Stokes Bay marked the last Volvo Grand Prix of the 2013/14 series. A total of 48 boats entered, most arriving on Saturday morning to find breezy conditions and big swell. The fleet launched with a start line just 100 m from the shore, providing spectators with an excellent view of the race course. Some competitors decided it was too breezy to sail and waited on shore for calmer conditions.

Race 1 started cleanly with the fleet splitting up the first beat with Ben Todd and James Hammett leading at the top mark, the rest of the fleet not far behind.

At the leeward gate Ben and James were still leading, but by this time Ed Norbury and Charlie Hutchings were in close 2nd, with Harvey Martin and Bobby Hewitt not far behind. Positions stayed the same, until the final run when Ben and James took the line honours but Harvey and Bobby sneaked past Ed and Charlie to take 2nd.
Race 2 was postponed just before the go and then the black flag was hoisted. The restart was all clear with most of the fleet going left. Ed and Charlie led at the top mark this time, with Harvey and Bobby in 2nd and Ben and James in 3rd. No changes for the rest of the race so the top 3 boats were all on equal points.

In Race 3 the breeze increased to 20 knots. Again the fleet went left. Harvey and Bobby led at the top mark this time, with Ed and Charlie 2nd, and Ben and James 3rd. Positions stayed the same throughout.
Overnight leaders were Harvey and Bobby, with Ed and Charlie in 2nd and Ben and James in 3rd.

Sunday dawned with hardly any wind. The fleet started Race 4 on time with a big left hand shift coming in half way up the first beat. Will Taylor and Rupert Jameson led at the first mark, with Henry Jameson and Charlotte Ormerod in second and Harvey and Bobby in third. The race committee shortened the course to only one lap with no changes in positions occurring for the remainder of the race.

Ahead of race 5 the committee relaid the course before getting a clean start. Left was the way to go. 2 laps later Harvey and Bobby took the win, with Fin and Dan Armstrong getting a 2nd, and Piers Nicholls and Freddie Peters in 3rd.

The final race saw a huge line sag with the breeze dropping off further and some boats not making the pin boat. Again left was the way to go up the first beat, but on the second Jack Lewis and Lucas Marshall played the middle in less tide and took the race win, with Harvey and Bobby in 2nd and Ed and Charlie in 3rd.
Thanks to Stokes Bay Sailing Club for putting on a great event & Sailtek Ltd for their event sponsorship as well as Volvo Cars UK for their continued support of the GP series.

Report by Harvey Martin
Pics by Martin Allen Photography

 

Results

 

Class: RS FEVA 2014
Series: VOLVO GRAND PRIX
Rank Sail No Helm Crew Club Race_1 Race_2 Race_3 Race_4 Race_5 Race_6 Nt Pts
1 1389 Harvey Martin Bobby Hewitt Ogston SC 2 2 1 (3) 1 2 8
2 4623 Edward Norbury Charlie Hutchings Warsash SC 3 1 2 9 (12) 3 18
3 5028 Will Taylor Rupert Jameson Stour SC 10 5 6 1 4 (16) 26
4 4740 James Hammett Ben Todd Hayling Island SC 1 3 3 12 8 (14) 27
5 4890 Fin Armstrong Dan Armstrong Royal Torbay YC 11 (13) 7 4 2 6 30
6 2510 Rory Odell Josh Bonsey Northampton SC 4 (10) 8 8 9 5 34
7 5146 Daniel Lewis Elliott Marshall Draycote Water SC 6 4 5 (25) 7 15 37
8 5560 Dan Discombe Dom Lewis Tonbridge School 9 8 4 (14) 11 10 42
9 4945 Jack Lewis Lucas Marshall Draycote Water SC (44/DNC) 24 11 5 6 1 47
10 5029 Iain Bird Jake Hardman Hayling Island SC (44/DNC) 9 12 6 13 8 48
11 5000 Henry Jameson Charlotte Ormerod Hayling Island SC 12 12 15 2 (20) 9 50
12 4883 Jessie Main Poppy Gilks Warsash SC 8 7 (24) 19 5 11 50
13 3182 William Cunliffe James Cunliffe Royal Torbay YC 5 6 13 20 (32) 12 56
14 3362 Ellie Walton Alicia Campbell-Bottoms Hayling Island SC 7 (44/DNC) 9 16 15 19 66
15 1276 Billy Vennis Ozaane Vicky Cowan Hill Head SC 29 11 (31) 7 18 13 78
16 4065 George Tardrew Freddie Simes Bewl Valley SC 15 18 10 13 (27) 27 83
17 3999 Josh Haynes Dom Cotterill Trent Valley SC 13 14 16 24 (31) 24 91
18 5517 Liam Willis Arran Mills Lymington Town SC 14 17 22 (26) 21 17 91
19 4470 Cris Edmonds Jess Harding Chew Valley Lake SC 16 15 19 22 29 (37) 101
20 2508 Jess Jobson Grace Gadd Royal Torbay YC 22 (31) 26 18 16 22 104
21 5634 Piers Nicholls Freddie Peters Hayling Island SC (44/DNC) 44/DNC 44/DNC 10 3 7 108
22 5561 Oscar Wright John Jones Tonbridge School 17 25 20 23 24 (26) 109
23 62 Buzz Gilks Fran Gilks Queen Mary SC 19 16 18 27 30 (31) 110
24 5564 Jamie Macaulay Billy Bastide Tonbridge School 18 22 30 (40) 17 25 112
25 4885 Rebecca Lewis Luke Bailey Draycote Water SC (44/DNC) 44/DNC 44/DNC 11 10 4 113
26 1295 Sally Lorimer Alice Powell Warsash SC 20 23 (33) 33 14 23 113
27 4984 Anna Zurrmond Philomena Ala Mengeham Rythe SC 25 19 17 34 25 (36) 120
28 2609 Dan Shillaker Simon Shillaker Hill Head SC 21 30 14 29 (34) 28 122
29 151 Ieuan Harrison Luke Hartley Stokes Bay SC 31 21 27 (36) 23 21 123
30 5782 Lucy Pennant Zoe King Hayling Island SC (44/DNF) 20 29 21 26 35 131
31 2582 Christian Thomas James Gandar Stokes Bay SC 23 27 (44/DNC) 32 19 32 133
32 5631 Ewan Luke Daisy Lee-Browne Llandudno SC 27 28 23 30 28 (34) 136
33 5562 Rory Fulton Harry Tilling Tonbridge School 24 29 21 31 37 (41) 142
34 4963 Louis Wright Jamie Allen Hayling Island SC (44/DNC) 44/DNC 44/DNC 17 22 18 145
35 5288 Caitlin Webster Lucy Cotterill Royal Torbay YC 26 36 (44/DNC) 38 33 20 153
36 4385 Jude McFarlane Bond Eric McFarlane Bond Baltic Wharf SC 28 26 28 35 (42) 42 159
37 5630 Thomas Bale Amy Bale South Caernarfonshire YC 30 34 (44/BFD) 28 40 29 161
38 2184 Tom Holliday Ollie Dennis Emsworth SC (44/DNC) 44/DNC 44/DNC 15 35 33 171
39 5563 Ricky Hunter Oscar Brown Tonbridge School (44/DNC) 32 25 39 41 39 176
40 3638 Alice Edmonds Liz Widdicombe Chew Valley Lake SC (44/DNF) 33 32 44/DNC 38 30 177
41 2192 Kate Winter Zoe Belben Stokes Bay SC 33 37 34 (41) 36 38 178
42 1671 Amelia Dunn Imogen Beard Stokes Bay SC 32 35 (44/DNC) 37 39 40 183
43 4994 Luke Beuvink Matthew Clarke Burnham SC (44/DNC) 44/DNC 44/DNC 44/DNC 44/DNC 44/DNC 220
Races in brackets () are discards.
There are 6 races scheduled in this series.
6 races have been sailed.
5 races have been counted.
Results last updated on 06/07/2014 at 13:18
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