A competitive fleet of ten Enterprises competed in the Enterprise Under 21 Nationals at Barnt Green. Congratulations to Matt Johnson and Rachel Jackson, our new U21 Enterprise Champions - following in ‘Father’s footsteps Alan Johnson/Nick Jackson.
Day 1 and Race 1 conditions were dull with drizzle and a Force 3/4. Richard Pepperdine/Tom Keyes started from the leeward end of the start line, Matt Johnson/Rachel Jackson in the middle of the line with Greg Thomas/Bobbie Hopkins at the windward end. At the finish 1st Richard Pepperdine/Tom Keyes, 2nd Matt Johnson/Rachel Jackson, 3rd Alan Roberts/Rob Lea, 4th Tom Hewitt/Hannah Adams.
Race 2 started in light winds and moderate rain. Matt Johnson/ Rachel Jackson started leeward, Alan Roberts/Rob Lea the windward end. After a very exciting last beat with many tense moments the final results were 1st Matt/Rachel who finished with a good lead, 2nd Tom Hewitt/Hannah Adams, 3rd Alan Roberts/Rob Lea, 4th Richard Pepperdine/Tom Keyes, 5th 23224 Dominic White/Joshua White.
Race 3 was sailed in dryer but much lighter conditions. At the start Alan Roberts/Rob Lea were the first away with Greg Thomas/Bobbie Hopkins 2nd and Dominic White/Joshua White 3rd. At the finish 1st 21350 Alan Roberts/Rob Lea, 2nd 23224 Dominic White/Joshua White, 3rd Richard Pepperdine/Tom Key, 4th Tom Hewitt/Hannah Adams.
Day 2 and Race 4 was sailed in rain and a Force 3. A clean start, Matt Johnson/Rachel Jackson starting at the starboard end of the start line led to the windward mark. Despite many battles the final positions were: 1st Matt Johnson/ Rachel Jackson, 2nd Richard Pepperdine/Tom Key, 3rd Tom Hewitt/Hannah Adams and 4th Alan Roberts/Rob Lea.
Race 5 started without rain and a steady Force 2 -3. It was a good clean start, Dominic White/Joshua White went to the left side of the beat, reading shifts excellently and rounding the windward mark 1st, 2nd Tom Hewitt/Hannah Adams, 3rd Matt Johnson/ Rachel Jackson. Dominic/Joshua kept their cool(which is more than can be said for the spectators, particularly White/Kirkup!!) to win with Tom/Hannah 2nd, Matt/Rachel 3rd, who had done enough to take the overall Championship title with Richard/Tom 4th taking the overall 2nd in the Championship. Enterprise Under 21 - Final overall results
1 Matt Johnson Rachel Jackson SCYC/Burghfield SC 2 1 5 1 3 7 pts
2 Richard Pepperdine Tom Key Staunton Harold SC 1 4 3 2 4 10 pts
3 Alan Roberts Rob Lea Pilkington SC 3 3 1 4 11r 11 pts
4 Tom Hewitt Hannah Adams WLYC 4 2 4 3 2 11 pts
5 Dominic White Joshua White Grafham Water SC 9 5 2 5 1 13 pts
6 Greg Thomas Bobbie Hopkins Southport SC/WLYC 5 6 6 6 6 23 pts
7 Sam Woods Victoria Woods Barnt Green SC 6 7 8 7 5 25 pts
8 Lily Whitehead Alex Dromgoole Chester SCC 7 8 9 8 7 30 pts
9 Joe Taylor Sam Evans Barnt Green SC 8 9 7 9 8 32 pts
10 Josh Bennett Ben Kent/MarcusLomax Toddbrook SC 10 10 10 10 9 39 pts