We are delighted to announce that Julie Courtney has been appointed as the Office Administrator to succeed Sue Sinclair, who retires at the end of December. Julie is a keen GP14 sailor at Bolton SC and a more comprehensive introduction will appear in the next issue of Mainsail. Julie’s business, Type-It Services will be providing comprehensive administration services to the class with Julie as the main point of contact, although it is likely one of Julie’s capable team will answer the phone if you happen to call the office.
Sue has expertly managed the GP14 Association office for 10 years and I am sure you will all want to join me in thanking her for her support to the class and wishing her and Ian all the best for the future. Sue will continue to support Julie during handover until December, and will, if necessary, work from the new office from 15th November.
With effect from 15th November there will be some new contact details for the Association:
GP 14 Class Association,
Albert House, 42 Seymour Road, Astley Bridge, Bolton BL1 8PT
Tel: +44 (0) 1204 590325
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (unchanged)
Mullingar Sailing Club hosted the GP14 Hot Toddy 19-20th October.
The final event of the year was very well attended with 30 boats.
Saturday on Lough Owel started off with blue sky and medium winds but there were ominous heavy grey rain clouds on most horizons. First out of the line in race 1 was Graham Ennis & Rebecca Killen and they dominated the fleet around the full triangular course with 2nd position initially being contented between Shane McCarthy & Damian Bracken, Dan & Mairin O’Connell, Curly Morris & Laura McFarland and new comers in Stephen Boyle’s boat Sean Craig & Conor Clancy. On the downwind legs Ger Owen & Melanie Morris with Keith Louden & Alan Thompson got into the mix. Dan & Mairin eventually took 2nd with Shane & Damien in 3rd.
The second race got under way after a general recall as the wind had started to shift around and gusting up. The race was led by Keith & Alan but on coming ashore and reading the results they were caught out by an early start and had to take an OCS instead along with Shane & Damien and locals Alan Pinder & Kevin Hackett. Sean & Conor took their first race win points with Ger & Mel in second followed by Graham & Rebecca. In between races 2 and 3 was an almighty downpour reminiscent of the Lough Foyle weekend earlier in the year. Once the rain was over race 3 got under way but the wind hadn’t fully settled and it swung dramatically up the first beat that became a fetch and kept swinging up to the mark. OOD Fred Ternan made a great decision to abandon the race, reset the course and get the fleet off again. Ger & Mel took the 3rd race followed by Shane & Damien with Sean & Conor taking a well earned 3rd.
A wet and cold fleet came ashore to piping hot tea and coffee in the club house and plenty of chat once the results were up and the OCSs were confirmed. The fleet made their way to the Annebrook House Hotel in the town for the evening meal with plenty of food, drink and chat laid on.
Sunday morning proved greyer and windier. As the fleet set out the wind kept climbing. Race 4 got under way with a strong swinging breeze up the beat and a first reach that turned into a run. Some leaders kept their spinnakers up after the jibe but it proved to be their downfall as the breeze was too tight to hold them. There were plenty of capsizes from the jibe mark onwards with the rescue boats kept fully occupied. A third of the fleet unfortunately did not complete the 4th race. Shane & Damien enjoyed the breeze and took the line honors followed by Ger & Mel with Tom & Michael Molloy in a well sailed 3rd.
The remaining fleet, once finished sailing, backed jibs and waited to see if the wind would settle or go down. It didn’t and Fred sent the fleet home as the wind was not proving to be great for sailing conditions. A few crews were very relieved to be homeward bound.
The Hot Toddy winners were confirmed as Ger & Mel with Shane & Damien only 1 point behind. Graham Ennis & Rebecca took 3rd.
The Silver fleet was won by newcomers JP & Carolyn McCaldin in their newly purchased boat from Tim & Brendan. 2nd silver went to Danny & Gareth Gallahger on equal points to 3rd Peter Fallon & James Hockley.
Bronze was won by James Ogg & Stuart Wilson with 2nd & 3rd going to locals James & Rosemarie Hackett and Pat McArdle & Veronica Lucy.
The accumulated results of the year for the silver and bronze fleet winners received the coveted Goacher sponsored genoas. Silver was won by Lough Foyle’s Bill & James Johnson with bronze going to Newtownard’s Maurice Baalham. The overall season's gold fleet winners were Ger & Mel.
Both Ger & Mel thanked Mullingar for their hospitality and the great competition from fellow sailors.
Norman Lee thanked Mullingar on behalf of the GP14 fleet and brought the 2013 season to a close.
All the remaining chat was geared towards who will be getting a new boat for the worlds to be held in East Down August 2014 and how the new members to the GP14 fleet (mostly from Dublin’s Royal St George) will fare next year.
Full details of Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions are available at Sligo Yacht Club website
4 Irish boats took part in the GP14 British Championship at Largs 11-16 August. Shane MacCarthy & Andy Thompson from Greystones SC and East Antrim BC, Curly Morris & Laura McFarland from Newtownards SC and EABC, Danny & Gareth Gallagher from Lough Foyle YC and Brian Willis & David McFarland from Country Antrim YC.
Ian Dobson & Andy Tunnicliffe were crowned 2013 UK National champions but even with just a small clan plenty of silverware was brought back to Ireland. Shane & Andy won race 7 and were 4th overall. Brian & David were 3rd in the silver fleet and received the Banner-Mendus Memorial Trophy for helm & crew both over 45. Curly was awarded with the honour of being the eldest sailor in the championship. He has also had his name on the Castanet Junior Trophy awarded to him 50 years ago.
The Ulsters has been won by Ger Owens & Melanie Morris. 2nd Shane McCarthy & Damien Bracken with locals Keith Louden & Alan Thompson 3rd overall.
The weather was hot, the winds were fickle and the tide was an added factor.
LFYC put on a great event with plenty of preparation to get the marquee and facilities into place for the Ulster championship. As ever their hospitality was in abundance.
A full report and the results are here.
The Chase Race was launched at East Antrim Boat Club (l to r) Gordon Kane (EABC), Jane Jobling, Jo Wilson (Meningitis Trust), Tom & Chris Jobling.
Tom is a GP14 past president and he made the journey to the Lough Foyle ‘Ulster’s’ last weekend to deliver a hard-felt request to the class for support of the forthcoming Meningitis Chase Race.
He explained how this novel event to be sailed on Larne Lough on Saturday 7th September will operate, and mentioned that big prizes will be on offer to the fleet. He joked that it could well be a showdown between the mighty GPs and the heir-apparent RS400’s!
For details see here.
Full Report and results can be found here.