The next event is coming up soon.
Can all helms expecting to participate please ensure they have a current GP14 International Class Association membership.
If you are only sailing this event you can gain temporary membership for £12 but the Irish committee would encourage you to join as a full time member.
It is easy to join and can be completed online.
See Become a Member for further details.
Last year the inaugural GP14 cruise of the river Blackwater was a great success with participants having a fab overnight and 15 mile race home.
This year Youghal Sailing Club plans are at an advanced stage to launch from Youghal on August 15th at 12 noon. Sailing will be helped by the filling tide making the sail very relaxing and enjoyable for all.
Villerstown Boat Club will provide the overnight camping grounds and club house facilities.
The club plan to have a few launching trolleys there to take up the boats for the overnight stay. Transport to/from Villerstown is available if requested.
Boat Owner magazine describes the Blackwater as an "undiscovered gem" so why not be the first to discover this amazing river.
All welcome - nobody too old or too young.
Contact Adrian Lee on 00353833839047 or email Adrian.firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
The Craftinsure League 2015 is now online. See Craftinsure Leagues for full details
|14158||Shane MacCarthy||Damian Bracken||Greystones Sailing Club|
|2||14143||John McGuinness||Donal McGuinness||Moville Boat Club|
|3||14055||Keith Louden||Alan Thompson||ISA|
|1||14138||Simon Cully||Libby Tierney||Blessington Sailing Club|
|2||14040||Bill Johnson||James Johnston||Lough Foyle Yacht Club|
|3||13951||Katie Dwyer||Michelle Rowley||
Sutton Dinghy Club
|1||14080||Gareth Gallagher||Richie Gallagher||Lough Foyle Yacht Club|
|2||13207||Adrian Lee||Edward Coyne||Youghal sailing club|
|3||14116||Peter Boyle||Stephen Boyle||Sutton Dinghy Club|
Ger Owens & Mel Morris have won the 2015 GP14 Leinster Championship which was held at the Dun Laoghaire Regatta.
8 races were held over 3 days with only 1 discard. The GP14s raced in the South Bull area on alternating inner and outer trapezoid courses. The sailing was tough ranging from very lights winds to strong gusts and that was generally over each race. Wind Guru could not predict the winds inside the Dublin Bay area.
The DL Regatta committee put on a great event both on and off shore.
Stephen Boyle also put in a huge effort to make sure the GP14s were well catered for before and during the event. Well done and thank you Stephen!
Report by Alan Blay:
With the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta running this year, the GP14 class were invited to compete in addition to 30 other classes that also included 8 other dinghy fleets. To make the event that extra bit special it was decided to make it our Leinster Championships. The GP14 fleet was one of the largest classes in the regatta and the whopping 35 boat entry had some notable names including two former Olympic sailors and the current world champion crew, Andy Tunnicliffe. From the outset, it promised for an exciting event with some fabulous racing.
Day 1 for the GP14 class was Friday the 10th July. After some spine tingling stories of demasted cruisers from the day before, it was fair to say nerves were tense for some competitors. Racing was postponed for 2 hours as the race committee waited for the heavy winds to abate. A quick run to the shops to stock up on food was welcomed by everybody. As the winds started to calm the sailors prepared for the inevitable launch and tough races. The race area was moved to the Salthill race course for the day. With Flying 15s and Squibs starting before the GP14’s, the competition had well and truly heated up and there was a general recall on the first GP14 start. Eventually though we were underway and after a tough upwind leg Niall Henry & Ossian Gerraghty rounded the weather mark in first chased closely by Alan Blay & David Johnston. It was the Blay/Johnston team who managed to claim 1st followed by the McGuinness brothers and Ger Owens sailing with stand-in crew Max Treacy. Race 2 got off to a much smoother start with current world champion Andy Tunnicliffe and crew Lee Tennant grabbing the top spot. Race 3, and final race of the day went to Ger & Max who after a fine performance throughout the day, scoring a 3rd, 2nd, 1st were the overnight leaders.
Day 2 of the Volvo Regatta started off with some confused faces as a quick look at the results from the previous day made for some interesting reading. Fortunately all queries were sorted out quickly. After reaching the race area out by South Bull the racing was underway shortly. Race 4 went the way of GP veteran Curly Morris and crew Laura McFarland pursued by Ger Owens & Melanie Morris. Race 5 was taken by Alan & David earning their second race win of the event. Shane McCarthy & Andy Thompson made their presence known by knocking in a 2nd in race 5 and followed that up with a 1st in race 6.
The final day of this event was greeted with calmer winds but tired legs. Arriving to the race area with a wide range of boats including J24s, SB20s, Flying 15s, Squibs, and Wayfarers, the starting area was packed. Ger & Melanie went into the final day with 5 point lead over 2nd placed Andy & Lee and 3rd place Alan & David a further 3 points back. The Blay/Johnston team snatched their 3rd bullet in race 7 to keep their hopes alive. Little however could be done to stop Ger & Melanie following up with a 2nd. The final race of the event still provided a glimmer of hope to catch the leaders. Alan & David and Ger & Melanie raced right to the end and crossed the finish line within 2 boat lengths of each other. It was Alan & David who came out on top but it still wouldn’t be enough to topple the former olympian from the top spot. Sailing in and it appeared that Ger & Melanie would be crowned champions, with Alan & David 2nd and Andy & Lee 3rd. However ashore it had come to light that the Blay/Johnston team were OCS in the last race dropping them down to 3rd place overall, just one point behind Andy & Lee.
With a great event over and 8 fantastic races sailed, the Leinster championships went to Ger Owens & Melanie Morris deservedly. A notable mention however goes to the winners of the Bronze fleet, Gareth & Richie Gallagher, who were no pushovers slotting in plenty of top 5 scores and finishing in 6th position overall – an outstanding result. Everyone went home happy to have had such great racing and superb hospitality by the Royal St. George Yacht Club who kept us all well fed and well “hydrated” in the evenings. A great event enjoyed by all.
Photos below: David Branigan/Oceansport
Photos below : Gareth Craig (fotosail.com)
Link to more photos which can also be purchased: http://www.fotosail.com/events/2015dlregatta/saturday_southbull/sat_sbull_gp14/
|1||14076||True Belle||Gold||Gerard Owens||Melanie Morris||Royal St George YC/EABC||15||3||2||1||2||4||36||2||1|
|2||14036||Gold||Andy Tunnicliffe||Lee Tennant||Sligo Yacht Club||28||6||1||3||18||3||4||5||6|
|3||13977||Temerity||Gold||Alan Blay||David Johnston||Sutton Dinghy Club||29||1||6||5||7||1||8||1||36|
|4||14077||Trouble I've seen||Gold||Curly Morris||Laura McFarland||East Antrim Boat Club/||47||10||12||2||1||14||5||9||8|
|5||14143||Gold||John McGuinness||Donal McGuinness||Moville Boat Club||48||2||8||9||11||7||3||10||9|
|6||14080||Blueberry Muffin||Bronze||Gareth Gallagher||Richie Gallagher||Lough Foyle Yacht Club||49||8||14||4||5||13||12||4||3|
|7||13993||Daisychain||Gold||Niall Henry||Ossian Geraghty||Sligo Yacht Club||51||4||5||16||8||5||2||36||11|
|8||14127||Karma||Gold||Colm O'Flaherty||Joe Murray||Sligo Yacht Club||52||5||3||8||6||11||6||13||36|
|9||13915||Chi||Gold||Hugh Gill||Eanna Maloney-Lawless||Sutton Dinghy Club||56||36||4||6||9||9||17||6||5|
|10||14144||No Surprise||Gold||Colman Grimes||David Lappin||Skerries Sailing Club||69||7||10||13||14||6||7||14||12|
|11||14055||Gold||Keith Louden||Alan Thompson||ISA||79||36||9||7||10||10||9||18||16|
|12||14074||Silver||Cathal Sheridan||David Cooke||Skerries Sailing Club||90||16||16||19||4||15||18||11||10|
|13||14116||Bronze||Peter Boyle||Stephen Boyle||Sutton Dinghy Club||90||36||11||10||23||12||15||12||7|
|14||13981||Cloud 9||Gold||Richard Street||Simon Dick||Blessington Sailing Club||99||13||20||11||16||20||14||7||18|
|15||14158||Gold||Shane MacCarthy||Andy Thompson||Greystones Sailing Club||100||36||36||36||20||2||1||3||2|
|16||12403||Bronze||Alan Pinder||Kevin Hackett||Mullingar Sailing Club||100||12||17||14||3||18||23||23||13|
|17||13951||Silver||Katie Dwyer||Michelle Rowley||Sutton Dinghy Club||104||18||18||18||12||16||10||16||14|
|18||13882||Nevara||Bronze||Lawrence Baalham||Robert Richardson||Donaghadee Sailing Club||108||9||7||17||22||23||19||19||15|
|19||13207||"This one"||Bronze||Adrian Lee||Edward Coyne||Youghal sailing club||108||11||15||23||15||22||11||17||17|
|20||14040||Alkado||Silver||Bill Johnson||James Johnston||Lough Foyle Yacht Club||122||17||13||21||26||21||16||15||19|
|21||14142||Silver||Gerard Gilligan||Lucia Nicholson||Sligo Yacht Club||128||15||36||36||21||24||20||8||4|
|22||14138||Silver||Simon Cully||Libby Tierney||Blessington Sailing Club||128||36||19||12||19||8||13||21||36|
|23||13955||Quantum Shadow||Bronze||Simon Christopher Jeffery||Rebecca Jeffery||East Down Yacht Club||132||14||21||20||17||19||21||22||20|
|24||14061||Silver||Robert Lee||Mary Hogan||Greystones Sailing Club||133||22||24||15||13||17||22||20||36|
|25||13840||Bronze||James Hackett||Rosemary Hackett||Mullingar Sailing Club||171||20||23||36||29||29||24||24||22|
|26||13527||Kaya||Bronze||Cormac Meaney||Josh McCormick||Mullingar Sailing Club||171||21||25||26||27||26||36||25||21|
|27||13192||Bronze||Stephen Farrell||Kate Farrell||Howth Yacht Club||185||19||22||22||25||25||36||36||36|
|28||11060||Grasshopper||Bronze||Des MacMahon||Pat Biestly||Cullaun Sailing Club||185||23||27||27||28||28||36||27||25|
|29||14164||SDC||Bronze||Brenda Preston||Patricia Browne||Ballyronan Boat Club||199||24||28||24||24||27||36||36||36|
|30||14133||Kylie||Bronze||Jack Buttimer||Finn O'Brien||Youghal Sailing Club||209||36||26||25||36||36||36||26||24|
|31||13909||Syracuse||Bronze||Gerard Brady||Sligo Yacht Club||215||25||36||36||36||30||36||29||23|
|32||14165||Com-a-dee||Bronze||Neil Boyd||Ali Boyd||Donaghadee Sailing Club||234||36||36||36||36||36||36||28||26|
|33||1||TBA||Gold||Ruan O'Tiarnaigh||Niamh McCormick||Ballyholme Yacht Club||252||36||36||36||36||36||36||36||36|
|33||13759||Bronze||Seán Duffy||Kieran Millner||Mullingar Sailing Club||252||36||36||36||36||36||36||36||36|
|33||12560||Au Naturel||Gold||Ross Killian||Rebecca Killian||ISA||252||36||36||36||36||36||36||36||36|
Photos Copyright Donnie Phair www.donniephair.com
Ulster Championship 2015 Report by Ger Owens
Always be apprehensive of a venue described as picturesque...
Lough Erne was described as the most picturesque venue one would ever sail and it definitely delivered on that promise. I got to see every nook and cranny of the beautiful venue as we tried to navigate our way around the very trying race course. We arrived Saturday morning with the sun splitting the slipway and the breath-taking views were teeing up a very exciting event in Rory McIlroy's second favourite venue for golf. A great turn out of boats meant a large fleet would make any defending champ (in this case, Alan Blay) nervous at the prospect of holding onto a title. We rigged and launched eager to get around the corner to see the sailing venue for the racing.
A chilly breeze was an early warning sign to anyone who thought this was going to be another sailing event. The Race Officer got the racing off to a quick start and it was clear from the outset that the training Shane MacCarthy and Damian Bracken had put in over the winter was paying dividends and provided them with the extra boatlength required when situations were tight around what was set to be the most tricky racing in the GP's this year.
Lough Erne was a venue where consistency and patience were currency, and no amount of money in the bank would have bought you a race without them. Keith Louden (our lake specialist) was also on form and determined to topple the Macarthy winning streak. Alan Blay, the defending champion, was fired up and ready, staying for the weekend with local tactical genius JP McCaldin to increase his chances of a successful defence. The leader in every race came from the left hand side, crossing the fleet and using the right hand side to approach the top mark. The wind shifted ferociously and the 'bold child' that was Lough Erne laughed as the rest of the fleet sailed in circles trying to deal with the shifting conditions. Tim Corcoran had left himself a lot of work after being over the line in the first race. Over the weekend the naughty GP fleet were to try the patience of the race officer on more than one occasion with multiple restarts because they could not stay behind the line.
Day two launching was similar to day one with gorgeous sunshine guiding our way - however everyone had gritted teeth this time and for good reason. The difficult shifty conditions were to continue and stringing a couple of consistent results together for anyone was rare. Everyone had glimpses of the front of the fleet but hanging onto a lead was virtually impossible. The positions throughout the races were yo-yoing to say the very least except those of Shane and Keith who had set themselves up for a deciding match race in the natural amphitheatre that was Lough Erne. The rest of the fleet could only marvel as two gladiators of Irish GP's wrestled their way through the pack to try and win the title of Ulster champion. The title swapped and changed between the two several times contending with bonkers shifts that literally tacked boats uncontrollably at times. Keith had the lead at the top mark and Shane kept him in his sights throughout the race. Pile ups at three of the marks meant getting around the race course unscathed was a skill in itself, (Not something yours truly managed to do).
A nail biting last broad reach decided the championship and Shane was a well deserved champion, the wind had shifted to favour the chasing pack and filled in from behind, Shane was to leeward and in front of that same pack and chose to use his last ace card to hold the inside lane on Keith at the leeward mark and clinch the title, the boat length which himself and Damian had worked so hard to gain over the winter had been the small inch required to win. The rest of the fleet had to watch and enjoy the spectacle going on around them as they tried to make sufficient sense of the conditions to finish the race.
Special mention must go to the youth sailors in the bronze fleet who showed some of the gold and silver fleet how it's done - Gareth and Richard Gallagher and Peter Boyle sailing with dad Stephen put in a great performance over the weekend. It was also fantastic to see the return of Richard Street - Richard, we've missed you.
And thanks again to the event organisers and members at Lough Erne Yacht Club for providing a warm welcome and great racing.
1st Shane MacCarthy & Damian Bracken
2nd Keith Louden & Alan Thomson
3rd Ger Owens & Mel Morris
1st Steven & Jonny Nelson
2nd Simon Cully & Libby Tierney
3rd Gerry Gilligan & Lucia Nicholson
1st Gareth & Richard Gallagher
2nd Peter & Stephen Boyle
3rd Adrian Lee & Edward Cayne
The awards were presented by Lough Erne YC Commodore Theo Nugent
A great weekend hosted by Lough Erne YC with 31 boats in attendance.
|1st||14158||Greystones||Shane MacCarthy||Damian Bracken||G||1||-7||1||3||1||4||17||10|
|2nd||14055||ISA||Keith Louden||Alan Thomson||G||3||1||4||1||-13||5||27||14|
|3rd||14076||Royal St George||Ger Owens||Melanie Morris||G||5||2||3||5||-7||2||24||17|
|4th||13993||Sligo||Niall Henry||Ossian Gereighty||G||4||8||7||2||-19||6||46||27|
|5th||13977||Sutton BC||Alan Blay||Niamh McCormack||G||2||6||-11||9||4||8||40||29|
|6th||14143||Moville Boat Club||John McGuinness||Donal McGunness||G||8||3||2||8||-17||9||47||30|
|7th||14036||Sligo||Tim Cocoran||Brendan Brogan||G||(32
|8th||14080||Lough Foyle||Gareth Gallagher||Richard Gallagher||B||6||14||5||11||-32||7||75||43|
|9th||14077||East Antrim BCNSC||Curly Morris||Laura McFarland||G||-16||12||6||10||2||16||62||46|
|10th||13901||DCS||Steven Nelson||Jonny Nelson||S||-17||10||8||6||9||13||63||46|
|11th||14127||Sligo||Colm OFIagherty||Joe Murray||G||11||-18||9||16||5||10||69||51|
|12th||14144||Skerries SC||Colman Grimes||David Lappin||G||12||11||-15||12||6||12||68||530|
|13th||14138||Simon Cully||Libby Tierney||S||8||17||17||-22||14||3||82||60|
|14th||14142||SYC||G Gilligan||Lucia Nicholson||S||-15||13||13||13||10||14||78||63|
|15th||12661||SDC||Peter Boyle||Stephen Boyle||B||28||5||12||4||(32
|16th||13891||Blessington||Richard Street||Simon Dick||S||7||15||10||(32
|17th||13207||Youghal SC||Adrian Lee||Edward Cayne||B||10||-22||14||14||12||18||90||68|
|18th||13917||NBC||M Cox||Josh Porter||B||13||9||16||18||18||-21||95||74|
|19th||13833||Ballyronan Boat Club||John McRoberts||Steven Preston||S||14||16||20||15||-23||11||99||76|
|20th||14040||LFYC||Bill Johnson||James Johnson||B||18||21||21||19,0||3||-25||107||82|
|21st||14129||Newtownards SC||Newenhan de Cogan||Andre Corkhill||B||-30||20||22||17||11||23||123||93|
|22nd||13782||Mulingar SC||Michael Collender||Brian Walker||B||21||19||19||21||-24||19||123||99|
|23rd||12560||LEYC||Jorgen Pedersen||Finbarr McCann||B||23||-24||23||20||16||20,0||128||102|
|24th||13885||DOS||James Ogg||Ronan OBeirne||B||20||-26||24||23||15||22||130||104|
|25th||14164||Ballyronan Boa Clubt||Brenda Preston||PatriciaBrowne||B||22||25||(32
|26th||13595||LEYC||Fouad Ghareeb||Timonthy Boomer||B||25||-30||27||25||21||28||156||126|
|27th||14133||Youghal SC||Jack Buttner||Finn OBrien||B||-29||27||25||24||26||24||155||126|
|28th||13597||LEYC||Michael Brines||Rory Gill||B||24||31||(32
|29th||13624||MSC||Joe Kelly||Pat Kelly||B||19||23||(32
|32 DNS||32 DNS||32 DNS||170||138|
|30th||13552||LEYC/Mulleghmore||Michelle Martin||Paul Gorman||B||27||29||(32
|31st||13909||Sligo||Gerry Brady||Hazel Maloney||B||26||28||26||(32
|32 DNS||32 DNS||176||144|
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