Instone and Parker are GP14 Southern Champs

Richard Instone and Steve Parker from Chase SC dominated the GP14 Southern Championships at Poole YC over last weekend. Opening the series with two victories, they continued their winning ways on the second day with two more wins and then a second place in the final race to take the title. Second place went to local club members, Matt Burge and Simon Wheeler, with third place going to Andy Tunnicliffe and Adam Lees.

With a target of 45 minutes per race, the first race on Saturday was held in 5 - 16 knots of breeze with regular 90 degree wind shifts against the 10 - 12 knots northerly forecast. The eventual overall winner Richard Instone with the help of World Champion crew Steve Parker proved the simple rule for winning a race - start well - get into the lead - dont let any boats pass you until the finish - this worked for all the races he won.

The last race saw the wind lift from 5 to 16 knots and shift so that generally the fleet was over standing the windward mark after rounding the leeward mark. Winning this race left Andi Tunnicliffe of Windemere with Matt Burge of Poole second still in the running after the first day both with four points from their best two races.

On Sunday Richard Instone cemented his lead with two clear wins as the 16 to 22 knot wind speed saw many local and visiting GPers enjoy the warmer waters and soft mud of Poole harbour - wind shifts and gusts catching them unawares. The final race gave the Burge clan a first and third as Matt's father Andy crewed for Colin Rainback in Reflection. We think there was a separate competition between those two.

Ian Sinclaire and Alan Jones 'swiped' the silver fleet trophy with very consistent finishing always in the top eight. James Ward and Richard Whitehill took bronze again with consistent finishing - always in the top half of the fleet.

Many thanks to our sponsor Piplers of Poole without whose support over the years we would not have been able to host many of our events.

GP14 Southern Championship - Overall Results:

1st 13931 Richard Instone Steve Parker Chase 1 1 6 1 1 2 12 6
2nd 13693 Matt Burge Simon Wheeler PYC 7 2 2 3 3 1 18 11
3rd 13924 Andy Tunnicliffe Adam Lees RWYC 3 4 1 4 2 4 18 14
4th 13718 Colin Rainback Andy Burge PYC 2 3 4 2 4 3 18 14
5th 13930 Ian Sinclair Alan Jones Bolton/Nantwich 6 5 7 5 25.0 OCS 8 56 31
6th 13870 Richard Lord Penny Abbott Seahorse 8 12 3 6 5 25.0 DNF 59 34
7th 13702 Andy McGregor Jennie McGregor PYC 9 6 5 11 10 5 46 35
8th 13980 Za Jelliffe Libby Jelliffe BTYC 4 7 10 10 7 9 47 37
9th 13912 Mike Arrow Ian Aitken PYC 16 11 16 7 6 7 63 47
10th 13835 Mike Williams Martin Trim PYC 19 9 12 13 8 6 67 48
11th 13316 James Ward Richard Whitehill 15 17 8 12 9 13 74 57
12th 13802 Mark Taylor Alice Courage PYC 11 13 9 15 14 12 74 59
13th 13855 Ben Kaplan Sue Burridge Seahorse 10 15 13 25.0 DNF 11 14 88 63
14th 14007 Ian Wall Ted Hewett PYC 13 21 24 14 12 10 94 70
15th 13841 David Brann Barbara Brann PYC 14 18 15 16 15 11 89 71
16th 13727 Tim Davies Hilary Davies Chelmarsh 5 8 11 25.0 DNF 25.0 DNS 25.0 DNS 99 74
17th 13175 Andy Welch Sue Southam PYC 12 14 20 9 25.0 DNF 19 99 74
18th 10011 Roy Nettleship Sabine Schamberg Notts 21 16 14 17 18 17 103 82
19th 13741 Den Valentine Clive Whatley PYC 20 23 23 8 13 25.0 DNF 112 87
20th 13532 James Stafford Joe Cross PYC 18 20 17 20 17 18 110 90
21st 13551 Tim Edom Serina Thorley PYC 22 19 22 19 16 15 113 91
22nd 13958 George Rogers Jilly Wilkinson Tollesbury 17 10 18 25.0 DNF 25.0 DNS 25.0 DNS 120 95
23rd 13367 Richard Smart Nicky Smart PYC 23 22 21 18 19 16 119 96
24th 13684 Martin Murphy Matt Brocklehurst PYC 25.0 RAF 25.0 DNF 19 21 25.0 DNF 25.0 DNS 140 115
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