sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : GP14 Midland Bell at Staunton Harold SC
GP14 Midland Bell at Staunton Harold SC

'GP14 Midland Bell 2012 – Event Four'    GP14 Class Association

The GP14 Midland circuit travelled to the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border, for an open meeting shared with the Midland Enterprise fleet. Seventeen GPs were on the water as the Race Officer, Tim Grey began what turned out to be a very tortuous start sequence, as first the Ents, then the GPs over-pushed the line to trigger a general recall procedure that bought the black flag out to keep the fleets under some sort of control.

The breeze fluctuated in strength as large rain bearing clouds sped their way across the skyline, frequently breaking sweat over the surrounding landscape; in the squalls the wind maxed at force 4, in the quieter spells, helms and crews both searching for wind.

Right was the key to a good race, the first one led for the early part by Dave Young with Chris Cook at the sharp end of the boat. They pulled away from the fleet, although not enough to guarantee them a race win as hunting them down were Carl Jeffs and Steve Parker, closely followed by Rich Bennett and Sarah Davies.

With the earlier recalls, the mid-fleet Enterprises started to have an impact on the chasing pack as racing throughout the fleets was nip and tuck, both fleets fighting tooth and nail for every position. By the end of the race, Jeffs/Parker managed to squeeze by the leading pair to take the gun, Bennett/Davies coming a close third.

Race two saw a troubled start for several of the fleet. Confusion reigned as sail numbers were called of boats who were adjudged to be OCS, photographic evidence apparently somewhat unsupportive of the claims. Richard Instone was unperturbed by the problems for others, as he along with Jim Toothill up front built an unassailable lead over the rest of the fleet.

They were able to pick their way around the course to take the gun. Dave Young flew through the fleet, as he’d returned to correct his OCS, ending up in take his second - second place of the day. Rich Bennett was able to fend off a firm challenge for his position to take his second third.

With such mixed results from the first two races, there were for a second week in a row, a plethora of potential victors going into the last race. Sam Watson, the current youth champion crewed by Andy Hunter controlled this race from start to … well … almost finish. Their light wind sailing skills got them up the first beat and away with quite a convincing lead, behind them Instone and Jeffs looking to win the event with a good final result.

Jeffs/Parker were able to bridge the gap to the leading boat, taking the lead for spells, dropping behind for others, as the beat and run tactics made a difference in the inconsistent breeze. The key moment of the race came when the OD decided to give the fleet another lap in a dying breeze, a decision that was to cost Watson/Hunter a race win. Jeffs got the lead at the crucial moment, an hour and 20 mins in, crossing the line to take the race and the event, Instone taking a distant third.
Carl Jeffs and Steve Parker won their first event on the Midlands circuit for a few years – increasing their stock for a potential world’s campaign later in the year.

The next event for the Midland GP fleet is on 5th May, the Inlands at Pitsford Reservoir, Northampton, a three day event, briefing at 12.00; first race 13.00 on the Saturday. Entries are open online here. Please note: entries are only open until Wednesday 2nd May. Turn up to enter on the day and the club are extremely likely to refuse entry. I wouldn’t risk it.

GP14 website


by Matt Thursfield

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=96437

10:53 PM Mon 23 Apr 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

24 Apr 2012  GP14 Scottish and Borders Travellers at Annandale SC
24 Apr 2012  Cadets at Frensham Pond
24 Apr 2012  Mirrors at Saltash
24 Apr 2012  RS Vareo Open Meeting at Burghfield SC
19 Apr 2012  RS400 GUL Grand Prix at Bartley SC
18 Apr 2012  Royal Lymington Spring Series Races 1 and 2
18 Apr 2012  RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series winners
18 Apr 2012  B14 TT Series Leg 2 at Stokes Bay
17 Apr 2012  GP14 Midland Bell Series at Nantwich and Border SC – Round 3
17 Apr 2012  Scottish Solo Traveller at Forfar Sailing Club
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
















America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,












































2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins by Vanessa Yates, Hawaii






BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 6
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Wind teases competitors on day 2
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Action-packed day of racing
Herreshoff Marine Museum announces successful fundraising campaign
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - The most comprehensive victory yet
Anna Tunnicliffe holds fourth at mid-point of Reebok CrossFit Games
2014 29er North American Open Championship - Australians win
INSA Sabot II Invitational Regatta - Erik Hou claims victory
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Maxi Soh wins Doubleheader A event
International Moth World Championships - Nathan Outteridge wins
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - First blood to Toselli and Angulo
Melges 24 Nationals - Record entries for 2014 and 2015 venue revealed
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Anna Kjellberg claims the lead
Jessica Uniack Memorial Beach to Bay Race at Long Beach YC
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship - Poland tops the leaderboard
America's Cup - Four teams confirm full support regardless of venue
Plastic Classic takes place at Mariposa Hunters Point YC
Six Metre European Championship - No champion declared for 2014
J/Teams sail tough Chicago Mackinac Race
Anna Tunnicliffe wins first event of Reebok Cross Fit Games + Video
2014 Pacific Cup - Skill and luck required for victory   
Six Metre European Championship - Action resumes on day 4   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 4   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam on the horizon   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Golden Jubilee to take place this September   
DH Pacific Cup - Running with the pack + Video   
Women's Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Testing day in Vannes   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Ireland establishes solid lead   
International Moth Worlds: Outteridge charges into the lead + Video   
Marina Rubicón Round Canary Islands Race - First blood to Team Brunel   
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - Competition heats up on day 2   
Laser Radial World Championships - Competition aplenty on day 3 +Video   
Extreme Sailing Series - Penultimate Act to take place in Nice   
Leukemia Cup - Images by Leighton O'Connor   
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Meeting of the grand designs   
29er North American Championship - Final series kicks off   
29er World Championship 2014 set to start in Kingston, Ontario   
Barcelona and Parnu chosen for 2015 ORC championship events   
2014 Race for Rady Yacht Race - Benefiting Rady Children’s hospital   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Doubleheader events start tomorrow   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT