GP14 Open

Thursday night, Night Jar A finished last week. Overall winner was Mike Turner and Sue Watson in a GP. Mike had done two OD duties during the series, but only needed to count one to win. Ginge was second. Alex Hill (Laser) was third overall and wins the laser/handicap trophy. Tim Smith wins the mirrors and Keith Thomas the Flying Fifteens. In all 44 helms took part over 10 races (two races were abandoned before they were started due to high winds).

16 boats turned out for this weekend’s GP open. Although the winds were very light there was enough for two races each day – the third race on Sunday was not started. Beautiful sunshine and we all enjoyed the view whilst waiting for the wind. Very close racing through all parts of the fleet and after the first two races, Telf, Ian Dobson and Dave Lawson were all on 4 points. In the third race, Neil Platt then went and threw a spanner in the works by winning (old habits die hard!). Places changing up every beat and a few deft over-taking manoeuvres downwind. Telf managed to hold on to the lead in the fourth race to win overall. Hugh & Rhonwen were winners of the silver fleet and Mandy Mitchell with Jon Close from Winsford Flash won the Bronze fleet. First time for a long time that a quarter of the fleet had lady helms.

Overall Results

Position/Fleet	Helm		Crew		Club	Race 1	Race 2	Race 3	Race 4	Total 	Net
1 Gold		John Telford	Andy Smith	Bass	3	1	3	1	8	5
2 Gold		Ian Dobson	Katie MacKenzie	Burwain	1	3	2	3	9	6
3 Gold		Dave Lawson	Lynn Lawson	Bass	2	2	4	2	10	6
4 Gold		Neil Platt	Phil Smith	Bolton/	4	4	1	4	13	9
5 Gold		Martin Brennan	Alistair knott	Holling	5	5	6	5	21	15
6 Silver	Hugh Godfrey	Rhonwen Bryce	Bass	8	8	5	6	27	19
7 Silver	John Riley	Nigel Lewis	Bass	7	6	8	7	28	20
8 Silver	Mike Fairlamb	Eric Smith	Bass	6	9	7	9	31	22
9 Bronze	Mandy Mitchell	Jon Close	Winsfor	11	11	9	8	39	28
10Silver	Julie WaddingtonChris Waddington	9	10	11	DNF	48	30
11Bronze	Rana Din	Peter Bramwell	Holling	13	12	10	10	45	32
12Bronze	Val Bell	Ken Bell	Bass 	10	13	12	11	46	33
13Bronze	Dave Nicholson	Sarah Nicholson	Bass	12	14	13	12	51	37
14Silver	Andrew Brook	Nick Brook	Holling	14	7	DNC	DNC	57	39
15Bronze	Graham Ashby	Leigh Ashby	Bass	DNF	DNC	14	DNC	68	50
16Bronze	Martin Wright	Des Wright	Bass	DNC	DNC	DNF	DNF	72	54
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