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GP14 Southern Area Championship at Leigh-on-Sea Sailing Club

by Steve Corbet 4 Sep 11:36 BST 31 August - 1 September 2019

A small but select group of thirteen GP14s gathered at Leigh on Sea SC for the Southern Area Championship races over the last weekend of the 'real' summer season. The weather while not a hot as the previous Bank Holiday weekend at least promised some good winds for the racing.

Eleven visitors joined two local boats to wait for the tide to cover the mudflats and float the committee boat. While waiting the Leigh hospitality was on form with tea, coffee and bacon rolls from the galley consumed while boats were rigged and assembled on the beach.

Once the tide had covered the mud the fleet launched and with a fairly steady WSW force 4 with a few gusts of force 5 a large number of boats managed to cross the line before the start, result was a general recall. The second attempt under code flag I was a success. James Goodfellow in 14253 with Richard Ham 14166 close behind lead the fleet around the trapezoid course, although the wind seemed to be steady there was a large variation in the middle of the beat which lead to some place changing in mid fleet. James and Richard maintained their first and second positions at the gun and Maciek (Magic) Matyjaszczuk in 13870 took third place.

The second race saw a clean start with the wind still blowing at F4, James lead the fleet at the first mark. The weather then started to have a say in the outcome, as the temperature rose the sea breeze clashed with the gradient wind and on the second round the wind had dropped to a feeble F1 / 2 with the fleet drifting on the tide. The beat became a real test of light weather skills, the Race Officer decided that in the interests of finishing the race within the time limit he would finish the race at the windward mark. The last few metres into the mark saw some position changes with Nick Hann in 13003 taking second place in front of Richard Ham & Helen Allen 13421.

The club had tea cakes and a BBQ and an evening social with folk music, which resulted in a few sore heads on Sunday morning. But as we had to wait for the tide there was plenty of time for morning tea, coffee and bacon rolls from the galley.

The wind had shifted a few points round to due west and was still blowing at F4 with a few F5 gusts. The start for race 3 with the tide under the fleet resulted in the second general recall of the weekend and a second I flag start. James continued his leading ways by leading all three rounds, with Magic following in second, Richard Ham crossed the line to silence having been judged OCS at the start, allowing Nick Hann to finish third.

For race 4 the race team rejigged the course as the wind was now WNW. James lead the early rounds but was harried by Andy Wardsworth 14014 who having recovered his rudder lost during a capsize in race 3 was determined to finish this race in the points. At the finish James crossed first with Richard Hamm moving into second in front of Andy.

After racing the fleet enjoyed more tea cakes and BBQ before the prize giving.

Overall Results:

PosFleetSail NoClubHelmCrewR1R2R3R4Pts
1stGold14253Harwich Town / BurghfieldJames GoodfellowRichard Cornes‑11113
2ndGold14166Tollesbury SCRichard HamCharlie Cotter23(OCS)27
3rdGold13870Welsh Harp SCMaciek (Magic) MatyjaszczukChris Lomax3‑62510
4thSilver13003Leigh on Sea SCNick HannJames Hudson‑923914
5thSilver13421Welsh Harp SCHelen AllenYossi Shahar446‑714
6thSilver14014Welsh Harp SCAndy WardsworthNIa Williams67(DNF)316
7thSilver13787Welsh Harp SCKeith StreetHannah Liptrot5‑107416
8thSilver14151Welsh Harp SCStephen CooperAmy Street‑755616
9thSilver13316Papercourt SCJames WardRichard Whitehall8‑94820
10thBronze13818Welsh Harp SCAndy ShrimptonRoger Jeffs‑131281030
11thBronze14234Frensham Pond SCDavid InnesAndrew Todd11811‑1230
12thBronze14179Leigh on Sea SCSteve CorbetMartin Fischer10‑1191130
13thBronze13472Welsh Harp SCSarah StreetLucy Street12‑13101335

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