2017 Frensham Pond GP14 Open Meeting Report
Frensham Pond Sailing Club
GP14 Open Meeting
Sunday 8th October
Fifteen GPs, including four visitors, turned up at Frensham Pond Sailing Club for the final race of the GP14 Southern Travellers and were met by a pleasant day with light winds. The Race Officer, having consulted with the fleet captains (GP14 and Enterprise), switched the race format with two races back to back in the morning to take best advantage of the light and variable winds which were varying from NE to NW with a westerly making itself felt on the odd beat.
Andy Todd and John Denyer (Frensham) led up the first beat and were soon joined by Keith Street and crew (Welsh Harp), Richard Ham/Steve Browne (Tollesbury/Leigh) and Brian and Daniel Taylor (Frensham). After various position changes the Taylors took the gun from Keith Street with third going to Ham/Browne and Ward/Whitehill (Papercourt) pipping Todd/Denyer for fourth.
The second race was sailed in a slightly stronger breeze and was led up the first beat by Innes/Spillan-Orr (Frensham) closely followed by Taylor/Taylor and Ward/Whitehill. The front three got away from the fleet with Ward/Whitehill winning from Taylor/Taylor and Innes/Sillan-Orr in third.
After an excellent lunch the Race Officer changed back to the original course and got the fleet away for a slightly unexpected third race in a dying breeze. This was won by Ham/Browne but Taylor/Taylor took trophy with Ham/Browne second overall and Ward/Whitehill taking third on countback from Street in fourth.
Andy Todd (Frensham) won the Hulse Cup as the highest placed Frensham helm after Brian Taylor who won the Hook Trophy.
This Open Meeting concluded the 2017 GP14 travellers’ series which includes open meetings on the sea, estuaries, inland lakes and rivers, with events from Tollesbury on the east coast to Poole Harbour in the west. Nine travellers qualified for the series and the top results are as follows:
1st Richard Ham and Steve Browne Tollesbury SC/Leigh on Sea SC
2nd James Ward and Richard Whitehill Papercourt SC
3rd Maciej and Joanna Matyjaszczuk Welsh Harp SC
4th Roger Walton and Helen Allen Welsh Harp SC
The Jaldi Cup was introduced some years ago to encourage new travellers and this has been won this year by Ed Coyne and Szymon Matyjaszczuk from Welsh Harp SC.
A big thank you to everyone who helped to make the day a great success, including the Enterprise fleet who always add a splash of colour to the pond.