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Allen 29er GP1 at the WPNSA

by Jamie Wilkinson 23 Sep 10:53 BST 17-18 September 2022
Allen 29er GP1 at the WPNSA © 29er UK Class Association

The Allen flags were flying as sailors arrived at WPNSA on Saturday morning welcomed by a brisk northerly breeze. One by one the masts went up as the sailors prepared for what they thought would be a light and slightly shifty day.

With the boats rigged it was time for the briefing. It was a solemn briefing as we had a minutes silence in memory of her late Majesty the Queen. The briefing provided lots of useful information for both the experienced sailors and the many teams competing in their first ever 29er event. Recognising that it can be quite daunting for new teams transitioning to the 29er fleet, the class association organised a support rib and coach for the new teams, giving these sailors pre race boat set up tips, and an opportunity to ask questions/a base for between races.

The fleet launched into a light 12 knots of breeze with the sun warming up the chilled air, making for some perfect 29er racing conditions in the flat waters of Portland Harbour. Until that is we were about to get racing under way when the wind decided it didn't like where it was coming from and shifted 90 degrees! This delayed the start as the course was shifted to the new wind angle.

Finally we started, with a pin biased start causing some boats some trouble at the pin, Santi and Kuba, lead at mark 1 which seemed to be secure. however its not that simple in Weybiza with the shifting wind causing them to drop to 4th by the bottom mark with new partnership Charlie and Sam making some good calls and taking the race win. The racing carried on with a building breeze with Santi and Kuba taking the next two race wins.

We started race 4 but once again the wind had other ideas and a sustained 120 degree shift hit the fleet leading to this race being abandoned. Despite the best efforts of Race Officer Ian Bullock and his team we were unable to restart this race and the fleet returned to the shore.

The next day conditions wise looked relatively the same. A shift in Race 4 lead the run to be a one gybe run which caught out the early gybe setters Zeb and Fin took the race win. Race 5 followed swiftly with a rapid turn around time as we had another 4 races to get through.

Race 5 started with a building breeze, the fleet remained compact through out the race, making for some tight racing conditions, Charlie and Sam took the race win in this one and in Race 6.

James and Noah then took a swift race win in race 7 with a standout performance from Morven and Ollie who controlled the race most of the way round overtaking Jamie and Jamie at the bottom gate.

However the main drama was unfolding between James and Noah and Charlie and Sam who went into Race tied on countback. Race was close between the two teams from the offset with the final event result coming down to the last downwind leg, in the end Charlie and Sam pipped James and Noah by a meter at the line, making them the event winners.

It was a great vent and we have to thank WPNSA for allowing us to carry on with the event with the circumstances and a huge thank you to Allen for their continued support to the class.

Next event is GP2 at Lymington, the class will also be offering coached support to new teams for this event and this can be booked via 29er Our Club Admin.

Overall Results:

PosNatSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1GBR3260Charlie GranSam WebbHISC / Royal Lymington YC122‑28117317
2GBR18James CrossleyNoah FitzgeraldDovey YC / HISC / HISC233‑6321418
3GBR2433Jamie WilkinsonJamie GatehouseHISC / Bewl Valley SC35‑132254223
4GBR2849Finian MorrisOscar Morgan‑HarrisHayling Island SC/HISC/Royal Southern YC‑141145842539
5GBR2816Santi Sesto CosbyKuba StaiteR Lym YC / HISC/ R Lym YC4117173(UFD)740
6GBR19Olly PetersFreddie WestwellHayling Island SC710‑1445113848
7GBR2539Zeb FellowsFin GribbinYealm YC / Paignton SC1161517108‑2158
8GBR2787Katy JenkinsAmelie HiscocksWPNSA10411‑219761966
9GBR3079Annabelle VinesMadeline BilbroughLymington137681413‑22970
10GBR2743Morven WoodOllie BullHelensburgh SC/Royal Tay YC / Chanonry S121381513‑2113175
11GBR3224Ella LightbodyFelicity BrellisfordR Lym YC / Royal Corinthian Otters61212961714‑2776
12GBR3007Rob MawdsleyOllie VinesHISC / R Lym YC‑171517174891181
13GBR2507Louis HiscocksSimon Hiscocks 9851818617(UFD)81
14GBR2924Karrie ClarkAmelie CurtisBlackwater SC / HISC5‑249101618102391
15GBR2225Alex SydenhamMax SydenhamHayling Island SC / Hayling Island SC81919‑20109122097
16GBR2416Josh StokesGregan Bergmann SmithHISC16918323‑24151599
17GBR3085Ewan Plowden‑WardlawCharlie HopkinsonEmsworth TISC & HISC / Notts County SC232371911‑25206109
18GBR2915Tilly PhelpsBen AdlerCCSC / Castle Cove SC242210161514‑2918119
19GBR2477Laura ElmsJess CharlesworthHISC / HISC /Emsworth SC201622‑2322161114121
20GBR2879Charlie GatehouseBen StokesBewl Valley SC / Hayling Island Sc‑2721271224191910132
21GBR2122Millie DeaconTom ArmstrongRoyal Hospital School / Hayling Island S222516112515‑2822136
22GBR2796Rachel HarperFelix CummingsHayling Island SC / HISC182620‑3021221617140
23GBR2216Ellie RushBen PalingNotts County SC2620252912‑311812142
24GBR2882Hazel JonesBen StokesHISC19172113‑29272324144
25GBR2128Hazel McdonnellJemima GottoEmsworth TISC & HISC / Hollowell SC25142431‑33202113148
26GBR12Allegra MasseySam TonksItchenor/Hayling Island SC281831‑341933516150
27IRL2891Emily ConanAndrew Conan 15(RET)23142012UFDDNC160
28GBR2327Sophie WatsonHolly MitchellHayling Island SC / Hayling Island SC21312927‑34282526187
29GBR2120Maddie SmithFinn CaddyPoole YC / Bristol Corinthian YC‑3328282230232631188
30GBR1858Benjamin RipleyToby Holmes‑LingHISC / Hayling Island SC312726‑3226292425188
31GBR2342Henry KeeganJacoby KeeganParkstone YC29303025‑31302730201
32GBR2234Harry SimsJack SimsLlandegfedd SC / Llandegfedd SC3032‑342628323032210
33GBR2338Theo BurnMaksym DatsenkoDatchet Water SC / Datchet Water SC322933‑3532263128211
34GBR1286Toby StanislausJacob StanislausWhitefriars SC / Whitefriars SC34333233‑35343229227
35GBR2982George BiggsAlicia BiggsLlandegfedd SC / Llandegfedd SC(RET)DNCDNC2427RETDNCDNC241
36GBR2336Kirsty ScottFelix GibbonsStarcross YC / Exe SC36343536(RET)DNCDNCDNC255
37GBR1905Hen/Henry LandonJez/Jeremy LandonBembridge SC/Datchet Water SC3535(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC260

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