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420 Grand Prix Series 2021-22 Round 2 at Itchenor Sailing Club

by Ellie Thomas 10 Nov 2021 05:51 GMT 25-27 October 2021

The 420 GP 2 was held at Itchenor over three days during the half term holidays from 25th to 27th October. All the boats were well prepared having had the opportunity to attend a training weekend leading up to the event, with the RYA youth squad at Calshot and class training at Itchenor.

After two days of awesome wind it was time to put all the new skills the boats had learnt into practise over a three day regatta, which is out of the norm of a normal racing series. 26 boats attended the event lots of which were new faces keeping the results lively.

Day 1 provided some interesting racing with a very unforgiving start. Sailing in the narrow channel with 8-11 knots forced the race officer to use a windward leeward course due to the lack of space. After a general recall and a lot of pin end movement a race got away with a handful of UFDs, mostly down to the bias of the line, most of the leading boats tacked almost immediately from the pin end and went out right to get out of the strongest tide. Henry Heathcote and Hector Bennett led at the first mark and maintained this lead throughout to win the first race of the regatta.

After a second race quite similar to the first, which was won by Megan Farrer and Ellie Rush, the sailors waited for the course to be repositioned because of a large wind shift and sat through a heavy downpour. The sun came back out for race three as Ollie and Oscar secured their first win. The overnight leaders were Ollie Meadowcroft and Oscar Cawthorne with a 4 point lead over Henry and Hector and it was great to see the junior boat of Harry George and Ralph Cawthorne in third.

Conditions on day two were very similar with sailors still building their game plan around the tide. Having decided right was the favoured side some sailors went too far and had to be careful with the shallowness of the race area. Ollie and Oscar started to show their dominance by winning all 4 races of the day. With the wind building for the final race boats had to rethink their set up and technique, Oli Hale and Tom Clayton had an impressive race finishing second to end day 2.

After a tiring day on the water the sailors returned to the club for another themed social, this time saw the teams appear as Dynamics Duos, all the sailors made a great effort with some interesting costumes. Itchenor Sailing Club provided an evening meal and a good venue for the social that followed.

Day 3 saw stronger winds and more room for the race officer to lay a course. Race 8 started the day with a long 4 lap course which certainly woke up the sailors after enjoying the social the previous evening. Henry and Hector secured their first win of the day, with a great 2nd place result from Millie Irish and Lia Horne who had teamed up together for this event. Race 9 gave Ollie and Oscar another win with Henry and Hector closing the event with a win in race 10.

Ollie and Oscar had an interesting day with two DNFs due to technical difficulties but still managed to win the event overall and secure the Open trophy with a 9 point lead as they were able to discard these two races. Henry and Hector were second overall followed by Megan and Ellie who were third overall and first girls. Second girls were Millie and Lia after their impressive final day with Amber Hale and Bettine Harris in third girls.

The under 17 winners were Joe Warwicker and Hugo Valentine who were fourth overall. Harry and Ralph were second U17 and third U17 were Freya Sewell and Argo Braund. Mathias Potter and Ellie Thomas rounded out the top five overall.

It was great to have a three day event over half term and a huge thanks to Itchenor Sailing Club for hosting this event and the pre-event class training. Thanks also to the committee for organising a great event and the sailor reps for the social. The on water commentary was enjoyed by the parents and thanks to Jon Cawthorne for the photos.

Overall Results:

PosBow NoFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1st19Open57004Ollie MeadowcroftOscar CawthorneShustoke SC2211111(RET)1(RET)10
2nd38Open55244Henry HeathcoteHector BennettRoyal Lymington YC1‑4‑4344312119
3rd9Female54852Megan FarrerEllie RushNotts County SC(UFD)1‑7522737229
4th17U17 Open55854Joe WarwickerHugo ValentineChipstead SC(UFD)522‑103644531
5th39Open55942Mathias PotterEllie ThomasCardiff Bay YC/Tata Steel SC/Tata Steel43‑12‑855575640
6th10Female54483Millie IrishLia HorneDraycote Water SC89‑131011‑131223459
7th45U17 Open55242Harry GeorgeRalph CawthorneShustoke SC385‑1398‑151081162
8th40Open54853Oli HaleTom ClaytonPoole YC1111‑181112‑22269365
9th49U17 Female54059Amber HaleBettine HarrisPoole YC1213119‑151088‑15879
10th36Open1Nick EvansJoey TaylorBlackwater SC51716(UFD)13(RET)1356984
11th14Open55169Hazel JonesMartyn Jones 616612(UFD)7(RET)13131285
12th6Female55517Emmy WalkerCharlotte BeardsallWarsash SC101015‑168‑161012121087
13th20U17 Open55634Freya SewellArlo BraundOxford SC13129‑18(UFD)1711911789
14th62U17 Open54849George CreasyDavid BromilowWest Kirby SC(UFD)686(UFD)991614RET97
15th24U17 Female56339Heather QuinnGwyneth LanyonNotts County SC9‑19141571216‑181713103
16th42Open12345Alice DavisSyzmon MatyjaszczukWelsh Harp SC(RET)(RET)RET461841110RET111
17th21U17 Female54481Holly WrightOlivia Creaseywksc(UFD)141019141421‑221816126
18th34Open56106Izzy MasseyFred LanghorneItchenor SC1618‑221718151415‑1914127
19th23U17 Female54418Rosie SheahanSusie SheahanCVLSC‑1915171416‑1918171615128
20th82Female51802Alice BullockElla EastwoodBosham SC/Itchenor SC14212320171122(DNC)(DNC)DNC157
21st56 53959Ellie CreightonHaydn Sewell (DNC)(DNC)DNC736DNCDNCDNCDNC161
22nd56 53959Haydn SewellBea Greenfield 773(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC162
23rd8Open544Eddie PalingEddie QuinnNotts County SC1722192522242021(RET)(DNC)170
24th33U17 Open55375George LanceCian EpsteinCBYC18(UFD)24231921(DNC)1920RET173
25th60U17 Open51740Martha ChristensenBen PalingNotts County SC(DNC)(DNC)DNC22232023202117175
26th79U17 Open53518Ed TimberlakeWill FountainItchenor SC20232021202319(DNC)(DNC)DNC175
27th53U17 Female55398India LanceSophie HankinsCardiff Bay YC152021242125(RET)(RET)DNCDNC184
28th56U17 Female53959Ellie CreightonBea GreenfieldOxford SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC1714RETDNC205

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