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GP14 Southern Travellers Series Final of 2021 at Frensham Pond Sailing Club

by David Innes 22 Oct 12:48 BST 10 October 2021

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, including defending champions Bryan Taylor and Andrew Todd (Toddy) and Travellers Trophy contenders Stephen Cooper and Lucy Barrie (Welsh Harp) and David Innes/ John McGuinness (Frensham).

Race Officer Bruce Hill set a true start line with a first beat across the lake followed by typical Frensham double triangle courses leading to multiple buoy roundings and opportunities for place changes.

The first race was led away by Innes/McGuinness followed by Cooper/Barrie and Taylor/Todd both of who came through to fight for the lead on the second beat. On the second lap Taylor and Toddy took the lead but sailed into a hole allowing Innes/McGuinness and Cooper/Barrie through before a Port Starboard put Cooper/Barrie in the lead which they held until the end of the race with Taylor/Todd taking second and new Travellers Ben Hazeldine (Frensham) and Jonny Steventon (South Cerney) taking third from Paul Trubridge and Kat Farnell-Watson (Frensham).

After a welcome lunch two races were run back to back in an increasing but still light breeze. In the second race the fleet split up the first beat with the pack going left to pick up a lift from the wood on the north shore. Hazeldine/Steventon and Innes/McGuinness went right chasing a stronger breeze only to regret the decision coming into the mark. Cooper/Barrie led and built a commanding lead which they held to the finish followed by Taylor and Toddy in second, Innes/Mcguiness in third and Keith Street/Caro Mitchell (Welsh Harp) in fourth.

Despite belated attempts by Innes/Mcguinness to slow Cooper and Barrie down by throwing confectionery in their boat the third race was led by Hazeldine/Steventon, who led from the start with Taylor and Toddy chasing hard from Cooper/ Barrie and local Joint Class captain Bruce Craven crewed by daughter Jemima. With the winner already decided it was all about second and Hazeldine/Steventon sailing in their first Southern Traveller event held their nerve to take the win and second overall from Taylor and Todd in third.

Frensham Open Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1st14151Stephen CooperLucy BarrieWelsh Harp11‑42
2nd13862Ben HazeldineJonny StevensonFrensham/South Cerney3‑514
3rd13864Bryan TaylorAndrew ToddFrensham ‑2224
4th14234David InnesJohn McguinnessFrensham‑5336
5th13787Keith StreetCaro MitchellWelsh Harp‑74610
6th14157Paul TrubridgeKat Farnell‑WatsonFrensham4‑9812
7th4166Sarah StreetLucy StreetWelsh Harp‑106713
8th14163Bruce CravenJemima CravenFrensham9‑10514
9th13299Jamie IslesMichal SzadyWelsh Harp 68‑1014
10th13708Stuart DuckworthChristine DuckworthFrensham‑117916
11th14265Kate WhyattVictoria WakefordFrensham‑13121123
12th13836Neil HoldenCatherine HoldenFrensham‑12111223
13th13973David HawkinsBrian DraperFrensham8(DSQ)DNF24
14th14190Matthew HallKitty HallFrensham‑14131326
15th12878David LebecAndrew LebecFrensham15(DNF)DNS31

A joint prize-giving was held for both the Frensham Open and the GP14 Southern Travellers Trophy with thanks and congratulations proffered to all with Joint Class captain John Denyer highlighting David and Andrew Lebec for joining their first ever Open Meeting.

GP14 Area Representative David Innes awarded the magnificent Southern Travellers Trophy to Steve Cooper and Lucy Barrie from Welsh Harp SC after they took the series with four bullets from their wins at Tollesbury, Maylandsea Bay, Welsh Harp as well as Frensham.

The second Southern Travellers trophy, the Jaldi Cup, which is awarded for new travellers was won by Jamie Isles and Michal Szady who attended nine of the ten events that form the Southern Travellers.

A special thanks was offered to John McGuinness from Frensham Pond SC who attended all ten events. David Innes congratulated the winners and thanked the nine qualifying teams and all GP14 Travellers who had attended all of the events which took place at Welsh Harp (twice), Tollesbury, Poole, Brightlingsea, Papercourt, Hampton, Leigh-on-Sea, Maylandsea Bay and of course Frensham Pond.

The circuit commences again in March 2022 hopefully with the same mix of tidal and inland venues and an added Open at South Cerney SC which will be shared with the GP14 Midland Bell circuit. Anyone interested in GP14 racing in the southeast should contact David Innes on

2021 GP14 Southern Traveller Results:

1Steve CooperLucy BarrieWelsh Harp4
2David InnesJohn McGuinnessFrensham Pond6
3Keith StreetCathy Howard/Caro Mitchell/Lucy StreetWelsh Harp12
4Tomasz SzakolaCharlie Cotter/Chris Lomax/Lucy StreetWelsh Harp14
5Maciej MatyjaszczukChris Lomax/Anna HalfordWelsh Harp/Tollesbury18
6George RogersNick Lynn/Jilly WilkinsonTollesbury19
7Jamie IslesMichal SzadyWelsh Harp23
8Sarah StreetLucy StreetWelsh Harp32
9Kate WhyattJohn McGuinness/P Hutton/Victoria WakefordFrensham Pond34

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