Celebrating a Stunning Summer of Success

South Staffs Sailing Club has held one of it’s biggest social events of the year with past and present members coming together (with the aid of the in-house band, ‘House Banned’) to celebrate an unprecedented summer of success by it’s members.

The Commodore, General Committee and all members are extremely proud to congratulate the new

  • GP14 World Champions, Mike Senior and Chris White
  • GP14 World Silver Medalists, Ross Kearney and Ed Bradburn
  • Lark National Champions, Chris and Nicola White
  • GP14 Irish National Champions, Ross and Jane Kearney

Commodore Tim Coleshaw congratulated everyone who had taken part in events over the Summer

I would like to express my congratulations and thanks not only to all our champions, but to everyone who has made the effort to travel to sailing events through the Summer, pursuing their passion for the sport, and representing their club

Mike and Chris on the starting line during the Gul GP14 Worlds at Mount’s Bay © Lee Whitehead / www.photolounge.co.uk

At the start of August, over 50 members including 16 juniors descended on Mounts Bay for the GP14 2018 World Championships.  In total 20 boats from South Staffs were classified in the 119 strong fleet and were supported by a huge number of spectators!

After the first day of racing, Mike and Chris were lying fourteenth overall and many had written off their chances, but never knowing when to give up they went on to win three races and finish a comfortable ten points ahead of Ross and Ed in second, who had a brilliant event themselves with all of their counting results in the top ten.

In a post-event interview Mike reflected on how it felt to become World Champion and the best aspects of sailing a GP14.

It still feels a little strange to have won my first Worlds title. More job done, rather than a big ye-ha. Oddly I felt very little pressure on the last day. Chris and I agreed a plan for the last race and then just concentrated on executing it properly

The full interview with Mike, along with additional pictures, video footage and full results, can be found on the Yachts and Yachting Website.

Ross Kearney and Ed Bradburn completed a stunning campaign to finish in second overall, and 4 South Staffs boats finished in the top 15 in what was an extremely high quality and competitive fleet.

 

The Lark Nationals were held at Sidmouth Sailing Club in tricky wind conditions, however the great race management of John Keast and the team, the brilliant catering headed up by Liz White, and the beach master Simon White did an excellent job ensuring that the 2018 Sidmouth Lark Nationals provided close, exciting racing and great socials.

It was a great event and Sidmouth were excellent hosts. We experienced big wind shifts in some of the races. This made the tactics challenging, but the racing always stayed close throughout the fleet

Nigel Hufton who finished in second place complimented his competitors stating “Chris and Nic sailed fast and intelligently – and barely put a foot wrong”.

James Goss and Kamila Czartolomna (in her first Nationals) came 4th and helped secure the team prize for South Staffs, and Dave Young and Mya Peterson also won the Silver Fleet rounding off a fantastic event for the club!  Full results can be found here

All six champions have also spent a considerable amount of time helping out with junior and adult coaching at South Staffs, frequently running coaching sessions to pass on their knowledge, and Mike summed up their collective message to the SSSC junior members

If I could give one piece of advice I would say focus on enjoying the journey rather than the result. I think winning only comes from repeatedly failing as that is the best way to find problems, fix them and move forwards