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29er Coached Racing Weekend at Plas Heli Welsh National Sailing Academy

by Merrion Edwards 15 Sep 06:45 BST 5-6 September 2020
29er coached racing weekend at Pwllheli © Will Willett & Paul Burke

On the weekend of 5th/6th September several of the top 29ers in the UK came to Plas Heli, the Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre in Pwllheli, for a weekend of coached racing on a full championship course using Plas Heli's race equipment facilities.

Due to the COVID lockdown, for all boats this was the first time that they had raced on a championship course since February and so it was a great way to hone their skiff racing skills ready for the first 29er Grand Prix of the year in late September. And Pwllheli did not disappoint: Day 1 delivered four tight races in glamour conditions of 15 to 21 knots with sunshine and plenty of waves to spice up the gybes.

On Day 2 no sail rigging was needed thanks to 5-star indoor parking in the Plas Heli hanger, so the 29ers launched quickly and early, sailing out into a quiet bay with dramatic cloudy skies and a greeting from 3 dolphin pods having mackerel for breakfast.

Four closely contested races were held to complete the series of 8 in an 11-17 kt breeze with testing shifts off the land. Overall winners of the event were the Welsh/Scottish pairing of Elodie Edwards and Ewan Wilson, 2nd and 3rd place went to Aled Llewelyn-Jones/Ben Bradley and Tom Storey/Ben Willett. The 29er sailors would like to express their thanks to Pwllheli Sailing Club and Plas Heli for welcoming them again to their world-class sailing venue. Many thanks also to RYA Wales/Cymru for their support for the event.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st2905Elodie EdwardsEwan Wilson1‑21111229
2nd2898Aled Llewelyn‑JonesBen Bradley31‑53331418
3rd2982Tom StoreyBen Willett2324‑523319
4th2753Sian TalbotMaddie Bristow4432‑644122
5th1286Maxi TustainAlfie Coggar5‑745476536
6th2806Tom BurkeTommy Willett6567267(RET)39
7th1490Tasmyn GreenTyler Green‑7676755642

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