GP14 23rd April Midland Champs

GP14 Craftinsure Midland Championships 2019

First event in Super Seven Craftinsure

by Charles Saunders

This was the first event in the Super Seven Craftinsure sponsored series in 2019 and attracted some top helms from around the country in a fleet of 16 boats. The forecast had been for a decent Easterly breeze all weekend and for the most part it delivered, with slightly stronger winds for the first five races and dying off somewhat for the last one on Sunday afternoon.

Day 1

GP14 Midland Champs - 23rd April 2019After breakfast and briefing from Race Officer Grahame Newton we all headed for the start, where everyone behaved themselves properly and we tacked up the beat towards the Water Treatment Works shore. It wasn’t too long before Sam Watson/Andy Hunter (together again!) emerged at the front of the pack to take the bullet followed by Andy Smith/Phil Hodgkins of Ginger Boats and then James Goodfellow/Jane Kearney in third.
After an excellent chicken chasseur lunch, we launched again, now sharing with the Miracle class Midland Championship.

Start lines and courses were varied for races 2 and 3 to test every aspect of sailing and still no need for the dreaded Black flag. Conditions were quite testing at times with the shifts and gusts making for a real game of snakes and ladders. The same two boats were at the front in race 2 followed by Ian & Gemma Dobson in third. Race 3 saw Sam & Andy win yet again, followed by James/Jane in second and Andy/Phil third. By the end of Saturday it looked as though these three were the favorites for the podium positions.

Thank you to our galley team for a super meal

In the evening, for those that chose to, there was a delicious curry, followed by cheesecake and beer (Ay Up from the Dancing Duck Brewery in Derby). The barrel was duly emptied and we retired to bed or tent for the night, in subzero temperatures.

Day 2

Sunday dawned with grey skies and pretty similar wind as we launched, for two races back to back. Race 4 was completed with the same top three as Race 3. The course was changed again for Race 5 and the start flags dropped followed by the individual recall toot and flag. At least one boat went back, but was it GP14 24th April 2019the right one? Sam and Andy worked their way to the front once more and duly came to the Finish Line, but no toot – they had been OCS at the start – the only start line transgression of the weekend – is this a record for the GP14 fleet who are normally famed for pushing the line? After another good lunch, Race 6 started in a decent breeze, but it gradually died off, which shook up the order in the top half of the fleet completely – Ian Willis/Keith Dutton were first, followed by Sam & Andy and then Chris Martin/ Samuel Bailey of Midland SC in third. The Bronze fleet winner was also settled in this race with Peter Nugent squeezing a lead out of one of the spinnaker legs to secure his position.

Overall results

Overall, Sam Watson/Andy Hunter were the clear winners, with Andy Smith/Phil Hodgkins second and James Goodfellow/Jane Kearney third and winning the Silver Fleet. The Bronze fleet was won by youth sailor Peter Nugent, crewed by Charles Saunders. Once again the GP14 fleet showed that competitive racing can be had throughout the fleet by all ages from teenagers to mid-seventies. At the prize giving Sam Watson thanked everybody involved in putting on the weekend and all the sailors for taking part – we certainly had a great time.

R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
1st Gold 14132 Sam Watson Andy Hunter Nantwich 1 1 1 1 (17.0 OCS) 2 23 6
2nd Gold 14206 Andy Smith Phil Hodgkins Bassenthwaite 2 2 3 3 1 -7 18 11
3rd Silver 14241 James Goodfellow Jane Kearney Harwich/S Staffs 3 -10 2 2 4 6 27 17
4th Gold 13251 Ian Dobson Gemma Dobson Burwain 4 3 7 5 2 -8 29 21
5th Silver 14240 Russ Cormack Ali Cormack Budworth -5 4 4 4 5 4 26 21
6th Gold 14021 Ian Willis Keith Dutton South Staffs -8 6 6 6 3 1 30 22
7th Silver 13326 Chris Martin Samuel Bailey Midland/S Staffs 6 5 5 -8 6 3 33 25
8th Gold 14177 Peter Jacques Michelle Evans Chase 7 8 -9 9 7 5 45 36
9th Gold 14199 Frank Nickless Steve Parker Chase 9 9 8 7 8 (16.0 DNS) 57 41
10th Silver 14190 John Solomonson Anne Wakeling Aldridge -11 7 10 10 9 9 56 45
11th Silver 13974 Nick Brandon Lisa Carpenter South Staffs 10 11 -12 12 10 12 67 55
12th Silver 14139 Derek Fleming Seonaid Young South Staffs 13 (18.0 DSQ) 11 11 11 10 74 56
13th Bronze 13949 Peter Nugent Charles Saunders Staunton Harold -15 12 15 13 13 11 79 64
14th Bronze 13785 John Robinson Martin Denchfield Staunton Harold 12 13 13 14 -15 13 80 65
15th Bronze 13555 Joe Bellingham Richard Binns Nantwich 14 -15 14 15 12 14 84 69
16th Bronze 13263 Keith Budden Ben Roberts Trimpley 16 14 (17.0 DNF) 16 14 15 92 75


Thank you to our race and galley teams for a superb weekend!

Thank you to all our visitors who ensured a very competitive start to the Super Seven. Also a huge thank you to our race and galley teams for putting on such a great event!

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