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29er Allen GP and Inland Championship at Rutland Sailing Club

by Ben Mueller & Sam Webb 10 Dec 2021 14:49 GMT 4-5 December 2021
29er Allen GP and Inland Championship at Rutland © Rachael Jenkins

The final Allen GP of the year had arrived; it promised to have all the hallmarks of a high drama situation: strong winds, freezing weather and the annual Christmas jumper competition! Ian Bullock's loyal fan club was excited to see how much racing he could get in before the winds built to an un-sailable level.

43 boats lined up for the start and racing was away! There were gusts of over 25 knots which were shooting down the course bringing random shifts that caught out even the most experienced sailors. Boat handling and quick reactions were key to taking advantage of these gusts and the fleet quickly spread out. Finian Morris & Oscar Morgan-Harris (GBR 2849) took the first race by nailing the shifts into the windward mark, followed by Freddie Lonsdale & Freddie Westwell (GBR 2903) who were benefiting from an overwhelming surplus of leverage, and then Olly Peters & Ben Bradley (GBR 3081) in third.

As the second race got away there were some 30 knot gusts coming down. Now the emphasis was on just staying upright, safety fleets were working overtime to check everyone was OK whilst a brave few attempted to continue the race. By this point the winds were so strong that some were contemplating surfing on the lake venue, for 29ers the waves proved a challenge with many pitchpoling leading to some spectacular wipeouts.

The Youth Worlds representatives Leo Wilkinson & Sam Jones (GBR 2966) won the second race followed by James Crossley & Noah Fitzgerald (GBR 2206) in second and Ben Mueller & Sam Webb (GBR 12) in third.

By this point the winds were too much with over half the fleet retiring so Ian decided to call it a day and sent the teams in for the eagerly anticipated Christmas raffle generously sponsored by Allen, jumper competition and legendary Christmas party.

Leading overnight were Juniors Finian & Oscar, followed by Leo & Sam and in third Ben & Sam. First ladies were Emily Mueller & Flo Brellisford (GBR 2743) with first mixed Annabelle Vines & Raulf Berry (GBR 3079).

Special mention to Suzie Sturrock & Eilish Graham (GBR 2828) who not only won the prize for the best festive outfits on the water but also were especially helpful with beach rescues for their fellow sailors struggling to make it ashore.

Day 2 dawned with a much chillier morning and some tired faces. The sounds of reggae echoed out of the boys changing room and the fleet were soon to be seen in the dinghy park doing an intense warm-up including high knees, squats and a short run. The D flag went up and they were off heading out to the racecourse at the far end of the lake.

The gusty northerly provided some very difficult sailing. Despite this, Leo & Sam "took the dub" in the 3rd race of the event with the Freddies in second place and Ben & Sam in third.

The flat water and windy conditions in race 4 provided some of the best sailing of the weekend. Upwinds were an opportunity to "get it cooking like Gordon". The tactics were hard to crack with gusts appearing and disappearing. This was especially important on the downwind, those in lulls were sent backwards through the fleet pretty quickly.

This time it was the Freddies and their super speedy sailing which prevailed with GBR 2966 (Leo & Sam) taking second and GBR 12 (Ben & Sam) taking another third.

The final race began with some lulls but the gusts soon picked up and the conditions returned to what they had been. It was for 2903 and 2966 to fight it out, whoever won the race, won the regatta. High stakes! Despite a big effort from Leo & Sam, it was the 6" 5' machine and his helm, Freddie Lonsdale & Freddie Westwell (GBR 2903), that captured the full force of the blustery winds to take both the race and event win (on countback).

Second was Leo and Sam and third in the final race was decided on the last leg with Charlie Gran & Cameron Sword (GBR 2694) spotting the gust for their first top three of the weekend.

Well done to Kuba Staite & Ollie Vines (GBR 2826) who had top ten finishes in every race and just missed out on a top six place on countback.

First ladies were Emily & Flo, followed closely by Katy Jenkins & Amelie Hiscocks (GBR 2507) and in third place Gwen Sargent & Amelie Curtis (GBR 2929).

We would like to say a big thank you to Allen Brothers the event sponsor, Race Officers Ian Bullock who we missed on day 2, and David for stepping in to replace Ian, Rutland Sailing Club and the fantastic catering team. Lastly huge congratulations to all the sailors and those newer to the fleet for coming to Rutland and keeping going in such freezing and gusty conditions. Good luck to both the teams heading out to Oman for the Youth Worlds and what a way to end a great year! Merry Christmas!

Overall Results:

Top 3 Girls:

1st - Emily Mueller and Flo Brellisford
2nd - Katy Jenkins and Amelie Hiscocks
3rd - Gwen Sargent and Amelie Curtis

Top 3 Juniors:

1st - Max Sydenham and Freddie Covell
2nd - Max Rawlinson and Tom Johnson
3rd - Zeb Fellows and Fin Gribbin

Top 3 Mixed:

1st - Kate Robertson and Robin Stein
2nd - Morven Wood and Ollie Bull
3rd - Annabelle Vines and Raulf Berry

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st2903FREDDIE WESTWELLFREDDIE LONSDALEHISC2(DNC)2116
2nd2966LEO WILKINSONSAM JONESMAIDENHEAD/HISC/HILL HEAD‑511226
3rd12BEN MUELLERSAM WEBBHISC / ROYAL LYMINGTON YC4333‑513
4th2206JAMES CROSSLEYNOAH FITZGERALDDATCHET /DOVEY / GRAFHAM‑7265417
5th2694CHARLIE GRANCAMERON SWORDHISC6‑744317
6th3081OLLY PETERSBEN BRADLEYHISC3125(UFD)727
7th2826KUBA STAITEOLLIE VINESHISC‑8577827
8th8JAMIE WILKINSONJAMIE GATEHOUSEHISC / BEWL VALLEY SC(RET)986629
9th2816SANTI SESTO COSBYGEORGE MAYR LYM Y C / RLYMYC9‑18.5108936
10th2121SAM COXOLLIE BADDELEYRESTRONGUET SC / RLYMYC‑17615111143
11th2216CHARLIE HOPKINSONBEN PALINGNOTTS COUNTY SC1014‑20141048
12th2139KATE ROBERTSONROBIN STEINSWARKESTONE/ HAYLING ISLAND11(DNC)12101750
13th2046JAMES JOHNSONGEORGE SELLWOODTRESAITH MARINERS SC15(DNC)11121452
14th2222JOHNNY SARGENTSOLOMON WILBYEMSWORTH TISC & HISC / RUTLAND1913‑2391354
15th2743EMILY MUELLERFLORENCE BRELLISFORDRLYMYC/ HISC / CORINTHIAN OTTERS/ EYC1310(UFD)151654
16th2507KATY JENKINSAMELIE HISCOCKSWPNSA18‑18.516131259
17th1908MORVEN WOODOLLIE BULLHELENSBURGH/ROYAL TAY/ CHANONRY‑211613172066
18th2929GWEN SARGENTAMELIE CURTISEMSWORTH TISC & HISC / HAYLING I23171418‑2672
19th2479MILLIE IRISHJEMIMA GOTTODRAYCOTE WATER SC / NBYC/RHYC16(DNC)17291577
20th2721MALACHY BROWNCHARLIE MERRYWEATHEROXFORD SC20822‑312878
21st2225MAX SYDENHAMFREDDIE COVELLHISC25(DNC)19162181
22nd3079ANNABELLE VINESRAULF BERRYR LYM YC / HISC/EMSWORTH SC14119(RET)DNC82
23rd2128ELLEN MORLEYHAZEL MCDONNELLHOLLOWELL SC2420‑26201882
24th322MAX RAWLINSONTOM JOHNSONROA ISLAND BOATING CLUB(DNC)1530252595
25th2539ZEB FELLOWSFIN GRIBBINYEALM YC / PAIGNTON SC2723(UFD)232497
26th2849FINIAN MORRISOSCAR MORGAN‑HARRISHISC/ROYAL SOUTHERN14(DNC)DNCDNC101
27th1867RACHEL HARPERMADELINE BILBROUGH 2621‑282727101
28th2477LAURA ELMSJESS CHARLESWORTHHISC / HISC/EMSWORTH SC31.5222128‑32102.5
29th2175FELIX STEWARTTHEO STEWARTROA ISLAND /WINDERMERE22(DSQ)1821RET109
30th2828EILISH GRAHAMSUZIE STURROCKDERWENT RESERVOIR SC / ROYAL TAY YC(DNC)DNC241919110
31st2880OSCAR OLDFIELDMEGHAN HAYNESROYAL HOSPITAL / ROYAL CORINTHIAN28(DNC)2526DNC127
32nd1321EDWARD DAYHARVEY JENKINSREADING SC / NEWHAVEN AND SEAFORD SC(DNC)DNC272429128
33rd2915MADDIE SMITHBEN ADLERCASTLE COVE SC33(DNC)313431129
34th7HAZEL JONESBEN STOKESHAYLING ISLAND SC(RET)DNC293323133
35th2119JAMES GIFFORDROBBIE LITTLEFIELDHELENSBURGH SC(UFD)RET343222136
36th2120TILLY PHELPSFINN CADDYBRISTOL CORINTHIAN YC/PARKSTONE YC(RET)DNC323030140
37th2416JOSH STOKESCAITLIN WILLIAMSHISC(DNC)DNC3622DNC154
38th3007ROB MAWDSLEYOLLIE MEARSHISC12(DNC)DNCDNCDNC156
39th2879CHARLIE GATEHOUSEBEN STOKESBEWL VALLEY SC / HAYLING ISLAND SC31.5(DNC)33DNSDNC160.5
40th374FINTAN STARKIEPETE COWLEYDERWENT RESERVOIR SC30(DNC)35DNCDNC161
41st2796SAM BAKERFELIX CUMMINGSHAYLING ISLAND SC/OX29(DNC)DNCDNCDNC173
42nd134ELLISE FITZGERALDFERGUS MUNROPRESTWICK SC(DNC)DNC37DNCDNC181
43rd3224ELLA LIGHTBODYFELICITY BRELLISFORDR LYM Y C / RLYMYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC192
43rd409REBECCA SHEARERSARAH BELLCLYDE /DALGETY BAY SC(RET)DNCRETDNSDNC192
43rd2909HANNAH CARRUTHERSETHAN DAVEY (DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC192
43rd2229AGNES BRACEY‑DAVISOLLIE BADDELEYR LYM Y C / RLYMYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC192
43rd2924KARRIE CLARKLIA FLETCHERABERDEEN / HONG KONG/ROYAL HOSPITAL(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC192

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