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Progressive Credit Union GP14 World Championship 2022 at Skerries Sailing Club - Day 5

by Andy Johnston 19 Aug 10:55 BST 14-19 August 2022

Thursday dawned with well over a hundred pairs of fingers crossed. Racing lost on Wednesday meant with only 3 races completed the PRO was under pressure. An Thursday morning didnt disappoint. With breeze from south or south west and steady things looked good from the start. The changed direction also provided a flat sea which was another pleasure for the sailors after Tuesday confused seas state.

Race 1 got off on time, with a beautiful 12 knot breeze. From the get go Ger Owens was to the fore on the left side. Others showing early were Jane Kearney, Peter Boyle with Ian Dobson and Matt Mee not far away. Curly Morris had a cracking start and was probably in top 10 as they neared the weather mark. By the time they reached the gybe mark, Ger Owens had three or four boat length lead from Matt Mee with Neil Marsden now up in contention.

This quartet then battled it to the finish. With a tacking duel all the way up the last leg between Ger Owens and Matt Mee with Ger Owens just holding on to take the gun. A similar battle was ensuing behind with Neil Marsden just pipping Ian Dobson for the third spot. Nick Devereux in fifth with one of the older boats 12654. The next best Irish boat was Ross Kearney in eighth and Adrian Lee in tenth. Colman Grimes the leading Irish boat in the event coming in 18th. Silver fleet leader Conor Twohig added another strong finish when he came across the line in 24th.

Race 2 got under way with the breeze freshening up to 14knots. The Pathfinder for this race was Youghal's Adrian Lee. First to show were Matt Mee, Colman Grimes, Hugh Gill, all gone early out of the gate and started up left. At the weather mark it was Matt Mee followed a few boat lengths by Ruan O'Tiarnaigh, Ian Dobson and Hugh Gill. As the wind increased Matt Mee had extended his lead over Ruan O Tiarnaigh second and Hugh Gill in third at the gybe mark. The reaching legs were super fast, with a few capsizes through the fleet including Ger Owens winner of the first race of the day.

By the end of the sausage, Matt Mee had extended his lead quite considerably Ruan O'Tiarnaigh was still holding onto second but Colman Grimes had made huge inroads and now putting Ian Dobson under pressure for third on the water. Hugh Gill was in fifth with Jane Kearney up into eighth spot. Ger Owens showed how to recover from a capsize and was back up into 13th spot.

Matt Mee took the gun under no pressure. However a thrilling finish was unfolding with local sailor and event coordinator Colman Grimes just taking 2nd from Ian Dobson on the line. Hugh Gill made another good Irish finish with fourth, John Hayes fifth and Ruan O Tiarnaigh in sixth, Nick Devereux seventh, Jane Kearney eighth and Peter Boyle in ninth.

Having lost three race days, PRO Bill O'Hara had scheduled three races to try and catch up. A third race on Thursday meant two races on Friday would give him eight races and the fleet would have two discards.

Race 3 got under way with Pathfinder Graham Flynn leading around the weather mark. Followed by Tim Jones, Jane Kearney, Alan Blay. Ian Dobso and Peter Boyle. At this stage leading Irish contender Colman Grimes was in 15th just behind Matt Mee the event leader.

Wind was still 15 to 18 knots but with a grey sky and some rain. The reaches were again fast with a few capsizes through the fleet. At the top mark second time around Jane Kearney (RNIYC) had moved into the lead from Alan Blay with a small gap to Ian Dobson in third. Matt Mee had recovered somewhat and was now up into sixth with Peter Boyle seventh and Colman Grimes up to tenth. The local man is having a storming event in all respects.

Showing his class under pressure, Ian Dobson worked himself into contention with a couple of hundred meters to the finish. Tack for tack he diced with Alan Blay with Ian Dobson taking the gun by less than a boat length. Jane Kearney finished a superb day by holding off the title contender Matt Mee. Peter Boyle took tenth and will be pathfinder for Race 7 on Friday morning. Leading Irish contender Colman Grimes finished eleventh.

A great days racing, meant the event was very much back on track and with no clear leader, Fridays racing will be intense. Ian Dobson leads Matt Mee by 2 points with Nick Craig and Colman Grimes battling for third spot. Beyond Colman, Hugh Gill is the next Irish boat in ninth with Ger Owens in tenth.

Conor Twohig retains his lead in Silver Fleet ahead of Ciaran Keogh and Skerries sailor Doire Shiels in third. In Bronze fleet Conor Byrne leads Frankie Browne and Meg Tyrrell.

Gold Fleet Results after day 5:

PosBoat NumberHelmCrewSailing ClubR1R2R3R4R5R6
1st14262Ian DobsonAndy TunnicliffeBurwain SC121‑431
2nd14023Matt MeeChris RobinsonB&FYC/Red Wharf Bay‑412214
3rd14185Nick CraigToby LewisBurghfield Frensham2337‑116
4th14144Colman GrimesRoss GinglesSkerries Sailing Club/Derwent Resevoir574‑18211
5th13654Neil MarsdenDerek HillBlackpool & Fleetwood yc8583‑1312
6th13161Robert RichardsonSteven WilsonRoyal Windermere Yacht Club1267‑29175
7th14199Graham FlynnFrank NicklessThe Chase SC717(DNC)6107
8th14202Ciaron JonesSam PlattHolyhead SC / Bolton SC31413‑16129
9th14275Hugh GillDan GillSutton Dinghy Club91014‑19415
10th14256Ger OwenMelanie MorrisEABC & RSGYC16815115‑19
11th14287Tim JonesDale KnowlesHolyhead SC / Bolton SC1415109‑298
12th14252Niall HenryOssian GeraghtySligo Yacht Club611617‑2317
13th14215Ruan O'TiarnaighRebekah O'TiarnaighBYC / SDC2049‑54621
14th14272Peter BoyleSteven BoyleSutton Dinghy Club18(RET)1113910
15th14248Ross KearneyAndrew VaughanRoyal North of Ireland YC119(DNC)81918
16th14154Adrian LeeGareth GallagherYSC/MBC1320(DNC)1016RDG
17th14217Mark PlattTom PlattBolton Sailing Club102316‑272013
18th14235Alan BlayHugh McNallySutton DC1532534(DNC)2
19th14247John McGuinnessDonal McGuinnessMoville Boat Club2116172121‑22
20th14242Jane KearneyOliver GoodheadRoyal North of Ireland YC / South Staffs‑644329147.53
21st14178Jason TindaleLawrence CreaserBarbados Yacht Club301920‑322723
22nd13403Robert LeeStephen LynchGreystones Sailing Club23211959‑6114
23rd14241Patrick HamiltonKeith MaxwellEast Down YC24252138‑3929
24th13917Josh PorterSara GowdyMSC‑653324262238
25th14263Diarmaid MullenLauren DonaghySligo YC‑462923234328
26th14188John HayesJoel JamesSouthport SC1918‑22155DNE
27th14279Katie DwyerMichelle RowleySutton Sailing Club3739303325‑44
28th13750Norman LeeAlan LeddyGreystones Sailing Club25(DNC)DNC121826
29th13890Matthew De VilliersChristopher du ToitGLYC425533‑674950
30th14254James Peter HockleyAlan ThompsonLough Foyle Y C40(DNC)DNC352641
31st12654Nick DevereuxSarah JarmanBudworth SC(DNC)DNCDNC57.531
32nd14219Curly MorrisKatie KaneEast Antrim B. C.5251(DNC)206384
33rd13466Richard StreetLisa FlynnBlessington4852(DNC)627558
34th14214Keith LoudenMateo LoudenLFYC432728(DNC)DNCDNC

Silver Fleet Results after day 5:

PosBoat NumberHelmCrewSailing ClubR1R2R3R4R5R6
1st14165Conor TwohigMatthew CotterSutton Dinghy Club17131224‑3325
2nd14255Doire ShielsLewis CoppingetSSC27‑4639221430
3rd13624Ciaran KeoghAdam LeddyDMYC262218‑684620
4th13981Sam StreetJosh LloydBlessington Sailing Club4430‑47283827
5th13509Harry J FrithJohn RichardsonRoyal Windermere Yacht Club3236253936‑43
6th13901Steven NelsonDaniel NelsonNewtownards sailing club / donaghadee sa2824(DNC)373248
7th14257William JohnsonJames johnsonLough Foyle Sailing Club2931(DNC)255645
8th13176Christopher WintersFreya MasonMidland Sailing Club36(DNC)46463142
9th1424Chris ClaytonRory HigginsRNIYC3426(DNC)713451
10th14002Mark BiagioAaron BiagioPretoria Sailing club7035344935(DNC)
11th14225Cathal SheridanDavid CookeSkerries Sailing Club5340423677(DNC)
12th14274Simon CullyLibby TierneyBlessington Sailing Club7328(DNC)734736
13th13928Sam WrayLuke HendersonSligo Yacht Club33(DNC)DNC484433
14th13537Richard ThompsonSimon McVeyRoyal Windermere Yacht Club38(DNC)DNC405434
15th14206Alan JonesSue WatsonBassenthwaite7448(DNC)3037DNC
16th13875Simon JoyceRosanna JoyceBudworth SC‑756848477172
17th1372Hugh DevereuxJames AlexanderBudworth SS C(DNC)DNCDNC412849
18th14271Brian MorrisonLucia NicholsonLough Erne yacht club(DNC)41DNC576961
19th14127Stuart McCormickKasia Goborec‑McEvoyMullingar Sailing Club49(DNC)DNC656752
20th14212Michael CoxClaire CromieNewtownards Sailing Club79(DNC)DNC447057
21st14077Michael BrinesPeter BrinesLough Erne Sailing Club78(DNC)DNC606865
22nd14171Lawrence BaalhamRobbie RichardsonDonaghadee Sailing Club(DNC)DNCDNC42.530DNC
23rd14105Alan PinderMargaret HindsMullingar SC4138(DNC)DNCDNCDNC

Bronze Fleet Results after day 5:

PosBoat NumberHelmCrewSailing ClubR1R2R3R4R5R6
1st14130Conor ByrneEmer McNallyDarwin Sailing Club2212‑41112416
2nd14226Frankie BrowneDavid LappinSSC35452731‑5932
3rd13308Meg TyrrellSorcha DonnellyRoyal Irish Yacht Club47423142.5‑5037
4th13977Kerri‑ann BoylanMegan BoylanSSC31‑6232564540
5th14029Darach DinneenNoah CanhamSkerries Sailing Club39‑5626554847
6th13314Eoghan DuffyMatthew WhiteLRYC45‑6035505339
7th13316James WardRichard WhitehillPapercourt Sailing Club58‑6144514154
8th14072Darrell SleepCharles SaundersStaunton Harold Sailing Club594949‑694253
9th13804Robert SkellyChris MayDerwent Reservoir Sailing Club66544358‑8656
10th14259James HackettColm HackettMullingar SC5047388955(DNC)
11th14056Arthur LoganFiona LoganCastle Semple Sailing Club‑675840646659
12th14280Zena MartinLeanne PilkingtonBolton SC6853(DNC)535166
13th13966Finley WaterhouseNigel WaterhouseBudworth Sailing Club6344(DNC)744076
14th13677Daithi MurphyCormac MurphyTralee Bay Sailing Club‑726445706264
15th13353Des MacmahonPat BiestyCullaun Sailing Club576637(DNC)8274
16th13542Peter ShorttStuart BurnsSkerries Sailing Club6267(DNC)765755
17th13795Daniel O'HareMuriel CarthyRush SC513436(DNC)DNCDNC
18th13721Ross BairdSian BairdBudworth Sailing Club5650(DNC)779160
19th14234David InnesJohn McGuinnessFrensham Pond sailing Club54(DNC)DNC615271
20th13263Keith BuddenBennet RobertsTrimpley6163(DNC)797668
21st14Max CullyTighe WardellBlessington(DNC)DNCDNC456446
22nd13399Joseph HinsleyDaniel DrummSkerries Sailing Club7159(DNC)927277
23rd1Luke KellettCiaran DurnfordSutton D C55(DNC)DNC787463
24th13207Denis CullyOllie LloydBlessington Sailing Club(DNC)DNCDNC636062
25th13645Hender BlewettCat GinglesDerwent Reservoir Sailing Club6965(DNC)989073
26th13238George FitzgeraldFrank MulqueenCullaun SC(DNC)37DNC958775
27th4215Charlotte O'TiarnaighNatasha O'TiarnaightSutton Dinghy Club80(DNC)DNC837369
28th4615Stephen ParryJens KuhnYork SC(DNC)DNCDNC727967
29th13228Billy O'MahonyDamian HawkinsCullaun SC(DNF)57DNC949281
30th13608Keith LeonardBernadette GroganSwords/Skerries Sailing SC8269(DNC)DNCDNC70
31st13935John BorneMeredith GrieveNewtownards Sailing Club77(DNC)DNC818585
32nd14061Michael CollenderBrian WalkerMullingar Sailing Club(DNC)DNCDNC668180
33rd14054Cormac MeaneyAngela BoyhanMullingar Sailing Club76(DNC)DNC968388
34th13267Simon DickFred/Julia DickBlessington(DNC)DNCDNC827879
35th14052Sam McConkeyNoel McCarthyClontarf Yacht and Boat Club60(DNC)DNC8795DNC
36th13847Noel ClarkeEric Quinn/Tony ClarkeSkerries Sailing Club/Australia(DNC)DNCDNC808083
37th13780Lesley FreemanSue WebbTrimpley Sailing Club83(DNC)DNC908987
38th13865Jennifer BryceLara SundayNewtownards Sailing Club/Donaghadee Sail(DNC)DNCDNC868478
39th13910Alan GowdyPauline GowdyNewtownards Sailing Club(DNC)DNCDNC8865DNC
40th13850Stephen BroadersJackie MaloneSwords sailing club(DNC)DNCDNC978882
41st13911Shane RussellDave CarolanClontarf Yacht & Boat Club(DNC)DNCDNC939386
42nd796Derek McCuneGraham McCormackNewtownards Sailing Club81(DNC)DNC91DNCDNC
43rd14142John McVeaKerry EdwardsSLYC(DNC)DNCDNC75DNCDNC
44th14057Ann PennyLisa CarpenterDerwent Reservoir/South Staffs Sailing C(DNC)DNCDNC84DNCDNC
45th14167Simon HoultIsla HoultHayling Island SC(DNC)DNCDNC85DNCDNC
46th13459Jane Hunter McleanEmily LoweSutton dinghy club(DNC)DNCDNC9994DNC

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