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420 End of Seasons 2022 at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by Teddy Dunn 22 Nov 2022 05:08 PST 19-20 November 2022
420 End of Seasons 2022 at Grafham Water © Jon Cawthorne

On the 19th & 20th of November GWSC hosted the 420 end of seasons. On the first day we were met with light conditions with the wind coming from the west averaging 4-6 knots.

The first race was recalled twice but after the third attempt it was under way with Alice Davis and Oliver Rayner making the most of the oscillating wind and leading the pack. A large left shift on the second lap allowed Joe Jones to close the gap and put pressure on the leaders but Alice and Oliver held the lead, Joe and Charlie in second closely followed by George Creasy and David Bromilow.

Race two was similar to race one with shifty conditions and a recalled start, three boats collected a black flag, this time Oli and Amber Hale lead the pack round the windward mark with the very consistent David and George right behind them, another well timed tack onto a shift coupled with their boat speed meant Alice and Oliver overtook George and David and Amber and Oli, therefore taking the victory in race two.

Even with the very testing conditions the race officer managed to get a third race going after re-setting the course, this time Patrick Bromilow and Olivia Creasy rounded the windward mark at the top of the fleet, with George and David putting the pressure on in second. The next two laps were a close battle between George & David, Pat & Olivia, Noa & Gabs and Imogen & Teddy, with it all coming down to the last mark rounding before the small reach to the finish, Imogen and Teddy managed to work inside the others taking the win, followed by David and George and Pat and Olivia.

With the results tightly packed it all came down to day two, we were blessed with wind varying from 12-18 knots. For race four there was 12 knots consistent across the course, David and George played the left-hand side and played the shifts allowing them to lead the first and second lap of the race, dominating race four followed by the new pairing of Mattias Potter and Olivia Nixon. Alice and Oliver took third.

Saturday night is fancy dress night, with the helms choosing the crews outfits and vice versa. Safe to say the fleet fully embraced this challenge and costumes included Father Christmas, characters from Rainbow, Ali G, Elf, the Village People, a sumo wrestler and a couple of Tera sailors.

The clouds moved in and race five saw 18 knots across the course and as a result the pumping flag went up. Using their heavy wind skillset Henry Heathcote and Oscar Cawthorne created a big gap after the first two laps, Joe and Hugo went on a hunt on the third lap but Henry and Oscar took the bullet.

Race six was similar to race five causing some teams to proceed to rake two in order to cope with the strengthening breeze, Oliver and Alice played the middle of the beat and with good positioning into gusts and expertise in fleet management they lead round the windward mark, closely followed by the very fast Henry and Oscar, the wind began to drop off but Oliver and Alice held onto the win followed by Henry and Oscar in second and Joe and Hugo in third.

For the final race the wind began to turn off, dropping to 7-12 knots across the course Alice and Oliver asserted their skillset and lead from start to finish, followed by David and George both pairings sailing a very constant event, third place was snatched by Arwen and Arlo.

Alice and Oliver sailing a very consistent event took the win followed by David and George despite suffering from a black flag, and Imogen and Teddy taking the last spot on the podium. Looking forward to seeing as many British boats as possible in Palamos for the Christmas Regatta and the last international event of the year.

Overall Results:

PosBow NumberFleetSail NoHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1st42Open57259Alice DavisOliver Rayner11‑8331110
2nd62Open54849George CreasyDavid Bromilow3221(BFD)5215
3rd44Open56091Imogen WadeTeddy Dunn96144‑11630
4th39Open54785Mathias PotterOlivia Nixon555‑12108437
5th38Open55244Henry Heathcoteoscar cawthorne‑164116121438
6th41Open56007Arwen FflurArlo Braund‑18813266338
7th17Open55854Joe WarwickerHugo Valentine11(BFD)7823738
8th57U17 Female57224Noa MoskovitchGabs Burlton‑1715451113553
9th40Open54853Oli HaleAmber Hale8310(BFD)9161258
10th64U17 Open56108William BaileyMatthew Rayner149‑18115101564
11th45U17 Open57275Harry GeorgeRalph Cawthorne614209‑2741366
12th29U17 Open54297Patrick BromilowOlivia Creasy12‑223717121667
13th36U17 Open56467Clem MiddleSam Grayton‑23714141514973
14th56U17 Female57286Ellie CreightonBea Greenfield(BFD)BFD121377879
15th63U17 Female55942Sabine PotterMerle Nieuwland411‑191914171782
16th1U17 Open55083Joe JonesCharlie Howard210151721‑222085
17th91U17 Open55102William FletcherEthan Sparkes24‑2525101291191
18th23U17 Female57273Rosie SheahanSusie Sheahan10189‑2119212198
19th86U17 Open57214Dylan CreightonWill Adams2013615‑252523102
20th5Open55402Oscar FryJemima Fry‑27162322131810102
21st50U17 Female55517Emma BreeseCharlotte Beardsall(BFD)BFD172081518110
22nd20Open57272Freya SewellArthur Bailey(BFD)172116161922111
23rd99U17 Open55409Arthur GreavesAngus McEwen7121623(DNF)DNCDNC122
24th31Female53332Jess HaighLucy Shelter132326182623‑27129
25th67U17 Open54089Chris HampshireOllie Lumb1524242420‑2826133
26th22U17 Female52230Nia MecklenburghImmy Jones2521222522‑2619134
27th32U17 Female53959Jemima DayMadeleine Greaves2219‑2827242024136
28th54U17 Open52291Adam AzizBen Sherry212027‑28182728141
29th47U17 Open52067Sam GloverCharlie Bourne1927‑2926232425144
30th53U17 Open55375India LanceCian Epstein26263029(DNS)DNCDNC175

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