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Harken 29er Inland Championship and Grand Prix at Rutland Sailing Club

by Elodie Edwards 10 Dec 2019 14:11 PST 30 November - 1 December 2019
Harken 29er Inlands at Rutland © 29er UK

A record number of sixty-five 29ers turned up to the Rutland GP, no doubt attracted as much by the promise of another great 29er Christmas party (sponsored by HARKEN!) as by the opportunity for some quality big fleet racing. Indeed many old faces found themselves a spot on a boat so that they could join in the craic.

However Saturday was plagued by a dense fog that would tentatively ease and then as soon as it did would roll back in and consume everything again, making sailing impossible. A long morning wait allowed for several boats and crews to bring out the traditional tinsel and Santa hats to raise the festive spirits. As the fog ebbed with the low but just present midday sun, the race committee made a call to launch just after lunch. The first of the two flights got away on a start but as soon as they did the fog rolled back in so heavily that all racing was abandoned for the day.

The focus then turned to the Christmas festivities and the Christmas jumpers and reindeer antlers came out in full force. Full marks to the club catering who served up 180 hearty Christmas dinners in 19 minutes flat; a dinner that was followed by a lively disco session.

Sunday brought a much better day with blue skies and a lovely 15kt breeze. The only challenge was the temperature which barely rose above 3C making bobble hats and extra layers essential. The fleet launched on time and the race committee efficiently delivered 8 races across the two flights back to back in under 4 hours. A fifth was planned but the PRO wisely stopped at four as the cold temperature was beginning to take its toll.

In Race 1 yellow flight 2905 Elodie Edwards and Ewan Wilson started with a win, followed by Juniors 2700 Leo Wilkinson and Sam Jones in second. The Race 1 blue flight bullet was taken by 2811 Ollie Evans and Louis Johnson with 2661 Monique Vennis-Ozanne and John Mather in 2nd.

The wind dropped to ~10kts for the subsequent races but the boat-on-boat competition remained fierce with the left side of the beat providing fairly reliable gains. Race 2 yellow fleet was won neatly by 2340 Sophie Dennis and Emma Wells while Elodie and Ewan in 2905 snatched a close 2nd from 2292 Maddie Bristow and Sian Talbot on the reach into the finish. In the blue flight 2661 Monique and John took the win while 2822 with Leah Rickard from Ireland and Seb Gotto took 2nd.

Race 3 yellow flight saw 2292 Maddie and Sian turned on the heat with great boat speed giving them their first of two wins, while 2340 Sophie and Emma posted another high score in 2nd. In the blue fleet 2898 Aled Llewellyn-Jones and Ben Bradley sailed a great race with 2822 Leah and Seb taking another 2nd.

The final race of the day saw Maddie and Sian lead the yellow fleet again across the line with 2816 Rupert and Henry Jameson in 2nd. Monique and John took another win in Blue fleet Race 4 where Sam and Michael Dyer finished off their weekend in style taking 2nd place.

Overall the points at the top of the leader board ended up very tight with only 2 points separating 1st and 4th; the overall leaders Monique and John on 4 points, Maddie and Sian on 5 points (and first girls) in 2nd, Elodie and Ewan on 6 points in 3rd and Sophie Dennis and Emma Wells on 6 points in 4th (and 2nd girls).

First Junior went to Leo Wilkinson and Sam Jones in eighth. And the most important Gold prize for the most festive boat went to 2046 Gruff Green and George Sellwood with 2700 Sam Jones and Leo Wilkinson winning Silver.

Overall an excellent weekend of festivities and quality racing. Dear Mr Ibbotson, our cherished events manager, the 29er fleet now want to know when is the next 29er event party?

Overall Results:

PosNatSail NoFlightHelmCrewClubsQ1Q2Q3Q4Pts
1stGBR2661BlueMONIQUE VENNIS‑OZANNEJOHN MATHERHHSC/HISC / HISC21‑314
2ndGBR2292YellowSIAN TALBOTMADELEINE BRISTOWLEIGH & LOWTON SC‑93115
3rdGBR2905YellowELODIE EDWARDSEWAN WILSONCLWB HWYLIO PWLLHELI SC / WORMIT BOATING12‑436
4thGBR2340YellowSOPHIE DENNISEMMA WELLSHISC312‑76
5thGBR2898BlueALED LLEWELLYN‑JONESBEN BRADLEYSAUNDERSFOOT / HILL HEAD SC HISC‑53159
6thIRL2822BlueLEAH RICKARDSEB GOTTONATIONAL YC / NORFOLK BROADS YC622‑710
7thGBR2929YellowTOM STOREYBEN WILLETTYORKSHIRE DALES SC / TATA SC4‑83411
8thGBR2700YellowLEO WILKINSONSAM JONESMAIDENHEAD SC / HILL HEAD SC25‑17512
9thGBR2507BlueATHENA VOGIATZIMADDIE WYLIESOUTH SHIELDS SC / YORKSHIRE DALES SC354‑612
10thGBR2811BlueOLIVER EVANSLOUIS JOHNSONGURNARD SC / HISC18‑9413
11thGBR2816YellowRUPERT JAMESONHENRY JAMESONHAYLING ISLAND SC67‑9215
12thGBR2234BlueEMILY MUELLERFLORENCE BRELLISFORDRLYMYC/ HISC / CORINTHIAN OTTERS/ EYC‑966315
13thGBR2344BlueANNIE HAMMETTZAC BLOMELEYHISC‑1147819
14thGBR2733YellowALEX RATSEYOLLIE HAWKINSROYAL WESTERN YC / LOOE SC5‑128619
15thGBR2696BlueMICHAEL DYERSAMUEL DYERHERNE BAY SC711‑13220
16thGBR2848YellowMAXI TUSTAINBEN IBBOTSONSOLWAY YC74‑10920
17thGBR2514BlueBEN BATCHELORLUCY HEWITSONISLE OF MAN YC / HISC‑10751022
18thGBR2937YellowSONIA EVANSLIZZIE CATTERMOLEGRAFHAM WATER SC86‑11822
19thGBR2229BlueBEN MUELLERFREDDIE LONSDALERLYMYC/HISC / HISC4‑1010923
20thGBR2230YellowMAGGIE RICKMANTHOMAS WHITEHAYLING ISLAND SC/PAPERCOURT SC / PAPERC‑161461131
21stGBR2924BlueBEN HUTTON‑PENMANNATHAN CLARKBURNHAM SC/CORINTHIAN OTTERS8‑14121131
22ndGBR2028YellowJOSIE MEREDITHMADDY KIRKPAPERCOURT SC / BSSC10914‑2033
23rdGBR2343BlueZOE BELBENJAKE ATKINSSTOKES BAY SC(DNF)9111434
24thGBR2025YellowRALPH NEVILEANGUS KILPATRICKFRENSHAM POND SC/HISC / HAYLING ISLAND S‑201351735
25thGBR2664BlueSEAN WOODARDTOBY BLOOMFIELDDEBEN YC / PAIGNTON SC13‑17.581536
26thGBR2819YellowTOM BURKEALFIE COGGERCONISTON SC1410‑161236
27thGBR2796YellowEMMA JAMESOLIVER FELLOWSPARKSTONE YC / CASTLE COVE SC1111‑181436
28thGBR2224YellowFINBARR WORMWELLIMOGEN ASQUITHHAYLING ISLAND SC / HISC‑1816121341
29thGBR1490BlueTASMYN GREENTYLER GREENLLANDUDNO SC‑1812161341
30thGBR2222YellowROBIN STEINSAM BRACKLEYFELPHAM SC/HISC / FELPHAM SC/HAYLING ISL13227‑2442
31stGBR2915BlueGEORGE VINCENTWILL ADLERPARKSTONE YC12‑17.5151643
32ndGBR2304BlueTILLY GREGSONANGUS FELLOWSSTARCROSS YC / YEALM YC141514‑1843
33rdGBR723BlueFREDDIE WESTWELLJESSE KIBBLEHISC1613‑181746
34thGBR376YellowEDWARD COADYSEBASTIAN SHILLINGDERWENT RESERVOIR SC / SEBASTIAN SHILLIN‑2118191047
35thGBR2345BlueJULIA BARNESTIEGAN PEARCEROYAL TORBAY YC / TRESAITH MARINERS SC17‑21191248
36thGBR2225BlueOLIVIA BRACEY DAVISWILL HELLEWELLPAIGNTON SC152017‑2352
37thGBR2738YellowTED LANERUPERT CLAPHAMCHEW VALLEY LAKE SC122022‑2354
38thGBR2046YellowGRUFF GREENGEORGE SELLWOODTEIFI BOATING CLUB / TEIFI BOATING CLUB/‑2323131854
39thGBR2219BlueDANNY SCOTTTOM IRVINELOCH TUMMEL SC/ROYAL TAY YC / ROYAL TAY2016‑232056
40thGBR2022YellowKATE NEWMANRUDY BARRNETLEY SC28‑29151558
41stGBR2414BlueIOLO DAVIESIOAN DAVIESCBYC/PYC19‑24201958
42ndGBR938YellowBLAKE TUDORBRETT TUDORBRIGHTLINGSEA SC241520‑2659
43rdGBR1324YellowSTUART FARMERORRI ROBERTSONDALGETY BAY SC / DBSC22‑28241662
44thGBR150YellowBEN TYLECOTECHARLIE TURNBULLRUTLAND SC‑2717232262
45thGBR157BlueJAMIE TYLECOTEFREYA PEMBERYRUTLAND SC212221(DNC)64
46thGBR2494YellowCHARLOTTE GORDENJOSEPH DORMER 19‑27212565
47thGBR2266YellowALBERT GILLMOREMILES DEVERELLPAIGNTON SC/RDYC / PSC/RDYC1719(DNF)3066
48thGBR2115BlueKATIE YELLANDYASMIN SFAXIFRENSHAM POND(RET)23222166
49thGBR2362YellowALASTAIR COOMBSSAMUEL CARRLOCH VENACHAR SC152527‑3267
50thGBR346BlueEMMA HUTCHINGSANNA UTTINGHISC/PAGHAM YC / STAR CROSS‑2719262671
51stGBR1504BlueKATE ROBERTSONMOLLY HINSLIFF‑SMITHSWARKESTONE SC / NOTTS COUNTY SC23‑28242471
52ndGBR871YellowISSY LEETCHAMELIE CURTISRUTLAND SC / BURGHFIELD SC(DNF)21302172
53rdGBR843BlueRICHIE THURLBYCHARLIE MERRYWEATHERHILL HEAD SC / OXFORD SC22‑26252572
54thGBR2041BlueOLIVIA GOWLANDDAISY WESTONROYAL HOSPITAL SCHOOL24‑27272273
55thGBR2042YellowCHARLOTTE KNIGHTTOM PEACOCKNORFOLK BROADS YC / PARKSTONE YC‑3030261975
56thGBR1765YellowALISSA MARSHALLJORJA MARSHALLRHS/RHYC262425‑2775
57thGBR1158BlueBEN PURRIERTOM CAMPBELLPARKSTONE YC2525‑282878
58thGBR1508YellowLIA FLETCHERROSIE TARGETTRHS/WSC / FRENSHAM POND2526‑282879
59thGBR2216BlueHEATHER QUINNBEN PALINGNOTTS COUNTY SC28‑29292784
60thGBR2242YellowCAITLIN MORLEYTHEO AERSBURNHAM SC / BLACKWATER SC29‑31292987
61stGBR2018BlueMAX SHIELWILF TAYLORROYAL HOSPITAL SCHOOL2630(DNF)DNF90
62ndGBR470YellowRUBEN FITZGERALDBEN HOOKCHEW VALLEY LAKE SC(DNF)32313194
63rdGBR2231YellowGABBY CLIFTONTHEO CLIFTONDABCHICKS SC(DNS)DNCDNCDNC102
63rdGBR765BlueNOAH FITZGERALDLARA FORDHAMALTON WATER SC(DNS)DNCDNCDNC102
63rdGBR2879BlueROBBIE MCDONALDARCHIE STOKESHAYLING ISLAND SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC102
63rdGBR2121BlueQUINN EDMONDSFIN OLIVERCHEW VALLEY LAKE SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC102

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