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GP14 Ulster Championship at East Down Yacht Club

by Donal McGuinness 29 Jun 2016 16:00 BST 25-26 June 2016

The members of East Down Yacht Club in Strangford Lough welcomed the GP14 fleet back for the 2016 Ulster Championships on the 25th and 26th June with their enthusiastic and warm hospitality.

This was the fleet's first return to EDYC since the Club hosted the successful World Championships in 2014. It was good to be back.

Racing was brisk for the 22 strong teams on the first day with the Race Officer pleasing every one by getting the full programme of three races and solid Olympic courses.

The black flag was pulled out on a few occasions to keep manners on those pushing the line. The wind picked up in strength as the day progressed with the last race sailed in a spirited 20 knots of breeze.

Shane McCarthy and Damian Bracken put in a devastating performance with three convincing wins followed by the McGuinness brothers with three second places. The thirds were shared equally between Curly Morris and LauraMcFarland, Keith Louden and Alan Thompson and the Gallagher brothers.

The second days racing was a little less frantic with the winds having dropped to a more relaxed 9 knots. That said, the lovely clear waters of the Lough have lots of tricky little tidal secrets that took the day for some but not all to unlock.

With three more races completed, McCarthy and Bracken held on to their first place lead to become Ulster Champions. Louden and Thompson took second when they won the last race with the McGuinness brothers dropping to third overall.

Steven Nelson and Brenda Preston, who also won race 4 in some style, won the silver fleet. Michael Cox and Josh Porter were second in the silver fleet with Gareth and Richard Gallagher taking third.

The two Derry lads put in an impressive performance all weekend ending up 7th overall. They were also crowned the Ulster GP14 Champion Youth winners. The Bronze champions were Youghal youth sailors Adrian Lee and Edward Coyne with Thomas and Paul Sexton from Sligo in second and Robson Ogg and James Ogg from Donaghadee taking third bronze.

Finally an impressive new trophy to mark the achievements of ace crew Andy Thompson from Larne was presented for the first time to winning crew, Damian Bracken. Andy has, over the years, notched up title after title in the GP14 and other classes and it is fitting that the GP class in Ireland recognise his unparalleled achievements. Well done Andy!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoFleetHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
114158G1Shane McCarthyDamian BrackenGreystones SC111(6)137
214055G2Keith LoudenAlan ThompsonSligo YC 4345(8)117
314143G3John McGuinnessDonal McGuinnessSligo YC22277(11)20
414077GCurly MorrisLaura McFarlandEast Antrim BC/NSC543(9)5623
513901S1Steven NelsonBrenda PrestonDonaghadee/N'ards9(10)716225
613917S2Michael CoxJosh PorterNewtownards SC67(22)43525
714080S3Gareth GallagherRichard GallagherLough Foyle YC38934(16)27
813891GRichard StreetSimon DickBlessington SC1311(22)82438
914116SPeter BoyleStephen BoyleSutton DC855(27)161044
1014040SBill JohnstonJames JohnstonLough Foyle YC(12)681211744
1113207B1Adrain LeeEdward CoyneYoughal SC7(22)1011101250
1213745B2Thomas SextonPaul SextonSligo YC119(16)10131558
1313955SSimon JeffreyAlan Bell Elaine VoganEast Down YC(22)14111414962
1413833SJohn McRobertDavid MurphyBallyronan BC141712(18)121368
1514192GAlastair DuffinAndy CorkillNSC & EDYC(27)272729873
1613865B3Robson OggJames OggDonaghadee SC19161316(27)1478
1713951SSteven PrestonAli BoydDonaghadee SC1713(22)15151878
1813782BMichael CollenderBrian WalkerMullingar SC1618141318(19)79
1913910SBrian AndrewsJohn McArthurNewtownards SC10126(27)272782
2014133BJack ButtimerAdam McDonaghYoughal SC18(20)1517171784
2111633BDavid AllenMike MausdenDonaghadee SC221917(27)192097
2213915BGeoff MurdochJane MurdochNewtownards SC15152222(27)27101

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