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Allen 29er GP1 at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy

by UK 29er Class Association 24 Sep 22:30 PDT 16-17 September 2023
Allen 29er GP1 at the WPNSA © 29er Class Association

The first event of the new sailing season for the UK 29er class was held over the weekend of the 16th and 17th September. A fantastic 55 boats were in attendance with a mix of brand new sailors to the class and some old faces who had returned for the highly competitive racing the fleet offers.

The fleet was composed of 14 all female teams and 16 mixed teams, demonstrating the breadth of the sailors currently in the class - it's safe to say the fleet is booming!

The forecast for the weekend was near to perfect for those sailors who had recently transitioned into the class. Race 1 set the precedent of the day with a left favored course and newcomer Joe Wimpory, sailing with old hat Jamie Gatehouse pull a blinding first downwind leg to take the lead and continue to extend all the way to the finish, James Crossley and Amelie Hiscocks put pressure on during the last downward leg but couldn't catch them and took 2nd. Seasoned sailors, but new pairing, Finn Morris and Ollie Vines took third place.

In Race 2 the breeze had dropped slightly but this didn't take away from the fact that the left was where the gains were. After getting off the line towards the pin end the next decision for the leading pack was when to tack back. Downwind gave some big opportunity for overtakes as the more variable conditions brought some gusts down the right which could be capitalized on. Charlie and Sam led from the top closely followed by Annabelle Vines and Maddie Bolbrough with James and Amelie in the chase not far behind.

Race 3 saw a break in the consistent left course as the wind started to track round to the right with some shifts thrown in for good measure. Charlie and Sam took their second bullet of the day with James and Amelie coming in second, closely followed by Joe and Jamie.

Amelie and James sail a blinding race in Race 4 only to find they had been UFD for being over in the lead up to the start as they crossed the line. First place therefore went to Joe and Jamie who were hot on their heels with new pairing, Charlie Gatehouse and Sam Tonks a close second and in third place was Maddie and Annabelle.

Sunday saw a delay to the racing as a full breeze greeted the sailors. Just as the wind decreased thunderbolts and lightning rolled in leaving the sailors on shore twitching to hit the breeze. By 1pm the race officer gave the all clear to launch and the fleet went out in a big 25 knot breeze. The right was the place to be following the breeze and Charlie and Sam smashed the start and tanked all the way round to take the bullet. Alex and Max Sydenham, having put in some strong positions on day 1, finally hit the top 3 and took second place with Rob Mawsley and Oscar Morgan-Harris taking third showing that leverage gives all the gain in the big breeze.

The final race of the day, and the weekend, saw a significant decrease in breeze to sub 10 knots. The experienced racers were quick with their rig adjustments reacting to the changing conditions and this paid in the overall standings. Annabelle and Maddie were steaming into the lead when a sneaky change of course came into play - not quite quick enough to react and a slight overlay meant that James and Amelie were able to sneak past on the final mark of the course and take the win with Laura Elms and Jess Charlsworth in second place closely followed by Charlie and Sam.

The overall results were tight with 2 points separating the top 2. Charlie and Sam's exceptional sailing and 3 bullets across the series saw them take the win with James and Amelie a close 2nd. Third place was Joe and Jamie who sailed a solid series.

Annabelle and Maddie once again sailed a blinding series and won the female competition with Laura and Jess in second and new pairing Ella Lightbody and Holly Mitchell in third.

The junior places were filled with all newcomers to the fleet and all sailors made their mark with some cracking races and results. Top Junior sailors were Jac Bailey and Ben Sinfield, in second was Dirk Rogers and William Mcewen and in third, female sailors Freya Hutchinson and Joanna Macalister.

The prize-giving, kindly sponsored by Allen, was the great way to round off a fantastic weekend and to thank WPNSA for being a brilliant host, the parents for their endless support and the brilliant partnership Allen has with the 29er class.

We look forward to the next event; GP2 in Pwllheli on 14/15 October.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewAge GroupGenderClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st8Charlie GranSam WebbYouthMaleHisc / Rlyc411‑101310
2nd3334James CrossleyAmelie HiscocksYouthMixedWpnsa232(UFD [56])4112
3rd19Joe WimporyJamie GatehouseYouthMaleHisc1531‑13616
4th2880Alex SydenhamMax SydenhamYouthMaleHisc54642‑721
5th3079Annabelle VinesMaddie BilbroughYouthFemaleRlymyc / Hayling Island SC(BFD [56])25371128
6th2849Finian MorrisOllie VinesYouthMaleR Lym Yc/Ltsc / R Lym Y C310414(UFD [56])435
7th3007Rob MawdsleyOscar Morgan‑HarrisYouthMaleHisc/Rsyc / Hayling Island SC (Temporary‑15712113538
8th2477Laura ElmsJess CharlesworthYouthFemaleHisc / Hisc/Emsworth Sc8‑1111RDG [9]9239
9th3400Charlie GatehouseSam TonksYouthMaleHisc / Hayling Island SC797215(DNC [56])40
10th3224Ella LightbodyHolly MitchellYouthFemaleRlymyc / Hisc988811‑1444
11th2122Millie DeaconTom ArmstrongYouthMixedRoyal Hospital School / Hayling Island S11‑1610781349
12th2937Dylan CreightonBryce MustoYouthMaleCardiff Bay YC106156(UFD [56])1552
13th2121Kitty O'HalloranLily O'HalloranYouthFemaleRestronguet SC / Restronguet SC6‑181413141057
14th1490Jac BaileyBen SinfieldJuniorMalePort Dinorwic SC1721912(DNC [56])968
15th2342Henry KeeganCharlie HopkinsonYouthMaleParkstone YC / Notts County SC191513235‑2475
16th2173Charlotte WhiteEd O'callaghanYouthMixedWilsonian Sc / Oxford SC‑21132119101780
17th3350Benjamin RipleyToby Holmes‑LingYouthMaleHisc / Hayling Island SC182416176‑3681
18th2826Maya Bergmann SmithTristan AlheidYouthMixedHisc12142615(UFD [56])1683
19th2915Louis HiscocksBen AdlerYouthMale 141718‑33123293
20th2924Lila EdwardsErin PankYouthFemaleParkstone YC / Castle Cove SC20201718(DNC [56])1994
21st1278Clem MiddleNoah FitzgeraldYouthMixedDraycote Water SC132224‑31201897
22nd3066Harry SimsJack SimsYouthMaleLlandegfedd SC / Llandegfedd SC‑24231921162099
23rd2042Hazel JonesJake RawesYouthMixedHayling Island SC / Oxford SC2225‑36241912102
24th2222Dirk RogersWilliam McewenJuniorMaleRoyal Lymington YC / Royal Lymington YC(BFD [56])12225UFD [56]8103
25th2231Freya HutchinsonJoanna MacalisterJuniorFemale 26‑3120202423113
26th2736Ella JonesThomas JubbJuniorMixedHayling Island SC / Emsworth SC/Hisc231928‑321729116
27th2966Imogen GreenStella NygardYouthFemaleDraycote Water SC / Draycote Water SC27‑3229262726135
28th2900Allegra MasseyFin GribbinYouthMixedItchenor/Hayling Island Sc / Paignton SC25(DNC [56])DNC [56]161821136
29th2225Freddie CallaghanThomas RoyJuniorMaleHisc29293029(DNS [56])22139
30th2120Olly SmithGeorge BurdenJuniorMaleParkstone YC / Parkstone YC332731‑452325139
31st2982Jasper Focardi DollingGeorge BiggsJuniorMaleLlandegfedd SC31282530(DNS [56])28142
32nd2905Ffion BaileyLeah MurphyYouthFemalePort Dinorwic SC3030‑33282530143
33rd2046Sirene Le PetitHenry PowellJuniorMixedSaundersfoot SC / Llandegfedd SC16262325(DNC [56])DNC [56]146
34th703Amelie SkinnerEd SmithYouthMixedNetley Sc / Netley SC3635‑40362131159
35th3081Joe Armstrong RowlandSam Armstrong RowlandJuniorMaleHisc/Rsyc28332727(DNC [56])DNC [56]171
36th2336Kirsty ScottJack WilsonYouthMixedStarcross YC / Sutton Bingham35393438(DNC [56])35181
37th1867Rory ClowPiotr TokajukJuniorMaleIbrsc4044‑45402237183
38th2229Agnes Bracey‑DavisWill Bracey‑DavisYouthMixedRlymyc / Rlymyc/Hisc32383922(DNC [56])DNC [56]187
39th2327Sophie WatsonCharlie PhillipsYouthMixedHayling Island SC / Hayling Island SC34344142(UFD [56])39190
40th2796Fflur PierceKeira LukeJuniorFemalePort Dinorwic SC41453741(DNC [56])27191
41st2721Huw BeareJack SollyJuniorMaleStarcross YC / Starcross YC46‑4843432634192
42nd2909Toby StanislausTom PontetJuniorMaleWhitefriars SC / South Cerney38363539(RET [56])DNC [56]204
43rd1905Mhairi MacdonaldHugo RuddJuniorMixedNbyc(DNC [56])4246512838205
44th2539Polly ScottAnna ElmsJuniorFemaleStarcross YC / Hayling Island SC39473237(DNS [56])DNC [56]211
45th2981Edward FletcherCharlie BaileyYouthMaleWaldringfield SC / Waldringfield SC42413835(DNC [56])DNC [56]212
46th1510Emilia RipleyAngus CockburnJuniorMixed 47374952(DNS [56])33218
47th1220Oliver Stratton‑BrownAndrew SoarsYouthMaleNetley Sc/ Fpsc37404244(DNC [56])DNC [56]219
48th2305Jo WalkerYanna JaiswalYouthFemaleQueen Mary SC/Royal Southern YC / Dockla44504453(DNS [56])40231
49th2507Luke ElliotCharlie HowardJuniorMaleGuernsey YC / Burghfield SC43515034(DNC [56])DNC [56]234
50th2022Emily BrushettHenry MartinYouthMixed 51535347(DNC [56])41245
51st723Henry CammKai MillerYouthMaleWarsash SC / Warsash SC48435148(DNC [56])DNC [56]246
52nd871Darcy BurdenHattie AsquithYouthFemaleParkstone YC49464749(DNC [56])DNC [56]247
53rd1113Dan PowellBaz Sanderson‑WoodJuniorMaleLlandegfedd SC45495246(DNC [56])DNC [56]248
54th1951Anna MorrisFreya PhillipsJuniorFemaleHayling Island SC/Royal Lymington YC / H(DNF [56])544850DNC [56]DNC [56]264
55th2493Emily McstayLottie VinycombYouthFemaleRoyal Lymington YC505254(RET [56])DNC [56]DNC [56]268

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