Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne win third Gill event at West Riding 1/6/07
Nineteen National 12s competed in the third Gill event of 2007 which coincided with the West Riding spring regatta last weekend. This resulted in a busy little lake with Solos, Fireballs, Swordfishes and the like coming at you from all directions. All seven marks on the lake were used in all five races, providing exceptionally close racing throughout the fleet.
Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne proved exceptionally difficult to beat, winning both races in light winds on Saturday. Frances Gifford and Sophie Mackley made the least errors behind them to take second in both and Tom Stewart and Liz Ross, and Jon Ibbotson and Charlotte Stewart took a third place each.
Sunday was grey and the wind built throughout the day. Camm and Ballantyne continued their form in the first race of the day but race 4 saw Gifford and Mackley prevent the whitewash by leading throughout. Sam and Fiona Mettam led the chasing pack for most of the race before Camm and Ballantyne got past to take the meeting with a race to spare.
Camm and Ballantyne now lead the hotly-contested Gill Series with round 4 taking place on 17-17 June at Royal Harwich.
1st. Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne, N3492 (Burgfield SC) 4 pts
2nd. Frances Gifford and Sophie Mackley, N3431 (Aldeburgh YC) 9 pts
3rd. Tom Stewart and Elizabeth Ross, N3501 (Northampton SC) 12 pts
4th. Jon Ibbotson and Charlotte Stewart, N3494 (Royal Harwich YC) 12 pts
5th. Steve and Joanne Sallis, N3436 (Hykeham SC) 20 pts
1st Admirals Cup – Phil David and Sue Jones N3217 (Yorkshire Ouse)