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GP14 Ireland

Championship of Ireland

29-31 Aug Newtownards SC

 

The next event is coming up soon.

 

Can all helms expecting to participate please ensure they have a current GP14 International Class Association membership

 

If you are only sailing this event you can gain temporary membership for £12 but the Irish committee would encourage you to join as a full time member.

 

It is easy to join and can be completed online.

 

See Become a Member for further details.

GP14 Cruise of the River Blackwater

Youghal - Sat August 15th

 

Last year the inaugural GP14 cruise of the river Blackwater was a great success with participants having a fab overnight and 15 mile race home.

 

This year Youghal Sailing Club plans are at an advanced stage to launch from Youghal on August 15th at 12 noon.  Sailing will be helped by the filling tide making the sail very relaxing and enjoyable for all.

 

Villerstown Boat Club will provide the overnight camping grounds and club house facilities.

 

The club plan to have a few launching trolleys there to take up the boats for the overnight stay.  Transport to/from Villerstown is available if requested.

 

Boat Owner magazine describes the Blackwater as an "undiscovered gem" so why not be the first to discover this amazing river.

 

All welcome - nobody too old or too young.

 

Contact Adrian Lee on 00353833839047 or email Adrian.lee.youghal@gmail.com for further information.

CRAFTINSURE League 2015

The Craftinsure League 2015 is now online.  See Craftinsure Leagues for full details

 

Gold Sail No Helm Crew Club

1

14158 Shane MacCarthy Damian Bracken Greystones Sailing Club
2 14143 John McGuinness Donal McGuinness Moville Boat Club
3 14055 Keith Louden Alan Thompson ISA
         
Silver Sail No Helm Crew Club
1 14138 Simon Cully Libby Tierney Blessington Sailing Club
2 14040 Bill Johnson James Johnston Lough Foyle Yacht Club
3 13951 Katie Dwyer Michelle Rowley

Sutton Dinghy Club

         
Bronze Sail No Helm Crew Club
1 14080 Gareth Gallagher Richie Gallagher Lough Foyle Yacht Club
2 13207 Adrian Lee Edward Coyne Youghal sailing club
3 14116 Peter Boyle Stephen Boyle Sutton Dinghy Club

 

Leinster Results 2015

Ger Owens & Mel Morris have won the 2015 GP14 Leinster  Championship which was held at the Dun Laoghaire Regatta.

 

8 races were held over 3 days with only 1 discard.  The GP14s raced in the South Bull area on alternating inner and outer trapezoid courses.   The sailing was tough ranging from very lights winds to strong gusts and that was generally over each race.  Wind Guru could not predict the winds inside the Dublin Bay area.

 

The DL Regatta committee put on a great event both on and off shore. 

 

Stephen Boyle also put in a huge effort to make sure the GP14s were well catered for before and during the event.  Well done and thank you Stephen!

 

Report by Alan Blay:

With the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta running this year, the GP14 class were invited to compete in addition to 30 other classes that also included 8 other dinghy fleets. To make the event that extra bit special it was decided to make it our Leinster Championships. The GP14 fleet was one of the largest classes in the regatta and the whopping 35 boat entry had some notable names including two former Olympic sailors and the current world champion crew, Andy Tunnicliffe. From the outset, it promised for an exciting event with some fabulous racing.

 

Day 1 for the GP14 class was Friday the 10th July. After some spine tingling stories of demasted cruisers from the day before, it was fair to say nerves were tense for some competitors. Racing was postponed for 2 hours as the race committee waited for the heavy winds to abate. A quick run to the shops to stock up on food was welcomed by everybody. As the winds started to calm the sailors prepared for the inevitable launch and tough races. The race area was moved to the Salthill race course for the day. With Flying 15s and Squibs starting before the GP14’s, the competition had well and truly heated up and there was a general recall on the first GP14 start. Eventually though we were underway and after a tough upwind leg Niall Henry & Ossian Gerraghty rounded the weather mark in first chased closely by Alan Blay & David Johnston. It was the Blay/Johnston team who managed to claim 1st followed by the McGuinness brothers and Ger Owens sailing with stand-in crew Max Treacy. Race 2 got off to a much smoother start with current world champion Andy Tunnicliffe and crew Lee Tennant grabbing the top spot. Race 3, and final race of the day went to Ger & Max who after a fine performance throughout the day, scoring a 3rd, 2nd, 1st  were the overnight leaders.

 

Day 2 of the Volvo Regatta started off with some confused faces as a quick look at the results from the previous day made for some interesting reading. Fortunately all queries were sorted out quickly. After reaching the race area out by South Bull the racing was underway shortly. Race 4 went the way of GP veteran Curly Morris and crew Laura McFarland pursued by Ger Owens & Melanie Morris. Race 5 was taken by Alan & David earning their second race win of the event. Shane McCarthy & Andy Thompson made their presence known by knocking in a 2nd in race 5 and followed that up with a 1st in race 6.

 

The final day of this event was greeted with calmer winds but tired legs. Arriving to the race area with a wide range of boats including J24s, SB20s, Flying 15s, Squibs, and Wayfarers, the starting area was packed. Ger & Melanie went into the final day with 5 point lead over 2nd placed Andy & Lee and 3rd place Alan & David a further 3 points back. The Blay/Johnston team snatched their 3rd bullet in race 7 to keep their hopes alive. Little however could be done to stop Ger & Melanie following up with a 2nd. The final race of the event still provided a glimmer of hope to catch the leaders. Alan & David and Ger & Melanie raced right to the end and crossed the finish line within 2 boat lengths of each other. It was Alan & David who came out on top but it still wouldn’t be enough to topple the former olympian from the top spot. Sailing in and it appeared that Ger & Melanie would be crowned champions, with Alan & David 2nd and Andy & Lee 3rd. However ashore it had come to light that the Blay/Johnston team were OCS in the last race dropping them down to 3rd place overall, just one point behind Andy & Lee.

 

With a great event over and 8 fantastic races sailed, the Leinster championships went to Ger Owens & Melanie Morris deservedly. A notable mention however goes to the winners of the Bronze fleet, Gareth & Richie Gallagher, who were no pushovers slotting in plenty of top 5 scores and finishing in 6th position overall – an outstanding result.  Everyone went home happy to have had such great racing and superb hospitality by the Royal St. George Yacht Club who kept us all well fed and well “hydrated” in the evenings. A great event enjoyed by all.

 

Photos below: David Branigan/Oceansport

Photos below : Gareth Craig  (fotosail.com)

Link to more photos which can also be purchased: http://www.fotosail.com/events/2015dlregatta/saturday_southbull/sat_sbull_gp14/

  Sail # Boat Fleet Helm Crew Club Tot 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 14076 True Belle Gold Gerard Owens Melanie Morris Royal St George YC/EABC 15 3 2 1 2 4 36 2 1
2 14036   Gold Andy Tunnicliffe Lee Tennant Sligo Yacht Club 28 6 1 3 18 3 4 5 6
3 13977 Temerity Gold Alan Blay David Johnston Sutton Dinghy Club 29 1 6 5 7 1 8 1 36
4 14077 Trouble I've seen Gold Curly Morris Laura McFarland East Antrim Boat Club/ 47 10 12 2 1 14 5 9 8
5 14143   Gold John McGuinness Donal McGuinness Moville Boat Club 48 2 8 9 11 7 3 10 9
6 14080 Blueberry Muffin Bronze Gareth Gallagher Richie Gallagher Lough Foyle Yacht Club 49 8 14 4 5 13 12 4 3
7 13993 Daisychain Gold Niall Henry Ossian Geraghty Sligo Yacht Club 51 4 5 16 8 5 2 36 11
8 14127 Karma Gold Colm O'Flaherty Joe Murray Sligo Yacht Club 52 5 3 8 6 11 6 13 36
9 13915 Chi Gold Hugh Gill Eanna Maloney-Lawless Sutton Dinghy Club 56 36 4 6 9 9 17 6 5
10 14144 No Surprise Gold Colman Grimes David Lappin Skerries Sailing Club 69 7 10 13 14 6 7 14 12
11 14055   Gold Keith Louden Alan Thompson ISA 79 36 9 7 10 10 9 18 16
12 14074   Silver Cathal Sheridan David Cooke Skerries Sailing Club 90 16 16 19 4 15 18 11 10
13 14116   Bronze Peter Boyle Stephen Boyle Sutton Dinghy Club 90 36 11 10 23 12 15 12 7
14 13981 Cloud 9 Gold Richard Street Simon Dick Blessington Sailing Club 99 13 20 11 16 20 14 7 18
15 14158   Gold Shane MacCarthy Andy Thompson Greystones Sailing Club 100 36 36 36 20 2 1 3 2
16 12403   Bronze Alan Pinder Kevin Hackett Mullingar Sailing Club 100 12 17 14 3 18 23 23 13
17 13951   Silver Katie Dwyer Michelle Rowley Sutton Dinghy Club 104 18 18 18 12 16 10 16 14
18 13882 Nevara Bronze Lawrence Baalham Robert Richardson Donaghadee Sailing Club 108 9 7 17 22 23 19 19 15
19 13207 "This one" Bronze Adrian Lee Edward Coyne Youghal sailing club 108 11 15 23 15 22 11 17 17
20 14040 Alkado Silver Bill Johnson James Johnston Lough Foyle Yacht Club 122 17 13 21 26 21 16 15 19
21 14142   Silver Gerard Gilligan Lucia Nicholson Sligo Yacht Club 128 15 36 36 21 24 20 8 4
22 14138   Silver Simon Cully Libby Tierney Blessington Sailing Club 128 36 19 12 19 8 13 21 36
23 13955 Quantum Shadow Bronze Simon Christopher Jeffery Rebecca Jeffery East Down Yacht Club 132 14 21 20 17 19 21 22 20
24 14061   Silver Robert Lee Mary Hogan Greystones Sailing Club 133 22 24 15 13 17 22 20 36
25 13840   Bronze James Hackett Rosemary Hackett Mullingar Sailing Club 171 20 23 36 29 29 24 24 22
26 13527 Kaya Bronze Cormac Meaney Josh McCormick Mullingar Sailing Club 171 21 25 26 27 26 36 25 21
27 13192   Bronze Stephen Farrell Kate Farrell Howth Yacht Club 185 19 22 22 25 25 36 36 36
28 11060 Grasshopper Bronze Des MacMahon Pat Biestly Cullaun Sailing Club 185 23 27 27 28 28 36 27 25
29 14164 SDC Bronze Brenda Preston Patricia Browne Ballyronan Boat Club 199 24 28 24 24 27 36 36 36
30 14133 Kylie Bronze Jack Buttimer Finn O'Brien Youghal Sailing Club 209 36 26 25 36 36 36 26 24
31 13909 Syracuse Bronze Gerard Brady   Sligo Yacht Club 215 25 36 36 36 30 36 29 23
32 14165 Com-a-dee Bronze Neil Boyd Ali Boyd Donaghadee Sailing Club 234 36 36 36 36 36 36 28 26
33 1 TBA Gold Ruan O'Tiarnaigh Niamh McCormick Ballyholme Yacht Club 252 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36
33 13759   Bronze Seán Duffy Kieran Millner Mullingar Sailing Club 252 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36
33 12560 Au Naturel Gold Ross Killian Rebecca Killian ISA 252 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36

GP14 Ulster Championships - Lough Erne Yacht Club - Report & Results

Photos Copyright Donnie Phair www.donniephair.com

 

Ulster Championship 2015 Report by Ger Owens

 

Always be apprehensive of a venue described as picturesque...

 

Lough Erne was described as the most picturesque venue one would ever sail and it definitely delivered on that promise. I got to see every nook and cranny of the beautiful venue as we tried to navigate our way around the very trying race course. We arrived Saturday morning with the sun splitting the slipway and the breath-taking views were teeing up a very exciting event in Rory McIlroy's second favourite venue for golf. A great turn out of boats meant a large fleet would make any defending champ (in this case, Alan Blay) nervous at the prospect of holding onto a title. We rigged and launched eager to get around the corner to see the sailing venue for the racing.

A chilly breeze was an early warning sign to anyone who thought this was going to be another sailing event. The Race Officer got the racing off to a quick start and it was clear from the outset that the training Shane MacCarthy and Damian Bracken had put in over the winter was paying dividends and provided them with the extra boatlength required when situations were tight around what was set to be the most tricky racing in the GP's this year.

 

Lough Erne was a venue where consistency and patience were currency, and no amount of money in the bank would have bought you a race without them. Keith Louden (our lake specialist) was also on form and determined to topple the Macarthy winning streak. Alan Blay, the defending champion, was fired up and ready, staying for the weekend with local tactical genius JP McCaldin to increase his chances of a successful defence. The leader in every race came from the left hand side, crossing the fleet and using the right hand side to approach the top mark. The wind shifted ferociously and the 'bold child' that was Lough Erne laughed as the rest of the fleet sailed in circles trying to deal with the shifting conditions. Tim Corcoran had left himself a lot of work after being over the line in the first race. Over the weekend the naughty GP fleet were to try the patience of the race officer on more than one occasion with multiple restarts because they could not stay behind the line.

 

Day two launching was similar to day one with gorgeous sunshine guiding our way - however everyone had gritted teeth this time and for good reason. The difficult shifty conditions were to continue and stringing a couple of consistent results together for anyone was rare. Everyone had glimpses of the front of the fleet but hanging onto a lead was virtually impossible. The positions throughout the races were yo-yoing to say the very least except those of Shane and Keith who had set themselves up for a deciding match race in the natural amphitheatre that was Lough Erne. The rest of the fleet could only marvel as two gladiators of Irish GP's wrestled their way through the pack to try and win the title of Ulster champion. The title swapped and changed between the two several times contending with bonkers shifts that literally tacked boats uncontrollably at times. Keith had the lead at the top mark and Shane kept him in his sights throughout the race. Pile ups at three of the marks meant getting around the race course unscathed was a skill in itself, (Not something yours truly managed to do).

A nail biting last broad reach decided the championship and Shane was a well deserved champion, the wind had shifted to favour the chasing pack and filled in from behind, Shane was to leeward and in front of that same pack and chose to use his last ace card to hold the inside lane on Keith at the leeward mark and clinch the title, the boat length which himself and Damian had worked so hard to gain over the winter had been the small inch required to win. The rest of the fleet had to watch and enjoy the spectacle going on around them as they tried to make sufficient sense of the conditions to finish the race.

 

Special mention must go to the youth sailors in the bronze fleet who showed some of the gold and silver fleet how it's done - Gareth and Richard Gallagher and Peter Boyle sailing with dad Stephen put in a great performance over the weekend. It was also fantastic to see the return of Richard Street - Richard, we've missed you.

 

And thanks again to the event organisers and members at Lough Erne Yacht Club for providing a warm welcome and great racing.

Gold Fleet

1st Shane MacCarthy & Damian Bracken

2nd Keith Louden & Alan Thomson

3rd Ger Owens & Mel Morris

 

Silver fleet

1st Steven & Jonny Nelson

2nd Simon Cully & Libby Tierney

3rd Gerry Gilligan & Lucia Nicholson

 

Bronze

1st Gareth & Richard Gallagher

2nd Peter & Stephen Boyle

3rd Adrian Lee & Edward Cayne

 

The awards were presented by Lough Erne YC Commodore Theo Nugent

 

A great weekend hosted by Lough Erne YC with 31 boats in attendance.

 

Rank SailNo Club Helm Crew   R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
1st 14158 Greystones Shane MacCarthy Damian Bracken G 1 -7 1 3 1 4 17 10
2nd 14055 ISA Keith Louden Alan Thomson G 3 1 4 1 -13 5 27 14
3rd 14076 Royal St George Ger Owens Melanie Morris G 5 2 3 5 -7 2 24 17
4th 13993 Sligo Niall Henry Ossian Gereighty G 4 8 7 2 -19 6 46 27
5th 13977 Sutton BC Alan Blay Niamh McCormack G 2 6 -11 9 4 8 40 29
6th 14143 Moville Boat Club John McGuinness Donal McGunness G 8 3 2 8 -17 9 47 30
7th 14036 Sligo Tim Cocoran Brendan Brogan G (32
OCS)
4 18 7 8 10 70 38
8th 14080 Lough Foyle Gareth Gallagher Richard Gallagher B 6 14 5 11 -32 7 75 43
9th 14077 East Antrim BCNSC Curly Morris Laura McFarland G -16 12 6 10 2 16 62 46
10th 13901 DCS Steven Nelson Jonny Nelson S -17 10 8 6 9 13 63 46
11th 14127 Sligo Colm OFIagherty Joe Murray G 11 -18 9 16 5 10 69 51
12th 14144 Skerries SC Colman Grimes David Lappin G 12 11 -15 12 6 12 68 530
13th 14138   Simon Cully Libby Tierney S 8 17 17 -22 14 3 82 60
14th 14142 SYC G Gilligan Lucia Nicholson S -15 13 13 13 10 14 78 63
15th 12661 SDC Peter Boyle Stephen Boyle B 28 5 12 4 (32
BFD)
17 98 66
16th 13891 Blessington Richard Street Simon Dick S 7 15 10 (32
DNF)
20 15 99 67
17th 13207 Youghal SC Adrian Lee Edward Cayne B 10 -22 14 14 12 18 90 68
18th 13917 NBC M Cox Josh Porter B 13 9 16 18 18 -21 95 74
19th 13833 Ballyronan Boat Club John McRoberts Steven Preston S 14 16 20 15 -23 11 99 76
20th 14040 LFYC Bill Johnson James Johnson B 18 21 21 19,0 3 -25 107 82
21st 14129 Newtownards SC Newenhan de Cogan Andre Corkhill B -30 20 22 17 11 23 123 93
22nd 13782 Mulingar SC Michael Collender Brian Walker B 21 19 19 21 -24 19 123 99
23rd 12560 LEYC Jorgen Pedersen Finbarr McCann B 23 -24 23 20 16 20,0 128 102
24th 13885 DOS James Ogg Ronan OBeirne B 20 -26 24 23 15 22 130 104
25th 14164 Ballyronan Boa Clubt Brenda Preston PatriciaBrowne B 22 25 (32
DNS)
26 25 27 157 125
26th 13595 LEYC Fouad Ghareeb Timonthy Boomer B 25 -30 27 25 21 28 156 126
27th 14133 Youghal SC Jack Buttner Finn OBrien B -29 27 25 24 26 24 155 126
28th 13597 LEYC Michael Brines Rory Gill B 24 31 (32
DNS)
27 22 26 162 130
29th 13624 MSC Joe Kelly Pat Kelly B 19 23 (32
DNF)
32 DNS 32 DNS 32 DNS 170 138
30th 13552 LEYC/Mulleghmore Michelle Martin Paul Gorman B 27 29 (32
DNF)
28 27 29,0 172 140
31st 13909 Sligo Gerry Brady Hazel Maloney B 26 28 26 (32
DNF)
32 DNS 32 DNS 176 144

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