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GP14 Open at Burwain Sailing Club

by Innes Armstrong on 22 May 2012
GP14 Open 2012 at Burwain SC © Paul Hargreaves http://www.national12.org/index.shtml
GP14 Open was held at Burwain Sailing Club over the weekend, on Sunday 20th May 2012. Unlike previous weeks, Burwains open was a gentle affair with light and fickle winds, perhaps this had some influence on the numbers with 12 hardy sailors taking to the water.

The OOD Stephen Graham set a course that took us around the lake in the hope of some good beats. Innes Armstrong crewed by Tom Bennett from Burwain led the fleet around the windward mark closely followed by Patrick Hamilton crewed by Tom Blackburn BSC and Tim Harper and L Richardson from Southport. All was going well for Armstrong until the next windward mark when the wind completely dropped allowing Gary Dewhurst crewed by his wife Nicola from Burwain to pick up a faint zephyr and propel him to the front of the fleet, a lead which he never relinquished followed by Armstrong and Bennett and Martin Brennan crewed by Alistair Knott, HLSC, who had recovered from a poor start to finish strongly in third place.

The second race was a race of patience as the wind died completely with slight breezes appearing from different directions, which had boats beating on the same leg as boats trying to fly their spinnakers a very confusing affair. Besides this Armstrong held his nerve to lead all the way around followed by the Dewhursts, Gary and then Uncle Peter to finish second and third.

The last race was then a winner take all race with Innes and Gary battling it out, knowing that whoever finished in front of the other would take home the crown of champion. Thankfully the wind increased slightly and other competitors who sensed the rivalry stayed clear of the two contenders. It was Gary who made the most of a mistake by Innes on the first beat to lead around the course, until a close tacking duel saw Innes take penalty turns. However Innes was able to catch up on a downwind leg further into the race which allowed him to gain water at the final leeward mark and from there a tacking duel took place, which allowed Peter Dewhurst crewed by Julie Townson BSC to take line honours from Martin Brennan followed by Lee Tennant and Finn O’Hurley BSC. Innes continued to cover Gary’s tack and therefore making him the winner of the open.

All that was left was the prize giving and also a thank you, via a gift to the outgoing president of the GP association, Mr Ian Sinclair for all his hard work.

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Pos

Helm and Crew

Club

Sail No

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

Pts

1

I Armstrong and T Bennett

BSC

13447

2

1

4

3

1

7

2

G and N Dewhurst

BSC

13375

1

2

5

3

2

8

3

P Dewhurst and J Townson

BSC

12321

5

3

1

4

3

11

4

M Brennan and A Knott

HLSC

14063

3

6

2

5

4

14

5

L Tennant and F O’Hurley

BSC

14103

7

5

3

8

5

20

6

Land G Thomas

SSC

14091

4

8

6

10

6

24

7

T Harper and L Richardson

SSC

13806

6

4

8

10

7

25

8

P and G Graham

BSC

12306

8

7

9

15

8

32

9

I Sinclair and A Jones

Bolton SC

13930

9

11

7

16

9

36

10

T Partridge and M Mussell

BSC

12464

10

9

10

19

10

39

11

P Hamilton and T Blackburn

BSC

13585

12

10

11

21

11

44

12

J Dewhurst and S Aspden

BSC

13224

11

12

13

23

12

48