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GP14 Southern Travellers Victor Trophy at Welsh Harp Sailing Club

by Steve Cooper 30 Oct 2018 13:57 PDT 27 October 2018

Twenty-four crews, 19 local and 5 visitors, were informed at the briefing that the wind was not blowing from a favourable direction. Orientation of the lake is SW to NE along its length. Pleasant woodland walks on either side. Wind from the North.

Race officer Brian Jefferies wisely set up the start in the lakes only corner, this to enable a beat across the widest and clearest part of the water.

The corner is formed by the Dam walls, extending high above the lakeside. A serious restriction of navigable water for the pin end starters, requiring the necessary hail for water to tack.

Race 1, the view from boat 14151: A decent start avoiding the pin end melee. First beat is chaos, not much strategy it's all reactive stuff. Starboard approach should pay off but we're sailing into the sheltered side of the lake into the mad zone of big shifts and holes. Chaos at the mark. We escape onto the first reach in a decent position. The course has two more short beats, same pattern, relief to get round the windward marks and hope that you're not the ones left out in the lottery of gusts down wind. Richard Ham and Charlie Cotter led at the end of the first lap but were overhauled by Lawrence Creaser and Szymon Matyjaszczuk on the short beat between marks 2 and 1. Going further right they were lifted nicely to the mark while Ham having taken the starboard approach earlier, was now arriving too late on port. Creaser held the lead to the end while Chris Lomax and Dianne Marcos gained places keeping to the South side of the lake on the final run/reach, with R ham marooned on a course nearer the trees. Supercrew Amy and I were pleased to hang on to a 3rd with Ward and Whitehall on a charge down the final reach.

Race 2: We chose the concrete wall end of the line. Epic fail, should have listened to my crew. Ducked most of the fleet on port tack, the mark rounding doesn't go well, then we're luffed towards the woodland walk. Amy starts singing we reflect on the quality of the lunch, and enjoy the stunning view, low autumn sun through the Wembley arch. At the front Richard Ham gets off well but Creaser/ Matyjaszczuk again get past, this time on the fetch/ reach from 3 to 6, "He didn't fly his kite and sailed under us as we were taking ours down, he got a puff and popped out in front by the mark." (R.Ham).

Race 3 More Easterly in the breeze now and the course is tweaked. The new course demands an early tack onto port. 14151 is off the line cleanly, the tack could have been choreographed as the boats around us all make the wise choice and we are off in clear air. First round the windward mark! good hoists, good choices, 2nd lap we're pulling away. Final reach, a look behind, it's Lawrence and Szymon! The music's changed, Jaws theme tune, don't panic! Tight at the end of the reach, plates not down far enough, kite comes down, messy gybe big wind shift. Nearby we hear the efficient gybing of 14178. We were pleased with second.

Winning helm Lawrence Creaser acknowledged the efforts of the race team in providing a terrific day's sailing in 'tricky conditions' and thanked WHSC for an excellent event.

1st Overall: Lawrence Creaser and Szymon Matyjaszczuk Hayling Island SC and WHSC
1st Lady: Lesley Kaye Norman Brown WHSC
1st Silver: Maciek Matyjaszuck and Denise Vale WHSC
1st Bronze and 1st time in a GP: Joseph Burgin and James Mcleod Imperial College Sailing Club

Points from the event will contribute towards next year's Southern Travellers series.

Hellen Allen awarded prizes for the 2018 series.

Victor Trophy Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1stgold14178Lawrence CreaserSzymon MatyjaszczukHayling Island SC‑1111
2ndgold14151Steve CooperAmy StreetWelsh Harp SC3‑1522.5
3rdgold14166Richard HamCharlie CotterTollesbury SC‑4232.5
4thgold13713Chris LomaxDianne MarcosWelsh Harp SC2‑1343
5thgold4166Keith StreetHannah LiptrotWelsh Harp SC‑6364.5
6thgold13316James WardRichard WhitehillPapercourt SC‑5454.5
7thsilver13870Maciek MatyjaszczukDenise ValeWelsh Harp SC‑13687
8thgold14200Richard LordCraig SandersonWelsh Harp SC77‑257
9thgold13603Alistair LambertCaro MitchellWelsh Harp SC105‑127.5
10thgold12978Jim FaulknerJamie IslesWelsh Harp SC8‑998.5
11thsilver13681Joel SchrireYossi ShaharWelsh Harp SC98‑118.5
12thgold13679Martin HimeMahmood ShamsuddinWelsh Harp SC1110‑1710.5
13thgold13594Ruslan ScutelnicMike SmithWelsh Harp SC‑1816711.5
14thgold14107Ben KaplanGiselle SherwenWelsh Harp SC(RAF)111312
15thgold14014Andy WadsworthAndy ShrimptonWelsh Harp SC15‑171012.5
16thgold13853Lesley KayeNorm BrownWelsh Harp SC1214‑1813
17thbronze2Joseph BurginJames McleodImperial College SC‑16121513.5
18thbronze13980Lucy BarrieRoger WaltonWelsh Harp SC14‑181615
19thbronze14069Ediz TurkogluJon DenyerFrensham Ponds SC‑21191416.5
20thsilver13421Helen AllenKaren WilsonWelsh Harp SC1721(DNF)19
21stsilver13696Maurice FutermanMicha MeyersWelsh Harp SC19‑221919
22ndsilver13237Tomasz SzakolaJohannes MenzelWelsh Harp SC(DNF)202020
23rdsilver13919Peter DuntonDaphne GreyWelsh Harp SC20‑232221
24thbronze13461Yasmin HalesDennis AdamsWelsh Harp SC22‑242121.5

Series Results:

PosHelmCrewClubEvent 1Event 2Event 3Event 4Pts
Travellers Trophy
1Richard HamSteve Browne/Yossi Shahar/Chris LomaxTollesbury11114
2Steve CooperAlain Renaud/Arran Gillies/Eugene Shrimpton/PhoenixWelsh Harp542213
3Maciej MatyjaszczukAndy Ferrington/Chris Lomax/Denise ValeWelsh Harp653115
4Keith StreetEugene Shrimpton/Hannah Liptrot/Lucy BarrieWelsh Harp544215
5James WardRichard WhitehillPapercourt663318
6David InnesTim Farnell‑Watson/D Spillan‑Ind/Andrew Todd//Karen Spillan‑IndFrensham Ponds765321
7Tomasz SzakolaNia Williams/Charlie Cotter/Lydia Evans/Amy StreetWelsh Harp1176428
8Andy WadsworthAndy Shrimpton/Sarah Collingwood/Dianne Marcos/Chris LomaxWelsh Harp1198230
9Helen AllenAmy Street/Lucy Barrie/Chris LomaxWelsh Harp17119340
Jaldi Cup (for New Travellers)
1Keith StreetEugene Shrimpton/Hannah Liptrot/Lucy BarrieWelsh Harp544215
2Tomasz SzakolaNia Williams/Charlie Cotter/Lydia Evans/Amy StreetWelsh Harp1176428

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