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

by James Ripley 18 Aug 08:22 PDT 4-6 August 2021
GJW Direct Topper 'Not the Nationals' 2021 prize winners © Gareth Griffiths

First ever GJW Direct 'Not the Nationals' complete!

After sadly losing this year's National Championships, Grafham Water Sailing Club kindly stepped in to host this replacement regatta.

Wednesday saw beautiful sunshine but sadly no wind - after a postponement ashore, racing was called off for the day. Thursday brought much better conditions for sailing to allow four championships races plus a 'fun race' to be completed for both the 5.3 and 4.2 fleets.

After coming ashore, sailors, volunteers and families enjoyed a delicious hog roast put on by the club.

There was even more wind on Friday. One more race was successfully completed, but during the second race of the day the wind increased further and the fleet were brought ashore.

First overall in the 4.2 fleet was Harry Mitchell taking an impressive four wins out of five. Oscar Filtness, the only other race winner, took second overall with Alex Jones in third.

In the 5.3 fleet, Edwin Cross, the only multiple race winner, took first. Leo Yates was second with Alfred Noel in third.

A huge thank you to Grafham Water Sailing Club once again for stepping in at the last minute to host this event. Thank you also to our brilliant sponsors - GJW Direct, Rooster, Harken, Optimum Time, Topper Sailboats, Sailingawards, Marlow Ropes, and Go Dippy - and all of the volunteers who made this event happen - particularly our Race Officer John Burgoine for whom this was his last Race Management event.

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

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st48320Harry MitchellErith YC/King George SC11‑2114
2nd48149Oscar FiltnessASWC Portland‑421227
3rd46025Alex JonesParkstone YC2‑333311
4th45364Marcus KingWarsash SC‑6544518
5th47796Sebastian SittonWarsash SC‑14687425
6th48681Ava Harris‑ScottElton SC5‑16551227
7th34481Anna CameronWarsash SC87‑109630
8th47860Thomas SemmensBrixham YC/Paignton SC94126‑1331
9th46227Harry SimsLlandegfedd SC7‑17614734
10th27192Arthur QuinnNotts County SC‑179712836
11th26795Greg CzuraLee on the Solent314138‑1538
12th44192Jago JenningsWaldingfield‑16109101039
13th48602William BrownIsland Barn/Queen Mary SC13811‑161143
14th47120Emily ShearerClyde Cruising Club1211‑1413945
15th47776Jacob DaviesWarsash SC (& JETS)11121511‑1849
16th44844Ethan RhodesWarsash SC10131615‑1754
17th47926Amelia SmithParkstone YC1515(DNS)DNC1465
18th46734George SimsLlandegfedd SC18(DNS)17DNC1672
19th41779Megan CerratoWarsash SC19(DNC)DNCDNC1980
20th45562Annalise McLeod FlemingHunts SC(RET)DNCDNCDNCDNC84

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