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A parent has kindly volunteered to collect and deliver the shirts from the manufacturers to Medemblik and as a result we will save 5.00 on p & p. This means that the shirts will now cost 28.00. The class makes no profit on the shirts, this is the cost to us and the price reflects the addtional charges for set up, embroidery and logo costs. Final numbers have to be in soon in order for the manufacturer to deliver on time. Please contact Barbara Walker to order a shirt: walkers@draycote.org
On-line entry is now available for the open meeting at Red Wharf Bay on June 21/22. Celebrate the end of exams with 2 days of racing at this new venue for the 29er class. A bargain at 15 for the weekend. Click title link or see Events page.
This combined training and race weekend over the spring bank holiday attracted 12 boats which included a large contingent from Draycote.Saturday saw 25-30 knot winds and 5" waves in the Solent. Report and pictures the the title link. Link: https://docs.google.com/a/29ersailing.org.uk/file/d/0B8IYN9iqy5z5bkM5VzgzWkhfNkU/edit?usp=drivesdk
Polo shirts for the European Championships in Medemblik will be available at 33.00 each. There will be an embroidered logo on the front, similar in style to that produced for the Worlds. In addition there will be a large GBR logo on the back.Those interested in purchasing a shirt should contact Barbara Walker at: walkers@draycote.org and place an order no later than 30th May.
Well done to our ISAF youth representatives James Peters/Ed Fitzgerald and Frances Peters/Claire Lasko who finished 2nd and 3rd at the Dutch Youth Regatta in Workum over the first May Bank holiday.
James Peters (Hayling Island) and Ed Fitzgerald (Chichester) have produced almost a flawless week"s racing to claim both the 2008 RYA Youth Nationals overall and boys" 29er crowns.The duo won six of the 10 races in the series to romp to overall glory by eight points from James" elder sister Frances and Claire Lasko (Thame, Oxon). However in claiming overall silver, Peters and Lasko are 2008 29er girls" champions, Frances successfully reclaiming the title she won at Hayling Island in 2007.Click lnk for more info
A good turn out of 25 boats enjoyed the blustery conditions at Draycote over the weekend. A convincing win by Youth World Champions Max Richardson and Alex Groves, followed by 1st girls Becky Diamond & Fiona Hampshire in 2nd on countback from Phil Walker and John Mather. Follow link for full results.
A great turnout of 39 29ers braved the freezing blustery conditions at the Tiger Trophy held on Rutland Water this weekend. 29ers accounted for 1/4 of the top 10% of places in the 240 boat fleet! Well done to James Peters & Ed Fitzgerald in 4th, Tom Durham & Alex Cooper in 8th, Nick Redding and Adam Hilton 12th, Frances Peters & Claire Lasko 19th, Becky Diamond & Fiona Hampshire 20th, and Adam Larvin & Graham Wheaton 21st. Full results on the title link.
Max Richardson & Alex Groves of Hastings SC and Island Barn SC today claimed Youth Gold Medals, and bronze overall, in a nail biting finish to the 29er World Championships in Sorrento. Australians Thomas and Warren clinched overall Gold with 2 1st places in the final 2 races of what has been a challenging and exciting finals. The fleet launched on time and sailed the first race of the day in a 6 knot easterly breeze. GBR scored 3 top 10 results in the race. The fleet were then sent ashore as the breeze dropped. Once the sea breeze kicked in, the fleet were again launched in a good 15-20 knot easterly breeze. The stronger wind did not suit Dutch girls Bekkering/Kisters who dropped to 6th overall. Bleddyn & Tom raised their game, in spite of an OCS in the 2nd race of the day to finish 4th overall. With James & Ed finishing 7th overall, GBR had 3 teams in the top 10 which comprised of 7 Nationalities showing the depth of competition. A fantastic result by all GBR sailors at what has been a superb event.
The first day of the finals was one of those difficult days most sailors wish to forget. The gradient offshore breeze battled with a sea breeze with neither winning, which meant fluctuating direction and strength never exceeding 15 knots. The leader board has changed considerably with Dutch female sailors Bekkering/Kisters putting in the best results in a high scoring day to take the lead. James and Ed moved up to 2nd with the leading Aussies Thomas/Warren displaced to 3rd by the game of snakes & ladders in largely unpredictable conditions. Other notable individual GBR results were a 5th from Max and Alex and a 2nd from Becky and Fiona. With most sailors carrying high scores and with 8 races still scheduled with light conditions due to continue, it is anybody"s guess as to what the next two days will hold. For full results of all fleets click on the title link.
The temperature dropped at least 10 degrees compared to yesterday to make this a pleasant summer"s day with big winds blowing in from the ocean and therefore offshore at Sorrento. Two races were sailed in the morning and then the fleet retired for a lunch break and to lick their wounds. Things were not totally straightforward at the front of the fleet with some leading boats capsizing or having trouble with spinnakers in the shifty gusts and short chop.In blue flight Thomas/Warren (AUS) held on to two 1st places and in red Sogaard/Kristensen (DEN) pulled of a 1st and 3rd, placing these two boats 1st and 2nd at lunch break. Mixed fortunes for Peters/Fitzgerald left 3 GBR boats all on 22 points in 3rd, 4th and 5th.The fleet relaunched after lunch, but were soon called back ashore as the wind continued to build.GBR boats Cooper/Durham and Humphreys/Gibbs also won races today.Qualification has concluded with an impressive 7 GBR teams making the cut for gold fleet.Click title for full results
Saturday in Australia brought moderate to light conditions with soaring temperatures and plenty of sunshine. The wind was N/NE 10-15 knots then a weak Southerly sea breeze. Zinc sticks were applied to noses and necks.Yellow flight today included four GBR boats with Richardson/Groves taking charge with four bullets. Race 3 was the most closely contended with the first three boats finishing within a few seconds of each other.Peters/Fitzgerald were in red and finished second on the day"s leader board, winning the two afternoon races as the breeze weakened. They take the overall lead from Thomas/Warren.Australian female team Natrass/Muller had a good day and are chasing the Danish and Dutch teams, closely followed by Diamond/Hampshire and Peters/Lasko, who made a bid for gold fleet by winning their last two races in green flight.Other race wins: Australians Mighell/Llewelyn (two wins), New Zealanders Maloney/Tuke, Australians O"Rourke/Walker, Danish male team Sogaard/ Kristensen and female team Andersen/
Following an impressive and vibrant opening ceremony 2 days previously, the sparkling waters of Port Phillip Bay welcomed the 102 strong fleet of 29ers for the first day of qualifying at the World Championships in Sorrento, Melbourne. A 15 knot steady North Easterly breeze lead to spectacular conditions for the first races, although by the end of the day the breeze had fallen to around 5 knots. 4 flights of 25 boats raced on 2 different courses. A solid start for the Bristish team saw James Peters and Ed Fitzgerald win 2 of their races, and Bleddyn Mon and Tom Humphries win 1, although disappointingly a knot in the spinnaker halyard at the leeward mark lost them first place in another. 2nd places were recorded by Tom Durham and Alex Cooper, Max Richardson and Alex Groves, and Becky Diamond and Fiona Hampshire. Tomorrow"s forecast is for lighter winds. The competitors and supporters are all wishing Mike Wood well following his unscheduled visit to Frankston hospital for an appendectomy.
With most GBR 29er sailors now "down under" for Christmas the first event result with a GBR 29er entery is in. Tom Durham and Alex Cooper were the sole GBR 29er boat to enter the Sydney International Regatta. Having got off the plane after a long flight they went straight into the 4 day event in a charter boat unknown to them.The weather for the event went from hot sunshine to heavy rain, light wind to gusts of over 25 knots. The fleet totalling 31 entrants had just about all conditions during the event to contend with.All credit to Tom and Alex for a steady improvement throught the event as they began to get used to the conditions and time zone difference from GB.They finished the event in 10th place behind several Austrailian current and ex champions plus older sailors who knew their patch of water very well.
James Peters and Ed Fitzgerald are 29er Inland Champions with Phil Walker and John Mather runners up in a fleet of 55 including 6 French visitors. An uncharacteristically warm November weekend meant light winds on Saturday and no racing on Sunday. Click title for report and results Link: https://docs.google.com/a/29ersailing.org.uk/file/d/0B8IYN9iqy5z5V0FSNEg5bnp0SHM/edit?usp=drivesdk