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Gill Flying 15 Inland Championships Grafham Water SC

May 28-29th 2022

34 Boats arrived in glorious sunshine at Grafham Water Sailing Club for the Gill Flying Fifteen Inland Championships on 28th/29th May. The fleet included boats from Dublin and County Antrim who made the journey across the Irish sea (great effort guys!) and from up and down the country to race at one of the best inland venues in the UK.

The boats ranged from the beautiful and exquisitely maintained “617” and “817” to the pretty much brand new “4102”. As a qualifying event for the World championships next year in Freemantle, enthusiasm was running high with the whole fleet launched early and ready for the first start.

The forecast for Saturday was light, northerly breezes and as the fleet assembled in the starting area at the west end of the reservoir, the wind was settling at 7-10 knots. Although the sailing instructions gave options for 3 different courses, OODs Nigel Denchfield and Phil Bevan had already advised during the briefing that windward-leeward would be the default option for lighter breeze. Keen to lay down an early marker, Ian Pinnell and Ian Cadwallader led the fleet at the first windward mark of race 1 and despite some snakes and ladders managed to secure their first bullet from Draycote pair Simon Patterson & Simon Thompson. Race 2 saw another Draycote pairing at the front of the fleet, this time Jeremy Davy & Martin Huett picking their way through the shifts and patches of breeze to take the second race from Justin Waples and Jackie McKellar in second and Richard Lovering and Matt Alvarado third.

By race 3, the OOD began to lose patience with the fleet’s over-enthusiastic starting habits and promptly produced the black flag after the first recall. 4 boats were sent ashore for early pasta before the fleet finally got away at the 4th attempt. Pinnell & Cadwallader made the most of the strongest wind conditions of the day to take their second race win, getting past Charles & Charlie Apthorp at the end of the last beat with GP14 maestros Andy Tunnicliffe & Andy Smith completing the top three.  (Interesting fact from the Race Officer- one boat he never spotted on the start line before the gun was Ian Pinnell/Ian Cadwallader’s…..mmmmmm…might be something in that !)

Sunday’s forecast was for a slightly stronger 8-15 knots and a similar northerly direction. And in fact it was blowing 20 knots straight out of north as the fleet launched. First out of the blocks were Richard Lovering and Matt Alvarado with Shane MacCarthy and Adam Froggart second and the ever consistent Pinnell and Cadwallader 3rd. Race 5 produced yet another different race winner - Burghfield Sailing Club’s Ian Linder & Kevin Sweetman sailing off into the distance with the Apthorps holding off MacCarthy and Froggart for second. A 5th place for Pinnell & Cadwallader was enough for them to secure the title with a race to spare and never ones to turn down an opportunity for an early finish, they headed ashore to rehearse their speeches and do their makeup. Meanwhile back out on course the wind was getting tricky to read. Huge shifts and big pressure differences were producing massive gains and losses throughout the fleet. Lovering and Alvarado seemed to have it mastered though, winning the final race from Hamish McKay and Adam Lawson. Crucially this second race win for the Hayling island duo was enough for them to secure overall on countback from Jeremy Davy & Martin Huet who had to settle for third overall on this occasion.
The classic boats had great racing on day one, but with the strong northerlies the two older boats decided not to launch, Mark Greer and Andrew Connellan from Middle Nene taking the overall win.
In the silvers, Jordan Aspin and Jason Benn in 3130 took the top spot.

Quote of the day from one of the competitors between races “Loving the Flying 15….fantastic racing”
Huge thanks to everyone involved who made the event happen including the Race Officers Nigel Denchfield, Phil Bevan and their whole team, and also the sometimes unsung heroes like Andy the Coxswain who got all 34 FFs on and off the water in double quick time.

Prizes were kindly sponsored by Gill and winning helm Ian Pinnell thanked Grafham Water Sailing Club, the race team and all the onshore helpers for a really enjoyable weekends racing.

More photographs of the event can be viewed at https://8573832.tifmember.com

Report by Shane MacCarthy and Simon Kneller

Photographs Copyright- Paul Sanwell/OPP - All copyright retained by OP Photography. No resale or free provision to any third party allowed. 



 
Rank Fleet Class Sail_number Division Helms_Name Crews_Name Sailing_Club Rating R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
1st Open Flying 15 4096 Red Ian Pinnell Ian Cadwallader Hayling Island Sailing Club 1021 1.0 5.0 1.0 3.0 5.0 (36.0 DNC) 51.0 15.0
2nd Open Flying 15 4002 Red Richard Lovering Matt Alvarado Hayling Island Sailing Club/WYC 1021 7.0 3.0 (36.0 BFD) 1.0 7.0 1.0 55.0 19.0
3rd Open Flying 15 3760 Red Jeremy Davy Martin Huett Draycote Water Sailing Club 1021 4.0 1.0 5.0 (10.0) 6.0 3.0 29.0 19.0
4th Open Flying 15 4085 Red Shane MacCarthy Adam Froggart Greystone Sailing Club 1021 9.0 6.0 4.0 2.0 3.0 (36.0 DNF) 60.0 24.0
5th Open Flying 15 4089 Red Hamish Mackay Andrew Lawson Royal Thames Yacht Club/Hayling Island S 1021 5.0 4.0 9.0 5.0 (19.0) 2.0 44.0 25.0
6th Open Flying 15 4004 Red Charles Apthorp Charlie Apthorp Hayling Island Sailing Club 1021 12.0 (14.0) 2.0 4.0 2.0 8.0 42.0 28.0
7th Open Flying 15 3851 Blue Ian Linder Kevin Sweetman Burghfield Sailing Club 1021 6.0 8.0 7.0 (16.0) 1.0 11.0 49.0 33.0
8th Open Flying 15 4102 Red Andy Tunnicliffe Andy Smith Bassenthwaite Sailing Club 1021 11.0 (36.0 UFD) 3.0 7.0 9.0 5.0 71.0 35.0
9th Open Flying 15 4094 Red John Hanson Helen Selden Datchet Water Sailing Club 1021 10.0 9.0 10.0 (14.0) 4.0 6.0 53.0 39.0
10th Open Flying 15 4083 Red John Lavery Alan Green National Yacht Club 1021 8.0 7.0 6.0 6.0 14.0 (15.0) 56.0 41.0
11th Open Flying 15 4033 Red Justin Waples Jackie Mckellar RCYC/RHYC 1021 13.0 2.0 (14.0) 11.0 10.0 13.0 63.0 49.0
12th Open Flying 15 4024 Red Simon Kneller Ashley Painter Grafham Water Sailing Club 1021 (26.0) 13.0 11.0 12.0 17.0 7.0 86.0 60.0
13th Open Flying 15 4091 Blue Jeremy Arnold Keith Jamieson Notts County Sailing Club 1021 15.0 (19.0) 19.0 8.0 11.0 10.0 82.0 63.0
14th Open Flying 15 4080 Red Simon Patterson Simon Thompson Draycote Water Sailing Club 1021 2.0 11.0 (36.0 BFD) 21.0 22.0 12.0 104.0 68.0
15th Open Flying 15 4069 Blue Bill Chard Josh Preater Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club 1021 14.0 10.0 12.0 19.0 (20.0) 14.0 89.0 69.0
16th Open Flying 15 4044 Blue Richard Hope Mike Stenson Draycote Water Sailing Club 1021 19.0 (20.0) 13.0 9.0 18.0 16.0 95.0 75.0
17th Open Flying 15 4030 Blue Alistair Stevenson David Culpan Datchet Water Sailing Club 1021 28.0 (29.0) 8.0 13.0 15.0 17.0 110.0 81.0
18th Open Flying 15 4082 Red Terry Scutcher Chris Hewkin Dubai Offshore Sailing Club/Burton/Shotl 1021 3.0 (36.0 UFD) 36.0 BFD 26.0 13.0 4.0 118.0 82.0
19th Open Flying 15 3794 Blue David Philpott Graham Wadeley Grafham Water Sailing Club 1021 23.0 17.0 (36.0 BFD) 25.0 8.0 18.0 127.0 91.0
20th Open Flying 15 Silver 3726 Blue Duncan Grindley Jon Mortimer Grafham Water Sailing Club 1036 21.0 (24.0) 16.0 24.0 12.0 20.0 117.0 93.0
21st Open Flying 15 4084 Blue Tim O'Brien Pip Noon Grafham Water Sailing Club 1021 17.0 12.0 18.0 (27.0) 23.0 24.0 121.0 94.0
22nd Open Flying 15 3969 Green Peter Card Stephen Card Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club 1021 20.0 16.0 17.0 18.0 24.0 (36.0 DNC) 131.0 95.0
23rd Open Flying 15 3703 Green Julian Metherell Harry Blowers Grafham Water Sailing Club 1021 16.0 (36.0 UFD) 22.0 22.0 16.0 21.0 133.0 97.0
24th Open Flying 15 4027 Blue Michael Clapp Howard Shawyer Parkstone/Datchet Water Sailing Club 1021 22.0 22.0 15.0 20.0 (26.0) 19.0 124.0 98.0
25th Open Flying 15 4042 Blue Geoff Floyd Colin Gilbert Grafham Water Sailing Club 1021 18.0 26.0 (36.0 BFD) 17.0 31.0 9.0 137.0 101.0
26th Open Flying 15 4097 Green Tony Gaffney Raymond Flanagan Draycote Water Sailing Club 1021 (29.0) 27.0 25.0 15.0 29.0 25.0 150.0 121.0
27th Open Flying 15 3873 Blue Neil Bartholomey Tom Vasey Middle Nene Sailing Club 1021 (32.0) 31.0 23.0 23.0 21.0 23.0 153.0 121.0
28th Open Flying 15 4041 Blue Simon Cooper Alastair Cooper Bewl Sailing Association 1021 27.0 15.0 26.0 (28.0) 28.0 26.0 150.0 122.0
29th Open Flying 15 3937 Blue Richard Major John Aston Grafham Water Sailing Club 1021 (30.0) 30.0 27.0 30.0 25.0 22.0 164.0 134.0
30th Open Flying 15 3536 Green Angus Scott Jeremy Scott Datchet Water Sailing Club 1021 24.0 28.0 (36.0 DNF) 29.0 27.0 28.0 172.0 136.0
31st Classic Flying 15 Classic 2433 Blue Mark Greer Andrew Connellan Middle Nene Sailing Club 1036 (34.0) 23.0 28.0 31.0 30.0 27.0 173.0 139.0
32nd Classic Flying 15 Classic 817 Blue Bryan Willis John McPeake County Antrim Yacht Club 1036 25.0 25.0 21.0 (36.0 DNC) 36.0 DNC 36.0 DNC 179.0 143.0
33rd Classic Flying 15 Classic 617 Blue Graham Lamond Rachel Lamond Ripon Sailing Club 1036 31.0 18.0 24.0 (36.0 DNC) 36.0 DNC 36.0 DNC 181.0 145.0
34th Silver Flying 15 Silver 3130 Green Jordan Aspin Jason Benn Sir John Fisher Sailing Club 1036 33.0 21.0 20.0 (36.0 DNC) 36.0 DNC 36.0 DNC 182.0 146.0
35th Open Flying 15 4012 Blue Jonathan Knight Trish Knight Grafham Water Sailing Club 1021 (36.0 DNC) 36.0 DNC 36.0 DNC 36.0 DNC 36.0 DNC 36.0 DNC 216.0 180.0

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