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420 GP3 at Shoreham Sailing Club

by Teddy Dunn 21 Jun 2022 12:17 BST 18-19 June 2022
420s at Shoreham © Warwick Baker /

On June 18/19 Shoreham SC hosted the 420 GP3 where we were joined by the Merlins. In the midst of exam season it was great to see fifteen 420s turn up for the 6 race series. The sun was shining on Saturday morning but not much breeze.

We launched in hope and suddenly the wind shifted hard left and picked up to 17 gusting 22 knots from the north. The first race got going and immediately Ollie Meadowcroft & Oscar Cawthorne made use of the shifty conditions gaining the upper hand on the right-hand side of the beat, therefore taking the lead and creeping around the windward mark as there was lots of adverse tide. They were followed by Alice Davis & Oliver Rayner and Joe Warwicker & Hugo Valentine making use of their local knowledge. On the second and third beat the gap between the top 5 was closed and it was all to play for. First place was taken by Ollie & Oscar second Imogen Wade & Teddy Dunn, while Joe and Hugo picked up third.

For the second race we saw the wind build more to 22 knots gusting 25, the first beat was close but again Ollie & Oscar the kings of heavy wind built up a gap and rounded first followed closely by Alice & Oliver, Imogen & Teddy and Joe & Hugo. It was great to have a triangle, sausage course as the fleet went screaming out on the reach. The increase in wind caused a few teams to go swimming but again tackling the tricky conditions Ollie & Oscar took first followed by Alice & Oliver and Imogen & Teddy took third by just creeping past William Bailey & Matthew Rayner on the short final leg. With the Merlin fleet in chaos (they need to do more practice!) we had to go ashore.

Going into day 2 with a similar forecast predicted Ollie & Oscar were leading on 2 points, Imogen & Teddy second, closely followed by Alice & Oliver. It was all to play for! For the third race the wind dropped off and with the tide pushing over the line the fleet was recalled, the second start was clean and the fleet was very close up the first beat. Ollie & Oscar were first round the mark closely followed by Megan Farrer & Ellie Rush and Haydn Sewell & Gabs Burlton. For the last part of the race the wind started to build and Ollie & Oscar still led, but Haydn & Gabs went up the right side of the third beat and overtook Megan & Ellie. Ollie & Oscar lead through the line followed by Megan & Ellie and Haydn & Gabs.

For race 4 the right-hand side of the beat paid substantially and Haydn & Gabs rounded the mark first followed by Megan & Ellie and Alice & Oliver. By the end of the first lap Alice & Oliver had closed the gap to Megan & Ellie and at the second windward mark Alice & Oliver took second and were on a march. By the end of the close reach they took the win followed by Haydn & Gabs and Joe & Hugo who gave us a masterclass on the reach to reach gybe and took third as they overtook Megan & Ellie and Ollie & Oscar on the final lap.

For the last race the wind was up and down making it hard to choose what rake settings to run and with tight points in the midfield getting a good race was crucial for everyone. Rake 3 paid off for Imogen & Teddy who led the first two laps and closely followed by Haydn & Gabs and Ollie & Oscar. On the last beat Ollie & Oscar crept past Imogen & Teddy making use of the shifty conditions and taking the win, with Imogen & Teddy in second and Haydn & Gabs in third.

Overall Ollie & Oscar took the win counting only firsts, followed by the very consistent Alice & Oliver and Imogen & Teddy taking third. Well done to Megan & Ellie who were first Girls and William & Matthew who took first U17. Also shout out to George Lance & Rhys Griffiths who stuck out there and got the endeavour award. Well done to Ollie & Oscar winning the egg throwing contest, showing the way to the Merlin fleet, and lastly thank you to Shoreham Sailing Club for hosting such a great event. We had a great weekend.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st57004Ollie MeadowcroftOscar CawthorneShustoke SC111‑414
2nd57259Alice DavisOliver RaynerGreat Moor SC/Yorkshire Dales SC4241‑511
3rd56091Imogen WadeTeddy DunnDraycote Water SC/Isle of Man YC23‑66213
4th54724Haydn SewellGabs Burlton/Royal Southern YC5(DNC)32313
5th55854Joe WarwickerHugo ValentineShoreham SC/Chipstead SC3553‑716
6th54852Megan FarrerEllie RushEmsworth SC/Notts County SC‑8625821
7th56108William BaileyMatthew RaynerYorkshire Dales SC64‑88422
8th57275Harry GeorgeRalph CawthorneLymington Town SC/Shustoke SC7(DNC)77627
9th55102Jo JonesEthan Sparkes/Chichester YC1079‑111137
10th55634Reuben HudsonFin SouthonShoreham SC/Bough Beech SC99‑12101038
11th51766Emma BreeseWill FletcherRLym YC/Royal Southern YC‑1381113941
12th53703Tilly BrayshawJibriel BostanYorkshire Dales SC/Island Barn Reservoir1210(BFD)91243
13th56469Izzy MasseyLaura HantraisItchenor SC11(DNC)1014RET51
14th51427Alice GelosiSilvia GelosiItchenor Sailing Club15(DNS)13121353
15th52849George LanceRhys GriffithsHISC/Shoreham SC14(DNC)14RETRET60

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