CHRISTMAS RACING AND TRAINING FOR BRITISH 420 CLASS FLEET
The British 420 Class Association were on the water between Christmas and the New Year taking part in two of the Selden Sailjuice events.
Not satisfied with that the class also ran a day of Open Coaching at Grafham Water capitalising on the chance to train the day before the Grafham Grand Prix.
Conditions at YDSC's Brass Monkey event on 27 December 2018 were 'interesting' with thick fog/low cloud shrouding the lake and delaying the start of racing. Having lost the chance to sail in the morning the PRO decided to run one longer race in the afternoon for the fleet of nearly 80 boats. The race was won by a Norfolk Punt, which is making a big impression at a number of the Sailjuice winter events. Ellie Clark/Daisy Desorgher represented the 420 class and enjoyed the chance to get out on the water.
The weather for the open coaching on 29 December was far better than had been forecast, with the promised high winds not materializing but there being more than enough to keep the fleet moving fast, with some of the action expertly videoed by Richard Sturt. Coach Tim Rush, assisted by ex 420 sailor Jamie Harris, focused the session on mark rounding and hoists and drops and a single long session provided plenty of opportunity for skill development.
Eight 420 teamstook part in the 38th Grafham Grand Prix, a multi-class handicap dinghy event featuring 203 entries which was run on 30 December. Oliver Dowson McGill/ Szymon Matyjaszczuk found their groove and finished 6th overall, with Meg Ferguson/Bettine Harris finishing 11th.