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GP14 Masters and Youth Championships at Welsh Harp Sailing Club

by Steve Cooper 24 Jul 2016 17:53 BST 16-17 July 2016
GP14 Masters and Youth Championships at Welsh Harp © Luke Howard

A Beautiful summers day at the Welsh Harp, twenty-nine boats gathered to contest the GP14 Youth and Masters Championships. The weed boat had seen more use in recent weeks than the mowers at nearby Wembley Stadium and the lake was clear of vegetation. A perfect wind direction, Westerly F2-3 down the length of the lake.

With 3 boats entered for the youth championships the race committee decided to start the fleets together. The favourable wind direction allowed Race officer Brian Jeffries to set a figure of eight course, a long beat and run with short reaches across each end of the lake to join the dots.

A black flag was required to temper enthusiasm at the start of race one. Frank Nickless and Adam Froggat were first round the windward mark and had established a clear lead by the end of the first run, the following boats edging to windward to protect their wind sailed closer to the trees and into some extreme shifts and drops in pressure. Nickless and Froggat were now on the horizon as Sarah Jarman and Ellie Devereux battled with Nick Devereux and Max Moyles for the youth race. Sarah and Ellie gaining the lead and taking the win on the last lap.

Nick Devereux led the fleet round for the youths in the second race. Nickless and Froggat were pushing Paul Owen and Andy Hunter in the Masters race when they approached the leeward mark for the last time. A technical issue compromised their spinnaker drop, and an untimely gust dumped them in the water. Sympathetic followers sailed past. Owen and Hunter took the win ahead of Mark Taylor and Andrew Clewer.

With a reversal of their usual helm/ crew roles, Taylor and Clewer led at the end of day one ahead of Paul Owen and Andy Hunter. Nick Devereux and Max Moyles led the Youths.

Less wind on the Sunday as more bright sunshine greeted the emerging visitors. Challenging conditions for those feeling compromised by the previous evenings hospitality.

The OOD set the same course and the race was started at the third attempt. Trying to read the lake makes for good sailing in these conditions, with the gusts and patches of pressure leaving traces on the water. Wind may not be there when you arrive, but it's nice to think your making informed choices.

Local boat crewed by Steve Cooper and Eugene Shrimpton Phoenix were quick up the beats in both races. In race one, on a closely contested beat the third placed boat capitalised as the two in front fought for clear air in search of lifts on the north shore. Taylor and Clewer tacked into the middle and a nice clear line to the windward mark gave them the lead and the race.

The final race was settled on the final downwind leg. Ian Willis and Keith Dutton, Nickless and Froggat worked their way to leeward and away from the trees to get ahead of Cooper and Shrimpton. There were few trees around the lake when Ian first sailed here 50 years ago, but any South Staffs sailor knows a little about trees and wind. He gained water at the leeward mark and went on to take the race.

Two of the youth boats conducted their business ahead of the older 'wiser' and mostly heavier participants. Particularly in race one where Nick and Max led from the start. In the second race Sarah and Ellie were first up the beat establishing a lead that they maintained to the end.

With two firsts and seconds each, the Youth championship went to Sarah Jarman and Ellie Devereux on countback ahead of Nick Devereux and Max Moyles. A creditable performance from youngsters Amy Street and Szymon Matyjaisczuk saw them hold their own their own amongst the Masters.

Mark Taylor and Andrew Clewer took the Masters Championship, over 55 Grand Master was Steve Cooper with Eugene Shrimpton and over 65 Great Grand Master, Ian Willis with Keith Dutton.

Frank Nickless and Adam Froggat won the ton up trophy for the first boat with ages of crew and helm topping 100.

Combined age of oldest helm and crew was 155. The youngest pair, 27.

Thanks to Gill, Welsh Harp Boat Centre, Fullers and Craftinsure for supporting the event, and to all WHSC members who assisted throughout.

Youth Results:

PosSail NoClubHelmCrewR1R2R3R4Pts
1st13721Royal Lymington YCSarah JarmanEllie Devereux1‑2214
2nd14186Budworth SCNick DevereuxMax Moyles‑21124
3rd13851Welsh Harp SCAmy StreetSymon Matyjaisczuk‑33339

Masters Results:

PosFleetBoatSail NoClubHelmCrewR1R2R3R4Pts
1stGold 14121Poole YCMark TaylorAndrew Clewer221‑55
2ndSilver 14151Welsh Harp SCStephen CooperEugene Shrimpton3‑5238
3rdSilver 14199Chase SC/Dovey YCFrank NicklessAdam Froggatt16‑1929
4thGoldMonty14021South Staffs SCIan WillisKeith Dutton‑44419
5thGold 14135South Staffs SCPaul OwenAndy Hunter515(DNF)11
6thBronze 13980Welsh Harp SCRoger WaltonGiselle Sherwen14(DNF)3623
7thSilverScooby Doo13316Papercourt SCJames WardRichard Whitehill‑1077923
8thGold 14166Tollesbury SCRichard HamSteve Browne1239(DSQ)24
9thGold 13679Welsh Harp SCMartin HimeMahmood Shamsuddin68‑151226
10thSilver 13170Welsh Harp SCNorman BrownHannah Rose8‑1081026
11thGold 13603Welsh Harp SCAlistair LambertCaroline Mitchell9‑1714427
12thSilverElle14168Poole YCChris HawkesSarah O'Neill119‑131131
13thBronzeBonus14038Welsh Harp SCJames StaffordJoel Schrire713‑201434
14thBronze 13578Welsh Harp SCKeith TooveyChris Higgs‑201861337
15thBronze 13819Bassenthwaite SC/Welsh Harp SCDuncan GreenhalghMaciej Matyjaszczuk‑181118837
16thSilver 14051South Staffs SCChris BeddowMichelle Evans1312‑211641
17thSilver 13594Welsh Harp SCJim FaulknerRuslan Scutelnic1515‑161545
18thSilver 13853Welsh Harp SCLesley KayeLydia Evans‑1916111946
19thSilverNo Excuses13732Budworth SCHugh DevereuxMalcolm Bird(DNF)DNF12747
20thBronze 13894Welsh Harp SCAndy ShrimptonKeith Street1719‑231753
21stSilverClanger14103Hayling Island SCSimon HoultBrenda Hoult16(DNF)10DSQ54
22ndSilver 14134Welsh Harp SCPeter KayCraig Sanderson2314(DNF)1855
23rdSilver 13461Welsh Harp SCRicardo ChaconYasmin Hales222117(RAF)60
24thSilver 13870Welsh Harp SCSophie BlanchardRoberto Serra2120(DNF)2263
25thBronze 13558Welsh Harp SCDavid RoseYossi Shachar(DNC)DNC222171
26thSilver 13675Welsh Harp SCJohn O'SullivanMick Printemps(DNF)DNF242072
27thBronze 13941Welsh Harp SCDennis AdamsGerry Woodcock24(DNF)DNCDNC80

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