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.
|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|