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GBR 420s at the Palamos Christmas Race in Spain - Day 3

by John Meadowcroft 21 Dec 2021 22:21 PST 19-22 December 2021
Henry Heathcote & Hector Bennett on day 3 of the Palamos Christmas Race © Jon Cawthorne

There were three races for the blue flight on Tuesday and 2 for the yellow group. Winds were once again generally light, start-lines were busy and many competitors picked up starting penalties, including unfortunately some of the British sailors. With five races now complete the fleet will divide into Gold and Silver for the final day of racing.

Henry Heathcote and Hector Bennett had a good day with three top ten finishes and go into gold fleet placed 5th overall in the 95 boat fleet with five top ten finishes. No one ahead of them has a better discard so they are really well placed now having sailed an excellent qualifying series.

They are joined in Gold by Alice Davis and Oliver Rayner who started brilliantly on Monday with a 1 and 3, and were then involved in the fracas of Monday's abandoned race was wasn't, a race from which they now count a redress score from having collected a black flag today. They know they can win races and will hope to regain momentum and move forwards on Wednesday.

Ollie Meadowcroft and Oscar Cawthorne collected a couple of top 10 results Tuesday and also make gold fleet.

Weather forecast for Wednesday is light winds again. The Brits don't normally fancy the light winds in the Med but they are enjoying the Spanish life and the sailing this week and learning a lot. Big days racing ahead and then home for Xmas and isolation.

Results after Day 3:

PosSail NoHelmCrewAge GroupPts
5 GBR 55244Henry HEATHCOTEHector BENNETTu1922
22 GBR 57004Oliver MEADOWCROFTOscar CAWTHORNEu1945
29 GBR 56108Alice DAVISOliver RAYNERu1957
35 GBR 57214Harry GEORGERalph CAWTHORNEu1766
37 GBR 55942Mathias POTTEREllie THOMASu1969
41 GBR 54852Megan FARREREllie RUSHu19W76
44 GBR 54849George CREASYDavid BROMILOWu1782
53 GBR 2Patrick BROMILOWOlivia CREASYu1790
77 GBR 51369Joseph Michael WARWICKERMatthew RAYNERu17124.75
78 GBR 4853Sabine POTTERMerle NIEUWLANDu17W126

Video clips at www.christmasrace.org/en/default/races/race-video-item/text/45thPalamosChristmasRace-2021-en/video/1178

Full results at www.christmasrace.org/en/default/races/race-resultsall

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