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GP14 Cruise of the River Blackwater

Youghal - Sat August 15th


Last year the inaugural GP14 cruise of the river Blackwater was a great success with participants having a fab overnight and 15 mile race home.


This year Youghal Sailing Club plans are at an advanced stage to launch from Youghal on August 15th at 12 noon.  Sailing will be helped by the filling tide making the sail very relaxing and enjoyable for all.


Villerstown Boat Club will provide the overnight camping grounds and club house facilities.


The club plan to have a few launching trolleys there to take up the boats for the overnight stay.  Transport to/from Villerstown is available if requested.


Boat Owner magazine describes the Blackwater as an "undiscovered gem" so why not be the first to discover this amazing river.


All welcome - nobody too old or too young.


Contact Adrian Lee on 00353833839047 or email for further information.


The Craftinsure League 2015 is now online.  See Craftinsure Leagues for full details


Gold Sail No Helm Crew Club


14158 Shane MacCarthy Damian Bracken Greystones Sailing Club
2 14143 John McGuinness Donal McGuinness Moville Boat Club
3 14055 Keith Louden Alan Thompson ISA
Silver Sail No Helm Crew Club
1 14138 Simon Cully Libby Tierney Blessington Sailing Club
2 14040 Bill Johnson James Johnston Lough Foyle Yacht Club
3 13951 Katie Dwyer Michelle Rowley

Sutton Dinghy Club

Bronze Sail No Helm Crew Club
1 14080 Gareth Gallagher Richie Gallagher Lough Foyle Yacht Club
2 13207 Adrian Lee Edward Coyne Youghal sailing club
3 14116 Peter Boyle Stephen Boyle Sutton Dinghy Club


GP14 Ulster Championships - Lough Erne Yacht Club - Report & Results

Photos Copyright Donnie Phair


Ulster Championship 2015 Report by Ger Owens


Always be apprehensive of a venue described as picturesque...


Lough Erne was described as the most picturesque venue one would ever sail and it definitely delivered on that promise. I got to see every nook and cranny of the beautiful venue as we tried to navigate our way around the very trying race course. We arrived Saturday morning with the sun splitting the slipway and the breath-taking views were teeing up a very exciting event in Rory McIlroy's second favourite venue for golf. A great turn out of boats meant a large fleet would make any defending champ (in this case, Alan Blay) nervous at the prospect of holding onto a title. We rigged and launched eager to get around the corner to see the sailing venue for the racing.

A chilly breeze was an early warning sign to anyone who thought this was going to be another sailing event. The Race Officer got the racing off to a quick start and it was clear from the outset that the training Shane MacCarthy and Damian Bracken had put in over the winter was paying dividends and provided them with the extra boatlength required when situations were tight around what was set to be the most tricky racing in the GP's this year.


Lough Erne was a venue where consistency and patience were currency, and no amount of money in the bank would have bought you a race without them. Keith Louden (our lake specialist) was also on form and determined to topple the Macarthy winning streak. Alan Blay, the defending champion, was fired up and ready, staying for the weekend with local tactical genius JP McCaldin to increase his chances of a successful defence. The leader in every race came from the left hand side, crossing the fleet and using the right hand side to approach the top mark. The wind shifted ferociously and the 'bold child' that was Lough Erne laughed as the rest of the fleet sailed in circles trying to deal with the shifting conditions. Tim Corcoran had left himself a lot of work after being over the line in the first race. Over the weekend the naughty GP fleet were to try the patience of the race officer on more than one occasion with multiple restarts because they could not stay behind the line.


Day two launching was similar to day one with gorgeous sunshine guiding our way - however everyone had gritted teeth this time and for good reason. The difficult shifty conditions were to continue and stringing a couple of consistent results together for anyone was rare. Everyone had glimpses of the front of the fleet but hanging onto a lead was virtually impossible. The positions throughout the races were yo-yoing to say the very least except those of Shane and Keith who had set themselves up for a deciding match race in the natural amphitheatre that was Lough Erne. The rest of the fleet could only marvel as two gladiators of Irish GP's wrestled their way through the pack to try and win the title of Ulster champion. The title swapped and changed between the two several times contending with bonkers shifts that literally tacked boats uncontrollably at times. Keith had the lead at the top mark and Shane kept him in his sights throughout the race. Pile ups at three of the marks meant getting around the race course unscathed was a skill in itself, (Not something yours truly managed to do).

A nail biting last broad reach decided the championship and Shane was a well deserved champion, the wind had shifted to favour the chasing pack and filled in from behind, Shane was to leeward and in front of that same pack and chose to use his last ace card to hold the inside lane on Keith at the leeward mark and clinch the title, the boat length which himself and Damian had worked so hard to gain over the winter had been the small inch required to win. The rest of the fleet had to watch and enjoy the spectacle going on around them as they tried to make sufficient sense of the conditions to finish the race.


Special mention must go to the youth sailors in the bronze fleet who showed some of the gold and silver fleet how it's done - Gareth and Richard Gallagher and Peter Boyle sailing with dad Stephen put in a great performance over the weekend. It was also fantastic to see the return of Richard Street - Richard, we've missed you.


And thanks again to the event organisers and members at Lough Erne Yacht Club for providing a warm welcome and great racing.

Gold Fleet

1st Shane MacCarthy & Damian Bracken

2nd Keith Louden & Alan Thomson

3rd Ger Owens & Mel Morris


Silver fleet

1st Steven & Jonny Nelson

2nd Simon Cully & Libby Tierney

3rd Gerry Gilligan & Lucia Nicholson



1st Gareth & Richard Gallagher

2nd Peter & Stephen Boyle

3rd Adrian Lee & Edward Cayne


The awards were presented by Lough Erne YC Commodore Theo Nugent


A great weekend hosted by Lough Erne YC with 31 boats in attendance.


Rank SailNo Club Helm Crew   R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
1st 14158 Greystones Shane MacCarthy Damian Bracken G 1 -7 1 3 1 4 17 10
2nd 14055 ISA Keith Louden Alan Thomson G 3 1 4 1 -13 5 27 14
3rd 14076 Royal St George Ger Owens Melanie Morris G 5 2 3 5 -7 2 24 17
4th 13993 Sligo Niall Henry Ossian Gereighty G 4 8 7 2 -19 6 46 27
5th 13977 Sutton BC Alan Blay Niamh McCormack G 2 6 -11 9 4 8 40 29
6th 14143 Moville Boat Club John McGuinness Donal McGunness G 8 3 2 8 -17 9 47 30
7th 14036 Sligo Tim Cocoran Brendan Brogan G (32
4 18 7 8 10 70 38
8th 14080 Lough Foyle Gareth Gallagher Richard Gallagher B 6 14 5 11 -32 7 75 43
9th 14077 East Antrim BCNSC Curly Morris Laura McFarland G -16 12 6 10 2 16 62 46
10th 13901 DCS Steven Nelson Jonny Nelson S -17 10 8 6 9 13 63 46
11th 14127 Sligo Colm OFIagherty Joe Murray G 11 -18 9 16 5 10 69 51
12th 14144 Skerries SC Colman Grimes David Lappin G 12 11 -15 12 6 12 68 530
13th 14138   Simon Cully Libby Tierney S 8 17 17 -22 14 3 82 60
14th 14142 SYC G Gilligan Lucia Nicholson S -15 13 13 13 10 14 78 63
15th 12661 SDC Peter Boyle Stephen Boyle B 28 5 12 4 (32
17 98 66
16th 13891 Blessington Richard Street Simon Dick S 7 15 10 (32
20 15 99 67
17th 13207 Youghal SC Adrian Lee Edward Cayne B 10 -22 14 14 12 18 90 68
18th 13917 NBC M Cox Josh Porter B 13 9 16 18 18 -21 95 74
19th 13833 Ballyronan Boat Club John McRoberts Steven Preston S 14 16 20 15 -23 11 99 76
20th 14040 LFYC Bill Johnson James Johnson B 18 21 21 19,0 3 -25 107 82
21st 14129 Newtownards SC Newenhan de Cogan Andre Corkhill B -30 20 22 17 11 23 123 93
22nd 13782 Mulingar SC Michael Collender Brian Walker B 21 19 19 21 -24 19 123 99
23rd 12560 LEYC Jorgen Pedersen Finbarr McCann B 23 -24 23 20 16 20,0 128 102
24th 13885 DOS James Ogg Ronan OBeirne B 20 -26 24 23 15 22 130 104
25th 14164 Ballyronan Boa Clubt Brenda Preston PatriciaBrowne B 22 25 (32
26 25 27 157 125
26th 13595 LEYC Fouad Ghareeb Timonthy Boomer B 25 -30 27 25 21 28 156 126
27th 14133 Youghal SC Jack Buttner Finn OBrien B -29 27 25 24 26 24 155 126
28th 13597 LEYC Michael Brines Rory Gill B 24 31 (32
27 22 26 162 130
29th 13624 MSC Joe Kelly Pat Kelly B 19 23 (32
32 DNS 32 DNS 32 DNS 170 138
30th 13552 LEYC/Mulleghmore Michelle Martin Paul Gorman B 27 29 (32
28 27 29,0 172 140
31st 13909 Sligo Gerry Brady Hazel Maloney B 26 28 26 (32
32 DNS 32 DNS 176 144

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

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