GP14 Ireland Assoc has now 3 full containers.
If you are still interested in going you will be put onto the reserve list if slots become available. If there are enough others interested then there may be a potential 4th container.
Note: You're slot is only guaranteed if you have paid £300 deposit. For queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry is now open for the championship but the form requires all of your container and flight details. We advise not entering until you have your container slot guaranteed and your flights booked. We expect the flights to be available for booking around May 2015. The Irsh & Intl committees are trying to get the best deals for all sailors.
Virgin Atlantic have agreed to offer a preferential rate on their flights see http://www.gp14.org/fly-virgin-atlantic-to-barbados/
See our Worlds 2016 Barbados page for further details.
NOR now online. See O’Tiarnaigh Challenge events page
|Sat 18 - Sun 19||Apr||O’Tiarnaigh Challenge||Swords Sailing Club|
|Sat 2 - Sun 3||May||Purcell Trophy*||Lough Ree Yacht Club|
|Sat 13 - Sun 14||Jun||Ulster Championships||Lough Erne Yacht Club|
|Fri 10 - Sun 12||Jul||Leinster Championships||Dun Laoghaire|
|Sat 29 - Mon 31||Aug||National Championships||Newtownards Sailing Club|
|Sat 26 - Sun 27||Sep||Youth Championships & Autumn Open||Greystones Sailing Club|
|Sat 17 - Sun 18||Oct||Hot Toddy||Mullingar Sailing Club|
*Purcell Trophy will be a combined event with the Mirror fleet. Discussed at 2014 AGM to encourage youths into GP14s.
The ideal number of 6 GPs with 12 keen sailors ranging in age from 14 upwards and from 4 different clubs participated in 3 days of coaching organised under the burgee of Youghal Sailing Club (formed only 4 months). Spring arrived on call and provided sunshine and light breezes, pretty much ideal for Troy Mc Namara our lead coach to get things going onshore at out temporary campervan club house on Ferrypoint, an ideal location in the centre of this beautiful natural harbour.
Saturday’s on the water exercises were done in the wide inner bay where the Blackwater estuary sweeps east after the road bridge and before the gravel/sandy spit which is Ferrypoint, with a break in the middle for hot chocolate and fresh cut sambos provided by Una and Ruth Lee [Greystones and Youghal] and tips and entertainment from Troy. The evening featured Pizza and soft drinks in an activities hall with debrief from Troy armed with lots of film shot during the day’s action.
Sunday morning’s sailing was done in Sand Ballast Bay just to seaward of Ferrypoint and the sunny afternoon was spent tacking in a restricted channel between safety boats and towed buoys and doing starts and triangles out in the main bay off the beach. Evenings debrief featured film from the day and pizza that went down very well once more.
Monday dawned very foggy and at base on Ferrypoint, after a few halyards were restrung, Troy gave an extended briefing and meteorological explanation while facing a thick fog bank to seaward until eventually he realised the fog had lifted sufficiently in the inner bay behind him to allow launching. Enthusiasm was so high that what was to be just a morning session on the water, got extended to coming in for a quick lunch and getting out for another hour of starts and beats. To see everybody cross the line on the gun and get to the weather mark and back in a tight bunch with smiles on their faces and lots of friendly banter, was proof of success and was just what is needed to give the feel-good feeling that will keep this gang sailing and hopefully help Youghal refocus again on the sea.
Without an existing sailing club or training centre, sailing in this historic sailing ship port is making a comeback spearheaded by schoolboy Adrian Lee, who’s passion for the sea led him to an old GP14 he kept moored in the same harbour Moby Dick was filmed in and from there, to growing a fleet of 12 GPs in 3 years and travelling to GP circuit events as far away as Sligo and Donaghadee to gain experience. GP’s have proved ideal for the kind of adventure sailing and racing done by the hardy youngsters of Youghal with their great seafaring tradition and can do attitude.
This will be a great future venue for GP class events especially if standard courses are supplemented by a longer distance race under the road bridge and up and down the Blackwater river, would the same boats still win?
Big thanks for getting your entries in for the early bird entry. We have 31 boats entered already and is by far the biggest dinghy fleet for the Dun Laoghaire Regatta.
The early entry fee has been extended until Fri 17th Apr. After that the entry of €135 will apply.
See the entry list on our Leinster Championship page.
You can still enter online:
Please follow these instructions if entering online:
1. Complete the online form and enter your boat details and contact details
2. On the last page of the entry form instead of ‘Yes - pay by credit card’select the button No - Save Expression of Interest’
3. The regatta office will call you back and process your entry over the phone at the reduced fee
4. Alternatively you may enter by:
a. Calling the regatta office and entering over the telephone
b. Printing the form, fill in the details and post the entry to the regatta office with a cheque
"Established in 1955, the GP14 Class Association insurance scheme has now been in place for 60 years and has been underwritten by Navigators & General throughout the entire period, making it one of the oldest dinghy class partnerships of any kind.
Although now administered by Craftinsure.com, the scheme was managed by long standing GP14 Association member and past president, Graham Knox for much of its history, and Graham remains involved as an important link.
As a special gesture marking the 60th Anniversary, Craftinsure.com and Navigators & General have jointly agreed to extend policies to include the 2016 World Championships in Barbados at no additional cost.
In line with usual charges to extend cover for events outside Europe, an additional premium of £50.00 was expected to apply, and so this should be a very welcome announcement for all those intending to participate who are insured with Craftinsure.com.
Craftinsure's Rod Daniel comments "together with Navigators & General, we are delighted to be supporting the GP14 Association Worlds again, and providing some help to members in attending what we are sure will be a fantastic event".
Although free of charge, Craftinsure advise that GP14 policy holders intending to take their boat to Barbados in March 2016 should still contact them so that cover can be extended for the event."
Need to re-new or set up your GP14 International Class Association membership? It is easy to complete online.
The GP14 Irish committee would like to encourage you to become a member of the GP14 International Class Association.
Helms for GP14 events must be a member but we would also encourage all helms and crews to join.
For full details see the Become a Member page details
Six months after taking the helm of the Irish Sailing Association, the President, David Lovegrove has now laid out the ISA’s plans for the organisation focussed on servicing the needs of grass roots sailing enthusiasts whilst retaining the commitment to the successful High Performance programs that support our existing and aspiring Olympic athletes.
For full details see the ISA's The Way Forward Executive Summary