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Crusing weekend to River Blackwater Youghal

Dear members,


Because of the Worlds this year in August we moved the Nationals to July and had a great event in Sligo with 6 races completed and Ger and Mel crowned.

That leaves the last weekend of August free for something different after all our concentration on optimum trim for racing at the Worlds.


What is planned is a GP fleet visit to Youghal to support our newest fleet and explore the Blackwater estuary. The tides on 30/31 august are ideal to explore this interesting wide river which is navigable for 16 miles inland, as far as an old railway bridge at Cappoquin nestled below the Knockmealdown mountains in NW Waterford. This river was christened the ‘Irish Rhine’ by a famous tourist writer in 1910 ‘as it wends its way with unequalled charm’ through rocky cliffs and wooded shores with many fine gardens and houses appearing with great regularity.

Low water on Saturday is ideal at 15.14 for the starting the expedition up the river and high water on Sunday at 0930 just right for starting the return trip after an overnight stay either camping at the waterside or B&Bing in the area. Boats can be safely pulled ashore in the reeds at Cappoquin or Villierstown just down river, and pub grub and refreshment is available in both places. Villierstown was rumoured last year to have found some money and be considering starting a sailing club with GP’s.


This is a far cry from our standard racing weekend and is meant to be a relaxed way of using our boats for another purpose.

This trip has already been done in 2 GP’s last year and enjoyed with  dogs, wife, music, food and beer all aboard.


There has been a lot of interest expressed in the fleet, so if you fancy something different why not join in?




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2014 EXE Sail GP14 World Championships

 The 2014 World Championships will be held on the beautiful waters of Strangford Lough, Co. Down, and hosted by East Down Yacht Club. Outline event details are available on this website -- see tab on the side bar. Full details, Notice of Race and Entry Forms are available on the GP14 Association website under events.

Entries Still Open: at least until 1st August.

 Accommodation Update

The club regrets that it cannot take any further bookings for campsites, caravans or camper vans within its grounds. We have been heavily subscribed and anticipate all space being significantly in demand, thus we made our decision not to take any more camping site bookings.

All of our local tourist information offices will assist in finding accommodation which can include camp sites and self-catering. The Downpatrick Visitor Information Centre can be contacted by email at Please feel free to contact the staff in Downpatrick to find or book accommodation. The staff will be very happy to assist. Telephone 028 44612233.

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