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420 Spring Championship at GP2 at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy

by John Meadowcroft 16 May 02:17 PDT 7-8 May 2022

The 420 Spring Championships was held at WPNSA on 7/8 May. The sun was shining and it was blowing 10 knots.

With school exams on the horizon, it was time for some sailors to go into hibernation and to welcome back some old faces too, and it was two old faces Haydn Sewell & Bee Harris who have most recently been coaching younger 420 sailors who sneaked the win in race 1. Matthias Potter and Ellie Thomas crossed the line first but were OCS and so Haydn & Bee took the win ahead of Ollie Meadowcroft & Oscar Cawthorne who had led down the final reach but had maybe sensibly, but as it turns out incorrectly, opted not to get involved in fighting for height but lost out when the big puff came in...

Races 2, 3 and 4 look from the results like one way traffic for Alice Davis and Oliver Rayner who secured three bullets in a row, with great boat speed and simply sailing quite beautifully. Everyone else behind traded positions and really could not show much consistency which meant that overnight Alice & Oliver had a clear lead ahead of a gaggle of boats separated by just a few points. Ollie & Oscar were best of the rest with 2 seconds on day one, Millie Irish & Clara Jones picked up a second place as did Megan Farrer & Ellie Rush, whilst Lizzie & Charlotte Beardsall picked up two third places. Haydn & Bee took a lesson from the juniors, then tore a spinnaker and retired and finished in third in the final race to complete a topsy turvy day.

Day two dawned a little windier but ultimately it failed to build as many were hoping for. Henry & Vita Heathcote won the first two races of the day executing great starts and building good leads. 420 sailing can often be simplified when you have a World Champion crewing for you! Joe Warwicker and Hugo Valentine took the bullet in race 3 before Megan & Ellie won the final race of the day.

Once again in the final results half the boats in the top 10 had female sailors and 3 of the top 5 boats were driven by female helms. Alice & Oliver got a top 5 result in every race and continued to show the consistency in a tight fleet which was the hallmark of their series when they won the Youth Nationals last month. Megan & Ellie were first female sailors and Harry George & Ralph Cawthorne were the first U17 sailors.

Next up for the 420s is Training at Shoreham on 28/29 May followed by GP3 at Shoreham on 18/19 June. Oh, and GCSEs and A-levels. Good luck sailors and thanks to the returning heroes for coming racing. It was great to see you.

Overall Results:

PosFleetBow NoSail NoHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1stOpen4257259Alice DavisOliver Rayner41113‑52517
2ndOpen3855244Henry HeathcoteVita Heathcote84‑1341111433
3rdFemale954852Megan FarrerEllie Rush59‑182926134
4thOpen1957004Ollie MeadowcroftOscar Cawthorne2825‑1567838
5thFemale655517Lizzie BeardsallCharlotte Beardsall6339873‑1039
6thOpen1755854Joe WarwickerHugo Valentine358‑137111742
7thFemale1054483Millie IrishClara Jones‑132101013313253
8thU17 Open45544Harry GeorgeRalph Cawthorne11‑17785108958
9thOpen3956342Mathias PotterEllie Thomas(OCS)121762812663
10thOpen8855242Haydn SewellBettine Harris118(RET)362014365
11thFemale3254487Kt. ByneLia Horne‑201061849101168
12thU17 Female5754724Noa MoskovitchGabs Burlton77211610‑2241277
13thOpen4157273Arwen FflurTeddy Dunn181147‑214181880
14thOpen2056007Freya SewellArlo Braund9155121117‑251685
15thU17 Open6456108William BaileyMatthew Rayner166121718125‑2086
16thOpen4054853Oli HaleSophie Hankins1013‑251117141524104
17thOpen2154481Holly WrightIain Blake‑231616232016914114
18thU17 Female5657286Ellie CreightonBea Greenfield14142014‑23151921117
19thOpen854536Charlie GranKuba Staite22201919141316‑25123
20thU17 Female63485Sabine PotterMerle Nieuwland152122151918‑2415125
21stOpen2754983Louise DavisSam Jones2122921‑25231713126
22ndOpen5057272Emma BreeseArthur Bailey‑2419142012212219127
23rdU17 Open2252230Joe JonesEthan Sparkes122415‑2524192322139
24thU17 Open8653959William FletcherMadeleine Greaves2523112422‑272123149
25thOpen1855371Tanya WeighillPatrick Hill192623261626‑2717153
26thU17 Open6155634Fin southonRhys Griffiths17252422‑26252026159
27thU17 Open4954059Amber HaleRiver Green26‑27262727242627183

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