GP14 Open Meeting

Fresh winds tested the 20 boats competing in the GP14 open meeting. In each of Saturday’s races, despite a general recall, there was still a boat that was a little too eager that had to return. Competitors had to contend with shifting winds (as usual) but this led to some close, exciting racing.

Bridget’s Diary
Saturday
Looking forward to the sailing – then Andy told me that as Miles is cruising in the Med I was giving the welcome speech to the competitors! Went ok till William reminded me that I’d said Bathenswaite Sailing Club – Who cares?

Too many Weetabix for Ginge this morning. First gybe and the centre main exploded! Saved our strength for the second race – needn’t of bothered, the kids still beat us!

Toggle Cowan tried to lead Ginge astray after racing, but I told him where to get off.

Sunday
Didn’t seem like much wind but we were ready for sailing anyway, until Ginge reminded me (again) that it was his birthday – just as well I’d already bought the cards. Sent the boys sailing and took Ginge home for a special birthday breakfast (What a mind that Keith Thomas has! We were having none of that [especially at Ginge’s tender age]). Had to write a few more reports while the footy was on and then back on the water.

That special breakfast did the trick – there we were flying up the first beat (in the lead!) till the wind dropped, we started to tumble in backwards, and watched Bean and Toggle aiming for us, but fortunately they tacked off. Once we had righted the boat we were back in our usual position so we tootled around the course for a lap and retired gracefully.

Did the Prizegiving – took no chances and just said ‘Bass’. Tried to bribe the OD (& website editor) with a bottle of wine. {but to no avail!]

Meanwhile back on the water, starts were controlled better following introduction of the ’round the ends’ rule from the first start. John Telford and Andy Smith took the lead from the first mark in each of Sunday’s races and left the rest fighting it out.

The dead run that the OD stuck in the course proved challenging, Telf and Andy lost their lead as the wind filled in on the right hand side of the course and former Bass boat, Wuff, took the lead. But Telf fought back to get the lead on the final beat and take the series with three firsts. Andy’s brother Phil Smith had an equally impressive and consistent weekend, securing three 2nds to take second overall.

Julie Waddington from Bolton was awarded a bottle of wine for being first lady helm.

Vice Commodore Jose Hodgkins (hugging the winners trophy) with John Telford and Andy Smith

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Overall results

GP14 OPEN MEETING 2002

PN    Boat  Helm          Crew           Club             1   2   3   4 Pts
 1   13741  J TELFORD     A SMITH        BASS             1   4   1   1   3
 2   13331  P SMITH       M COWAN        BASS             2   2   2 RTD   6
 3   13326  R DAWSON      M SOMERVILLE   BASS             3   1   7  10  11
 4   13176  D LAWSON      L LAWSON       BASS             9   3   4   5  12
 5   13740  J DIXON       J HINTON       WEST KIRBY       7  10   3   3  13
 6   13254  A GREENHALGH  D GREENHALGH   BASS             3   7  10   4  14
 7   13218  M BRENNAN     A KNOTT        HOLLINGWORTH     5   5   5   8  15
 8   13113  M JONES       K QUIRK        WEST KIRBY       6   8  12   2  16
 9   13526  A FOULDS      O DEWHURST     BURWAIN         10   6   6   9  21
10   13406  G DEIGHAN     D KNOWLES      BOLTON SC      RTD  11   8   7  26
11   13327  M FAIRLAMB    E SMITH        BASS             8   9  14  13  30
12   13539  J CRUICKSHAN  T KNOWLES      BASS            13  13  15   6  32
13   13371  J RILEY       N LEWIS        BASS            14  14   9  11  34
14   13749  H GODFREY     R BRYCE        BASS            11  12  13  15  36
15   13115  J WADDINGTON  C WADDINGTON   BOLTON          12  16  11  14  37
16   13142  R HODGKINS    P HODGKINS     BASS            15  15  16  12  42
17   13075  R DIN         S GREY         HLSC            16  18  18  17  51
18   13603  R WHITTLE     T PILLING      BURWAIN        RTD  19  17  16  52
19   12324  J WOOD        L CONNOLLY     BASS            17 DNS  19  18  54
20   13733  A HODGKINS    J HODGKINS     BASS           RTD  17 DNS RTD  59

                                        Points for RTD = 21  20  20  21
                                        Points for DSQ = 21  20  20  21
                                        Points for DNS = 21

 3 races to count
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