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2018 Hot Toddy - Results

Newtownards Sailing Club

13-14 Oct

Day 3 Tuesday 31 Jul - 2 races sailed 


Races 4 and 5 were sailed in brisk winds with choppy water but the swells from the storms had gone.  


Race 4 was won by Mike Senior & Chris White, South Staffs. 2nd Peter Gray & Richard Pepperdine of Staunton Harold SC. Matt Burge & Simon Potts taking 3rd and keeping them high n the rankings.


Race 5 was the first race of the championship to be taken by a boat that had already won race - our own Shane MacCarthy & Taxi - well done lads.  2nd was Jim Hunt & Liz Senior of South Staffs SC, 3rd Jason Tindale & Sebastian Lammens-Keeping from Barbados SC


Even with 2 race wins and the discard kicking in Shane & Taxi are 6th overall.  Ian Dobson & Andy Tunnicliffe over night leaders with Matt Burge & Simon Potts only 2 points behind them.  Ross Kearney & Ed Bradburn putting in mostly top ten results has them on eqaul points with Matt & Simon.




Full results so far are here:


GPS race tracker

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

Do you recognise this sailor?


Probabaly not - as it is a SMILING Keith Louden!


Note - this photo has not been photoshopped!!

Day 2 Monday 30 Jul - 3 races sailed 


A long day on the water for the 119 GP14 boats at Mounts Bay GP14 World Championship with the practice gate starts and 3 races sailed.


Medium winds oscillating all day with very choppy short waves and a large swell from the storm the day before made sailing conditions very difficult.


Race 1 was taken by Ian Dobson and Andy Tunnicliffe (Burwain SC).  Second was our own Colman Grimes and Sam Wray (Skerries/Sligo) with Sam Mettam and Tim Saunders (Papercourt/Staunton) were third.


Race 2 was  won by Shane & Andy Davies.  Second was Matt Burge and Simon Potts (Poole YC) and third Tom Gillard and Andy Thompson (Sheffield Viking/East Antrim).


Race 3 was won by the pathfinder Andy Smith and Phil Hodgkins of Gingerboats.  Second again was Matt Burge and Simon Potts (Poole YC) with Ross Kearney and Ed Bradburn from South Staffs SC a third.


The championship is wide open with no one boat dominating the fleet after 3 races.





Full results so far are here:



GPS race tracker

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

Day 1 Sunday 29 Jul - no sailing 


Stroms throughout the night continue into Sunday morning & afternoon.


Monday's race time brought forward from noon to 11am with the aim of getting 3 races run.


Good luck to the Irish heading over to the Worlds in Mounts Bay, Cornwall


13917 Joshua Porter & Sara Gowdy  Newtownards SC
14076 Ger Owens & Melanie Morris  Royal St George YC
14133 Jack Buttimer & Adam McDonagh  Youghal SC
14116 Peter Boyle & Stephen Boyle  Sutton DC
TBC Tom Gillard & Andy Thompson  Sheffield Viking/East Antrim BC
13624 Ciaran Keogh & Barry Keogh  Greystones SC
13207 Adrian Lee Cormac & Hennesy Sutton DC  Youghal SC
14237 John Patrick McCaldin & Carolyn McCaldin  Lough Erne YC/Sligo YC
14143 John McGuinness & Donal McGuinness Moville Boat Club
14209 Gareth Gallagher & Richard Gallagher  Moville Boat Club/Lough Foyle
14225 Cathal Sheridan & David Cooke  Skerries SC
14130 Hugh Gill  Sutton DC 
14105 Katie Dwyer & Michelle Rowley  Sutton DC 
14212 Michael Cox & Catherine Chimney  Newtownards SC
14061 Michael Collender & Brian Walker  Mullingar SC
14203 Shane MacCarthy & Andy Davis  Greystones SC
TBC Adam McCullough & Jane Kearney  RNYC/South Staffs SC
14242 Ross Kearney & Ed Bradburn  RNYC/South Staffs SC
14054 Doire Shiels & Andrew Sexton  Skerries SC 
14144 Colman Grimes & Sam Wray  Skerries SC 
13180 Martin Dews & Victoria Dews  Donaghadee SC
14235 Alan Blay & David Johnston  Sutton DC 
14219 Curly Morris & Laura McFarland  East Antrim BC/Newtonards SC
14214 Keith Louden & Alan Thompson  RYA

Leinsters @ Skerries 7-8 July - results

Congratulations to Shane MacCarthy & Damien Bracken on winning the GP14 Leinster Championships 2018 in Skerries.

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.



Congratulations to Colman & family on their arrival of Matt Grimes

Matt Grimes was born on 9th of June 2018 - the boys already have their own boat...


Saturday 14th July - Skerries 

by Colman Grimes - Training Organiser - GP14 Ireland Committee
The Worlds Coaching Academy 2018 will be coming to a end with a a load of starts!  Master your gate starts before the worlds with a one day crash course.  Will be held at Skerries SC on Saturday 14th July.
Coach for the day is Ger Owens who needs no introducing.
Here is Ger's format for the day:
- Briefing 11:00 for 30 mins and then launch (sharp)
- Exercise on the water mostly mechanical helm and crew and small rabbit starts
- In for late lunch and then 30 min briefing and back on the water
- Generally I try and circulate with the sailors for a chat rather than an official de-brief
The day is open to all (€30.00) and is FREE for all those who have or will be attending a Coaching Academy Weekend with Graeme Grant. 
The GP14 Leinsters is on the weekend before (hope to have gate starts for that weekend also) and you are welcome to leave your boat in the yard for the week.

Leinsters @ Skerries 7-8 July - road closures - Skerries 100 road race


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 who will try to help you find accommodation.



Road Closures

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 -


Louis Smyth - fireball & Dublin sailor passes


Just to let you know, Louis Smyth passed away at the weekend. He hadn't been well for a while and his condition got worse over the past few days.  He has been in the Beacon Hospital for the past few weeks.

GP14 Purcell Trophy

Lough Ree Yacht Club

9/10 June 2018


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 SC

          3 Jack Buttimer, Adam McDonagh, Youghal SC




Rank Fleet SailNo Club HelmName CrewName Rating R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
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



GP14 Ireland - Free entry for Youth* helms





Good news - the GP14 Ireland Association will pick up the entry fee for GP14's being helmed by youths for the Purcell, Leinsters & Irish National events 2018.


*Youth - under 22 by 2019



Please read the GP14 Class Association of Ireland -  DATA PRIVACY POLICY listed on this website's About page




NOR - GP14 Purcell Trophy

Lough Ree Yacht Club

9/10 June 2018



Registration - Saturday 9 June 0900 to 1030


Briefing – A Briefing will be held at 1030 on Saturday 9 June.


6 Races

Sat 9 June - Races 1, 2 and 3 - warning signal 12noon

Sun 10 June - Races 4, 5 and 6 - warning signal 11am

GP14 Purcell 2018 NOR.docx
Microsoft Word document [22.9 KB]

GP14 Ulsters - Donaghadee SC - Results

12-13 May 2018


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

Pos Fleet Sail No Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Pts
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!!

New Subscription Option for Republic of Ireland Membership


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

GP14 WORLDS COACHING ACADEMY 2018 comes to Sligo Yacht Club

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.

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 at Howth YC - 7-8th April

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 Ireland Dates

Events & Venues


Apr 20/21

Munster Championships

Killaoe Sailing Club


May 18/19

O'Tiarnaigh Trophy

Mullingar Sailing Club


Jun 1/2

Leinster Championships

Howth Yacht Club


Jun 28/29/30

Championship of Ireland

Newtownards Sailing Club


Aug 10/16

World Championships

Plas Heli, Wales


Aug 31/Sep 1

Ulster Championships

Carrickfergus Sailing Club


Sep 14/15

Autumn Open & Youth Championships

Sligo Yacht Club


Oct 19/20

Hot Toddy

Lough Erne Yacht Club

GP14 Fleets and Leagues Guidelines v11 (2023)
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