Report of GP14 UK Masters Championship Meeting held at Chelmarsh Sailing Club, 7/8th June 2014.
The event was held at Chelmarsh Sailing Club on their picturesque 110 acre reservoir near Bridgnorth, Shropshire. First day light winds and for those travelling on the day, crashing thunder and lightening, did not deter the 17 boats which formed a highly competitive Championship fleet .
Following a postponement,of around an hour, Race 1 was started in such winds but without drama. GP14021, sailed by Ian Willis and Sam Blocksidge of South Staffs, took first, with GP14155, Graham Flynn and Adam Froggatt of Chase taking second and GP14051, Chris’s Beddow and Cook of South Staffs. Coming in 3rd.
Race 2 , also ‘in the light stuff’, was taken by Flynn & Froggat. Second and third places in this race went to GP 14118 sailed by Richard Instone and Jim Toothill of Blithfield and the Chelmarsh ‘home team’ of Jonathan Carter and Gareth Wilkinson sailing GP14112, respectively.
There followed a carnivorous BBQ dinner and bar banter on the balcony in barmy sunshine
Day 2 saw racing in 10 – 12 knot conditions. Starting on schedule, race 3 saw victory again to Instone & Toothill with GP 14157 sailed by Justin Jones and Chris Anderson of South Staffs second and Carter & Wilkinson repeating their third position.
The final race in similar conditions, held back to back with race 3, again saw Willis & Blocksidge winning with Instone & Toothill taking second and Jones & Anderson taking third.
The overnight leaders, Flynn & Froggat, did not sail the second day due to delayed arrival from a competing family commitment.
The prize-giving saw the Championships results as follows:
2014 Masters - Richard Instone and Jim Toothill
2014 Great Grand Masters - Ian Willis and Sam Blocksedge
2014 Grand Masters - Terry Edwards and Darren Heath (South Stafffs SC)
The tonne up (helm & crew 100+ - Stephen Cooper and Helen Allen (Welsh Harp SC)
First Lady helm & Crew - Ann Penny and Sara O’Neil (Derwent SC)
Members of Chelmarsh SC were pleased to be asked to host this event and the winners complemented the Club on their friendly reception and efficient race management.
Chelmarsh Sailing Club prides itself on being a friendly family club and can boast of family memberships spanning 3 generations. All new members are warmly welcomed, with established members only too pleased to offer help and assistance. We have a dedicated members forum where you can ask questions, get information about the club and boats plus information on events.
Enviably located within an area of renowned natural beauty, the club was founded in 1965 and enjoys the use of 110 acres of sailing water at Chelmarsh reservior. The clubhouse provides perfect panoramic views over the entire water from the relaxed atmosphere of the comfortably furnished lounge and bar and the well-equipped galley and children's play area. Outside there are picnic and barbecue facilities.
The facilities of the modern clubhouse and training centre complement the superb sailing environment. Various light snacks and hot meals are prepared and served from the well-equipped galley whilst alternative liquid refreshments are available from the fully stocked bar. The clubhouse has full changing room and hot shower facilities.
Races, Training and Events
The sailing programme is made up of club racing, club cruising, open meetings (which attract top sailors from around the UK) and a number of special events such as our annual "taster days" which attracts many visitors to the club.
Alongside our sailing programme Chelmarsh Sailing Club runs a number of varied social events throughout the year. Our cruising group organise various "away days" around the country as well as regular Thursday and Saturday leisure sailing at the club. With approximately 170 members Chelmarsh Sailing Club is one of the largest and most active sailing clubs in the region having active sailors ranging in experience and ability from novice to world class and of all ages, there's plenty of company for you.
Chelmarsh Sailing Club offers a wide variety of training courses in a number of different classes and areas. Click here for more information on the types of RYA training, saftey (including powerboat and saftey boats).