GP14 Ireland
GP14 Ireland

Autumn Open & Youth Championships

Sutton Dinghy Club

11-12 September

 

Liy Thorup from Blessington Sailing Club is the new GP14 Youth Champion, pipping Sam Street today @ Sutton Dinghy Club

 

Ger Owens & Melanie Morris retained the Autum Open ahead of Keith Louden / Brendan Brogan with Katie Dwyer / Michelle Rowley taking 3rd.

 

 

Full Results for both events NOW AVAILABLE ON Club website

 

Reminder

GP14 start @

Sutton Dinghy Club Regatta

Saturday 28th August.

 

NOR available on Club website. Online Entry only.

 

Boats intending to race the Autumn Open & Youth Championship on Sep 11/12 in Sutton can be left at the Club after the Regatta

Championship of Ireland

Final Day Report

 

Lough Erne Yacht Club

August 13 - 15

 

2 races sailed today and hats off to our PRO Derek Bothwell for managing to complete the full schedule. 

 

Ger Owens & Brendan Brogan won both races to just pip Shane MacCarthy & Josh Porter by a point but it was a nail-biter that went right to the wire.

 

According to the mathematicians in the fleet, only 2 wins would do for Ger & Brendan and he took a clear victory in the mornings first race. Colman Grimes & Ross Gingles were 2nd with Ross and Shane fighting it out for the 3rd spot.

 

With Ger and the leaders on their way up the last beat, the PRO was left with no choice but to apply the dreaded blue flag and sailing through the line downwind SI which claimed a good portion of the fleet. A harsh lesson for many Silver, Bronze and the odd Gold fleet sailor.

Into the deciding last race and a great start on the left by Ger looked like the Championships was now his to lose as Shane and Ross were buried in the fleet on the other side of the course.

 

If Ger thought he just needed to sail to the finish he soon realised it wasn't the case, as Katie Dwyer & Michele Rowley paced them all the way around and Ger & Brendan couldn't shake them off. Meanwhile, following the poor start Shane & Josh came from way back to move into 3rd. No one was quite sure but Ger by holding off Katie Dwyer & Michelle Rowley on the last beat ensured they clinched the deal.

 

A superb 4th following his 6th in Race 7 from James Hockley & Alan Thompson (Lough Foyle) gave them 5th Overall and Silver fleet victory from Steven & Daniel Nelson (Newtownards) and fleet newcomer Patrick Hamilton & James Dewhurst (East Down). Gold Fleet next year guys!

 

Bronze fleet victory went to Sutton Dinghy Club  new-comers Matthew Cotter & Tom Mulligan who just held off a late rally from locals Michael & David Brines (LEYC) to take the honours.  Class President Michael Collender & Brian Walker ( Mullingar) were 3rd.

 

A superb 4th Overall including a Race 4 win by Yin Tang helped ensure Hugh and Dan Gill took the Masters Championship.

 

The new boats under Hugh and Norman Lee were very quick and should mean a few enquiries to Alistair Duffin before next years Worlds.

 

Ciaran Keogh and Adam Leddy finished 20th Overall and took the Youth Championship.

 

JP McCaldin along with LEYC Commodore Neil Ireland presented the prizes. The PRO Derek Borhwell was given a great reception and complimented for his efforts in getting a full schedule completed.

 

JP and Michel Collender, Class President thanked everybody, and particularly the Youth sailors for getting up to Lough Erne making it such a great event and  encouraged a good turnout for the next event which is the  Autumn Open & Youth Championship to be held in Sutton Dinghy Club on Sep 11/12.

 

 

Gold
 
1) Ger Owens & Brendan Brogan ( RSt.GSC)
2) Shane MacCarthy & Josh Porter ( Greystones)
3) Ross & Jane Kearney ( RNIYC)
 
Silver 
1) James Hockley  & Alan Thompson (Lough Foyle)
2) Steven & Daniel Nelson (Newtownards)
3) Patrick Hamton & James Dewhurst (East Down)
 
Bronze
1) Matthew Cotter & Tom Mulligan ( Sutton Dinghy Club) 
2) Michael & Peter Brines (LEYC)
3 ) Michael Collender & Brian Walker (Mullingar)
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Championship of Ireland

Day 2 Update

 

Lough Erne Yacht Club

August 13 - 15

 

The second day of the 2021 GP14 Championship of Ireland got underway more than 2 hours later than scheduled. Little or no breeze saw the AP up outside Lough Erne Yacht Club all morning and well into the afternoon. 
 
Patience was rewarded, with the wind eventually filling in and PRO Derek Bothwell managing to get the fleet on the water and ultimately complete another 3 great races. Earlier this looked far from a  certainty. 
 
Unlike  Friday, race conditions were between 4 and 8 knots. At the end, of the day the 3 leaders were still in the top 3  but had been shuffled a little and they certainly didn't have it all their own way.
 
Race 1 saw Hugh & Dan Gill, in Yin Tang take first place (and the International Shipping Services Cup)  from Blessingtons Richard Street with Ger Owens maintaining his consistent showing in 3rd. Shane MacCarthy was 7th  and Ross Kearney 9th.
 
Race 2 again saw YinTang to the fore until some gear failure late on allowed Ger and Shane through with Hugh & Dan having to settle for 3rd. Great to see Richard Street back on the stick as he followed up his 2nd with a 4th in the second race of the day. 
Robert & Chris Gingles took 5th to rattle a few cages. Our  overnight leaders Ross & Jane Kearney were certainly not having it their own way and had to settle with 12th.  
 
In case anyone thought it was now just between Ger & Shane, Ross & Jane had other ideas. A 2nd in Race 3 puts them well in touch but they could do nothing to stop Shane & Josh's taking their 3rd bullet of the event. Norman Lee with Adam Leddy revelled in the conditions to take 3rd ahead of the McGuinness brothers and jumped into 5th overall behind Hugh and Dan Gill in 4th.
 
So with 2 races on Sunday, Shane & Josh lead Ger & Brendan by 3 points with Ross & Jane 4 points further back. 
 
The Masters Championship is also on offer here this weekend and sees Norman Lee chasing Hugh Gill but any slip-up from top 3 you feel will allow Hugh in for a podium finish in the main event and a medal.
 
Steven Nelson and son Daniel did enough to sneak past East Downs  Patrick Hamilton to lead the Silver fleet. A top 10 beckons for both these Silver fleet entries. Good going in a fleet of 40.
 
The top 5 finishes of Blessingtons Richard Street & Conor Flynn today saw them move ahead of  Sutton Dinghy Club  Matthew Cotter & Tom Mulligan at the head of the bronze fleet. 
 
2 races tomorrow in what should be slightly breezier conditions will finally sort the top 5 positions.  One thing is certain  the winners name is already on the Trophy.  
 
Complete 2 races tomorrow and our PRO Derek Bothwell will certainly deserve his tea and biscuits

 

 

Championship of Ireland

Day 1 Update

 

Lough Erne Yacht Club

August 13 - 15

 

The 2021 GP14 Championship of Ireland got underway at a breezy Lough Erne Yacht Club. 
 
With wind regularly between 15 and 20+ knots  our PRO Derek Bothwell had the fleet on the water pretty much as scheduled and completed 3 cracking races. 
 
All 3 races were 'Windy and shifty, blowing 12 one minute, 20+ another, some great reaches and plenty of capsizes.' as related by Dan Gill crewing for dad Hugh Gill. I'd say you guys were on tenter-hooks with the new boat!
 
 
Sutton Dinghy Clubs Hugh & Dan managed a 3rd in Race 1 and lie 4th overall, but they were the only ones to get a look in on the scoreboard  as Ross Kearney,  Shane MacCarthy and Ger Owens between them owned the remaining top 3 slots in today's races.
 
Ross & Jane Kearney (RNIYC) lead after day 1 with a race win and  couple of 2nds. Shane MacCarthy & Josh Porter (Greystones) lies 2nd after winning Race 2 & 3 and taking a 4th in Race 1 behind Hugh Gill.  Ger Owens & Brendan Brogan (RSt.GYC)  finished the day in 3rd after a 2nd and a couple of  3rds. 
 
East Downs Patrick Hamilton leads Silver fleet after a very solid day that included 2 top 10 finishes.
 
Event first timers from Sutton Dinghy Club  Matthew Cotter & Tom Mulligan in 'The Wrong Trousers' lead the bronze fleet with 3 finishes and 2 in the top 20. 
 
Racing continues tomorrow and Sunday, with the  forecast looking less breezy which will certainly be welcomed by some of the younger and lighter crews in the 40 boat fleet who have travelled up to LEYC.

Championship of Ireland

Notice of Race

Lough Erne  Yacht Club

August 13, 14 & 15

 

 

 

Lough Erne Yacht Club have provided the Notice of Race for the upcoming 2021 GP14 Championship of Ireland.

 

There will be a daily prize giving including individual race trophies, and spot prizes throughout the fleet, at 7pm on Friday and Saturday.

Complimentary breakfast and hot drinks will be provided on all 3 days.

There will be a BBQ on Friday evening, a Championship dinner on Saturday and lunch available on Sunday.  Please see attached menu.  Please note all meals must be pre-booked, payment can be made at registration on Friday morning.

We have a band organised for Saturday night.

There is plenty of space for camping on the club site but we ask that you please notify us if you are intending to pitch a tent / park a campervan.  A local accomodation list is provided BELOW for those looking for a bit more luxury!

Registration will be from 9.30am on Friday morning, we would appreciate it if all competitors could please confirm their intention to enter the event by Wednesday 11th August.  Everyone who has confirmed attendance, and enters, will be placed into a free draw to win their entry fee back.

To confirm attendance and for any other information required please contact:

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Leinster Championships

 

Blessington Sailing Club

July 3 & 4

 

Different event,  same result. Following their  success at the Ulsters two weeks ago, Ger Owens and Mel Morris were crowned GP14  Leinster Champions at Blessington Sailing Club last weekend.  (Jul 3/4)

Originally earmarked as part of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, the Leinsters attracted 34 boats to Blessington and Blessington did not disappoint. 

On Saturday, tough flukey conditions saw a long delay before racing got underway at 2:15 but our PRO Joe Crilly held his nerve to get in 3 great races. 

While Hugh Gill might be waiting for his new GP14 from Alistair Duffin,  it certainly doesn't stop him getting into other boats and making them sail fast. With another loaner for the Leinsters, he led the first race from the start, chased by Ger Owens, Shane MacCarthy, Norman Lee and Colman Grimes, only relinquishing the lead on the last leg in to the line. 1, 2 Shane & Ger,  with Hugh hanging on for 3rd.

A couple of windshift induced AP's led to Black Flag start on Race 2 but with everyone away, it didn't take long for Shane and Ger to renew rivalry again with Curly Morris well to the fore. By end of the race Ger was in the ascendancy with Keith Louden coming through to take 3rd. Curly 4th and Colman Grimes taking 5th. 

Race 3 saw Ger,  Shane, Curly,  Keith and Colman all to the fore from early on. A stronger breeze brought some welcome fast spinnaker reaches. With Keith splitting Shane and Ger, it now looked like some order was taking shape going into Sunday. Not a bit of it! It was still all still to play for.

Sunday saw PRO Joe Crilly out promptly on the water and now aided by the visiting Derek Bothwell from HYC.  The day started with fresher and more consistent breeze for the first race. This time Curly Morris with event organiser Richard Street in the front of the boat, split Ger and Shane with the pair now level on points.  The 5th race saw a clean start, but with plenty of port-starboard incidents as well as the unusual sight of Ger Owens in the water after losing his footing. An improving David Johnston looked likely to be first to the weather mark, but a windshift saved a nosebleed by letting Shane and Colman nip in ahead. The Class saw Diana Kissane (Sutton Dinghy Club/HYC) back in the fleet for the first time in 10 years and a 4th in Race 5 suggests it won't be long before we see her exert pressure at the top of the fleet. A great recovery saw Ger fight his way back into contention from his early bath but Shane hung on for the bullet with Ger having to settle for 2nd. 

Silver fleet was led at this stage by the very consistent Conor Twohig & Meg Tyrrell (Sutton Dinghy Club) who had posted 5 top 10 finishes to lead Steve Nelson (Newtownards SC) and Stuart McCormack (Mullingar SC).  The host Clubs Matthew Street led Bronze fleet from Class President Michael Collander (Mullingar SC) going into the 6th and final race.

With dark rain clouds forming and moving down the valley, Joe and Derek got the final race off without a hitch. A ding dong match race ensued between Ger and Shane as they struggled to gain the key advantage. Ever consistent now in 2 events, Skerries Colman Grimes injected himself into the frame and made the outcome even more interesting. A major windshift on the sausage prompted the PRO to shorten the race  and with Colman now in 2nd, Shane's 3rd meant Ger & Mel were to take the Championship.

With the rain now starting to lash the fleet, 34 boats made a bee-line for the shore.  

Derek Bothwell who will be PRO for GP14 Championship of Ireland in August came down to get acquainted with the Class and with 34 boats, quality racing at all 3 levels of the fleet he must have been impressed and  I am sure he will now be looking forward to Lough Erne in August.

A great turnout from the host Club, strong Youth attendance and with 16 Clubs represented across the 34 boat fleet, 2021 has highlighted the interest in competitive, affordable racing within Irelands largest 2 handed Class. With quite a few notable absentees in Blessington and also a no. of new boats on the way an even better turnout may be expected for the Nationals at Lough Erne Yacht Club in August. All preparation for the GP14 Worlds in Skerries in Aug 2022.

Richard Street as Event Organiser with Class President Michael Collander presented the Leinster Championship McDowell Trophy to Ger Owens and Melanie Morris. The Leinster Youth Trophy went to Peter Boyle & Joe Doherty (Sutton Dinghy Club) with the Leinster Junior U19 Trophy going to Sam Street and Rian O'Hailin (Blessington).

Class President Michael Collander thanked Blessington Sailing Club for all their efforts in making it such a great event. Remarking on the no. of event first timers in Blessington he reminded everyone of the Classes ' Adopt a Sailor'  campaign and asked regular attendees to help encourage and support someone in their Club to get along to the next GP14 event. Be it issues with trailers, tuning or a crew sometimes a little bit of help and support can make the difference in getting someone to their first event. He praised Steven Nelson from Newtownards and Shane MacCarthy for supporting and encouraging Jennifer Bryce/Lara Sunday and Ronan Beirne/Dave Mulvin to make it to Blessington.  With nearly 6 weeks to our next event, the Championship of Ireland (August 13-15), Michael encouraged those who can make it to attend the Skerries Regatta on July 24/25 where a GP14 start will be provided.

Photos courtesy of and John Channin and Ruairi O'Hailin, .

Youth (U22)
Peter Boyle & Joe Doherty (Sutton Dinghy Club)
 

Junior (U19)
Sam Street & Josh Lloyd (Blessington Lakes SC)

 

Bronze Fleet
1 Matthew Street & Riain O'Hailin (Blessington Lakes SC)
2 Michael Collender & Brian Walker (Mullingar SC)
3 Des McMahon Pat Biesty (Cullaun SC)

 

Silver Fleet
1 Conor Twohig & Meg Tyrrell (Sutton Dinghy Club)
2 Steve & Daniel Nelson (Newtownards SC)
3 Stuart McCormick & Bernie Briody (Mullingar SC)

 

Gold Fleet
1 Ger Owens & Mel Morris (RStGYC)
2 Shane MacCarthy & Josh Porter (Greystones SC)
3 Colman Grimes & Ed Coyne (Skerries SC)

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Leinster Championships

Notice of Race

Blessington Sailing Club

July 4 and 4

 

 

 

Blessington Sailing Club having stepped into the breach to hold the Leinsters following cancellation of the Volvo Dun Laoghiare Regatta have issued the events Notice of Race.

 

Further details regarding Online entry will follow in the next few days.

 

Please take note of the additional Covid procedures provided by Blessington Sailing Club

 
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2021 Ulster Championship Report

 

Newtownards Sailing Club, June 19/20

 

 

Day 1 of the Ulster Championships at Newtownards Sailing Club and 3 great races under watchful eye of PRO Ruan O Tiarnaigh. Some great performances in what was for many the first racing since 2019. Some expected faces at the top of the Gold fleet, but top 3 showed some some new ones too. Adrian Lee bagged another gun in Race 1 and lay 3rd, with Ger Owen in 2nd after 2 bullets. Consistency or lack of a good night sleep in the tent with the kids on Friday night helped Colman Grimes  to the top of the leaderboard. Steve Nelson lead the Silver fleet lying 5th overall  with Michael Brines leading Bronze fleet in 19th. A great turnout from Newtownards Sailing Club with 11 boats. 4 boats travelled from Sutton Dinghy Club, 3 boats from Lough Foyle with Youghal the furthest travelled of the 28 boats on the water. The weather for Sunday started to look a lot better than originally expected with more breeze than Saturday. Question around the Club was would there be a new name on the Trophy?
 
 
Day 2 and the weather gods continued to indulge us. PRO Ruan O Tiarnaigh again manged to get 3 cracking races in while changing the race format to Olympic  from Saturdays Windward Leeward. The top of the leader board coming into Sunday saw Colman Grimes lead from Ger Owen but with Ross Kearney not too far way. Adrian Lee with Richard Gallagher in the front was there or there abouts. Shane Mac Carthy surely would have his say before the end of the event.
 
Tricky conditions saw a few false starts before fleet got away for Race 4. 
 
Left was the order of the day and even with lightening breeze it was Ross who lead around the windward and despite Ger Owens, Katie Dwyer and Shane Mac Cathy all getting close  Ross took the gun. Ger hung on for 2nd but Alistair Duffin came through for 3rd with Lough Foyle James Peter Hockley setting down a mark for the Silver fleet in 4th. Curly Morris took 5th with Steve Nelson on 6th.
 
Race 5 again saw Ross take an early lead and get around the gybe mark  before tide and lightening breeze created a separate race between the rest of the fleet. Despite strong pressure from Ger, James Peter Hockley held on for a superb 2nd with Shane MacCarthy 4th. Behind them saw 3 Sutton Dinghy Club boats battle it out with Peter Boyle  taking a 5th just ahead of  David Johnston and Hugh Gill.
 
Despite the light and tricky breeze  our race office Ruan got the 6th and final race of the event underway. Shane MacCarthy got a super start and lead by a boat length from Ger Owens at the weather mark. The pair batled it out all the way with the lead changing hands a few times. Ger seemed to have the edge downwind, while Shane held his own upwind. Behind them overnight leader Colman Grimes,  Katie Dwyer , Keith Louden and Ross Kearney  were nip and tuck looking to take the final podium spot in Race 6. 
 
Ger held off Shane for the gun with  Ross taking 3rd from Suttons Katie Dwyer in 4th, Lough Foyle Keith Louden 5th and Skerries Colman Grimes 6th. 
 
A great event to kick start the 2021 GP14 season with 28 boats and all the more important after the  lack of racing in 2020 due to Covid.
 
The open air Prize-giving was held in beautiful sunshine with Event Organiser Josh Porter presenting the Ulster Championship to Ger Owens and Melanie Morris and Ulster Youth Championshop Trophy to  Peter Boyle and Joe Doherty.
 
Class President Michael Collender thanked Josh Porter  and Michael Cox  and the Newtownards Sailing Club  for all their efforts in making it such a great event. He reminded everybody that our next event on the calendar is the Leinster Championships  originally planned as part of the Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta  but now to be held on Jul 3/4 in Blessington Sailing Club. 
 
Gold Fleet
1) GER Owens & Mel Morris
2) Ross Kearney & Jane Kearney
3) Shane MacCarthy & Josh Porter
 
Silver Fleet 
1) James Peter Hockley & Alan Thompson
2) Steve Nelson & Daniel Nelson
3) Michael Cox & Claire Cromwell
 
Bronze Fleet
1) Michael Brines & Peter Bridnes
2) Michael Collender & Brian Walker
3) Newenham DeCogan & Maggie Sinnamon

 

Check out Full Results and Photos By Bob Given Photography

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2022 GP14 World Championships

Skerries Sailing Club

August 14 to 19

 

(as of April 2021)

 

Following a review by Skerries Sailing Club, in conjunction with our national and international stakeholders, we have decided that, in light of the current pandemic and with the consideration of the safety and welfare of all who would be involved, the postponed GP14 World Championships 2020 will be rescheduled to 14-19 August 2022. More details to follow.

 

Re-Arranged

2021 Leinster Championship

Blessington

July 3 & 4 2021

 

Folks

 

While the cancellation of the Volvo was a disappointment for the GP14 Class, what with the GP14 likely to be the largest represented Class with 30 boats registered, I am delighted to say that our 2021 Leinster Championships will go ahead but not in Dun Laoghaire. 

 

Since news of the VDLR cancellation came through, the Committee have been working behind the scenes considering possible alternate venues for the event.

 

As with last year, a big shout out to Richard Street and the Committee in Blessington for committing to run the event at such short notice. Remember Richard & Blessington managed to run our only event of 2020 The Autumn Open & Youth Championships.

 

The re-arranged event will be run over 2 days the week-end of July 3-4. More details will be communicated in the coming weeks.

 

Regards
Andy Johnston
Hon.Sec
GP14 Ireland Class Association
 

 

We're Off

NOR & Entry Now Open

 

Ulster Championships

Newtownards Sailing Club

June 19 - 20

 

 

 

Great news for the GP14 fleet...we can confirm that our Ulser Championships will go ahead in Newtownards Sailing Club on weekend of June 19/20. Newtownards members have been back sailing for almost a month now and have good numbers out on the water.

 

The organisers have a max limit of 40 boats (at this time) and will only be taking entries Online via the portal link attached. With 10+ GP14 boats sailing in Newtownards, entries will be on a first come first served basis. Closing date for entries is June 17th.

 

Good news is that there should be bar and food, subject to prevailing restrictions. Full details on the attached link below.

 

The Club have confirmed they will have plenty of camping facilities available on site.

 
The NOR and Online Entry are available  -  HERE.
 

 

Craftinsure Leagues

 

 

With our first (qualifying) event since 2019 looming with the Ulster Championship in Newtownards on June 19/20, I am delighted to confirm that Craftinsure will once again sponsor our GP14 Fleet Leagues.

 

The final League situation at the end of the 2019 season can be found HERE on our Fleets and Leagues page.

 

For those new to the Class, the guidelines to how the Class manage and administer the Fleet can be found on the attached document.

 

 

2021 Munster Championship

Cullaun Sailing Club

 

POSTPONED

till

November 6th / 7th 2021

 

Folks

 

Following discussions between the Class and Cullaun Sailing Club we have made the decision to postpone the Munster Championship till a later date in the season. With only a limited lifting of restrictions expected for the end of April, we believe it is highly unlikely we would have been able to proceed with our initial dates of May 15/16.

 

 

The event has been rearranged for November 6th / 7th 2021

 

Fingers crossed that we will be able to make the journey to Newtownards in June for the Ulster Championships. As of this weekend we have 27 boats entered for the Leinster Championships which will be raced as part of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta in early July. The early bird entry has been extended till April 16th.

 

The Class Committee are meeting regularly and we will keep you informed of any further developments  with regard to getting back sailing. 

 

Regards
Andy Johnston
Hon.Sec
GP14 Ireland Class Association
 
Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Early Bird Entry - 2 Promotions

 
This season our Leinster Championship will again be held as part of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. This year the VDLR has been split into 2 events over 2 weekends with the GP14 Class included in a One Design only weekend to be held on July 2-4 2021.

   
The event organisers have a no. of early bird entry promotions that shold be of interest to the GP14 Fleet. 

If we can get 25 GP14 entries by 28th February VDLR organisers will put up a €100 VDLR Hospitality voucher which may be redeemed against food and drink during VDLR.  The draw for this particular voucher will only be open to the GP14 Class.

NOTE: The VDLR organisers have confirmed that if the event does not go ahead due to Covid-19 restrictions ALL entry fees will be refunded. So please consider entering and avail of reduced entry fee and chance to win a voucher or some nice sailing gear.

In addition VDLR are running an early bird draw for (all fleets) entries received by end of February with the winner receiving a HH Performance Sailing bag. All GP14 entries will be in both draws.

Race Weekend: 2-4 July 2021

Early Bird Entry Fee for GP14 Class : €100

Online Entry : www.dlregatta.org

2020 AGM

 

January 20th 2021

 

Folks, just a quick update with regard to our recent  (2020) AGM which was held on January 20th via Zoom.

With over 30 attendees it was a great success. Thank you to everybody that made the effort to jon in. Particularly welcome were a number of new members to the Class who have joined in 2020.

There was some very interactive discussions on a wide array of topics from World Sailing news, Skerries Worlds 2022, our 2021 Event Calendar to Regionals events and the emergence of Munster venues.

The feedback to the Committee since the meeting has been extremely positive and would indicate even if we get back to a face to face AGM this year we should consider also opening it up to Zoom going forward.

The new Committee is now in place with Michael Collender taking over from David Cooke as the Class President. In addition we saw Katie Dwyer and Ger Owens come onboard with Colman Grimes stepping down. David Cooke will remain on Committee to ensure continuity with regard to arrangements for Skerries 2022. 

The Committee would ask that everyone consider entering the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatt before the end of February. See note below. This would help ensure the GP14 get maximum exposure for the event and everyone entered before end of February is in with 2 opportunities to win Early Bird prizes.

Regards

Andy Johnston

Hon.Sec, GP14 Ireland Class Association
info@gp14ireland.com
 

Paul Rowan (RIP)

Renowned GP14 Dinghy Champion

(Afloats Betty Armstrong)

Paul Rowan was a renowned member of the GP14 class, a staunch supporter of East Antrim Boat Club at Larne and a talented helmsman sadly passed away on Saturday (23rd Jan).

Paul was a highly successful sailor despite carrying a weakness in his shoulder muscles on one side, a legacy of childhood polio. Paul had a number of coping mechanisms to overcome this - such as using his whole body to heave in the mainsheet.
Paul's prowess in the GP14 world came to prominence in 1965 when he and crew Graham Gingles won the Northern Ireland Championship. He was runner-up in the British Nationals in 1968 and 1973.

In '68 a broken kicker on the last beat while lying a close second may have cost him the Championship which was won by John McWilliam, also from East Antrim. In 1971, they were Irish and N I champions.

In '84 and '85, sailing with Mark Nolan of Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Paul reached the pinnacle of sailing competition in Ireland winning the then Helmsman's Championship of Ireland. The duo also finished fifth at the '85 World Championships in Mumbles, Wales.

His business career took him to the position of Managing Partner in Price Waterhouse Coopers, the merged company of Price Waterhouse and Coopers Lybrand in Belfast.

His indomitable spirit as displayed on a foray in Fiona Hicks' RS Elite at Bangor. Word is that after racing he and crew Lee Stevenson and Bill Whisker stormed into the harbour entrance under spinnaker!

Fellow EABC member, long-standing GP14 sailor and current President of GP14 International Curly Morris has great memories: "Paul and I had an intense rivalry on the water, which through Club racing at least twice a week propelled us to the top of the Irish Fleet. (It was kept under control after '67 when I started sailing the Finn dinghy, aiming to go to the Olympics.) We nevertheless maintained respect for each other's abilities on and off the water and if united in a common cause worked together well and closely. One example is the first dinghy racing committee of the newly formed Irish Sailing Association when we served together with Adrian Bell, Maurice Butler and Johnny Hooper". Curly adds "In the mid' 70s my wife, Ann started sailing with me. Having Paul just in front of us was the greatest incentive for her (and me) to sit out harder as he was one of those people who we just didn't want to be beaten by - especially if it was windy! (If you need to know Pat Murphy was the other)."

Sincere condolences to Paul's widow Rosie, and daughters Julie and Nikki.

BA

Former GP14 Class President and National Champion Paul Rowan has passed away this weekend.

 

 

Just to let you know that GP14 International Trustee Paul Rowan died peacefully yesterday afternoon. Paul was Hon Treasurer of the Class, going on to be President, and one of our first trustees.
 
He was a very successful sailor despite carrying a weakness in his shoulder muscles on one side, a legacy of childhood polio. He was runner up in the GP British Nationals twice, top 10 in several World Champs, in addition to winning the prestigious Helmsman’s Championship of Ireland in 1984 & 1985 along with several Irish GP14 titles (1971 & 1985).

REMINDER

2020 AGM

(Will be held on Zoom)

 

January 20th 2021

8pm

 

 

The 2020 AGM will go ahead on January 20th 2021 as notified previously. The formal aspects of the AGM will be kept to a minimum but we would like to have as many members on the call to spend some time sharing ideas and getting a sense of what the membership would like for the coming season as well as what you would like to see from next years Committee. 

While we already have a number of changes on Committee we would welcome addressing the gender balance and would like to have one of our female members put their names forward. Committee work is not onerous with 5-6 meetings (usually done via Zoom) through the season. Feel free to email me using email below. 

The Committee have published the 2021 Calendar (see Left side of Home Page) and are already working on ideas and options for the 2022 event calendar. The Committee would welcome members thoughts and ideas on events and locations at this point. Feel free to email me using email below. 

AGM Agenda

  1. Presidents Report (David Cooke)
  2. Financial Update (James Peter Hockley)
  3. Committee Elections
  4. Worlds Update (David Cooke)
  5. Suggested Items for Open Discussion 
    • Events - Venue selection & selection criteria
    • Improving Communication, Collaboration - Survey
    • Membership and Club  Representatives
  6. AOB

As an added incentive to join the AGM, the LEYC and the Committee have agreed to run a draw to win free entry for the 2021 GP14 Championship of Ireland. All registered attendees of the AGM will be entered in the draw.


The Committee would really welcome a good turnout for the AGM. The Zoom contact details will be issued to members via email in the next few days.

 

REMEMBER THE DATE

January 20th 2021, 8pm

 

Regards
Andy Johnston
Hon.Sec, GP14 Ireland Class Association
info@gp14ireland.com
 

Email GP14 news and notices to Andy on  info@gp14ireland.com to get them posted here

Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Early Bird Entry - 3 Promotions

 
This season our Leinster Championship will again be held as part of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. This year the VDLR has been split into 2 events over 2 weekends with the GP14 Class included in a One Design only weekend to be held on July 2-4 2021.

   
The event organisers have 3 early bird entry promotions that shold be of interest to the GP14 Fleet. 

If we can get 25 GP14 entries by 28th February VDLR organisers will put up a €100 VDLR Hospitality voucher which may be redeemed against food and drink during VDLR.  The draw for this particular voucher will only be open to the GP14 Class.

NOTE: The VDLR organisers have confirmed that if the event does not go ahead due to Covid-19 restrictions ALL entry fees will be refunded. So please consider entering and avail of reduced entry fee and chance to win a voucher or some nice sailing gear.

In addition VDLR will be running 2 early bird draws for (all fleets) entries received by end January for a pair of Dubarry Performance Boots of your choice and for those received by end of February we will have a HH Performance Sailing bag. All GP14 entries will also be in the draw for these items as well.

Race Weekend: 2-4 July 2021

Early Bird Entry Fee for GP14 Class : €100

Online Entry : www.dlregatta.org

Mark Valentine - RIP 

 

With great sadness, the GP14 Ireland Committee heard of the death of much loved GP14 sailor Mark Valentine last Thursday 7 January 2021. 

A number of our GP14 Ireland sailors have been in touch over the last few days expressing shock at the news and providing their thoughts and memories of Mark.

Through holidaying close to Lough Erne Yacht Club, Mark was introduced to sailing, crewing for his father Peter in Mirror dinghies. Peter would later become Commodore of Lough Erne and introduce Mark to GP14's. Through LEYC, Mark became close friends with current Committee member JP McCaldin, with the pair  sailing against each other many times on Lough Erne and sailing a no. of events together.

On hearing the news a shocked JP wrote  
“Genuinely one of the nicest people I have ever known and unarguably the best sailor from Lough Erne in my lifetime. Mark introduced me to the bar at Castle Archdale and my first few pints. I do remember how at LEYC all the old ladies of the club would follow around after him and loved him. He was a bit of a legend in that club."

Marks family lived in Co. Down and became members of Newtownards Sailing Club where MarK continued to sail GP14 as both crew and helm while also sailing J24 and Fairy keelboats. Nicknamed 'Super Crew', Mark was a mich sought after crew know for his agilty as well as his tactical acumen. Not content with crewing Mark developed into a very capable helm, notably taking a a 3rd overall at a J24 Nationals on Lough Erne with a very young crew.

In the GP14 Class, Mark sailed with a number of people including Ruan O'Tiarmaigh and the aformentioned JP. However the best remembered pairing was Marks partnership with Martin Hannon, the pair were very competitive and always a threat. Martin who now lives in New Zealand has recounted the following story via JP. I gather from Ruan and JP it perfectly captures Marks sense of fun, divilment and actual talent in a boat.

From Martin Hannon -
'One of my favourite stories and one that always got a great laugh from Mark was when were racing the GP14's at LEYC for either an Ulsters or a Hot Toddy. It was reasonably windy and we headed out on the morning after the Saturday night. A quick dunk of our heads over the side of the boat to freshen us up. As pointed out, once the starting sequence got underway Mark "casual" approach became a little more competitive especially against a few of the other guys in the fleet.

We got off to a good start, picked a few good shifts crossing tacks with Damian Bracken who was pretty racey and competitive. Anyhow they just pip us around the top mark and we then set off down the reach. I get an elbow in the ribs and Mark says hold this. He then hands me the tiller and main sheet whilst I have the spinnaker sheet. He then the proceeds to light up a cigerette. At this point we are sailing over the top of Damian. We could hear below us Damian asking his crew what is Mark doing. Damian's crew responds, "
Mark is lighting up a cigerette and I think he's going faster" Needless to say, that didn't go down well when we rolled them. ha ha'

Mark sailed for many years at Newtownards SC, was active on committee and later became Commodore of the Club, sailed a Dart 18 catamaran out of Ballyholme YC while also sailing keelboats. Mark for a time was a regular crew on former GP14 sailor Burton Allen's Sigma 33 Starshine Challenger.

Mark married Sara Jane and had a son Charlie, and with parenthood Mark regularly brought the family back to his roots at Lough Erne for holidays and to renew and extend family friendships. Keeping a caravan and a cruiser Red Rambler they would spend weekends and holidays during the summer exploring the islands and waterways of the Erne and passing his love of sailing onto Charlie and Sara Jane. However, as recently as 2020, Mark showed he still had a competitive streak by buying a Yeoman and winning the LEYC 2020 Championship  Shield.
 
Mark was competitive on the water and great craic ashore. An asset to every fleet he sailed in and every Club he was a member of. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. The GP14 Ireland Committee on behalf of the Class membership extend our condolences to Sara Jane, Charlie and the his family and close friends.
 
RIP Mark.
 
JP McCaldin, Ruan O'Tiarnaigh & Andy Johnston
 

Funeral is 13th January. Sadly due to current government regulations house and funeral will be private. 

No flowers by request please. Donations in memory, if desired, to R.N.L.I. c/o Gilmore Funeral Directors Ltd., 13 The Square, Comber BT23 5DX Tel 02891872949.

Ventura Restoration - Afloats Betty Armstrong talks to Derek 

 

Check out the link to Afloats article  and catch up on the progress being made to bring Ernie Mawhinneys boat back to sailing condition.

 

GP14 Ireland Dates

Events & Venues

2021

 

Jun 19/20 - Ulsters                    

Newtownards

Jul 3/4 - Leinsters

Blessington
Aug 13/15 - Nationals

Lough Erne YC

Sep 11/12 - AOYC

Sutton Dinghy Club

Sep 25/26 - O’Tiarnaigh

Mullingar
Oct 23/24 - Hot Toddy

East Antrim BC

Nov 6/7 - Munsters

Cullaun

2022

Aug 14/19 - GP14 Worlds

Skerries Sailing Club

 

 

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