GP 14 Southern Travellers

The Victor Trophy      

Welsh Harp Sailing Club 27th October 2018


Twenty four crews, 19 local and 5 visitors were informed at the briefing that the wind was not blowing from a favourable direction. Orientation of the lake is SW to NE along its length. Pleasant woodland walks on either side. Wind from the North.

Race officer Brian Jefferies wisely set up the start in the lakes' only corner, this to enable a beat across the widest and clearest part of the water.

The corner is formed by the Dam walls, extending high above the lakeside.  A serious restriction of navigable water for the pin end starters, requiring the necessary hail for water to tack.  

Race 1, the view from boat 14151.   

A decent start avoiding the pin end melée. First beat is chaos, not much strategy it’s all reactive stuff.  Starboard approach should pay off but we’re sailing into the sheltered side of the lake into the mad zone of big shifts and holes. Chaos at the mark.   We escape onto the first reach in a decent position.  The course has two more short beats, same pattern, relief to get around the windward marks and hope that you’re not the ones left out in the lottery of gusts downwind.  Richard Ham and Charlie Cotter led at the end of the first lap but were overhauled by Lawrence Creaser and Szymon Matyjaszczuk  on the short beat between marks 2 and 1. Going further right they were lifted nicely to the mark while Ham having taken the starboard approach earlier, was now arriving too late on port.  Creaser held the lead to the end while Chris Lomax and Dianne Marcos gained places keeping to the South side of the lake on the final run/reach, with R Ham marooned on a course nearer the trees. Supercrew Amy and I were pleased to hang on to a 3rd with Ward and Whitehall on a charge down the final reach.

Race 2 We chose the concrete wall end of the line. 

Epic fail, should have listened to my crew. Ducked most of the fleet on port tack, the mark rounding doesn’t go well, then we’re luffed towards the woodland walk. Amy starts singing, we reflect on the quality of the lunch, and enjoy the stunning view, low autumn sun through the Wembley arch.   At the front Richard Ham gets off well but Creaser/ Matyjaszczuk again get past, this time on the fetch/reach from 3 to 6,” He didn't fly his kite and sailed under us as we were taking ours down, he got a puff and popped out in front by the mark.”( R.Ham)

Race 3  More Easterly in the breeze now and the course is tweaked.

The new course demands an early tack onto port.  14151 is off the line cleanly, the tack could have been choreographed as the boats around us all make the wise choice and we are off in clear air.  First round the windward mark!  good hoists, good choices, 2nd lap we’re pulling away.    Final reach, a look behind, it’s Lawrence and Szymon! The music’s changed, Jaws theme tune, don’t panic!  Tight at the end of the reach, plates not down far enough, kite comes down, messy gybe big wind shift. Nearby we hear the efficient gybing of 14178.   We were pleased with second place.

In the medals

Winning helm Lawrence Creaser acknowledged the efforts of the race team in providing a terrific day’s sailing in ‘tricky conditions’ and thanked WHSC for an excellent event.

Ist Overall  Lawrence Creaser and Szymon Matyjaszczuk      Hayling Island SC  and WHSC

Ist Lady    Lesley Kaye    Norman Brown                 WHSC

Ist Silver    Maciej Matyjaszuck  and Denise Vale      WHSC

Ist Bronze and 1st time in a GP Joseph Burgin and James Mcleod    Imperial College Sailing Club

Points from the event will contribute towards next year’s Southern Travellers series.

Helen Allen awarded Prizes for the 2018 series. All results below.

Victor Trophy 2018 GP14 Open

Welsh Harp Sailing Club 

GP14 Southern Travelers Series 27.10.18


Sailed: 3, Discards: 1, To count: 2, Entries: 24, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Fleet SailNo Club HelmName CrewName R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
1st gold 14178 Hayling Island SC Lawrence Creaser Szymon Matyjaszczuk (1.0) 1.0 1.0 3.0 1.0
2nd gold 14151 Welsh Harp SC Steve Cooper Amy Street 3.0 (15.0) 2.0 20.0 2.5
3rd gold 14166 Tollesbury SC Richard Ham Charlie Cotter (4.0) 2.0 3.0 9.0 2.5
4th gold 13713 Welsh Harp SC Chris Lomax Dianne Marcos 2.0 (13.0) 4.0 19.0 3.0
5th gold 4166 Welsh Harp SC Keith Street Hannah Liptrot (6.0) 3.0 6.0 15.0 4.5
6th gold 13316 Papercourt SC James Ward Richard Whitehill (5.0) 4.0 5.0 14.0 4.5
7th silver 13870 Welsh Harp SC Maciek Matyjaszczuk Denise Vale (13.0) 6.0 8.0 27.0 7.0
8th gold 14200 Welsh Harp SC Richard Lord Craig Sanderson 7.0 7.0 (25.0) 39.0 7.0
9th gold 13603 Welsh Harp SC Alistair Lambert Caro Mitchell 10.0 5.0 (12.0) 27.0 7.5
10th gold 12978 Welsh Harp SC Jim Faulkner Jamie Isles 8.0 (9.0) 9.0 26.0 8.5
11th silver 13681 Welsh Harp SC Joel Schrire Yossi Shahar 9.0 8.0 (11.0) 28.0 8.5
12th gold 13679 Welsh Harp SC Martin Hime Mahmood Shamsuddin 11.0 10.0 (17.0) 38.0 10.5
13th gold 13594 Welsh Harp SC Ruslan Scutelnic Mike Smith (18.0) 16.0 7.0 41.0 11.5
14th gold 14107 Welsh Harp SC Ben Kaplan Giselle Sherwen (25.0 RAF) 11.0 13.0 49.0 12.0
15th gold 14014 Welsh Harp SC Andy Wadsworth Andy Shrimpton 15.0 (17.0) 10.0 42.0 12.5
16th gold 13853 Welsh Harp SC Lesley Kaye Norm Brown 12.0 14.0 (18.0) 44.0 13.0
17th bronze 2 Imperial College SC Joseph Burgin James Mcleod (16.0) 12.0 15.0 43.0 13.5
18th bronze 13980 Welsh Harp SC Lucy Barrie Roger Walton 14.0 (18.0) 16.0 48.0 15.0
19th bronze 14069 Frensham Ponds SC Ediz Turkoglu Jon Denyer (21.0) 19.0 14.0 54.0 16.5
20th silver 13421 Welsh Harp SC Helen Allen Karen Wilson 17.0 21.0 (25.0 DNF) 63.0 19.0
21st silver 13696 Welsh Harp SC Maurice Futerman Micha Meyers 19.0 (22.0) 19.0 60.0 19.0
22nd silver 13237 Welsh Harp SC Tomasz Szakola Johannes Menzel (25.0 DNF) 20.0 20.0 65.0 20.0
23rd silver 13919 Welsh Harp SC Peter Dunton Daphne Grey 20.0 (23.0) 22.0 65.0 21.0