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Ovington 2021 - ILCA 1 - LEADERBOARD

ILCA Midland Grand Prix at Bartley Sailing Club

by Simon Hardiman 1 Jun 16:20 BST 30 May 2021
ILCA Midland Grand Prix at Bartley © Giles Horwich-Smith

Sponsored by Dinghy Buyer Direct, part of the Midlands circuit sponsored by Ovington Boats

Sunshine and a steady breeze welcomed the 22 club boats and 20 visitors to Bartley SC on Sunday 30th May. A mix of ILCA 4, 6, and 7 rigs took to the water with ages ranging from junior to great grandmaster to provide one of the largest turnouts in recent years.

The wind direction was not the best for Bartley with the Easterly swinging either side of true making it a challenge for the race officer to set a square line and first beat. However, with a brief postponement the line was set and the fleet got under way for race 1. The first beat proved decisive with those going to the right making big gains on any who thought the left was favoured. A small group of ILCA 7s at the front pulled out a tidy lead only to give it all back when they rounded the second windward mark in the wrong direction and had to re-round. This seemed only a minor diversion as Neil Crosby (Bowmoor), John Ling (Bartley) and George Fereday (Bartley / Earlswood) pulled away from Richard Baker (Bartley) in 4th and the chasing fleet. After an hour of racing Neil took the win by the smallest of margins from John and George.

The ILCA 6 fleet was well spread out with Kieran Bray (Banbury) beating Andy Allen (Trimpley) and Oliver Woodley (Liminston) to the line. ILCA 4 sailor Finley Moss showed that the ULKA / ASF Birmingham training at Bartley was paying off taking 16th place on handicap.

The fleet retired for some lunch at Tilly's Galley and some sun bathing whilst the race office dealt with the only protest of the day, and then it was back on the water for race 2 and 3 back-to-back.

Race Officer Steve Ward had warned the sailors that he would go from P to U to Black if we had too many recalls and he was true to his word catching many of the sailors out on the 3rd start to race 2. In the ILCA 7 fleet John Ling quickly established a lead that would not be challenged throughout whilst Simon Hardiman (Bartley), Joe Woodley (Burghfield), Greg Coines (Shropshire), George Fereday and Steve Thomas (Bartley) had a great battle for second position. In the end Simon got the 2nd and Joe the 3rd. Megan Hardiman (Bartley) was first ILCA 6 from Oliver Woodley and Sian Bray (Banbury) in a depleted fleet attributed to the black flag.

Everyone behaved in the final race showing that ILCA sailors can learn from our mistakes and the fleet were cleanly away, all be it on a very one-sided beat due to a huge wind shift at the start which subsequently shifted back as the fleet rounded. Ben Flower (Paignton) pushed ahead at the front with George Fereday keeping him honest and local youth sailor Tom Williams taking the 3rd. In the ILCA 6 fleet Oliver Woodley took the win followed by Harrison Allen (Bartley) (with a capsize on the line to celebrate) and Megan Hardiman.

At the end of the day John Ling won from George Fereday and Neil Crosby in the ILCA 7, Oliver Woodley was first ILCA 6 followed by Megan Hardiman (first lady helm) and Kieran Bray, and Finley Moss posted a fantastic result of 15th overall in the ILCA 4.

The prize-giving was a feast of goodies from our main sponsor Dinghy Buyer Direct ranging from a foil bag and tiller extension to T-shirts and water bottles, with additional prizes from series sponsor Ovington Boats - thanks to both sponsors for their generous contributions, at the end of the day everyone went away with something to celebrate a great event. Thanks also to fleet captain John Ling for organising the event and RO Steve Ward and his team for making the most of the challenging conditions.

Overall Results:

PosHelmClassSail NoClubRatingR1  R2  R3  Pts
1stJohn LingILCA 7217407Bartley SC110021‑63
2ndGeorge FeredayILCA 7213608Bartley SC11003‑525
3rdNeil CrosbyILCA 7208674Bowmoor SC11001‑956
4thBen FlowerILCA 7212109Paignton SC11006‑717
5thJoe WoodleyILCA 717361Burghsfield SC1100‑7347
6thGreg CoinesILCA 7197694Shropshire SC110054‑139
7thSimon HardimanILCA 7212061Bartley SC1100‑122911
8thRichard BakerILCA 7213530Bartley SC11004‑12.5812
9thSteve ThomasILCA 7165537Bartley SC110096‑1115
10thLazaros AndronisILCA 72Midland SC1100‑1312.5719.5
11thTom WilliansILCA 7186251Bartley SC1100‑1817320
12thTony JacksILCA 7154591Bartley SC1100‑1781725
13thOllie RidgwayILCA 7186793Bartley SC1100‑33111425
14thOliver WoodleyILCA 6208680Liminston SC1147‑19161026
15thFinley MossILCA 4163032Bartley SC12081610‑2826
16thRhys JonesILCA 7211324Cardiff YC11008(BFD)19.527.5
17thMike HomerILCA 7186067Midland SC110010‑341828
18thMagan HardimanILCA 6212087Bartley SC1147‑20141529
19thKieran BrayILCA 6215118Banbury SC114711(BFD)2132
20thAndy AllanILCA 6214110Trimpley SC114714(BFD)2539
21stIan DaviesILCA 7213523Trimpley110023‑251639
22ndHarrison AllenILCA 6213555Bartley SC114729(BFD)1241
23rdSimon LimbILCA 7213600Nottingham SC11002219‑2341
24thStuart McManusILCA 7198902Bartley1100‑242219.541.5
25thMike BetteridgeILCA 7197766Bartley SC11002121‑2442
26thElla SpainILCA 6208987Upton Warren SC11472815‑3043
27thMichael DalzielILCA 7186436Trimpley SC11001531‑4146
28thJason CahillILCA 7201386Bartley SC1100‑30242246
29thSian BrayILCA 6213613Banbury SC1147‑31182947
30thNils WarnenILCA 7211009Bartley SC11002723‑3150
31stJohn Ellis‑RoseILCA 7151297Bartley SC110025‑292752
32ndJosh OatesILCA 6180713Bartley SC114726(BFD)2652
33rdMrsWoodleyILCA 7BLANKLiminston SC11003520‑3755
34thMaria HilbertILCA 7183051Midland SC1100‑38263359
35thKerry WebbILCA 7202455Bartley SC1100‑32273259
36thPhilip PimbleILCA 7136054Trimpley SC1100‑37283563
37thOliver MasonILCA 7102727Midland SC1100‑36303666
38thCecily WebbILCA 67Bartley SC114734(BFD)3468
39thJennifer FoortILCA 6162786Bartley SC1147‑41323971
40thTiarnan SmithILCA 7125835Bartley SC1100‑40334073
41stPaul WolstenholmeILCA 7164734Midland SC1100‑39353873
42ndNicola DaviesILCA 6197924Bartley SC11474236(DNC)78

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