29Er Grand Prix At Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club 29 30 May 2005

29er Grand Prix at Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club, 29-30 May 2005
29er Grand Prix at Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club, 29-30 May 2005

 

Sophie White and Andrew Fielder hold off a determined final afternoon challenge from James Stewardson and Tom Morris to take the Island Barn Grand Prix.

Day 1 suffered from the absence of any real wind. It held up for just long enough to get in one single-lap race of the scheduled five. Sophie White and Andy Fielder won the drifter.

Day 2 started even worse, with thunder, torrential rain and hail to add to a light wind that moved through 180 degrees during the first race. Sophie Jones and Guy Fillmore led until the last twenty feet, when they were caught by Paul Turnill and Preston Taylor.

Then the thunder clouds rolled away, the sun came out, the wind strengthened to a steady Force 3 north-westerly and some serious racing could begin. At lunch, with 5 races on the board, White/Fielder (7 points) led National Squad members James Stewardson and Tom Morris (11 points) and Jones/Filmore (also 11 points).

Hot favourites Stewardson/Morris had some work to do after lunch. But Jones/Filmore led from start to finish in Race 6, and White/Fielder did the same in Race7. In a rising breeze, Stewardson/Morris showed their class by blasting down wind into a late lead in Race 8, narrowing the points gap on White/Fielder to 2.

The last race was a classic shoot out between the top 3 boats. Jones/Filmore led at the first mark, but White/Fielder took them on the second beat. Third round were Stewardson/Morris and again they showed blistering downwind speed to catch White/Fielder on a port/starboard, forcing them to gybe, while maintaining their own pace to the finish.

A perfect days racing with no less than 8 races to add the single race of Day1. Sophie White and Andrew Fielder have been sailing with a variety of sailors all season but together they are a very strong team. With three firsts, three seconds and three thirds they were the class act of the weekend and fully deserved their Grand Prix win.

Overall Results:

Pos Helm Crew Sail No Club Pts
1 Sophie White Andy Fielder 342 Burghfield 12
2 James Stewardson Tom Morris 9 Ullswater 13
3 Sophie Jones Guy Filmore 703 Island Barn 18
4 Hannah Tattersal John Mather 174 Wimbledon Park 25
5 Dicken Maclean Nicola Groves 55 Island Barn 29
6 Paul Turnill Preston Taylor 691 Bewel Valley 40
7 Tom Walker James Bennett 873 Portchester 45
8 Gareth Griffiths Alex Groves 692 Island Barn 48
9 Oscar Wersall Philip Nilsson 697 Island Barn 48
10 Ian Watkins Ben Dibley 172 Lee on Solent 62