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WASZP UK Nationals at Rutland Sailing Club - Overall

by Martin Evans 21 Jun 04:23 PDT 18-20 June 2021

The final day of the UK WASZP Nationals and UK EuroCup saw four races in challenging conditions. Like the previous day, the art of getting onto the foils and staying there was key to performance. Pressure was up and down throughout the day and those that managed to link the puffs together ultimately got round the course in the best shape.

The battle between the two title favourites continued in all four races with the pair filling the top two in all of the races but one, where Matt Beck crossed the finish line in second only to find he was OCS. In the same race, Ed Higson took line honours but found himself subject to the same fate, leaving Sam Whaley, who crossed in third, to take the bullet.

On the scoreboard, the class of Whaley stood out as he clocked up a 1,1,1,2 from the day. Beck's score was also impressive, with a 2,2,[OCS],1, but ultimately Whaley's near faultless display awarded him the championship title. Ed Higson, who completed the podium overnight, had the most painful day out of the leaders with two OCS scores and a 33 in the final race. Using up his discards with letters, Higson had to count the 33, which was disastrous for the Draycote sailor having not been outside the top 8 in any other race. Higson slips to sixth overall, with the super consistent Ross Banham moving up to take third.

Hattie Rogers took 11th place overall to claim the female title. Dan Wellbourn Hesp made a late charge with four results inside the top four to move into fourth and secure the Under 20 title, whilst Geoff Carveth of Hayling Island Sailing Club posted a 6 and 13 in the final two races to secure the Masters title.

The prize for the top speed, provided by class partners Sailmon, was awarded to Adam Rayburn James of Datchet, posting an impressive 23.4 knots on Day 1 of the championship!

SailGP Plymouth is just around the corner and three of the under 21 sailors from the WASZP fleet at Rutland qualified for the SailGP Inspire program under the watchful eye of SailGP and America's Cup star, Matt Gotrel. Matt Beck, Dan Wellbourn Hesp and Eve Kennedy will go through for the chance to race WASZPs at the Plymouth event in front of thousands of people, live broadcasters and professional teams. If those young sailors impress, they may well be names we see on the F50 team sheets in future seasons. Watch this space.

Finally, a huge thanks goes to Rutland Sailing Club for hosting such an incredible event. The race team, club management, caterers and volunteers did an outstanding job to deliver a world-class championship in difficult times.

With a record-breaking 50 boats at this event, the future is looking bright for the WASZP class in the UK. For those that are interested to join the class, there are many more racing and training opportunities happening throughout the year to get involved in. The class prides itself on inclusivity and any sailor of any ability is truly welcome to join the swarm. Please contact or Duncan at Sailingfast for more information.

Overall Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11Pts
1st8.23139Sam Whaley 121(OCS)(5)21111212
2nd8.220Matt Beck (DNC)32121222(OCS)116
3rd8.22429Ross BanhamHISC2(6)3564353(8)637
4th8.22237Dan Wellbourn HespCarsington SC(7)7(8)7736342342
5th8.22521Jamie CalderDalgetty Bay SC514341312(18)6(OCS)755
6th8.22703Ed HigsonDraycotte35721584(OCS)(OCS)3368
7th8.22William Heathcote 6(RET)6(23)106111653568
8th8.22729Eliott Savelan 4(OCS)943799719(28)71
9th8.22799Tom PollardSt Catherines SC8(15)10888789(12)874
10th8.22263Zachary Blomeley 1210111014145(15)(17)7487
11th8.22932Hattie RogersRoyal Lymington YC1081391211(16)71110(16)91
12th8.22511Martin Evans (18)12(16)12169412139996
13th8.22699Arthur FryHISC9456915(28)1710(26)2499
14th8.22522Toby Bloomfield 1611171313(22)(22)1412415115
15th8.22515Will CrockerEmberton Park SC and Yorkshire Dales SC149121517(19)17616(18)10116
16th8.92867Geoff CarvethHISC1316141415(21)1320(24)613124
17th8.22972Andy HutchinsonLoch Ern11171511111218(25)1814(27)127
18th8.22475Peter Deming (26)14(26)212410241022521151
19th8.22698Thomas WilliamsonRoyal Lyming YC2121(DNC)25181719(43)81325167
20th8.22294Ewan McLellanImperial Poona and Loch Ern SC15131817(DNC)202522(OCS)1722169
21st8.22375Christian Smart 25222326(27)(34)1521151612175
22nd8.22394Henry HeathcoteRoyal Lymmington YC(33)282524(29)261011201123178
23rd8.22050Steve TylecoteRutland SC(24)1922(27)21181424192418179
24th8.22928Daniel GoodmanQueen Mary SC272427(DNC)(DNC)162113252114188
25th8.22400Keith BedboroughDalgetty Bay SC2223201822(29)(36)23291520192
26th8.22696Felix CorsonPort Dinorwick SC282533(DNC)(DNC)252719142511207
27th8.22789Andy Bridgeman 171819162030(37)29(36)3434217
28th8.22701Laurent Brel 2030211926(49)20322627(DNC)221
29th8.23002Sven GauterDatchet Water30(34)(34)2828242928212019227
30th8.22499Piers Nicholls (35)2031(NSC)23282327323217233
31st8.22924Ben Ibbotsan (DNC)(DNC)292225273226232332239
32nd8.22610Adam Rayburn JamesDatchet Water19322420193331(36)(40)3536249
33rd8.22616Iain FurgusonBlithfield312735(DNC)(DNC)232644282226262
34th8.22708Doug StruthQueen Mary SC292630(DNC)30(40)3030302829262
35th8.28Eve KennedyParkstone YC402937(DNC)(DNC)323431312931294
36th8.22697Ethan Leahy 38392830(DNC)(43)3937273030298
37th6.22516Jess Starmer 323632293137(44)353439(41)305
38th6.92305Alice Senior 373136(DNC)(DNC)364538333339328
39th8.22030Sean PurdyOcean Crusing Club363539(DNC)(DNC)39434242DNC40373
40th8.22074Rob ThomasDatchet Water SC4141(DNC)(DNC)DNC464141433135376
41st6.92704Ross FurgusonBlithfield SC3437(DNC)(DNC)DNC414740374242377
42nd8.23121Tom HebbertKYC and RTYC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC453833413638402
43rd8.22905Phil EwartDerwent Reservoir SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC3140343537DNC405
44th8.22607Ian FitzgeraldDalgetty Bat SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC3535DNC383837411
45th8.22797Andrew VoyseyHISC3940(DNC)(DNC)DNC44423939DNCDNC414
46th8.22796Ross HunterDerwent Reservoir SC(DNC)4238(DNC)DNC4848DNC454143419
47th8.22298Ross Southwell 4238(DNC)(DNC)DNC3833DNCDNCDNCDNC436
48th6.93120Jasmine Boote (DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC474645444044437
49th8.24444Matthew LeaRutland SC2333(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC455
50th8.22388Victoria PayneHISC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC4249DNCDNCDNCDNC490
51st6.93294Henry HeathcoteRoyal Lymington YC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC513
51st8.23124Duncan HepplewhiteLoch Lomond SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC513
51st8.22422Chriatian SmartPembrokeshire YC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC513
51st8.22974Nick IrelandStokes Bay and Warsash SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC513

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