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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.
22 Irish GP14s arrived on a drizzly wet Saturday morning at 9am at SureFreight's Yard off the Crumlin Road, Belfast. Many thanks to Michael Rutherford & SureFright for their facilities.
Racking was put in place very quickly and the first loads were going in by 9.30am. Hot drinks were flowing with plenty of biscuits and cake to keep the gang going.
Unfortunately 1 accident on the day - chief photographer Garth took a trip and ended up in A&E with a fractured wrist. He's hoping the cast is off before Barbados otherwise he's going to have the worst white bits of anyone!
Sri Lankan packing experience came in handy and all loading of the boats went smoothly. Fantastic to get the last container door shut with plenty of time to spare.
Roll on the sunshine & warm waters of Barbados.
Photos: Laura & Garth McFarland
If you have booked your flights you can now enter the GP14 World Championship.
You will need to have all helm, crew and non-sailors details to complete the fom.
Fees - all in US$:
Boat, helm & crew $450 before 30th Nov, $600 after 30th Nov – closing date 30th March 2016
Non sailor over 18 $150
Non sailor 12-18 $75
Non sailor under 12 free
Updated 12 Feb 2016
GP14 Ireland Assoc has 3 containers, with 5 empty slots.
For queries please contact Laura - firstname.lastname@example.org
|1||Tony Patterson||Donaghadee Sailing Club||1.1||Bronze|
|9||Ivan Heaney||Donaghadee Sailing Club||1.2||Bronze|
|11||James Ogg||Donaghadee Sailing Club||1.3||Bronze|
|12||Neil Boyd||Donaghadee Sailing Club||1.4||Bronze|
|13||Martin Dewes||Donaghadee Sailing Club||1.5||Bronze|
|15||Lawrence Baalham||Donaghadee Sailing Club||1.6||Silver|
|23||Steven Nelson||Donaghadee Sailing Club||1.7||Silver|
|25||Maurice Baalham||Donaghadee Sailing Club||1.8||Bronze|
|19||Brenda & Steve Preston||Ballyronan Boat Club||1.9||Bronze|
|2||Michael Cox||Newtownards Sailing Club||2.1||Silver|
|3||Brian Andrews||Newtownards Sailing Club||2.2||Bronze|
|4||Alan Blay||Sutton Dinghy Club||2.3||Silver|
|18||Robert Gingles||East Antrim Boat Club||2.4||Silver|
|21||Norman Lee||Greystones Sailing Club||2.5||Gold|
|27||Newenham de Cogan||Newtownards Sailing Club||2.6||Bronze|
|5||Curly Morris||Newtownards Sailing Club||3.1||Gold|
|6||JP McCaldin||Lough Erne Yacht Club||3.2||Gold|
|8||Shane McCarthy||Greystones Sailing Club||3.3||Gold|
|17||Paddy O'Connor & Brendan Brogan||Sligo Sailing Club||3.5||Gold|
|20||Simon Cully||Blessington Sailing Club||3.6||Silver|
|22||Donal McGuinness||Moville Boat Club||3.7||Gold|
Meeting details in document below
Updated 13 July 2015
Below are some logistics details of the container. We are still in negotiations with cost and will hopefully get an update on that soon.
The international association have a design completed for metal racking which will carry boats on their trolleys. They have advised that 3 sets of racking can be manufactured for the Irish containers. Costs have not been advised as yet.
The association is planning a loading day in Chase Sailing Club in the next few weeks to final approve the racking design.
Geest Line have no containers in Ireland, so three have to be brought from the south of England to be loaded in Ireland and returned. This will be done via a local coastal shipping line.
The plan would be to find a suitable location in Belfast docks and that all boats will be loaded in one day or over a weekend. Keeping all containers in one area will keep the cost down.
Geest Line have advised the insurance cost will be approx £30 per boat. At the time of container packing each boat has to complete and sign a declaration for customs purposes.
All Barbados port costs, local transport and cranage are being covered by the local authorities.
Containers need to be in Portsmouth by about the 20th February 2016. They will arrive in Barbados and will be shipped and craned into a compound at the Yacht club on Easter Saturday - 26 Mar 2016.
A customs official will be present when the containers are opened.
Packing in Barbados is on the Tuesday after the event - 5 Apr 2016.
Email Jacqui.Maloney@fly.virgin.com to query dates & prices. Please make sure you put GP14 as the subject title of the email.
Email Jens.Bachmann@aircanada.ie to query dates & prices.
Wed 23/3 Dub -Toronto 0915-12.45
Thurs 24/3 Toronto- barbados 0945-13.40
Thurs 7 April Barbados -Toronto 1515-2100
Thurs 7 April Toronto- Heathrow 2310-1105
Fri 8 April Heathrow- Dublin 12.20 - 13.40
Championship Entry Cost (in US Dollars)
Boat (inc sailors) :
$450 up to 30th November 2015
$600 1st December 2015 onwards
Non sailing person:
$150 (over 18 years)
$75 (12 to 18 years)
Free (under 12 years)
Entry must in before 14 March 2016
Entry is now open for the championship but the form requires your flight details.
|Saturday 26 March 2016||Container unpacking|
|Sunday 27h March||Scrutineering and Opening Ceremony|
|Monday 28 March||Practice Race and Race 1|
|Tuesday 29 March||Race 2/3 (Party Evening)|
|Wednesday 30 March||Layday|
|Thursday 31st||Race 4/5|
|Friday 1 April||Race 6/7 (Party Evening)|
|Saturday 2 April||Layday|
|Sunday 3 April||Race 8/9|
|Monday 4 April||
Race 10/11 (Followed by Prize Giving)
Further details on http://www.gp14.org/events/2016-gp14-world-championship/
"Established in 1955, the GP14 Class Association insurance scheme has now been in place for 60 years and has been underwritten by Navigators & General throughout the entire period, making it one of the oldest dinghy class partnerships of any kind.
Although now administered by Craftinsure.com, the scheme was managed by long standing GP14 Association member and past president, Graham Knox for much of its history, and Graham remains involved as an important link.
As a special gesture marking the 60th Anniversary, Craftinsure.com and Navigators & General have jointly agreed to extend policies to include the 2016 World Championships in Barbados at no additional cost.
In line with usual charges to extend cover for events outside Europe, an additional premium of £50.00 was expected to apply, and so this should be a very welcome announcement for all those intending to participate who are insured with Craftinsure.com.
Craftinsure's Rod Daniel comments "together with Navigators & General, we are delighted to be supporting the GP14 Association Worlds again, and providing some help to members in attending what we are sure will be a fantastic event".
Although free of charge, Craftinsure advise that GP14 policy holders intending to take their boat to Barbados in March 2016 should still contact them so that cover can be extended for the event."
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