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Report Author: David Johnston
Sailing Photos Copyright: Skerries Sailing Club
Prize Giving Photos Copyright: Laura McFarland
After many weeks of amazing summer weather, the GP14 Leinsters did not disappoint with Skerries producing a fantastic weekend sailing. With light winds forecasted all weekend the OD and his team had planned ahead to allow for 4 races to be sailed on the Saturday in preparation of very little wind on the Sunday. In the end it proved to be the right call.
Much to the appreciation of the fleet, gate starts were proposed for all races, as the Mounts Bay bound Irish contingent prepared for the 2018 World Championships. With only a handful of very late, barging boats, the gate starts worked very well. With many boats benefitting from the great coaching sessions organised by the class earlier in the year, these gate starts have become a lot less intimidating for sailors not as accustomed to them.
The racing was very tight as the results from day 1 would tell you, with 4 different race winners the championship was still well open going into Sunday. Shane Mac Carthy & Damien Bracken took 1st honours in race one followed closely by Ger Owens and Melanie Morris in 2nd and a great performance by youth helm Peter Boyle crewed by father Stephen taking 3rd. Ger & Mel took 1st in race 2, Niall Henry & Oisin Geraghty taking 1st in race 3, and Alan Blay & David Johnston winning the last race of the day.
With only 2 points separating 2nd and 4th place, and then a further 3 to 1st, the championship was wide open. Despite matching Ger & Mel with a 2nd and 1st on the final day (with time to spare for Alan to answer the call from nature up the final beat), Alan & David had to settle for 3rd overall as Shane & Damien had done enough with a 3 and 5 to earn them top spot and another Leinster Championship. Ger & Mel narrowly missing out by 1 point.
The youth fleet was very competitive with Gareth & Richard Gallagher taking it overall with Josh Porter & Sara Gowdy 2nd youth followed by Peter & Stephen Boyle in 3rd. All 3 within 7 points of each other.
Josh & Sara won Silver, Peter & Stephen Boyle in 2nd with Cathal Sheridan & David Cooke 3rd.
Bronze fleet winners were Stuart McCormick & Bernie, 2nd Noel Clarke & Chris, 3rd Michael Collender & Brian Walker
Thank you to all in Skerries Sailing Club for hosting such a fantastic event in testing conditions.
The GP14 Leinsters at Skerries falls on the same weekend as the very popular Skerries 100 road race for motorbikes.
There is next to no accommodation left in the town. Please contact David Cooke on firstname.lastname@example.org who will try to help you find accommodation.
The below image indicates the circuit which are closed road. The approach to the circuit will also have closed roads.
For travellers from the north you should be able to make it to the sailing club in Skerries on the north west section of the R127 from Balbriggin but it will be very busy.
For travellers south/west of Skerries the R127 between Lusk and Skerries will be closed on Saturday. People coming from the M50/M1 are advised to exit the motorway at Balbriggan (not Balbriggan South) and come into Skerries from the north via Balbriggan.
Allow yourself extra time to get to the club.
More details of the road race here - http://www.loughshinnymotorcycleclub.com/travelaccomodation/
Congratulations to Shane MacCarthy & Damien Bracken on winning the Purcell Trophy 2018.
The sailing on Saturday had to be abandoned due to lack of wind. But on Sunday the fleet of 17 boats got to set sail. The wind was light & shifty but Race Officer Vincent Rafter got races 4-6 successfully sailed.
Race 4 saw Keith Louden and Alan Thompson win with Norman Lee and Jordan Lugton in 2nd place. Race 5 saw Alan Pinder and Jack Hayes take the gun ahead of Shane MacCarthy and Damian Bracken. The last race 6 was won by Shane MacCarthy and Damian Bracken with Alan Blay and David Johnston finishing 2nd.
Thanks to Lough Ree YC for their hospitality and organising the event.
Overall results were,
1 Shane Mccarthy, Damian Bracken - Greystones SC
2 Alan Blay, David Johnston - Sutton DC
3 Alan Pinder, Jack Hayes - Mullingar SC
1 Alan Pinder, Jack Hayes - Mullingar SC
2 Simon Cully,Libby Tierney Blessington SC
3 Martin Dews, Vicky Dews Donaghadee SC
1 Ciaran Keogh, Barry Keogh Greystones S.C
2 James Ogg, Jennifer Bryce Donaghadee SC3 Jack Buttimer, Adam McDonagh, Youghal SC
|1st||Gold||14203||Greystones SC||Shane McCartney||Damien Bracken||3.0||2.0||1.0||6.0||6.0|
|2nd||Gold||13977||Sutton DC||Alan Blay||David Johnston||6.0||4.0||2.0||12.0||12.0|
|3rd||Silver||14076||Mullingar SC||Alan Pinder||Jack Hayes||7.0||1.0||9.0||17.0||17.0|
|4th||Gold||14219||East Antrim BC||Curly Morriss||Laura McFarland||4.0||7.0||6.0||17.0||17.0|
|5th||Gold||14237||LEYC||JP McCaldin||Carolyn McCaldin||8.0||6.0||5.0||19.0||19.0|
|6th||Gold||13669||Greystones||Norman Lee||Jordan Lupton||2.0||8.0||11.0||21.0||21.0|
|7th||Gold||14214||RYA||Keith Luoden||Alan Thompson||1.0||19.0 OCS||4.0||24.0||24.0|
|8th||Silver||14138||Blessington SC||Simon Cully||Libby Tierney||19.0 DNC||3.0||3.0||25.0||25.0|
|9th||Gold||14209||LFYC||Gareth Gallagher||Rachel Donaghey||5.0||13.0||8.0||26.0||26.0|
|10th||Bronze||13624||Greystones SC||Ciaran Keogh||Barry Keogh||10.0||11.0||10.0||31.0||31.0|
|11th||Bronze||13865||DSC||James Ogg||Jennifer Bryce||13.0||5.0||14.0||32.0||32.0|
|12th||Silver||13180||Donaghadee SC||Martin Dews||Vicky Dews||11.0||9.0||13.0||33.0||33.0|
|13th||Gold||13981||Blessington SC||Richard Street||Max Cully||19.0 DNC||10.0||7.0||36.0||36.0|
|14th||Silver||13917||Newtonards||Josh Porter||Sara Gowdy||12.0||12.0||12.0||36.0||36.0|
|15th||Bronze||14133||Youghal SC||Jack Buttimer||Adam McDonagh||9.0||14.0||16.0||39.0||39.0|
|16th||Bronze||13466||Blessington SC||Matthew Street||Rian O'Hailough||19.0 DNC||15.0||15.0||49.0||49.0|
|17th||Silver||14171||Donaghadee SC||Lawrence Baalham||Robbie Richardson||19.0 DNC||19.0 DNC||19.0 DNC||57.0||57.0|
|17th||Silver||14040||LFYC||Bill Johnson||James Hockley||19.0 DNC||19.0 DNC||19.0 DNC||57.0||57.0|
Registration - Saturday 9 June 0900 to 1030
Briefing – A Briefing will be held at 1030 on Saturday 9 June.
Sat 9 June - Races 1, 2 and 3 - warning signal 12noon
Sun 10 June - Races 4, 5 and 6 - warning signal 11am
Congratulations to Shane MacCarthy and crew Andy Davis taking the 2018 Ulster Championships over a sunny weekend at Donaghadee SC.
Silver fleet winner was Peter & Stephen Boyle with Peter also taking the Ulster Youth Championship trophy.
Bronze fleet win was taken by Jack Buttimer & Adam McDonagh.
Race Report - Author: Alan Thompson
The GP fleet returned to Donaghadee for the 2018 Ulster Championships on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
The OOD Ruan O’Tiarnaigh got the first race off at 12pm in a moderate breeze. Ger Owens with his crew Damien Bracken dominated the first two races with two bullets after the McGuiness brothers, first home in race 2 were deemed OCS.
Race three was won by the current world champions Shane McCarthy & Andy Davis.
After an hour postponement on Sunday morning a nice strong breeze filled in. Keith Louden & Alan Thompson started at the pin on port and crossed the fleet and after a hard battle with Shane & Andy, took the win in race four.
Race five got underway with Shane & Andy showing their dominance in the strong breeze and led from the start to take the win.
After a general recall in race six, OOD Ruan O’Tiarnaigh eventually ran out of time and sent us home to the delight of many in the fleet.
Shane & Andy took the overall win with Ger & Damien in second and Keith & Alan in third.
The silver fleet honours went to Peter & Stephen Boyle with Josh Porter & Andrew Corkill taking second and Bill Johnson & James Hockley in third.
The bronze fleet honours went to Jack Buttimer & Adam McDonagh with Donaghadee's James Ogg & Jennifer Bryce taking second and Michael Collender & Brian Walker in third.
Many thanks to Donaghadee Sailing Club for the great hospitality and a fantastic event and to Ruan for the great courses..
Photos Copyright: Tony Patterson
|1st||Gold||14203||Shane McCarthy||Andy Davis||GSC||2||(3)||1||2||1||6|
|2nd||Gold||14076||Ger Owens||Damien Bracken||RStGYC||1||1||(BFD)||4||3||9|
|3rd||Gold||14214||Keith Louden||Alan Thompson||N/A||(6)||2||6||1||5||14|
|4th||Gold||14143||John McGuiness||Donal McGuiness||MBC||3||(OCS)||7||6||2||18|
|5th||Gold||13977||Alan Blay||David Johnston||SDC||4||(OCS)||3||3||8||18|
|6th||Silver||1420||Peter Boyle||Stphen Boyle||SDC||7||(10)||8||5||4||24|
|7th||Silver||13917||Josh Porter||Andrew Corkill||NSC||(11)||8||4||10||7||29|
|8th||Silver||14040||Bill Johnson||James Hockley||LFYC||(12)||6||5||9||10||30|
|9th||Gold||13993||Niall Henry||Ossian Gerraghty||SYC||8||11||(BFD)||7||6||32|
|10th||Gold||14219||Curly Morris||Laura McFarlane||EABC / NSC||9||4||11||(12)||9||33|
|11th||Silver||14171||Lawrence Baalham||Robbie Richardson||DSC||(13)||5||12||11||12||40|
|12th||Silver||13928||Sam Wray||Luke Henderson||SYC||5||7||(DNF)||18||13||43|
|13th||Gold||13645||Robert Gingles||Ross Gingles||EABC||14||(OCS)||10||8||11||43|
|14th||Silver||14212||Michael Cox||Sara Gowdy||NSC||16||9||9||16||(DNF)||50|
|15th||Bronze||14133||Jack Buttimer||Adam McDonagh||Yanghal Sailing Club||(18)||15||14||14||14||57|
|16th||Bronze||13865||James Ogg||Jennifer Bryce||DSC||15||14||(BFD)||13||16||58|
|17th||Bronze||14061||Michael Collender||Brian Walker||MSC||(22)||13||13||19||15||60|
|18th||Bronze||14077||Michael Brines||Kerry Edwards||LEYC||(21)||18||15||15||19||67|
|19th||Silver||13951||Steven Preston||Nathan Hosick||DSC||19||16||16||17||(DNF)||68|
|20th||Bronze||13233||Fraser Menzies||Paul Monaghan||DSC||(23)||17||17||20||18||72|
|21st||Gold||14237||J.P. McCaldin||Carolyn McCaldin||LEYC/SYC||10||(OCS)||2||DNF||DNF||74|
|22nd||Silver||14215||Graeme Farrington||Rebecca Farrington||BYC||17||12||(BFD)||DNF||DNF||91|
|23rd||Silver||13180||Martin Dews||Victoria Dews||DSC||20||(DNF)||BFD||DNF||17||99|
By: Katie Dwyer
Summer finally arrived for the lucky five boats in week three of GP14 coaching with Graeme Grant, which took place 5/6 May in Sutton DC.
Teams came from Skerries and Greystones, with one Sutton resident also taking part. All teams involved are heading for Mounts Bay in July and so were full on enthusiasm and eager to learn and make improvements over the two days.
Due to the afternoon high tides in Sutton, the group hit the water at 2pm each day. The mornings were put to great use - plenty of time spent checking out and tweaking rigs and briefing for the on-the-water activities ahead. It was evident that we would be pushed hard and indeed we were!
Winds both days ranged from a steady 12-15 kn, gusting up to 20kn which gave the group plenty of testing conditions. Numerous varied and relevant drills were performed both days, including gate starts, tight reaching, improving hoists and drops, holding positions on the start line to name but a few. We finished up the Day 2 will a novel and interesting drill in managing starboard laylines in big fleets. It has to be said, Graeme has a great talent for creating real life drills out of a rib, 2 marks and a whistle! We weren’t kept waiting at any stage and indeed bodies were bruised, tired and a bit battered by the end of it all but it was worth the pain!
It was a very enjoyable few days and all participants at all levels, ranging from a World Champ to mere mortals, left feeling that they had learned a lot of new skills, techniques and more importantly, had areas identified to work on between now and Mounts Bay.
A big thanks to Colman and the Irish GP14 organisation for arranging this and the many other weekends. It is a super initiative and will bring the fleet forward at all levels. A massive thanks also to Graeme for fantastic coaching and to Sutton Dinghy Club for the use of their facilities.
Some of us might not be the Top 5 come the Worlds, but at least now we’ll be in a better position to give it a lash!!
Until now the GP14 International Org have only offered payment options in pounds sterling for membership renewal.
They have created a Euro Bank account for the International GP14 Class Association which is available now for payment of annual subscriptions.
This is mainly designed to make it easier for Irish members living in the Euro zone to pay for their subscriptions to the class association.
The options for payment are via standing order or pay directly via on-line banking.
There is currently no option for direct debit or card payment into the Euro account.
For Euro rates and account details agreed by the UK and Irish Association Committees see
By: Ossian Geraghty
The second in a series of eight coaching weekends took place over the weekend in Sligo Yacht Club under the instruction of Graeme Grant and assisted by Samuel Wray of SYC. . Graeme is well known as sailor and coach on the Irish and UK circuits.
Five boats from the North Western Clubs attended the session which put the sailors through their paces on Saturday washing the Winter cobwebs off some of the boats. The sailors were put through their paces for five solid hours on the water on Saturday working through magic roundabouts, follow the leader, rabbit start sequences, hoists, gybing to the whistle amongst other exhausting manoeuvres. Saturday saw medium winds 11-15 knots and most of the sailors were fit for an early night after the first days debrief in SYC bar.
The planned early start on Sunday morning was delayed due to lack of wind, but a relaxed morning shore session which included quality coffee and cakes from SYCs newly opened Gallery Café made for a relaxing start to the day. The fleet finally launched around 12 noon and were put continuously challenged by the changing conditions (started as a light weather session then varying to medium winds and back to light again, with a hail stone in the middle) and all the manoeuvres they were put through. The fleet all worked on a new spinnaker drop technique which was a Eureka moment, amongst many other drills.
Graeme Grant, come back soon. What a fabulous weekend of sailing, comradery and learning. Old and young sea dogs are never too old to learn new tricks, it seems.
Thank you Graeme from Sligo Yacht Club, and the GP14 Class Association of Ireland.
Some of you will know Fred as our GP14 OOD at Mullingar and Lough Erne YC.
Fred and his brother George have spent the last year recreating the traditional Lough Erne clinker boat. There is a great article + short video on BBC
"There is definite skill required in building a clinker-rowing boat: working with the wood, shaping the intimmers (a Norse word for the ribs, which has endured) that line the inside of it.
"The advent of glass fibre boats saw traditional boat-building in Fermanagh largely die out by the late sixties.
"As a driving force behind the Lough Erne Heritage group, Fred is living his passion for boats and the history of the Lough.
"Many people don't realise the extent of boat-building that went on in Fermanagh but for Lough Erne Heritage telling them about it," Fred said.
"So we felt that really, because there are so few of these boats left, it would be better to build one.
This boat will take to the water in April, the first time in half a century that a clinker-built boat will have sailed Lough Erne."
Will be between 9.00 and 11.00 am on Saturday 12th May
There will be a briefing for competitors at 11.00 on Saturday 12th and 10.00 on Sunday13th
The event will be a six race regatta held over two days.
On the last day of racing no warning signal will be made after 14.30 hrs.
12th May Warning Signal 12:00, 3 races
13th May Warning Signal 11:00, 3 races
Links to the NOR, Entry Form and event flyer can all be found on http://www.donaghadeesc.co.uk/sailing/gp14-ulster-championships/
The event is being sponsored by Garden Rooms NI who design, build and install beautifully finished buildings.
All helms must be current members of the International GP14 Class Association. If not they must either take Full Membership, Youth Membership or Temporary Event Membership online at https://www.gp14.org/shop/gp14-membership/
The forecast for the O'Tiarnaigh Challenge 2018 was moderate to fresh breeze for the Saturday and strong breeze and up to 30knots of gusts for the Sunday.
OD Peter Smyth at the Saturday morning briefing made the decision to sail all 6 qualifying races instead of the scheduled 4 races on the Saturday.
The fleet of 19 set off in their own fleet starts as Peter got 3 races in before lunch on Saturday with already a few thrills and spills in the growing breeze. The fleet had a quick lunch ashore with warm drinks and rolls provided by Swords. Back on the water to similar winds for the first race but it abated a little giving a more enjoyable final 2 races. The fleet were shore after a long day.
With the 6 races sailed the 4 leaders of each fleet were decided on the Saturday with 3 races scheduled for the Sunday for the final of the O'Tiarnaigh Challenge.
Greystones Shane MacCarthy & Damian Bracken always enjoy the bigger breezes and dominated the 2 days and take another year's succession of winning the O'Tiarnaigh Trophy.
Sailors from the GP14 Ireland Gold fleet were put through a number of great up wind, down wind and gate start exercises by Graeme Grant. Focus was on boat handling at marks and pace both up and down wind. Good short exercises for gate starts focusing on getting boat position correct to ensure maximum speed coming out from under the path finder.
Each day's sailing finished off with a few short races to put together everything we had learnt from the coaching.
Thanks to Graeme for the coaching & to Colman for organizing the first of many coaching sessions.
Saturday 14 April 2018
Warning Signal First Race 12.00noon
Sunday 15 April 2018
Warning Signal First Race 10.30am
Schedule of Racing
There shall be three separate fleets Gold, Silver & Bronze as designated by the GP14 Class Association of Ireland.
The qualifying round shall consist of nine races. The top four boats from each fleet will compete to go forward to the finals.
The finals shall also be the best of 3 races. Scores to date will be discarded and the finals will be a new series.
Boats to score .75 to 12, the third race will be double points. The winners will be awarded the O’Tiarnaigh Challenge Trophy.
Top finishers in Gold, Silver & Bronze Fleets will be awarded separate trophies.
If you are a youth boat we want to help you, financially, to get to events outside of Ireland.
To apply just download and fill in the form below electronically and email it to Colman. You can also post it to him. All details are provided in the form.
Hugh and SDC's aim is to try and get more adult sailors into the sport and specifically into GP14s.
Do you have any GP 14 fittings or equipment which you no longer need/use and would consider donating to the SDC GP14 restoration project?
If you have then please email Hugh on email@example.com
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