Grafham Water SC hosted the 3rd Volvo Grand Prix of the series over April 5th/6th. The wind behaved for a change with 15 knots & perfect conditions.
The first start saw the fleet off the line cleanly. A perfect start from Jessie Main & Poppy Gilks helped them to lead the fleet upwind.
Hannah Tucker & Bethan Matthew were first at the top mark followed by Chris Edmonds & Jess Harding as the wind dropped & the rain started!
By the end of lap one Piers Nicholls & Freddie Peters were leading from Hannah & Bethan; while Harry Barker & Josh Beck climbed up to third. By the second windward mark Piers & Freddie still lead; 2nd Cris & Jess; 3rd Harry & Josh. Places held for lap 2 as the wind increased back to 15 knots & much to the pleasure of the race team the rain stopped. Race one was a clear win for Piers & Freddie; Harry & Josh second with Harvey & Bobby third.
Race two was lead by Daniel Lewis & Elliott Marshall at the first windward mark from Chay Taylor & Philippa Blunden. At the end of lap one Dan & Elliot had a clear lead with the pack behind being incredibly close. Kathryn Hutton-Penman & Matthew Jayasakara squeezed round in second with Piers and Freddie third. At the second windward mark Dan & Elliott lead from Piers & Freddie, with Harvey Martin & Bobby Hewitt climbing to 3rd.
The wind was now consistently over 15 knots but Dan & Elliott held on for the win; 2nd Piers & Freddie; 3rd Harvey & Bobby.
With the wind having dropped slightly for race 3 it was Hannah & Bethan leading from Dan & Elliott followed by Harvey and Bobby. Hannah & Bethan held their lead to the finish as the ‘pack’ closed in. Excellent work! 2nd Harvey & Bobby; 3rd Dan & Elliott.
A 4th race was sailed due to a ‘windier’ forecast for Sunday. The race got away on the second attempt. At the top mark Harvey & Bobby ahead of Dan & Elliott followed by Ed & Charlie. By the end of lap 1 Harvey & Bobby still lead but Ed & Charlie are up to second. Third was Harry & Josh. By the start of lap 3 Ed & Charlie overtake Harvey & Bobby but by the windward mark first round was Dan & Elliott followed by Ed & Charlie then Harry & Josh. Lots of place changes on the last run as gust came down the race course. Harry & Josh come out on top followed by Harvey & Bobby then Dan & Elliott.
The wind resumed at about 15 knots on Day two. Harvey & Bobby lead for the first lap with Greg & George Kelly in 2nd; 3rd Ed & Charlie in a building breeze. By the end of lap two Greg & George had the lead with Harvey & Bobby in second then Ed & Charlie. The chasing pack were too close to call. At the last windward mark Ed & Charlie were ahead with Harvey & Bobby second; Piers & Freddie third. By the finish Harvey & Bobby took the win from Ed & Charlie.
Points were close for the final race & the breeze was a steady 13 to 17 knots. The fleet got away clear & at the first mark Harry & Josh lead Greg & George; 3rd Harvey & Bobby. By the first leeward mark Harry & Josh had a strong lead from Harvey & Bobby with Greg & George third. By the end of Lap two Harry & Josh have a 1 minute lead over Ed & Charle; 3rd Hannah & Bethan. But at the last windward mark the ‘pack’ were catching! A 24 knot gust brings the leaders down to the line. Harvey & Bobby almost take the lead but nearly wipe out in the process! Harry & Josh take the win from Ed & Charlie; 3rd Greg & George who just pip Harvey & Bobby who finished without the kite. This was enough, however, for them to take the overall win of the Volvo GP.
Thank you to GWSC including Peter & Sue Saxton for running some fantastic racing. A huge thanks to Volvo for sponsoring the circuit & supplying cars for a competition enabling the Profitt & Conlan families to arrive in style.
|1st||1389||Harvey Martin||Bobby Hewitt||Ogston SC||3||3||2||2||1||‑4||11|
|2nd||453||Harry Barker||Josh Beck||Bowmoor||2||4||4||1||‑5||1||12|
|3rd||5634||Piers Nicholls||Freddie Peters||HISC||1||2||5||‑9||3||9||20|
|4th||4682||Greg Kelly||George Kelly||Isle of Man YC||6||7||6||‑8||4||3||26|
|5th||5146||Daniel Lewis||Elliott Marshall||Draycote Water SC||10||1||3||3||12||‑23||29|
|6th||627||Hannah Tucker||Bethan Matthew||Burnham SC||5||5||1||14||(DNC)||8||33|
|7th||4627||Kathryn Hutton‑Penman||Matthew Jayasakara||Burnham SC||9||6||10||‑11||11||5||41|
|8th||3362||Ellie Walton||Alicia Campbell‑Bottoms||Draycote Water SC||12||‑13||7||7||8||7||41|
|9th||5029||Iain Bird||Jake Hardman||HISC||7||10||‑14||6||9||10||42|
|10th||4470||Cris Edmonds||Jess Harding||CHew Valley Lake SC||4||11||9||10||‑15||11||45|
|11th||3182||William Cunliffe||James Cunliffe||RTYC||‑18||8||15||5||10||17||55|
|12th||2510||Rory O’Dell||Josh Bonsey||NSC||(DNC)||20||8||15||6||6||55|
|13th||4883||Jessie Main||Poppy Gilks||Warash SC||11||12||‑13||13||7||12||55|
|14th||4623||Edward Nordury||Charlie Hutchings||Warsash SC||14||(DNC)||DNC||4||2||2||57|
|15th||501||Chay Taylor||Phillipa Blunden||Burnham SC||15||9||11||‑18||17||15||67|
|16th||5279||Will Spurway||Ed Colan||Bowmoor||‑20||16||12||17||13||13||71|
|17th||4945||Jakc Lewis||Lucas Marshall||Craycote Water SC||13||14||‑22||16||16||14||73|
|18th||4890||Finley Armstrong||Daniel Armstrong||RTYC||8||15||20||(RAF)||18||18||79|
|19th||1250||Michael Dennis||Matthew Godfrey||CVLSC||‑21||18||18||12||19||16||83|
|20th||4631||Freya Black||Hatty Cage||HISC||16||21||19||21||14||‑27||91|
|21st||5450||Tristan Payne||Isobel Clark||HISC||25||‑26||16||23||20||19||103|
|22nd||3774||Flossie Tanner||Ollie Perry||Silverwing SC||17||19||24||20||25||(DNC)||105|
|23rd||2431||Tom Proffitt||Alex Middleton||Rutland SC||23||22||21||26||‑27||20||112|
|24th||4622||Buzz Gilks||Francesca Gilks||QMSC||27||30||17||(DNC)||22||21||117|
|25th||3638||Alice Edmunds||Liz Widdicombe||Chew Valley SC||(DNC)||23||25||19||23||28||118|
|26th||5172||Dan Discombe||Dom Lewis||Tonbridge School||28||17||23||22||(DNC)||DNC||125|
|27th||2508||Jessica Jobson||Grace Gadd||RTYC||19||27||26||24||29||(DNC)||125|
|28th||4385||Jude McFarlane Bond||Eric McFarlane Bond||Baltic Wharf SC||26||24||31||25||‑32||22||128|
|29th||5176||Rory Falton||Billy Bastide||Tonbridge School||29||25||28||(DNC)||24||25||131|
|30th||2184||Tom Holliday||Ollie Dennis||Emsworth SC||22||29||29||27||‑31||30||137|
|31st||5173||Oscar Wright||Teddy Tredover||Tonbridge School||24||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||21||24||139|
|32nd||51||Toby Mizzi||Tom Callan||Littleton SC||‑30||28||30||28||26||29||141|
|33rd||5630||Thomas Bale||Amy Bale||SCYC||31||31||27||29||28||(DNC)||146|
|34th||5631||Ewan Luke||Daisy Lee‑Browne||Rydol Penrhos School||32||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||30||26||158|