Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad

GP14 Southern Travellers Series at Frensham SC

by David Innes on 8 Nov 2011
GP14 Fleet Action GP14 Class Association http://www.gp14.co.uk/
The GP14 Southern Travellers Series came to a close at Frensham Pond SC in October. This marked the tenth event held during the year at nine very different coastal and inland venues around London and the southeast.

The Frensham event was held in a wildly oscillating wind of up to twenty knots and keeping the boat going upwind in these gusts proved quite a challenge. There were several capsizes (but not as many as in the Enterprise fleet sharing the lake that day!) and early Race 1 leader Mark Wolf and James Ward both lost their way. Mark went on to win the next two races and the event. James was not so lucky and capsized in race 2 and Bryan Taylor (Frensham) and Paul Reeves (Papercourt) took second and third.

The series started back in April with the first of two visits to the Brent reservoir in Wembley; held in very good weather on the Welsh Harp this Grand Prix event produced the largest fleet of over thirty boats with good attendance from the four home clubs and visitors from South Staffs, Tollesbury, Papercourt and Frensham.

This year visitors from the Midlands took first and third with Rob Janering (Wembley) taking second and Richard Lord (Seahorse SC) taking fourth. A second inland event followed at Papercourt in Surrey where Mark Wolf and James Goodfellow / Richard Cornes(Milton Keynes) virtually match raced through all four races with James and Richard eventually prevailing with three bullets to one in the four race meet with Richard Lord taking third.

The next event was our annual visit to Lee-on-the-Solent but due to high winds that prevented launch of the rescue boats the event was cancelled. Luckily compensation arrived the next Saturday with a wet and wild event at Leigh on Sea in the Thames estuary. Wind and rain brought some back on shore quite quickly but the races were completed in impressive style and conditions gradually improved. Mark Wolf won from James Ward with Area Rep Steve Browne taking third place just ahead of local rivals Colin Walker and Steve Corbet both from Leigh on Sea.

The flagship event in July was the Southern Championships run in sunshine and a gentle breeze at the Brightlingsea SC. This was a superbly run grand prix event over two days. The Grand Prix is the GP14 travellers circuit with over ten high quality events around the UK. First southern Boat was James Goodfellow in fifth and Ben Kaplan from Seahorse taking seventh. The usual excellent food and bar at BSC along with their facilities and great weather made a brilliant event that was enjoyed by all.

Next venue was the annual weekend at Poole which is one of the best events on the circuit with a team race on Saturday followed by dinner in the yacht club and a round the cans open meeting on Sunday. Light winds prevailed on Saturday, followed by a brisker force 3-4 on Sunday. A good entry from boats from Poole, BTYC and Seahorse plus Roy Nettleship from Nottingham made up the 22 starters for the first race of the Sunday open. Stung by their defeat in the team racing, the locals ruled supreme with Mike Williams and Andy Macgregor taking first and second for Poole with Richard Lord taking third for the visitors.

Next venue was our annual visit to the River Thames with Hampton hosting an excellent open with a good breeze resulting in good racing for the fleet with Mark Wolf taking first from James Ward leading Hampton crew Kevin and Maddie Anderson in third.

The penultimate event in September was at Tollesbury SC on the Blackwater estuary in Essex. Good spinnaker control in the strong and shifty conditions proved the decisive factor and Mark Wolf confirmed the 2011 series win by narrowly beating Richard Lord.

Overall Results:

1st Mark Wolf and Alex Dotsch (BTYC Sailsports)
2nd James Ward and Richard Whitehill (Papercourt SC)
3rd Richard Lord and Lorna Davies (Seahorse SC)
4th Ben Kaplan and Roberto Serra (Seahorse SC)
5th George Rogers and Jilly Wilkinson (Tollesbury SC)

Plans are well in hand for the 2012 Travellers series with the usual mix of sea, estuary, lake and river sailing and an Area championships at a major coastal venue. If things work out to plan we are also hoping to return to Kent for an open on the River Medway. Other GP14 Travellers series are held in the Midlands, North and Scotland and in 2012 we have a World championships in Looe as well Masters, Inlands and Youth championships.

The racing is always keen but the very friendly and social atmosphere and a high standard of racing at the front of the fleet, series trophies for newcomers and prizes for ‘B' fleet entrants at some events so, if you enjoy class racing and want to develop your skills it is well worth considering joining in next year. Contact davidinnes@campbellreith.com for more details.
Wildwind 2016 660x82upffront 660x82Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82

Related Articles

AWT - PWA Severne Starboard Aloha Classic 2014 - Post Classic clean up
Aloha Classic 2014 - Organised by +H20, beach clean up will take part at Ho'okipa Beach Park from 9am tomorrow morning. AWT - PWA Severne Starboard Aloha Classic 2014 - Organised by +H20, the beach clean up will take part at Ho'okipa Beach Park from 9am tomorrow morning. Come and join locals, competitors and more as we make sure Ho'okipa is ready for more and more people to enjoy it.
Posted on 12 Nov 2014
Severne Starboard Aloha Classic 2014 - Closing the Classic in style
Aloha Classic closing: Night started early for a few of the Tour ladies, who decided to make the most of the occasion. AWT-PWA Severne Starboard Aloha Classic 2014 closing - The night started early for a few of the Tour ladies, who decided to make the most of the occasion...The evening was filled with glamour as the top AWT and PWA riders from this event and the 2014 Tour were crowned. Cheers echoed through the grand venue as champion after champion took to the podium.
Posted on 11 Nov 2014
2014 American Windsurfing Tour - Crowning the champions
We prepare to crown the AWT and PWA champions tonight at the closing ceremony at the King Kamehameha Golf Club 2014 American Windsurfing Tour - As we prepare to crown the AWT and PWA champions tonight at the closing ceremony at the King Kamehameha Golf Club we catch up with some of our Champions and more riders.
Posted on 10 Nov 2014
Severne Starboard 2014 Aloha Classic closing ceremony - Get ready...
From 7pm onwards AWT and PWA riders will be joined by many more for official closing ceremony of 2014 Aloha Classic. From 7pm onwards the AWT and PWA riders will be joined by many more for the official closing ceremony of the Severne Starboard 2014 Aloha Classic. Held at the spectacular King Kamehameha Golf Club and with appetizers, cash bar, music, prizes, trophies, a raffle, plus the premier of the Red Bull Storm Chase movie this promises to one of the best closing ceremonies in a long time!
Posted on 9 Nov 2014
AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic - Loffreda becomes champion
Loffreda's fourth place here in Maui, along with consistently high results throughout the tour has given him the title AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic - Loffreda's fourth place here in Maui, along with consistently high results throughout the tour has given him the title ahead of the 2014 Amateur title winner Dan Thomson! Congratulations Ferdinando!
Posted on 8 Nov 2014
AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic – Unstoppable Nagoshi and Aiken
AWT Aloha Classic kicked off this morning; 17 incredible women took on big swell and offshore winds of Ho’okipa. AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic kicked off this morning with the Women’s fleet; 17 incredible women took on the big swell and offshore winds of Ho’okipa. The fleet contained AWT and world champions, but it was some of the familiar local faces that made it into the final. Junko Nagoshi had won the Aloha Classic title three times before and she wasn’t likely to let this one slip away.
Posted on 7 Nov 2014
PWA Severne Starboard Aloha Classic 2014 - Noireax is king of Ho'okipa
PWA Aloha Classic - It was straight into final stages of PWA double elimination in fluctuating winds and tricky swell. Morgan Noireaux won the PWA Severne Starboard Aloha Classic, as did Iballa Moreno in the women’s fleet, and Tom Garcia in the Grand Masters. Plus, Thomas Traversa was crowned PWA World Champion! It was straight into the final stages of the PWA double elimination in the fluctuating winds and tricky westerly swell.
Posted on 6 Nov 2014
AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic - Thomson takes AWT Amateur Title
AWT Amateur Aloha Classic - An incredible 63 Amateur riders were greeted with lightish winds, but over head high swell. AWT Amateur Severne Starboard Aloha Classic 2014 - An incredible 63 Amateur riders were greeted with lightish winds, but over head high swell, which meant it was straight into competition as soon as the wind picked up a little more and the surfers left the water. With this amount of competitors we knew the action would kick straight into action, and we weren't wrong!
Posted on 5 Nov 2014
AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic - Race is on for Amateur Title...
After days of watching action it was finally time for Amateurs to take to water and do battle for Aloha Classic title. After days of watching the action it was finally time for the 63 Amateurs to take to the water and do battle for the coveted Aloha Classic title. And, as this is the last event of the season, we also have riders including Ruben Lemmens and Dan Thomson going for glory and the AWT 2014 title!
Posted on 4 Nov 2014
Aloha Classic - Iballa Moreno crowned PWA World Champion
Another incredible day at Ho’okipa brings us even closer to crowning the men's PWA Champions for the Aloha Classic. nother incredible day at Ho’okipa brings us even closer to crowning the men's PWA Champions for the Severne Starboard Aloha Classic and the PWA 2014 tour. The call was made early to cancel AWT competition for the day and continue with the PWA. It was double elimination time, which meant a second chance for all the riders that missed out on advancing in the single elimination.
Posted on 4 Nov 2014