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GP14 Victor Trophy at Welsh Harp Sailing Club

by Gareth Wilson & Maurice Futerman 29 Oct 22:40 PDT 24 October 2020
GP14 Welsh Harp Victor Trophy © Luke Howard

The Victor Trophy was contested by sixteen crews in testing conditions culminating in 25 knot gusts, and short sharp showers. Four races were closely fought back to back save for a short break for on-the-water snacks.

A Committee Boat peppered in red and green meant a challenging course, set by Race Officer and resident sailing guru Norman Brown, that included two long beats and a ripping reach, making the most of the predominately SSW wind cutting across the lake.

While capsizes were frequent and frequently spectacular, Covid conscious safety crews kept everybody safe. Despite periodic bouts of weather induced chaos visitors Sam Watson and James Hockey (Nantwich SC & Lough Foyle SC) closely followed by James Goodfellow and Richard Cornes (Harwich SC & Burghfield SC), serenely dominated proceedings, with our own Commodore Maciek Matyjaszczuk and Chris Lomax taking a well-earned third place honours.

Other notable performances/events/recollections include: Sue Tomkins being propelled off the stern and groping in vain for the mainsheet as her crew Denise Vale pressed on single-handed on the beat to 2S; Scooter and Michal Szady breaking their mast in Race 2; the strangely ever present yellow of Alastair Fry and Matt Johnson's boat reflected in an impressively consistent set of results for 4th overall; Helen Allen delicately berating her crew Johannes Menzel while he remained semi submerged and to all intents and purposes barely conscious in his efforts to re-attach the rudder; nip and tuck racing throughout the series between Tomasz Szakola/Charlie Cotter, Steve Cooper/Joel Schrire, and Keith Street/ Hannah Liptrot; the havoc caused by Yasmin Hales and Romek Kowalewski when, caught by a ferocious gust, they capsized at 7P; historical tales of the unexpected relayed by Robin Imray in the safety boat; the good humour of Andy Wadsworth and Kathy Howard; the grim determination of Andy Shrimpton and Roger Jeffs; and last but not least, Alistair Lambert and Caro Mitchel gaining a credible and seemingly effortless fourth place in Race 3.

Finally, mention must be made of the half time sustenance (cake, fruit and beer!) despatched at a distance and with gloves, from the safety boat by Liz Guest - which was universally welcome.

Overall Results:

PosFleetBoat NameSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stgoldWet dream14132Sam WatsonJames Peter HockleyNantwich / Lough Foyle‑21214
2ndgoldAchilles14253James GoodfellowRichard CornesHarwich / Burghfield SC131(DNC)5
3rdgold 14121Maciek MatyjaszczukChris LomaxWHSC32(DNF)49
4thsilverFizzy Sherbert14266Alastair FryMatt JohnsonWHSC‑947213
5thgold 13787Keith StreetHannah LiptrotWHSC573(DNF)15
6thsilver 13237Tomasz SzakolaCharlie CotterWHSC755(DSQ)17
7thgold 14151Stephen CooperJoel SchrireWHSC666(DNC)18
8thsilverAl366Alistair LambertCaro MitchellWHSC‑1084719
9thsilver 14014Andy WadsworthCathy HowardWHSC8‑119522
10thgold 13594Ruslan ScutelnicMichal SzadyWHSC4(DNF)DNC324
11thsilver 13818Andy ShrimptonRoger JeffsWHSC‑11108624
12thsilverLola13532Ricardo ChaconNia WilliamsWHSC129(DNF)DNC38
13thsilver 1421Helen AllenJohannes MenzelWHSC1312(DNF)DNC42
14thsilver 13811Sue TomkinsDenise ValeWHSC1413(DNF)DNC44
15thsilver 1Yasmin HalesRomek KowalewskiWHSC(RET)DNCDNFDNC51
15thsilver 1413Callum Davidson‑GuildSzymon MatyjaszcsukWHSC(RET)DNCDNCDNC51

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