2016 WINNERS CROWNED AT RYA OLYMPIC CLASSES NATIONAL RANKING SERIES10 Nov 2016
The final weekend of racing at the 2016 RYA Olympic Classes National Ranking Series wasn’t for the faint hearted, with windy and wintery conditions greeting competitors at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (5-6 November).
Both event honours and positions in the overall 2016 series standings were at stake across the seven fleets racing in Portland Harbour. Some 67 boats were in action at WPNSA in conditions that whilst chilly from the north were bathed in bright sunshine with near perfect 10-18kts of wind, providing a great opportunity for new and rising talents in the Olympic Classes to test out their racing skills against seasoned campaigners and British Sailing Team squad members.
Ben Hazeldine-Ryan Orr also claimed the weekend and overall series double in the 470 Men’s fleet. Georgia Booth-Esme Jones took the series crown in the 470 Women’s fleet, with Sophie Weguelin-Eilidh McIntyre scoring the event win this weekend ahead of Podium squad teammates Amy Seabright-Anna Carpenter.
“The National Rankers are great events for everyone to attend,” explained 470 Europeans medallist Sophie Weguelin. “They allow anybody to come and race against the British Sailing Team. It’s a good chance to see how new people to the class are coming up through the system, and it’s a short, sharp series so it’s good fun to get out on the water and is a fantastic opportunity to race against the best boats in the UK.
“Some of the younger sailors are able to test their skills against the guys who are getting ready for the international season next year.”
“The National Ranking Series determines the best national sailors in the Olympic Classes and the importance for our developing sailors is that it provides a stepping stone from both youth to Olympic classes and from national to international events thanks to travel grants on offer,” explained RYA Podium Potential Manager Barrie Edgington.
Overall results via links below.
Source: RYA/Lindsey Bell