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Sarah Davies and Justin Smith enjoying the choppy conditions on day 2 of the Gul GP14 Worlds at Mount's Bay - photo © Lee Whitehead / www.photolounge.co.uk
Sarah Davies and Justin Smith enjoying the choppy conditions on day 2 of the Gul GP14 Worlds at Mount's Bay - photo © Lee Whitehead / www.photolounge.co.uk

Gul GP14 World Championship

The lack of competition during Sunday for Day One of the Gul 2018 GP14 World Championship obviously whetted the appetite for competition as 80 turned out for the quiz which, remarkably, was won by team Chase & Tynemouth.

Day 2 (Monday) looked like it was going to involve a battle of wits with the water rather than the quizmaster as we were greeted with clouds and a light breeze. From the shore the forecast F4 looked accurate as we queued up to get down the slip way.

After a quick practice gate start we were off. Dave Young and Nic Booth (South Staffs SC) were the first pathfinder although it took two attempts to get it going with the first start abandoned. Finally, we were off for the first race of the champs.

This is where it gets highly technical. The only way to describe the wind and sea state was ‘a bit weird’! Going upwind you were surfing waves and downwind it was just odd. There was some big chop but the wind was probably a F3. It was also really shifty. There were a few pond sailors struggling to find their feet, including Shane MacCarthy who fell out as he was about to go through the gate and Jack Bennett (Shustoke SC) who fell out half way up the first beat.

Race one looked like business as usually for Ian Dobson and Andy Tunnicliffe (Burwain SC) when they won but the results behind them were a little more interesting. Second was Colman Grimes and Sam Wray (Skerries/Sligo) and Sam Mettam and Tim Saunders (Papercourt/Staunton) were third.

The pathfinder for Race two was Nick Devereux and Geoff Edwards from Budworth SC and it didn’t pay for them, or any of us who went early and left. The waves and wind died down a little for the second but it was still incredibly shifty and difficult to pick. Having managed to stay in the boat for this race Shane and Taxi showed their prowess and won. The jury were enjoying themselves in this race and although it wasn’t really that easy to pump given the lumpiness, Steve and Jack Bennett, John Hayes and Joel James (Southport SC) were waved at to do turns. The most amusing infringement though was Paul and Tom Simes (Cardiff Bay SC) who were done on the line and had to sail back to do their turns. Second was Matt Burge and Simon Potts (Poole YC) and third Tom Gillard and Andy Thompson (Sheffield Viking/East Antrim).

Race 3 winners Andy Smith and Phil Hodgkins on day 2 of the Gul GP14 Worlds at Mount's Bay © Lee Whitehead / www.photolounge.co.uk

Race 3 winners Andy Smith and Phil Hodgkins on day 2 of the Gul GP14 Worlds at Mount’s Bay © Lee Whitehead / www.photolounge.co.uk

The highlight of my day came after Race two as Taxi sailed an unsuspecting Shane towards me when he got caught short and I was flashed by the world champ. The second highlight of my day came watching Andy Smith and Phil Hodgkins first effort at a gate start for Race three. Later winning a WOW award (Wally of the Worlds) the boys managed to start the wrong side of the buoy on the first attempt. After a general the got off to a flier and the Gingerboats team lead from start to finish with Matt Burge taking another second and Ross Kearney and Ed Bradburn from South Staffs SC a third.

The results at the end of the three races looked very odd with no one pairing really showing consistency and some championship hopes already dashed. Tomorrow brings the Platinum Fleet cut after the fourth race of the day and hopefully less 90 degree wind shifts!

Thanks to today’s sponsors HD Sails, Yachting Sunnies, Typhoon Covers, Dinghy Tec, Selden and Impact Marine.

Full list of prize winners can be found on the GP14 website. You can follow the coverage live by visiting the GP14 coverage page, www.gp14.org/worlds2018 or via the GP14 Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Results after Day 2:

Pos Sail No Helm Crew Club Fleet R1 R2 R3 Pts
1st 14095 Matt Burge Simon Potts Poole YC Gold 16 2 2 20
2nd 14248 Tom Gillard Andy Thompson Sheffield Viking / East Antrim BC Gold 6 3 13 22
3rd 14242 Ross Kearney Ed Bradburn RNIYC/ South Staffs SC Gold 17 5 3 25
4th 14240 Ian Dobson Andy Tunnicliffe Burwain SC Gold 1 22 5 28
5th 14021 Graham Flynn Keith Dutton Chase SC / South Staffs SC Gold 7 19 4 30
6th 14185 Nick Craig Tobytastic Lewis Frensham Pond SC/ Burghfield SC Gold 9 9 15 33
7th 13654 Neil Marsden Derek Hill Blackpool & Fleetwood SC Gold 14 13 8 35
8th 14203 Shane McCarthy Andy Thompson Greystones SC Gold 20 1 17 38
9th 14050 Sam Watson Ben Swainson Nantwich and Border SC/ Southport SC Gold 11 12 20 43
10th 14076 Ger Owens Melanie Morris Royal St George YC Gold 5 17 22 44
11th 14238 Stephen Graham Lee Tennant Burwain SC Gold 8 15 24 47
12th 13977 Jim Hunt Liz Senior South Staffs SC Gold 23 21 6 50
13th 14202 Ciaron Jones Tim Jones Holyhead DC Silver 32 4 16 52
14th 13417 Mike Senior Chris White South Staffs SC Gold 25 18 11 54
15th 14206 Andy Smith Phil Hodgkins Bassenthwaite SC Gold 44 10 1 55
16th 14082 Steve Bennett Jack Bennett Shustoke SC Gold 43 7 10 60
17th 14121 Andrew Clewer Sarah Collingwood Poole YC Gold 18 29 14 61
18th 14146 Sam Mettam Tim Saunders Papercourt SC/Staunton Harold SC Gold 3 23 39 65
19th 14219 Curly Morris Laura McFarland East Antrim / Newtownards SC Gold 46 8 19 73
20th 13938 Adan McCullough Jane Kearney RNI YC/ South Staffs SC Silver 40 27 9 76
21st 14188 John Hayes Joel James Southport SC Gold 42 28 7 77
22nd 14064 Dave Lawson Joe Roberts Bassenthwaite SC Gold 15 35 28 78
23rd 14144 Colman Grimes Sam Wray Skerries SC/Sligo YC Gold 2 24 58 84
24th 14145 Adam McGovern Eleanor Davies Hollingworth Lake SC Gold 39 26 21 86
25th 13721 Nick Devereux Geoff Edwards Budworth SC Gold 10 33 46 89
26th 14091 Gary Deighan Dale Knowles Bolton SC Gold 36 16 41 93
27th 14224 Peter Gray Richard Pepperdine Staunton Harold SC Gold 27 30 37 94
28th 14178 Jason Tindale Sebastian Lammens- Keeping Barbados SC Gold 29 36 29 94
29th 14166 Richard Ham Hugh Gill Tollesbury SC / Sutton DC Silver 79 6 12 97
30th 14209 Gareth Gallagher Richard Gallagher Lough Foyle YC Silver 37 37 23 97
31st 14214 Keith Louden Alan Thompson RYA Gold 21 43 36 100
32nd 14235 Alan Blay David Johnston Sutton DC Gold 26 49 25 100
33rd 14110 Dave Young Nic White South Staffs SC Gold 41 39 26 106
34th 13838 Justin Smith Sarah Davies Tynemouth SC/South Staffs SC Gold 4 45 61 110
35th 14047 Sam Thompson Leanne Thompson RNSA / Mounts Bay SC Gold 54 32 27 113
36th 13444 John Ball Dave Pannell Brightingsea SC Gold 57 14 43 114
37th 14237 John Patrick McCaldin Carolyn McCaldin Lough Erne YC/ Slogo YC Gold 13 41 62 116
38th 14217 Mark Platt Sam Platt Bolton SC Gold 33 34 49 116
39th 14116 Peter Boyle Steven Boyle Sutton DC Silver 12 47 59 118
40th 14210 Richard Instone Steve Parker Chase SC Gold 63 11 45 119
41st 14227 Justin Jones Chris Anderson South Staffs SC Gold 24 77 18 119
42nd 14241 Dave Winder Oli Wells Hollingworth Lake SC Gold 31 50 40 121
43rd 13815 George Meredith Neil Meredith Dovey YC Bronze 22 68 34 124
44th 14105 Katie Dwyer Michelle Rowley Sutton DC Silver 50 44 31 125
45th 14132 Fergus Barnham Andy Hunter Snettisham Beach SC / Nantwich & Border Gold 38 55 32 125
46th 14177 Eden Hyland Josh Hyland Chase SC Silver 28 54 48 130
47th 14054 Doire Sheils Andrew Sexton Skerries SC Silver 19 58 57 134
48th 13300 John Blundell Sam Jones Staunton Harold SC Gold 81 25 30 136
49th 14236 Tony Woods Seonaid Young Glossop SC / SSSC Gold 55 40 42 137
50th 13769 Richard Adams Matt Smith Midland SC Gold 45 63 33 141
51st 14232 Ben Iliffe Richard Nurse Burton SC Gold 48 52 44 144
52nd 13870 Maciej Matyjaszczuk Andy Ferrington Welsh Harp SC Silver 56 38 54 148
53rd 13896 Rob Libby Brian Bowdler Looe SC Silver 72 31 47 150
54th 13555 Innes Armstrong George Graham Burwain SC Gold 47 59 52 158
55th 14089 Paul Simes Tom Simes Cardiff Bay YC Silver 62 66 35 163
56th 13917 Joshua Porter Sara Gowdy Newtownards SC Silver 30 72 67 169
57th 14201 Hugh Devereux Malcolm Bird Budworth SC Silver 58 48 63 169
58th 14247 John McGuinness Donal McGuinness Moville Boat Club Gold 49 69 51 169
59th 14090 Neal Gibson Geoff Philllips Redoubt SC Gold 52 62 56 170
60th 13326 Chris Martin Samuel Bailey South Staffs SC Silver 35 84 53 172
61st 14179 Andy Hateley Bev Hateley South Staffs SC Gold 82 56 38 176
62nd 13668 Kim Pickering Sam Jake Thompson Winsford Flash SC Silver 65 61 68 194
63rd 13207 Adrian Lee Jordan Lupton Youghal SC Silver 73 51 74 198
64th 13693 Richard Abernstern Isabel Waterfall Todbrook SC/ Plymouth Uni SC Bronze 66 67 65 198
65th 14157 Ed Coyne Syzmon Matyjaszczuk Welsh Harp SC Silver 70 65 64 199
66th 14128 Stephen Thompson Martin Boobyer Poole YC Bronze 60 20 DNS 200
67th 14135 Paul Owen Michelle Evans South Staffs SC Gold 74 60 66 200
68th 13421 Helen Allen Lucie Barrie Welsh Harp SC Bronze 77 46 80 203
69th 14151 Stephen Cooper Eugene Shrimpton Welsh Harp SC Silver 51 74 79 204
70th 14063 Steve Heywood Peter Bramwell Hollingworth Lake SC / Mounts Bay WA Bronze 84 42 84 210
71st 14208 Mark McKeever Kevin Hopkins Midland SC Silver 34 57 DNS 211
72nd 14225 Cathal Sheriden David Cooke Skerries SC Silver 85 53 73 211
73rd 13611 Will Croxford Dave Croxford South Staffs SC Silver 71 64 78 213
74th 14199 Frank Nickless Ben Pickering Chase SC Gold 83 81 55 219
75th 14051 Chris Beddow Chris Cook South Staffs SC Bronze 53 92 76 221
76th 14030 Colin Midgley Georgia Knowles Derwent Reservoir SC/Southport SC Silver 69 73 83 225
77th 14821 Ed Dutton Richard Booth South Staffs SC Silver 61 100 69 230
78th 14174 John Toone Catherine Toone Chelmarsh SC Silver 92 93 50 235
79th 13237 Tomasz Szakola Charlie Cotter Welsh Harp SC Bronze 67 76 100 243
80th 14212 Michael Cox Catherine Chimney Newtownards SC Silver 90 85 70 245
81st 14062 Alan Jones Sue Watson Bassenthwaite SC Bronze 89 78 81 248
82nd 13551 Tim Edom Sarah Agnew Poole YC Bronze 59 102 90 251
83rd 14133 Jack Buttimer Adam McDonagh Youghal SC Bronze 68 82 101 251
84th 14168 Chris Hawkes Cathy Hawkes Poole YC Silver 98 80 77 255
85th 14014 Andy Wadsworth Andy Shrimpton Welsh Harp SC Bronze 80 101 75 256
86th 14061 Michael Collender Brian Walker Mullingar SC Bronze 105 70 88 263
87th 14032 Neil Davies Alex Walton Chase SC Silver 99 95 71 265
88th 13180 Martin Dews Victoria Dews Donaghadee SC Bronze 114 71 82 267
89th 14088 Duncan Fraser Gail Fraser Ceylon Motors YC Bronze 111 88 72 271
90th 14119 Megan Hicklin Hayley Ramadhar South Staffs SC Silver 64 DNC 89 273
91st 13420 Les Burns Alice Morris Holingworth Lake SC Bronze 106 75 92 273
92nd 13949 Peter Nugent Charles Saunders Staunton Harold SC Bronze 102 87 87 276
93rd 14120 Melanie Brown Nicola Brown Poole YC Bronze 112 79 86 277
94th 4615 Steve Parry Jens Kuhn York Railway Institute SC Bronze 97 89 94 280
95th 14044 Richard Connett Serena Connett Welsh Harp SC Bronze 78 107 96 281
96th 14220 Peter Storey Nick Medlicott Midland SC/Mounts Bay SC Silver 76 86 DNS 282
97th 14027 Neil Goodhead Brian Bates South Staffs SC Silver 95 103 85 283
98th 14048 Paul Lester Nathan King Chase SC Silver 94 97 93 284
99th 13276 Adam Vaughan Phil Pethybridge Derwent Res SC /Royal Varuna YC Bronze 96 91 99 286
100th 14230 Ralph Haliburton Chaplin Adam Haliburton Chaplin Blackpool & Fleetwood YC Bronze 93 90 105 288
101st 13821 Tim Mack Emily Meredith Lymington Town SC Bronze 87 96 107 290
102nd 14056 Arthur Logan Fiona Logan Castle Semple SC Bronze 91 94 106 291
103rd 14239 Steve Turner Dave Pickering Chase SC Bronze 86 109 97 292
104th 14234 David Innes Matthew Innes Frensham Pond SC Bronze 75 98 DNS 293
105th 14057 Ann Penny Julie Courtney Derwent Res SC / Bolton SC Bronze 104 83 110 297
106th 13794 Nick Brandon Lisa Carpenter South Staffs SC Silver DNF DNC 60 300
107th 13624 Ciaran Keogh Lauren Donaghey Greystones SC/ Sligo YC Bronze 88 112 102 302
108th 13933 Zena Martin Leanne Pilkington Bolton SC Bronze 108 104 91 303
109th 13684 Ian Sparks Mike Jones Poole YC Bronze 100 108 103 311
110th 14097 Terry Edwards Darren Heath South Staffs SC Bronze DNC 99 95 314
111th 14059 Michael Davies Karen Alexander South Staffs Sailing Club Bronze 113 105 98 316
112th 13575 William Mack Andrew Mack Dovey YC Bronze 109 113 104 326
113th 13566 Martin Temple Jonathon Pugh South Staffs SC Bronze 107 114 108 329
114th 14067 Philip Griffin Joanna Griffin Chelmarsh SC Bronze 103 110 DNS 333
115th 13263 Keith Budden Ben Roberts Trimpley SC Bronze 115 111 109 335
116th 13864 Andrew Todd John McGuiness Frensham Pond SC Bronze 110 106 DNS 336
117th 14094 Martin Bower Lisa Woods Blithfield SC Silver 101 DNS DNC 341
118th 13251 Lawrence Creaser James Hockley Hayling Island SC Gold DNC DNC DNC 360
118th 13727 Tim Davies Mark Collingwood Chelmarsh SC Bronze DNS DNS DNC 360

by Michelle Evans

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