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420 British National Championships 2022 at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club

by Megan Farrer 1 Sep 2022 09:45 BST 27-29 August 2022

The British 420 class couldn't finish off the summer any better than at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club for the class Nationals!

Before I kick start with the racing, I would just like to quickly mention that it was so great to see previous 420 sailors out with novice / upcoming 420 sailors, sparring on what they know to the next generation. Lining up on the start line alongside current sailors were Hayden Sewell, Bettine Harris, Iain Blake and Vita Heathcote.

This weekend also saw the election of a new Class Chair, James George, who celebrated the 50 boat nationals with lots of balloons and laying on some amazing social activities.

A massive well done to Ollie Meadowcroft and Oscar Cawthorne, our new National Champions!! The Female National Champions title goes to me, Megan Farrer and Ellie Rush. And U17s National Champions were Harry George and Ralph Cawthorne.

Day One

The Nationals was a three-day event over August 27th - 29th. Saturday started off light and we were held on AP for over two hours waiting for the wind to fill. The sea breeze forecast to arrive as a steady 6kt breeze to sail over the strong Solent tide. Once the sea breeze kicked in, we headed out and enjoyed three solid races in marginal wiring conditions, with 8-12kts wind against tide, followed by slightly less in the last race. After a particularly tricky and tight day of racing, that saw Ollie and Oscar winning race one, Millie and Clara winning race two and Hugo and Joe with race three, it was George and David who came out and took the overnight lead with three second place finishes.

Day one was followed by the AGM, where James George was voted Big Chief (Chair) of the 420 Class Association, and our new social reps were also voted in for the new season ahead: Oscar Cawthorne, Arthur Bailey and Teddy Dunn. Day one was rounded off by the Black Tie social, superbly hosted and catered by the Royal Lymington Yacht Club. Later that night the Heathcote Family kindly hosted a great silent disco in their 'Boat-Shed-that-Rocks' at their amazing farm. Huge thanks from all the competitors. We all loved it! Thank you, social reps - especially Oscar Cawthorne.

Day Two

Sunday 28th, day two of racing. Three races were scheduled however, we only managed to two: the tide was too strong, and the wind was too light, giving the PRO, Peter Saxton no other choice but to abandon race six for the day. The two races which were sailed were very tide driven. Race four the Oscar Flag (pumping flag) was up due to a steady 15-16kts, giving us speed to conquer the tide down the run. A different course was scheduled that day, a sausage, triangle, sausage which provided some awesome send-it reaches! In race five we had a slight drop in wind, so the race was shortened on the final windward. Results wise, Ollie and Oscar won race four, Megan and Ellie took race five, but at the end of day two, George and David were still on top. With so little points difference between the top five boats, it was all going to come down to day three!

Day Three

Monday 29th, day three. Racing was awesome - well it's always going to be a good day when the class pumping flag is up, right!? With a solid 15-18kts the real fun racing commenced and some of our newer sailors to the class were smiling so much their faces hurt, they probably still are! Race six was won by Ollie and Oscar - I can't help but notice a pattern to their winning, every first race of the day!! However, they did also win race seven. Race eight was won by Ella and Will. Then with the wind dropping - in sync with the tide turning, and becoming stronger than in the 8th, the committee boat moved the racing further ashore, to be less in the strong tide. Last race, race nine was won by Megan and Ellie. After a big final day of racing Ollie and Oscar were declared National Champions and took the win off George and David through count back! A massive congratulations to both, and all sailors for a great event. We say goodbye to some sailors as they transition out of the class but fortunately, we welcomed many more.

Thanks to Royal Lymington Yacht Club, PRO Peter Saxton and the race committee, ESO Joff McGill and the safety teams, the Heathcote family for hosting all the campers and social events and to all the competitors for making it such a great event.

Our National Medallists:

Podium Winners
1st - Ollie Meadowcroft & Oscar Cawthorne
2nd - George Creasy & David Bromilow
3rd - Megan Farrer & Ellie Rush

Podium Boys
1st - Ollie Meadowcroft & Oscar Cawthorne, 1st Overall
2nd - George Creasy & David Bromilow, 2nd Overall
3rd - Joe Warwicker & Hugo Valentine, 6th Overall

Podium Females
1st - Megan Farrer & Ellie Rush, 3rd Overall
2nd - Emily Smith & Charlotte Beardsall, 12th Overall
3rd - Millie Irish & Clara Jones, 13th Overall

Podium Mixed
1st - Alice Davis & Oliver Rayner, 4th Overall
2nd - Ella Lance & Will Martin, 5th Overall
3rd - Imogen Wade & Teddy Dunn, 9th Overall

Podium Juniors (U17)
1st - Harry George & Ralph Cawthorne, 7th Overall
2nd - Arwen Fflur & Peter Cope, 8th Overall
3rd - William Bailey & Matthew Rayner, 11th Overall

Overall Results:
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PosBow NumberFleetSail NoClubHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
1st19Open57004Shustoke SC/Upper Thames SCOllie MeadowcroftOscar Cawthorne1‑16‑1016117219
2nd62Open54849West Kirby SCGeorge CreasyDavid Bromilow222‑8(TLE)233519
3rd9Female54852Emsworth SC / Notts CountyMegan FarrerEllie Rush‑174‑831578129
4th42Open57259Great Moor SC /Yorkshire DalesAlice DavisOliver Rayner3‑201123‑1854331
5th12Open56954CBYCElla LanceWill Martin‑12655‑103411034
6th17Open55854Shoreham SC / Chipstead SCJoe WarwickerHugo Valentine4‑1516‑15926735
7th45U17 Open57275Lymington Town SC / ShustokeHarry GeorgeRalph Cawthorne‑1493488‑129849
8th41Open57289Pwllheli WKSC PDSC / Isle of Man YCArwen FflurPeter Cope137‑17771195‑1759
9th44Open56091Draycote Water SC / Isle of Man YCImogen WadeTeddy Dunn7124(UFD)166(OCS)21461
10th39Open56342Warsash SC / CBYCMathias PotterEllie Thomas‑1613‑1495121011464
11th64U17 Open56108Yorkshire Dales SCWilliam BaileyMatthew Rayner‑3010‑28144106151271
12th4Female55517Poole YC / Warsash SCEmily SmithCharlotte Beardsall10119‑23‑23168121177
13th10Female54483Draycote Water SCMillie IrishClara Jones611312‑201414‑221878
14th20Open56007Oxford SCFreya SewellArlo Braund523716(TLE)7‑3617681
15th40U17 Open54853Poole YC / Oxford SCOli HaleArthur Bailey(UFD)81818(TLE)411102190
16th57U17 Female54724Royal Lymington YC /Royal Southern YCNoa MoskovitchGabs Burlton15561714‑2717‑212094
17th82U17 Open55242Burghfield SCJoe JonesCharlie Howard9325241123‑2614‑28109
18th56U17 Female57286Cardiff Bay YC / Oxford SCEllie CreightonBea Greenfield‑2317151512172119‑22116
19th21U17 Female54481wkscHolly WrightOlivia Nixon272812132(UFD)15‑2923120
20th88Open55398RYA / CBYCHaydn SewellWill Adams(UFD)27‑3119921131615120
21st34Female5646Itchenor SCIzzy MasseyBee Harris1122‑29‑27TLE15221313121
22nd38Open55244RLymYCHenry Heathcotegeorge may‑28182420181318‑2516127
23rd32U17 Open53959Royal Southern YC / Datchet Water SCWilliam FletcherMadeleine Greaves2521192517‑36‑302324154
24th11Open55375Hayling Island SC / BurghfieldKuba StaiteIain Blake(NSC)29301022(DNC)38209158
25th99Open54164HISCArthur GreavesSteven greaves241921‑39TLE‑29192625159
26th49U17 Open55371Poole YC /Swarkestone SCAmber HalePatrick Hill82522‑32TLE202931‑41160
27th63U17 Open54785Warsash SC/ RLym YCSabine PotterAngus McEwen21‑3126221324‑312827161
28th85Open552RLymYCRex RogersVita Heathcote(UFD)143311(UFD)19203332162
29th50Open5524RLYCOliver Dowson McGillMolly Dowson McGill29‑32‑3931TLE28231819173
30th5Open55402 Oscar FryJemima Fry18342033TLE(RET)2736‑37193
31st66Female53703Yorkshire Dales SCTilly BrayshayAlice Carter22373726TLE(DNS)16‑3938201
32nd27U17 Open56469Itchenor SCAllegra MasseyBertie Fisher37‑43‑46282122283433203
33rd86U17 Open57216CBYC / RLym YC/ Trearddur Bay SCDylan CreightonTabitha Davies3233163019(RET)24(RET)DNF205
34th15Open53380Burghfield SC / HISCPolly MasonFinn Morris2026‑44‑41TLE34353236208
35th29U17 Open54297West Kirby SCPatrick BromilowOlivia Creasy26‑424121TLE3032‑4334209
36th25U17 Open55634Bough Beech SC/Shoreham SCReuben HudsonFin southon33‑4134‑36TLE33332429211
37th87Open5448RLymYCWilliam HeathcoteKai Rogers(NSC)3927‑40TLE35342730217
38th37U17 Open56114Staunton Harold SC / CBYCTom KelsallCian Epstein(NSC)382337TLE(RET)25DNS26225
39th30U17 Open55169Burghfield SC/Hayling Island SC / LymingMatthew MasonMark Jenkins34404329TLE25‑4430‑45226
40th48Female52566Hamble River SC/Royal Southern YCJulia StaiteIsla Fletcher3635‑4034TLE26(RET)3535226
41st90U17 Open55633Royal Lymington YCCameron Bignold‑KylesHennie Burlton31303535(UFD)31‑373731230
42nd23U17 Female57273CVLSCRosie SheahanSusie Sheahan19243238TLE(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC240
43rd22U17 Female52230Royal Lymington YC / BurghfieldNia MecklenburghImmy Jones41‑4638(NSC)TLE38404040262
44th55U17 Open54124CBYCElla MartinEdward Roberts‑Straw38‑453643TLE4043(DNC)39264
45th79U17 Open5484Shoreham SCCharlotte WhiteRhys Griffiths3936(BFD)42TLE37(RET)4247268
46th8U17 Female53983HISC / BurghfieldJemima DayAnna Morris404442‑47TLE3939(TLE)43272
47th89Open55400RLymYC / LTSCTim HireKate Wharmby(DNC)(DNC)DNC45TLE32414142277
48th72U17 Open52675Tata steel SCBéa SparksJames Gosson43‑49‑4744TLE42423844278
49th92Open49742Lymington Town SCBarney BulkeleyPaul Bulkeley35‑474546TLE41(DSQ)TLE46283
50th70Open5412HISC / CBYCGeorge LancePeter Martin4248(BFD)48TLE(UFD)TLETLENSC305

Next up for 420 events is:

  • GP6 Warsash Sailing Club - 10th/11th September
  • Autumn Championships Royal Torbay Yacht Club - 24th/25th September

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