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420 End of Seasons 2021 at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by Megan Farrer 30 Nov 2021 16:32 GMT 20-21 November 2021

Wow! What a great event our 2021 End of Seasons was! Hosted by the friendly Grafham Water Sailing Club, the wind was full of the usual shifty, tactics at the ready, lake sailing and we boasted a fleet of 39 boats.

Saturday was a light south westerly breeze averaging at 10kts. It was definitely a get in the pressure sort of day. We had 4 races and 4 different race winners including Ella Lance & Will Martin who hit the top 5 every time and were overnight leaders from Megan Farrer & Ellie Rush who picked up a 1st and a 2nd and Ollie Meadowcroft & Oscar Cawthorne who had a consistent day with a win and three top 7 results. George Creasey & David Bromilow won the final race of the day. The most spectacular performance of the day came from Ellie Creighton & Bee Greenfield who were in the hunt all day and found themselves in 7th place overnight.

Sunday was much breezier and very, very cold! And with a northerly wind averaging up to 15-20kts, I'm pretty sure everyone was wearing a woolly hat of some sort! In the windy conditions Ollie & Oscar dominated the first two races on day 2 getting round the course with a decent advantage on the fleet, but managed to only record a BFD and a 1st, whilst Ella & Will took control of the leader board recording a 1st and a 3rd.

Alice Davis & Oliver Rayner won the third race of the day as Ollie & Oscar lost their mast on the first run and took themselves out of the running as they amassed a scorecard that looked like the alphabet. In the final race of the day Nick Evans & Joey Taylor bossed a victory as the fleet became a little depleted. Another 4 races and another 4 winners... I was hugely impressed by the number of newer to the class boats that stayed out and kept racing on the Sunday. You were all winners for that despite quite a few capsizes.

Overall Ella & Will won the Open competition from Alice & Oliver and Megan & Ellie in 3rd who were also first female boat. Joe Warwicker & Hugo Valentine were first U17 Open and Ellie & Bea were first U17 female boat.

Just as important as the sailing for us teenagers was of course a brilliant social on the Saturday night! This regatta's theme was "Helm and Crew switcheroo" which is where the crew picks what the helm wears and vice versa. It worked very well, with some truly awesome outfits!

The winners, chosen by competitors:

1st - The Unicorn (Arthur Bailey)
2nd - Queen Victoria (Hector Bennet)
3rd - School Girl (Henry Heathcote)

Overall Results:

PosBow NoSail NoHelmCrewFleetR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st1256954Ella LanceWill MartinOpen221‑4132415
2nd4256108Alice DavisOliver RaynerOpen‑8463521526
3rd954852Megan FarrerEllie RushFemale512‑11674732
4th3855244Henry HeathcoteHector BennettOpen4311‑121063239
5th1755854Joe WarwickerHugo ValentineU17 Open‑12959347340
6th3654480Nick EvansJoey TaylorOpen118‑1410285145
7th6254058George CreasyDavid BromilowU17 Open1368175‑17848
8th4555242Harry GeorgeRalph CawthorneU17 Open‑1712481199659
9th1054483Millie IrishClara JonesFemale‑181115641181166
10th3955942Mathias PotterEllie ThomasOpen9513212(DNF)161067
11th5653959Ellie CreightonBea GreenfieldU17 Female31477‑2016131676
12th4456091Imogen WadeTeddy DunnU17 Open6131716‑1913101388
13th1957004Ollie MeadowcroftOscar CawthorneOpen1735(BFD)1DNFDNC97
14th4054853Oli HaleTom ClaytonOpen(BFD)17252081061298
15th2456339Heather QuinnGwyneth LanyonFemale71092313(DNF)2019101
16th452565Emily SmithCharlotte BeardsallU17 Female16151014920‑2418102
17th2055634Freya SewellArlo BraundU17 Open19‑24121514121914105
18th4356112Sam GraytonRaife PiggottU17 Open141824‑3321191115122
19th2154481Holly WrightMatthew RaynerU17 Open‑3219183016151417129
20th05242Max SweetmanJames GeorgeOpen‑333228291514129139
21st3554125Anna MillerTess CrooksU17 Female15262618‑31172221145
22nd2754983Louise DavisCharlie GuyettOpen28252213172915(DNF)149
23rd6354785Sabine PotterMerle NieuwlandU17 Female‑2621201724262323154
24th2354418Rosie SheahanSusie SheahanU17 Female2323‑292827181820157
25th4856943Rory GiffordWilliam O'KeefeU17 Open102716262230(DNC)DNC171
26th7454847Jack McDowellHarry ThompsonOpen302021211821(DNC)DNC171
27th1855371Jibriel BostanPatrick HillU17 Open2433‑361933222122174
28th4955398Amber HaleSophie HankinsU17 Female201619323027(DNC)DNC184
29th1455169Hazel JonesOlivia CreasyU17 Female25312725253126(DNC)190
30th5755633Noa MoskovitchGabs BurltonU17 Female213033273223(BFD)DNC206
31st5051766Emma BreeseArthur BaileyOpen2222342228(BFD)DNFDNC208
32nd3755375Thomas KelsallCian EpsteinU17 Open27282324(BFD)DNFDNCDNC222
33rd3153332jess HaighLucy ShelterU17 Female353931372324(DNC)DNC229
34th5253159Macy LawRuaraidh DochertyU17 Open343630382628(DNC)DNC232
35th6653703Tilly BrayshayChloe MillsFemale2929323136(DNF)DNCDNC237
36th6051740Martha ChristensenHayden MooreU17 Open313738363425(DNC)DNC241
37th354947India LanceGeorge LanceU17 Open37383535(DNC)3225DNC242
38th4752067Sam GloverCharlie BourneU17 Open3635393929(DNC)DNCDNC258
39th2651341Eddie PalingEddie QuinnU17 Open3834373435(DNF)DNCDNC258

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