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Allen 29er Grand Prix Series Round 5 at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy

by Ben Bradley 22 Jul 07:45 BST 10-11 July 2021
Fleet setting off during Allen 29er Grand Prix at the WPNSA © 29er UK

Just two weeks after the previous event, at Hayling Island, it was fantastic to see a strong fleet of 47 boats coming down to Weymouth for the final weekend event before the Typhoon Nationals.

On Saturday, the fleet launched into a calm breeze of about 10 knots from the south. This direction sees the breeze coming directly over Portland, causing large pressure differences across the course and large swings in wind direction as the breeze indecisively alternates between the left of Portland and the right of Portland.

The fleet was a little too keen to get going in the first race, having to be recalled twice as too many boats jumped the gun at the start. A black flag on the third start succeeded in intimidating the fleet into a more reserved position, behind the line at go.

After demonstrating impressive pace and level-headed decision making, Sian Talbot and Maddy Bristow 2753 took the first race with an untouchable lead. Second was Karrie Clarke and Lia Fletcher 2924 then Finian Morris and Oscar Morgan-Harris 2213 who were making a strong start to the event as one of the junior teams. Next across the finish line was Raulf Berry and Ben Millard 3079 then Freddie Westwell and Jesse Kibble 2903.

On the start of the second race, everyone was dazzled by the confident timing of Ross Banham and Felicity Brellisford 2493, who made the most of the pin-biased start line. Despite multiple boats sailing at them on starboard, they crossed cleanly in front on port, making the perfect pin flyer. They found themselves pointing directly at the windward mark from the start of the race, a full boat length clear of any other boat. Surely they could only do well from here. However, after ending up on the wrong side of a monstrous wind shift to the right, their lead quickly vanished, eventually finishing the race in 17th.

The race was won by Ben Mueller and Freddie Lonsdale 2900 who, despite their mass, made the most of the dying breeze and colossal wind shifts. Second and third were two impressive performances by junior teams: Issy Leetch and Solomon Wilby 2292 followed by Nick Evans and Sam Webb 2788. Finishing 4th was Aled LLewellyn-Jones and Ben Bradley 3066 closely followed by Sam Cox and Will de Jaeger 3080.

A third race was attempted but this was abandoned after the first beat due to unreasonably large swings in wind direction and very little wind on the right half of the race course. With a dying forecast, the wind was unlikely to improve so the fleet was sent ashore.

Day one proved to be difficult for everyone as the boat in first place, Sian and Maddy, was counting 7 points after just 2 races. Second overall was Ben and Freddie on 8 points. Third and fourth were Ben and Aled then Leo and Sam, who were both counting 14 points. 5th was Nick and Sam, who were first juniors overnight on 16 points. Also on 16 points was Raulf and Ben in 6th place, who proved themselves to be a strong team on the Saturday but were unable to race on the Sunday.

Day two started with slightly more wind from the south east. There was generally a bit more wind on the left of the course due to the wind shadow from Portland but a forecast right shift combined with the occasional rain cloud above Portland meant that sailing up the right was sometimes a winning strategy. As well as this, the wind oscillations were still a very significant factor, which couldn't be ignored, making it another difficult day for tactics.

The first race of the day started under the black flag, which was not enough to knock the confidence of some of the sailors. Three boats were spotted over the line by the race committee and the race continued. First and second were Leo and Sam followed by Emily Mueller and Seb Gotto 2743, both making their first appearance in the top 3. Third was Karrie and Lia, fourth was Aled and Ben and fifth was Finian and Oscar, with another strong performance in the battle for the junior prizes.

Before the second race of the day, the wind swung from south east to south, causing a short postponement while the wind stabilised.

The race winners were Ollie Evans and Ben Hutton-Penman 2811, who had been steadily improving throughout the event. Second was Freddie and Jesse and third was Leo and Sam, displaying their remarkable consistency. Fourth to cross the finish line was Charlie Gran and Toby Bloomfield 2736, with their first top 5 of the event. In fifth place was Emily and Seb.

Race 3 of the day got under way after a general recall. The race winners were Emily and Seb, who were already having a fantastic day. Monique Vennis-Ozanne and Jess Jobson 2661 came second, with their first top 5 of the event. Ollie and Ben put in a consistent third, followed by junior boat Nick and Sam, then Aled and Ben.

Some dramatic changes in wind direction made the fourth race of the day a difficult one. Sophie Dennis and Emma Wells successfully negotiated the wind shifts and came away with a race win, their first top 5 of the event. In second was Emma James and Ben Ibbotson 2796, with their first top 10 of the event. Third place was taken by Freddie and Jesse, followed by junior team Jamie Wilkinson and Jamie Gatehouse 2433 with their first top 15 of the event. Leo and Sam maintained their consistent scoreline by finishing 5th.

A variety of wind directions across the racecourse called for another postponement, after which it was decided that the wind was unlikely to stabilise and the final race of the day was abandoned.

At the end of the weekend, the event winners were Leo and Sam. Second place went to Emily Mueller and Seb Gotto and third place went to Aled Llewellyn-Jones and Ben Bradley. Fourth was Ollie Evans and Ben Hutton-Penman, fifth was Freddie Westwell and Jesse Kibble and in sixth place was Sophie Dennis and Emma Wells 3081.

Top three girls were Sophie and Emma followed by Sian and Maddy then Monique and Jess. The first mixed boats were Emily and Seb then Ross and Felicity then Issy Leetch and Solomon Wilby. The junior prizes went to Nick and Evans then James Crossley and Noah Fitzgerald 2206 followed by Finian and Oscar.

Congratulations to Leo and Sam for winning the event and a huge thank you to WPNSA, the race committee and all the volunteers for making the event happen. And finally, good luck to everyone going to Largs for the Typhoon Nationals 2021.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrrewClub(s)R1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
12966LEO WILKINSONSAM JONESMAIDENHEAD SC/HISC / HILL HEAD SC/HISC/H6‑8136521
22743EMILY MUELLERSEB GOTTOHISC/ RLYMYC / RHYC‑2010251826
33066ALED LLEWELLYN‑JONESBEN BRADLEYSAUNDERSFOOT / HILL HEAD SC HISC104475‑2730
42811OLLIE EVANSBEN HUTTON‑PENMANGUNARD SC / BURNHAM SC/CORINTHIAN OTTERS‑2876131835
52903FREDDIE WESTWELLJESSE KIBBLEHISC513122‑17335
63081SOPHIE DENNISEMMA WELLSHISC9‑267109136
72753SIAN TALBOTMADELEINE BRISTOWLEIGH & LOWTON SC169148‑3838
82900BEN MUELLERFREDDIE LONSDALERLYMYC/HISC / HISC71166‑24939
92736CHARLIE GRANTOBY BLOOMFIELDHISC / PAIGNTON SC‑141110410641
102788NICK EVANSSAM WEBBBLACKWATER SC / ROYAL LYMINGTON YC133‑171341043
112661MONIQUE VENNIS‑OZANNEJESS JOBSONHHSC/HISC / RTYC‑241681121350
122924KARRIE CLARKLIA FLETCHERABERDEEN BOAT CLUB HONG KONG/ROYAL HOSPI2‑2232272256
132206JAMES CROSSLEYNOAH FITZGERALDDATCHET WATER SC/DOVEY YC / GRAFHAM WATE815139‑221156
142213FINIAN MORRISOSCAR MORGAN‑HARRISHAYLING ISLAND SC / HISC/ROYAL SOUTHERN3‑37512231962
153080SAM COXWILL DE JAEGERRESTRONGUET SC / CHEW VALLEY LAKE SC‑1951115191666
162478ROB MAWDSLEYOLLIE MEARSHISC1825‑268121275
172816SANTI SESTO COSBYGEORGE MAYR LYM Y C / RLYMYC16(RET[48])1518141578
182433JAMIE WILKINSONJAMIE GATEHOUSEHISC / BEWL VALLEY SC22‑33201718481
192493Ross BanhamFelicity Brellisford 2117191611‑2984
202292ISSY LEETCHSOLOMON WILBYRUTLAND SC3122224‑34786
212337JULIA BARNESTIEGAN PEARCEROYAL TORBAY YC / TRESAITH MARINERS SC‑25191420162089
221504KATE ROBERTSONMOLLY HINSLIFF‑SMITHSWARKESTONE SC / NOTTS COUNTY SC‑2992128152396
232796EMMA JAMESBEN IBBOTSON 1527(BFD[48])3321298
242329ANNABELLE VINESWILLIAM HEATHCOTEROYAL LYMINGTON YC11353121(DSQ[48])14112
253007EMMA HUTCHINGSAMELIE CURTISHISC/PAGHAM YC / HAYLING ISLAND/NETLEY S1230252328‑35118
262627OLIVER SMOULTIMOGEN ASQUITHLLANDEGFEDD SC/TATA SC23143419‑3628118
272381SAM BAKERFELIX CUMMINGSHAYLING ISLAND SC / HAYLING ISLAND SC/OX‑402830262025129
282222GWEN SARGENTROBIN STEINEMSWORTH SC/THORNEY ISLAND SC / HISC3221(BFD[48])321332130
292230MAGGIE RICKMANTHOMAS WHITEHAYLING ISLAND SC/PAPERCOURT SC / PAPERC3023282527‑41133
302514KILLIAN BOAGJAKE STOKESGURNARD SC / R LYM Y C26‑3924392524138
31834ETHAN GERRELLTOM BARNESHISC / RTYC‑381832292933141
322046AMELIE HISCOCKSGEORGE SELLWOODTRESAITH MARINERS SC1734(BFD[48])30RET[48]17146
332742ED COADYSEBASTIAN SHILLINGDERWENT RESERVOIR SC / DRSC2736292730‑42149
342826OLLIE VINESOLLIE BADDELEYROYAL LYMINGTON YC362436‑403131158
353079RAULF BERRYBEN MILLARDHISC/EMSWORTH SC / EMSWORTH SC/HISC412(DNC[48])DNC[48]DNC[48]DNC[48]160
362345GRUFF GREENCADAN PEARCETRESAITH MARINERS SC393135‑453226163
371113TESS SADOWSKICASPAR BARTON ‑454018343340165
382880OSCAR OLDFIELDBRYCE SIRGUYROYAL HOSPITAL SCHOOL / ROYAL CORINTHIAN41293341‑4221165
392216CHARLIE HOPKINSONBEN PALINGNOTTS COUNTY SC3432‑39313537169
402022KATE NEWMANRUDY BARRNETLEY SC3338‑41372636170
412695OLLY PETERSJAKE WOODHISC35‑4523363843175
421158BEN PURRIERTOM CAMPBELLPARKSTONE YC374227‑433930175
432721MALACHY BROWNCHARLIE MERRYWEATHEROXFORD SC‑422040424039181
442235CHARLOTTE ALLENJEMIMA GOTTOROYAL HOSPITAL SCHOOL / NBYC/RHYC‑474138353734185
452477LAURA ELMSJESS CHARLESWORTHHISC / HISC/EMSWORTH SC4343373841‑45202
462163SAM SHACKLELAWRENCE DONNELLYBROXBOURNE SC / DATCHET WATER SC/SURREY‑464442444444218
472915BEN ADLERED NEYLANCHEW VALLEY LAKE SC44‑4643464346222

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