GP14 Ireland
GP14 Ireland

Purcell Trophy - Greystones SC

Sat 27 - Sun 28 May


Greystones SC have created a secure online entry payment link

for the GP14 Purcell Trophy event.  


Can you please make use of it in advance of the event?

Paddy & Tania welcome Pixie!


Congratulations to Paddy & Tanis on the arrival of Pixie a little early on March 7th.  All are doing.
We might not see too much of the family this year as their GP14 has just been sold.  But we will hopefuly see more of them next year.

Dan & Mairin O'Connell have twins!

Congratulations to Dan & Mairin on the arrival of their twin boy & girl Paul and Millie in early April.  All doing well.  


With their hands well and truly full they have sadly decided to put their GP14 13801 up for sale.  Hopefully we will see the O'Connell family back on the water soon.


GP14 League 2017 - Fleet Allocations & League Guidelines


See attached document for details.

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GP14 League 2017 - Promotions & Allocations



Silver Fleet to Gold Fleet - Katie Dwyer & Michelle Rowley
Bronze Fleet to Silver Fleet- Adrian Lee & Edward Coyne




Fleet Allocations

Listed out with details from 2016.  Will update when I get new sailors, sail numbers, crew names etc.


Sail No Helm Crew Club
14158 Shane Mc Carthy Damien Bracken Greystones S C 
14055 Keith Louden Alan Thompson Sligo Y C 
14143 John Mc Guinness Donal Mc Guinness Moville Y C
13993 Niall Henry Ossian  Geraghty Sligo Y C 
14130 Hugh Gill Tim Coyne/Conor Twohig Sutton D C
13036 Tim Corcoran Brendan Brogan Sligo
13977 Alan Blay David Johnston Sutton DC
13981 Richard Street Simon Dick Blessington  S C 
14192 Alastair Duffin Andy Corkhill EDYC/NDC
14077 Curly Morris Laura Mc Farland East Antrim S C/ NSC
14047 JP Mc Caldin Carolyn Mc Caldin Sligo
14076 Ger Owens   RStGYC
13569 Norman Lee Kevin Gillen Greystones S C 
14144 Colman Grimes Fionn Higgins/David Lapin Skerries SC
14105 Katie Dwyer Michele Rowley Sutton D C
Sail No Helm Crew Club
13917 Michael Cox Josh Porter Newtownards Y C
13901 Stephen Nelson Brenda Preston Donaghadee SC/N'ards
14116 Peter Boyle Stephen Boyle Sutton D C
14138 Simon Cully Libby Turner Blessington  S C 
14074 Cathal Sheridan David Cooke Skerries Y C
14040 Bill Johnson James Johnson Lough Foyle Y C
13988 Simon Jeffery Alan Henry East Down Y C 
14080 Gareth Gallagher Richard Gallagher Lough Foyle YC
14127 Ronan Armstrong Callum McLoughlin Sligo YC
14054 Doire Shiels Andrew Sexton SSC
14171 Lawrence Baalham Stephen Nelson Donaghadee SC
13113 Jean‑ Louis Simons Mark Hinton WKSC
14142 Gerry Gilligan Nancy Pyl Sligo YC
14166 Richard Ham Stuart Boyle TSC
13833 John McRobert David Murphy Ballyronan Boat Club
13488 Simon Crowe Ella Crowe VBC
13951 Steven Preston Ali Boyd Donaghadee SC
13207 Adrian Lee Edward Coyne YSC
13910 Brian Andrews John McArthur Newtownards SC
13847 Noel Clarke Chris Horrigan SSC
13207 Adrian Lee Edward Coyne Youghal SC
Sail No Helm Crew Club
13782 Michael Collender Brian Walker Mullingar S C 
14133 Jack Buttimer Adam McDonagh Youghal SC
13865 Robson Ogg James Ogg Donaghadee SC
4047 Shane McLoughlin Conor Twohig HYC
13569 Kevin Gillen Norman Lee Greystones
13180 Martin Dews Vicky Dews Donaghadee SC
13891 Matthew Street Richard Street/Lee Mc Mullon Blessington SC
13749 Pat Savage Linda Darby Swords S C 
13577 Jon Evans Una l'Estrange SYC
13850 Bernie Grogan Rosena Cuddy Swords S C 
13745 Thomas Sexton Paul Sexton Sligo YC
13819 Duncan Greenhalgh Liam O' Callaghan Bassenthwaite SC
13353 Des MacMahon Pat Biesty Cullaun SC
? Ian Nish Des McGuigan Swords S C 
13608 Keith Leonard Barbara Leonard Swords S C 
12577 Liam O'Donnell Michael Kirby SYC
13573 Ciaran Keogh David Morel Greystones
13644 Stuart Mc Cormack Bernie Briody MSC
13840 James Hackett Rosie Hackett MSC
13928 Samuel Wray Sarah Nicholson SYC
11633 David Aiken Mike Mausden Donaghadee SC
13890 Ian Fitzpatrick Colm Fitzpatrick SSC
14052 Sam McConkey Fergal McNamara Clontarf
13915 Geoff Murdoch Jane Murdoch Newtownards SC
14 Jordan Lupton Finn O'Brien YSC
13845 Karl Kerins Michael Sweeney SYC
13257 Maurice Baalham Colin Watson DSC
13131 Niall McMahon Liam Kieran SSC

O'Tiarnaigh Trophy

Swords SC 29-30 April 2017



The O'Tiarnaigh Trophy in 2016 was won by Shane MacCarthy and Damian Bracken.




Who will be in the running to take the trophy 2017?  

Who will be launching a new GP14 at Swords?  There may be a few!


Schedule of Racing

Saturday 29 April 2017 

Six/Seven Races 

Warning signal First Race 12.00noon

Lunch ashore 


Sunday 30 April 2017 

Two/Three Races

Warning signal First Race 10.15am 

Lunch ashore

Finals thereafter 


Fleets & Fleet Designations

Keep an eye out on for 2017 updates. 


NOR now available:

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Josh Porter - Sailing diary


First recipient of the Richard Estaugh Fund, Josh Porter, begins his sailing diary.


Full details on

UK Midland Area Championships

has a few Irish faces

8-9 April 2017 @ Staunton Harold Sailing Club


Shane Mac Carthy & Damien Bracken getting in some early season racing.  Also there was Sutton's David Johnston sailing with Lawrence Creaser.


Full results on

2017 GP14 Looe National Championship  

12 Slots taken by Irish boats


6 Aug - 11 Aug - Looe Sailing Club





There are now 73 registered boats for the GP14 Championship at Looe with 12 of those slots been taken up by Irish boats.


More details here







Newtownards SC






Lough Foyle YC






Greystones SC






Sutton DC






Moville Boat Club






Sutton DC






Sutton DC






Lough Foyle YC






East Antrim Boat Club






East Antrim Boat Club






Newtownards SC






Skerries SC


GP14 Leinsters @ DL Regatta

Early Bird entry ends Fri 31 March 2107


Early entry fee of €70 applies for entries received and fully paid before Fri 31 March 2017.  The standard fee of €110 then applies from Sat 1 April with entry closing on Fri 30 June 2017.


GP14 Leinsters event will run from Friday 7 - Sunday 9 July.


Entry must be made online

Youth Funding 2017


New initiative for Irish youth boats heading to the UK in 2017


The GP14 Irish Class Association has introduced a new initiative for any all youth boats heading to either GP14 Training or Open Events in the UK in 2017.


€100 per boat is being made available as a contribution towards expenses attending these events.


Please request application forms from Colman Grimes at / 0868689303.


All applications must be made before the 30th of April 2017.

Richard Estaugh Bursary awarded to Josh Porter!


Report by Bob Torrens


Josh Porter, Newtownards Sailing Club GP14 Fleet Captain, is the first recipient of a Richard Estaugh Bursary. 


The 'Richard Estaugh Fund' was established from the sale of GP14 14000 which was donated by the late Richard Estaugh. Richard was not only a much respected sail-maker, boat-builder and multiple championship winner, but also a truly great ambassador for the sport of Sailing and the GP14 Class in particular. The fund was created in perpetual memory of Richard and the huge contribution that he made to the GP Class.

The Bursary is aimed in particular at young sailors from the GP14 International class but any GP sailor can apply for assistance from the fund to go towards the cost of worthwhile sailing related projects. These can take many forms such as participation in training/coaching programmes, championship campaigns, a cruising challenge or sailing expedition, providing assistance or ‘buddying’ for people with a disadvantage or disability.

Although Josh has been awarded the bursary to go towards his campaign at the UK National GP14 Championship in Cornwall this year he is also heavily involved in promoting the GP class in the area as Newtownards Fleet Captain. The Ballyhalbert youth helps extensively with training at NSC and with maintaining the Club's GP14 boats which assist newcomers to the sport to get an opportunity to sail without the expense of buying a boat.

GP14 Association of Ireland President Stephen Boyle presenting Josh Porter, Newtownards Sailing Club Fleet Captain with the first Richard Estaugh Bursary. Also included are Curly Morris, GP14 International vice President and Stuart Wilson, Newtownards Sailing Club Commodore.


Photographs copyright Bob Torrens

2017 GP14 Membership


Do you need to renew or set up your GP14 International Class Association membership?  It is easy to complete online.  For full details see the Become a Member page details.


All helms for GP14 events must be a member but we would also encourage crews to join as associate members.  


Helms sailing without membership during an event will be recorded as DSQ'ed.

Tom Jobling's New Book Launch

8pm Wed 8th March - Greystones SC


On Wednesday 8th March Greystones Sailing Club will be hosting the Northern nautical novelist Thomas Jobling with his unique 'BOOKS & BOATS' one-man illustrated show.  


As well as yarning about exploits afloat, recounting tales from his nautical scribing days, the yachtsman and competitive sailor will be narrating the story behind his journey into the world of nautical fiction as well as talking about and reading from his latest book - ARTHUR'S DEAD. Tom will also be available to sign any purchased copies of  Arthur' and/or his debut novel, Chasing Shadows.
BOOKS & BOATS has been touring the maritime establishments of Northern Ireland since the launch of 'Arthur' in Central Belfast late last year. This, Thomas Jobling's current offering, has received rave reviews: Martina Devlin, the acclaimed Dublin journalist and novelist (Sisterland) wrote; "A dramatic story with gripping sea scenes..." while leading America's Cup commentator Bob Fisher said of it; "Jobling's knack of good character building shines in this tale of deception..." 


As well as holding various championship titles, Thomas Jobling is a past Commodore of East Antrim Boat Club, and a President of the Irish GP14 Association.  He is also a member of the international Yachting Journalists Association, and the John Hewitt Society.  He currently races a Quarter Tonner in and around Belfast Lough ... and still wins the occasional race!


BOOKS & BOATS will be kicking off at eight o'clock in Greystones SC clubhouse.


Arthur's Dead - Amazon/Kindle link

Chasing Shadows - link

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

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