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Gul GP14 World Championship at Mount's Bay Sailing Club - Overall

by Michelle Evans 8 Aug 2018 05:46 PDT 29 July - 3 August 2018

Day 4 - Thursday 02 August 2018

After the Wednesday lay day, and what turned out to be the best day for sailing, we were all itching to get out into what was forecast to be a sunny F3 all day. The morning race clinic with Matt Burge and Simon Potts was well attended while the rest of us tinkered with settings and taped up battered boats in the dinghy park. With the first ever Platinum Fleet having been designated after the first discard kicked in on the Tuesday, we now had green spots (don't ask why green!) on the leading boat of Ian Dobson and Andy Tunnicliffe (Burwain SC).

Ross Kearney and Ed Bradburn (RNIYC/South Staffs SC) were the pathfinders for Race 6 with Andrew Clewer and Sarah Collingwood (Poole YC) having the best start and almost looking to round windward first before the wind dropped slightly on the right leaving the door open for Andy Smith and Phil Hodgkins (Bassenthwaite SC). The first reach of this race was probably the best of the regatta. Not exactly screaming but you could at least get on the plane. The positions at the top remained the same throughout with the course proving relatively easy to defend.

By Race 7 the wind was starting to drop off a little, going from the F3 in Race 6 down to a F2/3. With pathfinder Steve and Jack Bennett (Shustoke SC) on the move the light wind bandits of Neil Marsden and Derek Hill (Blackpool and Fleetwood SC) won with Mike Senior and Chris White (South Staffs SC) in second.

As there had been an unconfirmed hint of a third race just in case the conditions were not suitable to run two tomorrow we hung around and voted with our boats. Sure enough the flag went up and we were to have a third race of the day (Race 8) which was started by pathfinder Ger Owens and Melanie Morris (Royal St George YC).

Now, the GP14s do have a reputation for close, boat on boat racing however it did seem that the RO and dropping F2 winds were determined that we should get closer! Fortunately for myself and Dodge we manged to get around windward in the top fifteen. A quick look behind upon hearing the shouting revealed that the other 100 odd boats all reached it together and parked up. We made extremely slow but steady progress and then started to hear cries and whistles for the safety boat.

Parked up on the gybe mark, and probably not expecting to be called on, it took a few minutes to alert them. The rescue was required due to an in-boat helm and crew incident. Crew Geoff Edwards had apparently vented his frustration at being rafted on the mark by punching the boom. Unfortunately for helm Nick Deverux, Geoff packs a punch to rival Anthony Joshua and the boom knocked Nick clean out and into the boat. Perhaps it was the fashionable and bushy facial hair the pair have that confused vet Matt Burge into thinking he was back at work but he sailed over to examine the prone Nick. Thankfully for Nick, the emergency vet decided not to take his temperature, possibly owing to the wet suit restricting access. After his short nap Nick was sent to A&E for a check-up and was cleared to sail the next day. The ferocious beast that is Geoff Edwards was rewarded with the daily WOW (Wally of the Worlds) award and sent back to his enclosure to calm down. Matt got redress for his heroics and Mike and Chris won the race.

Thanks must go to our Champagne race sponsors, Creation Covers. Post-race ice creams were provided by Cornish company Callestick Ice Cream, Gibson Sails and Yachts and Yachting Magazine were race sponsors with spot prizes from Optimum Watches and English Braids providing the Buddy Group prize.

Day 5 - Friday 03 August 2018

Going into the last day Mike and Chris had the overnight lead, one point ahead of fellow club mates Ross and Ed. Given the flukey results there was still a mathematical chance of the top seven being able to win it but realistically they were sailing to get into the top six prize winning positions.

There was much speculation about whether there would be a race at all given the light winds and uninspiring forecast but the RO once again managed to get us out there and commendably got all the races in for the regatta.

Ger Owens and Melanie Morris (Royal St George YC) were pathfinder again for the final race of the event (Race 9) and we slowly floated away. The leaders Mike and Chris were first round windward and for the rest of us we all seemed to hit the mark together and with no wind which lead to the inevitable shouting and us all rafted up together again. With a different wind direction and course area to the rest of the week we had a nice view of the shore and mount at all points of the race. For me this was the highlight as we seemed to get caught up in every possible incident at the marks. And then it was all over, a fantastic event at a stunning venue.

After the first day of racing, and three races, Mike and Chris were lying fourteenth overall and many had written off their chances of winning this week. They went on to win three races and finish a comfortable ten points ahead of Ross and Ed who had a brilliant event themselves, not managing a race win but had all of their counting results in the top ten. Neil Marsden bettered on his Barbados performance to finish third with the 2016 world champs Shane and Taxi relegated to fourth. Nick Craig came fifth, Matt Burge sixth. Having won a race is unlikely to have dampened the disappointing overall result for national champs Ian and Andy who just had one too many high counting results outside of the top twenty. Their disappointment mirrored that of Mike and Chris' last year when they narrowly lost to them for the Nationals title. The strength and breadth of the competition in the Class will hopefully see them renewed and back in the future to battle it out for the title.

Other notable mentions go to Gingerboats' Andy Smith and Phil Hodgkins (Bassenthwaite SC) who managed to win two races to finish twelfth overall.

In the Silver Fleet Ciaron and Tim Jones finished an outstanding sixteenth overall, taking a couple of Platinum Fleet scalps. In the Bronze Fleet, George and Neil Meredith got a couple of great results in the twenties and finished first Bronze and fiftieth overall.

Thanks to final race and spot prize sponsor Exe Sails. Overall Buddy group sponsor was West System Resin and Gurasu and Maciej provided the prosecco. In a first for the Class we had fireworks as part of the closing ceremony which were kindly sponsored by Amco Drilling (Richard Instone) and Primal Cure (Steve Bennett). Fuse provided free 4G WiFi all week to the event and tracking was provided by Sailing Southwest/Tracace.

Lady St Leven presented the keeper prizes which were sponsored by Harken, Gul, Craftinsure, Paintcraft, Duffin and Marine 13 with trophies from Gurasu for first lady crew trophy, Ann Penny for all female boat and Laura and Andy Thompson sponsored the Race 9 trophy in honour of their father Ronnie.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubFleetR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
1st13417Mike SeniorChris WhiteSouth Staffs SCPlatinum-25-181115721128
2nd14242Ross KearneyEd BradburnRNIYC/ South Staffs SCPlatinum-1753510366-2838
3rd13654Neil MarsdenDerek HillBlackpool & Fleetwood SCPlatinum-14138104-3513241
4th14203Shane McCarthyAndy DaviesGreystones SCPlatinum-201-171311444643
5th14185Nick CraigTobytastic LewisFrensham Pond SC/ Burghfield SCPlatinum99-1567-1972949
6th14095Matt BurgeSimon PottsPoole YCPlatinum16223-19-3214RDG551
7th14240Ian DobsonAndy TunnicliffeBurwain SCPlatinum1-22596223-33753
8th14224Peter GrayRichard PepperdineStaunton Harold SCGold27-30-372911513370
9th14076Ger OwensMelanie MorrisRoyal St George YCPlatinum517-22111351010-5171
10th14248Tom GillardAndy ThompsonSheffield Viking / East Antrim BCPlatinum631315812-3118(DNF)75
11th14188John HayesJoel JamesSouthport SCGold-422878-30131316489
12th14206Andy SmithPhil HodgkinsBassenthwaite SCPlatinum-441012612124-431690
13th13977Jim HuntLiz SeniorSouth Staffs SCPlatinum23216142-33178-4391
14th14021Graham FlynnKeith DuttonChase SC / South Staffs SCPlatinum7194-362221197-2799
15th14050Sam WatsonBen SwainsonNantwich and Border SC/ Southport SCPlatinum111220-2317822-3813103
16th14202Ciaron JonesTim JonesHolyhead DCSilver3241616-51-37201724129
17th14238Stephen GrahamLee TennantBurwain SCPlatinum815241920-6428-4818132
18th14082Steve BennettJack BennettShustoke SCPlatinum437107(DSQ)10-683026133
19th14219Curly MorrisLaura McFarlandEast Antrim / Newtownards SCGold-468193728-50121217133
20th14145Adam McGovernEleanor DaviesHollingworth Lake SCGold-39262129-421716920138
21st14121Andrew ClewerSarah CollingwoodPoole YCGold1829143121229-41-32144
22nd14235Alan BlayDavid JohnstonSutton DCGold26-4925301127215-58145
23rd14178Jason TindaleSebastian Lammens- KeepingBarbados SCGold293629-403433-5912146
24th14146Sam MettamTim SaundersPapercourt SC/Staunton Harold SCGold323-39438-41372719151
25th14241Dave WinderOli WellsHollingworth Lake SCGold31-504028181611-428152
26th14047Sam ThompsonLeanne ThompsonRNSA / Mounts Bay SCGold-54322721416822-55157
27th14217Mark PlattSam PlattBolton SCGold3334-491824-67361110166
28th14214Keith LoudenAlan ThompsonRYAGold214336-50-4518251411168
29th14110Dave YoungNic WhiteSouth Staffs SCGold-41-3926171634231935170
30th14064Dave LawsonJoe RobertsBassenthwaite SCGold15352832232818-47-40179
31st14132Fergus BarnhamAndy HunterSnettisham Beach SC / Nantwich & BorderGold38-553227151538-5215180
32nd13300John BlundellSam JonesStaunton Harold SCGold-81253041-534792314189
33rd14144Colman GrimesSam WraySkerries SC/Sligo YCGold224-584239-93264621200
34th13938Adan McCulloughJane KearneyRNI YC/ South Staffs SCSilver402792532-853437-57204
35th14166Richard HamHugh GillTollesbury SC / Sutton DCSilver-7961212(DNF)40463273221
36th13721Nick DevereuxGeoff EdwardsBudworth SCGold1033-4646263830(DNF)39222
37th14209Gareth GallagherRichard GallagherLough Foyle YCGold373723(DSQ)31-79413633238
38th14091Gary DeighanDale KnowlesBolton SCGold3616413537-753244-52241
39th13838Justin SmithSarah DaviesTynemouth SC/South Staffs SCGold445-6153293135-6959256
40th13896Rob LibbyBrian BowdlerLooe SCSilver-72314738-5449393122257
41st14105Katie DwyerMichelle RowleySutton DCSilver-5044314440-90472630262
42nd14227Justin JonesChris AndersonSouth Staffs SCGold24-78184814615645(DNF)266
43rd14237John Patrick McCaldinCarolyn McCaldinLough Erne YC/ Slogo YCGold1341-625535245355(DNC)276
44th13769Richard AdamsMatt SmithMidland SCGold45-63332433-84552862280
45th14210Richard InstoneSteve ParkerChase SCGold-631145223455-645856281
46th14054Doire SheilsAndrew SextonSkerries SCSilver1958573425-805140-76284
47th14201Hugh DevereuxMalcolm BirdBudworth SCSilver5848-634750-62152049287
48th14089Paul SimesTom SimesCardiff Bay YCSilver62-663520582550-7246296
49th14177Eden HylandJosh HylandChase SCSilver28544861-6320-842963303
50th13815George MeredithNeil MeredithDovey YCBronze226834624829-72-8541304
51st14199Frank NicklessBen PickeringChase SCGold-838255(DNC)369277523307
52nd14116Peter BoyleSteven BoyleSutton DCSilver1247593943-724371-78314
53rd13326Chris MartinSamuel BaileySouth Staffs SCSilver35-8553(DSQ)4436792545317
54th14232Ben IliffeRichard NurseBurton SCGold485244-6747-56493448322
55th14179Andy HateleyBev HateleySouth Staffs SCGold-82563854-6053424931323
56th14236Tony WoodsSeonaid YoungGlossop SC / SSSCGold554042-65-7244455644326
57th13917Joshua PorterSara GowdyNewtownards SCSilver30-726751494344-8047331
58th14090Neal GibsonGeoff PhilllipsRedoubt SCGold52-625643464652-6636331
59th14247John McGuinnessDonal McGuinnessMoville Boat ClubGold49-69514527-77406064336
60th13444John BallDave PannellBrightingsea SCGold5714435657-74-735069346
61st14208Mark McKeeverKevin HopkinsMidland SCSilver3457(DNS)63-6523615165354
62nd13870Maciej MatyjaszczukAndy FerringtonWelsh Harp SCSilver563854-5852485757-75362
63rd14128Stephen ThompsonMartin BoobyerPoole YCSilver6020(DNS)5980-102606229370
64th14225Cathal SheridenDavid CookeSkerries SCSilver-85537375(DNF)26542183385
65th13555Innes ArmstrongGeorge GrahamBurwain SCGold475952527059-74(DNF)53392
66th14151Stephen CooperEugene ShrimptonWelsh Harp SCSilver51747957-875262(DSQ)34409
67th14157Ed CoyneSyzmon MatyjaszczukWelsh Harp SCSilver-70656464626058-7638411
68th13693Richard AbensternIsabel WaterfallTodbrook SC/ Plymouth Uni SCBronze66676572-7658-812460412
69th14135Paul OwenMichelle EvansSouth Staffs SCGold746066(DSQ)(DSQ)30781595418
70th14174John TooneCatherine TooneChelmarsh SCSilver-92-9450787442485474420
71st13668Kim PickeringSam Jake ThompsonWinsford Flash SCSilver6561-6860664563(DNF)67427
72nd13611Will CroxfordDave CroxfordSouth Staffs SCSilver7164-786956-83763561432
73rd14119Megan HicklinHayley RamadharSouth Staffs SCSilver64(DNC)-89687954826825440
74th13207Adrian LeeJordan LuptonYoughal SCSilver735174(DNC)7365-755372461
75th13251Lawrence CreaserJames HockleyHayling Island SCGold(DNC)(DNC)DNC336157596468462
76th13794Nick BrandonLisa CarpenterSouth Staffs SCSilver(DNF)7760766978-996342465
77th14212Michael CoxCatherine ChimneyNewtownards SCSilver-90-8670706839776579468
78th14030Colin MidgleyGeorgia KnowlesDerwent Reservoir SC/Southport SCSilver6973836664-1086674-92495
79th13421Helen AllenLucie BarrieWelsh Harp SCBronze774680-8577-92678277506
80th13180Martin DewsVictoria DewsDonaghadee SCBronze-1147182-958168886166517
81st14014Andy WadsworthAndy ShrimptonWelsh Harp SCBronze80-10275498951-1079782523
82nd14821Ed DuttonRichard BoothSouth Staffs SCSilver61-101697359919677-100526
83rd14061Michael CollenderBrian WalkerMullingar SCBronze-105708894-10470868437529
84th14051Chris BeddowChris CookSouth Staffs SCBronze53937677997165-100(DNC)534
85th14063Steve HeywoodPeter BramwellHollingworth Lake SC / Mounts Bay WABronze8442849086-966992(DSQ)547
86th14062Alan JonesSue WatsonBassenthwaite SCBronze897981848363-93-10571550
87th14220Peter StoreyNick MedlicottMidland SC/Mounts Bay SCSilver7687(DNS)71557671(DNS)DNC556
88th14048Paul LesterNathan KingChase SCSilver94-98938971869139(DNC)563
89th14032Neil DaviesAlex WaltonChase SCSilver-999671(DNF)7573958880578
90th14097Terry EdwardsDarren HeathSouth Staffs SCBronze(DNC)100958067888367-106580
91st13727Tim DaviesMark CollingwoodChelmarsh SCBronze(DNS)(DNS)DNC999566877850595
92nd14027Neil GoodheadBrian BatesSouth Staffs SCSilver95-10485817882-1099090601
93rd13420Les BurnsAlice MorrisHolingworth Lake SCBronze-1067592-1069489977087604
94th14088Duncan FraserGail FraserCeylon Motors YCBronze-1118972100856910387(DNC)605
95th14057Ann PennyJulie CourtneyDerwent Res SC / Bolton SCBronze10484-11088-10581809181609
96th13237Tomasz SzakolaCharlie CotterWelsh Harp SCBronze677610083-102100-1159694616
97th14168Chris HawkesCathy HawkesPoole YCSilver9881779693-10310273(DNC)620
98th14239Steve TurnerDave PickeringChase SCBronze86-110977410899104-11054622
99th13551Tim EdomSarah AgnewPoole YCBronze591039082100-109-1069891623
100th14120Melanie BrownNicola BrownPoole YCBronze-1128086879194-1109986623
101st13624Ciaran KeoghLauren DonagheyGreystones SC/ Sligo YCBronze88-11310210182104-1087970626
102nd13276Adam VaughanPhil PethybridgeDerwent Res SC /Royal Varuna YCBronze9692-997990979481-99629
103rd14133Jack ButtimerAdam McDonaghYoughal SCBronze6883101(DSQ)889885-111107630
104th14056Arthur LoganFiona LoganCastle Semple SCBronze91-95-106938495909585633
105th13949Peter NugentCharles SaundersStaunton Harold SCBronze-102888792968789-10998637
106th13933Zena MartinLeanne PilkingtonBolton SCBronze-108105919192-1167093101643
107th13821Tim MackEmily MeredithLymington Town SCBronze879710797104(DSQ)-1168384659
108th14234David InnesMatthew InnesFrensham Pond SCBronze7599(DNS)86101105-111104103673
109th14044Richard ConnettSerena ConnettWelsh Harp SCBronze78-1089610898-1149210897677
110th4615Steve ParryJens KuhnYork Railway Institute SCBronze979094-10997107-11310389677
111th14230Ralph Haliburton ChaplinAdam Haliburton ChaplinBlackpool & Fleetwood YCBronze939110598110-115-11211288697
112th13566Martin TempleJonathon PughSouth Staffs SCBronze107-115-1081071061011019496712
113th13684Ian SparksMike JonesPoole YCBronze100-109103105107-113105101105726
114th14067Philip GriffinJoanna GriffinChelmarsh SCBronze103111(DNS)112115112-1178693732
115th14094Martin BowerLisa WoodsBlithfield SCSilver101(DNS)(DNC)10311111010089DNC734
116th14059Michael DaviesKaren AlexanderSouth Staffs Sailing ClubBronze11310698104-114111-119102108742
117th13864Andrew ToddJohn McGuinessFrensham Pond SCBronze110107(DNS)111-11310698106104742
118th13575William MackAndrew MackDovey YCBronze109114104102109117-118(DNF)109764
119th13263Keith BuddenBen RobertsTrimpley SCBronze-115112109110112-118114107102766

Full list of prize winners, photographs and videos can be found on the GP14 website at

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