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GJW Direct Topper Inland Championship (NS3) at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by Mike Powell (ITCA Midland Area Rep) 6 Apr 11:08 BST 2-3 April 2022
Close racing upwind during the ITCA Topper Inlands at Grafham © Alastair Walton

Grafham Water Sailing Club was the venue and after a long wait to be competing in a National event again it was a bumper turnout with over 100 boats pre-entered.

The forecast was looking light with a big change in direction on the Saturday night so it was a huge relief to all the sailors that they arrived to sunshine and more importantly a gentle breeze.

Registration done, boats rigged and Martin Copper ITCA GBR class chair led the sailors briefing thanking GJW direct, Harken, Rooster and Optimum time for their support of the class and the Inland Championship.

It was really great to also have the continued support of Russ Dent (Topper Sailboats) on hand all weekend providing boat maintenance, spares support and technical guidance.

The fleets launched on time with 86 boats heading to the 5.3 course and 20 4.2s following shortly after to a course closer to the launch area. The 5.3 were not flighted so it was to be a big start line.

Race 1 was off quickly and in light and shifty airs Joe Rowe from Draycote Academy took an early lead on lap one, the second beat was tricky and Merryn Attridge from Swarkstone SC sailed a great 2nd beat to take the lead and R1 win.

The wind was proving to be very shifty and after a quick reset of the course Race officer Nigel Dench got race 2 away, Seb Davies from Warsash took the lead on the 2nd beat and held to take the race 2 win.

Race 3 saw a slight increase in the wind and Joe Rowe took an early lead which extended to take a clear win. End of day one for the 5.3 fleet, 3 different race winners but some consistency in results were now showing in the overall results.

The 4.2 fleet with a different schedule had managed four races, Race officer Adam Millington turning around quick races with some tight racing, Holly Norton from Parkstone YC was sailing well and would go in to day two leading the fleet after winning 2 races on day 1.

Lily Browning from Island Barn was in first place overnight for the 5.3 fleet with Joe Rowe of Draycote in 2nd with Clem Middle of Draycote in 3rd place.

Day 2

A new wind direction as forecast but again a relief to feel a light breeze, both fleets launch on D flag on time and headed to the race courses.

The 5.3 we're away and early in the race a big left shift saw the pin end starters tacking and fetching the mark, overnight front runners had been on the right and were now battling to rescue a result, Emily Brushett of Warsash was out in front with a good lead and not going to be caught so took the R4 race win, Seb Davis of Warsash was 2nd which was a great result for his overall score following his R2 win on Saturday. Race 5 started 2nd attempt after a general recall and it was Merryn Attridge of Swarkstone sailing club back in the lead after a race win and UFD on day one, Ellie Thwaites of Snowflake's took an excellent 2nd place and Joe Rowe of Draycote Academy banking a 3rd place.

Race 6 was going to decide the event, the wind was still gusty and shifty so it was really important to make the right decisions up the beat, Leo Yates of Island Barn sailed a text book beat to lead around the top mark, followed closely by Jessica Powell and Joe Rowe of Draycote Academy, down the run and Leo chose the right hand gate, Joe in 3rd place made an early Decision to go left hand gate so Jess in 2nd place needed to make her decision, she lead Joe around the left gate. The 2nd beat paid on the right for Jess and Joe and they had a small lead on Jasper Bramwell of Hollingworth Lake around the top mark for the final time, down the run the battle was on with the front 3 all level, Joe was looking back maybe for the gusts or to see where Lilly Browning was as this would be key. Jasper found the best breeze and led around the gate and on to take the win, Jessica held on to 2nd place and Joe banked a 3rd.

A nervous wait on shore for the results to be finalised with a scoring requested submitted and protests to be heard but the final outcome Joe Rowe was to take the event win with Lilly Browning in 2nd and Alex Jones of Parkstone yacht club in 3rd.

The 4.2 fleet again enjoyed four races to complete the planned 8 races with Jacob Davies and Thomas Semmens having a great day, leaving Jacob taking the event win.

We would like to thank Grafham Water Sailing Club for hosting the event and our sponsors GJW Direct, Harken, Rooster and Optimum time. We look forward to NS4 at Marconi Sailing Club in May.

Overall Results:

5.3 Fleet

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st44036Joseph RoweDraycote Water SC781(DSQ)3322
2nd47765Lily BrowningIsland Barn Reservoir SC Thames SC/Tham424135‑1528
3rd48433Alex JonesParkstone YC212‑2377432
4th48096Ben HomerDalgety Bay SC‑1779611538
5th48744Graydon McLeod FlemingHunts SC8‑1921291142
6th48153Leo YatesIsland Barn / Shoreham10311‑1710943
7th47676Sebastian DaviesWarsash SC191142‑441046
8th47181Clem MiddleDraycote SC/Avon SC51151413‑5248
9th46391Jessica PowellDraycote Water SC918828‑31265
10th47853Izzy JohnsonChipstead SC1424‑374291485
11th48719Jasper BramwellHollingworth Lake SC2065115‑53193
12th48663Erin YoungScaling Dam SC112322‑6182993
13th46989Jadon Brockdorff‑KennedyPhoenix Outdoor Centre / Queen Mary SC18103‑57214294
14th47775Ruairi HerringtonLargs SC26524‑361927101
15th48582Finley BriggsLargs SC‑40151834288103
16th47625Ellie ThwaitesSnowflakes/NBYC/RSWSC12‑582525240104
17th47863Rory ClowIsland Barn Reservoir SC221638‑44424104
18th47354Samantha MasonNotts County SC‑372226261416104
19th43834Christopher HampshireRipon SC33936‑431522115
20th45768Torquil MorrisonEmsworth Slipper SC2317‑47382017115
21st48249Rhys GriffithsShoreham SC‑451321323418118
22nd48628Erin TinklerBurghfield SC162119‑581845119
23rd47732Kyle MuelanerCotswold SC153720‑402231125
24th46364Matthew EmersonSpinnaker SC21307564‑75127
25th48758Charlotte CooperWest Lancashire YC34201227‑3736129
26th48318merryn attridgeRoyal Hospital Sch / Swarkestone SC1(BFD)42DSQ16137
27th48259Edward PalingNotts County SC(UFD)435333037139
28th47768Lewis BaconLeigh & Lowton SC31144421‑5233143
29th48193Jasper Focardi DollingDovey YC/Shropshire SC60‑7131161621144
30th47658Alexander Van DorenAbingdon School SC/Oxford SC‑51414681239146
31st47808Oliver SmithPoole YC353443‑622313148
32nd46205Caitlin ThomasNotts County SC4628292917‑48149
33rd48685Edward SmithSpinnaker SC28(BFD)39234020150
34th48165Edward QuinnNotts County SC13(DNC)28356519160
35th47786Emily BrushettWarsash SC (& JETS)58(DNC)131UFD12171
36th46271Sam MorleyLlandegfedd SC640484243‑72179
37th48568Sophie KennedyAberdeen & Stonehaven YC4944153738‑68183
38th48578Dominic AthertonGrafham Water SC27‑665293661185
39th47764Tara EwbankChase SC/Staunton Harold S.C.503930‑694723189
40th48246Keah EdwardsCam SC47315724‑6632191
41st43911Florence ToveyMumbles YC4226107442‑78194
42nd47173Dan PowellCardiff Bay YC4433‑73563526194
43rd46303Harriet WoodElton SC304233‑554547197
44th47182Zachary ChappellParkstone YC‑7951627267198
45th47750Electra ReevesCam SC/Christchurch SC‑615055195125200
46th47833Ella HarrisWeston SC‑78296706834207
47th44652James ClementsPortishead Yacht and SC2546644924‑83208
48th42464Finley WaterhouseBudworth SC‑693617305769209
49th48907Keali RhodesNorthampton SC24454146‑6054210
50th47209Jensen JakobNBYC/Snowfakes SC3943‑56523246212
51st48679Harry WemyssHickling broad SC/ Snowflakes SC43471667‑7041214
52nd46293Orla ParkerNetley SC5461‑7134949216
53rd47662Charlie Newell‑JohnsonWaldringfield SC575232‑652650217
54th46610jessica taylorBlackwater SC‑624927503956221
55th16942Adele BurbidgeGrafham Water Sailing Club2935723155‑73222
56th45735George SpenceRipon SC415454‑592551225
57th48508Alex PurrierParkstone YC56326710‑7665230
58th48964Fred BuckleyYorkshire Dales SC383861‑683367237
59th47685Jake RawesOxford SC53575939(UFD)35243
60th46611Jack WrightLlandegfedd SC6359‑79114863244
61st45155Emily CampbellCMYC/ IBRSC‑716749186743244
62nd46977Elizabeth WhitefootSnowflake SC32255864‑7566245
63rd20272Kyla BaxterCovenham SC55276053‑6153248
64th31229George Walton 6464(DNC)204162251
65th47219Henry PowellCBYC‑724840416270261
66th48409Thomas LloydSnettisham Beach SC52‑7774715828283
67th47746Thomas PeaceWarsash SC6765‑69476938286
68th48211Charlotte McNicolLargs SC‑8353686671.530288.5
69th46731Mathilde PhillippsSnettisham596263‑775055289
70th46352Jacob GreenTollesbury SC36747545‑7864294
71st48264Emily ShearerClyde Cruising Club735534‑757460296
72nd48149Oscar FiltnessASC Portland48564560(DNF)NSC296
73rd48066Jack SimsLlandegfedd SC(UFD)BFD53542782303
74th47078Ffion CerratoWarsash SC65705048‑7777310
75th48974Nathan Clarkwobyc66DNE‑70635944319
76th48970William PowellCBYC84(BFD)BFD2271.557321.5
77th46092Jemima ChappellParkstone YC‑816880734671338
78th46768Natasha Baker ‑807565785474346
79th47835Sam BrownDatchet Water SC3(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC351
80th48140Sofia EatonSnettisham Beach SC7473‑83517976353
81st46241Oliver RogersSouth Staffs SC766366‑797379357
82nd48261Kiera CowellScaling Dam SC687281‑825681358
83rd48027Finlay CochraneYorkshire Dales SC707676‑838158361
84th48667Bronwen ThomasPPSA/Tresaith Mariners SC‑826082766380361
85th48087Zoe MorleyLlandegfedd SC77697881‑8259364
86th48735Orlando OrchardDatchet Water SC75DNE778080(NSC)399

4.2 Fleet

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st47776Jacob DaviesWarsash SC (& JETS)2‑112‑6312414
2nd47860Thomas SemmensBrixham YC/Paignton SC44‑1542‑81217
3rd47399Holly NortonParkstone YC731183‑11‑923
4th47949Luke TownsendCrawley Mariners YC31‑1651‑77724
5th48154Harry SimsLlandegfedd SC6‑133‑17465125
6th47830Ethan RhodesWarsash SC165‑145210‑1129
7th48320Harry MitchellErith YC/King George SC(DSQ)2‑1831749338
8th45364Marcus KingWarsash SC5(SCP)‑1713958545
9th46007Thomas MatthewsGrafham Water SC‑14‑16122101031047
10th49000Mu En ZhongQueen Mary SC9(DSQ)89796‑1248
11th48535Chloe GraytonNotts County SC1071010‑13‑124849
12th47926Amelia SmithParkstone YC1187712‑1515‑1760
13th47796Sebastian SittonWarsash SC‑155‑1912111414662
14th48159Eliska van der VeenLlandegfedd SC12‑151111611‑171566
15th46971Oscar RoweDraycote SC161248‑19‑17161470
16th46734George SimsLlandegfedd SC13‑1813‑201413121378
17th31767William Mawby‑Groom 810(UFD)‑181816131681
18th34481Anna CameronWarsash SC171461515‑18‑181885
19th48798Isabel RitchieNotts County SC19179161619‑20‑2096
20th45779Wilfred ToveyCardiff Bay YC/Mumbles YC18191419‑20‑201919108

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