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Skerries voted SuperValu Tidy Towns Supreme Champion 2016

Well done Skerries!

 

Was it helped by the GP14 Irish event being run in conjunction with the 2nd round of adjudication?

 

From tidytowns.ie Report:

“The harbour area continues to impress with the sailing club taking centre stage”

 

WM Nixon has also picked up on this and has a full report in afloat.ie:

 

“It’s all good news. And the final cherry on the cake is that the Judging Committee made their crucial visit to Skerries when a sailing event was in full swing. According to their report, the adjudicators were in Skerries “during a boating event when there were thousands of visitors about”, yet still the place was being kept blessedly tidy and litter-free.

 

Looking back over the year and knowing when Skerries is at its humdinger best, we’d say that this was during the Bacharach-sponsored GP14 Irish & Masters Championship from August 27th to 29th, when Tim Corcoran & Brendan Brogan from Sligo won overall, while Hugh Gill from Sutton was runner-up and Masters winner with Conor Twohig as crew, racing in a truly all-Ireland fleet.

 

As this Drone footage (on Afloat) courtesy of the GP 14 Association shows, when it’s summer time in Skerries at its best, then it’s no contest for other contenders in the SuperValue TidyTowns competition.”

Sligo YC and GP14 Ireland fleet wish Tim Corcoran good luck on his move to Spain

 

Tim has been a stalwart of Sligo YC.  He competed in the Mirror dinghy and graduated into the GP14.  He has been the Irish winner of the GP14 Ireland championship 7 times over the past years with fellow club mate Brendan Brogan.

 

Year Venue Winner Club

2005

Sligo Yacht Club

Tim Corcoran & Brendan Brogan

Sligo YC

2006

Lough Erne

Tim Corcoran & Brendan Brogan

Sligo YC

2007

Sutton Dingy Club

Tim Corcoran & Brendan Brogan

Sligo YC

2008

Newtownards

Tim Corcoran & Brendan Brogan

Sligo YC

2009

Sligo Yacht Club

Tim Corcoran & Brendan Brogan

Sligo YC

2010

Newtownards

Tim Corcoran & Brendan Brogan

Sligo YC

2016

Skerries Sailing Club

Tim Corcoran & Brendan Brogan

Sligo YC

 
 

Tim has been an amazing force behind the youth scene in Sligo and for the GP14 Ireland Association.  He has organized many training sessions and many Youth Irish Championships.

 

Brendan paid a fantastic tribute to Tim admiring his calm & coolness on board at all times.  Most of the GP14 fleet know that if Tim & Brendan aren't far behind you on the track that it won't last for too long. 

 

Also saying a few departing words were Niall Henry, Gus Henry & Martin Reilly.

 

Tim is now a Honorary Life Member of Sligo YC and a new plaque was unveiled in Sligo YC on Saturday evening.

 

On behalf of all of the sailors young & old of Sligo YC & GP14 Ireland - we say

¡Hasta la vista! (See you soon!) to Tim, his wife Pilar and their 3 daughters and hope to see Tim on Sligo waters once in while when he is back visiting his family and friends.

GP14 Ireland Youth Championship

24th & 25th September 2016 - Sligo Yacht Club

 

Congratulations to Peter Boyle on taking the GP14 Ireland Youth, U19 and U16 Irish Champioships!

 

Report to follow

 

Results

 

Rank SailNo Boat HelmName CrewName Club R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st 14116   Peter Boyle Stephen Boyle SDC -2 2 2 1 7 5
2nd 14130 Kalaco Daniel Gill Hugh Gill SDC -4 1 1 4 10 6
3rd 13993 Daisy Chain Adrian Lee Ossian Geraghty SYC 1 3 (21.0 DNC) 7 32 11
4th 14055   Samuel Wray Alan Thompson SYC -12 5 5 2 24 12
5th 14144 No Surprise Edward Coyne Colman Grimes YSC -6 4 3 5 18 12
6th 14080 Blueberry Muffin Gareth Gallagher Richard Gallagher LFYC 3 -7 4 6 20 13
7th 14047 Duffi Kevin Martyn Colin O'Mahoney SYC / UCDSC 7 6 -9 3 25 16
8th 13917 Keep Me In Trouble Josh Porter Andrew Corkill NSC 5 10 8 -11 34 23
9th 13569 Red Rooster Kevin Gillen Norman Lee GSC 8 9 -15 8 40 25
10th 13928 Incus Jack Higgins Rory Lynch UCDSC 16 8 6 (21.0 DNC) 51 30
11th 14127 She's The Fastest Ronan Armstrong Callum McLoughlin SYC -14 11 11 10 46 32
12th 14146   Jack Curran Brendan Brogan SYC 9 (21.0 DNC) 12 12 54 33
13th 14133 Kylie Jack Buttimer Adam McDonagh YSC -15 12 7 15 49 34
14th 13677   Noah Canham Jon Evans SYC (21.0 DNC) 14 13 9 57 36
15th 14142   Sarah Nicholson Nancy Pyl SYC 11 13 14 (21.0 DNC) 59 38
16th 13207 This One Finn O'Brien James Johnson YSC 13 -17 16 14 60 43
17th 1403 Infinity & Beyond Jordan Lupton Keith Louden YSC 10 -18 18 16 62 44
18th 4047   Conor Twohig Shane McLoughlin SDC (21.0 DNC) 15 10 21.0 DNC 67 46
19th 13981   Matthew Street Lee McMullan BSC (21.0 DNC) 16 17 13 67 46
20th 13901 Kanaka Ted Watson Steven Nelson DSC/ NSC (21.0 DNC) 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 21.0 DNC 84 63

 

 

 

GP14 Ireland Autumn Open 

24th & 25th September 2016 - Sligo Yacht Club

 

Congratulations to Niall Henry & Ossian Gareghty on their win at the GP14 Ireland Autumn Open in Sligo YC.

 

Report by Colman Grimes

GP14 Sailors rolled up to a blustery Rosses Point in Sligo for the gp14 Autumn Open with the possibility of getting little sailing done as strong winds were forecasted for the weekend. With the youth championship been held in conjunction with the autumn open 8 races were scheduled altogether – A big task for the race officer and rescue crew.

 

25 boats got race 1 underway with the wind beginning to ease somewhat. Local talent Niall Henry & Ossian Geraghty showed their intentions for the weekend by getting around the windward mark first, followed by Sligo YC adoptees Keith Louden & Alan Thompson in 2nd and Colman Grimes & Eanna Gallagher (Skerries Sailing Club) in 3rd.  These positions were maintained for the rest of the race. The fleet beginning to liven up resulted in a general recall in race 2, a black flag ensured a clear start next time round. Newbie to the fleet Shane McLoughlin (Howth YC) with crew Conor Twohig (Sutton Dinghy Club) pipped around the windward mark in 1st place closely followed by Grimes/Gallagher. Grimes/Gallagher over took them on a tight first reach and lead most of the race until finally been overtaken by Mcloughlin / Twohig and National Champions Tim Corcoran & Brendan Brogan (Sligo YC). Corcoran/ Brogan completed their charge by taking the bullet, Mcloughlin / Twohig 2nd & Grimes/ Gallagher 3rd.

 

Henry/ Geraghty, Corcaran/ Brogan & Grimes/Gallagher shared the overnight lead on 6 points apiece.

 

The evening was marked by a memorable moment for many SYC and GP14 members with a surprise farewell for the now legend that is Tim Corcoran who is immigrating to Spain soon. Tim, together with crew Brendan Brogan, have notched up an impressive 7 national championships in the GP14 fleet, as well as being a strong force in organising of GP14 youth training and events over the years.

 

Sunday brought the forecasted blustery and wet conditions, ideal for some fast sailing! Race 3 got going with Henry/ Geraghty getting around the windward mark 1st and opened up a good lead on the 1st reach which they held until the finish. JP & Carolyn McCaldin (Sligo Yacht Club) got on track with a 2nd, while Grimes / Gallagher secured another 3rd place.

 

With 2 firsts in the bag Henry/ Geraghty had the event wrapped up and having done their calculations retired early to leave the others fight for rest of the places.

 

With some very heavy wind and rain on the horizon, the McCladdins continued their fast pace in the wind and pulled out a good lead to dominate race 4 from start to finish. They could almost touch the race winner’s prize (literally!) but to find out later that they were a bit too far up the beat at the start and scored an OCS. With strong winds and a few capsizes across the fleet, Louden & Thompson capitalised to win race 4 and finish 2nd overall. A good battle ensued behind between Newtownards club members Micheal Cox / Josh Porter and Alister Duffin / Andy Corkhill, Duffin/Corkhill clinching 2nd place off their clubmates near the end.

 

Despite a Capsize in the last race Grimes / Gallagher did enough to hold onto 3rd place overall and 1st in the Silver Fleet.  Cox & Porter took 2nd in the silver fleet with a solid performance, followed by Ronan Armstrong & Callum McLouglin (Sligo YC) in 3rd.

 

The Bronze fleet was won by Mcloughlin / Twohig on their first outing with Jon Evans & Una L’Strange (Sligo YC) in 2nd. Youghal S.C. Youths Jack Buttimer & Adam McDonagh continued their progress with a 3rd.

 

With a further breezy 4 races carried out over the weekend for the youth championship, most headed home battered and bruised. Well done to all involved at Sligo Yacht Club for putting on a great weekends racing despite the adverse weather conditions.

 

Results

 

Rank SailNo Boat HelmName CrewName Club Fleet R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st 13993 Daisy Chain Niall Henry Ossian Geraghty SYC Gold 1 5 1 (26.0 DNS) 33 7
2nd 14055   Keith Louden Alan Thompson SYC Gold 2 -9 4 1 16 7
3rd 14144 No Surprise Colman Grimes Eanna Gallagher SSC Silver 3 3 3 (26.0 DNS) 35 9
4th 14192 Bossy Boots Alastair Duffin Alan Corkhill NSC / EDYC Gold 4 -15 5 2 26 11
5th 14047 Duffi JP McCaldin Carolyn McCaldin SYC Gold 6 8 2 (26.0 OCS) 42 16
6th 13917 Keep Me In Trouble Michael Cox Josh Porter NSC SIlver 7 -14 6 3 30 16
7th 4047   Shane McLoughlin Conor Twohig HYC Bronze 9 2 11 (26.0 DNS) 48 22
8th 14127 She's The Fastest Ronan Armstrong Callum McLoughlin SYC Silver -15 13 7 4 39 24
9th 13569 Red Rooster Norman Lee Kevin Gillen GSC Gold -13 7 13 5 38 25
10th 14040 Alkadoo Bill Johnson James Johnson LFYC Silver -11 10 9 7 37 26
11th 13901 Kanaka Steven Nelson Brenda Preston DSC/ NSC Silver 10 11 8 (26.0 DNS) 55 29
12th 14146   Tim Corcoran Brendan Brogan SYC Gold 5 1 (26.0 DNC) 26.0 DNS 58 32
13th 14142   Gerry Gilligan Nancy Pyl SYC Silver 17 -19 10 6 52 33
14th 13891 Cloud Nine Richard Street Simon Dick BSC Gold 12 6 18 (26.0 DNS) 62 36
15th 13577   Jon Evans Una l'Estrange SYC Bronze -20 16 12 8 56 36
16th 14077 Trouble I've Seen Curly Morris Laura McFarland EABC / NSC Gold 8 4 (26.0 DNC) 26.0 DNS 64 38
17th 14133 Kylie Jack Buttimer Adam McDonagh YSC Bronze -24 22 14 9 69 45
18th 13488 Ella Rose Simon Crowe Ella Crowe VBC Silver 18 -21 17 10 66 45
19th 12577 Trouble In Mind Liam O'Donnell Michael Kirby SYC Bronze 21 -24 16 12 73 49
20th 13981   Matthew Street Lee McMullan BSC Bronze (26.0 DNC) 25 15 11 77 51
21st 13207 This One Adrian Lee Edward Coyne YSC SIlver 14 12 (26.0 DNC) 26.0 DNS 78 52
22nd 13928 Incus Samuel Wray Sarah Nicholson SYC Bronze 16 18 (26.0 DNC) 26.0 DNS 86 60
23rd 13180 Alkoran Martin Dews Vicky Dews DSC Bronze 19 20 (26.0 DNC) 26.0 DNS 91 65
24th 13951 Gizmo Steven Preston Ali Boyd DSC Bronze 23 17 (26.0 DNC) 26.0 DNS 92 66
25th 13845 Winter Solstice Karl Kerins Michael Sweeney SYC Bronze 22 23 (26.0 DNC) 26.0 DNS 97 71

ISA Championship Medals Presented to GP14 Irish Nationals top 3

 

 

GP14 Ireland President, Stephen Boyle, presented the ISA medals to the top 3 boats of the 2016 GP14 Irish Championship

 

1st Tim Corcoran & Brendan Brogan - Sligo YC

2nd Hugh Gill & Conor Twohig - Sutton DC

3rd Niall Henry & Ossian Geraghty - Sligo YC

ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship

Oct 1st – 2nd at Royal Cork Yacht Club

 

We have 2 successful helm nominees from the GP14 Ireland class for the ISA All Ireland Senior Sailing Championships 2016.   

 

Congratulations Hugh & Shane!  

 

See www.sailing.ie for further details.

 

Class Name Surname Nominees
Club
2015 Champion Anthony O’Leary RCYC
National 18 Ewen Barry RCYC
RS400 Alex Barry MBSC/ RCYC
SB20 Stefan Hyde RCYC
Mermaid Sam Shiels Skerries SC
Laser Standard Darragh O’Sullivan Kinsale YC
IDRA14 Alan Henry SDC
Flying 15 David Gorman NYC
 GP14 Hugh Gill SDC 
SOD Mark McCormick LRYC
ICRA Division 1 Colin Byrne RIYC
ICRA Division 2 Jonny Swan HYC
ICRA Divison 3 Paul Gibbons RCYC
1720 Peter 0 leary RCYC
Laser Radial Annalise Murphy NYC
GP14 Shane MacCarthy GSC

GP14 Ireland Youth Championships

24th & 25th September 2016 - Sligo Yacht Club

 

21 entries recevied so far - the battle is on!!

 

1

Sam Wray

 

Sligo Yacht Club

2

Sarah Nicholson

 

Sligo Yacht Club

3

Jack Curran

 

Sligo Yacht Club

4

Ronan Armstrong

 

Sligo Yacht Club

5

Kevin Martyn

 

Sligo Yacht Club

6

Rory Lynch

 

Sligo Yacht Club

7

Noah Canham

 

Sligo Yacht Club

8

Matthew Street

 

Blessington Sailing Club

9

Lee McMullen

 

Blessington Sailing Club

10

Adrian Lee

 

Youghal Sailing Club

11

Ed Coyne

 

Youghal Sailing Club

12

Jordan Lupton

 

Youghal Sailing Club

13

Patrick Buttimer

 

Youghal Sailing Club

14

Gareth Gallagher

 

Lough Foyle Yacht Club

15

Peter Boyle

 

Sutton Dinghy Club

16

David Johnson

 

Sutton Dinghy Club

17

Conor Twohig

 

Sutton Dinghy Club

18

Shane McLoughlin

 

Sutton Dinghy Club

19

Dan Gill

 

Sutton Dinghy Club

20

Finn O'Brien

 

Youghal Sailing Club

21

Ciaran Keogh

 

Greystones

 

 

GP14 Ireland Autumn Open & Youth Championships

24th & 25th September 2016 - Sligo Yacht Club

 

GP14 Ireland is looking forward to the next event in Sligo - a combined Autumn Open and Irish Youth Championship.

 

Youths wanting to take part in the event as helm or crew please get in touch with Ossian (geraghty.ossian@gmail.com) as soon as possible.

 

If you are willing to lend your boat out to a youth please let Ossian know.

 

Schedule

Sat 24 Sep

12:00 hrs  

Autumn Open    

Race 1, Race 2      

 

 

Youths

 

Youth Race 1, Race 2  following Autumn Race 2

 

Sun 25 Sep

10:00 hrs

Youths

Race 3, Race 4 

 

 

Autumn Open

Autumn Race 3 , Race 4  following Youth Race 4

 

Youth Categories

Under 16 on 1st January 2016

Under 19 on 1st January 2016

Under 21 on 1st January 2016 

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2016 GP14 Ireland Craftinsure Leagues

Updated with Irish results

 

Gold Sail No Helm Crew Club Points
1 14158 Shane Mc Carthy Damien Bracken Graystones S C  4
2 14055 Keith Louden Alan Thompson Sligo Y C  12
3 14143 John Mc Guinness Donal Mc Guinness Moville Y C 12
           
Silver Sail No Helm Crew Club Points
1 14105 Katie Dwyer Michele Rowley Sutton D C 3
2 13917 Michael Cox Josh Porter Newtownards Y C 8
3 14116 Peter Boyle Stephen Boyle Sutton D C 9
           
Bronze Sail No Helm Crew Club Points
1 13207 Adrian Lee Edward Coyne Youghal SC 2
2 13749 Pat Savage Linda Darby Swords S C  4
3 13782 Michael Collender Brian Walker Mullingar S C  5

 

Check out the full listing on  Craftinsure Leagues

BBC - The Great Flying Challenge

 

NI BBC program hosted by Dick Strawbridge challenges a group of local engineers and craftsmen, including our own Alastair Duffin,  to help him recreate Harry Ferguson's monoplane from the early 1900s - but will it fly?

BBC Episode Guide

BBC Clips

Short clip with Alastair

Monday 12 Sep 201619:30
BBC ONE NORTHERN IRELAND,

GP14 Youth Training at Skerries

25/26 August 2016

Funded by the ISA, Exe Sails & the Howard Davis Memorial GP14 Youth Fund

 

Report by Colman Grimes

Skerries training 1Sixteen enthusiastic sailors rolled up to Skerries Sailing Club Thursday 25th & Friday 26th of August 2016 for some training ahead of the GP14 Championship of Ireland. Youths from Youghal, Blessington, Greystones, Rush and Skerries were greeted with a beautiful morning and a mirror-like sea over the bay, great for the sun tan, not so great for sailing!

 

 

 

Skerries training 2The Coach, Thomas Chaix, made introductions, boats were set up, and with a light breeze not forecasted until the afternoon at best, it was decided to start off with some theory for the morning. The start line (no better place to start!) was discussed in detail together with first-beat tactics.

After lunch, luckily a light breeze kicked in and we got to go out and practice some starts, beats and boat handling under the careful watch of Thomas. The wind was ideal for the 1st day of training so some could get used to GP14s, borrowed boats or new crews.

Skerries training 3

 

A few races ended the day, Edie & Emma from Blessington showed the boys up by pipping them on the finish line on first race. Loud and ecstatic with their performance they retired early to head to Dun Laoghaire to welcome home Olympic Medallist Annalise Murphy. After a few more races, we wrapped it up for the day.

The next day the wind was up and after more theory we hit the water. Things were a lot less forgiving than the previous day with almost everyone capsizing (a few times) until they started to get the hang of it. Some seemed to be enjoying capsizing a bit too much!

 

 

 

 

 

Skerries training 4

 

 

 

A lot of experience was gained during the session, with everyone’s boat control improving vastly and some very fast spinnaker reaches. After a break for lunch and with the wind not as strong as the morning we hit the water for one more short session.

 

After a number of practice races we finished early to take some time to relax and recuperate (for the weekend’s Nationals) after a hard day on the water!

Skerries training 5

 

Thanks to the ISA, Exe Sails and the Howard Davis Memorial GP14 youth fund for their contribution in funding the training event. The use of Skerries Sailing Club facilities was greatly appreciated also. And to Coach Thomas Chaix for sharing his expertise. It would not happen without some volunteers, so massive thanks to Helen Ryan from SSC on rescue and sandwiches, my wife Brid for more sandwiches and not to forget the campsite security guard, baby Dylan who made sure our back garden didn’t turn into a festival!

 

 

Many of the participants raced into the weekend for the Nationals. Well done to Adrian Lee & Edward Coyne from Youghal Sailing Club who put in a great performance and finished only a few points off the top 10 in a very competitive fleet.

Great fun was had by all.

Skerries training 6

ISA - Sail Measurement Course

Wed 7 September, Kinsale YC

 

A sail measurers course is planned for 7th of September in Kinsale Yacht Club, 0900 – 1630hrs.

 

http://www.sailing.ie/sail-measurers-course/

 

Details on the course content

World Sailing Sail Measurement Course. It will be predominantly based on the Equipment Rules of Sailing and in particular Section G regarding sails.

Successful candidates would become “official measurers” and permitted to certify sails for a number of classes within the country of the MNA that approved them.

 

Pre-requisites

No pre-requisites required but if coming in with no prior knowledge then a pass is highly unlikely.

 

Who it is applicable to

Anyone wishing to become an official measurer for sails.

There are a number of classes that use the World Sailing Standard Class Rules format and the ERS and therefore use the term “official measurer” when it comes to sail certification.

IRC Measurers and any classes who need some training would be the best start. Also sailmakers wishing to be able to self-certify their sails.

 

Total cost to participants

€45

 

Please email Sarah-Louise: sl.rossiter@sailing.ie if you are interested in attending.

Irish Nationals and Masters Championships

Sat 27 - Mon 29 Aug - Skerries Sailing Club

 

Timmy Corcoran & Brendan Brogan take the 2016 GP14 Irish Championship back to Sligo. 

 

Skerries club put on a fantastic sailing event - thanks to all invloved and to the main sponsor Bacharach!

 

Report - Ossian Gerraghty

Photos copyright - Andy Johnson

 

Skerries Saiing Club which has a long history of hosting excellent GP14 events welcomed the GP14 Class back for the 2016 Championships of Ireland sponsored by Bacharach. The event attracted an entry of 37 boats.

 

The first day of the event was characterised by medium strength winds. Recently returned from the UK having defended his UK British GP 14 title Shane McCarthy crewed by Damien Bracken led the charge to the first mark followed by Niall Henry and Ossian Geraghty, Sligo Yacht Club. The Gallagher brothers from Lough Foyle powered through Henry /Geraghty and McCarthy/Bracken on the first reach and led to the first race to the finish. In the second race it was the turn of Tim Corcoran and Brendan Brogan, Sligo Yacht Club who took line honours snatching the lead from Hugh Gill and Conor Twohig from Sutton Dingy Club. At the end of the first day of racing it was obvious that consistency over the series would be the deciding factor in the event with many of the top boats collecting double digit point in the first day. Alan Blay and David Johnson Sutton Dingy Club and McCarthy/Bracken were in overall pole position leading into day two of the Championship.

 

Day two was like dying and going to sailor’s hell. There were light winds with rolling waves and the most awful chop on the water all day. It was very difficult to get the boats moving at all and when you did you couldn’t stir with the risk of stalling. Hugh Gill made it look easy leading this race from start to finish with Timmy Corcoran constantly trying to close the gap without success. The course was switched to Windward/Leeward which made for lots of passing opportunities. Race 4 was finally claimed by Niall Henry after an epic battle with reigning GP14 World Champion Shane McCarthy. After a lot of waiting around and two false starts the Officer of Day Liam Dineen abandoned the third race much to the delight of the weary fleet.

 

The final day of the Championships began with little to no wind which filled gradually as the morning progressed. After a number of attempts to set a course the wind finally moved south and built throughout the day. There was only four points separating the top five boats so it was all to play for in the last two races. With the building winds, shifts of up to thirty degrees, strong gusts and windward/leeward courses there was a lot of position changes during this race. JP and Caroline McCaldin from Lough Erne Yacht Club won Race five chased closely by Keith Louden and Alan Thompson from Sligo Yacht Club. The last race of the series was similar and the event was won/lost of the last run. It Curly Morris and Laura McFarland's turn at line honours in this final race but Timmy Corcoran who made five places on the final run to finish second to become the National Champions for 2016. This was a splendid way for Timmy to bow out and we wish him good luck in his move to Spain.

In the Silver Fleet a similarly epic battle was taking place and with the final gun there was only 3 points separating the top 3 Silver Finishers;

 

Silver Fleet

1 Peter Boyle/Stephen Boyle

2 Steven Nelson/Brenda Preston

3 Katie Dwyer/Michelle Rowley

 

In the Bronze Fleet Youghal sailors Adrian Lee and Edward Coyne sailed a very consistent series beating most of the Silver boats to take the overall Bronze fleet. I suspect these guys need a promotion up to Silver the way they are sailing.

 

Bronze fleet

1 Adrian Lee/Edward Coyne

2 Brian Andrews/Claire Cromie

3 Steven Preston/Alison Boyd

 

The next GP14 event is the Autumn Open/Youth Championships which takes place on the 24th and 25th of September at Sligo Yacht Club. We look a good turnout. If you know of any Youth sailors who would like to compete please contact Ossian Geraghty, geraghty.ossian@gmail.com to arrange a boat and crew.

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International GP14 Class Association AGM

 

The GP14 association held its AGM on Tue 23 Aug.

 

President Duncan Greenhalgh handed over to the new President Ann Penny

 

Our own Curly Morris was voted into the Vice President role.

GP14 UK Nationals 2016 - final day

 

Congratulations to Shane and Andy for bringing the UK Nationals back to Ireland!

 

Full reports and results of the UK Nationals here http://www.gp14.org/2016nationals/

 

  No Helm Crew Club Fleet R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Tot Nett
1st 14158 Shane McCarthy Andy Thompson Greystones SC Gold 1 1 2 -11 1 2 -15 1 1 35 9
2nd 13417 Mike Senior Liz Senior South Staffs SC Gold -4 (37 OCS) 3 1 3 1 1 4 4 58 17
3rd 14174 Fergus Barnham Ellie Devereux Northampton SC /Budworth SC Gold 2 2 4 3 2 -7 5 2 -9 36 20
4th 14021 Ian Willis Keith Dutton South Staffs SC Gold 10 5 5 4 -11 5 8 -14 6 68 43
5th 1417 Sam Watson Andy Hunter Nantwich and Border SC Gold (37 DSQ) (37 DNF) 8 2 5 3 12 5 11 120 46
6th 14121 Andrew Clewer Mark Taylor Poole YC Gold 9 4 6 6 -12 -18 10 6 8 79 49
7th 13977 Alan Blay David Johnston Sutton DC Gold 5 3 1 (37 OCS) 8 13 18 3 -23 111 51
8th 14091 Gary Deighan Dale Knowles Bolton SC Gold 7 10 9 (37 OCS) 14 -15 3 11 3 109 57
9th 13721 Nick Devereux Geoff Edwards Budworth SC Gold 3 (37 OCS) 10 16 7 11 -27 9 2 122 58
10th 14117 Johnny Sinclair Hayley Ramadhar West Lancs SC Gold 11 6 7 5 15 -17 -16 13 5 95 62
11th 14199 Frank Nickless Ben Pickering Chase SC/ Dovey YC Silver 6 8 18 13 -36 12 2 8 (37 DNF) 140 67
12th 14089 Paul Simes Tom Simes Cardiff Bay SV Silver 13 9 15 -24 13 9 -17 16 7 123 82
13th 14166 Richard Ham Vicki Ford Tollesbury SC/ South Staffs SC Silver -20 13 16 12 -20 4 7 17 18 127 87
14th 14116 Peter Boyle Steven Boyle Sutton DC Silver 12 (37 OCS) 12 15 4 -29 23 7 15 154 88
15th 4047 Ciaron Jones Tim Jones Holyhead DC Bronze 16 -21 13 10 16 8 9 19 (37 DNS) 149 91
16th 14077 Curly Morris Josh Porter East Antrim / Newtonwards SC Gold 8 14 20 17 -24 16 -29 10 10 148 95
17th 13838 Justin Smith Sarah O,Neill Derwent Reservoir SC/ Poole YC Gold (37 DNF) 12 11 9 18 14 -25 12 21 159 97
18th 13796 Lewis Coppinger Meg Hicklin South Staffs SC Silver 21 -25 14 14 19 10 4 -26 25 158 107
19th 14155 Joseph Butterworth Toby Chapman Solent SC Gold 17 17 -24 -28 23 6 14 20 13 162 110
20th 14130 Hugh Gill Tim Coyne Sutton DC Gold 24 7 (37 RAF) 7 9 (37 BFD) 11 37 DNF 19 188 114
21st 14135 Paul Owen Alan Jones South Staffs SC / Nantwich and Border SC Gold 22 16 23 8 6 21 -30 21 (37 DNS) 184 117
22nd 14168 Chris Hawkes Duncan Greenhalgh Poole YC/ Bassenthwaite SC Silver 18 18 17 21 25 19 6 -28 -29 181 124
23rd 14109 Greg Thomas Joel James Southport SC Silver 19 11 21 (37 OCS) 17 (37 DNC) 37 DNC 18 12 209 135
24th 14151 Stephen Cooper Sarah Jarman Welsh Harp SC / Royal Lymington YC Silver 14 20 19 -23 21 20 20 23 -24 184 137
25th 14090 Lawrence Creaser Sam Marshall Hollowell SC Gold 15 15 (37 DNF) 27 -32 25 28 15 17 211 142
26th 14201 Hugh Devereux Malcolm Bird Budworth SC Silver 23 (37 DNF) 22 20 -27 22 13 24 20 208 144
27th 141 Jacob Murray Richard Abenstern Todbrook SC Bronze 29 22 25 26 -31 -30 26 22 16 227 166
28th 14039 Ben Swainson Poppy James Southport SC Silver 28 26 26 25 -34 (37 DNC) 21 27 22 246 175
29th 13421 Helen Allen Maciej Malyjaszczuk Welsh Harp SC Bronze 26 24 28 18 26 -31 (37 BFD) 30 26 246 178
30th 14102 Simon Redhead Indeg Lllewelllyn Owen Poole YC Silver (37 DNC) (37 DNC) 37 DNC 19 29 24 33 25 14 255 181
31st 14051 Chris Beddow Michelle Evans South Staffs SC Silver (37 DNF) 23 29 29 28 23 31 (37 DNF) 28 265 191
32nd 13777 John Toone Catherine Toone Chelmarsh SC Bronze (37 DNS) (37 DNS) 37 DNC 22 10 26 32 29 37 DNS 267 193
33rd 14014 Andy Wadsworth Andy Shrimpton Welsh Harp SC Bronze 25 19 27 -33 33 32 -34 33 27 263 196
34th 14088 Duncan Fraser Graham Fraser Ceylon Motors YC Bronze 27 27 30 -31 30 28 24 -32 30 259 196
35th 14057 Ann Penny Lisa Carpenter DRSC / South Staffs SC Bronze (37 DNS) 28 31 32 35 27 22 31 (37 DNF) 280 206
36th 13727 Tim Davies Mark Collingwood Chelmarsh SC Bronze (37 DNS) (37 DNS) 37 DNC 30 22 33 19 37 DNF 37 DNS 289 215

 

 

GP14 UK Nationals 2016 - Day 4

 

All hotting up on day 4 with light wind racing.  Mike & Liz Senior took the 2 bullets that were up for grabs and are overnight leaders into the last day of racing.  Not a great day for the Irish.  Shane & Andy took a 2nd and a 15th leaves them joint 2nd with Fergus & Ellie and just 5 points behind Mike & Liz.

 

2 more races on Friday - there will be a good contest between the top 3 boats.

 

 

Boat No Helm Full Name Crew Full Name Club Fleet R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Total Nett
13417 Mike Senior Liz Senior South Staffs SC Gold 4 (37 OCS) 3 1 3 1 1     50 13
14158 Shane McCarthy Andy Thompson Greystones SC Gold 1 1 2 11 1 2 (15)     33 18
14174 Fergus Barnham Ellie Devereux Northampton SC /Budworth SC Gold 2 2 4 3 2 (7) 5     25 18
14021 Ian Willis Keith Dutton South Staffs SC Gold 10 5 5 4 (11) 5 8     48 37
14121 Andrew Clewer Mark Taylor Poole YC Gold 9 4 6 6 12 (18) 10     65 47
13977 Alan Blay David Johnston Sutton DC Gold 5 3 1 (37 OCS) 8 13 18     85 48
14091 Gary Deighan Dale Knowles Bolton SC Gold 7 10 9 (37 OCS) 14 15 3     95 58
14199 Frank Nickless Ben Pickering Chase SC/ Dovey YC Silver 6 8 18 13 (36) 12 2     95 59
14117 Johnny Sinclair Hayley Ramadhar West Lancs SC Gold 11 6 7 5 15 (17) 16     77 60
1417 Sam Watson Andy Hunter Nantwich and Border SC Gold (37 DSQ) 37 DNF 8 2 5 3 12     104 67
14166 Richard Ham Vicki Ford Tollesbury SC/ South Staffs SC Silver (20) 13 16 12 20 4 7     92 72
4047 Ciaron Jones Tim Jones Holyhead DC Bronze 16 (21) 13 10 16 8 9     93 72
13721 Nick Devereux Geoff Edwards Budworth SC Gold 3 (37 OCS) 10 16 7 11 27     111 74
14089 Paul Simes Tom Simes Cardiff Bay SV Silver 13 9 15 (24) 13 9 17     100 76
13796 Lewis Coppinger Meg Hicklin South Staffs SC Silver 21 (25) 14 14 19 10 4     107 82
13838 Justin Smith Sarah O,Neill Derwent Reservoir SC/ Poole YC Gold (37 DNF) 12 11 9 18 14 25     126 89
14116 Peter Boyle Steven Boyle Sutton DC Silver 12 (37 OCS) 12 15 4 29 23     132 95
14130 Hugh Gill Tim Coyne Sutton DC Gold 24 7 (37 RAF) 7 9 37 BFD 11     132 95
14135 Paul Owen Alan Jones South Staffs SC / Nantwich and Border SC Gold 22 16 23 8 6 21 (30)     126 96
14168 Chris Hawkes Duncan Greenhalgh Poole YC/ Bassenthwaite SC Silver 18 18 17 21 (25) 19 6     124 99
14077 Curly Morris Josh Porter East Antrim / Newtonwards SC Gold 8 14 20 17 24 16 (29)     128 99
14155 Joseph Butterworth Toby Chapman Solent SC Gold 17 17 24 (28) 23 6 14     129 101
14151 Stephen Cooper Sarah Jarman Welsh Harp SC / Royal Lymington YC Silver 14 20 19 (23) 21 20 20     137 114
14201 Hugh Devereux Malcolm Bird Budworth SC Silver 23 (37 DNF) 22 20 27 22 13     164 127
14109 Greg Thomas Joel James Southport SC Silver 19 11 21 (37 OCS) 17 37 DNC 37 DNC     179 142
14090 Lawrence Creaser Sam Marshall Hollowell SC Gold 15 15 (37 DNF) 27 32 25 28     179 142
13421 Helen Allen Maciej Malyjaszczuk Welsh Harp SC Bronze 26 24 28 18 26 31 (37 BFD)     190 153
141 Jacob Murray Richard Abenstern Todbrook SC Bronze 29 22 25 26 (31) 30 26     189 158
14039 Ben Swainson Poppy James Southport SC Silver 28 26 26 25 34 (37 DNC) 21     197 160
14051 Chris Beddow Michelle Evans South Staffs SC Silver (37 DNF) 23 29 29 28 23 31     200 163
13777 John Toone Catherine Toone Chelmarsh SC Bronze (37 DNS) 37 DNS 37 DNC 22 10 26 32     201 164
14088 Duncan Fraser Graham Fraser Ceylon Motors YC Bronze 27 27 30 (31) 30 28 24     197 166
14014 Andy Wadsworth Andy Shrimpton Welsh Harp SC Bronze 25 19 27 33 33 32 (34)     203 169
14057 Ann Penny Lisa Carpenter DRSC / South Staffs SC Bronze (37 DNS) 28 31 32 35 27 22     212 175
13727 Tim Davies Mark Collingwood Chelmarsh SC Bronze (37 DNS) 37 DNS 37 DNC 30 22 33 19     215 178
14102 Simon Redhead Indeg Lllewelllyn Owen Poole YC Silver (37 DNC) 37 DNC 37 DNC 19 29 24 33     216 179

 

 

Link to races 1-7

 

Offical events page - http://www.gp14.org/2016nationals/#programme

 

GP14 UK Nationals 2016 - Wed - lay day

 

No racing today so instead a video below of how not to start...
 

Link to Race 1-5 results

 

Offical events page - http://www.gp14.org/2016nationals/#programme

 

GP14 UK Nationals 2016 - Day 3

 

Day 3 started off in light winds. The fleet launched but after an hour of still light airs the fleet were sent ashore.  The wind eventually filled in and they were set afloat again after lunch.  The lighter winds proved tricky with it easy to fall back 1 too many places.  Race 4 was taken by Mike & Liz Senior with Sam Watson & Andy Hunter taking 2nd.  Race 5 Shane & Andy were back on form and took the bullet with Peter & Stephen Boyle taking an excellent 4th.

 

Full report http://www.gp14.org/gp14-nationals-day-3/

 

Results after 5 races and 1 discard:

 

Overall

Boat

 No

Helm Full Name

Crew Full Name

Club

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

Tot

1

14158

Shane McCarthy

Andy Thompson

Greystones SC

1

1

2

(10)

1

5

2

14174

Fergus Barnham

Ellie Devereux

Northampton SC/Budworth SC

2

2

(4)

3

2

9

3

13417

Mike Senior

Liz Senior

South Staffs SC

4

(37 OCS)

3

1

3

11

4

13977

Alan Blay

David Johnston

Sutton DC

5

3

1

(37 OCS)

8

17

10

14116

Peter Boyle

Stephen Boyle

Sutton DC

12

(37 OCS)

12

14

4

42

12

14130

Hugh Gill

Tim Coyne

Sutton DC

24

7

(37 RAF)

6

9

46

18

14077

Curly Morris

Josh Porter

EABC/NSC

8

14

20

16

(24)

58

 

Scoring codes used

Code

Description

Points

DNC

Did not come to the starting area

37

DNF

Started but did not finish

37

DNS

Came to the start area but did not start

37

DSQ

Disqualification

37

OCS

On course side at start or broke rule 30.1

37

RAF

Retired after finishing

37

 

Link to Race 1-5 results

 

Offical events page - http://www.gp14.org/2016nationals/#programme

 

GP14 UK Nationals 2016 - Day 2

 

All Irish, apart from Shane & Andy, were bumped up by 1 point in Race 1 after Sam Watson & Andy Hunter were DSQ'ed from Race 1.

 

Day 2 was a great day on the water by the Irish with Shane & Andy taking race 2 and Alan & David taking race 3.

 

Results after 3 races:

 

Overall

Boat No

Helm Full Name

Crew Full Name

Club

R1

R2

R3

Tot

1

14158

Shane McCarthy

Andy Thompson

Greystones SC

1

1

2

4

2

13977

Alan Blay

David Johnston

Sutton DC

5

3

1

9

9

14077

Curly Morris

Josh Porter

East Antrim / Newtonwards SC

8

14

20

42

21

14116

Peter Boyle

Stephen Boyle

Sutton DC

12

37OCS

12

61

24

14130

Hugh Gill

Tim Coyne

Sutton DC

24

7

37RAF

68

 

Scoring codes used

Code

Description

Points

DNC

Did not come to the starting area

37

DNF

Started but did not finish

37

DNS

Came to the start area but did not start

37

DSQ

Disqualification

37

OCS

On course side at start or broke rule 30.1

37

RAF

Retired after finishing

37

 

Link to Races 1-3

 

Offical events page - http://www.gp14.org/2016nationals/#programme

 

GP14 UK Nationals 2016 - Day 1

Good luck to the 5 Irish boats over in Pwllheli at the GP14 UK Nationals this week 20-26 Aug.

 

Race 1 proviosonal results from Sunday 21 Aug below - well done Shane & Andy getting the first bullet on offer!

 

Boat No

Helm Full Name

Crew Full Name

Club

R1

14158

Shane McCarthy

Andy Thompson

Greystones SC

1

13977

Alan Blay

David Johnston

Sutton DC

6

14077

Curly Morris

Josh Porter

East Antrim / Newtonwards SC

9

14116

Peter Boyle

Stephen Boyle

Sutton DC

13

14130

Hugh Gill

Tim Coyne

Sutton DC

25

 

Link to Full results

 

Offical events page - http://www.gp14.org/2016nationals/#programme

 

GP14 - Junior (U21) training

Exe Sails & Howard Davis Memorial GP14 Youth Training

ISA GP14 Youth Training

Thu 25 - Fri 26 Aug - Skerries Sailing Club

 
Update - 19 Aug 2016
Top coach Thomas Chaix (www.tc-sailingcoach.com) lined up.  
Only 2 slots left!  Boats can be supplied.
 
A training course for GP14 juniors (under 21) has been slotted in for 2 days before the GP14 Irish National event with both being hosted at Skerries SC.  Dates are Thu 25 and Fri 26 August 2016.  
 
Places will go fast so please get in touch with the organizer Colman Grimes as soon as you can to register.  There are some GP14 club boats at Skerries but if you can bring your own GP14 please do.  Going on previous years it has proved to be an excellent training opportunity!!
 
 
For further information and registering contact Colman on email - cgrimes@colmangrimes.ie

Sutton Dinghy Club Regatta

Sunday 7th August 2016


Sutton Dinghy Club would like to invite all GP14 sailors to our Annual Regatta, taking place on Sunday 7th August.

 

First gun 13:30.  NOR and entry form links below.

 

It should provide for great racing and the usual high standard SDC hospitality!  It will also be great practice for boats in the lead up to the UK and the Irish nationals.

 

Hope to see you there.

Katie Dwyer
GP14 Class Captain SDC

 

http://newsdc.sdc.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2016-SDC-Regatta-Notice-Of-Race.pdf
http://newsdc.sdc.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2016-SDC-Regatta-Entry-Form.pdf

GP14 Leinster Championship

Sutton DC July 23-24 - results

 

Report & Photos Andy Johnston

 

The 2016 GP14 Leinster Championships were hosted by Sutton Dinghy Club and there was a super representation from Clubs up and down the country. The  strength of the Class comes from the GP14 presence in the likes Moville, Donegal, Donaghadee, Newtownards, East Antrim, East Down, Enniskillen, RSt.GYC,  Blessington, Lough Foyle, Sligo, Greystones, Skerries, Clontarf, Mullingar, Swords and the crews being prepared to travel to events like the Leinsters. This year we also saw boats from the emerging fleets of Youghal in Cork and Cullaun in Co. Clare.

 

It was fitting that the class should be sharing this event with the Mirror Nationals as many of the current GP14 sailors began their sailing careers in this class and indeed the current GP14 fleet boasts more than its fair share of past Mirror National Champions. A number of the GP14 sailors here at the weekend were in Sutton 30 years ago when the Club last hosted the Mirror Nationals in the week of Hurricane Charley. Indeed Des McMahon (Cullaun) and Libby Tierney (Blessington) vividly remembered a race with 105 starters and only 18 finishers such were the conditions that week. With 3 Olympians and a World Champion in the GP14 Leinster Fleet this weekend in Sutton, the Mirror sailors and their parents were seriously interested in the events progress. 

 

Light & shifty winds and three different race winners on Day 1 tells only the beginning of the story. The fickle conditions meant each race was full of twists & turns with corresponding tales of woe & good fortune. Race 1 began in moderate conditions but a dramatic right shift half way up the first beat saw boats that had worked the right hand side gain handsomely. Making the most of the windshift were the McGuinness brothers John & Donal who rounded first followed by Blessington sailors Simon Cully & Libby Tierney. John & Donal comfortably held on to win race 1 from Shane MacCarthy & Damian Bracken with local GP14 legend Hugh Gill sailing with Tim Coyne taking 3rd.  Race 2 saw Keith Louden & Alan Thompson establish a commanding lead before letting victory slip from their grasp at the last moment  by sailing to the wrong finish mark. This let local pair, Alan Blay & David Johnson sneak the win from Ger Owens & Phil Lawton. Shane & Damian were 3rd with Keith & Alan realising their error and scrambling back to 4th. In race 3 Keith & Alan’s luck improved.  Ger & Phil were race leaders but as the final beat turned into a fetch initially and then a reach, the leading group of boats became becalmed leaving the rest of the fleet to hoist their spinnakers and sail past. Profiting the most from the fickle breeze, Keith & Alan took the win from Shane & Damian with Ger & Phil doing well in the end to salvage 3rd place. The fleet sailed ashore to more scones & cake and bar-b-que with a superb Thai Supper later in the evening. Sutton hospitality is a force to be reckoned with! Overnight leaders in the gold fleet were Shane & Damian despite not winning a single race. Sutton pair Katie Dwyer & Michelle Rowley led the silver fleet while Blessington sailors Matthew & Richard Street had sailed very consistently in the tricky conditions to lead the bronze fleet.

 

The tidal nature of Sutton Creek meant a 13.30 start on Sunday gave the fleet a welcome lie-in. The first race of the day saw Shane & Damian as early race leaders but as the wind died on the last beat, they were overhauled by both local pair Alan & David and Ger & Phil. Alan & David held on for their second win of the weekend with Ger & Phil notching up another 2nd. Race 5 was to provide another sting in the tail. The wind swung 90 degrees on the second lap, letting boats once again hoist spinnakers on the upwind leg and with numerous casualties and benefitters. Keith & Alan crossed the line ahead of Shane & Damian with Katie & Michelle in third. However Keith & Alan were left cursing their misfortune once again as they crossed the line to silence – an OCS putting paid to their chances of overall event victory. This meant race 5 winners were Shane & Damian with Katie & Michelle hanging on superbly to 2nd from Ger & Phil in 3rd.

 

The wind died and the prospect of a final 6th race was looking remote when the AP was hoisted a number of times. However, one more twist in the weekend’s weather saw the wind fill in and white horses suddenly appear.  OOD Scorie Walls promptly got Race 6 underway as the wind started to gust above 20 knots.  Shane & Damian established a good lead over the first lap only to capsize at the second windward mark. They were soon joined by Keith & Alan leaving Sutton Dinghy Clubs Alan & Dave to sail on to a third race win and secure 2nd overall. Shane & Damian recovered to 2nd which was sufficient to give them overall victory while the McGuinness brothers took 3rd position & 3rd place overall. 

 

In the Silver fleet, local sailors Katie Dwyer & Michelle Rowley have been sailing very quickly in their new boat and were convincing winners from Lawrence Balham & Stephen Nelson. Local youth sailor Peter Boyle continues to impress and with his old fella Stephen crewing , finished 3rd in the silver fleet. Bronze fleet winners were Greystones sailors Kevin Gillen & Norman Lee, while Jack Buttimer & Adam McDonagh kept the Youghal flag flying with 2rd overall in the bronze fleet. Fittingly on his return to Sutton, Des McMahon & Pat Biesty, newcomers to the open circuit from Cullaun Sailing Club left with 3rd in bronze fleet.

 

So to summarise, an event full of twist & turns, conditions to severely test, an OOD team that coped admirably with the GP14 and Mirror fleets and superb racing for competitors from all over the country.

Thanks to Sutton Dinghy Club for their exceptional hospitality and for organising an event to remember.

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GP14 Leinster Championship

Sutton DC July 23-24

 

With only a few weeks to go it is time to get your entries in for the 2016 GP14 Leinster's to be held at Sutton Dinghy Club on July 23-24.

 

The event is being run in tandem with the 2016 Mirror Nationals which further develops the link agreed between the 2 Classes at the AGM held in Howth before the Barbados Worlds.

 

While entry will be open on the Saturday, the Class Association and the Club would really appreciate as many pre-entries as possible to help facilitate the race office administration for both events as well as helping identify correct numbers of Safety boats.

 

With the World Sailing Laser Radial Championships running in Dublin Bay that week, safety boats and crew are already in heavy demand so getting a handle on entries as early as possible allows the Club make the appropriate arrangements.

 

There are a number boats already pre-entered including Katie Dwyer/Michelle Rowley who had a great showing at the O'Tiarnaigh and Purcell Trophy weekend. Also pre-entered is Stephen/Peter Boyle, Hugh Gill and Alan Blay/David Johnston. This reflects the pressure the Class President can exert on his own Club members to help the cause.

 

There is online booking and payment capability available for the event. You can also call (01-8392135) or email (info@sdc.ie) the Club office to submit your entry.

 

The Club are planning to hold a supper evening (circa €7-8) on Saturday 24th if there is sufficient interest. Please indicate your interest and numbers via the contact form on the booking page when entering the event.  http://sdc.ie/camping-supper-contact/

 

Sutton Dinghy Club have also confirmed availability of a secure area close by suitable for camping and less than 10 mins walk from the Club. There is also room to cater for a small number of camper vans.

Again please indicate interest on the contact form on the event entry booking page.

 

Book Online now - http://sdc.ie/2016-gp14-leinsters-entry/

 

Sat 3 races - first gun 12.45hrs

Sun 3 races - first gun 13.30hrs

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GP14 Ulster Championship EDYC

June 25-26

 

Report by Donal McGuinness

Photos by Laura McFarland

 

The members of East Down Yacht Club in Strangford  Lough welcomed  the GP14 fleet  back for the 2016 Ulster Championships on the 25th and 26th June with their enthusiastic and warm hospitality.  This was the fleet’s first return to EDYC since the Club hosted the successful World Championships in 2014.  It was good to be back.  Racing was brisk for the 22 strong teams on the first day with Race Officer Sheela Lewis pleasing every one by getting the full programme of three races and solid Olympic courses. The black flag was pulled out on a few occasions to keep manners on those pushing the line. The wind picked up in strength as the day progressed with the last race sailed in a spirited 20 knots of breeze. 

 

Shane McCarthy and Damian Bracken put in a devastating performance with three convincing wins followed by the McGuinness brothers with three second places. The thirds were shared equally between Curly Morris and LauraMcFarland, Keith Louden and Alan Thompson and the Gallagher brothers.

 

The second days racing was a little less frantic with the winds having dropped to a more relaxed 9 knots. That said, the lovely clear waters of the Lough have lots of tricky little tidal secrets that took the day for some but not all to unlock.  With three more races completed, McCarthy and Bracken held on to their first place lead to become Ulster Champions.  Louden and Thompson took second when they won the last race with the McGuinness brothers dropping to third overall.  Steven Nelson and Brenda Preston, who also won race 4 in some style, won the silver fleet. Michael Cox and Josh Porter were second in the silver fleet with Gareth and Richard Gallagher taking third.  The two Derry lads put in an impressive performance all weekend ending up 7th overall.  They were also crowned the Ulster GP Champion Youth winners. The Bronze champions were Youghal youth sailors Adrian Lee and Edward Coyne with Thomas and Paul Sexton from Sligo in second and Robson Ogg and James Ogg from Donaghadee taking third bronze.

 

Finally an impressive new trophy to mark the achievements of ace crew Andy Thompson from Larne was presented for the first time to winning crew, Damian Bracken. Andy has, over the years, notched up title after title in the GP14 and other classes and it is fitting that the GP class in Ireland recognise his unparalleled achievements. Well done Andy!

 

 

      Helm Crew Club 1 2 3 4 5 6      Tot
1 14158 G Shane McCarthy Damian Bracken Greystones SC 1 1 1 -6 1 3 7
2 14055 G Keith Louden Alan Thompson Sligo YC 4 3 4 5 -8 1 17
3 14143 G John McGuinness Donal McGuinness Moville BC 2 2 2 7 7 -11 20
4 14077 G Curly Morris Laura McFarland East Antrim BC/Newtonards SC 5 4 3 -9 5 6 23
5 13901 S Stephen Nelson Brenda Preston Donaghadee SC/N'ards 9 -10 7 1 6 2 25
6 13917 S Michael Cox Josh Porter Newtownards SC 6 7

(22

/RET)

4 3 5 25
7 14080 S Gareth Gallagher Richard Gallagher Lough Foyle YC 3 8 9 3 4 -16 27
8 13891 G Richard Street Simon Dick Blessington SC 13 11

(22/

DNF)

8 2 4 38
9 14116 S Peter Boyle Stephen Boyle Sutton Dinghy Club 8 5 5

(27/

DNC)

16 10 44
10 14040 S Bill Johnson James Johnson Lough Foyle YC -12 6 8 12 11 7 44
11 13207 B Adrian Lee Edward Coyne Youghal SC 7

(22/

RET)

10 11 10 12 50
12 13745 B Thomas Sexton Paul Sexton Sligo YC 11 9 -16 10 13 15 58
13 13955 S Simon Jeffery Alan Bell, Elaine Vogan(Sunday) East Down YC

(22/

RET)

14 11 14 14 9 62
14 13833 S John McRobert David Murphy Ballyronan Boat Club 14 17 12 -18 12 13 68
15 14192 G Alastair Duffin Andy Corkill Newtownards SC and East Down YC

(27/

DNC)

27/

DNC

27/

DNC

2 9 8 73
16 13865 B Robson Ogg James Ogg Donaghadee SC 19 16 13 16

(27/

OCS)

14 78
17 13951 S Steven Preston Ali Boyd Donaghadee SC 17 13

(22/

DNF)

15 15 18 78
18 13782 B Michael Collender Brian Walker Mullingar Sailing Club 16 18 14 13 18 -19 79
19 13910 S Brian Andrews John McArthur Newtownards SC 10 12 6

(27/

DNC)

27/

DNC

27/

DNC

82
20 14133 B Jack Buttimer Adam McDonagh Youghal SC 18 -20 15 17 17 17 84
21 11633 B David Aiken Mike Mausden Donaghadee SC

22/

RET

19 17

(27/

DNC)

19 20 97
22 13915 B Geoff Murdoch Jane Murdoch Newtownards SC 15 15

22/

RET

22/

RET

(27/

DNC)

27/

DNC

101

Coleraine 24hr race - Team GP14 win!!

18th & 19th June 2016

 

Photos & report b y Laura McFarland

 

 

Team GP14 wins the 2016 Coleraine 24hr race on the River Bann.  The team was made up of Tim Corcoran & Brendan Brogan, Keith Louden & Alan Thompson, Curly Morris & Laura McFarland, James Hockley & Ryan Louden sailing in Alan Thompson’s boat.

 

Timmy & Brendan got off the line sharply at the 2pm gun. They got 5 laps in 2hrs. Once Keith & Alan took on their shift at 4pm the wind had started to ease off and they only got 2 laps in over their 2hr shift. Curly & Laura took over at 6pm with the wind starting to get patchy in places.  They similarly put in 2 laps in 2hrs.  A few laser sailors were evidently pumping their way around the course and managed to lap all other boats when there was next to no wind.  Rule 42 was blatantly being broken.  On being hailed to cease from the GP14 and other sailors and with no sign of it stopping a protest was duly put in against a number of sailors.  The protest was heard around 1am -  yes that is the way it works in a 24hr race - with the overwhelming evidence on show the protest was upheld and 3 laser teams were docked a full lap each.

 

James & Ryan took over from Laura & Curly at 8.30pm and unfortunately had keep the boat more under anchor than sailing during their shift as the wind had disappeared and the river was following out to sea.  We were one of the few teams with an anchor.  Some others boats drifted way down stream of the course.  Some caught hold of river buoys and managed to attach themselves.  Once the flood lights were turned the junior boats were brought ashore and wouldn’t sail again until 8am.  

 

It was a long shift for most of the boats as the changeover area was upstream. James & Ryan were eventually relieved by Keith & Alan just after midnight.  The wind thankfully filled back in again just after midnight and the night shifters sailed fabulously and were managing to lap most boats – legally!!  

 

The lap penalties were not to be applied until the race finish but by 10am the GP14 team were the dominate team and continued to do so until the 2pm gun.

 

Coleraine YC presented the award to the team and thanked them for putting on a fantastic spectacle of sailing commenting on the superb boat handling skills of each team in the boat.  They more than welcome back the GP14 sailors and hope that more enter next year.

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GP14 dates 2016 

Date

Event

Venue

Mar 26

Worlds

Barbados

May 21-22

British Inlands

Bala

May 21-22

O'Tiarnaigh/Purcell

Swords

Jun 18-19

Coleraine 24hr Race

Coleraine

Jun 25-26

Ulsters

East Down

Jul  23-24

Leinsters/Mirror Irish

Sutton

Aug 20-26

British Nationals

Pwllheli

Aug 27-29

Irish & Masters

Skerries

Sept 24-25

Autumn & Youth

Sligo

Oct 15-16

Hot Toddy

Blessington

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