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420 Summer Teams Selector 1 at Rutland Sailing Club

by Hugo Valentine 18 Mar 00:22 PDT 12-13 March 2022

This weekend Rutland Sailing Club hosted the first 8 races of the 420 Worlds/Euro Selector series, in cold and breezy conditions. 35 boats turned up on the start line ready for a weekend of intense racing with lots at stake.

On the first day of racing, the fleet lined up in a sunny 15 knot South-Westerly breeze. The fleet were surprisingly well behaved, and so following a clear start, Ollie Meadowcroft & Oscar Cawthorne led the fleet with Freya Sewell & Arlo Braund alongside. The constant shifts and large gusts proved tricky - Freya & Arlo got caught out in a big gust and capsized, letting Oli Hale & Tom Clayton through to take second place, with Alice Davis & Oliver Rayner holding firm for third place.

Race two was held in very similar conditions, again Ollie & Oscar showing the fleet how it's done in the heavy breeze, dominating the race from start to finish. This time though it was Joe Warwicker & Hugo Valentine who sailed well to finish second, with current National champions Ella Lance & Will Martin in third.

Race three saw Oli & Tom break the run of bullets and showed that they are a real force in the heavy weather! Ollie & Oscar and Ella & Will completed the top 3, but probably the standout performance was from Imogen Wade & Teddy Dunn who finished 5th and who were putting together a very consistent series.

The final race proved challenging with some big left shifts that caught out quite a few of the crews. However, Ella & Will navigated well through these shifts to take the race win and set themselves up well overnight. Throughout the fleet there were some fantastic performances, spectacular capsizes, and valuable learning after a very tough day. Once ashore, it was time for a scrutineering process where several boats were protested for technical infringements, with their fate to be decided the following morning. It was time for the sailors to recharge for day two, enjoy a delicious lasagne from the canteen, and watch the eventful Six Nations match.

On Sunday, sailors were greeted by a the slightly lighter south westerly breeze and a beautifully sunny morning. The protest hearing led to a slightly delayed start, with the sailors involved doing a great job of putting the emotional process behind them, and then concentrating on doing their talking on the water - and winning all 4 races between them! We were in for a great day of intense racing consisting of four races, in champagne sailing conditions.

Races five and six consisted of some very tight racing and place changes across whole fleet, but Ollie & Oscar showed their class to secure two more bullets. Megan Farrer & Ellie Rush were fully recharged and found some solid form to finish 3rd and 2nd respectively. Relative newcomers to the fleet, Arwen Fflur & Peter Cope, showed their potential and fast learning by mixing it up at the front of the fleet, and finishing 3rd in race 6.

Approaching the final two races, more big left shifts came in across the course, and with points tight across the fleet, there was a lot to play for. With trouble on the start line on race 7, the committee went to a black flag start, testing the fleet for those last two races. Joe & Hugo led from the beginning of race 7, stretching out their early advantage to take the win. They were followed by Ollie & Tom who sailed a very strong last beat, and Ollie & Oscar just behind in third.

In the crucial final race of the weekend, the wind had dropped significantly to around 10 knots. The change in conditions helped the U17 team of Harry George & Ralph Cawthorne to lead the fleet around the top mark. Joe & Hugo and Alice & Oliver both gybed for stronger breeze on the left of the run and stormed to the front by the leeward gate. It was then a matter of covering the fleet throughout the shifty and patchy final upwind leg, where Joe & Hugo stretched to a commanding lead for their second win in a row. There was a tight bunch fighting for second, with Alice & Oliver holding off Ollie & Oscar.

Well done to Ollie & Oscar for taking the event win by 11 points over Oli & Tom, who just pipped Joe & Hugo to second by one point. Megan & Ellie took first females and Arwen & Peter took first U17. Thank you from all the sailors to the Club, the Race Committee and all the other volunteers who made this fantastic event possible. We will now be digging out the rule book and checking over our boats for the next Selector to be held in Hayling Island in two weeks time!

Overall Results:

PosBow NoSail NoHelmCrewFleetR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st1957004Ollie MeadowcroftOscar CawthorneOpenPI1PI1(PI1)PI1113315
2nd4054853Oli HaleTom ClaytonOpen24182‑102726
3rd1744Joe WarwickerHugo ValentineOpenPI1PI1PI1(PI1)461127
4th4256108Alice DavisOliver RaynerOpen35445(DNS)6229
5th954852Megan FarrerEllie RushFemale567632‑151544
6th4456091Imogen WadeTeddy DunnOpen885‑12887549
7th4157273Arwen FflurPeter CopeU17 Open1178‑18938652
8th3855244Henry HeathcoteHector BennettOpen611‑1776791359
9th4555242Harry GeorgeRalph CawthorneU17 Open1012‑13117124460
10th3254487Kt. ByneLia HorneFemale9‑23105151151166
11th2056007Freya SewellArlo BraundOpen149143‑174111772
12th3956342Mathias PotterEllie ThomasOpenPI1PI1PI1PI112913‑1673
13th1256954Ella LanceWill MartinOpen(OCS)33129510DNC89
14th5657286Ellie CreightonBea GreenfieldU17 Female121612131314‑171292
15th2456339Heather QuinnGwyneth LanyonFemale(PI1)PI1PI1PI111131214103
16th4356467Sam GraytonRaife PiggottU17 OpenPI1(DNC)PI1PI11819168108
17th455517Emily SmithCharlotte BeardsallFemale1513‑251516171419109
18th1054483Millie IrishClara JonesFemale201524161016(DSQ)10111
19th6451369William BaileyMatthew RaynerU17 Open161815‑2219151818119
20th5057272Emma BreeseArthur BaileyOpen1914191420‑221922127
21st2154481Holly WrightOlivia NixonU17 Female181922191420‑3120132
22nd292Patrick BromilowOlivia CreasyU17 Open2225202421(DNF)249145
23rd354125Anna MillerTess CrooksFemale242018‑2522182123146
24th4955398Amber HaleSophie HankinsFemale27212726262320‑29170
25th5755633Noa MoskovitchGabs BurltonU17 Female262221213125‑3330176
26th1855371Tanya WeighillPatrick HillOpen232829(DNC)25212628180
27th63485Sabine PotterMerle NieuwlandU17 Female(OCS)26282724262326180
28th6653703Tilly BrayshayJibriel BostanOpen292423302724(RDG)24181
29th2354418Rosie SheahanSusie SheahanU17 Female25(DNF)DNC2323292727192
30th6856383Lauren HetheringtonEmily HetheringtonFemale21(DNF)DNC2932302225197
31st9155102Max SweetmanEthan SparkesU17 Open28272628‑33312931200
32nd6051740Martha ChristensenHayden MooreOpen(DNC)DNCDNCDNC28272821218
33rd8653959India LanceMadeleine GreavesU17 Female30(DNF)303134323233222
34th2651341Eddie PalingEddie QuinnU17 Open(DNC)DNCDNFDNF30283032234
35th755634Eva MillerRose EdmondsFemale(OCS)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC266
35th6254849George CreasyDavid BromilowOpen(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC266
35th4856943Rory GiffordWilliam O'KeefeU17 Open(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC266

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