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GP14 Ireland Autumn & Youth Championships

16th & 17th September 2017 - 

Royal Cork Yacht Club

 

 

 

A superb GP14 racing weekend was held at Royal Cork YC in Crosshaven.  Saturday started breezy but eased off to medium winds but was a cold day on the water.  Sunday the sun shone all day to give a great day’s sailing with good breeze around.

Windward leewards were sailed for all races.  Upwind and downwind proved to be very tactical.

The Youth championship was hotly contested and the training that Colman & Blessington organized the weekend before shone through. 

 

Congratulations to Jack Buttimer on sweeping the Youths to take U21, U19 & U16 titles.

 

Congratulations to Ger Owens who got to take the top podium place in both the Autumn Open, as helm with Damien Bracken, and the Youth Championships, as crew for Jack.  

 

A big thanks to all of the GP14 owners lending their boats out to the Irish youth.

 

Youth 2017

U21, U19 & U16 champion - Jack Buttimer 

2nd overall Connor Twohig

3rd overall Sam Wray

 

Autumn Open 

1st Ger Owens & Damien Bracken

2nd Curly Morris & Laura McFarland

3rd  Connor Twohig & Rob Dickson

 

Silver

1st Ed Coyne & Colman Grimes

2nd Adrian Lee & David Johnston

3rd  Peter Boyle & Szymon Matyjaszczuk

 

Bronze

1st Connor Twohig & Rob Dickson

2nd Sam Wray & Luke Henderson

3rd  Ciaran Keogh & Adam Leddy

 

Full results and reports to follow.

GP14 Irish Youth Results

 

  Sail # Boat Helm Crew Fleet Club R1 R2 R3 R4 Discard Points
1 14133 Kylie Jack Buttimer Ger Owen U21, U19, U16 YSC 2 1 14 2 -14 5
2 14165 The Wrong Trousers Conor Twohig Rob Dickson U21, U19 SDC 11 5 5 1 -11 11
3 14214   Sam Wray Alan Thompson U21 SYC 5 3 3 6 -6 11
4 14130 Kalaco Shane McLoughlin Hugh Gill U21 SDC 3 4 4 4 -4 11
5 14105   David Johnston Stephen Boyle U21 SDC 7 9 1 5 -9 13
6 13466 Cloud Nine Matthew Street Richard Street U21, U19, U16 BSC 9 10 2 3 -10 14
7 14144 No Surprise Edward Coyne Colman Grimes U21 YSC/SSC 4 2 9 9 -9 15
8 14116   Peter Boyle Szymon Matyjaszczuk U21, U19, U16 SDC 6 8 6 7 -8 19
9 13993   Adrian Lee Ossian Gerraghty  U21 YSC/SSC 1 6 14 14 -14 21
10 14209 Speranza Gareth Gallagher Richard Gallagher U21 MBC/CFYC 10 7 7 14 -14 24
11 13624 Curved Cold Ciaran Keogh Adam Leddy U21, U19 GSC 8 11 8 8 -11 24
12 14138   Denis Cully Simon Cully U21, U19, U16 BSC 12 12 10 10 -12 32
13 13891   Oisin Brown Warren Brown U21, U19 GYC 13 13 11 11 -13 35

 

 

Autumn Open results

 

  Sail # Boat Helm Crew Fleet Club R1 R2 R3 R4 Discard Points
1 14076 True Belle Ger Owen Damien Bracken Gold Swords 1 2 4 2 -4 5
2 14219 Trouble On The Way Curly Morris Laura McFarland Gold EABC/NSC 4 1 1 6 -6 6
3 14165 The Wrong Trousers Conor Twohig Rob Dickson Bronze SDC 2 4 3 3 -4 8
4 14130 Kalaco Hugh Gill Shane McLoughlin Gold SDC 7 5 5 1 -7 11
5 14214   Keith Louden Alan Thompson Gold IS 5 3 7 4 -7 12
6 14144 No Surprise Edward Coyne Colman Grimes Silver YSC/SSC 3 6 8 13 -13 17
7 13207 This One Adrian Lee David Johnston Silver YSC/SDC 13 11 2 5 -13 18
8 14105   Katie Dwyer Michelle Dowley Gold SDC 20 9 6 7 -20 22
9 14214   Sam Wray Luke Henderson Bronze SYC 11 7 9 9 -11 25
10 13624 Curved Cold Ciaran Keogh Adam Leddy Bronze GSC 8 8 14 11 -14 27
11 14116   Peter Boyle Szymon Matyjaszczuk Silver SDC 10 15 20 8 -20 33
12 13466 Cloud Nine Matthew Street Richard Street Bronze BSC 9 13 12 15 -15 34
13 13180 Alkoran Martin Dews Victoria Dews Bronze DSC 12 12 17 10 -17 34
14 14074   Cathal Sheridan David Cooke Silver SSC 6 16 18 14 -18 36
15 14133 Kylie Jack Buttimer Stephen Boyle Bronze YSC 20 10 11 17 -20 38
16 14061 Geepers Michael Collender Brian Walker Bronze MSC 14 14 15 12 -15 40
17 14138   Simon Cully Libby Tierney Silver BSC 15 17 10 16 -17 41
18 13488 Ella Rose Simon Crowe Ella Crowe Silver VBC 17 18 13 19 -19 48
19 13891   Warren Brown Oisin Brown Bronze GYC 16 19 16 18 -19 50

GP14 Leinsters @ DL Regatta

Great report from Hugh Gill

 

GP14 Leinster Championship at the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta

 

The GP14 fleet returned to Dun Laoghaire for a most enjoyable three day Leinster Championship at the four hundred and fifty boat Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta where 27 GP14s competed, for the various honours over the full complement of 8 races . With both World Champion , Shane McCarthy, and Olympian, Ger Owens entered, there was much discussion as to who would win out. However the bookies would have had a field day as the championship was won in a most emphatic fashion, by visiting UK sailors Fergus Barnham and Andy Hunter from Snettisham Beach and Nantwich sailing clubs. All was not as it appeared however, as Ger Owens took the unusual role of crewing for his good friend and former Olympic crew Ross Killian.

Friday saw the fleet on the South Bull race course with Barnham/Hunter laying down an early marker in Race 1, by pulling away to establish an early lead with Keith Louden and crew Alan Thompson signalling their intent by notching a definite second. Norman Lee showed a good turn of speed to sail into third place. Silver fleet sailor, young Peter Boyle crewed by his dad Stephen sailed a great race to slot into fifth place.

 

Race 2 threw up a great surprise with the first four rounding the weather mark heading off for the outer loop not realising that the inner loop was the correct course. Not quite believing what was unfolding in from of him, and ready to take full advantage ,was Hugh Gill and Conor Twohig who promptly led the rest of the fleet back down the run on the inner loop and went on to take the gun,  followed home by the up and coming young guns of Sutton Dinghy Club,  Alan Blay & David Johnston in second place, with Louden & Thompson taking third. This left the favourites slightly embarrassed and determined to do better. The final race of the day finally saw Shane McCarthy & Damien Bracken unleash their potential, and left the fleet looking at their transom as they took the bullet with Blay & Johnston showing early consistency by again taking second, and Barham & Hunter not letting go by taking third. Beer,  food ,sunshine and happy sailors on the deck at the Royal St George YC afterwards, lent a very Mediterranean atmosphere to the entire weekend!

 

Saturday ‘s forecast was for very light breezes but a good steady breeze blew all day long, providing great racing for the fleet. The highlight of the day was the three wins recorded by UK pairing of Barnham and Hunter, firmly establishing them in an unassailable position after 6 races. Gill and Louden took a second each with Lawrence Baalham and Robbie Richardson surprising all, by rounding the weather mark in fourth place and finishing the race in second place. The lads are still smiling!  Blay & Johnson maintained their pace by notching a 4th and 3rd leaving them in second place with 2 races to go followed by McCarthy and Bracken in 3rd with Gill & Twohig in 4th overnight and all to play for.

 

In the Silver Fleet, the Boyles held a commanding lead on Saturday evening in front of the Gallagher brothers from Lough Foyle and Doire Shiels and Graham Burns from Skerries.

There was a great battle going on in the Bronze fleet with only 4 points separating the three contenders: Mathew Street from Blessington, Jack Buttimer from Youghal and Martin & Vicki Dews from Donaghadee in that order.

 

 

The fleet moved to the Salthill course on Sunday, and were treated to the close up sight of the Moth dinghies up on their foils and racing at incredible speeds in comparison to the comparably rather sedate speed of the regular classes. Quite spectacular! Well, the boys from the UK decided to do a bit of sightseeing around the bay and cruised to a leisurely 4th & 6th in the 2 races which they proceeded to discard, becoming worthy Leinster Championship winners. Keith Louden and Alan Thompson clocked in a very smart 1st & 5th to jump from 5th overall to 2nd overall – a great performance with Gill & Twohig surprising themselves to finish third in the Championship with a 6th & 3rd

Consistent performer of the day was surely Curly Morris and Laura McFarland who racked up a 3rd and 2nd.

 

In the Silver Fleet, Sunday saw Peter & Stephen score steadily. But in the last race Gareth & Richard Gallagher threw caution to the wind, started at the pin and steadily drew away to a convincing win which lays down a marker for the future. These are boys to watch when they get the  consistency sorted.

 

Martin & Vicki Dews took a closely fought Bronze fleet by taking a 13th in the last race which saw them win by a mere 2 points from Mathew Street who was on equal points with Jack Buttimer.

 

Peter Boyle continues to show promise among the youngsters in the fleet and in finishing 7th overall was the leading Youth sailor and so is the new GP 14 Leinster Youth Champion for 2017.

 

A big thank you to the many volunteers from the four Dun Laoghaire Clubs, to Volvo and the Spirit Motor Group and the many other sponsors who contributed to the weekend.

 

A great Championship sailed in great conditions by a great fleet of sailors and friends. Long may it continue.

 

Gold Fleet:

  1. Fergus Barnham & Andy Hunter -  Snettisham Beach and Nantwich Sailing Clubs
  2. Keith Louden & Alan Thompson – The Irish Sailing Association
  3. Hugh Gill & Conor Twohig – Sutton Dinghy Club

 

Silver Fleet:

  1. Peter & Stephen Boyle – Sutton Dinghy Club
  2. Gareth & Richard Gallagher – Lough Foyle Yacht Club
  3. Doire Shiels & Graham Burns – Skerries Sailing Club

 

Bronze Fleet:

  1. Martin & Vicki Dews – Donaghadee Sailing Club
  2. Mathew Street & Rionn O’Hailaigh– Blessington Sailing Club
  3. Jack Buttimer & Adam McDonagh – Youghal Sailing Club

GP14 Leinsters @ DL Regatta

Congratulations to the winners of the GP14 Leinster Championships - Prizegiving of the Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta 2017 held in the Royal St George Yacht Club

 

1st Overall

Fergus Barnham and Andy Hunter from Snettisham Beach and Nantwich

 

2nd Overall

Keith Louden and Alan Thompson

 

3rd Overall

Hugh Gill and Conor Twohig Sutton Dinghy Club

 

Silver Fleet Winners & Best Youth Helm

Peter Boyle and Stephen Boyle from Sutton Dinghy Club

 

Bronze Fleet Winners

Martin & Vicky Dews from Donaghadee Sailing Club

 

Prize Giving Photos - © Gareth Craig (fotosail.com)

On the water photos - © David Brannigan (oceansport.com)

  Sail No Boat Fleet Owner Club Net Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8
1 14132   Gold Barnham Snettisham Beach and Nantwich 11 1 4 3 1 1 1 4 6
2 14214   Gold Louden Irish Sailing Association 21 2 3 8 8 2 11 1 5
3 14130 Kalaco Gold Gill Sutton Dinghy Club 22 4 1 10 2 10 6 6 3
4 14203   Gold MacCarthy Greystones Sailing Club 26 6 6 1 6 3 5 5 8
5 13977 Temerity Gold Blay Sutton Dinghy Club 28 8 2 2 9 4 3 16 28
6 14219 Trouble on the way Gold Morris East Antrim Boat Club 29 9 5 12 7 5 7 3 2
7 14116   Silver Boyle Sutton Dinghy Club 45 5 7 5 28 13 4 13 11
8 14076 True Belle Gold Owens Royal St George Yacht Club 46 28 13 4 3 11 12 12 4
9 14209   Silver Gallagher Lough Foyle Yacht Club 47 15 10 7 10 6 13 14 1
10 13669 YKnot Gold Lee Greystones Sailing Club 51 3 11 13 5 16 10 9 15
11 14143   Gold McGuinness Moville Boat Club 51 7 14 9 12 15 9 7 7
12 14047 Duffi Gold McCladin Lough Erne Yacht Club / Sligo Yacht Club 52 11 9 6 4 28 2 20 28
13 14054 Still Thinking Too! Silver Shiels Skerries Sailing Club 58 10 12 11 11 7 8 11 28
14 14171 Ananda Silver Baalham Donaghadee Sailing Club 69 13 16 19 14 12 28 2 12
15 13981 Cloud Nine Gold Street Blessington Sailing Club 69 12 18 14 28 9 15 10 9
16 14144 No Surprise Gold Grimes Skerries Sailing Club 85 16 15 18 28 14 14 8 18
17 14138   Silver Cully Blessington Sailing Club 87 17 8 16 18 18 18 24 10
18 12403   Silver Pinder Mullingar Sailing Club 89 20 19 15 13 8 16 18 28
19 14074   Silver Sheridan Skerries Sailing Club 92 14 17 17 15 17 19 15 14
20 13180 Alkoran Bronze Dews Donaghadee Sailing Club 115 18 24 23 22 20 21 21 13
21 13466 Joe Batts Arm Bronze Street Blessington Sailing Club 117 28 20 22 17 19 22 22 17
22 14133 Kylie Bronze Buttimer Youghal Sailing Club 117 28 21 21 19 21 20 17 19
23 13353 Southern Wild Bronze MacMahon Cullaun Sailing Club 121 19 22 20 21 23 23 23 16
24 14061 Flyer Silver Lee Greystones Sailing Club 136 28 28 28 16 28 17 19 28
25 14165 Com-adee Bronze Boyd Donaghadee Sailing Club 145 28 23 28 20 22 24 28 28
26 11111 Hellfire Bronze Mulvey National Yacht Club 154 28 25 28 28 28 28 25 20
27 14207 Brane Wave Silver Jeffery East Down Yacht Club 168 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28

Ulster Championship - Newtownards SC

Sat 17 - Sun 18 June

 

Mediterranean style sailing on Strangford Lough for the Ulster Championships!

 

The GP14 Ulster Championship was won by Shane MacCarthy & Damien Bracken.

 

Overall

1st Shane McCarthy & Damian Bracken    Greystones SC
2nd Alan Blay & David Johnston    Sutton DC
3rd Niall Henry & Ossian Geraghty    Sligo YC

 

Silver

1st Gareth Gallagher & Richard Gallagher    Moville BC /Lough Foyle YC
2nd Doire Shiels & Andrew Sexton    SSC
3rd Peter Boyle & Stephen Boyle    SDC

 

 

Bronze

1st Josh Porter& Catherine    NSC

2nd Geoff Murdoch & Jane Murdoch    NSC
3rd Robson Ogg & James Ogg    Donaghadee SC

 

Ulster Youth Winners

Gareth Gallagher & Richard Gallagher    Moville BC /Lough Foyle YC

 

 

Report by Ossian Geraghty

The GP14 Ulster Championships took place over the weekend. The fleet were welcomed back to Newtownards Sailing Club by Michael Cox who organised an outstanding event. It felt more like Barbados than the Ards peninsula as we had the most glorious sunshine and temperatures in the mid-twenties all weekend.

 

On Saturday the wind was 10-15 Knots but moved several times during racing by up to 60 degrees at times, causing major headaches for PRO Ruan O’Tiarnaigh, who as we expected rose to the challenge and got three excellent full races sailed. Saturdays racing was dominated by Shane McCarthy crewed by Damien Bracken (Greystones Sailing Club) taking three bullets with the main scrap happening behind for second place.

 

On Sunday we had two additions to the fleet, JP and Carolyn McCaldin (LEYC/SYC) and Ger Owens crewed by Melanie Morris (RStGYC). Ger & Melanie turned up to embarrass the rest of the fleet with their performance on Sunday, winning all three races. In fact they were that so far ahead the discussion in our boat centered around a scene from Father Ted, “Is that a small boat Ted? No, its just far away”. It is high time Ger/Melanie shared their light weather upwind speed techniques with the rest of the fleet because it can’t be any fun being that far in front.

 

In race 2 on Sunday the Gallagher brothers from Moville passed six boats from the first Windward mark and sailed through Shane McCarthy/Damien Braken and Alan Blay/David Johnson (SDYC) at the top of the fleet as though they were first stagers. The Gallagher’s are the boat to watch, up and coming stars, promotion to the Gold Fleet being a distinct possibility.

 

Overall winners of the weekend were McCarthy/Bracken, with Alan Blay/David Johnson second and Niall Henry/Ossian Geraghty (Sligo Yacht Club) in third overall.

 

No surprise that Gareth and Richard Gallagher took overall honours in the Silver Fleet also winning the Ulsters Youth event. Doire Shiels and Andrew Sexton (Skerries Sailing Club) took second overall in the silver fleet putting in a very consistent set of results over the weekend, with Peter Boyle crewed by General Pinochet, aka dad, in third.

 

In the Bronze Fleet, Josh Porter & Catherine (Newtownards Sailing Club) had to slug it out Geoff and Jane Murdoch also (NSC) with the Josh & Cat ultimately winning the Bronze Fleet.

 

A special thanks from the GP14 Class Association of Ireland to Newtownards Sailing Club, especially to organiser in chief, Michael Cox, PRO Ruan O’Tiarnaigh but also to all the volunteers who gave up their time in preparation and during the event, allowing all of us to go mess around in boats.

 

The next event on the GP14 Calendar is the Leinster Championships which is incorporated into the Dun Laoghaire Regatta, which takes place on 7th-9th July 2017. The GP14 Class Association are looking forward to seeing you all there.

 

Video & Sailing photos copyright of David Corkill
More of David's photos on flickr

Prize Giving photos copyright of Laura McFarland

Purcell Trophy - Greystones SC

Sat 27 - Sun 28 May

 

Congratulations to Ger Owens & Mel Morris on their Purcell 2017 win.  It was a hard fought battle between Ger & Mel and Greystones Shane MacCarty sailing with Damien Bracken.  

 

Report by Alan Thompson

The Purcell Trophey 2017 was hosted by Greystones Sailing Club in their fantastic new harbour and clubhouse.

 

After an hours wait on sat morning for the mist to clear the 26 strong GP fleet finally launched.

Race 1 got underway with a clean start and no recall (unusual in this fleet). Get Owens & Mel Morris back in business with the win, Shane McCarthy & Damian Bracken taking 2nd with Alan Blay & David Johnston in 3rd.

 

Race 2 started with the wind starting to build. Shane & Damian took the win with Ger & Mel in 2nd and John & Donal McGuiness in 3rd.

 

Race 3 started with gusts of winds of 26 knots. Alan & David retired with gear failure. Ger & Mel continued to dominate and brought home their 2nd win for the day. Shane & Damian picked up an OCD so Colman Grimes & Eoin Boyle came home in 2nd with Alistar Duffin & Andy Corkhill in 3rd.

 

Race 4 started on Sunday morning with lighter winds and sunshine, Ger & Mel once again on form with another win and Alan & David with their boat repaired took 2nd just ahead of Shane & Damian in 3rd.

 

Race 5 was a closely fought battle between Ger & Mel and Shane & Damian with Ger &Mel winning and Shane & Damian close behind in 2nd. Simon Culley & Libby Tierney pulled off a fantastic move on the downward leg by going close to the shore and took 3rd place.

 

Race 6 was cancelled as the wind died. So the gold fleet was won by Ger & Mel.

 

The silver fleet was dominated by the Gallagher brothers, sailing well once again. The bronze fleet was won by Josh Porter & Sina Hartman in their first event.

 

 

Gold

1st Ger Owens & Mel Morris RStGYC

2nd Shane MacCarthy & Damien Bracken Greystones
3rd Keith Louden & Alan Thompson ISA
 
Silver
1st Gareth Gallagher & Richard Gallagher Moville BC/LFYC
2nd Doire Shiels & Andrew Sexton Skerries SC
3rd Peter Boyle & Stephen Boyle SDC
 
Bronze
1st Joshua Porter & Sina Hartman Newtownards SC
2nd Martin Dews & Vicky Dews Donaghdee SC
3rd Michael Callendar & Brian Walker Mullingar
 
Youngest competitor awarded to Peter Boyle
First youth boat awarded to  Gareth Gallagher & Richard Gallagher
 

Results

Rank Fleet Snr/Jnr SailNo HelmName CrewName Club Total R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Nett
1st Gold Senior 14076 Ger Owens Mel Morris RStGYC 6 1 (2) 1 1 1 4
2nd Gold Senior 14203 Shane MacCarthy Damien Bracken Greystones SC 26 2 1 (18 OCS) 3 2 8
3rd Gold Senior 14214 Keith Louden Alan Thompson ISA 30 8 4 5 4 (9) 21
4th Gold Senior 14143 John McGuinness Donal McGuiness Movilee BC 36 6 3 8 5 (14) 22
5th Gold Senior 14192 Alastair Duffin Andy Corkill EDYC/Newtownards 36 (12) 7 3 8 6 24
6th Gold Senior 14219 Curly Morris Laura McFarland Newtonards SC/ EABC 35 (10) 10 4 7 4 25
7th Silver Junior 14080 Gareth Gallagher Richard Gallagher Moville BC/LFYC 36 7 6 (9) 9 5 27
8th Gold Senior 14144 Colman Grimes Eoin Boyle SSC 54 9 9 2 11 (23) 31
9th Silver Senior 14054 Doire Shiels Andrew Sexton Skerries SC 48 4 5 12 10 (17) 31
10th Silver Senior 14116 Peter Boyle Stephen Boyle SDC 44 5 8 6 12 (13) 31
11th Gold Senior 13977 Alan Blay David Johnston Sutton Dinghy Club 60 3 (25 RET) 18 DNS 2 12 35
12th Gold Senior 13669 Norman Lee Karl Brady Greystones SC 51 11 12 7 (14) 7 37
13th Silver Senior 14138 Simon Cully Libby Tierney Blessington 63 (20) 14 10 16 3 43
14th Silver Senior 13951 Steven Preston Brenda Preston Donaghdee SC 65 13 13 (18 DNF) 13 8 47
15th Bronze Senior 13917 Joshua Porter Sina Hartman Newtownards SC 68 16 15 13 6 (18) 50
16th Gold Senior 14074 Cathal Sheridan David Cooke Skerries SC 87 14 11 (27 DNC) 19 16 60
17th Gold Senior 14061 Rob Lee Mary Horgan ISA 82 15 18 18 OCS (21) 10 61
18th Bronze Senior 13180 Martin Dews Vicky Dews Donaghdee SC 82 (21) 21 14 15 11 61
19th Silver Senior 14040 Bill Johnson James Johnson SDC/HYC? 82 17 17 11 18 (19) 63
20th Silver Senior 13207 Adrian Lee Lydia Blanke Youghal SC 88 19 16 18 DNS (20) 15 68
21st Bronze Senior 13782 Michael Callendar Brian Walker Mullingar 99 (25) 20 16 17 21 74
22nd Silver Senior 14182 Neil Willis Peter Sloan Greystones sc 102 (24) 19 15 22 22 78
23rd Bronze Junior 13624 Ciaran Keogh Ben Hutchinson Greystones SC 105 22 (23) 17 23 20 82
24th Bronze Senior 13238 Alan Leddy Steve Waller Greystones SC 112 18 22 18 DNS (27 DNC) 27 DNC 85
25th Bronze Senior 13424 Conor Duff Lennon Grainne Allen Greystones SC 113 23 (24) 18 DNF 24 24 RET 89
26th Bronze Senior 13878 David Snow Debbie Lee Greystones SC 120 26 DNS 25 DNS 18 DNS (27 DNC) 24 DNF 93

 

Photos :

On the water photos copyright of Monica Schaefer

Prize Giving photos copyright of Laura McFarland

Riocard O’Tiarnaigh Challenge - Sat 29th & Sun 30th April 2017

Report: JP McCaldin

 

The Riocard O’Tiarnaigh Challenge 2017 was hosted by Swords SC on Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th April.  17 boats from as far north as Moville and south as Dungarvan, attended despite the challenging forecast which proved to be right.

 

All boats launched and race one was started on time. Conditions looked fine from shore but once on the race course it was a very different story and most competitors tested the water temperature at least once throughout the day. Bronze, Silver and Gold fleets each sailed in separate flights with 4 boats in the bronze, 5 in silver and 8 in gold. 

 

Race one was won by Sam Wray & Michael Broaders, Sligo YC, in the bronze fleet from Martin & Vicky Dews, Donahadee SC, Bill & James Johnson, Lough Foyle YC, in the silver and Shane McCarthy & Damian Bracken did a horizon job and showed the gold fleet a clean pair of heels. There was  a lot of place changing with the McGuiness brothers eventually taking 2nd place and the McCaldins in 3rd.

 

Race two was quickly started although some competitors chose to head for the shore.  No finishers in the bronze fleet, the Johnsons again dominated the silver fleet.  In the gold fleet 3 of the top 4 boats capsized within 5 boat lengths of the weather mark, allowing Hugh Gill & Conor Twohig, Sutton DC, to take a clear race win with Keith Louden & Alan Thompson also staying upright to take 2nd.  The McCaldins recovered from their swim to take 3rd.

 

After lunch ashore a depleted fleet reluctantly relaunched to find the conditions even more challenging on the race course.  3 short races were sailed. Two 1sts in the bronze fleet saw Blessington SC’s Matthew Street & Lee McMullan take a single point victory from Sam Wray & Michael Broaders.

One 1st and two 2nds saw the Johnsons take the silver fleet from Stephen & Peter Boyle, Sutton DC with Dungarvan SCs father and daughter team, Simon & Ella Crowe taking 3rd.

 

McCarthy & Bracken dominated the gold fleet with a further three 1sts showing great speed and boat handling in the gusty conditions.  The McGuinness’s secured 2nd place with three 2nds and the McCaldins 3rd with two 3rds and a 4th.

 

Sunday dawned as forecast with winds mid 30mph, the race officer wisely decided not to hold the finals.

 

Thanks to Swords SC for hosting the event.  Next event on the circuit is Purcell Trophy in Greystones SC (27th & 28th May). Hope to see you all there. 

Nov Sponsor - Duffin Marine

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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