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Harken continue sponsorship of the 29er Grand Prix!

30/3/2016

The 29er Class Association is happy to confirm the continued support from Harken for the Grand Prix Series for 2016. 

The series for 2015/2016 started in September and consists of 8 events around the UK culminating with GP8 at Hayling Island in July. So far, 89 sailors have entered the Series with Crispin Beaumont and Tom Darling leading the series overall while Hannah Bristow and Emily Covell lead the girls.

Harken's sponsorship extents to highly sought after prizes at the events as well as overall series prizes and so competition is set to be high! The next Harken series kicks off in September 2016 at Rutland keeping the Grand Prix in line with the school academic year.

Paul Hammett, 29er UK Class Chairman, commented,

"We are delighted that Harken have continued their support for the Class that began in 2008. The 29er is now among the largest youth classes and offers sailors the opportunity to race high performance boats in large fleets".

Hannah Cotterell of Harken UK commented,

"We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Harken 29er Grand Prix! Supporting youth sailing is very important to us here at Harken and the 29er GP is the perfect series for keeping sailors active and out on the water throughout the year. Good luck to everyone taking part!"

Click here for the latest series overall standings

Events coming up

Harken Grand Prix series 6: Grafham Sailing Club: 28-29th May

Harken Grand Prix series 7: Ullswater Yacht Club 25-26th June

Harken Grand Prix series 8: Hayling Island Sailing Club 16-17th July

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Report: 29er Harken Grand Prix 5

19-20th March Marconi Sailing Club

Harken GP winners GP1_750

By Phoebe Connellan and Sophie Otter 

Marconi Sailing Club hosted the 5th event in the 2015/ 2016 Harken Grand Prix series over the weekend of 19th and 20th of March. Saturday dawned cold and overcast, which saw the return of wooly hats. Needless to say, the race officer was keen to start on time to get the five races in and be back in time for hot soup and the rugby. The wind was a steady 12 to 15 knots, and tide was ripping, we measured 6 boat lengths a minute. Hannah and Emily were quick off the mark, and claimed the first bullet of the event with a considerable lead. Race 2 saw closer racing, with overall winners Bobby and Harvey securing their first bullet, and new pairings Arran/Nathaniel, and Max/Ryan coming second and third. Ellie and Dan ended the day with two race wins taking races 4 and 5. Charlotte/Dan took second in race 4 with Phoebe/Sophie taking 2nd in race 5. Max/Ryan took 3rd in both races to end the day with 2,2,3,3,3. Most importantly we got back in time for dinner and the rugby. Bonus!

This meant that overnight, Max and Ryan led their debut event in the 29er, followed by Bobby and Harvey in second with Phoebe and Sophie third. It was all to play for on the Sunday. The wind was lighter, and the sun made an appearance, which meant goodbye wooly hats and hello visors. Bobby and Harvey won the first race determined to shake off the challenge from Max and Ryan. After lots of general recalls due to the strong tides and dying winds, Hatty and Orla put in a great performance, finishing with a first and second in races 8 and 9. Ellie/Dan notched their third race win of the weekend in race 7 with Arran/Nat taking the last race.

The top three boats remained the same, but count back meant that Bobby and Harvey won the event, and Max and Ryan came second. Phoebe and Sophie took first girls in 3rd overall narrowly from Hattie/Orla in 4th overall. Well done to Jessie and David, who put in a consistent performance, finishing first mixed boat and sixth overall.

Shout out to Oli Aldridge for supplying us with chocolate after his and James' black flag in the last race and Orla Mitchell for lending Sophie some boots for the Sunday. It was great to see so many new faces in the fleet.

Thank you to Harken for their continued sponsorship of the event and supplying prizes. Hope to see everyone at the youth nationals in two weeks' time.

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