Race Reports - B&FYC sailors competing at various open events.

GP14 End of Season Championship 2016

The GP14 End of Season Championship was held at Royal Windermere Yacht Club on 15th-16th September 2016. Two crews from Blackpool and Fleetwood participated in the event which boasted a strong entry of 35 including the current GP14 World Champions.

Racing on the Saturday was delayed because of light winds, eventually starting mid afternoon. The race officer was however perfect in his timing, as the wind picked up just as the fleet reached the sailing area and faded to almost nothing at the end of race 2. After the racing, sailors swapped wetsuits for dinner suits and evening gowns to attend a dinner at the Lake District Boat Club.

On the Sunday the winds were stronger, not quite the F7 gusts that had been forecast, but very fluky. It was possible to be on a beat with the boat 20m away on a run and on the same heading. The event was won by current World Champions Shane McCarthy and Andy Thompson. Of the B&FYC crews, Chris and Hannah were a respectable 13th, with Adam & Ralph 34th and delighted not to be last. Ralph also won a prize for youngest helm.








Chris Robinson

Hannah Robinson




Ralph Haliburton-Chaplin

Adam Chaplin




WLYC Southport 24 Hour Race 2016

Two teams from Blackpool & Fleetwood entered this years 24 hour race at Southport, both sailing wooden GP14s.


Neil Marsden and Derek Hill, first out in the "A" boat, had an excellent start and won the Radio Merseyside cup for the fastest first 2 laps. The A team also won the following trophies, eventually finishing 4th overall :

Dog Watch Trophy (dusk race, 20:00 hours)

Stanley Leach Trophy (dawn race, 06:00 hours)

Commodores Prize (4th overall)


B&FYC B team finished 75th overall.


The event was won by South Staffs B team in a GP14, pushed hard by the South Staffs A team who found their Enterprise dinghy well suited to the light wind conditions.

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