GP14 Open 2009 @ Bolton Sailing Club
Despite the early season date of the Bolton SC GP14 Open it was warm sunshine that greeted the 17 competitors at the club on Sunday April 5th. A tricky Southerly force 2 made it a tough day for Andy Flitcroft and his OOD team as they attempted to set courses in the variable wind.
Race 1 saw a clean start, no more so than for Bill Kenyon and Ben Ditchburn who raced from the blocks into a clear lead as the wind swung and made it a rather one sided beat to the first mark. In hot pursuit were Ian Platt and Alex Pilkington and before long these leading two boats had built up a comfortable gap ahead of a chasing pack. Position changes were few and hard fought as the wind made for a processional first race that resulted in Bill and Ben taking the first winners gun of the day.
Bolton’s recently refurbished clubhouse hosted a hearty lunch for all before the competitors returned to the water for race 2. The first and only general recall saw the end of attempt one of race 2 before the fleet got away cleanly at the second time of asking. A number of boats showed at the front of the fleet as each shift came down the reservoir. Gary Deighan and Becky Paul showed first around the windward mark with Mark Platt and Malcolm Marsden battling Innes Armstrong and Daniel Wood for second spot behind them. Gary and Becky worked up a nice gap at the head of the fleet as the race unfolded before a navigational indiscretion saw their cushion evaporate and ultimately the lead relinquished to Mark and Malcolm who retained this spot to take the gun.
Race 3 and the event was still wide open with any one of a number of boats in with a chance of taking the overall victory. In a carbon copy of race 1 Bill and Ben lead around the first mark and once more had Ian and Alex on their tail intent on making the leaders work really hard for any victory. Work hard they did and once more the Platt strangle hold on the Bolton open trophy was broken with a well deserved victory going to Bill and Ben from Budworth Sailing club. Ian Platt’s consistent second place finishes couldn’t stop brother Mark pipping him for second overall with a first and third leaving Ian and Alex having to be content with third overall.
Ian Thompson and Mark Newton sailed hard all day amongst the leading boats and were duly rewarded with a silver fleet victory. Dave Burrows and Kate Billinge from Winsford also showed good speed and consistency to take the victory in the Bronze fleet.
A testing day perhaps for the OOD but an enjoyable and sun drenched one for all those that competed.
Photos are available on sailpics.co.uk
Sailed:3, Discards:1, To count:2, Ratings:PY, Entries:17, Scoring system:Appendix A
|1st||13900||Budworth||Bill Kenyon||Ben Ditchburn||1.0||(7.0)||1.0||9.0||2.0||Gold|
|2nd||13914||Bolton||Mark Platt||Malcolm Marsden||(5.0)||1.0||3.0||9.0||4.0||Gold|
|3rd||13849||Bolton||Ian Platt||Alex Pilkington||2.0||(4.0)||2.0||8.0||4.0||Gold|
|4th||13933||Bolton||Gary Deighan||Rebecca Paul||(9.0)||2.0||6.0||17.0||8.0||Gold|
|5th||13375||Burwain||Gary Dewhurst||Thomas Bennett||3.0||(8.0)||5.0||16.0||8.0||Gold|
|6th||13842||HLSC||Martin Brennan||Alistair Knott||4.0||(5.0)||4.0||13.0||8.0||Gold|
|7th||13447||Burwain||Innes Armstrong||Daniel Wood||7.0||3.0||(18.0 DNF)||28.0||10.0||Gold|
|8th||13924||West Kirby||Neil Platt||Hannah Marsden||6.0||6.0||(7.0)||19.0||12.0||Gold|
|9th||5794||Bolton||Ian Thomson||Mark Newton||8.0||(9.0)||8.0||25.0||16.0||Silver|
|10th||13556||Bolton||Graham Hutchinson||Andrew Bury||10.0||(14.0)||9.0||33.0||19.0||Silver|
|11th||13880||Winsford Flash||Mandy Mitchell||Jon Close||(12.0)||11.0||10.0||33.0||21.0||Silver|
|12th||13911||Winsford Flash||Dave Burrows||Kate Billinge||(14.0)||10.0||12.0||36.0||22.0||Bronze|
|13th||13760||Budworth||Craig Hewett||Gemma Hewett||13.0||(15.0)||11.0||39.0||24.0||Silver|
|14th||13226||B & FYC||Conor Brennan||Tom Airnes||11.0||13.0||(14.0)||38.0||24.0||Silver|
|15th||13307||Bolton||Ian Walker||Derek Jolly||(18.0 DNF)||12.0||13.0||43.0||25.0||Bronze|
|16th||13747||Bolton||Rob Paul||Gill Paul||(16.0)||16.0||15.0||47.0||31.0||Bronze|
|17th||11923 (57)||Bolton||Keith Roberts||Peter Burton||15.0||(17.0)||16.0||48.0||31.0||Bronze|
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