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GJW Direct Topper 'Not the Nationals' 2021 at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by Edwin Cross, 'not the nationals winner' 8 Aug 00:32 PDT 4-6 August 2021
GJW Direct Topper 'Not the Nationals' 2021 prize winners © Gareth Griffiths

We could race! After the roller-coaster of having our nationals and worlds cancelled last year, and again this year we were all very excited to be racing at 'Not the Nationals' hosted by Grafham Water Sailing Club.

But Wednesday 4th August saw no wind... We spent a day in the boat park, on edge hoping the wind would fill in- it didn't. However, after AP over A flew over our Toppers, many of us raced off the nearby AquaPark - at least not all was wasted!

Day 2... Finally, after the long wait here we were on the start line of the first race. The wind shifty and gusting anywhere between about 10 to 17 knots. After discussing our tactics lots of us opted for a starboard start. We worked hard up the first beat trying to play shifts and gusts to get ahead of one another and as the wind swung right me, Leo Yates and Reuben found ourselves in a 1, 2, 3 with a healthy lead. After some tight match racing and a delightful death-roll from me, Leo finished 1st and I clung onto 2nd with Reuben Hudson just behind in 3rd. A Shoreham clean sweep, not bad?

Onto race 2, after picking up the wind shifted left which caught many of us out! But not Kaitlyn Wyatt who kept going and finished 2nd behind Alfred Noel from Warsash and Leo in 4th.

In race 3, we went again, the wind oscillating much more predictably again, I finished first, closely followed by Leo and Oscar Fry from Warsash in 3rd.

And, into the final series race of the day. After a tight start and everyone doing well to play the shifts no one had a major advantage after the first 3 legs. It was all to play for. Samson Cross and I banged left believing the left shift that threw us off in race 2 could come in handy and it did! We had the edge and after rounding 1st and 6th we worked hard downwind attacking and defending, finishing 1st and only Alfred from Warsash clinging onto 2nd with Samson in 3rd.

Then the fun race! A different course and lighter breeze and many of us standing up, Rhys Griffiths came in a took a respectable 4th!

After a restless night, not knowing if we would race again due to the strong forecast, we all arrived. Despite the growing winds and the launching tractor breaking, we all found our way to the race course. The press rib, now our committee! After a general and a second start being abandoned due to a mis-communication, we were all on edge. Third time lucky though, we were off! After some more nail-biting racing, Daisy Fischer of Hollingworth Lake came out on top followed by me, Oscar Fry and then Leo Yates in 4th.

The winds picking up and the gusts becoming more frequent, we started race 2, Reuben Hudson reaching the first mark in the lead followed by Leo Yates then me. The gusts coming through more and more the top 15 had it all to play for. The gusts now became the constant, 27knots now, with gusts up to 32 and the hail becoming relentless! The second beat was insane! Everything hurt. I got to the top mark in the lead but after death rolling and pitchpoling twice while trying to avoid the now sea of turtled boats, Leo overtook me and was being closely followed by Kaitlyn Wyatt, but with only the best bit left, the reach, they abandoned it.

What an awesome three days. From no wind to too much in 72 hours. Overall, I managed to hang on and finish first overall, followed by Leo Yates in second, my brother Samson Cross came sixth, Kaitlyn Wyatt and Reuben Hudson in eighth and ninth and Rhys Griffiths in 16th of 78.

5.3 Fleet Results: (see other event report for 4.2 fleet results)

PosHelmSail NoClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1stEdwin Cross48600Shoreham/Island Barn2‑111126
2ndLeo Yates48153Island Barn / Shoreham / Burghfield142‑20411
3rdAlfred Noel46771Warsash SC8152(RET)16
4thOscar Fry47879Warsash SC6‑735317
5thDaisy Fisher48451Hollingworth Lake‑143114119
6thSamson Cross45047Shoreham/Island Barn71393‑1932
7thRobin Phipps48433Parkstone YC5144‑161033
8thKaitlyn Wyatt48678Shoreham SC/ IBRSC / Papercourt SC152‑3112938
9thReuben Hudson47928Island Barn Reservoir SC/Shoreham SC316109‑2238
10thJoanna Leake48666Island Barn Reservoir SC118‑1481441
11thElla Bishop44839Parkstone YC1012‑1615744
12thHayden Moore48098Notts County SC‑3651362145
13thImmi Rees48617Warsash SC18(RET)6111146
14thEdward smith47636Chipstead SC‑28102710653
15thLauren Irons47855Papercourt SC‑2523872462
16thRhys Griffiths48249Shoreham SC19‑3912191262
17thJessica Powell46391Draycote Water SC2318‑2817563
18thJadon Brockdorff‑Kennedy46989Phoenix Outdoor Centre / Queen Mary SC2221714‑3064
19thLily Browning47765Island Barn Reservoir SC Thames SC16‑2623131365
20thChloe Mills48258Pennine SC4926‑352867
21stLara Odling46895Stithians SC‑522024211580
22ndBen Homer48096Dalgety Bay SC965018‑5383
23rdTom Moss47601Ripon SC/Scaling Dam SC‑311519302084
24thNoah Wood48317Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli SC17‑3717262686
25thErin Young48663Scaling Dam SC20‑2725241887
26thGwyneth Lanyon46168Notts County SC12342037‑39103
27thGraydon McLeod Fleming48744Hunts SC‑504521318105
28thmerryn attridge48318Royal Hospital Sch / Swarkestone SC131762(RET)16108
29thArran Goodman48185Hill Head SC / Jets302222‑5337111
30thfinley southon48878Bough Beech SC‑4629362323111
31stJoseph Reid46522Exe SC21441541‑52121
32ndKyle Muelaner47732Cotswold SC2631‑532935121
33rdFfion Cerrato31922Warsash SC (& JETS)35331838‑40124
34thKatherine Burgess47777Royal Harwich YC29194534‑60127
35thJack Sims48066Llandegfedd SC(DNF)42295017138
36thDaniel Mcgregor48714Priory SC433232‑5231138
37thRuairi Herrington47775Largs SC2450‑512244140
38thMartha Christensen48092Notts County SC‑7025402550140
39thEdward Quinn48165Notts County SC34413927(DNC)141
40thTim Czura46720Lee on the Solent3230‑585533150
41stFinley Briggs48582Largs SC3738‑564036151
42ndJemima Fry48572Warsash SC54353033‑57152
43rdjessica taylor46610Blackwater SC‑5928524232154
44thOliver Gatton45959Crawley Mariners YC/Island Barn Reservoi‑6355373929160
45thLewis Bacon47265Leigh & Lowton SC‑5649343642161
46thCharlotte Cooper48758West Lancashire YC3324(DNS)DNC25162
47thFlorence Tovey43911Mumbles YC‑5740433251166
48thNoah Curtis44028Chew Valley Lake SC47‑51445127169
49thFinn Goodman48819Teesdale Sailing & Watersports Club49433543‑55170
50thRebecca Shearer48264Clyde Cruising Club5353‑612838172
51stCaitlin Thomas46205Notts County SC4046‑544848182
52ndThomas Looseley48716St Andrews SC51‑65414749188
53rdErin Tinkler48628Burghfield SC425438(RET)58192
54thEdward Paling48259Notts County SC5536‑604559195
55thTheo McGonigle48719Ripon SC27(NSC)685843196
56thHarry White48309Snowflakes‑7157425741197
57thSebastian Davies47676Warsash SC39‑67554661201
58thAlex Smith48325Windermere School‑6947336364207
59thDominic Atherton48578Grafham Water SC60484654‑68208
60thThomas Peace47746Warsash SC (JETS)41(RET)DNC4446211
61stLucy Rains44144Waldringfield SC‑7256636434217
62ndKyla Baxter20272Covenham SC48614962(DNC)220
63rdEllie Thwaites47625Snowflakes SC387167‑7345221
64thLeah May47028Island Barn SC‑6759485665228
65thAlistair MacKinnon48350East Lothian YC4563‑715962229
66thHarriet Wood46303Elton SC‑6666574966238
67thTyrii Bell19266Cam SC64624766(DNC)239
68thCharlie Newell‑Johnson47662Waldringfield SC61‑74657047243
69thHarry Wemyss48679Hickling broad SC4452(DNS)DNC69245
70thIzzy Johnson47853Chipstead SC‑7458596570252
71stNatasha Baker46768Mumbles YC‑7360646863255
72ndHenry Agius48591Dalgety Bay SC/Island Barn Reservoir SC58686961(BFD)256
73rdLeon Kadioglu47743west kirby SC626466‑6967259
74thCharley White48682Snowflakes‑7570726756265
75thBeatrice Walker42046Waldringfield SC6573‑756073271
76thJasper Focardi Dolling48193Dovey YC‑7772737454273
77thElectra Reeves47750Cam SC/Christchurch SC6869‑747271280
78thCameron McDaid47303Largs SC‑7675707172288
79thBjorn Handley45770Island Barn Reservoir SC/Queen Mary SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC320

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