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Allen 29er GP2 at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club

by 29er Class Association 19 Oct 2022 01:39 PDT 15-16 October 2022
Allen 29er GP2 at Lymington © 29er Class Association

The 29er fleet arrived at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club with a forecast of breeze, building from fresh to frightening. Unfortunately it did just that and by 10 a.m. it was clear that conditions would not allow racing for the day. So, to avoid any conversations about homework, the 80 or so teenagers busied themselves around the New Forest, with some heading to nearby venues for some windsurfing/kitefoiling.

One brave pair, Finn and Oscar, did decide to go for a training sail, and some spectacular video, taken by Noah, was soon up on the class social media. Apparently the discussion about whether to hoist the kite was a short one! A number of the sailors new to the class spent the day benefiting from some great onshore coaching from two coaches, organised by the class to provide on and off the water support.

The sailors and supporters reconvened in the evening for an fascinating talk by Craig Mitchell chief umpire for Sail GP who explained the technology behind the Sail GP umpire decisions and the infamous 29er quiz night, a great evening was had by all, complete with much amusement at some of the parents in the 'physical' round and a guest appearance of the Class 'Boom of Doom'.

Sunday dawned completely windless, but with the promise of a south/south Easterly filling in, the fleet prepared to launch early to be ready for its arrival. It was great to see the Class 'Buddy system' in action in the dinghy park as the fleet rigged, with sailors getting to know each other and the older sailors offering to share their experience.

A slow drift out to the race area in the morning sunshine was followed by a bit more hanging around, and racing eventually got under way mid morning.

The favourite side of race 1 first beat was inshore, but it turned out not to be the favoured, with the eventual winners coming from the left hand side of the course.

Reading the tricky conditions extremely well, the early leaders were new team Josh and Ollie. Close on their heels were Jamie and Jamie and Ollie and Freddie. Meanwhile, with a 4th and 8th, Annabelle and Maddie were making a strong bid for the Ladies title.

Race 3 saw the pin end pay. Charlie and Sam took an early lead and consolidated to win the race, with Rob and Ollie 2nd and Fin and Zeb 3rd. Race 4 and this time, the leaders came from the right, with James and Noah leading from the first mark.

Would there be time for a 5th race before the 3:30 cut off? If the race could be sailed, then a discard would kick in meaning any of 6 boats could win the regatta. There were (mostly) big grins as RO Roger went into sequence. That still didn't stop the fleet pushing the line and with the tide now ebbing, they were pretty much all over! Away on the second start, and the fleet head up the beat with a lot of mental arithmetic adding to the jobs on board. James and Noah, staked their claim, leading Charlie and Sam around the first mark, with Zeb and Finn in 3rd, Rob and Ollie in 4th, Jamie and Jamie in 5th. Rob and Ollie and Zeb and Finn picked up a wind line down the middle of the run and closed the gap to the leaders. By the leeward mark, it was neck and neck between the first 3 with James and Noah unlucky to have missed out on the extra puff, dropping to 4th. Charlie and Sam capitalised on their position, taking the lead up the last beat. With Zeb and Finn and Rob and Ollie holding on to 2nd and 3rd respectively, Charlie and Sam had the maths they needed to win the regatta from James and Noah by just one point. Jamie and Jamie, with the lowest total score (before discard) in what was a very difficult regatta to be consistent, took third place.

Annabelle and Maddie sailed a brilliant series, to win the ladies prize and finishing 7th overall, with Katy and Amelie in 10th and Ella and Fliss 11th. The Mixed prize was won by Hazel and Ben in 16th with Allegra and Sam taking top Junior in 17th.

A big thanks to the Royal Lymington and all the volunteers, and as ever, to Allen, our sponsors.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubClub(s)R1R2R3R4R5Pts
13260Charlie GranSam WebbYouthHISC / Royal Lymington YC731‑9112
218James CrossleyNoah FitzgeraldYouthDovey YC/HISC /HISC2‑1661413
32433Jamie WilkinsonJamie GatehouseYouthHISC / Bewl Valley SC1‑545515
43007Rob MawdsleyOllie VinesYouthHISC / R Lym SC‑10922316
52816Santi Sesto CosbyKuba StaiteYouthR Lym YC / HISC / R Lym YC645‑17722
62539Zeb FellowsFin GribbinYouthYealm YC / Paignton SC1173‑18223
73079Annabelle VinesMaddie BilbroughYouthR Lym YC / HISC48‑1641026
82416Josh StokesOllie MearsYouthHISC / Royal Corinthian YC31716‑2927
919Olly PetersFreddie WestwellYouthHayling Island SC5213‑151535
102787Katy JenkinsAmelie HiscocksYouthWPNSA‑1411961137
113224Ella LightbodyFelicity BrellisfordYouthRoyal Lymington YC‑15108121242
122477Laura ElmsJess CharlesworthYouthHISC / HISC/Emsworth SC‑19121014844
132849Finian MorrisOscar Morgan‑HarrisYouthHayling Island SC / Hisc/Royal Southern1618(UFD)3946
142924Karrie ClarkAmelie CurtisYouthBlackwater SC / HISC12‑171581348
152225Alex SydenhamMax SydenhamYouthHayling Island SC / Hayling Island SC2015(UFD)10651
162216Hazel McdonnellBen PalingYouthDraycote Water SC / Notts County SC8621‑242358
172900Allegra MasseySam TonksJuniorItchenor/Hayling Island SC / Hayling Isl131914‑231460
182478Rachel HarperCharlie HopkinsonYouthHayling Island SC / Notts County SC9‑2612221962
192122Millie DeaconTom ArmstrongYouthRoyal Hospital School / Hayling Island S2214207(BFD)63
202826Maya Bergmann SmithGregan Bergmann SmithYouthHISC1720‑22112068
212882Hazel JonesBen StokesYouthHISC181319‑251868
222743Morven WoodOllie BullYouthHelensburgh SC/Royal Tay YC / Chanonry S21‑2211211770
232879Charlie GatehouseBen StokesYouthBewl Valley SC / Hayling Island SC2321‑26201680
242915Tilly PhelpsBen AdlerYouthCCSC / Castle Cove SC27(UFD)23132184
252982George BiggsAlicia BiggsYouthLlandegfedd SC / Llandegfedd SC26‑2917192284
262327Sophie WatsonHolly MitchellJuniorHayling Island SC / Hayling Island SC28‑3218262496
272432Henry KeeganJacoby KeeganYouthParkstone YC‑2928242825105
28972Jake RawesEd O'CallaghanYouthOxford SC / Oxford SC‑3325273026108
292937William MearsRalph SurguyJunior 242325(RET)DNC110
301858Benji RipleyToby Holmes‑LingJuniorHayling Island SC / Hayling Island SC‑3027282927111
312234Harry SimsJack SimsYouthLlandegfedd SC / Llandegfedd SC252429(RET)DNC116
322338Theo BurnMaksym DatsenkoYouthDatchet Water SC / Datchet Water SC‑3231302728116
332016Fin SouthonRhys GriffithsYouthBough Beech SC/Shoreham SC / Shoreham SC‑3430313131123
34324Amelie SkinnerEd SmithJunior 313333(RET)32129
352493Emily McstayMark Jenkins JaumaJunior ‑3634343230130
362738Harry BaddeleyOllie LakerJuniorRoyal Lymington YC35353233(DNC)135
37328Archie OakdenNoah WaltersJuniorWorthing SC3736(RET)DNCDNC149

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