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Harken 29er Inland Championship at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by Charlotte Ormerod 20 Nov 2018 00:55 PST 17-18 November 2018
Harken 29er Inlands at Grafham Water © UK 29er Class Association

Grafham Water Sailing Club hosted the annual Harken Inland National Championship on the weekend of the 17th and 18th November 2018. The weekend offered some challenging sailing conditions due to the shifty and gusty nature of sailing on lakes.

The event began to a fairly light start, the wind was below 10 knots with the race course being very patchy in terms of wind speed. This immediately meant the racing would be challenging as you would need to stay in the gusts around the race course. 4 races were sailed on the Saturday; race 1 began in sunny conditions and Archie Leckie and Ben Ibbotson took a bullet in the first race. Race 2 and 4 were won by Monique Vennis-Ozanne and John Mather and the third race was won by Ewan Wilson and Fin Armstrong. Throughout the entire day the racing was very close across the race course with everyone finishing within a short period of time from each other. This brought an exciting element to the racing as it meant there were plenty of places across the race course where gains could be made and vice versa for loses to be made.

At the end of the day the event was being led by Monique Vennis-Ozanne and John Mather who had a significant lead on the rest due to the consistency of their racing. In second place were Archie Leckie and Ben Ibbotsen with Ewan Wilson and Finn Armstrong in third. Although first place had a large lead on points, from second through to seventh place points were tight and with the prospect of a discard coming into play soon there was plenty of scope for change coming into the Saturday.

On Sunday the wind was blowing further from the left which meant the race course was fairly short. This then resulted in sailing 3 laps from race 6 onwards. 4 races were also sailed on the Sunday in winds ranging from 10-15 knots therefore the pumping flag was up. Similarly, to the day before the wind was highly patchy looking up wind with constant shifts on the race course. The racing was fairly tight at the top between 4 boats who were all very consistent. Pierce Harris and Tom Storey sailing a very good first race of the day which scored them a bullet.

Overall the weekend was a big success and didn't end up being too chilly due to the lovely weather which in the past at Grafham has definitely not been the case. Congratulations to Monique Vennis-Ozanne and John Mather who won and took the title of the Inland National Champions, Ewan Wilson and Finn Armstrong who took second, Charlotte Ormerod and Jess Jobson who finished third.

In the girl's prizes, the Lady Inland National Champions were Charlotte Ormerod and Jess Jobson, second were Elodie Edwards and Hannah Morris, and third were Charlotte Gordon and Dani Middleton. The first junior prize went to Rian Mcdonnell and Nathan Van Steenberg all the way from Ireland.

On behalf of the sailors, a massive thank you to Grafham Sailing Club for hosting such a good event and the race committee for putting on quality racing and managing to turn the races around at such high speed as well as all the competitors for coming and bringing excitement to the race course. In addition, it was lovely to see plenty of new sailors including a few boats that had travelled from Ireland and we hope to see them again soon. We hope to see everyone at the Rutland Grand Prix in 2 weekend times for the Christmas Party on the Saturday. Don't forget to bring your Christmas hats!

Overall Results:

PosNatSail NoHelmCrewClubsR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1stGBR2661MONIQUE VENNIS‑OZANNEJOHNN MATHERHHSC / HISC‑4121324114
2ndGBR2787EWAN WILSONFIN ARMSTRONGWORMIT BOATING CLUB / RTYC2‑1119212320
3rdGBR2849CHARLOTTE ORMERODJESS JOBSONDRAYCOTE WATER SC / ROYAL TORBAY YC3‑1833743427
4thGBR2816HENRY JAMESONLOUIS JOHNSONHAYLING ISLAND SC74(BFD)51031232
5thGBR2848ARCHIE LECKIEBEN IBBOTSONLEIGH & LOWTON SC / LOCH LOMOND SC167796‑12743
6thGBR2828TOM STOREYPIERCE HARRISYORKSHIRE DALES SC / WINDERMERE SCHOOL8‑24417157547
7thIRL2873RIAN MCDONNELLNATHAN VAN STEENBERGE 10764414(BFD)651
8thGBR2111ELODIE EDWARDSHANNAH MORRISPWLLHELI SC / WARSASH SC1325122412‑321583
9thGBR2344ANNIE HAMMETTZAC CALDWELLHISC9231325(BFD)62785
10thGBR2696MICHAEL DYERSAMUEL DYERHERNE BAY SC19319‑2361917891
11thGBR2694CHARLOTTE GORDONDANI MIDDLETONPARKSTONE YC / SALTASH SC616158821‑261791
12thGBR2292SIAN TALBOTMADELEINE BRISTOWLEIGH AND LOWTON / LEIGH & LOWTON SC51018101916(BFD)1492
13thGBR2788FREDDIE PETERSTOBY ATHERTONHISC / GURNARD SC/HISC1413101113‑37102293
14thGBR2332ROBERT RICHARDSONEWAN GRIBBINROYAL WINDERMERE YC / PAIGNTON SC/RWYC2151218‑261891194
15thGBR2507ATHENA VOGIATZIMADDIE WYLIESOUTH SHIELDS SC / YORKSHIRE DALES SC1215(BFD)1315151418102
16thGBR2545RUPERT JAMESONJAMES HALLHAYLING ISLAND SC / HAYLING ISLAND SC/PA25‑329291171313107
17thGBR2880SAM COOPERSIMON HALLLEIGH & LOWTON SC/WEST LANCASHIRE YC / L182122152095‑29110
18thGBR619FLO PETERSFREDDY WOODHAYLING ISLAND SC161423618‑252412113
19thGBR2029NICK WALTERSJOE BRADLEYHAYLING ISLAND SC/ROYAL SOUTHERN YC / HA‑3320271917101510118
20thGBR2514BEN BATCHELORLUCY HEWITSONISLE OF MAN YC / HAYLING ISLAND SC2419820‑25201120122
21stGBR2241BEN HUTTON‑PENMANNATHAN CLARKBURNHAM SC/CORINTHIAN OTTERS1122‑262212232219131
22ndGBR2539LUKE GRIBBINTOBY COPEPAIGNTON SC / CARSINGTON SC/RUDYARD LAKE22261714‑28171621133
23rdGBR2045ALED LLEWELLYN‑JONESBEN WILLETTSAUNDERSFOOT SC / LLANGORSE SC17251424‑3829189136
24thGBR2700SAM JONESJAKE ATKINSHILL HEAD SC‑3733112114241925147
25thGBR2305EDDIE FARRELLKEVIN FARRELLLLANDUDNO SC‑3127161630223016157
26thGBR2329FERGUS FOXSAM KNEALEHISC / CARDIFF BAY YC23‑28242727112026158
27thGBR2229HANNAH ROBERTS‑STRAWJESS NELSONCARDIFF BAY YC / RUTLAND SC15173126232721‑33160
28thGBR2433OLIVER EVANSWILL JARMANGURNARD SC / WARSASH SC2883025(BFD)8BFD23165
29thGBR1702OLIVER FELLOWSWILL ADLERCASTLE COVE SC363729(BFD)2213824169
30thGBR2175SONIA EVANSLIZZIE CATTERMOLEGRAFHAM WATER SC2630202829‑342931193
31stGBR2230MAGGIE RICKMANNANCY RICKMANHAYLING ISLAND SC/PAPERCOURT SC27928‑3535323135197
32ndIRL2822LEAH RICKARDEIMEN MORIARTY 201221383435(DNS)DNC203
33rdGBR2304EMMA JAMESTAMSYN HILLSPARKSTONE YC / SALTASH SC3031253231(DNC)2337209
34thGBR1510DELFINA SESTO COSBYBLYTHE BERRYROYAL LYMINGTON YC / HAYLING ISLAND SC35353434213128‑36218
35thGBR1781TOM COCHRANENAT GRIBBINPAIGNTON SC‑3834363132302532220
36thGBR2234EMILY MUELLERMADDY KIRKROYAL LYMINGTON YC292938303928(BFD)28221
37thGBR2224FINBARR WORMWELLRYAN WILKINSONHAYLING ISLAND SC‑3939353633262730226
38thGBR2721DILLY ALAISSY SPURWAYHISC/MENGEHAM RYTHE SC / BOWMOOR SC/HISC323633371636(DNS)DNC233
39thGBR2664ELLIE POOLEFREYA CUMPSTY 34‑38323337383438246
40thGBR378JOSIE MEREDITHGEORGE SHERWOODPAPERCOURT SC / HISC4140(DNF)3936333339261
41stGBR2494LEON STEINJOSEPH DORMERQUEEN MARY SC40‑41374040393540271
42ndGBR2479LIAM SCHIESSNIALL SCHIESSHISC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCBFDBFDBFD34292

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