The Ovington Inlands was the final event of the season and was held on the 5th-6th November at Grafham Water.
by Vikki Payne
The jury was out as to whether the 29er fleet would be put into flights as they had been previously at a recent event, however Grafham Water Sailing Club took the risk to set a start line large enough for 62 boats. With a forecast of building wind this seemed optimistic, however the fleet took on the challenge and after a few general recalls and black flags, competitive racing took place.
Day 1 brought gusty conditions. However Ian Payne/Chris Berry just back from Lake Garda, pulled out a string of bullets to build a nice gap between themselves and the rest of the fleet in the first three races. Vikki Payne/Stephi Orton put a stop to the run of firsts in the final race of the day making the overnight results rather close between the top six boats. Saturday night was topped off by a live band and a show of awesome fireworks.
The forecast for Sunday was for gusts of 25 knots and with this event being a selector for the Transitional Training Squad everyone launched with eagerness and some anticipation.
Jack Hawkins/Chris Thomas were on fire placing two first and a second however, consistency was the key and with and Ian Payne/Chris Berry having no results out of the top five in all three races, they were clear winners with Ollie Cooper/James Poyner coming a solid second and Vikki Payne /Stephi Orton in third. Girl power worked well in the fleet with three girl boats in the top 10. Top juniors was taken by Matt Venables/Will Alloway in fourth (even with a chip missing from his left elbow) and second juniors were Team Loveridge in eighth leading on count back from new pairing Murray Hampshire/Hugh Ward in ninth.
A big thank you to Grafham Water Sailing Club and Ovingtons for providing a perfect way to end the racing season. Let the winter training begin!
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9:00 PM Wed 9 Nov 2011 GMT
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