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GP14 Masters & Youth Championships

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Oct 292017
 

Held over the weekend of 28/29th October, a great turnout from both visitors and our own club. The conditions could not have been more different on the two days! Saturday brought the forecast very strong winds,. blowing 20 knots from the Southwest down the length of the lake.

With an excellent turnout of 24 entrants for the Masters Championship and 11 entrants for the Youth Championship, some sailors were a little distracted during the initial briefing as one boat had already ventured out to test Budworth Mere and found the big gusts with severe wind shifts pretty hard going – leading to a couple of capsizes! This certainly gave a few of the sailors pause for thought!

Nonetheless, sailors from Gold Silver and Bronze ventured out, and only a few managed to complete the two races without one (or more!) capsizes. Even the hot-shots took a bath – the difference being that they recovered quickly and sailed back up the fleet!

The PRO Jon Chapman set some good courses on both days with a couple of good beats, runs and a nice reach to end the lap. Two races were completed for both Youth and Masters – the planned 3rd Youth race was held over to the next morning.

The evening brought a well deserved rest for those who had sailed, and all enjoyed the excellent evening meal and entertainment from “Elephant Juice”.

Sunday morning brought sunshine and light winds from the North (mostly!), so different sailing skills were needed! Some big changes in both wind strength and direction saw considerable place changing throughout the fleet, with some gaining/losing 6 places on a single leg!

After racing was complete the bar was open and the final prize giving (slightly delayed by a Youth protect hearing)  also included thanks to the Race officers and team, plus the galley and catering team, who had all worked hard through the weekend – not forgetting our illustrious Commodore (and spouse) who worked tirelessly throughout the weekend to ensure all ran smoothly.

 

 

Real-time weather near BSC

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Oct 212017
 

This is real-time from a weather station at Barnton (approx 1 miles SW of Budworth Mere) updated every couple of minutes!

 

GP14 Masters and Youth Open at Budworth

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Oct 142017
 
B Team start, also a little safe...

GP14 Association Masters and Youth OpenOnline entry is now closed! If you haven’t entered, contact the commodore directly!

Note: The entry fee covers BOTH helm and Crew, light lunch and refreshments during the days and a meal for both on Saturday night,  complete with entertainment from our favourites “Elephant Juice” (Rob Murphy and co) so it is good value for a good event!! 

There are full details on the GP14 Association website: https://www.gp14.org/shop/

Please enter as soon as possible so we can finalise arrangements with our external caterers!

The Masters and Youth Open events are separate events but run over the same weekend.

Even if you are not a Youth* or Master** (see below), you can still join in by crewing for someone who is a “Master”**! 

If you would like to join in, but are short of a boat, a helm or a crew, please email the GP14 Fleet Captain Caroline and she will put you in contact!

Lets have a good home club turnout for this event –  See you there!!

Chris

Note:

* Youth Championship regatta is open to boats of the GP14 Class that are helmed and crewed by anyone whose 22nd birthday has not been reached by December 31st 2017

** The qualifying age for the Masters category is 40 years. The qualifying age for the Grand Masters is 55 years. The qualifying age for the Great Grand Masters is 65 years. 

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Sep 042017
 
Latest News

The teams have been allocated start positions. Each flight of 10 boats start at one minute intervals from 12:00 midday Saturday! A Team – at 12:02 p.m B Team – at 12:03 p.m C Team – at 12:05 p.m

Preparations for the start!

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Sep 042017
 

During the week before the race a lot of effort goes in to prepare and deliver the boats, the marquee, food and drink etc!  

GP14 Nationals

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Aug 232017
 
GP14 Nationals

If you thought the GP14 was only for older and more cautious sailors, check out this great video set from the GP14 Nationals. Our esteemed Commodore Hugh Devereux, together with Malcolm Bird(crew), plus club members Nick Devereux (helm) and Geoff Edwards (crew) competed in the 2017 GP14 National Championship at Looe SC. Well done to [read more…]

Budworth GP14 Open

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Jun 072017
 
Budworth GP14 Open

On Sunday 4th June, thirteen club boats offered a warm welcome to three visitors to the 2017 Budworth Sailing Club GP14 Open, part of the GP14 Northern Bell Circuit. The day offered bright and sunny conditions with moderate wind from the clubs preferred Westerly direction, all be it that the winds wildly fluctuated, both in [read more…]