221176(DNC)173262724216
20thGBR2029NICK WALTERSJOE BRADLEYHISC/RSRNYC / HILL HEAD SC/HISC(UFD)14DNCDNF8201471871213225
21stGBR834ETHAN GERRELLBEN BRADLEYHISC / HILL HEAD SC/HISC921261827231210‑43292136232
22ndIRL1619ERIN MCILWAINELUKE MCILWAINENEWCASTLE YC19163335261619‑3826202017247
23rdGBR2694EMMA JAMESALICE MASTERMANPARKSTONE YC / HISC(DNF)DNC1863311231186UFD21249
24thGBR2879ISHBEL ZUURMONDARCHIE STOKESMENGEHAM RYTHE SC / HISC21221922192424.5232428‑3428254.5
25thGBR2664ELLIE POOLEFREYA CUMPSTY (UFD)1110111618324431322331259
26thISV2341SARAH HARDEESOPHIE CROSBIE 24(UFD)1323434626162525224267
27thGBR2292SIAN TALBOTMADELEINE BRISTOWLEIGH AND LOWTON / LEIGH & LOWTON SC2529153420262230351818(UFD)272
28thGBR2111HUW EDWARDSWILLIAM MORRISPWLLHELI SC38(UFD)21202191628282317UFD277
29thGBR2223TYLER GREENOLLIE GIBSONLLANDUDNO SC42.5172425‑4636372215223914293.5
30thIRL2871EMILY RIORDANMAX GOODBODYROYAL ST GEORGE YC3620173222223131373428‑50310
31stGBR2909ELODIE EDWARDSHANNAH MORRISPWLLHELI SC / WARSASH SC(DNF)DNC23UFD1531182027381612312
32ndGBR2229BEN MUELLERFREDDIE LONSDALERLYMYC / R LYM Y C302825‑362829302533273233320
33rdGBR2338SOPHIE DENNISEMMA WELLSHISC2325272736.539(DNC)3430163630323.5
34thGBR2903INDIA PAGE‑WOODSAM DICKINSONHISC2232(UFD)2647DNCDNC1510331318328
35thGBR2234EMILY MUELLERFLORENCE BRELLISFORDROYAL LYMINGTON YC / CORINTHIAN OTTERS/3227(UFD)3136.541364123352922353.5
36thGBR2539TOM COCHRANENAT GRIBBINPAIGNTON SC312329‑473534344321363735358
37thGBR1286MAXI TUSTAINHARRY FOXHISC16768294438(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC372
38thGBR2219DANIEL SCOTTTOM IRVINGLOCH TUMMEL SC/RTYC / RTYC28353543343728‑4834403327374
39thGBR2230MAGGIE RICKMANNANCY RICKMANHAYLING ISLAND SC/PAPERCOURT SC4033(DNC)304532293939393538399
40thGBR2305EDDIE FARRELLKEVIN FARRELLLLANDUDNO SC2019342849302042(DNC)DNCDNCDNC410
41stGBR2225OLIVIA BRACEY DAVISWILL HELLEWELLPAIGNTON SC42.5(DNC)39453938413538373029413.5
42ndGBR2937SONIA EVANSLIZZIE CATTERMOLEGRAFHAM WATER SC37313229(DNC)DNCDNC3340304532421
43rdGBR2242WILLIAM CAIGERCAITLIN MORLEYSEVEN OAKS SCHOOL / BURNHAM SC3540373923‑45433641454343425
44thGBR2118OLIVER SMOULTTIEGAN PEARCELLANGORSE SC / TRESAITH MARINERS SC3926(DNF)DNC4833333736423847435
45thGBR2046GRUFF GREENGEORGE SELLWOODTEIFI BOATING CLUB46384438324040‑5150444237451
46thGBR2343ZOE BELBENJAKE ATKINSSTOKES BAY SC3434314040(DNC)DNC4544484740459
47thGBR475TED LANERUPERT CLAPHAMCHEW VALLEY LAKE SC33303637(DNC)DNCDNC4048434445468
48thGBR1829JOE COUTANCHEHEATHER HUTCHINSGUERNSEY YC473943464435(DSQ)4642514942484
49thGBR1324STUART FARMERORRI ROBERTSONDALGETY BAY SC4136(DNC)443842394951504848486
50thGBR372ALASTAIR COOMBSSAMUEL CARRLOCH VENACHAR SC48(DNF)404150.5DNCDNC3245414041490.5
51stGBR2275CATRIONA FORRESTEVIE TYNANDALGETY BAY SC4537384242(DNC)DNC5047494644496
52ndGBR2414IOLO DAVIESIOAN DAVIESCBYC/PYC(DNF)DNC42DNC50.543424746464139508.5
53rdGBR134EOGHAN OOSTERHOORNSUZIE STURROCKROYAL TAY YC44(DNC)DNCDNC41DNCDNC5249525149562
54thGBR1490TASMYN GREENMEGAN GIBSONLLANDUDNO SC(DNF)DNFDNCDNFDNSDNCDNC5352475046584
55thGBR2477ZAC CALDWELLBLYTHE BERRYHISC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC616

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