National ranking

There was big wind for round three of the Holt RYA sponsored series at Weymouth and Portland this weekend

Monday October 20th 2003, Author: Sasha Oswald, Location: United Kingdom
Over a windy weekend in Weymouth the third round of the Holt RYA National Ranking took place combined with the final weekend of the RYA 49er Gold Series.

Racing took place in the Mistral, Europe, Finn, 470, Tornado and 49er classes and most of the fleets managed four races on the Saturday, followed by just one on the Sunday as the wind gradually built to over 25 knots.

In many of the classes racing was close and just a few points separated the podium places. Adam Pepelasis won the Mistral class by just one point from Leo McCallin. Charlie Cumbley and Matt Howard had a battle on in the Finn class with Cumbley eventually taking the series by one point and in the 470 class, female sailors Christina Bassadone and Katherine Hopson reigned over their male competitors to win by one point from John Pink and John Gimson.

Racing was also close in the Tornado class and although completing only three races due to the windy conditions, Leo Farrow and Tristan Lamb came out on top and won on count back from Jonathan Hutchcroft and Marcus Lynch.

In the Europe class Lizzie Vickers put in a convincing three point win over Andrea Brewster. Counting three first places amongst her score line and nothing worse than a third, Vickers won the class and with it a Holt 'goody bag' supplied by the sponsors for finishing as first non-lottery funded sailor in the class.

With twenty boats battling it out for part of the RYA 49er Gold Series 4000 Euro prize pot and a total of 29 boats taking part in the final weekend, there was plenty of close racing in the 49er class.

Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes experience shone through and after recently finishing sixth at the ISAF World Sailing Championships they won the Holt RYA National Ranking Series and the RYA 49er Gold Series, leaving Weymouth 1500 Euros richer.

Morrison commented, "There were a lot of newer sailors competing in the class and a lot of them sailed brilliantly especially in the lighter conditions last weekend, but they just need to practice in the heavier winds. The event has been great especially for the younger sailors and from our point of view we have had an awesome year and it is a nice bonus to win 1500 Euros at this event."

There was a great battle on for the remaining podium places and with prize money going to the top five everyone was fighting hard for a slice of the prize fund. Ben McGrane and Jonathan Clegg came in second in both the national ranker and the gold series, bagging themselves 1000 Euros from Simon Hiscocks and Tim Paull. Fresh from success at the recent world championships, Hiscocks, who is normally seen at the other end of the boat, thought he would try his hand at helming and, pairing up with Tim Paull, managed to put in a good performance to win 750 Euros. Brothers Fred and Hugh Shone finished in seventh place and won themselves 400 Euro for the highest placed team under 20 years old.

RYA Olympic Development Squad Manager Barrie Edgington summed up his thoughts on the gold series and the final weekend, "The RYA 49er Gold Series has been a fantastic test and with the last race double points and non-discardable it has certainly twisted the results. It has been a little hard on some of the newcomers to the fleet in the windy conditions but has also emphasised the hard work put in by Stevie and Ben over the year.

I think the rest of the fleets were pleased to race in the conditions we had and it is something that is unique to the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy being based in Portland Harbour with the fact that you can go sailing when it is 25 knots plus."

Round four and five of the Holt RYA National Ranking Series take place over the weekends of the 1/2 November at Rutland Water Sailing Club for the 2.4mR, Europe, 470, Mistral and Finn classes and the 15/16 November at Warsash Sailing Club for the Tornado, Yngling, Europe, 470, Finn and 49er classes.

Results from round three

Mistral
1, Adam Pepelasis (1,3,3,(4),1) 8 pts
2, Leo McCallin ((5),1,4,2,2) 9 pts
3, Toby Monk (4,2,1,(6),4) 11 pts

Europe
1, Lizzie Vickers (2,(3),1,1,1) 5 pts
2, Andrea Brewster ((3),1,2,2,3) 8 pts
3, Chris Gill ((7),4,3,4,5) 16 pts

Finn
1, Charlie Cumbley (1,1,1,2,(3)) 5 pts
2, Matt Howard (2,2,(4),1,1) 6 pts
3, Tim Carver (4,(5),2,4,2) 12 pts

470
1, Christina Bassadone/Katherine Hopson (2,2,1,(4),2) 7 pts
2, John Pink/John Gimson (1,4,(6),2,1) 8 pts
3, Nic Asher/Elliot Willis ((3),3,2,3,3) 11 pts

Tornado
1, Leo Farrow/Tristan Lamb (3,1,1) 5 pts
2, Jonathan Hutchcroft/Marcus Lynch (1,2,2) 5 pts
3, Andrew Walsh/Edward Barnet (2,3,3) 8 pts

49er
1, Stevie Morrison/Ben Rhodes (1,1,2,1) 5 pts
2, Ben McGrane/Jonathan Clegg (2,3,4,2) 11 pts
3, James McIntosh/Phil Kennard (3,2,7,4) 16 pts

49er Gold Series (11/12 & 18/19 October)
1, Stevie Morrison/Ben Rhodes (5,(11),1,1,1,2,2) 12 pts
2, Ben McGrane/Jonathan Clegg (4,2,(7),2,3,4,4) 19 pts
3, Simon Hiscocks/Tim Paull (1,5,5,(DNF),6,1,10) 28 pts

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