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GP14 Southern Travellers Venetian Trophy at Welsh Harp Sailing Club

by Steve Cooper 12 Apr 2019 06:27 BST 6 April 2019
GP14 Venetian Open at Welsh Harp © Luke Howard

The top end of a gentle breeze from the North East so some consistent if not too strenuous exercise for the three visitors and 21 local crews arriving at the Welsh Harp. Windward and leeward marks at either end of the lake, good conditions for an Open.

Race officer Brian Jeffries set a long start line with a pin bias, plenty of room, and the fleet were off first time. There is a kink in the north shore of the lake, and trees shelter this shore on the first half of the beat. Past the bend the breeze was squarer to the course and there were options on both sides of the lake. Ian and Gemma Dobson found their way to the windward mark first, but the spinnaker gremlin was on board! James Goodfellow and Richard Cornes took advantage and sailed into the lead. Gybing across the lake for better angles on the wind meant sailing under the trees on the North shore so the majority of the fleet stayed in the breeze to the south side, gybing once to approach the leeward mark in front of the club house. Goodfellow and Cornes maintained their lead to the end with Ian and Gemma Dobson consolidating second in front of local lads Maciek Matyjaszczuk and Andy Ferrington.

On previous visits to the Welsh Harp Ian Dobson had competed in University team racing. He was clearly enjoying the voyage to the other end of the lake and took race two with Goodfellow and Cornes finishing second. All to play for in race three.

After two polite starts the third race produced a melee over towards the North shore, cautious helms starting at the committee boat were lifted in spirit, and by the breeze to sail over the chaos. Local pairing Maciej and Andy F are a rapidly improving partnership and having made the cautious choice at the start were first to the windward mark. Behind them the main contenders were 'working there way through the fleet' after poor starts. Ian and Gemma made ground on the run and took the lead on the second beat to win the race with Maciek and Andy hanging on to second place. After, according to Maciej 'some fine spinnaker work' from Andy.

Some notable performances from Welsh Harp sailors, Tomasz Szakola and Nia Williams had an excellent fourth place in race 1, Andy Wadsworth with new, novice crew Cathy Howard were 3rd in race two. While Roger Walton and Lucy Barrie, Ruslan Scutlenic and Jim Faulkner sailed consistently well to finish 4th and 5th overall.

Silver helm winner was Joel Schrire with Chris Lomax and Helen Allen with Diane Marcos won the Womens prize.

Winning helm Ian Dobson thanked WHSC for a wonderful event, with particular thanks to Vivien Kenny for organising the excellent food.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1st13251Ian DobsonGemma DobsonSMVC‑2112
2nd14241James GoodfellowRichard CornesHarwich Town / Burghfield12‑33
3rd13870Maciej MatyjaszczukAndy FerringtonWelsh Harp SC3‑725
4th13980Roger WaltonLucy BarrieWelsh Harp SC‑8448
5th14014Andy WadsworthCathy HowardWelsh Harp SC63‑79
6th13594Ruslan ScutelnicJim FaulknerWelsh Harp SC‑55510
7th14151Steve CooperAmy StreetWelsh Harp SC‑106612
8th13237Tomasz SzakolaNia WilliamsWelsh Harp SC4‑11913
9th13603Alistair LambertCaro MitchellWelsh Harp SC7‑8815
10th4166Keith StreetHannah LiptrotWelsh Harp SC99‑1418
11th10591Craig SandersonPeter KayWelsh Harp SC‑14121022
12th13679Martin HimeMahmood ShamsuddinWelsh Harp SC1310‑1623
13th13681Joel SchrireChris LomaxWelsh Harp SC12‑161123
14th13421Helen AllenDianne MarcosWelsh Harp SC11‑131223
15th8512Jamie IslesMaciej PfutznerWelsh Harp SC‑21141327
16th13818Andy ShrimptonRoger JeffsWelsh Harp SC‑15151530
17th13472Sarah StreetLucy StreetWelsh Harp SC16‑181733
18th13620Louise HinselwoodJenny IrwinWelsh Harp SC1817(DNC)35
19th1388Dennis AdamsSarah LohanWelsh Harp SC17‑221936
20th13656Karen WilsonNat SpurlingWelsh Harp SC‑19191837
21st13887John O'SullivanIlias MichopoglosWelsh Harp SC‑20202040
22nd13696Maurice FutermanRichard MaldenWelsh Harp SC‑22212142
23rd13461Yasmin HalesMate KakasWelsh Harp SC(DNC)232245
24th13919Peter DuntonDaphne GreyWelsh Harp SC23‑242346
25th8Paula SheehanDenise ValeWelsh Harp SC(DNC)DNFDNC56
25th140Martin DaviesBenjamin DaviesBroadwater(DSQ)DNFDNC56
25th14166Richard HamSteve BrowneTollesbury SC(DNC)DNCDNC56

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