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Skerries Sailing Club are delighted to host the 2019 3:Rock GP14 Championship of Ireland Regatta. This will be the first year where we race on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday format ands we are hoping to see as many boats as possible competing. We will be running gate starts over the course of the weekend and this should be great practice for next years 2020 Worlds in Skerries.
The NOR has been published below.
Also well done Peter & Stephen Boyle (Sutton Dinghy Club) for a superb 7th Overall and Top Irish crew.
Final results, event report and photos to follow.
Event Report - To Follow
NOTE CHANGE OF DATE
Event Report - Sam Watson
Lough Foyle Yacht Club, located on the banks of the River Foyle at Culmore Point, hosted the 2019 Ulster Championships attracting 27 competitors from not only all over Ireland but as far from Poole in Dorset, England.
After 2 general recalls and the race officer having to raise the black flag before race 1 had begun, the fleet started and headed off towards the windward mark. As the fleet were getting used to the dominating tide, Keith and Alan showed they were not to be messed with on their home turf and used their local knowledge to navigate to the front of the fleet by the windward mark. Closely followed by the English Raiders, Sam and Andy. 3rd place and 1st silver went to the young pairing of Adrian and Ed who had a fantastic race and were extremely unlucky not to turn 3rd into 2nd as they crossed the line almost simultaneously with Sam and Andy. 1st Bronze fleet sailor went to the new pairing of David and Elysia.
Race 2 commenced after only 1 general recall! By this time the tide had increased and the offshore breeze had started to shift significantly. Again, local boat Adrian and Ed used their local knowledge to get to the right and correct side of the course early. Shortly after the start a nice 20’ starboard shift came down the racecourse giving Adrian and Ed the largest lead the fleet has seen for a while! They sailed away by themselves and won the race by the best part of a leg! Behind these guys Keith and Alan and Shane and Damian had a battle for 2nd and 3rd. Being won on the last leg by Keith and Alan. Mathew and Richard Street had a great race finishing just behind Shane and Damian in 4th place and 1st Bronze.
Race 3 saw a similar set of conditions with slightly decreasing tide but still large offshore shifts. This time it was Shane and Damian who dominated the first beat and gained an impressive lead. Behind them the fleet changed positions in the varying shifts. 2nd was taken by Sam and Andy followed by Keith and Alan. Josh and Meg sailed through the fleet to finish an impressive 4th place.
With Saturdays 3 races over the most important race of the day kicked off, the beer race into the club! The sailors packed up and headed up the hill to The Magnet Bar who had prepared some 1st class food for the sailors. We even had a honouree visit from Curley Morris who wasn’t sailing due to hip op. Curley will be back for the Nationals, watch out!
Day 2 came around and you could definitely tell who had been to the Magnet bar till 1 in the morning. Keith and Alan were the first boat on the water and had set the boat up for what seemed was going to be a windy day. The fleet ran out into the tide in a considerable 15 knot breeze. With the tide pushing the boats to windward a few boats were slightly pre mature for race 4 and two boats were given the first black flags of the event. Alistair and Andy and Connor and Barry Twohig hit the line a little too early and were disqualified. The fleet carried on up to the windward mark in what was again, extremely shifty and tough conditions to sail in. This meant for allot of place changes and not one boat could let their guard down. The wind had died slightly and the Race Officer decided to shorten the course at second leeward mark. This left Shane and Damian to take the win, followed by ex Olympian Ger Owen and Mel Morris who used the light conditions to sail through the fleet. Keith and Alan secured 3rd putting them on equal points with Shane and Damian. It now looked like a 2 horse race for the lead with both boats having a 6 point lead to Sam and Andy in 3rd place. Micheal and Michelle secured 4th place and first Silver.
Race 5 commenced and was met at the gybe mark by a lovely 18 knots squall. This helped Sam and Andy who managed to hold onto the kite for a little longer that JP and Carolyn which set them up for the win. Shane and Andy won the battle fro 2nd against Keith and Alan. This put them just a point ahead of Keith and Alan going into the last race. Doire and Andrew had an impressive race to 4th position. David and Alysia had another great race finishing 6th and 1st Bronze.
The last raced commenced in a light breeze. It looked like the 22 year old Duffin had much better pace in the lighter winds as Sam and Andy did what they could to fight for the lead. Another win would put them in contention but at this stage it all depended on how both Shane and Damian and Keith and Alan did in the last race. In the light and shifty wind Jp and Carolyn showed serious speed aswell as Ger and Mel who took 2nd and 3rd respectively. Doire and Andrew held onto 4th infront of Shane and Damian and Keith and Alan who were battling further down the fleet for the lead.
The final race was complete and again the race to the club commenced with a serious ebbing tide flying out of the Foyle. It took a while for the boats to get through this in the dying wind. The boats came ashore and the maths started! On joint points Sam and Andy took the lead from Shane and Damian due to number of 1sts and 2nds. Following behind by only 1 point was Keith and Alan.
Thanks to Lough Foyle Yacht Club and the many volunteers for putting on a great event. Thanks to Thompson NI for sponsoring the event and James Peter Hockley for organising the best event of the season so far! The next event is the Leinsters at Dun Laoghaire on the 12th to the 14th of July.
The 2nd event of the season will be the Ulster Championship. Its been a while since we held an event in Lough Foyle Yacht Club and the event organising committee that includes James Peter Hockley & Owen McCauley have been hard at work since it was announced the Ulsters were heading back to the Lough.
The NOR has been published below and the organisers have drafted a useful list of B&B's and other accomodation close by to the Club.
As an aid to helping the Club prepare for the event, they would appreciate if those intending to sail confirm with one of the following:
Event Report - JP McCaldin
Cullaun Sailing club, Co Clare, hosted the Irish GP fleet for what turned out to be the 1st event of the year following the postponement of the Mullingar event in April. Competitors travelled from the 4 corners of Ireland with visitors from Derry, Dublin, Cork and North Down and many points in between and were warmly welcomed to the brand new clubhouse which had only been completed 2 weeks previously.
The race officer had a challenging weekend with light very shifty conditions on the Saturday and windier but still shifty conditions on the Sunday. He did a great job to get in 6 races over the 2 days and gave the class plenty of starting practice!
Race 1 was dominated by Colman Grimes and Matthew Street who built up a considerable lead of almost a leg at one stage but JP and Carolyn McCaldin got very lucky and hooked up with a gust on the final run and then took advantage of a 20 degree lift at the leeward mark to pinch 1st place. 3rd place went to class newcomers Alex Barry and Richard Leonard from Cork in their 1st competitive outing in the GP. 1st Silver fleet boat was Lawrence Baalham and Robbie Richardson with a 5th place and 1st bronze went to Michael Collender and Brian Walker.
Race 2 followed a similar pattern with big shifts and multiple place changes. The McCaldins decided to start before the gun and had to go back! Keith Louden and Alan Thompson had a great battle with Alex and Richard to take the win. Lawrence and Robbie had another great result with a 3rd place with Norman and Ken Lee taking 4th. Michael and Brian were again 1st bronze.
Race 3 again saw lots of place changes with big gains (and losses!) to be made in the shifts. Alex and Richard won the race showing us all that they are definitely going to be a force to be reckoned with as the class builds to the worlds in Skerries in 2020. The Derry boys, James Peter Hockley and Owen McCauley taking 2nd place and 1st silver with Keith and Alan 3rd. 2nd silver was son and father team Conor and Barry Twohig. Again Michael and Brian were 1st bronze home.
Alex and Richards consistency gave them a 4 point over night lead from Keith and Alan with the McCaldins 2 points further back.
All competitors enjoyed an evening of BBQ and music in the local pub in Tulla and were treated to the skills of pool shark Hugh Gill beating all comers!
Sunday dawned with more wind, hiking would be required. Conditions still shifty, but thankfully not quite as extreme as day one.
Race 4 was led from start to finish by silver fleets Adrian Lee and Edward Coyne, giving them their first ever event race win. The McCaldins applied pressure at times but were unable to get past and took 2nd. Alex and Richard were 3rd with James Peter and Owen 4th and 1st silver. The theme continued with Michael and Brian again dominating the bronze fleet. Four races in, 4 different winners – showing how competitive the fleet is.
Race 5 was won by the McCaldins putting them on equal points with Alex & Richard going into the last race. Josh Porter and Andy Corkhill had a fabulous race to take 2nd at a photo finish with Keith and Alan 3rd. James Peter and Owen took 4th and 1st in the silver fleet - with this form they won’t be in the silver fleet long!! Richard decided to test the buoyancy of the spinnaker pole and his helms swimming ability was noted in this race! No prizes for guessing the 1st bronze boat!
The final race of the event was under way at the 5th or was it the 6th ? attempt after numerous ‘U’ flag general recalls. With the wind in a left phase Alex and Richard started at the pin end and crossed the fleet to lead from the McCaldins at the weather mark, with James Peter and Owen in 3rd. James Peter and Owen took a flier to the right on the 2nd beat to lead considerably at the windward mark followed by Alex and Richard. The Derry boys headed right again on the final beat followed by the McCaldins but this time left paid and Alex and Richard led comfortably at the final weather mark which they held to the finish to take the race and the event. James Peter and Owen were 2nd in the final race, 4th overall and 1st silver. Event organiser Des McMahon and Pat Biesty stopped a clean sweep in the bronze fleet which was dominated by Michael and Brian.
Overall a great event, many thanks to everyone at Cullaun Sailing Club for their hospitality and effort. Full results below. Photos from the event will be posted shortly.
The next event, the GP14 Ulster Championship, is hosted by Lough Foyle Yacht Club on 8th & 9th June. Rumour has it the fleet will be joined by some English raiders.
incorporating the Purcell Trophy
Less than a week now to go to the GP14 Munsters being held in Cullaun Sailing Club. The Club have only recently opened a new Clubhouse and this is the first sailing event to be run in the Club for quite a long time.
Accommodation and Location of Club: Checkout the attached information flyer. Camping is available adjacent to Club grounds.
CANCELLED FOR THIS WEEKEND
DUE TO ADVERSE FORECAST WARNING
The Class Association are working with Mulingar Sailing Club to arrange an alternative weekend to run the event. The Committee had looked at moving to next weekend but with the proximity to both the Munsters (Cullaun) and Ulsters (Lough Foyle) it was felt it would have a detrimental impact on all events. Running a Sunday only event was also considered but for a number of reasons looking to an alternative weekend in the season was viewed as more appropriate.
Less than a week now to go to the first event of our season.
The event will have a revised format from previous seasons. This has been done to try and ensure all racers get as much racing as possible as well as ensuring we have a result in the event we lose a day of racing due to weather. Details will be outlined in the SI's.
If you are under 22 on December 31st or still in full time education you are eligible to submit an application for a place on this years Youth Training Week taking place in Plas Menai, Caernarfon, Gwynedd from Sunday 28 July to Friday 2 August 2018.
Applications must be received by March 18th.
Not only do GP14 youth sailors benefit from top quality coaching, its also a chance to meet, socialise and forge friendships with other sailors. Check out link below for more details and application form.
From Michael Cox (Newtownards Sailing Club):
After the last of the summer holidays passed it was onto the autumn open in Mullingar. With a medium breeze forecast it was shaping up to be one of the
more windy events of the year. The racing was quite tight as the class has shown consistently this year. Race 1 was taken by Curly Morris and Laura Thompson who held a healthy lead around the course, they were then followed by Keith Loudon and Alan Thompson in 2nd and Ger Owens and Mel Morris in 3rd. In race 2 it was Shane mac Carthy and Damien Bracken took 1st with Niall Henry and Ossian Geragthy in 2nd and Dan Gill and David Johnston in 3rd. The competition was close with 3rd and 4th place tied on 9 points and 5th and 6th also tied with 10 points. On the second day the breeze was back up with clouds heavily dictating were the next header or lift would come from meaning you were never out of the game. Simply heading left under a big cloud could hugely pay off leaving you in a pretty nice position if ever a comeback was needed and your luck was showing. On day 2 it was Shane and Damien who would end the 2 races with a top spot placing them in 1st place. They were then followed by Niall and Ossian who
took the 2nd spot with Peter Boyle and Stephen Boyle finishing with a 3rd over all. Thank you to all in mullingar that made the event possible and for stepping in to take not only the autumn open but also youth championship which is no easy task.
This year saw 16 youth boats take to the water to battle it out for the youth trophy. This event turned out to be tough for a lot of crews as the conditions were breezy and some had completed a total of 8 races by the end of the weekend.
Race 1 saw brothers Gareth & Richard Gallagher getting away clear from the start and holding their lead throughout the race. Sutton’s Conor Twohig & Alex Kavanagh also had a great race finishing in 2nd place, clear ahead of the chasing pack with a great battle for 3rd between 5 boats. Peter & Stephen Boyle got the advantage of the pack to take 3rd. Race 2 saw yet another battle, this time for 1st place between 4 boats. Sutton’s David Johnston & Dan Gill came away with the win after pulling out a gap on 2nd place Peter & Stephen Boyle, with James Peter Hockley & Alan Thompson coming in a close 3rd. This left Peter & Stephen the overnight leaders, just one point ahead of fellow Sutton rivals David and Dan. Only 5 points separated the top 6 which meant there was still a lot to play for.
Sunday saw a bit more breeze than the previous day, which split the fleet up a lot more than Saturday’s races. Race 3 finally got underway after a couple of general recalls, with PRO Fred Ternan having to opt for the black flag. This remained for the rest of the day as time was running out. Race 3 saw Peter & Stephen take the win, with NSC’s Josh & Michael taking 2nd ahead of Lough Foyle’s James & Alan. Race 4 saw yet another battle between 6 boats coming in to the first leeward rounding, after gusts split the rest of the fleet on the first reach. After a great final race Peter & Stephen took the race win ahead of David & Dan with Youghal’s Adrian Lee crewed by Ossian Geraghty coming in 3rd. Coming away with the overall win after a great event was Sutton’s Peter & Stephen Boyle, followed by fellow Sutton sailors David Johnston & Dan Gill in 2nd , with Newtownards SC’s Josh Porter & Michael Cox coming in 3rd with only 2 points separating the next 3 boats. Big thanks to Mullingar Sailing Club for hosting the event at such short notice and to PRO Fred Ternan and his race team for getting 4 great youth races in, as well as the open event. Thanks also to the boat owners for lending their boats to some of the youths! Finally, I hope to see many of you at Newtownards SC for the Hot Toddy, it’s sure to be a great event!
From Michael Collender (Fleet captain, Mullingar Sailing Club):
The next event of the season is scheduled for Mullingar Sailing Club. Come to Mullingar and to make this the biggest event of the season. We are in a central location, the lake offers a really good sailing area - we can get on the water when nobody else can. Sailing area is 5 minutes from slipway - not an hour! Dinner & the few drinks are in the centre of Mullingar, so no freezing outside the clubhouse. Convinced - great - we want you in Mullingar for this big fleet event - we guarantee at least 6 boats from the Club.
2nd overall was Sam Watson & James Hockney with a return to the local scene from Tim Corcoran & Brendan Brogan taking 3rd.
|1st||14242||Purple Rocket||Ross Kearney||Jane Kearney||RNIYC / South Staffs SC||Gold||-7||3||1||1||4||3||19||12|
|2nd||13888||The Drip||Sam Watson||James Peter Hockley||Nantwich SC / LFYC||Gold||1||-16||2||4||3||11||37||21|
|3rd||14055||Tim Corcoran||Brendan Brogan||SYC||Gold||2||1||(38.0 OCS)||14||2||4||61||23|
|4th||14076||True Belle||Ger Owens||Mel Morris||R StG YC||Gold||4||6||-12||3||9||1||35||23|
|5th||14219||Trouble on the Way||Curly Morris||Laura McFarlane||EABC / NSC||Gold (O 60)||8||5||9||9||-13||2||46||33|
|6th||14214||Keith Louden||Alan Thompson||RYA||Gold||11||7||-14||12||1||6||51||37|
|7th||14235||Wally||Alan Blay||David Johnston||Sutton DC||Gold||5||4||11||-13||7||13||53||40|
|8th||14130||Kalaco||Hugh Gill||Dan Gill||Sutton DC||Gold (O 60)||13||-20||4||5||12||9||63||43|
|9th||14247||John McGuinness||Donal McGuinness||Moville BC||Gold (O 50)||10||(38.0 OCS)||7||15||11||7||88||50|
|10th||14209||Speranza||Gareth Gallagher||Richard Gallagher||Gold (U 22)||(38.0 OCS)||2||10||10||15||14||89||51|
|11th||14144||Colman Grimes||Graeme Grant||Skerries SC||Gold||12||17||8||-19||5||12||73||54|
|12th||13917||KMIT||Joshua Porter||Sara Gowdy||NSC||Silver (U 22)||15||11||13||7||(38.0 DNF)||8||92||54|
|13th||14116||Peter Boyle||Stephen Boyle||Sutton DC||Silver (U 22)||9||15||5||11||-17||16||73||56|
|14th||14203||Shane MacCarthy||Damien Bracken||Greystones SC||Gold||3||9||(38.0 OCS)||2||38.0 DNF||5||95||57|
|15th||13993||Daisy Chain||Niall Henry||Ossian Geraghty||SYC||Gold (O 50)||6||(38.0 DSQ)||18||8||8||20||98||60|
|16th||14237||JP McCaldin||Carolyn McCaldin||SYC / LEYC||Gold||(38.0 DNC)||38.0 DNC||3||6||14||18||117||79|
|17th||14225||Gringer Sails Again||Cathal Sheridan||David Cooke||Skerries SC||Silver (O 50)||19||-24||22||16||10||15||106||82|
|18th||14127||Karma||Colm O'Flaherty||David O'Connor||SYC||Gold||(38.0 DSQ)||8||38.0 DNC||17||6||17||124||86|
|19th||14040||Alkadoo||Bill Johnson||James Johnson||LFYC||Silver (O 50)||17||14||24||22||(38.0 DNF)||10||125||87|
|20th||14054||Still Thinking Too !||Doire Shiels||Andrew Sexton||Skerries SC||Silver||14||22||6||27||(38.0 DNF)||21||128||90|
|21st||14138||Simon Cully||Liby Tierney||Blessington SC||Silver||16||18||20||21||16||(38.0 DNC)||129||91|
|22nd||1414||Sam Wray||Luke Henderson||SYC||Silver (U 22)||20||19||17||23||(38.0 DNF)||24||141||103|
|23rd||13314||Fool's Gold||Sarah White||Oscar Langan||SYC||Bronze (U 22)||25||25||15||18||(38.0 DNF)||23||144||106|
|24th||14171||Ananda||Lawrence Baalham||Robbie Richardson||Donaghadee SC||Silver (O 60)||18||10||21||26||(38.0 DNF)||38.0 DNC||151||113|
|25th||13981||Cloud Nine||Matthew Street||Richard Street||Blessington SC||Silver||23||12||23||31||(38.0 DNF)||27||154||116|
|26th||13180||Alkoran||Martin Dews||Vicky Dews||Donaghadee SC||Silver||21||26||25||24||(38.0 DNF)||26||160||122|
|27th||1403||Adrian Lee||Jordan Lupton||YSC||Silver (U 22)||27||13||16||30||(38.0 DNF)||38.0 DNC||162||124|
|28th||1413X||Jonathan Evans||Ian Craig||SYC||Bronze||28||23||28||25||(38.0 DNF)||25||167||129|
|29th||13745||Thomas Sexton||Paul Sexton||SYC||Bronze||22||32||30||28||(38.0 DNF)||19||169||131|
|30th||14212||Falkor||Michael Cox||Michelle Evans||NSC / Chase SC||Silver||(38.0 DNF)||28||19||29||38.0 DNF||22||174||136|
|31st||14061||Michael Collender||Brian Walker||Mullingar SC||Bronze (O 50)||24||21||29||35||(38.0 DNF)||29||176||138|
|32nd||13677||Una l'Estrange||Aisling Mongle||SYC||Bronze||26||27||31||36||(38.0 DNF)||28||186||148|
|33rd||14133||Kylie||Jack Buttimer||Adam McDonagh||YSC||Bronze (U 22)||31||33||27||32||(38.0 DNF)||30||191||153|
|34th||13845||Winter Solstice||Karl Kerins||John Cameron||SYC||Silver (O 50)||29||30||33||37||(38.0 DNF)||31||198||160|
|35th||13680||Luna Rosa||Nicholas Jeanniot||Holly White||SYC||Bronze (O 50)||30||34||32||33||(38.0 DNF)||32||199||161|
|36th||13207||This One||Sam Street||Josh Lloyd||Blessington SC||Bronze (U22)||(38.0 DNC)||31||38.0 DNS||20||38.0 OCS||38.0 DNC||203||165|
|37th||10111||Ellen O'Dwyer||Noah Canham||SYC||Bronze (U 22)||(38.0 DNF)||29||26||34||38.0 DNF||38.0 DNC||203||165|
The water levels in Blessington are too low to hold the event.
Thanks to Mullingar for stepping in at short notice.
Helm over 22 now or before 2019 : €75 per boat
Helm under 22 until 2019 : €0 per boat
Registration: Saturday 18th August from 09:00 to 10:30.
Briefing – A Briefing will be held at 10:30 on Saturday 18th August
Saturday 18th August Races 1, and 2 First Warning Signal 12:00
Sunday 19th August Races 3, 4 and 5 First Warning Signal 11:00
Monday 20th August Races 6 and 7 First Warning Signal 11:00
On the last scheduled race day no warning signal will be made after 14:30
** Please bring your own re-usable water bottles as Sligo YC no longer issues single use plastic bottles. They will have water available for filling into re-usable containers **
More details on
The GP14 Ireland AGM will be held at Sligo YC on Sunday 19 August at 6.30pm.
Minutes and matters arising from the Annual General Meeting held at Ballyholme YC on Sunday 20th August 2017.
Election of Officers
Points for clarification & discussion:
Dinner is due to be served that night at 8pm.
Race 9 was sailed in light shifty airs. Mike Senior was just 1 point ahead of Ross Kearney over night so it was all down to the last race. Mike made a good clean start - Ross did not. Ross couldn't get clear air to fight Mike for the championship. Mike took the race with Neil Marsden taking 2nd. Ross finished 28th. Good enough to keep Ross in runner up postion. Neil's 2nd took him into 3rd overall.
Shane & Taxi took 4th overall. Ger & Mel take 9th with some of the most consistent results throughout the week. Mel also takes leading lady crew overall. Tom Gillard & Andy Thompson finished 10th. All of these finishers were in the Platinum fleet.
Curly Morris & Laura McFarland take 19th overall and 3rd in the Gold fleet. Next Irish boat was Alan Blay & David Johnston in 22nd. Keith Louden & Alan Thompson in 28th.
Katie Dywer & Michelle Rowley in 41st position take first lady helm and all female boat.
Full results are here:
GPS race tracker
All boats have GPS trackers. You can play back all races. You can also watch it live.
All competors were invited to a drinks reception at the beautiful St Michaels Mount. Lord St Levan and his family still reside there but the Mount and the Castle have been gifted to The National Trust. Lord St Levan is President of the Mounts Bay SC.
This was followed by the traditional Irish night and promoting the next Worlds in 2020 at Skerries. It was very well attended. The flyer for the night encouraged the wearing of green. One of the male sailors could only find a green dress!!
All I can say about the rest of the night - is that 'when the drink is in, the wit is out'.
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