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GP14 Championship of Ireland 2021 at Lough Erne Yacht Club

by John P McCaldin 18 Aug 00:12 BST 13-15 August 2021
GP14 Championship of Ireland 2021 at Lough Erne - Day 1 © Mark De Fleury

The weekend saw the GP14 fleet return to Lough Erne Yacht Club for the 2021 Irish Championships. The event was kindly supported by Enniskillen Bid, Fermanagh & Omagh District Council, Ropelocker.ie and Inish Macsaint Fermanagh Beer.

40 boats took part, including past Olympians, world champions and novice racers. Four of the 40 boats were from Lough Erne Yacht Club with the others travelling from all over Ireland to compete on the waters of Lower Lough Erne.

On the water volunteers set up eight races over the three days led by Derek Bothwell from Howth, Co Dublin, a national race officer.

Day one saw plenty of thrills and spills with winds gusting up to 20mph, maybe more at times.Tthree races were completed. The first race, after a photo-finish, was won by Ross & Jane Kearney of Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club and races 2 & 3 by Shane MacCarthy & Josh Porter of Greystones/Newtonards sailing clubs.

After a physically demanding day on the water, the crews welcomed the free Inish Macsaint beer, supplied by the sponsor.

Day two dawned windless. After several hours delay, waiting for the wind to arrive, the fleet launched for 3 more races. Race 4 went to veteran Hugh Gill and his son Dan from Sutton Dinghy Club sailing a beautiful new Duffin boat. Race 5 went to ex-Olympian Ger Owens and Brendan Brogan and a shortened race 6 to Shane MacCarthy & Josh Porter.

Going into the final day, three teams could win.

Race 6 went to Ger & Brendan meaning if they won the last race they would take the title. Despite a really close battle with Katie Dwyer and Michelle Rowley of Sutton Dinghy Club, Owens of Royal Saint George Yacht Club and Brogan of Sligo Yacht Club held on for the race win and took their fourth & eighth Irish GP14 titles respectively.

Shane and Josh finished 1 point behind in second place overall with Ross & Jane third.

Silver fleet went to James Peter Hockley & Alan Thompson from Lough Foyle Yacht Club, and the Bronze fleet to Matthew Cotter & Tom Mulligan from Sutton Dinghy Club.

First Veteran was Hugh Gill, with the youth title going to Ciaran Keogh & Adam Leddy from Greystones Sailing Club.

At the prize-giving, winner Ger Owens thanked all the Lough Erne Yacht Club volunteers and sponsors for a superb event.

See more photos at www.gp14ireland.com

Overall Results:

PosFleetBoatSail NoHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1stGold 14256Ger OwensBrendan Brogan2‑3331‑81111
2ndGold 14203Shane MacCartyJosh Porter‑411‑7214312
3rdGoldPurple Rocket14242Ross KearneyJane Kearney122‑9‑1223717
4thGoldYin Tang14275Hugh GillDaniel Gill3‑1151375‑824
5thSilverFred14254James HockleyAlan Thompson596‑258‑146438
6thGoldNo Surprise14144Colman GrimesRoss Gingles124‑19111452‑1548
7thGoldDelusion14270Norman LeeAlan Leddy71694113DNF‑1750
8thGold 1414Adrian LeeGareth Gallagher66SCP8‑22‑2481050
9thGold 14247John McGuinnessDonal McGuinness9OCS710OCS471855
10thSilverKanaka13901Steven NelsonDaniel Nelson‑151381396DNF655
11thGold 14214Keith LoudenMateo Louden1712‑186613DNF559
12thGoldTrouble on the way14219Curly MorrisStephanie Corkhill8‑21DNF51612101162
13thGoldSolaro14 0Katie DwyerMichelle Rowley1115DNF161010DNF264
14thGold XDiarmaid MullenLauren Donaghy101711‑28715DNF1373
15thSilver 14241Patrick HamiltonJames Dewhurst13710221311DNF‑2476
16thSilverPig14138Simon CullyLibby Tierney‑21101319‑219111678
17thGoldJoe Batts Arm13466Richard StreetConor Flynn‑2922252422DNF984
18thSilverBeltraka14257Bill JohnsonJames Johnson145141817‑28DNF2088
19thGoldBlue Flame13645Robert GinglesChris Gingles20DNF1514516DNF1989
20thSilver 13928Sam WrayLuke Henderson‑238162015‑27211292
21stSilverCurved Gold13624Ciaran KeoghAdam Leddy18181215‑281813‑2694
22ndSilverGringer Sails Again14225Cathal SheridanDavid Cooke19‑23211218199‑2798
23rdSilverCloud 913981Sam StreetJosh LloydDNF141721‑29211714104
24thBronzeThe Wrong Trousers14165Matthew CotterTom Mulligan‑25192023252319‑32129
25thBronzeTrouble I've Seen14077Michael BrinesPeter Brines242422‑2623‑251622131
26thSilverIce & Slice14271Brian MorrisonRian O'Hailin2227DNF31DNF171223132
27thSilverFalkor14212Michael CoxClaire Cromie162024‑332032DNF21133
28thBronzeGeepers14061Michael CollenderBrian Walker3032DNF17242018‑36141
29thSilverBrane Wave14207Simon JeffreyMeredith Grieve2829DNF27193015‑31148
30thBronzeThe horse with no name14116Joe DohertyOscar Langan262623‑34‑27262425150
31stBronzeThis One13207Max CullyOllie Lloyd3125DNF2431‑372028159
32ndBronzeBoatzart13865Jennifer BryceLara Sunday33DNC2830263425‑37176
33rdBronzeFinbarra14129Newenham de CoganJohn BorneDNCDNFDNF2930292229180
34thBronze 4237Luke KellettDenis McCarrickDNCDNF263638362630192
35thBronzeVentura796Derek McCuneGraham323127373233DNFDNS192
36thBronzeShips n' Giggles13257Adam TorrensTiernan2730DNS383631DNF33195
37thBronze 1386Dennis CullyMark StanleyDNCDNCDNC3933381434199
38thBronzeProbably The Best ...12560Jorgen PedersenEve PedersenDNSDNCDNC3235352335201
39thBronzeHell Fire11111Peter MurphyCiara MulveyDNS28DNF3534402738202
40thBronze 13927Aedan L'EstrangeEmily LoweDNCDNCDNC403739DNF39237

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