GP14 Ireland
GP14 Ireland

Irish 2017

Congratulations to Ger Owens & Mel Morris on becoming Irish Champions 2017

 

Race 1 & 5 won by Shane MacCarthy & Damien Bracken

Race 2 won by Niall Henry & Ossian Geraghty

Race 3, 4 & 7 won by Ger Owens & Mel Morris

Race 6 won by John Hayes & Joel James

 

Masters won by John Hayes & Joel James

Grand Masters won by Curly Morris & Laura McFarland

 

Junior Helm won by Peter Boyle

Youth Helm won by Gareth Gallagher

1st Lady Helm won by Katie Dwyer

 

Overall Fleet Placings

Gold

1st Ger Owens & Mel Morris

2nd Shane MacCarthy & Damien Bracken

3rd John Hayes & Joel James

 

Silver

1st Doire Shields & Andrew Sexton

2nd Gareth& Richard Gallagher

3rd Michael Cox & Josh Porter

 

Bronze

1st Shane McLoughlin & Rory Murdoch

2nd Geoff & Jane Murdoch

3rd Martin & Vikki Dews

 

Report by Irish GP14 Association

Irish GP14 Nationals 2017

 

The 2017 Irish Nationals were held on 19th-21st August at Ballyholme Yacht Club. 29 boats competed which included one visiting team from the UK – John Hayes, an ex 470 campaigner from Southport who was sailing with Joel James. Overall numbers were down a bit on previous years due to a number of mitigating factors. However those unable to attend missed a superb event with a wide range of conditions, superb race management, excellent hospitality and exceptionally close racing.

 

Chief measurer Jimmy McKee was in attendance on Friday night & Saturday morning to scrutineer and weigh boats. The forecast for Saturday was borderline and the fleet were held ashore initially for an hour or so to allow the wind to subside. When the fleet did eventually take to the water, the lull in conditions proved to be only temporary. Shortly after the start of race one, the committee boat began recording gusts of 30 knots. The ensuing white knuckle race saw Shane MacCarthy & Damian Bracken winning from Sligo’s Niall Henry & Ossian Geraghty with Sutton sailors Alan Blay & David Johnston 3rd. With only 15 boats finishing and conditions refusing to abate, the race committee made the sensible decision to send the fleet home after a single race.  Once ashore competitors enjoyed a superb bar-b-que where the famous Ballyholme rib-eye steaks lived up to all of the pre-event hype.

 

The forecast for the second day of racing could not have been more different to the first. This time, conditions looked borderline on the light side, with even the most optimistic forecasts predicting gusts of just 7 knots. Nevertheless, with a race to make up the race committee sent the fleet out and after a hour or so floating  around the breeze did eventually appear. Niall & Ossain took first blood in the challenging conditions winning the opening race from English visitors John Hayes & Joel James.  The right hand side of the beats seemed to be consistently paying in the ebbing tide but getting out there through the various holes & shifts was’t completely straightforward!  Ger Owens & Melanie Morris found a way though, knocking in 2 bullets in race 3 and 4 from Alan Blay & David Johnsson and Keith Louden & Alan Thompson respectively.  Silver fleet sailors Doire Shiels & Andrew Sexton also had a good day, recording a 7th and a 3rd to take control of the silver fleet. After a long day on the water, the race committee decided the fleet had had enough after 3 races and the fleet returned home.

 

The Irish GP14 AGM was held on Sunday evening and saw Stephen Boyle step down after 3 years as class president. David Cooke takes over as the new president and no doubt will strive to continue the excellent progress made over the past few years as the class builds towards a 2020 World Championships in his home club. Following the AGM, many of the sailors gathered in the nearby Jamaica Inn with a surprise birthday cake for class stalwart Hugh Gill who is celebrating another  big one!

 

With 3 races scheduled for the final days sailing, and just 2 points separating the top four boats the championship was wide open. Race 5 saw Shane & Damien record their second race win from John & Joel. Race 6 and another race winner, this time John & Joel taking line honours with Keith Louden & Alan Thompson in second position.  So going into the final race the championship was set for one of the closest finishes in recent years with Ger & Mel holding a narrow one point lead but Shane & Damian, John & Joel and Nial & Ossian all still in with a real chance of overall victory.

In the end however, Ger & Mel held their nerve and won the last race and with it, the overall event. Doire Shiels & Andrew Sexton won the Silver fleet finishing in 10th overall while Sutton’s Shane MacLoughlin & Rory Murdoch won the bronze fleet. Top youths were Gareth & Richard Gallagher in 12th position overall.

 

Thanks to our OOD Robin Gray and his team for exceptional race management,  David Fletcher for all his hard work in organising the event and everyone at Ballyholme Yacht Club who contributed to such an enjoyable championship.

 

Results

  Sail Number Division HelmName CrewName Club Cat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett
19th Aug 20th Aug 20th Aug 20th Aug 21st Aug 21st Aug 21st Aug
1st 14076 Gold Ger Owens Mel Morris Royal St George YC   -7 5 1 1 3 3 1 21 14
2nd 14203 Gold Shane McCarty Damian Bracken Swords YC   1 3 -6 5 1 4 5 25 19
3rd 14188 Gold John Hayes Joel James Southport SC M -9 2 9 3 2 1 2 28 19
4th 14214 Gold Keith Louden Alan Thompson ISA   6 4 (30 OCS) 2 6 2 3 53 23
5th 13993 Gold Niall Henry Ossian Sligo YC M 2 1 5 6 5 7 (30 DNF) 56 26
6th 13977 Gold Alan Blay David Johnston Sutton Dinghy Club   3 9 2 4 -13 10 4 45 32
7th 14143 Gold John McGuinness Donald McGuiness Moville BC M 5 6 (30 OCS) 7 8 8 9 73 43
8th 14130 Gold Hugh Gill Conor Twohig Sutton Dinghy Club M 4 -13 8 12 9 5 7 58 45
9th 14219 Gold Curly Morris Laura McFarland EABC GM (30 DNF) 11 4 11 4 13 6 79 49
10th 14054 Silver Doire Shiels Andrew Sexton Sutton Dinghy Club   12 7 3 -20 12 11 12 77 57
11th 14192 Gold A G Duffin Andy Coshill NSC / EDYC GM 11 10 11 9 7 9 -16 73 57
12th 14209 Silver Gareth Gallagher Richard Gallagher Moville BC Y (30 DNF) 8 7 14 16 12 10 97 67
13th 14212 Silver Michael Cox Josh Porter Newtownards SC M 8 16 10 10 10 17 -18 89 71
14th 1420 Silver Peter Boyle Stephen Boyle SDC Y (30 DNF) 19 17 8 11 6 14 105 75
15th 13901 Silver Steven Nelson Johnny Nelson DSC/NSC   10 12 14 -19 19 14 11 99 80
16th 14105 Gold Katie Dwyer Michelle Rowley Sutton Dinghy Club   15 15 15 (31 DNC) 14 18 8 116 85
17th 14144 Gold Colman Grimes Eoin Boylan Skerries SC   14 14 12 (30 DNF) 22 15 13 120 90
18th 14207 Silver Simon Jeffery Rebecca Jeffery EDYC   (30 DNF) 20 13 13 23 20 15 134 104
19th 14074 Silver Cahil Sheridan David Cooke Skerries SC   (30 DNF) 23 16 16 18 16 20 139 109
20th 13207 Silver Adrian Lee Edward Coyne Youghal SC Y (30 DNF) 17 20 15 15 25 19 141 111
21st 13910 Silver Brian Andrews John McArthur Newtownards SC GM (30 DNF) 21 22 18 17 19 17 144 114
22nd 3 Bronze Shane MacLoughlin Rory Murdoch Sutton DC Y 13 24 23 22 20 -26 24 152 126
23rd 13915 Bronze Geoff Murdoch Jane Murdoch N.S.C. M (30 DNF) 22 18 21 25 21 23 160 130
24th 14171 Silver Lawrence Baalham Robbie Richardson Donaghadee SC M (30 DNF) 18 19 23 21 27 30 DNS 168 138
25th 13180 Bronze Martin Dews Victoria Dews Donaghadee SC   30 DNF 25 24 (31 DNC) 24 23 22 179 148
26th 13466 Bronze Mathew Street Rian O'Haillies Blessington SC Y (30 DNF) 26 26 25 26 22 25 180 150
27th 14061 Bronze Michael Collender Brian Walker Mullingar SC GM 30 DNF 27 21 17 (31 DNC) 31 DNC 31 DNC 188 157
28th 14077 Bronze Michael Brines J Donaldson LEYC   30 DNF 28 27 (31 DNC) 30 DNF 24 21 191 160
29th 2 Bronze Orla Gray Erica Markey Sutton DC Y 30 DNF 29 25 24 (31 DNC) 31 DNC 31 DNC 201 170

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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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