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British 420 Inland Championship at Rutland Sailing Club

by Harry George 16 Mar 09:52 PDT 11-12 March 2023

The first day started off light with the wind coming from the club which meant we were going to have light shifty conditions. We warmed up for the racing and the race committee were straight into racing.

The first start was competitive with all boats on the front row raring to go. Those who came out on top the first day were those who played the shifts and pressure throughout the race. Alice Davis and Ollie Rayner took the first race win with an impressive lead all the way round the course. Races two and three were lighter than the previous race, another close start launched the racing.

In the second race there was no telling who would win until the final downwind where the podium places were decided: Ralph & Harry, Joe & Hennie, and Imogen & Teddy.

Race three was in the hands of Holly Wright and Olivia Nixon until the reach across the top where the angle was too tight to carry a kite. The final moments of the race were intense until Ralph & Harry, Sabine & Merle, and Holly & Olivia rounded up the podium.

A mixed day for most teams meant that the fourth race needed to be a counter and the pressure was on. George Creasy and David Bromilow won the pin end and took an early lead, they went on to extend from the fleet for the rest of the race whilst everyone behind battled for the last two spots on the podium for Saturday. George & David took a decisive win, followed by Alice & Ollie then Ralph & Harry.. At the end of day one the standings were close throughout the whole fleet with the top spots being taken by Harry & Ralph, Joe Waricker & Hugo valentine, and George Ccreasy & David Bromilow.

Day 2 had high wind speeds with gusts of up to 27kts, but a nice warm sun.

Races five and six were decisive wins for the two boys in bow 38 Henry Heathcote and Oscar Cawthorne. They were flying throughout the day and showed the fleet their skills in the wind. In the top 10, boats were switching from place to place in the battle for consistent results. Race 5 podium was Oscar Cawthorne and Henry Heathcote, Arwen Flurr and Arlo Braund, and Imogen Wade and Teddy Dunn. Race six podium consisted of Henry Heathcote and Oscar Cawthorne, Alice Davies and Ollie Rayner, and George Creasy and David Bromilow.

Race seven was a battle for first between the winners of the first two races of the day along with Neil' Mars bar' Marsden with his crew Olivia Creasy. The two boats were very quick and there was no room for mistakes. After the long battle Oscar and Henry came out on top winning their third race of the day. 2nd And 3rd were taken by Mars bar Marsden and Olivia creasy, and Alice Davies and Ollie Rayner.

In race eight the wind picked up once again and the day's winners rounded the top mark in first but capsized mid gybe. The rest of the race left a tussle for the podium results and a competitive mid fleet race. The decision for victory had come down to the last race. Places switched for the races and overall results throughout the race. In the end, Joe Warwicker and Hugo Valentine sailed to victory, but Alice Davies and Ollie Rayner managed to come close enough in order to secure the victory by just 1 point.

The prize-giving was hosted in the bar at the club where thanks were given to all the volunteers and the race committee and jury. First all-female were Holly Wright and Olivia Nixon who outperformed the other boats in their category with consistency and performance, Sabine Potter and Merle Newland taking second.

Winner of the all-male category, and second overall were Joe Warwicker and Hugo Valentine who fought a tough battle to the finish and second all-male were Oscar Cawthorne and Henry Heathcote who won the second day of racing counting only 9 points and took fourth overall.

Harry and Ralph took first under 17s and third overall.

The second mixed boat was Imogen Wade and Teddy Dunn. And finally, the first mixed pairing and first overall, were Alice Davies and Oliver Rayner who were consistent the whole weekend and showed the rest of the fleet why they have won three events in a row. What a brilliant weekend of racing we had at Rutland, and I hope we revisit the racecourse soon as there are more battles to be fought within the fleet as we progress in performance.

Overall Results:

PosBow NumberSail NoHelmCrewFleetR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st4257259Alice DavisOliver RaynerOpen Mixed86‑92423328
2nd1755854Joe WarwickerHugo ValentineOpen Male1‑848744129
3rd4557275Harry GeorgeRalph CawthorneU17 Male3113‑1579832
4th3855244Henry Heathcoteoscar cawthorneOpen Male7‑211112111639
5th6254849George CreasyDavid BromilowOpen MaleRDGRDG(RDG)RDG638941
6th4456943Imogen WadeTeddy DunnOpen Mixed1135‑133125746
7th6954379marsbar marsdenOlivia CreasyOpen Mixed155106(DNS)92249
8th8255242Joe JonesHennie Burltonu17 Mixed10216‑178106557
9th5757224Noa MoskovitchCraig BurltonOpen Mixed9108595‑151561
10th3257411William FletcherEthan SparksU17 Male1313‑17411671165
11th4156954Arwen FflurArlo BraundOpen Mixed‑1614121028101066
12th6456108William BaileyMatthew RaynerOpen Male‑204618514121271
13th4054853Oli HaleAmber HaleOpen Mixed4121891211‑191884
14th2154481Holly WrightOlivia NixonFemale14153‑281319131390
15th2057272Freya SewellArthur BaileyOpen Mixed‑2311151510181120100
16th6356342Sabine PotterMerle NieuwlandU17 Female1872222317‑2414103
17th555402Oscar FryJemima FryOpen Mixed‑221671417201716107
18th5055517Emma BreeseCharlotte BeardsallFemale212021‑271415164111
19th2456339Heather QuinnGwyneth LanyonFemale5271324(RET)131417113
20th2357273Rosie SheahanSusie SheahanFemale17‑28142016211819125
21st5657286Ellie CreightonBea GreenfieldFemale617241122(DNS)DNCDNC152
22nd6654852Tilda BrayshayCharlie Howardu17 Mixed191822720(RET)DNCDNC158
23rd2655371Eddie PalingEddie QuinnOpen Male26‑32231924252023160
24th8052291Adam AzizBen SherryOpen Male28222526(DNC)232121166
25th6754089Chris HampshireOllie Lumbu17 Male‑3226283021222224173
26th9156791Max SweetmanJames GeorgeOpen Male302326251816(RET)DNC174
27th9555248Kate Campionamelie soffeFemale312419291924(RET)DNC182
28th2252230Nia MecklenburghImmy JonesU17 Female27293121(RET)DNC2322189
29th5453959Tabitha DaviesMadeleine GreavesFemale12312916(DNC)DNCDNCDNC196
30th752759Rosanna JoyceFin WaterhouseOpen Mixed2425303125(DNC)DNCDNC207
31st9951369Arthur GreavesAngus McEwenU17 Male2919(UFD)23RETRETDNCDNC215
32nd5554124Ella MartinGeorge SelfU17 Mixed25332732(UFD)DNCDNCDNC225
33rd9653839Finlay DavidsonGregor ThomasU17 Male33303334(RET)DNCDNCDNC238
34th2554418Will Mawby‑GroomZach AzizU17 Male34343233(UFD)DNCDNCDNC241
35th5355375India LanceCian EpsteinOpen Mixed(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC252

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