420 Inland Championships – Rutland SC, 20 and 21 October

GBR 420 Class Class matters

Report Jennie Clark, Images Courtesy of © Richard Sturt

The 420 class spent the weekend of 20 and 21 October at Rutland SC for the re-
run of their 2018 Inland Championship, which was postponed from a very windy
weekend in the spring.

With sparkling sunshine greeting competitors the light wind was something of a
surprise for the fleet, who seem to have spent just about every event over the
last year battling against strong winds.

Sharing the meeting with the Hornet, Contender and Osprey fleets, racing got
underway promptly at 12 noon with a course set down near the dam to make the
best of the wind and marginal planing conditions.  Bertie Fisher/Charlie Bacon
took line honours in race 1, followed home by Jack Lewis/Fraser Hemmings and
Issie Wallwork/Ellie Driver.

Race 2 saw Lewis/Hemmings take first place with Megan Ferguson and Bettine
Harris in second place.  Third place went to Haydn Sewell and William
Heathcote.  Lewis/Hemmings retained the lead for race 3, followed home by
Fisher and Bacon with Eleanor Keers and Faye Chatterton moving up the score
sheet with a 3rd place.

Day one ended with Lewis/Hemmings leading, Fisher/Bacon in second place and
Ferguson/Harris in third place.  With two more races scheduled for Sunday the
fleet settled down to enjoy some time off the water together with a Hippy
themed social.

Sunday was another good day for racing, and  race four got underway promptly
at 10.30.  Lewis/Hemmings bagged another first with Ferguson/Harris in second and
Sewell/Heathcote in third place.  The final race saw Ferguson/Harris once
again in second with Sewell/Heathcote taking line honours and Lewis/Hemmings in
third, which became their discard.

A great weekend for the class, and well done to Jack and Fraser who become the
2018 Inland Champions.

Sailors are now looking forward to the End of Season Championships at Grafham
Water SC on 17/18 November, with a weekend of open coaching at Grafham Water
the weekend before that.