420 selection trials

Report and result of second World's and Junior Europeans selector event at HISC

Monday April 7th 2003, Author: Nick Martin, Location: United Kingdom
Hayling Island provided 8 very testing races for the 2nd regatta of the International 420 Class selection series for the Worlds Championship this year. All weekend the wind was between 6 and 12 knots from the north-east giving many shifts and making consistency very difficult. Stuart Bithell and Jonathan McGovern of Hollingworth Lake, new to the class from the Mirrors, managed 7 races in the top 10 to win the weekend from Pippa Wilson, current girls ISAF World Youth Champion, and Harriette Trumble, and winners of the last meeting Callum Macdonald and Haakon Karlsen.

Mike Dawes, the race officer set a course well inshore to minimise the effect of the tide in the light weather. Despite this, with the tide under the 58 boat fleet, it took a couple of starts to get the first race away. It payed to go right and Macdonald and Karlsen led comfortably at the first mark from Nick Cherry and Joe Henry, Bithell and McGovern, and Jo Macdonald and Laurie Marsden, who steadily worked at the other leaders to slip into 2nd place. In race 2 it wasn’t so clear which way was good. Left seemed reasonable and Oliver Dix and Phillip Lasko sailed to a comfortable win from Matt Burge and Jez Nicholls with Bithell and McGovern again stealing 3rd. Half way up the first beat in race three the wind went left. Simon Lambert and Chris Evans screamed up to the first mark with a huge lead from Dix and Lasko and Charlotte Savage and Maia Walsh. But as the race progressed the wind died a little and Savage and Walsh steadily made ground to slip past on the last run and add another first place to their 3 from the last meeting. Race 4 was the ladies race. Savage and Walsh led from the first mark. Wilson and Trumble picked off the boys to finish 2nd, with Joanna Brigg and Jane Turner in 3rd Lucy and Nicky Macgregor in 6th and Alison Martin And Bethan Carden in 8th. Only Bithell and McGovern, Macdonald and Karlsen, and Dix and Lasko made any impression for the boys. By the end of the day Savage and Walsh were just at the head in the standings.

Sunday’s weather was similar but greyer. But the results did not follow the same pattern. Burge and Nicholls tended to go left on the first beat and were rewarded by comfortable wins in races 5 and 7. But race 6 was not so good and a badly torn spinnaker in Race 8 dropped them down the results list. Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes and Jonathan Frazer started with a 12, but were looking good after finishing 1, 4 and then 1 again in races 6,7, and 8 only to find that they had been over the line at the start of the last race. Joanne Macdonald and Marsden managed 2nd in both race 5 and 8, and were the lucky boat promoted when Fitzjohn-Sykes was disqualified. While all this was going on Callum Macdonald and Karlsen, Bithell and McGovern, and Wilson and Trumble each managed 3 good races to consolidate their regatta positions.

The selector series is now past its halfway stage. Callum Macdonald and Karlsen have extended their overall lead a little, but in places 2 and 3 the two girl pairings of Savage and Walsh, and Wilson and Trumble are only one point apart and 2 points ahead of Bithell and McGovern. With 14 places each at the open and ladies Worlds, the top teams can now be pretty sure of their places, but lower down the standings the competition continues to be intense.

Overall this was a great weekend’s sailing, and the benefit of the experience of sailing on the World Championship course is beginning to be seen.

Results (one discard)

Helm Crew
Points
1 Stuart Bithell Jonathan McGovern
3
3
7
4
17
2
6
9
34
2 Pippa Wilson Harriette Trumble
5
4
12
2
7
5
26
4
39
3 Callum Macdonald Haakon Karlsen
1
15
11
7
3
7
3
11
43
4 Oliver Gray James Hughes
10
5
5
18
4
4
7
12
47
5 Joanne Macdonald Laurie Marsden
2
7
9
29
2
16
13
1
50
6 Charlotte Savage Maia Walsh
6
9
1
1
19
18
10
6
51
7 Oliver Dix Philip Lasko
16
1
3
16
8
20
12
3
59
8 Laurie Fitzjohn Sykes Jonathan Frazer
9
13
32
5
12
1
4
59
76
9 Alison Martin Bethan Carden
12
11
10
8
10
26
5
21
77
10 Nick Cherry Joe Henry
4
6
37
26
9
3
25
8
81
11 Simon Lambert Chris Evans
25
10
2
43
6
6
8
26
83
12 Sam Carter Paul Davies
7
14
22
9
21
11
15
17
94
13 Luke Patience Adam Wagner
24
30
26
11
5
8
2
59
106
14 Joanna Brigg Jane Turner
15
33
18
3
15
10
21
24
106
15 Matt Burge Jez Nickolls
59
2
36
34
1
15
1
23
112
16 Rachel Wigmore Mary Rook
8
8
23
13
24
22
16
30
114
17 James Goss Daniel Schieber
14
20
4
25
20
19
18
20
115
18 Jenny Taylor Mari Shepherd
23
25
6
12
18
29
14
18
116
19 Ian Dobson Andrew Hall
34
24
29
19
14
12
9
10
117
20 Lucy Macgregor Nicola Macgregor
19
16
16
6
35
14
17
34
122
21 Eamonn King Tom Mapplebeck
11
12
13
14
22
23
28
29
123
22 Ben Ainsworth Thomas Heywood
30
26
15
27
28
9
20
5
130
23 Christian Birrell Mark Stockbridge
41
28
8
10
34
21
11
22
134
24 Nathan Batchelor James Clark
17
18
14
15
30
25
27
25
141
25 Thomas Mallindine Ross Harvey
26
29
48
21
16
24
22
7
145
26 Micky Boughton Sophie Anderson
27
19
40
17
29
17
24
15
148
27 Laura Wade Jessica Makey
21
34
25
24
23
13
32
31
169
28 Roger Carter Ian Robertson
40
23
19
48
13
36
38
2
171
29 Karen Smalley Claire Paramore
39
21
24
33
25
35
23
13
174
30 Sophie Ainsworth Lucy Cripps
35
38
20
22
32
37
19
16
181
31 Lisa Tait Pippa Wilkinson
59
17
17
20
36
33
40
28
191
32 Chris Witty Peter Halswell
13
27
51
40
39
32
31
19
201
33 Neil Crossouard Andrew Greer
59
43
27
23
11
28
33
38
203
34 Laura Farrell Alison Bennett
29
32
21
28
43
30
35
32
207
35 Fynn Sterritt Matthew Day
20
31
38
39
59
27
29
45
229
36 Robin Stewart Matthew Forrester
37
36
41
47
37
38
34
14
237
37 Rowan Popplewell Nikki Stewart
43
39
28
37
33
34
39
27
237
38 Robyn Phillips Rachel Jarvis
33
46
34
30
26
39
53
36
244
39 Samantha Green Kate Sudell
28
37
35
35
27
52
37
48
247
40 Chris Carden Sophie White
18
42
59
36
31
51
30
44
252
41 Sam Maxfield Ed Wilkinson
22
59
30
42
59
31
36
41
261
42 Kate Mackenzie Holly Scott
38
35
31
32
59
41
41
46
264
43 Niki Birrell Simon Forbes
32
45
45
31
38
44
46
42
277
44 Charlotte Clay Poppy Husband
36
41
43
41
45
42
43
33
279
45 Bess Mayhew Katie Preston
59
48
33
38
41
40
47
43
290
46 Tom Sanderson James Kent
31
47
52
52
42
45
44
39
300
47 Emily Rowlandson Laura Newnham
49
22
46
55
51
49
52
40
309
48 Emma Clarke Rici Marshall
44
51
50
49
46
43
42
37
311
49 Carly Burge Jenny Macgregor
42
52
42
57
44
54
48
35
317
50 Tom Somerville Francis Hepburne Scott
53
44
39
44
40
53
54
51
324
51 Antonia Bull Emma Taylor
48
40
47
53
50
47
45
49
326
52 Oliver Woods Tom Price
47
55
55
50
47
46
49
47
341
53 Bethan Henshall Jo Powell
50
49
53
46
49
55
56
52
354
54 Bronwen Burton Ceri Henshall
52
54
56
56
48
48
51
50
359
55 Pip Holloway Katie Tessler
46
57
44
45
59
57
57
54
360
56 Thomas Herbert-Evans Daniel Herbert-Evans
51
50
57
59
52
50
50
59
369
57 Alex Claxton Richard Mills
54
56
54
51
53
56
55
53
376
58 Jonathan Bond Jeremy Fowke
45
53
49
54
59
59
59
59
378

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