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420 class GP4 at Rutland Sailing Club

by Arthur Greaves & Angus McEwan 4 Oct 2023 11:36 BST 30-1 October 2023
Sabine Potter and Merle Nieuwland in the 420 class GP4 at Rutland © Jon Cawthorne

The forecast tempting the near thirty 420s into GP4 at Rutland SC was looking moderate on Saturday with a much gustier Sunday; that was far from what we got.

Heading into the first race on Saturday with a very unsteady 10 knots, shifting only as a lake would, PRO Stogg kicked off the event. A strong start to the series from Harry & Ralph saw them winning the first race with Neil Marsden & Olivia Creasy taking second, Sabine Potter & Merle Nieuwland placing third.

Rolling quickly into the next start with another three races to go, the fleet was away first time, with what was starting to become a recurring theme of Harry & Ralph winning and Neil & Olivia taking another second. Third was snapped up by Arwen Fflur & Matthew Rayner.

Race three saw the conditions still varying and light and a new top two: first going to Imogen Wade & Hugo Valentine and second to George Creasy & David Bromilow, third place again for Arwen & Matthew.

The final race of day one was close at the leeward mark with first and second constantly interchanging, but by the second windward, we (Arthur Greaves & Angus McEwen) were ahead by a decent distance, taking first in the last race of the day with Ethan Sparkes & Will Fletcher second and Imogen & Hugo for third.

Day two, and the conditions were looking a whole lot less than forecast with another light winds day ahead. Back to back triumphs with another race win for Greaves & McEwen closely followed by Tilly Brayshay & Charlie Howard in second and another third for Harry & Ralph; a notable mention to Nia Mecklenburgh & Immy Jones who banked a seventh in that race showing their potential.

Only two races to go and the racing saw Neil and Harry battling it out again with Neil coming out on top and Sabine then taking third.

The final race of the series, race seven, began with mere points between the top two with any outcome possible. Towards the top of beat two Neil & Olivia were in second place chasing the event win with all to play for.

However Neil showed that 40 odd years of experience pays off - taking the final race of the series, Imogen & Hugo claimed second and Sabine & Merle third.

Ending yet again another successful GP the podium stood with Neil "Marsbar" Marsden & Olivia Creasy in first, Harry George & Ralph Cawthorne in second and Arthur Greaves & Angus McEwen in third. A huge thanks to everyone who made this event possible and we'll see you at the next one.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1st54379Neil MarsdenOlivia Creasy224‑1171117
2nd57275Harry GeorgeRalph Cawthorne11‑6532618
3rd56467Arthur GreavesAngus McEwen44‑11118422
4th56943Imogen WadeHugo Valentine6‑71347223
5th56342Sabine PotterMerle Nieuwland38566(RET)331
6th56954Arwen FflurMatthew Rayner533‑10104833
7th57411William FletcherEthan Sparks11‑147255535
8th54849George CreasyDavid Bromilow952‑17831138
9th54852Tilda BrayshayCharlie Howard(DSQ)69142101354
10th55517Emma BreeseCharlotte Beardsall812841312‑1457
11th57286Tabitha DaviesBea Greenfield‑16101081411760
12th54463Patrick BromilowThomas Kelsall‑17914131591070
13th55371Eddie PalingEddie Quinn1211159‑22151577
14th52230Nia MecklenburghImmy Jones1413‑17717171280
15th55189Jasper BramwellOlly Hateley71612‑1816131781
16th57272Sebby BaileyEd Upton‑Brown151813151118‑1990
17th52291Clem MiddleAdam Aziz‑1915181218141693
18th53959Laragh EpsteinMadeleine Greaves131916169‑232295
19th57004Zac ShepherdArthur Southall(DNC)DNCDNCDNC1269105
20th54089Chris HampshireOllie Lumb20171920‑241618110
21st54418Will Mawby‑GroomZach Aziz102021‑23212023115
22nd52759Rosanna JoyceSian Baird212220192019‑24121
23rd54124Ella MartinGeorge Self18212221‑232120123
24th54983Fin WaterhouseJames Alexander23‑242322192221130
25th55845Anila AtkinsSaoirise Smith222324(DNS)25DNSDNC146

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