GP14 Race Results - Poole Yacht Club

1999 - Sunday Winter Series

Report by Graham Wallen

RACING A GP IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER, MEANS JOINING THE HANDICAP FLEET.
BELOW IS A REPORT FROM ONE SUCH BRAVE GP'er, WHO ACTUALLY TOOK TO THE WATER.

SUNDAY WINTER HANDICAP SERIES 1999

Sunday December 19, 1999 saw the last race of the Poole Y.C. Fast Handicap class Winter Series.

The 7 race series, starting at the beginning of November, never saw more than about 7 or 8 boats max. on the start line. But it provided some low key racing for those of us who don't like a lie in/cruiser racing/decorating on Sunday mornings.

We mostly had 420's, GP14's and various RS400/600/800's lining up for the off. We had conditions varying from F1/2 up to F6/8 over the weeks, and I must confess to staying ashore/cruiser sailing on at least 2 of the windy days.

The main clash of handbags in the GP's has been between David & Barbara Brann (12889),Greg McLoughlin (9935) and me (12170).The honour of being first GP back over the finish line has been achieved by Dave and me, and well, Greg, he's getting there, but he must be realising that arriving at the club 10 minutes before kickoff (even if you do get straight out of bed into your wet suit) is not competitive.

As you know handicap racing is all about handicap numbers & corrected times (and racing the boat, thanks for the reminder, crew). We have had one boat with no published number and no handicap fleet captain to do the sums. But by magic results have been appearing on the board, about 4 weeks later.
Last time I looked Tony Sawyer's 420 won races 1 & 2, and I was second. I wait with bated breath for the rest of the results, and was it cold ? Brrrrrrr.

Graham Wallen (GP14 12170).