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GP14 Ireland

Purcell and O'Tiarnaigh Trophys settled in Swords

The domestic season finally got underway a little later than ususal this weekend with many of the fleet waiting for boats to arrive back from Barbados after the 2016 World Championships in early April.


Without wanting to lose an event, the Class decided to utilise the Purcell Trophy, raced on Saturday as part of the qualifier for that unique event the Riocaird O'Tiarnaigh Trophy which concluded Sunday. Thanks to organiser and PRO Peter Smyth and his crew in Swords Sailing and Boating Club they pulled it off despite the tropical sunshine mingled and sprinkled with tropical downpours. Yes, One weekend, 2 events. Back on track.


The winners of the Purcell Trophy on Saturday were Shane MacCarthy and Damian Bracken (Greystones SC) from Keith Louden and Alan Thompson (Sligo YC) in 2nd and John and Donal McGuinness (Moville) in 3rd. 


The O'Tiarnaigh Trophy concluded with the 3 race final that included top boats from bronze, silver and the gold fleets. At the end of some great racing Shane MacCarthy and Damian Bracken took 1st. Despite being tied on points, Katie Dwyer and Michelle Rowley took 2nd ahead of Keith Louden and Alan Thompson on the basis of a race win the 3 race finale. It was also great to have Muriel O'Tiarnaigh on hand to present the trophies.


A big thank you to all in Swords Sailing and Boating Club for their great efforts in accomodating both events. Full results, photos and race report to follow. 


In addition Stephen Boyle, President of the GP14 Class Association of Ireland made a special presentation to Shane MacCarthy to mark his recent victory at the GP14 World Championships in Barbados. 

Barbados boats are back

Sat 7 May 2016

Barbados sailors gathered again at Surefreight's yard in Belfast to unpack the 3 Irish containers.  All boats very much in 1 piece.  Shane's winning championship boat was one of the first out.


A little bit of Barbados came back with some bananas being found in a boat's side pocket.  Hmmmm it smelt worse than some of the returning sailing gear.


It was a lot quicker getting them unpacked - all done and away well before lunch.


Will be good to see some of the boats back in the some what cooler waters of Swords at the Purcell Trophy and O'Tiarnaigh Challenge towards he end of May.

GP14 Ireland kicks off the 2016 season with combined Purcell Trophy 2016 & O’Tiarnaigh Challenge

21-22 May at Swords Sailing & Boating Club


Saturday 21 May 2016  (Purcell Trophy)
Four Races    First Race 12.00noon
Lunches ashore, there will be a briefing before going afloat


Sunday 22 May 2016 (R O'Tiarnaigh Challenge)
Two/Three Races    First Race 10.30.  
Lunches ashore, there will be a briefing before going afloat
The Finals will as soon as possible after the selection of the 12 Finalist

R O T 2016 Purcell Notice of Race.docx
Microsoft Word document [35.8 KB]

GP14 Silver & Bronze fleet coaching

7th & 8th May at Mullingar Sailing Club


Coaching for Silver & Bronze fleet sailors to be given by Stephen Boyle and John Malone.


Commences at 12.00pm on Saturday 7th. Sunday commences at 11.00am.

Cost €40 per boat for the two days.


Bring your own lunches/snacks. Accommodation list available on All participants are invited to join in Mullingar Sailing Club racing commencing at 3.00pm on Sunday.


If you want to do just one day only - Saturday or  Sunday please get in touch with Michael.


For further queries contact Michael Collender:

GP14 World Champion is Welcomed Home At Dublin Airport


Stephen Boyle congratulates GP14 world champion Shane Mac Carthy.


Ireland's GP14 World Champion helmsman Shane MacCarthy, who now holds a unique triple crown of Irish, UK and World titles was welcomed home this afternoon by Irish class president Stephen Boyle.

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GP14 dates 2016 




Mar 26



May 21-22

British Inlands


May 21-22



Jun 18-19

Coleraine 24hr Race


Jun 25-26


East Down

Jul  23-24

Leinsters/Mirror Irish


Aug 20-26

British Nationals


Aug 27-29

Irish & Masters


Sept 24-25

Autumn & Youth


Oct 15-16

Hot Toddy


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