Please select your home edition
Edition
Craftinsure 2021 - LEADERBOARD

GP14 London and South East Travellers Round 8 at Tollesbury Sailing Club

by David Innes 8 Sep 09:39 BST 5 September 2021
GP14s at Tollesbury © Derek Burchell

The eighth round of the London and South East GP14 Travellers series was held at Tollesbury SC in Essex on the 5th September.

The fleet of 18 boats (7 travellers and 11 from the home club) enjoyed superb weather - bright sunshine and a steadily building 10 to 12 knot easterly breeze. Race Officer Richard Ham set a long beat into the tide down the North Channel towards the main Blackwater estuary against the flood tide leading to a lot of close tacking over the shallows. Flat water and a slightly stronger breeze allowed Cooper/ Barrie (Welsh Harp) and Rogers/ Wilkinson (Tollesbury) to break clear on the left hand side and they were not challenged down wind or on the second lap.

In the second race with a similar beat Rogers/Wilkinson using what they thought was local knowledge and initially led staying to the left along the seawall, however, the wind veered as predicted and Cooper/Barrie and Keith and Lucy Street (Welsh Harp) were first and second at the windward mark with Rogers/Wilkinson regaining second place as the fleet got close to "Joyces Head" with Tomasz Szakola and Maciej (Magic) Matjaszczuk/Anna Holford close behind.

The start of the third race was problematic with a now ebbing tide which made judging the approach to the line very difficult. After two general recalls the race finally got away with the RO demonstrating his intent with a black flag that looked suspiciously like a black sweater tied to the flag halyard. With a shorter beat into the South channel Keith and Lucy Street led at the mark closely followed by Paul Trubridge (Frensham) with local crew Bob Gaskell and a large group of about six boats rounding in a gaggle just behind fighting for third. Innes/ Mcguinness (Frensham) grabbed a late overlap allowing them to roll the group coming through to third at the leeward mark and the race finished in that order.

Everyone was most appreciative of the food and refreshments laid on by the club's excellent shore team and thanks were duly offered to what is truly one of the friendliest clubs on the East Coast. After the prize-giving "Magic" conducted an impromptu spinnaker training session for several local crews which was really useful and greatly appreciated (and much needed!).

The GP14 Southern Travellers now move on to Hampton SC, Welsh Harp and concluding at Frensham Pond. Contact David Innes on for details.

Related Articles

GP14 Southern Travellers at Frensham Pond
Final event of the 2021 series includes the overall prize giving The final GP14 Southern Travellers event was held at Frensham Pond SC on the 10th October in sunny conditions with a light but relatively steady northerly greeting the fifteen teams. Posted on 22 Oct
GP14 Midlands Championship at Staunton Harold
Reduced to a one-day event after no wind on Saturday Delayed from April, the Craftinsure and Robline sponsored Midland Championships was rescheduled for 9/10th October. With a forecast of very light winds on the Saturday but a decent breeze on Sunday the event attracted a 9 boat entry. Posted on 11 Oct
GP14 Victor Trophy at Welsh Harp
The weather never quite delivered the 20+ knot forecast 16 GP14s competed for the 2021 Victor Trophy. The weather never quite delivered the 20 knots plus forecast for the afternoon, but conditions were challenging with the southerly breeze blowing over the trees across the lake. Posted on 5 Oct
GP14s at Hampton
London and South East Travellers Round 9 The ninth round of the London and South East GP14 Travellers series was held at Hampton SC on the River Thames. Initial expectations of a fleet of 15 soon fell short due to a mixture of an appalling forecast of light winds and heavy rain. Posted on 23 Sep
GP14s at South Staffs
Midland Bell Series resumes Seventeen GPs, including a couple of long distance travellers, albeit some back from from holiday, ventured out to South Staffs for the first post summer Midland Bell event. Posted on 8 Sep
Mike Fitzpatrick of Whistable YC passes away
Olympic campaigner, class measurer, championship organiser and author Sadly, we must report that a long-standing member of Whitstable Yacht Club and the worldwide sailing community, Mike Fitzpatrick, passed away at the weekend after a long illness. Posted on 18 Aug
GP14 Championship of Ireland
40 boats took part, including past Olympians, world champions and novices 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. Posted on 17 Aug
GP14 Youth Championships at Budworth
New trophy for a youth helm sailing with an adult crew To encourage more participation an new category racing for a new shield had been introduced by the Association - Youth Helm sailing with an Adult Crew. Posted on 15 Aug
GP14s at Windermere
13 boats for Northern Bell Series event With the best forecast of wind for the week before and the week after, 13 boats rigged and waited for the wind to appear. There was a good turnout of 8 home boats and 3 boats visiting from Bassenthwaite SC, one from Burwain SC and one from Budworth SC. Posted on 25 Jul
GP14 Midland Bell Series update
Time for a mid-term report Time for a mid-term report! We had an 11 event series planned at the beginning of the year and so far only one has had to be cancelled and two re-scheduled. Posted on 21 Jul