GP14 Ireland
GP14 Ireland

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Lough Erne's Fred Ternan & brother George bringing clinker boats back


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."

GP14 Ulsters - Donaghadee SC

12-13 May 2018



Will be between 9.00 and 11.00 am on Saturday 12th May


Competitor Briefing

There will be a briefing for competitors at 11.00 on Saturday 12th and 10.00 on Sunday13th


Race Schedule

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



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

Swords Sailing & Boating Club

O’Tiarnaigh Challenge 14/15 April 2018



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.

Second overall were Royal St George's Ross Killian with crew Ger Owens followed by a great performance and third place for Newtownards SC Josh Porter and Andy Corkhill
Josh Porter and Andy Corkhill took the Silver win with Youghal's Jack Buttimer & Adam McDonagh taking the Bronze win.
Photos by Patrick Wodhams - more on Facebook
Full Results to follow.

GP14 Ireland Coaching weekend in Howth

Gold fleet sailors out on the first coaching weekend 


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.


by Colman Grimes - Training Organiser - GP14 Ireland Committee
The 1st of 8 coaching weekends kicks off on Sat 7th April in Howth Yacht Club. Sailing Ace Graeme Grant has teamed up with the GP14 Irish Class to give us all that extra edge as we head over to the Worlds in Mounts Bay in July. With almost 130 already registered for the worlds every boat length will make a big difference.
These weekends are being run over April, May and June with almost 40 boats booked in so far. There is very limited places available in case you have missed this and want to get involved. You don't have to be going to the worlds to take part in this coaching. Please make contact immediately for more info and availability.
All participants at the above weekends are welcome to tidy up their gate starts prior to the Worlds. We will be having a weekend (or at least one day) on the 14/15th of July in Skerries SC dedicated to gate starts. This is the weekend directly after the Leinsters in Skerries. More info to follow on this.
The annual youth training event will be held Thursday 16th & Friday 17th of August in Sligo YC, the days directly before the Nationals there. If you have youths in your club that you feel would be interested in this please get in touch. They don't need to be GP14 sailors, but it might be an opportunity to get them into the class.
We are also looking at the possibility of having a 2nd youth training weekend in Blessington for the 'younger' youths (U16). Again if you have a youngster at home but felt they have been too young to get going in the GP14, get in touch and about this weekend.
There is a healthy gang of youths in the class at the moment. But It does take the efforts of all to get more coming through so please give it some thought if you have time.





by Colman Grimes - Training Organiser - GP14 Ireland Committee
3 young Irish GP14 sailors are currently getting their seasons off to a great start in the UK attending the Howard Davies Training Week. Jack Buttimer with crew Adam McDonagh from Youghal SC and Ciaran Keogh from Greystones SC are braving the cool weather, but the early start will stand to them come the summer.
Being joined by Edward Coyne (Youghal SC), they are all continuing on the the GP14 British Youths in Poole this weekend. Best of luck to them all!
Big thanks to Patrick Buttimer for getting them all over there, with the support of all their parents.

Swords Sailing & Boating Club

O’Tiarnaigh Challenge 14/15 April 2018




Saturday 14 April 2018

Six/Seven Races

Warning Signal First Race 12.00noon 

Lunch ashore


Sunday 15 April 2018

Two/Three races

Warning Signal First Race 10.30am

Lunch ashore


Finals thereafter



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.

ROT NOR 2018.docx
Microsoft Word document [49.5 KB]

GP14 Irish Youth Fund

€100 towards events held outside of Ireland


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.



  • One application of €100 per boat only.
  • Both helm and crew in the boat must be youths (Under 22 on the 1st of January 2018).
  • Payment will be made once you have attended the event.
  • Application must be returned before the 30 April 2018 
GP14 Irish - Youth Grant 2018.docx
Microsoft Word document [125.1 KB]

Have you any old GP14 Fittings or Equipment?

Hugh Gill is in the process of restoring 8 Series 1 GP14s for Sutton Dinghy Club


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


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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