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Gerry Gilligan - RIP


It was with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Gerry Gilligan on Saturday after a short illness. Originally from Baldoyle in Dublin, Gerry lived in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal and was for many years a great supporter of the GP14 class, sailing out of Sligo Yacht Club at Rosses Point. 
Gerry was a regular traveler to GP14 events around the country until quite recently. Gerry had a number of boats down the years including 'Gatecrasher' and was regularly crewed by his daughter Andrea. Gerry was known to sometimes paint the hull of his boats with a different color on either side. In more recent years, Gerry also sailed out of Lough Erne Yacht Club crewing on and latterly owning a J/24. 
Our thoughts are with his wife Felicity, his daughters Andrea and Raissa and all the family at this time.
Remains will repose at his residence on Monday from 2pm until 10pm. House private at all other times. Remains will arrive in St. Patricks Church, Ballyshannon on Tuesday for 12pm. Funeral Mass followed by interment in Saint Ninnidhs Cemetery, Bundoran.

2018 Hot Toddy

Newtownards Sailing Club

13-14 Oct


From Michael Cox (Newtownards Sailing Club):


Newtownards Sailing Club is delighted to host the Hot Toddy and is offering a special youth entry of €25 / £20 (both helm and crew are aged 21 or under), with the usual free on-site camping.. 
Saturday night sees a special end of season party with good hearty food and entertainment by the Diesel Drinkers a six piece band fronted by GP sailors Michael Park and Davy Allen.  With a late licence, drinks promotions and great company this is sure to be a night to remember and a fitting way to close the season.  Look out for spot prizes, fun and games and much more.
You won’t want to miss this one.
The NOR & entry forms can be downloaded below. For more details about the event check out our  website or contact MIchael Cox at
2018 Hot Toddy NOR
2018 GP 14 Hot Toddy NOR.pdf
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2018 Hot Toddy Entry Form and Party Booking
Contact Michael Cox for more details at
GP14 Hot Toddy 2018 Entry Form.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [63.6 KB]

Event reports are written by the helm or crew of the 3rd placed boat.

2018 Autumn Open Report

Event report by Peter Boyle

After the last of the summer holidays passed it was onto the autumn open in Mullingar. With a medium breeze forecast it was shaping up to be one of the
more windy events of the year. The racing was quite tight as the class has shown consistently this year.  Race 1 was taken by Curly Morris and Laura Thompson who held a healthy lead around the course, they were then followed by Keith Loudon and Alan Thompson in 2nd and Ger Owens and Mel Morris in 3rd. In race 2 it was Shane mac Carthy and Damien Bracken took 1st with Niall Henry and Ossian Geragthy in 2nd and Dan Gill and David Johnston in 3rd. The competition was close with 3rd and 4th place tied on 9 points and 5th and 6th also tied with 10 points. On the second day the breeze was back up with clouds heavily dictating were the next header or lift would come from meaning you were never out of the game. Simply heading left under a big cloud could hugely pay off leaving you in a pretty nice position if ever a comeback was needed and your luck was  showing. On day 2 it was Shane and Damien who would end the 2 races with a top spot placing them in 1st place. They were then followed by Niall and Ossian who
took the 2nd spot with Peter Boyle and Stephen Boyle finishing with a 3rd over all. Thank you to all in mullingar that made the event possible and for stepping in to take not only the autumn open but also youth championship which is no easy task.                                                                                                                                                 

2018 Youth Championship Report

Event report by Josh Porter

This year saw 16 youth boats take to the water to battle it out for the youth trophy. This event turned out to be tough for a lot of crews as the conditions were breezy and some had completed a total of 8 races by the end of the weekend.

Race 1 saw brothers Gareth & Richard Gallagher getting away clear from the start and holding their lead throughout the race. Sutton’s Conor Twohig & Alex Kavanagh also had a great race finishing in 2nd place, clear ahead of the chasing pack with a great battle for 3rd between 5 boats. Peter & Stephen Boyle got the advantage of the pack to take 3rd. Race 2 saw yet another battle, this time for 1st place between 4 boats. Sutton’s David Johnston & Dan Gill came away with the win after pulling out a gap on 2nd place Peter & Stephen Boyle, with James Peter Hockley & Alan Thompson coming in a close 3rd. This left Peter & Stephen the overnight leaders, just one point ahead of fellow Sutton rivals David and Dan. Only 5 points separated the top 6 which meant there was still a lot to play for.

Sunday saw a bit more breeze than the previous day, which split the fleet up a lot more than Saturday’s races. Race 3 finally got underway after a couple of general recalls, with PRO Fred Ternan having to opt for the black flag. This remained for the rest of the day as time was running out. Race 3 saw Peter & Stephen take the win, with NSC’s Josh & Michael taking 2nd ahead of Lough Foyle’s James & Alan. Race 4 saw yet another battle between 6 boats coming in to the first leeward rounding, after gusts split the rest of the fleet on the first reach. After a great final race Peter & Stephen took the race win ahead of David & Dan with Youghal’s Adrian Lee crewed by Ossian Geraghty coming in 3rd. Coming away with the overall win after a great event was Sutton’s Peter & Stephen Boyle, followed by fellow Sutton sailors David Johnston & Dan Gill in 2nd , with Newtownards SC’s Josh Porter & Michael Cox coming in 3rd with only 2 points separating the next 3 boats. Big thanks to Mullingar Sailing Club for hosting the event at such short notice and to PRO Fred Ternan and his race team for getting 4 great youth races in, as well as the open event. Thanks also to the boat owners for lending their boats to some of the youths! Finally, I hope to see many of you at Newtownards SC for the Hot Toddy, it’s sure to be a great event!                                                         

Mullingar - GP14 Autumn Open and Youths

15-16 Sep


From Michael Collender (Fleet captain, Mullingar Sailing Club):


The next event of the season is scheduled for Mullingar Sailing Club. Come to Mullingar and to make this the biggest event of the season.  We are in a central location, the lake offers a really good sailing area - we can get on the water when nobody else can. Sailing area is 5 minutes from slipway - not an hour!  Dinner & the few drinks are in the centre of Mullingar, so no freezing outside the clubhouse. Convinced - great - we want you in Mullingar for this big fleet event - we guarantee at least 6 boats from the Club.

This is a combined event - the Autumn Open and the Youths Championship, so if you have any youths who could helm your boat for the Youths, please make sure to encourage them to enter.
I look forward to meeting you over the weekend. I just want to use this email to share a few details about location & accommodation for the weekend.

Accommodation:  The dinner on Saturday night takes place in the Annebrook House Hotel in the centre of Mullingar, so I suggest you arrange your accommodation in the town rather than at the club. The trend has crept in for those attending events not to eat at the club - I think that the conviviality of the Saturday is as important as the sailing, so I would urge you to head to the Annebrook for the grub & craic.
Location of Club: See the About Us page on our website for details. There is no bar or catering restaurant at the Club, but snacks will be available for the duration of the event. 

The NOR & entry form will be on our new website

If you have any queries, please contact me by return email to or phone 087-2529433.

Regards & best of luck in the event. We aim to do our best to make your visit to Mullingar an enjoyable experience.

GP14 Irish & Masters Championship @ Sligo

Sat 18 Aug - Mon 20 Aug







** Congratualtions to Ross & Jane Kearney on taking the 2018 GP14 Ireland Championship **


2nd overall was Sam Watson & James Hockney with a return to the local scene from Tim Corcoran & Brendan Brogan taking 3rd.




Rank SailNo Boat Name HelmName CrewName Club Fleet R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett
1st 14242 Purple Rocket Ross Kearney Jane Kearney RNIYC / South Staffs SC Gold -7 3 1 1 4 3   19 12
2nd 13888 The Drip Sam Watson James Peter Hockley Nantwich SC / LFYC Gold 1 -16 2 4 3 11   37 21
3rd 14055   Tim Corcoran Brendan Brogan SYC Gold 2 1 (38.0 OCS) 14 2 4   61 23
4th 14076 True Belle Ger Owens Mel Morris R StG YC Gold 4 6 -12 3 9 1   35 23
5th 14219 Trouble on the Way Curly Morris Laura McFarlane EABC / NSC Gold (O 60) 8 5 9 9 -13 2   46 33
6th 14214   Keith Louden Alan Thompson RYA Gold 11 7 -14 12 1 6   51 37
7th 14235 Wally Alan Blay David Johnston Sutton DC Gold 5 4 11 -13 7 13   53 40
8th 14130 Kalaco Hugh Gill Dan Gill Sutton DC Gold (O 60) 13 -20 4 5 12 9   63 43
9th 14247   John McGuinness Donal McGuinness Moville BC Gold (O 50) 10 (38.0 OCS) 7 15 11 7   88 50
10th 14209 Speranza Gareth Gallagher Richard Gallagher   Gold (U 22) (38.0 OCS) 2 10 10 15 14   89 51
11th 14144   Colman Grimes Graeme Grant Skerries SC Gold 12 17 8 -19 5 12   73 54
12th 13917 KMIT Joshua Porter Sara Gowdy NSC Silver (U 22) 15 11 13 7 (38.0 DNF) 8   92 54
13th 14116   Peter Boyle Stephen Boyle Sutton DC Silver (U 22) 9 15 5 11 -17 16   73 56
14th 14203   Shane MacCarthy Damien Bracken Greystones SC Gold 3 9 (38.0 OCS) 2 38.0 DNF 5   95 57
15th 13993 Daisy Chain Niall Henry Ossian Geraghty SYC Gold (O 50) 6 (38.0 DSQ) 18 8 8 20   98 60
16th 14237   JP McCaldin Carolyn McCaldin SYC / LEYC Gold (38.0 DNC) 38.0 DNC 3 6 14 18   117 79
17th 14225 Gringer Sails Again Cathal Sheridan David Cooke Skerries SC Silver (O 50) 19 -24 22 16 10 15   106 82
18th 14127 Karma Colm O'Flaherty David O'Connor SYC Gold (38.0 DSQ) 8 38.0 DNC 17 6 17   124 86
19th 14040 Alkadoo Bill Johnson James Johnson LFYC Silver (O 50) 17 14 24 22 (38.0 DNF) 10   125 87
20th 14054 Still Thinking Too ! Doire Shiels Andrew Sexton Skerries SC Silver 14 22 6 27 (38.0 DNF) 21   128 90
21st 14138   Simon Cully Liby Tierney Blessington SC Silver 16 18 20 21 16 (38.0 DNC)   129 91
22nd 1414   Sam Wray Luke Henderson SYC Silver (U 22) 20 19 17 23 (38.0 DNF) 24   141 103
23rd 13314 Fool's Gold Sarah White Oscar Langan SYC Bronze (U 22) 25 25 15 18 (38.0 DNF) 23   144 106
24th 14171 Ananda Lawrence Baalham Robbie Richardson Donaghadee SC Silver (O 60) 18 10 21 26 (38.0 DNF) 38.0 DNC   151 113
25th 13981 Cloud Nine Matthew Street Richard Street Blessington SC Silver 23 12 23 31 (38.0 DNF) 27   154 116
26th 13180 Alkoran Martin Dews Vicky Dews Donaghadee SC Silver 21 26 25 24 (38.0 DNF) 26   160 122
27th 1403   Adrian Lee Jordan Lupton YSC Silver (U 22) 27 13 16 30 (38.0 DNF) 38.0 DNC   162 124
28th 1413X   Jonathan Evans Ian Craig SYC Bronze 28 23 28 25 (38.0 DNF) 25   167 129
29th 13745   Thomas Sexton Paul Sexton SYC Bronze 22 32 30 28 (38.0 DNF) 19   169 131
30th 14212 Falkor Michael Cox Michelle Evans NSC / Chase SC Silver (38.0 DNF) 28 19 29 38.0 DNF 22   174 136
31st 14061   Michael Collender Brian Walker Mullingar SC Bronze (O 50) 24 21 29 35 (38.0 DNF) 29   176 138
32nd 13677   Una l'Estrange Aisling Mongle SYC Bronze 26 27 31 36 (38.0 DNF) 28   186 148
33rd 14133 Kylie Jack Buttimer Adam McDonagh YSC Bronze (U 22) 31 33 27 32 (38.0 DNF) 30   191 153
34th 13845 Winter Solstice Karl Kerins John Cameron SYC Silver (O 50) 29 30 33 37 (38.0 DNF) 31   198 160
35th 13680 Luna Rosa Nicholas Jeanniot Holly White SYC Bronze (O 50) 30 34 32 33 (38.0 DNF) 32   199 161
36th 13207 This One Sam Street Josh Lloyd Blessington SC Bronze (U22) (38.0 DNC) 31 38.0 DNS 20 38.0 OCS 38.0 DNC   203 165
37th 10111   Ellen O'Dwyer Noah Canham SYC Bronze (U 22) (38.0 DNF) 29 26 34 38.0 DNF 38.0 DNC   203 165


Important news - venue change for Autumn Open and Youths

Dates remain the same - 15-16 Sep


It will now be held in Mullingar and no longer Blessington.


The water levels in Blessington are too low to hold the event.


Thanks to Mullingar for stepping in at short notice.



Fantastic photos & drone footage of the worlds racing

GP14 Irish & Masters Championship @ Sligo

Sat 18 Aug - Mon 20 Aug


NOR & Entry Form






         Helm over 22 now or before 2019 : €75 per boat

         Helm under 22 until 2019  :  €0 per boat



Registration: Saturday 18th August from 09:00 to 10:30.    

Briefing – A Briefing will be held at 10:30 on Saturday 18th August


Saturday 18th August    Races 1, and 2        First Warning Signal 12:00

Sunday 19th August        Races 3, 4 and 5    First Warning Signal 11:00

Monday 20th August        Races 6 and 7        First Warning Signal 11:00

On the last scheduled race day no warning signal will be made after 14:30


** Please bring your own re-usable water bottles as Sligo YC no longer issues single use plastic bottles. They will have water available for filling into re-usable containers **



More details on 

Sligo YC - GP14 Ireland Irish Championships

GP14 NOR 2018 070818.docx
Microsoft Word document [181.8 KB]
EntryForm - GP14 Class Association of Ir[...]
Microsoft Word document [41.5 KB]

GP14 Ireland AGM 2018 @ Sligo

Sun 19 Aug @ 6.30pm



The GP14 Ireland AGM will be held at Sligo YC on Sunday 19 August at 6.30pm.



  1. Apologies

  2. Minutes and matters arising from the Annual General Meeting held at Ballyholme YC on Sunday 20th August 2017. 

  3. Correspondence

  4. Treasurer’s Report

  5. Presidents Report

  6. Election of Officers

  7. Points for clarification & discussion:

  8. A.O.B.



Dinner is due to be served that night at 8pm.

Final Day - Friday 3 Aug - last race sailed 


** Congratulations to Mike Senior & Chris White from South Staffs SC on winning the GP14 World Championship **


Race 9 was sailed in light shifty airs.  Mike Senior was just 1 point ahead of Ross Kearney over night so it was all down to the last race.  Mike made a good clean start - Ross did not.  Ross couldn't get clear air to fight Mike for the championship.  Mike took the race with Neil Marsden taking 2nd. Ross finished 28th.  Good enough to keep Ross in runner up postion.  Neil's 2nd took him into 3rd overall.


Shane & Taxi took 4th overall. Ger & Mel take 9th with some of the most consistent results throughout the week.  Mel also takes leading lady crew overall.  Tom Gillard & Andy Thompson finished 10th.  All of these finishers were in the Platinum fleet.


Curly Morris & Laura McFarland take 19th overall and 3rd in the Gold fleet.  Next Irish boat was Alan Blay & David Johnston in 22nd.  Keith Louden  & Alan Thompson in 28th.


Katie Dywer & Michelle Rowley in 41st position take first lady helm and all female boat.


Overall Results

Full results are here:


GPS race tracker

All boats have GPS trackers.  You can play back all races.  You can also watch it live.

Worlds Mount St Michael Visit & Irish night


All competors were invited to a drinks reception at the beautiful St Michaels Mount.  Lord St Levan and his family still reside there but the Mount and the Castle have been gifted to The National Trust.  Lord St Levan is President of the Mounts Bay SC.


This was followed by the traditional Irish night and promoting the next Worlds in 2020 at Skerries.  It was very well attended.  The flyer for the night encouraged the wearing of green.  One of the male sailors could only find a green dress!! 


All I can say about the rest of the night - is that 'when the drink is in, the wit is out'.


Calendar Sponsor - Sep  2018

GP14 Dates 2018




Sat  14-15




Sat 12-13




Sat 9-10




Lough Ree

Sat 7-8




28 Jul-3 Aug


Mounts Bay

Sat 18-

Mon 20


Irish Nationals & Masters


Sat 15-16


Autumn Open/Youths


Sat 13-14


Hot Toddy


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