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

by Andy Johnston 21 Aug 17:12 BST 14-19 August 2022

Friday and final race day. 2 races schedule which would enable all crews to utilize a second discard. At the top of the fleet, only 2 points separated Ian Dobson and Matt Mee and with Neil Marsden, Nick Craig, local sailor Colman Grimes, Ger Owens, Hugh Gill, Alan Blay all capable of top five finishes, this title was still very much up for grabs.

Local bragging rights going into day 2 looked secure with Skerries Colman Grimes in fourth but he had an outside chance of taking third but the gap to fifth was also very small.

In the Silver Fleet, Sutton Dinghy Clubs Conor Twohig led and barring a disaster looked secure but behind him there was a good battle for remaining podium places with Blessington's youngster Sam Street, vying with Skerries Doire Shiels, Newtownards Steven Nelson and another youngster Greystones Ciaran Keogh. In the Bronze Fleet Darwin Sailing Club's and former Skerries man Conor Byrne looked secure but again all to play for between Meg Tyrrel, Kerri-Ann Boylan, Darach Dineen, Eoghan Duffy and Frankie Browne.

Race 1 got under way clean and on time, with Peter Boyle as pathfinder. With majority of fleet heading out right, pathfinder looked good. Approaching the weather mark, pathfinder Peter Boyle capsizes when in fourth, with Ross Kearney first at the weather mark. Then Neil Marsden. Ian Dobson fourth around behind bronze fleet leader Conor Byrne. Alan Blay in top five closely followed by Mat Mee.

After the spreader mark, Ian Dobson and Matt Mee engage in little luffing match. The close engagement between the pair will extend through to the end of the days racing.

By the top mark second time round, Ross Kearney still just leads Neil Marsden. Matt Mee has escaped clutches of Ian Dobson and lies third and closing in on the leaders. Alan Blay fifth. Ian Dobson now lies seventh. This competition is far from being over. Wind has been up steady now at 18 knots but has taken it toll on the fleet with quite a few retirees.

Up the last beat Matt Mee has really put the squeeze on the the leading pair and takes the gun by three boat lengths from Neil Marsden with Ross Kearney in third. A fast finishing Ian Dobson recovers well to take 4th and that leaves things very tight now at the top of the leader-board. Nick Craig fifth, leading Youth Robert Richardson sixth, Alan Blay seventh with leading Irish contender Colman Grimes in eighth.

The fallen pathfinder Peter Boyle having slipped back to late 30s after the capsize has made an excellent recovery to take tenth.

A couple of big finishes sees Blessington's Sam Street & Josh Lloyd post a sixteenth and the Boylan sisters from Skerries take a 25th which put both pairs now in contention for podium places in Silver and Bronze respectively.

Race 8 was now of major significance in where the World Championship would go. Matt Mee a British National champions on two occasions but who had been out of the GP14 fleet for a few years lead by one point from four time World Champions Ian Dobson & Andy Tunnicliffe who was were very keen to reclaim a title they had relinquished in 2016.

The top mark leader is Neil Marsden, then Nick Craig, Ian Dobson and Ross Kearney. Our pathfinder Jane Kearney is eighth. Silver Fleet leader is up in Conor Twohig thirteenth. With wind now up over 20knots, the reaches are fast and a cracking spectacle. Bottom of the reach Neil Marsden has stretched out a very healthy lead. Ian Dobson is next. Matt Mee in 4th behind Nick Craig. Rosa Ross Kearney 5th. Colman Grimes in now up to ninth behind Jane Kearney.

By the leeward mark. All changed. Neil Marsden and majority of the fleet come down right hand side. Ross Kearney has gone left with Matt Mee and Ian Dobson in the middle. Left side seems to have paid with Ian Dobson now leading Matt Mee with Neil Marsden in third ahead of Nick Craig and Ross Keaney in close order. That makes it very tight.

Last beat will be interesting. Jane Kearney seventh, then John Hayes, Colman Grimes tenth. Silver fleet leader Conor Twohig holding his thirteenth with Sam Street fourteenth, the pair making a real contest. Peter Boyle fifteenth. Bronze fleet Eoghan Duffy in a superb sixteenth, Hugh Gill seventeenth. And Kerri Ann & Megan Boylan now in twentieth.

Heading to the top mark and the finish. It's still very close between Ian Dobson and Matt Mee and might well go to a countback. Ian Dobson take the gun from Matt Mee. There is clearly a bit of cheer in the background and Ian & Andy believe its theirs. That recovery on the last beat to take fourth in Race 7 may well be the key moment.

Long time race leader Neil Marsden & Derek Hill pips Nick Craig & Toby Lewis for third with Ross Keaney & Andrew Vaughan in fifth. Two good races for Ross on the final day may well be enough to get him into the overall top ten after a slow start to the Championship. Leading Irish contender has finished ninth to cap a superb event for the local sailor who is also the Event Coordinator. Robert Richardson & Steven Wilson take tenth to copper-fasten an overall top ten for a very impressive Youth showing.

Moville John & Donal McGuinness take eleventh with Conor Twohig & Mattheew Cotter from Sutton Dinghy Club capping a super event with a twelfth in the final race. Blessington Sam Street & Josh Lloyd finish a great final day with an 18th.

That fourth in Race 7 meant Ian Dobson & Andy Tunnicliffe and Matt Mee & Chris Robinson tied on Total (17) and Net (9) scores with both discarding two fourth places. An event beset by two year Covid delay and impacted by the loss of three days racing, saw the 2022 GP14 World Championship go all the way to the wire and decided on countback in favour of Ian & Andy on the basis of four race victories to three by Matt & Chris.

It really couldn't have been closer and a super end to what has been a superbly run event by Skerries Sailing Club.

The overall result saw Ian & Andy first, Matt & Chris second, with Nick Craig & Toby Lewis third. Top Irish boat was Colman Grimes & Ross Gingles (Skerries SC) who finished fifth.

There were three Irish in the top ten with Ross Kearney & Andrew Vaughan (RNIYC) finishing in seventh and Hugh & Dan Gill (Sutton Dinghy Club) tenth. Another eight Irish crews in the top twenty made for a strong showing and highlights the strength of the Irish fleet.

Conor Twohig & Matthew Cotter finished 21st overall and took Silver Fleet from Doire Shiels & Lewis Coppinger in 23rd and Sam Street & Josh Lloyd (Blessington) in 27th. Conor Byrne & Emer McNally (Darwin SC) and 22nd overall took Bronze Fleet from Kerri-Ann & Megan Boylan (Skerries SC) in 34th and Frankie Brown & Dave Lappin (Skerries SC) in 40th.

Curly Morris, the outgoing GP14 International President and a great supporter and facilitator for Youth and Female engagement and involvement in the Irish GP14 Class announced a major surprise when additional World Sailing Championship medals were to be presented possibly for the first time at a World Championship in Ireland.

The GP14 International organisation would normally present trophies at the GP14 World Championships to categories such as leading Female Helm, leading all-Female crew and leading Youth, but this was the first year that World Sailing has permitted World Sailing medals be presented to these categories as well as the overall World Championship top three.

To major cheers and emotional scenes the prize-giving ceremony concluded with the following presentations...

World Sailing Youth Championship Medals:

Gold: Robert Richardson & Steven Wilson (Royal Windemere SC) Silver: Sam Stree & Josh Lloyd (Blessington Sailing Club) Bronze: Ciaran Keogh & Adam Leddy (Greystones Sailing Club)

World Sailing All Female Championship Medals:

Gold: Kerri-Ann & Megan Boylan (Skerries Sailing Club) Silver: Katie Dwyer & Michelle Rowley (Sutton Dinghy Club) Bronze: Meg Tyrrell & Sorcha Donnelly (Royal Irish YC/ Skerries SC)

World Sailing Mixed Crews Championship Medals:

Gold: Ger Owens & Mel Morris (RoyalSt. George YC & East Antrim Boat Club Silver: Jane Kearney & Ollie Goodhead (Royal North of Ireland C &) Bronze: Ruan & Rebekkah O'Tiarnaigh (Ballyholme YC & Sutton Dinghy Club)

Overall World Championship Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1stGold14262Ian DobsonAndy TunnicliffeBurwain SC121‑431‑419
2ndGold14023Matt MeeChris RobinsonB&FYC/Red Wharf Bay‑41221‑4129
3rdGold14185Nick CraigToby LewisBurghfield Frensham233‑7‑1165423
4thGold13654Neil MarsdenDerek HillBlackpool & Fleetwood yc8583‑13‑122329
5thGold14144Colman GrimesRoss GinglesSkerries Sailing Club/Derwent Resevoir574‑182‑118935
6thGold13161Robert RichardsonSteven WilsonRoyal Windermere Yacht Club1267‑29‑17561046
7thGold14248Ross KearneyAndrew VaughanRoyal North of Ireland YC119(DNC)8‑19183554
8thGold14287Tim JonesDale KnowlesHolyhead SC / Bolton SC14‑15109‑2989656
9thGold14202Ciaron JonesSam PlattHolyhead SC / Bolton SC31413‑1612913‑1664
10thGold14275Hugh GillDan GillSutton Dinghy Club91014‑19415‑261567
11thGold14256Ger OwenMelanie MorrisEABC & RSGYC16815115‑19‑171469
12thGold14272Peter BoyleSteven BoyleSutton Dinghy Club‑18(RET)1113910101770
13thGold14199Graham FlynnFrank NicklessThe Chase SC717(DNC)6107‑272370
14thGold14242Jane KearneyOliver GoodheadRoyal North of Ireland YC / South Staffs‑64‑4329147.5312772.5
15thGold14252Niall HenryOssian GeraghtySligo Yacht Club611617‑2317(DNC)2077
16thGold14217Mark PlattTom PlattBolton Sailing Club10‑2316‑272013141386
17thGold14235Alan BlayHugh McNallySutton DC15325‑34(DNC)272687
18thGold14154Adrian LeeGareth GallagherYSC/MBC1320(DNC)1016RDG19‑2192.8
19thGold14215Ruan O'TiarnaighRebekah O'TiarnaighBYC / SDC2049‑54621(DNC)3494
20thGold14247John McGuinnessDonal McGuinnessMoville Boat Club‑2116172121‑221511101
21stSilver14165Conor TwohigMatthew CotterSutton Dinghy Club17131224‑3325‑3012103
22ndBronze14130Conor ByrneEmer McNallyDarwin Sailing Club2212‑4111241631‑41116
23rdSilver14255Doire ShielsLewis CoppingetSkerries Sailing Club27‑46‑392214302132146
24thGold13750Norman LeeAlan LeddyGreystones Sailing Club25(DNC)(DNC)1218263630147
25thGold14178Jason TindaleLawrence CreaserBarbados Yacht Club301920‑32272329(DNC)148
26thGold14241Patrick HamiltonKeith MaxwellEast Down YC242521‑38‑39292231152
27thSilver13981Sam StreetJosh LloydBlessington Sailing Club‑4430‑472838271618157
28thGold14188John HayesJoel JamesSouthport SC‑1918‑22155DNE118162
29thSilver13624Ciaran KeoghAdam LeddyDMYC262218‑68‑46203246164
30thSilver13901Steven NelsonDaniel NelsonNewtownards sailing club / donaghadee sa2824(DNC)3732‑482025166
31stGold13917Josh PorterSara GowdyMSC‑653324262238‑4424167
32ndGold13403Robert LeeStephen LynchGreystones Sailing Club23211959‑611443(DSQ)179
33rdGold14263Diarmaid MullenLauren DonaghySligo YC462923234328(DNC)(DNC)192
34thBronze13977Kerri‑ann BoylanMegan BoylanSkerries Sailing Club31‑6232‑5645402522195
35thGold14279Katie DwyerMichelle RowleySutton Sailing Club3739303325‑4434‑40198
36thGold12654Nick DevereuxSarah JarmanBudworth SC(DNC)(DNC)DNC57.5312327198.5
37thSilver1424Chris ClaytonRory HigginsRNIYC3426(DNC)‑7134511838201
38thSilver13509Harry J FrithJohn RichardsonRoyal Windermere Yacht Club3236253936‑4335‑45203
39thSilver14257William JohnsonJames johnsonLough Foyle Sailing Club2931(DNC)25‑56453937206
40thBronze14226Frankie BrowneDavid LappinSkerries Sailing Club35452731‑5932(DNC)42212
41stBronze13314Eoghan DuffyMatthew WhiteLRYC45‑603550‑53392819216
42ndSilver14002Mark BiagioAaron BiagioPretoria Sailing club‑7035344935(DNC)3333219
43rdSilver13928Sam WrayLuke HendersonSligo Yacht Club33(DNC)(DNC)4844333828224
44thBronze13308Meg TyrrellSorcha DonnellyRoyal Irish Yacht Club‑47423142.5‑50374635233.5
45thSilver13176Christopher WintersFreya MasonMidland Sailing Club36(DNC)‑464631424139235
46thBronze14029Darach DinneenNoah CanhamSkerries Sailing Club39‑562655484724(DNC)239
47thGold13890Matthew De VilliersChristopher du ToitGLYC42‑5533‑6749504029243
48thSilver13537Richard ThompsonSimon McVeyRoyal Windermere Yacht Club38(DNC)(DNC)4054343757260
49thSilver14225Cathal SheridanDavid CookeSkerries Sailing Club53404236‑77(DNC)5247270
50thSilver14274Simon CullyLibby TierneyBlessington Sailing Club‑7328(DNC)7347364248274
51stBronze13316James WardRichard WhitehillPapercourt Sailing Club‑58‑61445141544950289
52ndBronze14072Darrell SleepCharles SaundersStaunton Harold Sailing Club‑594949‑6942535153297
53rdBronze14259James HackettColm HackettMullingar SC504738‑8955(DNC)6551306
54thBronze13966Finley WaterhouseNigel WaterhouseBudworth Sailing Club6344(DNC)7440‑765049320
55thSilver14206Alan JonesSue WatsonBassenthwaite7448(DNC)3037(DNC)7359321
56thSilver14127Stuart McCormickKasia Goborec‑McEvoyMullingar Sailing Club49(DNC)(DNC)6567524544322
57thSilver1372Hugh DevereuxJames AlexanderBudworth SS C(DNC)(DNC)DNC4128494755325
58thGold14219Curly MorrisKatie KaneEast Antrim B. C.5251(DNC)20638457(DNC)327
59thBronze13804Robert SkellyChris MayDerwent Reservoir Sailing Club66544358‑865663‑67340
60thBronze14280Zena MartinLeanne PilkingtonBolton SC‑6853(DNC)5351666756346
61stBronze13353Des MacmahonPat BiestyCullaun Sailing Club576637(DNC)‑82746152347
62ndBronze13677Daithi MurphyCormac MurphyTralee Bay Sailing Club‑726445‑7062645658349
63rdBronze14Max CullyTighe WardellBlessington(DNC)(DNC)DNC4564465536351
64thBronze14056Arthur LoganFiona LoganCastle Semple Sailing Club‑67584064‑66596466351
65thSilver14212Michael CoxClaire CromieNewtownards Sailing Club79(DNC)(DNC)4470575943352
66thGold14254James Peter HockleyAlan ThompsonLough Foyle Y C40(DNC)(DNC)352641DNCDNC352
67thBronze13542Peter ShorttStuart BurnsSkerries Sailing Club6267(DNC)76575548(DNC)365
68thSilver13875Simon JoyceRosanna JoyceBudworth SC‑7568484771‑727264370
69thSilver14271Brian MorrisonLucia NicholsonLough Erne yacht club(DNC)41(DNC)57696160DNC393
70thBronze13721Ross BairdSian BairdBudworth Sailing Club5650(DNC)77916062(DNC)396
71stBronze13207Denis CullyOllie LloydBlessington Sailing Club(DNC)(DNC)DNC6360625354397
72ndBronze14234David InnesJohn McGuinnessFrensham Pond sailing Club54(DNC)(DNC)61527154DNC397
73rdGold13466Richard StreetLisa FlynnBlessington4852(DNC)627558(DNC)DNC400
74thBronze13263Keith BuddenBennet RobertsTrimpley6163(DNC)‑7976687062400
75thGold14214Keith LoudenMateo LoudenLFYC432728(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC413
76thBronze13399Joseph HinsleyDaniel DrummSkerries Sailing Club7159(DNC)‑9272777763419
77thBronze13795Daniel O'HareMuriel CarthyRush SC513436(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC436
78thSilver14077Michael BrinesPeter BrinesLough Erne Sailing Club78(DNC)(DNC)60686566DNC442
79thBronze4215Charlotte O'TiarnaighNatasha O'TiarnaightSutton Dinghy Club80(DNC)(DNC)8373697661442
80thGold14260ALASTAIR DUFFINANDY CORKILLNewtownards(RET)(DNC)DNC525824DNCDNC449
81stBronze13935John BorneMeredith GrieveNewtownards Sailing Club77(DNC)(DNC)8185856960457
82ndBronze13608Keith LeonardBernadette GroganSwords/Skerries Sailing SC8269(DNC)(DNC)DNC707465465
83rdBronze13645Hender BlewettCat GinglesDerwent Reservoir Sailing Club6965(DNC)98907371(DNC)466
84thBronze13238George FitzgeraldFrank MulqueenCullaun SC(DNC)37(DNC)958775DNC68467
85thBronze1Luke KellettCiaran DurnfordSutton D C55(DNC)(DNC)787463DNCDNC480
86thSilver14171Lawrence BaalhamRobbie RichardsonDonaghadee Sailing Club(DNC)(DNC)DNC42.530DNCDNCDNC492.5
87thBronze4615Stephen ParryJens KuhnYork SC(DNC)(DNC)DNC72796768DNC496
88thSilver14105Alan PinderMargaret HindsMullingar SC4138(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC499
89thBronze13865Jennifer BryceLara SundayNewtownards Sailing Club/Donaghadee Sail(DNC)(DNC)DNC8684787969501
90thBronze13267Simon DickFred/Julia DickBlessington(DNC)(DNC)DNC82787958DNC507
91stBronze14061Michael CollenderBrian WalkerMullingar Sailing Club(DNC)(DNC)DNC66818078DNC515
92ndBronze14054Cormac MeaneyAngela BoyhanMullingar Sailing Club76(DNC)(DNC)96838875DNC523
93rdBronze14052Sam McConkeyNoel McCarthyClontarf Yacht and Boat Club60(DNC)(DNC)8795DNCDNC71523
94thBronze13228Billy O'MahonyDamian HawkinsCullaun SC(DNF)57(DNC)949281DNCDNC534
95thBronze13847Noel ClarkeEric Quinn/Tony ClarkeSkerries Sailing Club/Australia(DNC)(DNC)DNC808083DNCDNC558
96thBronze13780Lesley FreemanSue WebbTrimpley Sailing Club83(DNC)(DNC)908987DNCDNC559
97thBronze13910Alan GowdyPauline GowdyNewtownards Sailing Club(DNC)(DNC)DNC8865DNCDNCDNC573
98thBronze13459Jane Hunter McleanEmily LoweSutton dinghy club(DNC)(DNC)DNC9994DNCDNC70578
99thBronze13850Stephen BroadersJackie MaloneSwords sailing club(DNC)(DNC)DNC978882DNCDNC582
100thBronze13911Shane RussellDave CarolanClontarf Yacht & Boat Club(DNC)(DNC)DNC939386DNCDNC587
101stBronze796Derek McCuneGraham McCormackNewtownards Sailing Club81(DNC)(DNC)91DNCDNCDNCDNC592
102ndBronze14142John McVeaKerry EdwardsSLYC(DNC)(DNC)DNC75DNCDNCDNCDNC600
103rdBronze14057Ann PennyLisa CarpenterDerwent Reservoir/South Staffs Sailing C(DNC)(DNC)DNC84DNCDNCDNCDNC609
104thBronze14167Simon HoultIsla HoultHayling Island SC(DNC)(DNC)DNC85DNCDNCDNCDNC610

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