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Ovington Boats 29er Championships at the WPNSA

by UK 29er Class Association 21 Nov 2023 03:14 PST 11-12 November 2023

The Ovington Championships, one of the highlight events of the 29er sailing calendar, was held at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, over the weekend of the 11th and 12th November.

Once again the boom in the UK 29er class saw 50 plus boats taking part across the weekend - an incredible success.


The first morning of the Ovington Championships event began and as always WPNSA provided their great breakfast as the sailors were starting to arrive. The weather was stunning and it was all looking hopeful. Unfortunately after the sailors briefing the wind had disappeared leading to the launch time being indefinitely postponed and the committee staying on standby on the water, waiting for the wind.

A couple hours had passed by, with everyone having lunch and sunset closing in, the race committee decided to send us out with only one chance for a race. With moderately light conditions and some keen sailors, the start began with a general recall. Second attempt with sunset appearing fast, they manage to get a race off. With a SE direction the course was fairly shifty and gusty making the racing very hard to read. Unfortunately for the team 3334 (James Crossley and Amelie Hiscocks) after a large lead, came to the finish and found out that they were over with a couple other boats who started at the starboard end. However in the end the winners of the race (and the day) were sail number 2903 (Joe Wimpory and Jamie Gatehouse). That was the end of the racing day and now for the Quiz night.

The night began with the evening meal, Fajitas supplied by the club and soft drinks from the bar. Once the sailors were refuelled and ready to go, the Social reps (Anabelle Vines and Charlie Gran) began to collect a bag full of the sailors phones in order to stop any cheating.

The Quiz consisted of 5 stages: Picture round, music round, knot round, how well do you know the 29er and Olympic round. After every 2 stages the papers were handed in and marked, the scoreboard had been changing all night. The final round consisted of 1 person per team to come up and to have a plank off. It came down to 5 minutes in and there were only a couple left (James Crossely, Alex Jones, Nick Rogers, Tristan Alhied). Coming upto 7 minutes Alex and James were out and it was down to Nick and Tritan to decide the winner, after a tough and long fight Tristan had held the Plank for the longest finishing the night with a Win !

Overall a brilliant night and thanks a lot to WPNSA for the catering and to Melissa Hepell and Sarah MItchell for organising the Quiz.


Day 2 dawned a cold and crisp morning with around 15 knots of wind blowing down the race track. The fleet were eager to launch so when D Flag went up at 0930 - there was no hanging about!

The first race provided the most wind of the day with around 18 knots of puff. Charlie Gran and Sam Webb came off the committee end of the line looking strong and led to the windward mark and the finish. Finn Morris and Oliver Vines also put in a shift to finish in second place.

Race 2 was a tricky one for all teams to crack. The race began in light airs with the wind blowing from the left hand side of the bill. Strong out of the pin end were Youth World representatives Annabelle Vines and Maddie Bilbrough although this proved to be a curse. The wind clocked hard right during the first beat giving those on the right a huge lift and leaving those on the left in a state of misery as they watched the other side come in strong.

Getting it right and leading to the windward were the soon to be event winners Jac Bailey and Ben Sinfield and they did well to hold onto the lead for the remainder of the race. By the third race, the wind had clocked round to now be blowing from the right hand side of the bill. Taking advantage of the new wind direction were Joe Wimpory and Jamie Gatehouse who sailed a strong race to take the win.

By the final race of the day, the attention of the race committee was turned to the 45 knot gusts that a live wind station was reading a mere 80 miles West, in Salcombe. Fortunately, they made the correct decision to go ahead with the race, giving many a much needed discard after quite a few letters and a smattering of large numbers had been picked up over the previous races. Fortunately for the newcomers, Jac and Ben, they sailed another great race to pick up a second place whilst their competition for the event win, Joe and Jamie, came in 5th. This meant they clinched the title by a sole point and took home some well-earned chocolates.

By the time the front runners had finished the final race, the wind had started to build so the fleet squatted on the kicker, stuck the bow down, and sent it in towards the beach. This made for an exciting edition of the most important race of the event, the "race to the hose". With the fleet ashore, and a few protests settled, the prize-giving took place. Wonder host, Philip Lightbody took to the stage, dishing out handshakes and highfives like there was no tomorrow. Ovington nailed it with the prizes, kindly giving a few foil bags, water bottles and dock bags for the top teams so a huge thanks to them. Also a big thanks to WPNSA for hosting and of course to our wonderful parents who basically do it all. Without them, the weekend would have involved a bunch of unhappy teenagers sitting at home wishing they were sailing!

All in all, a great weekend was had down in Weymouth with lots of fun on and off the water. Bring on the winter training!

Overall Results:

PosNatSail NoHelmCrewAge GroupBoat GenderClubsR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1GBR2898Jac BaileyBen SinfieldJuniorMalePort Dinorwic SC‑10612211
2GBR2903Joe WimporyJamie GatehouseYouthMaleHisc15(BFD [51])1512
3GBR8Charlie GranSam WebbYouthMaleHisc / Royal Lymington YC(UFD [51])147416
4GBR2849Finian MorrisOllie VinesYouthMaleR Lym Yc/Ltsc / R Lym Y C322‑17916
5GBR2880Alex SydenhamOlly PetersYouthMaleHisc297‑12119
6GBR3410Merryn AttridgeNoah FitzgeraldYouthMaleCastle Cove SC/Royal Hospital School4(BFD [51])1014634
7GBR3085Dylan CreightonBryce MustoYouthMaleCardiff Bay YC133‑1991136
8GBR3079Annabelle VinesMaddie BilbroughYouthFemaleRlymyc / Hayling Island SC8‑161110736
9GBR2121Kitty O'halloranLily O'halloranYouthFemaleRestronguet SC / Restronguet SC710‑1561437
10GBR3224Ella LightbodyHolly MitchellYouthFemaleRlymyc / Hisc1111133‑2738
11GBR2924Lila EdwardsErin PankYouthFemaleParkstone YC / Castle Cove SC98‑1716841
12GBR2222Dirk RogersNick Rogers MaleRoyal Lymington YC515(BFD [51])51742
13GBR3400Charlie GatehouseSam TonksYouthMaleHisc / Hayling Island SC(UFD [51])714131044
14GBR2477Laura ElmsJess CharlesworthYouthFemaleHisc / Hisc/Emsworth Sc‑20203111347
15GBR2342Henry KeeganCharlie HopkinsonYouthMaleParkstone YC / Notts County SC16135‑281953
16GBR2826Maya Bergmann SmithTristan AlheidYouthMixedHisc19‑226151555
17GBR2122Harvey JenkinsTom ArmstrongYouthMaleNewhaven And Seaford Sc / Hayling Island1417‑2281655
18GBR3334James CrossleyAmelie HiscocksYouthMixed (UFD [51])4BFD [51]4362
19GBR2173Charlotte WhiteEd O'callaghanYouthMixedWilsonian Sc / Oxford SC624827(DSQ [51])65
20GBR2905Ffion BaileyLeah MurphyYouthFemalePort Dinorwic SC25121221‑3570
21GBR3350Benjamin RipleyToby Holmes‑LingYouthMaleHisc / Hayling Island SC1818‑26222684
22GBR2506Oliver Stratton‑BrownAndrew SoarsYouthMaleNetley Sc/ Fpsc21‑409233285
23GBR3066Harry SimsJack SimsYouthMaleLlandegfedd SC / Llandegfedd SC2421(BFD [51])311288
24GBR2231Freya HutchinsonJo McAllisterJuniorMixedRlymyc2725(BFD [51])182090
25GBR2229Agnes Bracey‑DavisWill Bracey‑DavisYouthMixedRlymyc / Rlymyc/Hisc(DNC [51])2723192392
26GBR2915Louis HiscockBen AdlerYouthMaleCastle Cove SC2619(BFD [51])292195
27GBR376Alex JonesMillie SmithJuniorMixedParkstone YC17422120‑44100
28GBR2042Jake RawesRory StretchYouthMaleOxford SC / Clevedon SC31(DNS [51])163028105
29GBR2982Jasper Focardi DollingGeorge BiggsJuniorMaleDovey YC / Llandegfedd SC3331(DNC [51])2618108
30GBR2900Allegra MasseyHugo DobrijevicYouthMixedItchenor/Hayling Island Sc / Hayling Isl(DNC [51])14BFD [51]2425114
31GBR2120Olly SmithGeorge BurdenJuniorMaleParkstone YC / Parkstone YC373320‑4224114
32GBR2966Imogen GreenStella NygardYouthFemaleDraycote Water SC / Draycote Water SC292632‑3329116
33GBR2909Toby StanislausTom PontetJuniorMaleWhitefriars SC / South Cerney23283135‑38117
34GBR2336Kirsty ScottCharlie PickeringYouthMixedStarcross YC / Sidmouth SC/Starcross YC353625‑3722118
35GBR1163Hazel JonesJo WalkerYouthFemaleHisc / Queen Mary SC12323443‑46121
36GBR1925James PraineElizabeth FoulkesYouthMixedNetley SC / Netley SC28‑38352534122
37GBR2736Ella JonesThomas JubbJuniorMixedHayling Island SC / Emsworth SC/Hisc322927‑3636124
38GBR3000Rory ClowPiotr TokajukJuniorMaleIbrsc363428‑4533131
39GBR1510Emilia RipleyAngus CockburnJuniorMixed ‑3930383430132
40GBR2203Monty RossClaude YoungJuniorMaleNetley SC / Hisc/Netley383918‑4641136
41GBR2721Huw BeareJack SollyJuniorMaleStarcross YC / Starcross YC22‑44334042137
42GBR2539Polly ScottAnna ElmsJuniorFemaleStarcross YC / Hayling Island SC303739‑4131137
43GBR2225Freddie CallaghanThomas RoyJuniorMaleHisc‑4435303240137
44GBR2882Josh StokesBen StokesYouthMaleHisc1523(BFD [51])DNC [51]DNC [51]140
45GBR2738Ethan HillAlex ColesYouthMaleHisc42‑45293937147
46IRL2127Ella FitzgeraldLisa FlynnYouthFemaleNational YC43432444‑47154
47GBR2514Dan PowellBaz Sanderson‑WoodJuniorMaleLlandegfedd SC40‑46373839154
48IRL2822Hugh MeagherOisin AlexanderYouthMaleNational YC Dun Laoghaire414140‑4743165
49GBR2022Emily BrushettSeb DaviesYouthMixedWarsash SC344741‑4948170
50GBR1951Anna MorrisFreya PhillipsJuniorFemaleHayling Island SC/Royal Lymington YC / H45‑48364845174

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