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420 class at the 2022 RYA Youth National Championship - Overall

by John Meadowcroft 20 Apr 05:10 PDT 11-15 April 2022

After a tricky week at Pwllheli Alice Davis and Oliver Rayner won the 420 class at the 2022 RYA Youth National Championships.

Going into the final day it was very close. The second discard would come into play after the first race and this was going to make it even tighter. All week the weather forecast for Friday had looked pretty poor, but it had improved and looked like it might provide the little bit of wind that everyone had been craving. And the day dawned with more wind than the previous couple of days but in reality once out in the race area it was more of the same lighter conditions that 420 sailors don't really crave.

The first race of the Day was won by George Creasy & David Bromilow and this put them back into the overall regatta lead. Ella Lance & Will Martin took a second place, bring them back into some contention, whilst the ever consistent Henry Heathcote & Hector Bennet took a fourth and Alice & Oliver finished fifth.

The second race of the day, number 12 in the series, saw a number of general recalls under black flag, with Henry & Hector notably falling foul and taking their first big discard of the event. Millie Irish & Clara Jones took the win, Joe Warwicker & Hugo Valentine taking second ahead of the consistent Alice & Oliver in third. This took Alice & Oliver into the overall series lead for the first time. George & David could only make seventh and Ollie Meadowcroft & Oscar Cawthorne failed to make the top ten which dropped them out of any contention for the title.

So with two races left it there were realistically just three boats left in it to win it. Alice & Oliver, Henry & Hector and George & David. The next race was won by Harry George & Oscar Cawthorne with all the main contenders deep in the fleet early on. Somehow Alice & Oliver crept through to take third place in the race with their rivals finishing seventh and 21st. For the first time in the week there was a clear leader.

But Henry & Hector were not giving up and they won the last race, but a fifth in this race for Alice & Oliver was enough to secure the championship. Alice & Oliver had a remarkable scoreline coming back from a UFD on the first day of the regatta. In the fourteen races sailed, they finished ten of them in the top five, surprisingly winning no races and only getting one second. No-one could match this level of consistency. Henry & Hector won two races but finished in the top five just seven times in comparison; George and David won three races but just six finishes in the top five.

Henry & Hector were the leading all male boat, the leading female boat overall was Megan Farrer & Ellie Rush, and the leading U17 boat was Patrick Bromilow and Olivia Creasey.

This event also concluded the 420 Selection Series. Alice & Oliver by virtue of the final race result secured the leading spot in this competition too, ahead of the unfortunate Ollie Meadowcroft & Oscar Cawthorne who had led the series throughout and Joe Warwicker & Hugo Valentine in third place.

Sailors now await selection notification from the RYA for the World Sailing Youth Sailing Championships in the Hague in July and the from the UK 420 Class for the 420 Junior European Championships in Portugal in July and the 420 World Championships in Hungary in August.

The 420 Class remains the World's Top Youth boat and the most diverse double handed youth boat in the UK with more than half of the top 20 boats having female sailors on board.

For more information about the 420 Class go to

Overall Results: (see also results for other classes)

PosSail NoHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14PenPts
1GBR 57259Alice DAVISOliver RAYNER3UFD3493‑105235354049
2GBR 55244Henry HEATHCOTEHector BENNETT436‑81578624BFD71054
3GBR 54849George CREASYDavid BROMILOW1081212BFD441617‑216062
4GBR 55854Joe WARWICKERHugo VALENTINE21‑177118BFD11173247064
5GBR 57004Oliver MEADOWCROFTOscar CAWTHORNE1‑1442572113DSQ813612074
6GBR 56954Ella LANCEWill MARTIN6‑1629‑20216148214102076
7GBR 54082Patrick BROMILOWOlivia CREASY8‑33134463511101011‑27076
8GBR 57273Arwen FFLURPeter COPE9‑1086765785‑11438STP84
9GBR 54852Megan FARREREllie RUSH7213UFD1011110446129‑16089
10GBR 57275Harry GEORGERalph CAWTHORNE121151012‑153129112BFD111099
11GBR 54483Millie IRISHClara JONES1313115131382‑189‑14183099
12GBR 56342Mathias POTTEREllie THOMAS561611‑25‑26915171475250112
13GBR 57214Ellie CREIGHTONBettine HARRIS‑17471214141717151517BFD16100158
14GBR 55633Cameron BIGNOLD‑KYLESGabs BURLTON2172117310BFD1871713BFD29150178
15GBR 54853Oli HALETom CLAYTON11519246171516‑25‑31181122140178
16GBR 56339Heather QUINNGwyneth LANYON16152513818BFDBFD2112151815170193
17GBR 56943Rory GIFFORDWilliam O'KEEFE14231018162516‑261221‑26823260212
18GBR 55517Emily SMITHCharlotte BEARDSALL209916DSQ11202120‑28272418200215
19GBR 56108William BAILEYMatthew RAYNER18‑2824151712241327192221‑30190231
20GBR 56091Imogen WADETeddy DUNN2225‑28142221132019259BFD20220232
21GBR 54785Sabine POTTERMerle NIEUWLAND2312182115221824‑2818‑252224240241
22GBR 54418Rosie SHEAHANSusie SHEAHAN2617‑31262791427132220BFD12290242
23GBR 56007Freya SEWELLArlo BRAUND15191523‑262421BFD2416212317250243
24IRL 56728Adam MCGRADYAlastair O'SULLIVAN‑3118‑2922231622222626241913130244
25GBR 54481Holly WRIGHTOlivia NIXON24‑30‑30292129DNE9161019919210245
26GBR 57272Emma BREESEArthur BAILEY25292019‑3023BFD191013281625280255
27GBR 56467Sam GRAYTONRaife PIGGOTT19221428‑332019233020301714‑310256
28GBR 52230Joseph JONESCharlie HOWARDDSQ262630‑312812142923166DNE90258
29GBR 54125Anna MILLERTess CROOKS‑28212320242723BFD2327231526230275
30GBR 53703Tilda BRAYSHAYJibriel BOSTAN2720‑352728BFD25253424322031180311
31IRL 56791Max SWEETMANRobert JEPHSON2927‑3331183027282229‑332728320328
32GBR 55102Amber HALEEthan SPARKS33UFD2732191926BFD3233292527330335
33GBR 55371Tanya WEIGHILLPatrick HILL303122252933292935303129DNCDNC0353
34GBR 51740Martha CHRISTENSENSophie HANKINS3224‑37333432BFD303332342632300372
35GBR 51341Eddie PALINGEddie QUINN34‑3534‑35323128313134352833340385
36GBR 54124Ella MARTINGeorge SELF3532323435353132‑3635‑373034350400
37GBR 54947India LANCEGeorge LANCE37343636363430DNFDNC3636313536STP425

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