GP14 Ireland
GP14 Ireland

GP14 Irish CraftInsure League 2015 - WINNERS

 

Gold Fleet - Shane Mac Carthy & Damien Bracken
Silver Fleet - Katie Dwyer & Michelle Rowley
Bronze Fleet - Gareth Gallagher & Richard Gallagher

 

The Silver and Bronze fleets were tightly contested to the final race of the Hot Toddy over the full year's racing.

 

Congrats to the winners who received a free year's GP14 insurance with our league sponsors CraftInsure.

 

The full results are up on the Craftinsure Leagues page.

Hot Toddy - results

17-18 October Mullingar SC

 

GP14 Ireland Hot Toddy 2015 -

Winners Ger Owens & Mel Morris

2nd Shane Mac Carthy & Damien
3rd Sean Craig & David Johnston

 

Silver

1st Katie Dwyer & Michelle Rowley
2nd Alan Pinder & Kevin hackett
3rd Stephen & Johnathan Nelson

 

Bronze

1st Adrian Lee & Edward Coynebr /> 2nd Gareth Gallagher & Richard Gallagher
3rd Michael Collender & Brian Walker

 

Great weekend at Mullingar.   4 races in on Sat & 2 early on Sunday to get the fleet ashore for 12:30pm to watch Ireland getting thumped at rugby!

 

Report Author: David Johnston

On a weekend full of expectation, this championship certainly didn’t disappoint. Being the last event of the year, a big turnout was expected and with 28 boats competing over the weekend, a big turnout was what we had. The weather was very kind to the fleet - a steady breeze throughout and the rain holding off.

With a clean sweep of events on the cards, Shane MacCarthy & Damian Bracken started where they had left off claiming a very convincing 1st in race 1. Ger Owens & Melanie Morris claimed 2nd spot holding off local boat Alan Pinder & Kevin Hackett. It was Keith Louden & Alan Thompson who grabbed the top spot in race 2 from Sean Craig & David Johnston 2nd and Ger & Melanie 3rd  in what was a very close battle with positions changing frequently throughout. However no one could deny Ger the coveted 1st place in race 3 with Shane & Damian and Keith & Alan settling for 2nd and 3rd respectively. After starting quite well, Sean & David dropped out of this race having suffered the all too well known, spinnaker halyard caught around the jib shackle. An earlier amendment to the notice of race allowed for a possible 4 races on Saturday to try and allow an early finish on Sunday to accommodate the rugby. And so to race 4, the last race of the day, the wind had held on for us and everyone was raring to go. In what was a hot contest coming down to the final beat, it was Ger & Mel who would be first to return to shore followed closely by Sean & David who were even more closely followed by John & Donal McGuinness. Rumours had surfaced that a certain Shane MacCarthy had been feeling “poorly” all day with a close source reportedly fearing for his life and nose in the 4th race after some questionable smells began to arise from the back of the boat. When all the sailors were in off the water, it was into the clubhouse to gather around the small television screen to watch the Springboks take on Wales in the first of the 2015 RWC quarter-finals. After some exciting rugby and lovely scones provided by the club, it was time for the evenings dinner in Mullingar town. Danny Byrnes pub was where the sailors regrouped. Into the backroom for some grub, and for many, the pleasant surprise of a giant projector ready to show the thrashing of France at the hands of the mighty All Blacks.

Sunday morning, early start and after many forecasts of sub 5 knots, it was a great sight to see ripples all over the lake…..racing would go ahead. With the much anticipated Ireland match on at 1pm, a tight schedule had to be kept in order to make it back in. Of course in true competitive GP14 fashion, there was a general recall for race 5. However to the joy of all, the race officer was well on top getting the race away with very little further delay. Having had to settle for 2nd in most of the events previously, there was no standing in the way of a determined Ger Owens & Melanie Morris who sailed fabulously again claiming their third 1st of the event. Saying that, they were made work very hard for it with Curly Morris & Laura McFarland in hot pursuit to claim 2nd. Having had a poor race, only managing a 12th, Shane & Damian had left the door wide open for Sean & David to possibly snatch 2nd from their grasp with only 1.25 points separating them going into the final race. After sailing at such a consistently high level all event, it was only right that Ger & Mel claimed the final race for a comprehensive event win. Shane & Damian claimed 2nd, securing 2nd place overall, and JP & Carolyn McCaldin sorting out their rig settings to finish the last race in 3rd position.  Sean & David finished 7th to claim 3rd position overall. It was fair to say the real race was to get in and pack away the boats in order to claim a good seat for the match. Mullingar provided a projector to save our eyes from the small tv screen. Despite the disappointing result there was a great atmosphere nonetheless. While the exciting running rugby of the Pumas was thrilling to watch, I think the most entertaining moment, albeit slightly terrifying, was Ger Owens attacking the poor couch in which he sat in as Ireland launched a 2nd half comeback.

After a fantastic weekend, it is only fair to thank Mullingar Sailing Club for putting on such an enjoyable event. Under time pressure and shifty wind, the Race Officer got through all races quickly and set great courses. The shore crew who looked after the tired and cold sailors as we came ashore, providing endless scones, coffee, tea, biscuits and even some mulled wine. And of course to all the boats that turned up to make this end of season event very special. After a year of so much success .… roll on next season!!!!

 

 

Rank Fleet SailNo Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
1st Gold 14076 Ger Owens Melanie Morris R St G YC 2 -3 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.8 8 5
2nd Gold 14158 Shane McCarthy Damien Bracken Greystones 0.8 5 2 4 -12 2 25.8 13.8
3rd Gold 14116 Sean Craig David Johnson R St G YC 6 2 (28
DNS)
2 3 7 48 20
4th Gold 14143 John McGuinness Donal McGuinness Moville -11 7 4 3 5 5 35 24
5th Gold 14055 Keith Louden Alan Thompson SYC 10 0.75 3 -11 6 9 39.8 28.8
6th Gold 14077 Curly Morris Laura McFarland EABC 8 -9 6 6 2 8 39 30
7th Gold 14146 Paddy O'Connor Brendan Brogan Sligo YC 5 6 -14 5 9 12 51 37
8th Silver 13951 Katie Dwyer Michelle Rowley Sutton 4 -13 7 13 10 6 53 40
9th Silver 12403 Alan Pinder Kevin Hackett Mullingar 3 8 15 -18 13 4 61 43
10th Gold 14047 JP McCaldin Carolyn McCaldin Sligo YC 12 11 13 (29
DNS)
4 3 72 43
11th Silver 13901 Steven Nelson Johnny Nelson DSC 9 10 12 8 8 -15 62 47
12th Gold 13669 Norman Lee Ken Lee Greystones YC 13 4 -20 7 14 11 69 49
13th Bronze 13207 Adrien Lee Edward Coyne Youghall -22 14 5 12 11 13 77 55
14th Bronze 14080 Gareth Gallagher Richard Gallagher   7 (28
DSQ)
16 10 7 19 87 59
15th Silver 13917 Michael Cox Josh Porter NSC -21 12 9 14 19 14 89 68
16th Silver 13644 Stuart McCormick Bernie Briody Mullingar SC 18 19 -21 9 15 10 92 71
17th Silver 14040 Bill Johnson James Johnson LFYC 16 16 11 16 17 -20 96 76
18th Bronze 13782 Michael Collender Brian Walker Mullingar 14 20 19 -21 16 16 106 85
19th Bronze 13888 Peter Hockley Kames Hockley LFYC 15 18 10 17 (29
DNS)
28
DNC
117 88
20th Bronze 13840 James Hackett Rosmarie Hackett Mullingar SC 20 17 18 19 -21 17 112 91
21st Bronze 14036 David Quinn Tim Corcoran Mayo SC 17 15 17 20 (29
DNS)
28
DNC
126 97
22nd Bronze 14133 Jack Buttimore Adam McDonagh   -26 21 8 23 24 24 126 100
23rd Bronze 13781 Pat McArdle Veronica Lucey Mullingar SC 25 (29
DNF)
28
DNC
15 22 18 137 108
24th Bronze 13833 Brenda Preston Steven Preston Donaghadee 19 23 28
DNS
(29
DNS)
18 21 138 109
25th Bronze 13943 Kieran Milner Susan Hogan Mullingar -23 22 22 22 20 23 132 109
26th Bronze 13445 Tony Patterson Jenny Patterson   27 (29
DNS)
28
DNS
24 23 22 153 124
27th Bronze 1213 Ivan Heaney Norna Heaney Donaghadee 28 24 23 25 (29
DNF)
25 154 125
28th Bronze 13527 Cormac Meaney Adrianne Bolton Mullingar 24 (29
DNF)
28
DNS
29
DNS
29
DNS
28
DNC
167 138

GP14 Autumn Open & Youth Championships - results

Greystones SC 26-27 September

 

Sailing photos copyright Aaron Jones (aarjon1@gmail.com)    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jones-Productions/200262633499250
Prize Giving photos copyright Laura McFarland

Irish Youth Championship

Report by Adrian Lee

 

Edward Coyne of Youghal SC crewed by Colman Grimes of Skerries, was victorious in this year’s  Youth Championship raced in summer like conditions off Greystones in Co. Wicklow. David Johnson & Eanna Lawless of Sutton fought hard for second place just holding off 14 year old Sligo’s Jack Currin & Tim Corcoran who scored two seconds in the last two races and Adrian Lee & Ossian Geraghty from Youghal/Sligo who finished on the same points despite an OCS in race 3.

 

The first of the four race series was held in 12-16 knots with a strong Southerly tide. Ed & Colman lay down an early marker, winning from brothers Gareth & Richard Gallagher with  Peter & Steven Boyle in 3rd. Gareth & Richard bounced back to win race 2 from Adrian & Ossian and Dan & Hugh Gill in 3rd. This left the Gallagher brothers as overnight leaders counting a first and second.


Race 3 on Sunday changed things with David Johnson & Eanna Molony (last year’s youth champion) taking the win from Jack Curran & Tim Corcoran in 2nd and Samuel Wray & Alan Thompson in 3rd. Skippers Gareth Gallagher, Adrian Lee and Jack Buttimer fell foul of the black flag in this race which PRO Mark Usher resorted to using after numerous recalls due to a combination of enthusiastic starters and strong tide. In Race 4 Edward Coyne & Colman Grimes took another win again to seal overall victory with Jack Curran in second and Kevin Martyn & Norman Lee in 3rd. If there was a Hard Lesson Trophy, the heads up winners would have been Gareth & Richard Gallagher from Derry who sailed a great regatta and looked like clear favourites until they came unstuck with 2 OCS’s on Sunday while trying too hard, very unfortunate for them as they have been going so well all season.

 

Ed Coyne also scooped up the U18 Trophy with Jack Currin convincingly taking the U16 with 2 years to spare. Top home club team was Tom and Kevin Gillen closely followed by Grainne Allen & Neil Willis and Ciaran & Aine Keogh.


This was a really enjoyable event expertly run by hard working Greystones club members and should be the last run from the characteristic old clubhouse as Sisk have almost finished a fine new larger one situated prominently by the south harbour wall with commanding views over the harbour, the sailing waters and beyond to Bray Head, Killiney, Dalkey Island and Howth.

 

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Autumn Championship

Report by Niall Henry

 

There was a record entry of 24 boats for the GP Youth Championships hosted alongside the senior event, the Autumn Open last weekend at Greystones. With lots of sunshine on Saturday morning, a steady 15 knots of breeze a great weekends racing lay ahead.

 

Watching Shane McCarthy and Damian Bracken sail at the moment I am reminded of the scene in Father Ted when he (Ted) had to explain to Dougal the difference between a small cow and a far away cow. (Because either Shane and Damian are sailing a very small boat or they are very far away!)...thought some of you might have needed an explanation!

 

Anyway....race 1 was won by S&D with Ger Owens and Filup de Loosdan (distant French relation to Keith and Ken) with David Johnson and Eanna Molony Lawless coming in an excellent third place. The first two places were the same in race 2 with Keith de Louden and Alan Le Thompson in third place.

 

Races three and four of the Autumn Open were sailed in the afternoon on Sunday after two full races were sailed in the youths. JP and Caroline McCalden led at the windward mark but got into difficulty with their spinnaker and were passed by Tim Corcoran and Blair Stowaway who in turn were passed by Niall Henry and Ossian Geraghty. (When asked on shore what happened Tim said it was Blair's fault, and that he hadn't wanted to crew in the first place, but when we asked Blair, he told us that it was Tim's fault and that he was just wasn't a very good crew..?) Niall and Ossian just about held their lead to the end of the race as Shane and Damian sailing that very small boat were closing in very quickly downwind. Ger and Filp came in third.

 

The final race of the championship was again won by S&D (such a pity Damian's not called Maurice) with the Skerries duo of Colman Grimes and David Lappin showing great speed to come in second followed Curly Morris and Laura Thompson.

 

Shane and Damian were over all winners and are just one event off a clean sweep, with Ger and Filp in second place overall followed by Niall and Ossian in third spot.

 

The Silver fleet was won by David and Eanna with Katie Dwyer and Michelle Rowley in second and Michael Cox and Josh Porter in third.

 

Adrian Lee and 2015 youth champion Edward Coyne were winners in the bronze fleet with Tom and Kevin Gillen in second just ahead of Seamus O'Cleirigh and Stephen Tiernry in third.

 

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Overall Youth GP14 2015
1st – Ed Coyne + Colman Grimes – Youghal SC/Skerries
2nd – David Johnston & Eanna Molony Lawless - Sutton DC
3rd – Jack Currin & Tim Corcoran – Sligo YC

 

Youth Under 16  - Jack Currin & Tim Corcoran – Sligo YC
Youth Under 18  - Ed Coyne & Colman Grimes – Youghal SC/Skerries


Overall GP14 Autumn Open 2015
1st – Shane MacCarthy & Damien Bracken – Greystones
2nd – Ger Owens & Filip De Loosdan – RSt George
3rd – Niall Henry & Ossian Geraghty – Sligo YC

 

Silver Fleet 1st – David Johnston & Eanna Molony Lawless - Sutton DC
Bronze Fleet 1st – Adrian Lee & Ed Coyne - Youghal SC

 

Race 1, 2 and 4 winners – Shane MacCarthy & Damien Bracken – Greystones
Race 3 winner – Niall Henry & Ossian Geraghty – Sligo YC

 

Youth Overall Results

 

Rank SailNo HelmName CrewName Club Total R1 R2 R3 R4 Nett
1st 14144 Edward Coyne Colman Grimes Youghal SC/Skerries 13 1 5 (6) 1 7
2nd 13977 David Johnston Eanna Molony Lawless Sutton Dinghy 17 (6) 4 1 6 11
3rd 14127 Jack Currin Tom Corcoran Sligo YC 25 (13) 8 2 2 12
4th 13993 Adrian Lee Ossian Geraghty Youghal SC/Sligo 35 5 2 (23 DSQ) 5 12
5th 14116 Peter Boyle Stephen Boyle Sutton DC 20 3 6 4 (7) 13
6th 14055 Samuel Wray Alan Thompson Sligo YC 23 (9) 7 3 4 14
7th 14171 Dan Gill Hugh Gill Sutton DC 39 7 3 7 (22 DNF) 17
8th 14047 Shane Buckley JP McCaldin LEYC/SYC 27 4 (10) 5 8 17
9th 13669 Kevin Martyn Norman Lee Sligo/Greystones 30 8 (11) 8 3 19
10th 14080 Gareth Gallagher Richard Gallagher Lough Foyle 48 2 1 (23 DSQ) 22 DSQ 25
11th 13917 John Porter Michael Cox NSC 39 (10) 9 10 10 29
12th 14036 Dylan Stanaway Blair Stanaway Mayo SC 55 12 12 9 (22 DSQ) 33
13th 13669 Tom Gillan Kevin Gillan Greystones 51 (15) 15 12 9 36
14th 13925 Grainne Allen Peter Sloan/Neil Willis Greystones 51 11 (14) 14 12 37
15th 13573 Ciaran Keogh Aine Keogh Greystones 53 (14) 13 13 13 39
16th 13441/14036 Jordan Lupton Patrick O'Connor Youghal SC 65 (23) 16 11 15 42
17th 12533 Ben Hutchinson Shane McCarthy Greystones 65 (21) 18 15 11 44
18th 4061 Luke Horgan Rob Lee Greystones 68 18 (20) 16 14 48
19th 13750 Harry Noonan Gerry Cannon Greystones 72 16 17 17 (22 DSQ) 50
20th 13238 Adam Leddy Alan Leddy Greystones 81 20 22 (23 DSQ) 16 58
21st 14133 Jack Buttimer Adam McDonagh Youghal SC 81 22 19 (23 DSQ) 17 58
22nd 13424 Eoin O'Cleirigh Seamus O'Cleirigh Greystones 80 19 21 18 (22 DSQ) 58
23rd 14138 Lee McMullin Libby/Simon BLessington 90 17 23 DNF (25 DNC) 25 DNC 65
24th 13883 Sarah Nicolson S? Preston Donaghdee SC 100 (25 DNC) 25 DNC 25 DNC 25 DNC 75

 

 

Autumn Overall Results

 

Rank Fleet Snr/Jnr SailNo HelmName CrewName Club Total R1 R2 R3 R4 Nett
1st Gold Senior 14158 Shane McCarthy Damien Bracken Greystones 5 1 1 (2) 1 3
2nd Gold Senior 14076 Ger owens Filup De Loosdan NYC 37 2 2 3 (30 DNC) 7
3rd Gold Senior 13993 Niall Henry Ossian Geraghty   17 5 4 1 (7) 10
4th Gold Senior 14055 Keith Louden Alan Thompson Sligo YC 18 (6) 3 4 5 12
5th Gold Senior 14077 Curly Morris Laura McFarland EABC /NSC 24 (8) 7 6 3 16
6th Gold Senior 14047 JP McCalkin Carolyn McCalkin LEYC SYC 49 4 5 (30 DNC) 10 19
7th Gold Senior 14036 Blair Stanaway Tim Corcoran Mayo Sailing Club 29 (9) 6 5 9 20
8th Gold Senior 13801 Dan O'Connell Mairin O'Connell ISA 34 7 9 (12) 6 22
9th Silver Junior 13977 David Johnston Eanna Molony Lawless Sutton Dinghy 50 3 (27 DNF) 9 11 23
10th Gold Senior 13669 Norman Lee Kevin from Sligo Greystones 39 (16) 8 7 8 23
11th Gold Senior 14146 Patrick O'Connor Young Gill Sligo SC 42 (14) 13 11 4 28
12th Gold Senior 14127 Colm O'Flaherty Michael Cameny Sligo 58 10 10 8 (30 DNC) 28
13th Silver Senior 13951 Katie Dwyer Michelle Rowley Sutton Dinghy Club 52 11 12 (17) 12 35
14th Silver Senior 13917 Michael Cox Josh Porter NSC 53 (15) 11 14 13 38
15th Gold Senior 14144 Colman Grimes David Lappin ???? 72 (30 DNC) 30 DNC 10 2 42
16th Gold Senior 14130 Alastair Duffin Anna Carkill Newtonards SC/East Down YC 64 13 15 (21) 15 43
17th Bronze Junior 13207 Adrian Lee Edward Coyne Youghal SC 61 (18) 14 15 14 43
18th Silver Senior 14171 Lawrence Baalham Robbie Richardson Donaghdee 76 17 16 13 (30 DNC) 46
19th Bronze Junior 13669 Tom Gillan Kevin Gillan Greystones 83 19 18 16 (30 DNC) 53
20th Silver Senior 13925 Neil Willis Peter Sloan Greystones 78 (21) 19 20 18 57
21st Silver Senior 13750 Gerry Cannon Harry Noonan Greystones 83 (25) 24 18 16 58
22nd Silver Senior 14138 Simon Cully LibbyTierney Blessington 89 12 17 (30 DNC) 30 DNC 59
23rd Gold Senior 14061 Rob Lee Mary Horgan ISA 80 20 20 19 (21) 59
24th Silver Senior 12533 Paul Phelan Mike Lisovski Greystones 88 (26) 21 24 17 62
25th Bronze Senior 13424 Seamus O'Cleirigh Stephen Tierney Greystones 87 (24) 22 22 19 63
26th Bronze Senior 13878 David Snow Debbie Lee Greystones 90 22 23 (25) 20 65
27th Bronze   13833 B Preston S Preston Donaghdee SC 95 23 (27 DNF) 23 22 68
28th Bronze Junior 14133 Jack Buttimer     102 (28) 25 26 23 74
29th Bronze Senior 13441 Jordan Lupton Shane Buckley Youghal SC 113 27 26 (30 DNC) 30 DNC 83

Championship of Ireland

29-31 Aug Newtownards SC

FANTASTIC drone video of Irish GP14 Nationals 2015 from David Corkill on Vimeo.


Photographs below by Bob Torrens Newtownards Chronicle

McCarthy & Bracken Dominate GP14 National Championships

Report by Tim Corcoran


Shane McCarthy and Damien Bracken have won the GP14 Championships of Ireland with a dominant display of top class sailing in tricky conditions at Newtownards Sailing Club.

 

Five races were completed over three days on the northern end of Strangford Lough. 


The 37 boat fleet was made up of sailors from clubs throughout the country, including Youghal, Dun Laoghaire, Sligo, Derry, Sutton, Greystones, Skerries, Mullingar and the home club of Newtownards.

 

There was a large youth attendance mainly from Sutton Dinghy Club, they sailed hard and partied hard long into the night.  The fleet also included two boats that travelled from the UK, the International Class President Duncan Greenhalgh & Sam Watson who finished 2nd at the GP14 Worlds in 2014.

 

Race 1 on Saturday started in an 8-10 knot westerly breeze.  McCarthy and Bracken led around the first windward mark and were never in danger from the chasing pack.  There was a lot of place changes on the second and third beats due to some large shifts and variations in wind strength.  At the finish it was McCarthy & Bracken from Niall Henry & Ossian Geraghty who were closely followed by Alan Blay & David Johnson.

 

Race 2 was sailed in bit more breeze which had shifted round to the southwest, again it was McCarthy and Bracken showing the way at the first windward mark closely followed by Dan & Hugh Gill, Sam Watson & Nick Deveraux.  As the race progressed it was Henry & Geraghty who pulled through to 2nd with the fast charging Ger Owens and Mel Morris finishing in 3rd place.

 

The silver and bronze fleet competition was fierce, leading the silver fleet at the end of day 1 was Dan Gill and bronze fleet leader was young Peter Boyle crewed by his dad, Stephen.

 

There were three races scheduled for Sunday but the forecast was for little wind.  The fleet stayed ashore until 1pm, a light breeze brought the fleet to the starting area but it was short lived and the PRO abandoned for the day shortly after. 

 

Day 3 was to start at 10am in order to get a further three races in before the 14:30 deadline, a light offshore breeze of 8 to 12 knots with shifts of up to 20 degrees was the order of the day.

 

Pent up energy from Sunday resulted in a number of general recalls and the use of the black flag was required to keep the fleet in order.
Race 3 was again dominated by Championship leaders McCarthy and Bracken who took the gun from the returning Mark Taylor and crew Amanda Crosswaithe, Ger Owens and Mel Morris took 3rd place.

 

Mark Taylor’s 2nd place moved him to the top of the leader board of the Bronze fleet while the Silver fleet leader was now Steven & Jonny Nelson.

 

Unknown to the competitors, race 4 was being filmed by a drone operated from one of the safety boats.  The video footage can be viewed on https://vimeo.com/137921455.  The story of this race was that McCarthy and Bracken were not at the front, the front runners were Dan O’Connell crewed by Laura McFarland and Ger Owens & Mel Morris. Dan and Ger managed to put baby talk aside for a while and swapped places a number of times during the race. In the end though, Dan & Laura hit the last leeward mark allowing Ger & Mel to sail away to victory, Tim Corcoran & Brendan Brogan took 2nd with McCarthy and Bracken 3rd.

 

With time remaining for only one more race, Shane and Damien were crowned National Champions.  It is believed that history was made on two fronts, Shane becomes the first Irish helm to hold the title of Irish and British GP14 Champion in the same year, a remarkable achievement.  Not to be out done, Damien becomes the first Irish sailor to win the GP14 Championship of Ireland as both helm and crew.  Word has it that next year, they will reverse roles with Damien on the helm and Shane in the front?

 

Race 5 would determine the winner of the Silver and Bronze fleets, Dan & Hugh Gill needed to see off the challenge of Steven & Jonny Nelson to secure the win, they sailed an excellent race to finish 5th , which left them 7th overall and Silver fleet Champions.

 

The Bronze fleet was between Adrian Lee & Edward Coyne and Mark Taylor & Amanda Crosswaithe, Mark and Amanda sailed another good race to claim the title of Bronze fleet Champions.

 

The battle for 2nd and 3rd in the Gold fleet was between Owens, Henry and Corcoran.  A 4th place finish in the last race for Ger & Mel secured 2nd overall while a 2nd place for Tim & Brendan gave them 3rd overall.

 

The top youths were Sam Watson and Nick Deveraux who finished just ahead of Dan & Hugh Gill.

 

A big thank you from all the competitors to Newtownards Sailing Club for hosting the event and putting on a great event both on shore and on the water.

 

Gold Fleet
1st  Shane McCarthy & Damien Bracken
2nd Ger Owens & Mel Morris
3rd  Tim Corcoran & Brendan Brogan

 

Silver Fleet
1st Dan & Hugh Gill
2nd  Steven & Jonny Nelson
3rd Gareth & Richard Gallagher

 

Bronze Fleet
1st Mark Taylor & Amanda Crosswaithe
2nd Adrian Lee & Edward Coyne
3rd  Conor Twohig & Sinead Dickson

 

Rank SailNo Club HelmName CrewName Fleet R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Discard Total Nett
1 14158 GSC/SSC Shane McCarthy Damien Bracken G 1 1 1 3 1 3 7 4
2 14076 RStG Ger Ownes Mel Morris G 7 3 3 1 4 7 18 11
3 14036 SYC Tim Corcoran Brendan Brogan G 4 9 5 2 2 9 22 13
4 13993 SYC Nial Henry Ossian Geraghty G 2 2 9 9 3 9 25 16
5 14077 Swords/NSC DAN O CONNELL LAURA MCFARLAND G 10 11 4 5 6 11 36 25
6 14110 NANTWICH SAM WATSON NICK D G 5 6 7 18 8 18 44 26
7 13915 SDC Dan Gill Hugh Gill S 16 5 16 6 5 16 48 32
8 13977 SDC Alan Blay David Johnston G 3 10 14 10 11 14 48 34
9 14130 NSC Alistair Duffin Andy Corkill G 8 16 12 4 15 16 55 39
10 14089 National Ross Killian Rebecca Killian G 19 19 6 8 7 19 59 40
11 14055 ISA KEITH LOUDEN ALAN THOMPSON G 18 7 8 11 14 18 58 40
12 13901 DSC STEVEN NELSON JONATHAN NELSON S 13 12 10 19 12 19 66 47
13 14144 Skerries Colman Grimes David Lappin G 6 13 19 20 10 20 68 48
14 14146 SYC Paddy O Connor Kevin Martyn G 15 4 17 13 16 17 65 48
15 14080 LFYC Gareth Gallagher Richard Gallagher S 14 15 13 7 19 19 68 49
16 13669 Greystones Norman Lee Una Lee G 38 (RET) 21 11 12 9 38 91 53
17 13882 NSC Mark Taylor  Amanda Crossthwaite B 25 23 2 15 17 25 82 57
18 13819 Bassenthwaite Duncan Greenhalgh John Riley S 17 8 18 14 21 21 78 57
19 13951 SDC Alan Henry Eanna Maloney-Lawless S 9 14 23 24 18 24 88 64
20 13917 NSC Michael Cox Josh Porter S 12 17 20 28 27 28 104 76
21 13207 YSC Adrian Lee Edward Coyne B 21 18 26 16 24 26 105 79
22 12661 SDC Conor Twohig Sinead Dickson B 24 22 24 21 13 24 104 80
23 14142 Sligo Gerard Gilligan Lucia Nicholson S 23 24 15 22 20 24 104 80
24 14116 SDC Peter Boyle Steven Boyle B 11 27 28 25 22 28 113 85
25 13910 NSC Brian Andrews Jeff MURDOCH B 22 25 21 23 30 30 121 91
26 14040 LFYC Bill Johnson James Johnson S 26 20 25 27 23 27 121 94
27 13782 MSC Michael Collender Brian Walker B 20 29 27 26 28 29 130 101
28 14074 SSC Cahal Sheridan David Cooke S 38 (DNS) 38 (DNS) 22 17 29 38 144 106
29 13815 LRYC Tiarnan Dickson Ena Gallagher S 28 28 28 29 25 29 138 109
30 13970 Sutton Tess Coyne  Ryan Sinnott B 30 31 31 31 31 31 154 123
36 14129 NSC Newenham de Cogan Rebecca Gibson B 38(RET) 38(DNF) 30 30 26 38 162 124
31 13942 SDC Nicole Guinee Graham Blay B 32 33 33 32 32 33 162 129
32 13909 Sligo Gerald Brady Jane Murdoch B 38(RET) 32 32 33 33 38 168 130
33 13795 EDYC Gloria MacKinnon Graeme Farrington B 29 26 38 (DNS) 38 (DNS) 38 (DNS) 38 169 131
34 14133 YSC Jack Buttimer Finn O'Brien B 31 30 38 (DNS) 38 (DNS) 38 (DNS) 38 175 137
35 13624 LUBC Joe Kelly Luke Farren B 27 38(RET) 38 (DNS) 38 (DNS) 38 (DNS) 38 179 141
37 14047 LEYC/ESYC J.P. McCaldin Carolyn McCaldin G 38 (DNS) 38 (DNS) 38 (DNS) 38 (DNS) 38 (DNS) 38 190 152

Leinster Results 2015

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Report by Alan Blay:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Photos below: David Branigan/Oceansport

Photos below : Gareth Craig  (fotosail.com)

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

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

Ulster Championship

13-14 Jun Lough Erne YC

Photos Copyright Donnie Phair www.donniephair.com

 

Ulster Championship 2015 Report by Ger Owens

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

Shane MacCarthy and Damian Bracken have taken the GP14 Ulster Championship 2015. 

 

2nd Keith Louden & Alan Thomson

3rd Ger Owens & Mel Morris

 

Silver fleet

1st Steven & Jonny Nelson

2nd Simon Cully & Libby Tierney

3rd Gerry Gilligan & Lucia Nicholson

 

Bronze

1st Gareth & Richard Gallagher

2nd Peter & Stephen Boyle

3rd Adrian Lee & Edward Cayne

 

The awards were presented by Lough Erne YC Commodore Theo Nugent

 

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

 

 

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

Purcell Trophy - Report & Results

Sat 2 - Sun 3 May Purcell Trophy Lough Ree Yacht Club

GP 14 sailors McCarthy and Bracken win the Purcell Trophy hosted by Lough Ree Yacht Club.


Report by Keith Louden
Fresh from their win at the O'Tiarnaigh challenge two weeks ago Shane McCarthy and Damien Bracken from Greystones Sailing Club took the honours in challenging conditions at Lough Ree Yacht club.
It had been nearly 20 years since the last time the GP 14 class had visited this beautiful club and jockeyed for position on the Lough Ree Yacht Club start line. Competitors had gathered from all four Provinces displaying the geographical appeal it now has. It was also the first time a GP 14 event had been twinned with the Mirror class and was a resounding success.


After a short delay on Saturday morning to let the wind ease a little, race Officer Liam Maloney assisted by his daughter Nessa lowered the postponement flag to signal his intentions to start the 2015 Purcell Championship. Out on the water he set up triangular courses which included long beats and fast broad reaches in force 4 gusting to force 5 conditions.


In race one Shane McCarthy and Damien Bracken took advantage of the shifting conditions and established an early lead at the weather mark, with the chasing pack rounding close together they were able to extend the lead while the battle behind ensued. With McCarthy and Bracken winning, John and Donal McGuinness finished second and Max Treacey and Ronan MacNamara showed good early pace finishing in third.


In the silver fleet Peter Fallon and James Peter Hockley who narrowly beat Simon Culley and Libby Tierney, and Bill and James Johnson respectively established an early lead.
The Bronze fleet was won by Peter and Stephen Boyle with Gareth and Richard Gallagher in second place and Adrian Lee and Edward Coyne in third.


Race two began with Keith Louden and Alan Thompson taking an early lead only to relinquish this position towards the end of the second beat to McCarthy and Bracken who had recovered impressively from a poor start to take the win. Louden and Thompson just managed to hold off the McGuinness brothers in a close battle for second place. The silver fleet was won by Cully and Tierney followed by the Johnsons. The Bronze fleet was won with a very impressive fifth overall by the Gallagher brothers followed by Lee and Coyne.


With the wind rising and capsizes increasing in race three, some crews decided to make for the shelter of the club house where soup and rolls were distributed.  McCarthy and Bracken must also have smelt this because they didn’t hang around long before taking another impressive win. Second was the Mc Guinness brothers and Louden Thompson in third. In the silver fleet it was Fallon and Hockley followed the Johnsons, and in The Bronze fleet the Gallaghers were followed home by Lee and Coyne.


Sunday morning began with lighter winds much appreciated by the crews who survived the Saturday afternoon. Once again the start line and the courses were set impeccably by the race officer and his team. McCarthy and Bracken came through to continue their good form from the Saturday to take the win, with Niall Henry and Ossian Geraghty who didn’t make Saturdays racing taking second, third was Fallon and Hockley who also finished first in the Silver, with Culley and Tierney second and Katie Dwyer and Michelle Rowley third. Bronze was Peter and Stephen Boyle from the Gallaghers followed by Lee and Coyne.


Race five began with some large shifts which oscillated from side to side and varied in strength, however, McCarthy and Bracken won the race and with it the Purcell Trophy. McGuinnesses came second and Henry and Geraghty in third.

 

With McCarthy and Bracken’s weekends work done they decided to take an early shower and leave the rest of the fleet to battle it out for the last piece of silverware of the weekend. With the wind dropping away during some heavy showers, then rising to planing conditions just before the next shower this was a race which was never going to be won easily. At the first gybe mark McGuinnesses led, followed closely by Treacey and Macnamara, Cully and Tierney, and Curly Morris and Laura McFarland. After seeing the first three boats sail high on the reach Morris and McFarland steered a low course and rounded the leeward mark in first place. This was a position this pair did not relinquish despite the challenge of the chasing pack and the continually changing conditions. Second was Henry and Geraghty and third was Cully and Tierney.

 

Overall Positions:

 

Gold Fleet
1st  Shane Mc Carthy and Damien Bracken
2nd  John Mc Guinness and Donal Mc Guinness
3rd  Keith Louden and Alan Thompson

 

Silver Fleet
1st  Peter Fallon and James Hockley
2nd  Simon Cully and Libby Tierney
3rd  Bill Johnson and James Johnson

 

Bronze Fleet
1st  Gareth Gallagher and Richard Gallagher
2nd  Adrian Lee and Edward Coyne
3rd Peter Boyle and Stephen Boyle

Rank

SailNo

Club

HelmName

CrewName

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

Total

Nett

1st

14158

Greystones SC

Shane McCarthy

Damien Bracken

1

1

1

1

1

(21 DNC)

26

5

2nd

14143

Moville Boat

Club

John

McGuinness

Donal

McGuinness

2

3

2

-5

2

4

18

13

3rd

14055

ISA

Keith

Louden

Alan

Thompson

4

2

3

4

4

-6

23

17

4th

14076

RStGYC

John

Sheehy

Melanie

Morris

6

9

6

6

6

-10

43

33

5th

13669

Greystones

SC

Norman Lee

Ken Lee

7

4

5

8

10

-11

45

34

6th

14077

Newtonards

SC

Curly Morris

Laura

McFarland

5

8

(21

DNC)

14

8

1

57

36

7th

13888

Lough Foyle

YC

Peter Fallon

James

Hockley

10

(21

DNC)

4

3

12

7

57

36

8th

14089

WHSC

Max

Treacey

Ronan

Macnamara

3

(21

OCS)

10

7

11

5

57

36

9th

14080

Lough Foyle

YC

Gareth

Gallagher

Richard

Gallagher

9

5

8

-11

7

8

48

37

10th

14138

Blessington

Simon Cully

Libby

Tierney

11

6

(21

DNC)

9

15

3

65

44

11th

13993

Sligo YC

Niall Henry

Ossian Geraghty

(21

DNC)

21

DNC

21

DNC

2

3

2

70

49

12th

14040

Lough Foyle

YC

Bill Johnson

James

Johnson

12

7

7

15

9

(21

DNC)

71

50

13th

13207

Youghal YC

Adrian Lee

Edward

Coyne

13

10

9

13

-16

12

73

57

14th

13951

Sutton

Dinghy Club

Katie Dwyer

Michelle

Rowley

(21

DNC)

21

DNC

21

DNC

12

5

9

89

68

15th

12661

Sutton

Dinghy Club

Peter Boyle

S Boyle

8

(21

DNC)

21

DNC

10

14

21

DNC

95

74

16th

14164

Ballyronan

SC

Brenda

Preston

Steven

Preston

(21

DNC)

21

DNC

21

DNC

16

13

21

DNC

113

92

O’Tiarnaigh Challenge

18-19 Apr Swords SC

Report by John McGuinness

"The GP14's kicked off the season with the Riocard O'Tiarnaigh Challenge sailed at Swords Sailing Club on the weekend of the 18th and 19th of April. A total of 20 boats turned up to compete for the championship which was run in individual fleets Gold, Silver and Bronze over the Saturday and Sunday. The top four in each fleet qualify for the final three race sail-off to determine the overall winner on the Sunday afternoon.

 

With a steady 13 knot breeze the bronze fleet were first to take to the water and the young Gallagher brothers Gareth and Richard showed early form to lead the first race from start to finish. In the silver fleet it was Simon Cully paired with his old crew Richard Street who took line honours  while in the Gold fleet it was the Tim Corcoran and Brendan Brogan, back after a year's sabbatical who showed the early form and took the first race.

 

As the day progressed it was the young Gallagher brothers from Culmore who dominated the bronze fleet winning all but one of the six races on the Saturday. It was young Peter Boyle crewed by the auld fellow Stephen who won the last race of the day to hold second place overnight in the bronze fleet. Third place overnight was Adrian Lee and Edward Coyne from Youghal. Adrian and Edward sailed a consistent series finishing either second or third in each of the six races.

The silver fleet was hotly contested with Simon and Richard taking three of the six races but two DNS meant they were relegated to third overnight. Colman Grimes and David Lappin took two of the six races and were the overnight leaders in the silver fleet. Bill and James Johnson won one of the six races and finished the day in second place.
 
Despite Tim and Brendan's early showing it was Niall Henry and Ossin Geraghty who dominated the first day in the Gold fleet taking two of the first six and finishing second in three of the others. Shane MacCarthy and Damian Bracken finished the day in a creditable second place taking one of the six races and finishing second and third in the rest. The Mc Guinness brothers held third place overnight with consistent top four finishes.
 
On Sunday morning there was still three races to sail in the qualification series and qualification open to almost all the fleet. The Gallagher brothers, who after their strong showing on the Saturday had already qualified for the final didn't need to sail but decided to go out and get a feel for the course in preparation for the final. They sailed the first race and then came ashore to rest while the other battled it out for the remaining qualification spots. Peter and Stephen Boyle, Adrian and Edward from Youghal and Michael Collender with Brian Walker from Mullingar took the other qualification spots for the final. In the silver fleet it was Colman and David, Simon and Richard, Bill and James with Gerry Gilligan and Lucia Nicholson who qualified for the silver fleet. In the gold fleet the qualification places went to Niall and Ossian, Shane and Damian, John and Donal with Tim and Brendan taking the final spot.

 

The first race in the final saw Simon and Richard a little to eager to start and earned a black flag for their troubles. Niall and Ossian lead at the weather mark and held it all the way to the finish. Shane and Damian were second with Tim and Brendan third. Race two saw a reversal in the top two positions with Shane and Damian taking the first place and Niall and Ossian taking second. With double points for the last race, the overall result would depend on which of the two inform teams could come out on top. In the end it was Shane and Damian who won the race and the championship with Niall and Ossian finishing second overall with the McGuinness brothers taking the last of the podium positions. Colman and David took the top honours in the silver fleet while Adrian and Edward were the overall winners in the bronze fleet."

Congratulations to Shane MacCarthy and Damian Bracken on retaining the O’Tiarnaigh trophy 2015.

 

O’Tiarnaigh Challenge Overall Fleet winners:

Gold Winners - Shane MacCarthy and Damian Bracken Greystones SC

Silver Winners - Colman Grimes & David Lappin Skerries SC

Bronze Winners - Adrian Lee & Edward Coyne Youghal SC

 

20 boats raced in their own fleets in the qualifying races on Saturday and Sunday morning with only the top 4 of each fleet going through to the finals.

 

Photos courtesy of Robert Conlon:

Swords 2015 O'Tiarnaigh (Part 1 of 3)

Swords 2015 O'Tiarnaigh (Part 2 of 3)

Swords 2015 O'Tiarnaigh (Part 3 of 3)

Results of the finals below.  3rd race counted as double points, no discard.

Qualifying results listed on O’Tiarnaigh Challenge page.

Rank SailNo Club HelmName CrewName R1 R2 R3 Total
1st 14158 Greystones S.C. Shane MacCarthy Damian Bracken 2 1 2 5
2nd 13993   Niall Herny Ossian Geraghty 1 2 8 11
3rd 14143 Moville Boat Club John McGuinness Donal McGuinness 5 4 6 15
4th 14144 Skerries S.C. Colman Grimes David Lappin 4 3 12 19
5th 14138 Blessington Simon Cully Richard Street 12OCS 8 4 24
6th 13927 Sligo Y.C. Tim Corcoran Brendan Brogan 3 6 18 27
7th 13207 Youghal S.C. Adrian Lee Edward Coyne 10 7 10 27
8th 12661 Sutton Dinghy Club Peter Boyle Stephen Boyle 6 9 14 29
9th 14040 Lough Foyle Bill Johnson James Johnson 8 5 20 33
10th 14080 Lough Foyle Gareth Gallagher Richard Gallagher 7 11 16 34
11th 14142 Sligo Y.C. Gerry Gilligan Lucia Nicholson 9 12 22 43
12th 13782 Mullingar S.C. Michael Collender Brian Walker 11 10 24 45

Bronze Fleet

SailNo Club HelmName CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
14080 Lough Foyle Gareth Gallagher Richard Gallagher 1 1 1 1 1 -3 8 5
12661 SDC Peter Boyle Stephen Boyle 3 -4 2 2 3 1 15 11
13207 Youghal S.C. Adrian Lee Edward Coyne 2 2 -3 3 2 2 14 11
13782 Mullingar S.C. Michael Collender Brian Walker 4 5 6 5 (8.0 DNS) 6 34 26
13850 Swords Sailing & B.C. Jacqueline Malone Sioban Broaders 5 -7 5 6 5 5 33 26
13264 M.B.C Joe Kelly Joe Kelly (9.0 DNS) 3 4 4 8.0 DNS 9.0 DNS 37 28
13228 Youghal S.C. Jack Buttimer Finn O'Brien 6 8 7 7 8.0 DNS (9.0 DNS) 45 36
13749 Swords Sailing & B.C. Pat Savage Eunen 9.0 DNS (11.0 DNS) 10.0 DNS 10.0 DNS 4 4 48 37
1385 Swords Sailing & B.C. Frank Dempsey Neil Farrell 7.0 DNF 6 (10.0 DNS) 10.0 DNS 8.0 DNS 9.0 DNS 50 40

 

Silver Fleet

SailNo Club HelmName CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
14144 Skerries S.C. Colman Grimes David Lappin 2 1 -3 1 2 2 11 8
14040 Lough Foyle Bill Johnson James Johnson -4 2 2 2 1 3 14 10
14138 Blessington Simon Cully Richard Street 1 (6.0 DNS) 1 3 6.0 DNS 1 18 12
14142 Sligo Y.C. Gerry Gilligan Lucia Nicholson 3 3 -4 4 3 4 21 17

 

Gold Fleet

SailNo Club HelmName CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
13993 - Niall Herny Ossian Geraghty 2 1 1 2 -4 2 12 8
14158 Greystones S.C. Shane MacCarthy Damian Bracken -3 3 2 1 2 3 14 11
14143 Moville Boat Club John McGuinness Donal McGuinness 4 2 -5 3 3 4 21 16
14110 ISA Keith Louden Alan Thompson -7 5 4 6 1 1 24 17
13927 Sligo Y.C. Tim Corcoran Brendan Brogan 1 -7 3 7 7.0 DNS 7.0 DNS 32 25
14077 EABC/NSC Curly Morris Laura McFarland 5 4 6 5 (7.0 DNS) 7.0 DNS 34 27
14047 Lough Erne Y.C. JP McCaldin Carolyn McCaldin 6 6 -7 4 7.0 DNS 7.0 DNS 37 30
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Sat 18 - Sun 19 Apr O’Tiarnaigh Challenge Swords Sailing Club
Sat 2 - Sun 3 May Purcell Trophy* Lough Ree Yacht Club
Sat 13 - Sun 14 Jun Ulster Championships Lough Erne Yacht Club
Fri 10 - Sun 12 Jul Leinster Championships Dun Laoghaire
Sat 29 - Mon 31 Aug Championship of Ireland Newtownards Sailing Club
Sat 26 - Sun 27 Sep Autumn Open & Youth Championships Greystones Sailing Club
Sat 17 - Sun 18 Oct Hot Toddy Mullingar Sailing Club

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GP14 Dates 2017

Date

Event

Venue

Sat  29-30

Apr

O'Tiarnaigh

Swords

Sat 27-28

May

Purcell

Greystones SC

Sat 17-18

June

Ulsters

N’ards SC

Sat 24-25

June

24hr Race

Coleraine YC

Fri 7-9

July

Leinster

Volvo Dun Laoghaire

Sun 6-Fri 11 Aug

UK Nationals

Looe SC

Thu 17-Fri

18 Aug

Youth Training

Donaghadee SC

Sat 19-

Mon 21

Aug

Irish Nationals

Ballyholme YC

Sat 16-17

Sep 

Autumn Open/Youths

RCYC Crosshaven

Sat 23-24

Sep 

Inter schools

Sutton

Sat 14-15

Oct

Hot Toddy

Mullingar

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