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.

Pos Sail No Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
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

 

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