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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

19

41

21

14116

Peter Boyle

Steven Boyle

Sutton DC

12

37OCS

11

60

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 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

Steven 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

Irish Nationals and Masters Championships

Sat 27 - Mon 29 Aug - Skerries Sailing Club

 

The National and Masters championships will be held in Skerries 27-29th August.

 

The masters will be the Races 1-4 of the 7 Irish races.  

 

NORs, SIs and Entry Form below.

GP14 CLASS - IRISHMASTERS - ENTRY.pdf
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GP14 CLASS - IRISHMASTERS - NOR.pdf
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GP14 CLASS -IRISHMASTERS - SIs.pdf
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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.

Leinster2016Results.xlsx
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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

Mirrors GP14 NOR 2016-V9.pdf
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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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