2021 GP14 National Championships
George Lakes Yacht Club hosted its annual New Year Regatta over the New Year weekend. In conjunction with this, the GP14 class also had its National Championships. Proceedings for the GP14s started on the Thursday, allowing for a four day event. The GP14 class had twelve boats competing. While GLYC had six boats competing, Knysna Yacht Club provided three. Two entrants were from Gauteng and one from Gqeberha. A light south westerly wind provided the motive power on the first day of the GP14 Nationals. Two races were sailed. The first race was won by Pat Mitchell & Andrew Marsh, sailing for Pretoria S.C. with Anthony Parker & Callum Price (KYC) in second place. Both of these skippers are previous National Championships. However, in the second race, it was the new youth team of Matthew de Villiers & Chris du Toit taking line honours. The second day had a strong south easter blowing, gusting to over 20 knots in the afternoon. Four races were sailed in these conditions. Another previous National Champion, the KYC team of David Shilton and Luca Lutolf won two of these, with the other two going to Mitchell and de Villiers. On New Years Day, the GP14s had one race in the morning (won by Mitchell) before being joined by the New Year Regatta fleet for the afternoon's three races. With the overall title looking to be claimed by one of the top four, Shilton gained two more wins, with Parker winning race 8. Meanwhile, de Villiers / du Toit were consistently in second place. On the last day, the wind was a patchy, light southerly. The GP14s sailed two races. Malcolm Osborne / Daniel Kruger scored a maiden race win in the first of these races, while Shilton / Lutolf were the winners of the last race. At the Prizegiving, the GP14 Rose Bowl trophy was awarded to Matthew de Villiers and Christopher du Toit as the winners of the event and being crowned National Champions for 2021 / 2022. Pat Mitchell & Andrew Marsh received the GP14 Bell trophy for second place, with Anthony Parker & Callum Price receiving the ERYC trophy for third place.
2018 GP14 National Championships
George Lakes Yacht Club New Year Regatta and GP14 National Championships George Lakes Yacht Club hosted the GP14 class National Championships as part of its annual New Year Regatta at the end of December. The National Championships for the Fireball class was also scheduled, but insufficient boats of this type entered. The two that did still sailed in the club regatta. The GP14 class mustered ten boats, with entrants from Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as the local fleet. There were eight boats in both the senior fleet and the junior fleet for the club regatta, with seven Optimists and a Tera Sport in the junior fleet. The senior fleet had the two Fireballs, three Dabchicks, a Finn, DS15 and a Gypsy. A light south westerly wind blew on the first two days, permitting four races on each day to be completed. The best wind of the regatta arrived on the last day, with a moderate south easter blowing. Three races were completed in these more challenging conditions. With the GP14s starting first in each race, it was Tom Barry and Kirstie Gehrung who had the initial lead in the first race, before being overtaken by Anthony Parker / Dudley Isaac and Malcolm Osborne / Brent Gray. They fell back during the race, with Parker taking the first race win, ahead of Osborne, with Pat Mitchell in third place. In the 2nd race, it was Morgan Evans with the initial lead, but he too fell back during the race. Osborne took this race win, ahead of Alan Keen and Parker. Parker then proceeded to rack up a series of race wins, only slipping in race 6 when a centreboard problem slowed them down. Alan Keen took that race. With the championship nailed down by Parker/Isaac, the minor placings were contested by Amber de Decker /Matthew de Villiers, Alan Keen and Pat Mitchell. Amber did not do so well in the fresher wind on the last day and Keen and Mitchell ended with tied points for second place. Sailing's tiebreak system gave second place to the team of Alan and Millicent Keen, with Pat and Jenny Mitchell pushed down to third place. At the prizegiving, the GP14 Silver Rosebowl trophy was awarded to Anthony Parker and Dudley Isaac, who sailed for Knysna Yacht Club. GP14 Nationals results are posted on the website www.sailrsa.org.za These results and the GLYC New Year Regatta results are also posted on the GLYC website www.glyc.org.za
2013 GP14 National Championships - George Lakes Yacht Club
The 2013 GP14 National Championships was successfully held in conjunction with the GLYC New Year Regatta. A fleet of 10 GP14s was mustered, including two teams from SASNR and three from Cape Town. Also sailing was a UK team! The Dickinson family are on a world sailing cruise and happened to be moored at Knysna at the time. They are also top dinghy sailors and borrowed a GLYC GP14 for the Nationals.
Three races were sailed the first day in a light, gusty south wester. A strong south easter blew on the second day. One race was completed in the morning with wind speed increasing to 28 knots. The fleet was then sent in for an early lunch as the strength increased further, with gusts over 30 knots. No further races could be set that day for safety reasons. On Monday, the wind returned to the south west, similar to the first day. The GP14 fleet sailed five races that day, while the other fleets sailed four. A south easter returned for the last day of the regatta (New Years Eve), but fortunately not as strong as day 2. Three races were set in a wind that did not exceed 15 knots - ideal sailing conditions. Thus the GP14 fleet completed 12 races.
The Nationals was totally dominated by the GLYC pairing of Anthony Parker and Ferdinand Holm. Their boat speed, boat handling and course tactics put them well in front of the others in most races. They won nine races, only dropping to a third place in race 9. This allowed them to transfer to a Fireball for the final two races to compete against the GLYC Fireballs without putting their GP14 lead in jeopardy.
Three very competitive youth teams sailed this event - Dabchick National Champion Jason Gray, Laser 4.7 Youth National Champion Georgou Divaris and Dabchick sailor Jayan Smart, mixing it with the Dickinson team. The pairing of Jayan Smart and Jenna Lammers proved to be the slightly more consistent, scoring seven 2nd places to end up with a narrow points margin over the team of Jason Gray and Kirstie Gehrung. This pushed the senior Dickinson team down to 4th place.
|1st Place and the Silver Rose Bowl||Anthony Parker & Ferdinand Holm|
|2nd Place and the Bell Trophy||Jayan Smart & Jenna Lammers|
|3rd Place and the ERYC Trophy||Jason Gray & Kirstie Gehrung|
|Cape Bell||Anthony Parker & Ferdinand Holm|
|Pete’s Pot||Georgou Divaris & Jonathan Rees|
|Sportsman’s Trophy||Adriano Iario|
|Triers Trophy||Georgou Divaris & Jonathan Rees|
|First Lady||Jenna Lammers|
|Handicap Trophy||Jason Gray & Kirstie Gehrung
|Dolphin Trophy||Tim & Stephanie Dickinson
|Junior Trophy||Jenna Lammers|
|Ken’s Stick||not awarded|
|Best Boat:||not awarded|
|Turtle Trophy:||not awarded|
|1st Silver Fleet:||not awarded|
|1st Bronze Fleet||not awarded|
2013 GP14 SAS Northern Regional Championships
The weekend of the 25/26/27 May saw the GP14 Northern Region Provincial championships held at Benoni Sailing Club. The GP14 class and sailing in general in South Africa has been struggling to compete against the more, seemingly, attractive sports like cycling etc. Numbers at events have been dwindling over the past 10 years, to where classes struggle to get 10 boats to an event. This is the minimum for a sanctioned provincial or national event in South Africa.
This weekend , the GP14 inland fleet turned a corner in getting 11 boats to Benoni. The key in the marketing was that it would be a fun event and a good class get together. This not only brought out the novices but also all the local hotshots turned up!
So racing began on Friday afternoon with light shifty winds prevailing and a single race was sailed. Grant Caroline and his daughter were quick out the block and won by a good margin. Some were late to the start as our bosses did not give us the entire day off work - but we were sailing on a Friday afternoon, what a pleasure.
Saturday dawned with more light and shifty winds blowing across the narrowest section of the dam, making for an incredibly close 5 races that day. Each race was full windward leeward coarse in under 30 min. Positions changed all the time, with the puffs and switches - only stuff us inland sailors can barely tolerate, the coastal guys were lucky they missed this one - it was scary! The day ended with the top three being very close. 1 point separating Grant Parker\Rob Squire & Grant\Lauren Caroline, with Pat Mitchel\Andrew Marsh a few points back and keeping them honest were Mark\Aaron Biagio (Aaron being just 7 years old).
Sunday and the wind was now at least blowing 6-10 knots and down the long side of the dam. Three good 50 min races were held, with Grant Parker and Pat Mitchel finding their straps to secure wins. This gave us 10 races and a complete regatta before lunch on the last day. Congratulations to the winners - Grant Parker & Rob Squire. Well done to all the GP's, lets now build on this momentum.
2011 GP14 National ChampionshipsAt the AGM held at PSC during the 2010 Nationals, it was ratified that the next Nationals would be in the `South', possibly over the March long weekend. Gariep Dam was suggested. Subsequently, the S. Cape GP14's, as organising authority, decided that it would be better to hold the event at George Lakes over New Year, in conjunction with the GLYC New Year Regatta, in order to achieve a bigger fleet. Unfortunately, this precluded the attendance of the top northern fleet.
As it happened, a fleet of 14 boats was assembled. Competition was boosted by the participation of some keen youth entrants - Jason Gray, fresh from the Dabchick Nationals and Paul Vivian with Stefano Marcia, top Laser sailors. Also there were current and previous National Champions Richard Parker and Anthony Parker. Four races were completed on the first day in a gusty south easter. Four more races were sailed on the second day in a stronger south easter, with rescue being busy attending to the frequent capsizes. New Year dawned windless (fortunately!) - eventually a breeze filled in at lunch time. A race was completed, but an attempted second race was abandoned. Similar conditions prevailed on the last day and a 10th race was completed soon before the cutoff.
When racing commenced, Ant and Richard soon discovered that they would not have an easy time of it with these newcomers in their midst. Paul and Jason were immediately on pace with their borrowed boats, vying for the lead. Jason was sailing Vamp, owned by David Laing and Paul was sailing Moonbeam, owned by Norman Moul. Richard had an unaccustomed capsize in the first race when having to do penalty turns. Ant & Di Parker managed to win this race, but Paul won race 2 . As the event progressed, Ant scored several firsts to establish a points lead, with Paul and Jason never far behind. Richard and Dave Hawkins also had a couple of race wins but were otherwise generally behind the leading three to finish in 4th place. Jason and Brent were consistently in second or third place and had a single point lead near the end of the regatta over Paul for second overall. However, in the last race, the second discard came in, Paul finished this race ahead of Jason and got up to second overall, Jason ending third overall. Anthony and Diane Parker won the last race in style to cement their hold on the trophy, becoming the 2011 GP14 National Champions.
|1st Place and the Silver Rose Bowl||Anthony & Diane Parker
|2nd Place and the Bell Trophy||Paul Vivian & Stefano Marcia
|3rd Place and the ERYC Trophy||Jason & Brent Gray
|Cape Bell||Simon van Nierop & Adriano Iario
|Pete’s Pot||Malcolm Osborne & Khaya Gould|
|Sportsman’s Trophy||Nic du Plessis & Ruben Lammers
|Triers Trophy||Dalene Naude & Nelia Dannhauser
|First Lady||Diane Parker|
|Handicap Trophy||not awarded
|Dolphin Trophy||Anthony & Diane Parker|
|Junior Trophy||Paul Vivian & Stefano Marcia|
|Ken’s Stick||not awarded|
|Best Boat:||not awarded|
|Turtle Trophy:||Richard Parker|
|1st Silver Fleet:||Ferdinand Holm & Jayan Smart
|1st Bronze Fleet||not awarded|
2010 GP14 Northern Regional ChampionshipsBoskop Yacht Club was the venue for the 2010 GP14 Regional Championships, in conjunction with the Boskop annual regatta.
For those that have never been to Boskop, its this magical piece of water in the middle of nowhere between Potchefstroom and Carltonville.
The members are most welcoming and the club is missing all that "hoity toity" stiff upper lip yacht club stuff that still seems to be around in
other clubs. Based on this, the weekend looked to be a good one.
We went out at 11 am in about 4 knots of wind, to be sent back to have an early lunch as the wind died. After lunch it built to a decent 10 knots and three good races were had. Racing between 3 boats at the front was tight - these being Pat Mitchell\Andrew Marsh, Mark Biagio\Stephen Doubell and Luke Wagner \Jean Marc George (from Durban). Further away, close racing was had between Trefon Katakuzinos \Costa Perdikes, Peter Clayton\ Graham Clifford, Barry Cribb\Peter and Nichol Hakkesteeg. Catching the gust was the order of the day on the downhills with planing conditions for those that were trimmed when the puff hit. Some early season mistakes saw sailors get OCS's and forgetting to NOT cross the start finish line. At the end of day one, the top three were Pat, Mark and Luke.
Day two awoke to winds of 16-20knots and gusts of close to 30! (well thats what it felt like!). Mark\Stephen and Luke\Jean Marc pushed Pat\Andrew with everything they had, but silly mistakes and the odd capsize by the pursuers meant Pat carried on banging in the 1sts, getting further away. Pat did capsize, but in between races! The spinnaker runs were the best and we got many comments on shore about how well these boats seemed to go - we know this. I was a little worried as the remainder of the fleet seem to have forgotten their spinnakers behind for the day. Guys - you'll be surprised - the GP handles much better downwind in heavy airs with the bag up than without it. Not sure you all believe me - but ask around. Anyway a fantastic days sailing.
So thats how it ended, well done to Pat\Andrew for getting the NV title back from Mark\Stephen. Incidentally sneaking in there for third overall was Peter Clayton and a new crew Graham as the Durban boys had to carry an OCS and a DNF. Hopefully Luke and Jean Marc were suitably impressed with our GP's and we can think about building a fleet in Durban.
Thanks again to Boskop - you okes rock! As to those that werent there - you missed out and will have to wait a while for a weekend like this to come along again. Seems there were also some GP's sailing at PSC this last weekend, mmmmmm, suppose i should be happy at least you were sailing - all be it at the wrong place.
GP14 NV Rep
2010 GP14 National Championships
Pretoria Sailing Club, April 2010
The venue for the 2010 GP14 Nationals was selected to be Pretoria Sailing Club, on the basis that this was the home of the largest fleet and a good entry should result. As it happened, a fleet of 16 GP14's participated in this regatta, with 7 boats being from PSC, 6 boats came from other Northvaal clubs and 3 travelled up from the Cape.
The event coincided with cold, wintry weather, with rain around. But, it seemed that we were fortunate -i t rained at night and in the day, it rained elsewhere! A good breeze prevailed on Saturday and four races could be completed. On Sunday, no less than five races were sailed, in a lighter wind from the NE, but still producing good competitive conditions. The final races were sailed on Monday, with the wind lighter and forecast to drop. Race Officer Wendy Geekie was asked to set at least one race (in order to bring in the 2nd discard at 10 races) and two more if possible. Two races were completed, making a total of 11 races for the series.
The gusty wind in race one produced conditions tailor made for the top teams, but difficult for the less experienced. Pat Mitchell fought it out with Richard Parker at the front of the fleet and succeeded in winning this race. This pattern continued in the other races, but others joined the fray. John Wright won race two, Parker race 3 and Mark Biagio race 4. With Pat losing a protest in race 2, consistently good sailing by Richard had him leading at the end of day 1.
Good starts, choosing the right side up the first beat and good boat speed were the keys to success on day 2. Often, the leaders at the weather mark were not to be seen at the front at the end of the race - they only got the first two right. Richard Parker with long time crew Dave Hawkins succeeded in bagging races 5 to 7, entrenching their hold at the top. Then featured a remarkable performance by the teenage team of Stefano and Marcello Marcia. After missing 3 races to play Soccer, they returned to win the next two races very comfortably and getting a 2nd in race 9. This was followed up by a 2nd and 1st on day 3. Meanwhile, the others had less consistent results - the light conditions and subtle wind shifts produced competitive situations throughout the fleet - racing was close.
The Prizegiving and Class Dinner was held on Monday evening, where
it was announced that the 2010 GP14 National Champions were Richard
Parker and Dave Hawkins. Second place went to Pat Mitchell and Andrew
Marsh. Third place went to the versatile dinghy sailor John Wright (who
also campaigns in Dolphin and Sprog), with his crew Tamzin Gennissen.
The trophies were awarded as per the table below. As agreed at the AGM,
these trophies would be retained by the committee after the prizegiving
(in order to prevent trophies going missing).
Sailing Photos from day 1 and day 2
are here: http://picasaweb.google.com/107131832082
|1st Place and the Silver Rose Bowl||Richard Parker & Dave Hawkins|
|2nd Place and the Bell Trophy||Pat Mitchell & Andrew Marsh
|3rd Place and the ERYC Trophy||John Wright & Tamzin Gennissen|
|Cape Bell||Richard Parker & Dave Hawkins|
|Pete’s Pot||Malcolm Osborne & Khaya Gould|
|Sportsman’s Trophy||Paul & Megan Eccleston
|Triers Trophy||Trefon Katakuzinos & Costa Perdikes
|First Lady||Tamzin Gennissen|
|Handicap Trophy||Peter Clayton & Megan Peers
|Dolphin Trophy||Stefano & Marcello Marcia
|Junior Trophy||Khaya Gould|
|Ken’s Stick||not awarded|
|Best Boat:||Chiel III - Nicholl Hakkesteeg
|Turtle Trophy:||David Santiero & Bryce Peddle
|1st Silver Fleet:||Stefano & Marcello Marcia|
|1st Bronze Fleet||David Newton & Michael Stiller
2010 GP14 Northvaal Provincial Championships
So, its seems we are growing. We had 13 boats arrive and that’s 2
better than last year. I actually think we might be one of the top 2 or
3 double handed boats in the country right now. We also sold a boat
during the event to a keen sailor – so most boats are now active or we
at least know who the owners are. If you have a GP lying around
that you’re not using - we have a few buyers around and I seem to have
run out of boats, so please let me know.
Anyway a short report, from my view point, on the event. PSC is not known for its wind, but we were lucky in that the rain stayed away and we got in the allocated 6 races (all be it in a wind range of 7 knots to nothing!) and still had good regatta. The Geeps started with the dolphins and that other boat called an enterprise ;-), after the 505’s and before the finns and lasers . I thought that perhaps this was a bad idea, but it actually worked out great. We had clean wind on the starts and then we kept pace with the dolphins – “this isn’t a slow boat guys!”
First race saw a hotly contested start with the individual recall flag calling one boat back, but there were a few guilty parties out there who went back just to realise it was not them. (Thanks Pat !). This then gave Biagio/Doubell (BD), Clayton/Clayton(CC), Essak/Van Eeden(EV) the break they needed and they were gone! Mitchell/Marsh (MM) did what they do best and in some fantastic sailing managed to cut their way through the fleet back into second behind BD. CC was holding third when a “solar bee” (a “star wars” looking device used to kill algae at PSC) caught him unawares and in taking avoiding action they let EV through for the third. Sean Hadley/Debbie Petersen got off to a good start with a 7th.
Race two, the wind was now dying. Clean start this time except for BD who seemed stuck. After watching the fleet disappear they realised they had weed on the centreboard and rudder. Once cleared the boat came back to life, but MM and CC (and most of the fleet) were gone. Some skilled spinnaker work and some luck meant MM salvaged a third, behind the covering expert CC and the victors MM. Leo Gitelson\Alison Gitelson (GG) were back after sorting out mast issues and banked a 4th while Barry Cribb/Barnard sneaked in a 7th.
Race three, in my opinion, should not have happened. It was a drifter!! So much so that more than half the fleet could not finish in time. In light airs “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer”. Unfortunately MM, CC, BD got away and an intense light air struggle began. One minute you were first then next third. By the end the MM side payed, CC went down the middle and got second, with the BD side not paying, leaving them in third. The Benoni boys of Santiero/Marcia showed how to sail in this light stuff getting a 4th (they then broke the centreboard and that had to be replaced). Katakouzinos/Perdikis (KP) banked a consisted string of 5ths for day 1. Day one ended with MM leading followed by BD.
Race four. Well the bridge started on time, this meant that there were only 3 Geeps on the line. BD, EV, Wolhuter/Du Preez(WD). The rest were late. BD needed no further invitation and were gone! This time it was EV’s time to get the weed and they watched as all the late starters came by. WD hung on for a good second, followed by CC who had now come to grips with the spinnaker on the downwind, combined this with their upwind speed, they were now quick. New comers Jason Van Aardt/Rodney finished their first race in 9th – well done lads.
Race five started and halfway up the first beat a port lift separated the fleet. BD were again allowed to run away followed by WD and CC. MM seemed to have gotten the worst of the shift and were now fighting in the light shift stuff to survive. At the last mark CC managed to pass WD and then set about hunting BD on the last beat. BD now found themselves on the wrong side of the port lift and CC closed in the 100 odd meters in no time. BD just held on however, followed by CC and yet another good result for WX. Hakkesteeg/Keys posted their best result of the weekend a 5th.
Race six got under way with a case of whoever wins the last race wins, between BD and MM. CC was the wildcard spoiler sensing this probable match race, and looking for a victory, he pinned BD behind the start line. Match race over, BD were forced to take away and watch CC take the lead followed by MM. The BD side somehow started to favour with more pressure and soon CC tacked back to join in the breeze. MM persisted with the other side. Finding sudden speed was GG who had passed CC and MM and were now hunting BD. MM passed CC on the downwind leg, leaving three way tussle to the end. MM went left, BD down the middle, and GG went left. Halfway up the beat the left was working nicely with GG only a boat length away from BD. MM was seemingly dead in the water. But PSC does what PSC does, and no sooner did the left die and MM was flying toward the finish. BD stressed between tacking to cover or hoping the breeze would still come. It did and with it BD and GG tacked over to the cross the finish line 30 seconds apart. BD, GG, MM was the order.
This left BD winners followed by MM and CC. Special mention must also go to EV and WD who are showing they are really getting up to speed. Thanks to the Benoni and VLC guys for making the effort to come.
On a personal note, I do feel we really need to address the speed differential between the first boat and the last. We all have old boats except two people, so its probably setup and decisions on the water that is causing it. It is important that people like myself, Pat and Peter (and there are other that were not at this event) assist in helping the newer guys out. It may be difficult to do “one on one” sessions but if we can get 3-5 boats together on a Sunday or Saturday we could do something. I am open to any suggestion, please feel free to email or call.
2009 GP14 National Championships
Mossel Bay 25 - 27 April, 2009
It was the turn of a coastal venue to host the 2009 GP14
National Championships and Mossel Bay Yacht & Boat Club was the
venue. This club isn't too far from GLYC, the local stronghold of this
The event was held over the long weekend at the end of April. After the
withdrawal of some prominent intended entrants, eleven GP14's took to
to compete for the trophies. Three of these travelled down from the
sailing district. The event commenced on Saturday in a light south
However local conditions caused windless holes to appear randomly over
course. The first attempt at race 1 was abandoned when the wind
from NW to SW. The favourites for the event, Richard Parker and Anthony
established a good lead in the 2nd start of the first race, but fell
prey to one of these holes.
They were passed by David Laing and Malcolm Osborne. They succeeded in
out of this trouble in the 2nd race,with Richard in 1st place and
A good wind from the west blew on Sunday, producing cool sailing conditions but enabled 5 tough races to be completed. Wind strength varied from 10 - 20 knots. Richard won the first 2 of these, but then Anthony compiled a series of 3 firsts. At the end of racing, they were tied on points but Anthony was in the lead on the basis of winning the last race. There was also fierce competition for 3rd place, between Dave Jones, Dave Laing and Malcolm Osborne, with scant points separating these three. Then there was also a tie on points between Trefon Katakuzinos and Arno Wolhuter for 6th place, broken in favour of Arno on the basis of some 4th place finishes.
Monday dawned with mist and no wind. The fleet waited on shore all morning until the regatta was declared closed at 12:00 - not even the abandon flag produced any wind! Thus the results as of Sunday stood as final. The GP14 class extends its grateful thanks to Rob Holden and MBYBC for hosting this event.
|1st Place and the Silver Rose Bowl||Ant & Di Parker|
|2nd Place and the Bell Trophy||Richard Parker & Dave Hawkins|
|3rd Place and the ERYC Trophy||Malcolm Osborne & Khaya Gould|
|Cape Bell||Ant and Di Parker|
|Pete’s Pot||Dave & Tim Jones|
|Sportsman’s Trophy||Rob & Elfie Holden|
|Triers Trophy||Koenie & AJ Otto|
|First Lady||Di Parker|
|Handicap Trophy||Koenie & AJ Otto|
|Dolphin Trophy||Ant and Di Parker|
|Junior Trophy||Khaya Gould|
|Ken’s Stick||not awarded|
|Best Boat:||Davy's Comet|
|Turtle Trophy:||David Laing & Jayan Smart|
|1st Silver Fleet:||Arno Wolhuter & Earl Swart|
|1st Bronze Fleet||not awarded|