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GP14 Purcell Championship at Swords Sailing & Boating Club

by John McGuinness 27 May 2016 12:47 BST 21 May 2016

The Irish GP14 fleet returned to domestic competition at the weekend after a very enjoyable World Championship in Barbados over Easter, made all the more enjoyable when we had an Irish winner in Shane McCarthy & Andy Davis.

The Purcell Championship hosted by Swords sailing club on Saturday 21st was sailed over four races. The first race saw our newly crowned world champion first at the weather mark and remained there for the rest of the race. With Keith Louden & Alan Thompson taking second and Hugh Gill with his new boat and new crew Simon Revill beginning to find some form in third.

Race 2 saw Shane & Damian round the weather mark in first followed closely by John & Donal McGuinness in second and Keith & Alan in third. On the second beat the wind shifted to right favouring the McGuinness brothers who were first to the weather mark and held it all the way to the finish. Shane & Damian took second followed by Keith & Alan in third.

Race 3 started with significantly less breeze than the morning races and saw the McGuinness Bros get to the weather mark first followed by Shane & Damian. With the breeze slowly dying the world champion showed his superior speed in light airs and passed John & Donal to leeward on the second reach and held the position to the finish. The McGuinness brothers were second with Richard Street & Simon Dickson in third.

Race 4 was sailed in a light-shifting breeze. Curley Morris & Laura McFarland lead at the weather mark with Richard Street & Simon Dickson in second followed by Shane & Damian. At the end of the of the first lap Keith & Alan were at the back end of the fleet but an inspired tack to the left at the start of the second beat paid dividend and put them in the top four at the weather mark. Next time around at the weather mark they had got themselves into second just behind Richard & Simon. With the race shortened and one leg to go it was a drag race to the finish with Keith & Alan coming out on top and finishing first with Curly & Laura in Second and Richard & Simon in third.

Shane & Damian retained the Purcell Championship with two first and a second. Keith & Alan's dramatic comeback in the last race was enough to wrestle second place from John & Donal who finished third overall.

Katie Dwyer & Michelle Rowley took first overall in the silver closely followed by Michael Cox & Josh Porter in second and Cathal Sheridan & David Cooke taking third in the silver. Pat Savage and Linda Darby took first overall in the Bronze fleet while Bernie Grogan & Rosena Cuddy finished a credible second.

Thanks again to the event organisers and members at Swords Sailing and Boating Club for providing a warm welcome and great racing.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubFleetR1R2R3R4Pts
114158Shane Mc CarthyDamien BrackenGraystones S C Gold12144
214055Keith LoudenAlan ThompsonSligo Y C Gold23416
314143John Mc GuinnessDonal Mc GuinnessMoville Y CGold412107
413981Richard StreetSimon DickBlessington S C Gold683312
514130Hugh GillSimon RevillSutton D CGold377515
614077Curley MorrisLaura Mc FarlandEast Antrim S CGold958215
713993Niall HenryOssian GeraghtySligo Y C Gold5411716
814105Katie DwyerMichele RowleySutton D CSilver11105621
913917Michael CoxJosh PorterNewtownards Y CSilver7613922
1014074Cathal SheridanDavid CookeSkerries Y CSilver12961227
1113988Simon JefferyAlan HenryEast Down Y C Silver15129829
1214116Peter BoyleStephen BoyleSutton D CSilver1011101531
1314040Bill JohnsonJames JohnsonLough Foyle Y CSilver813141435
1414138Simon CullyLibby TurnerBlessington S C Silver1313121136
1513749Pat SavageLinda DarbySwords S C Bronze1613151341
1613850Bernie GroganRosena CuddySwords S C Bronze1713161645
1713782Michael CollenderBrian WalkerMullingar S C Bronze1413191946
1813608Keith LeonardBarbara LeonardSwords S C Bronze1813191950

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