With 47 entries, the 29er fleet arrived early on Saturday Morning at Draycote Water Sailing Club for the Noble Marine Winter Champtionships to find a glassy millpond with gentle sleet.
Ian Bullock was the race officer, and started his strong weekend with an AP followed quickly by the excellent decision to add an A flag and cancel the racing for the day. This gave everyone a chance to enjoy an afternoon in Rugby.
The next day dawned to bring very different conditions with a wind from the NE ranging from 10 knots at the beginning of the day up to a challenging 20 knots by the afternoon. Blue skies but cold temperatures ensued. Champagne sailing - on ice! The fleet had been called back half an hour early to allow us run 5 races.
Ewan Wilson and Fin Armstrong gave a spectacular performance in the first 2 races, winning both. The wind built for race 3. Chris James and James Hall won this race comfortably. In the fourth Fergus and Harry Fox built up a large lead and felt so confident that they were able give the rest of the fleet an opportunity to try to overtake with a capsize just before the finish line. Thankfully they managed to right the boat and cross the line before anyone else could pounce. The fifth race was then won comfortably by Bella Fellows and Anna Sturrock who also built up an exceptional lead. The overall event was won comfortably by Ewan Wilson and Fin Armstrong with seconds in each of the last three races to add to their two wins. They also claimed the first junior prize. The following places were hotly contested with Chris James and James Hall sneaking into second with a strong finish to the event. Henry Jameson and Toby Atherton followed in third place. Bella Fellows and Anna Sturrock claimed first girl team in 4th place. Ian Bird and Anna Rowe took home first mixed boat in 10th. Many thanks to Zhik for providing some excellent prizes, and Noblemarine for sponsoring the event. Many thanks also to the race team who excelled themselves. On a cold and testing day we ran 5 races and the whole fleet were still all back ashore by 1.30 with never more than 10 minutes from the first finisher to the next start. Lots of exciting racing and a quick turn-around. The 29er fleet were all happy!.