GP14 Ireland
GP14 Ireland

Keith Louden - wins free early bird entry to the DL Regatta!


Congratulations Keith!  The draw took place in the National Yacht Club on Monday 9th of January and 18 winners were draw across a number of classes and yacht clubs in IRL and UK (list of winners below).  These winners will have their entry fee fully refunded.  Full details here.  


Still plenty of time for others to enter online.  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.

2017 GP14 National Championship 

Places filling up fast


6 Aug - 11 Aug - Looe Sailing Club


Places for the UK Nationals are being snapped up quickly.  40 gone in the first week, only 30 left before going on the waiting list.  Get in if you're interested!

GP14 2017 Calendar


On its way to all Irish members of the GP14 Association.


Make sure you get your GP14 membership for 2017.


Have a Merry Christmas and Happy GP14 Sailing in 2017.

GP14 Ireland 2017 Dates





Sat  29-30 Apr



Sat 27-28 May


Greystones SC

Sat 17-18 June


N’ards SC

Sat 24-25 June

24hr Race

Coleraine YC

Fri 7-9 July


Volvo Dun Laoghaire

Sun 6-Fri 11 Aug

UK Nationals

Looe SC

Thu 17-Fri 18 Aug

Youth Training

Donaghadee SC

Sat 19-21 Aug

Irish Nationals

Ballyholme YC

Sat 16-17 Sep 

Autumn Open/Youths

RCYC Crosshaven

Sat 23-24 Sep 

Inter schools


Sat 14-15 Oct

Hot Toddy


Online Entry Open for VDLR 2017

GP14 Leinster Championships @ Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta - Fri 7-Sun 9 July 2017


Entry & NOR

Notice of Race has been published and Online Entry now open for VDLR 2017.

Super Early Bird Prize Draw : All entries received and paid for in full by 31st December 2016 will automatically be entered into a Super Early Bird Prize Draw and 10% of these lucky people will have their entry fee refunded!


For those wanting to book accommodation for the event it is advisable to do that very soon.


RTE Sportsperson of the Year - vote for Annalise


Sailing gets a platform this year on Ireland's RTE Sportsperson of the Year with Annalise Murphy nominated for her Silver medal win in the Laser class at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Anyone can vote for Annalise using the link below - no sign up required - just 1 click. Vote now to help get Annalise the award.


2017-2020 World Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing

In force from 1 January 2017


ISA & RYA versions are now available for purchase




Study version also available online :

The Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 Study Version[13380].pdf


Main rule called out is the offical introduction of the U flag for preparatory signals- rule 30.3

30.3 U Flag Rule

If flag U has been displayed, no part of a boat’s hull, crew or equipment shall be in the triangle formed by the ends of the starting line and the first mark during the last minute before her starting signal. If a boat breaks this rule and is identified, she shall be disqualified without a hearing, but not if the race is restarted or resailed.

GP14 Irish CraftInsure League 2016 - WINNERS


Gold Fleet - Shane Mac Carthy & Damien Bracken
Silver Fleet - Katie Dwyer & Michelle Rowley
Bronze Fleet - Adrian Lee & Edward Coyne


The GP14 class runs one of the premier leagues of dinghy sailing in Ireland with sailors competing in Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets.  The CraftInsure GP14 Irish League comprises of 7 events throughout the season starting in April and finishing in October:


O’Tiarnaigh Challenge, Purcell, Ulster’s, Leinster’s, Irish, Autumn, Hot Toddy


The GP14 Association of Ireland President Stephen Boyle would like to thank CraftInsure for their continuing sponsorship of the GP14 Irish Leagues 2016. 


The full results are up on the Craftinsure Leagues page.

GP14 Class Association of Ireland

Presidents Report 2016

by Stephen Boyle


AGM 2015 was held at Greystones Sailing Club who hosted the 2015 Youth Championship of Ireland. Thanks to the hard work of Norman & Una Lee and the organising committee of Greystones the Youth Championship attracted 24 Youths helms from across the country and was widely recognised as an excellent event with Sarah Byrne of Irish Sailing Association commenting that is was the best event she had attended all year. Jack Curtin sailing with Tim Corcoran of Sligo lifted the Youth Championship with Shane MacCarthy and Damien Bracken dominating the Autumn Open by large margins on the water in some of races - a sign of thing to come.


After Greystones the final event of 2015 was the Hot Toddy hosted by Mullingar sailing Club. Mullingar has proved a popular venue for the Hot Toddy in recent years with 2015 proving no different. The event attracted 28 entries with Shane MacCarthy and Damien Bracken eyeing a clean sweep of events. However Ger Owens and Melanie Morris had different designs and won four of the six races to score a comprehensive win. By all accounts a highly enjoyable event with Mullingar Sailing Club providing exceptional hospitality throughout. The sailors enjoyed tea and scones ashore while watching the Springbocks and Wales contest the Rugby World Cup semi-final before retiring to Danny Byrnes pub to watch New Zealand win over France in the final.


The 2016 season started in April with an excellent World Championship win in Barbados for our own Shane MacCarthy sailing with Andy Davis of the UK. 105 GP’s contested the largest overseas World Championship in the classes’ history. 23 Irish boats travelled to Barbados for the event with Shane & Andy prevailing over a star studded field which included reigning five time GP14 World Champions Ian Dobson & Andy Tunnicliffe, former World Champion Neil Marsden, former UK National Champion Mike Senior and multi class World and European Champion Nick Craig sailing with Toby Lewis and widely recognized as Britain’s most successful amateur sailor. An excellent result for Irish sailing and for the GP14 class in particular. Well done Shane & Andy.


With the boats retuning from Barbados in late April and without wanting to lose an event, the Class decided to utilise the Purcell Trophy, raced on Saturday as part of the qualifiers for that unique event the Riocaird O'Tiarnaigh Trophy which concluded Sunday. Shane MacCarthy continued his dominance and sailing with regular crew Damien Bracken won both the Purcell and O’Tiarnaigh Challenge. At the prizegiving GP14 Ireland President Stephen Boyle on behalf of the class presented Shane with a replica Worlds Trophy to serve as a permanent reminder of his fantastic achievement in Barbados. Thanks to organiser and PRO Peter Smyth and his crew in Swords Sailing and Boating Club, they pulled it off despite the tropical sunshine mingled and sprinkled with tropical downpours. 


The members of East Down Yacht Club in Strangford  Lough welcomed  the GP14 fleet  back for the 2016 Ulster Championships on the 25th and 26th June with their enthusiastic and warm hospitality.  This was the fleet’s first return to EDYC since the Club hosted the successful World Championships in 2014.  Shane McCarthy and Damian Bracken put in a devastating performance with three convincing wins followed by the McGuinness brothers with three second places. The thirds were shared equally between Curly Morris and Laura McFarland, Keith Louden and Alan Thompson and the Gallagher brothers. Finally an impressive new trophy to mark the achievements of ace crew Andy Thompson from Larne was presented for the first time to winning crew, Damian Bracken. Andy has, over the years, notched up title after title in the GP14 and other classes and it is fitting that the GP class in Ireland recognise his unparalleled achievements. Well done Andy.


Sutton Dinghy Club hosted a combined Leinster Championships and Mirror National Championships with the Mirror Nationals Sailed over the Friday, Saturday & Sunday and the Leinsters in their usual two day six race format. It was fitting that the class should be sharing this event with the Mirror Nationals as many of the current GP14 sailors began their sailing careers in this class and indeed the current GP14 fleet boasts more than its fair share of past Mirror National Champions. With 3 Olympians and a World Champion in the GP14 Leinster Fleet that weekend in Sutton, the Mirror sailors and their parents were seriously interested in the events progress. In an event full of twist & turns, conditions to severely test, Scorie Walls and her team coped admirably with the GP14 and Mirror fleets and Sutton provided superb racing for competitors from all over the country. Thanks to Sutton Dinghy Club for their exceptional hospitality and for organising an event to remember. Winners were Shane Mac Carthy & Damien Bracken with Katie Dwyer and Michelle Rowley first in Silver and Peter Boyle top Youth Helm.


Five Irish boats travelled to the UK Nationals held in the Welsh National sailing academy Plas Heli in Pwhelli Wales in the week immediately preceding the Championship of Ireland in Skerries. A fantastic weeks sailing served as the perfect tune up for the Irish Championship and those who travelled thoroughly enjoyed a mix of top class racing and social. At the AGM Curly Morris was elected Vice President of the International Association as Ann Penny assumed the hot seat from outgoing President Duncan Greenhleigh. It was notable that a large UK youth contingent sailed in the event and it was great to see our own youths forming strong bonds and friendships with these sailors. This is something we should encourage as a class going forward.


The Irish Championship in Skerries saw the fleet restored to full strength with 38 boats including three UK entries encouraged over in response. As ever Skerries Sailing Club excelled in providing top class racing in a very popular venue for the class. I was delighted to receive their offer of hosting the World Championships 2020 as we had outstanding Worlds at Skerries in 1997. 


One of the initiatives the committee is undertaking is to collect information on the history of the GP14 Class in Ireland and in order to launch this program invitations were sent to a number of former members to attend Skerries on the Saturday and bring along any photos of memorabilia they may have. I’m happy to report that the original minute books from 1957 have been located and should greatly assist with this initiative. The program will continue with a number of regional meetings to be scheduled over the coming year.


Skerries also hosted our Youth Training event supported by the Howard Davies Memorial Fund, EXE Sails and the ISA in the two days immediately preceding the Championship of Ireland. 18 youth sailors participated and the association gained 10 new youth members in the process. Thanks to Colman Grimes for his hard work in organising this very successful event. Coleman is also responsible for the resurgence in interest in the GP from Rush Sailing Club.


I would like to thank Norman Lee who is stepping down after number of years on committee. Norman brought passion to his role and was primarily responsible for nurturing the fleet in Yoghal and encouraging them to participate in regional competitions. He was also instrumental in forcing change in the ISA and demanding that the Irish sailing authority refocus on grass roots sailing in support of the dinghy classes and away from the large boat focus which they assumed in recent years. Melanie Morris is also stepping down to focus on family matters. Congratulations to Melanie on the birth of her daughter and many thanks for getting control of the Association trophies by instituting a Trophy Register with photograph of all trophies currently in circulation.


I’d also like to thank all of those who gave their time both on and off committee to the class during the year; Shane MacCarthy for PR, Laura McFarland who is an excellent Secretary and keeps the website updated with the latest event details and news, Michael Collender who keeps us on track financially, Ossian Geraghty who organises the calendar each year and Andy Johnston is assisting with the initiative to document the class history as well as being very active on the Twitter and Facebook and with photography and event reports.


2017 will see the Leinster Championships return to the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta as a three day championships (7-9th July 2017) after a very successful outing there in 2015. This event is hosted by the big four Dun Laoghaire waterfront clubs and includes a full social program which attracted over 400 boats and 3000 sailors in 2015. Ferry deals will be available to accommodate overseas visitors but you will need to book early to avoid the late entry fee. Full details will be available at and via the GP Ireland website.

Ken & Norman Lee's Father


Sad news that Ken & Norman's father, Fred Lee, passed away Saturday October 22nd 2016.  Fred was the founder and former owner of Industrial Packaging Ltd, Bray.

Reposing at his daughter Monica’s home Thursday 27th Ocotober from 7pm.   Service to be held Friday 28th October, 1.30pm at St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland, Greystones. 


Burial immediately afterwards to Redford Cemetery followed by tea and snacks in Greystones Sailing Club.

ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship 

Oct 1st – 2nd at Royal Cork Yacht Club


We had 2 successful helm nominees from the GP14 Ireland class for the ISA All Ireland Senior Sailing Championships 2016 - Hugh Gill & Shane MacCarthy.  


However due to personal issues with the event's entry conditions Hugh & Shane decided not to take up their nominations.


Stephen Boyle has followed up with a conversation to ISA.  The ISA are looking into the arrangements for next year’s event.


The championship was won by RS400 sailor Alex Barry.  Report details on

GP14 Ireland Hot Toddy

15-16 October 2016 - Blessington SC




Congratulations to Colman Grimes & David Lappin from Skerries who took their first ever event win at the Hot Toddy in Blessington. 


Report by Laura McFarland

Photos Laura McFarland/Libby Tierney


A number of sailors made their way down to Blessington on Friday evening, pitched tents and camper vans around the lakeside.  It was a very wet and windy night for them.  Many of the Saturday sailors drove through heavy down pours of rain but on arrival to Blessington the sun split the skies over the lake.


A healthy fleet of 25 GP14s took to the water for the Hot Toddy under the command of OOD Fred Ternan from Lough Erne.  After a general recall the first race got under way with a single recall flag.  Steven Nelson & Brenda Preston had to go around the ends to get their race going.  The wind strength and direction oscillated over the first race.  Headers that would normally be marginal played a huge part, you had to take the right one and get over to the side of the lake were the wind was at its strongest.  John & Donal McGuinness read it very well and took the first race followed by Colman Grimes & David Lappin in 2nd, then JP & Carolyn McCaldin in 3rd.


Similar conditions for the 2nd race of the day.  This time the lead was held by Colman & David.  With a large shift up the last beat OOD Fred decided to shorten the race and finish on the downwind leg.  Colman & David took the 2nd race, followed by JP & Carolyn with 3rd going to Keith Louden & Alan Thompson.


The 3rd race of the day saw the wind swing badly just before the start and forced the fleet to try to make it across the line on a port tack.  Steven Nelson & Brenda Preston get away very well and held a very strong lead nearly all of the way around the course.  Simon Cully & Libby Tierney also got themselves onto the right side of the course and held 2nd position, 3rd was Cahal Sheridan & David Cooke.  No Gold fleeters could make it into the top 3 of the final race of the day.


OOD Fred had hoped to sail a 4th placed but as it was getting late into the afternoon and the wind showing no sign of settling he sent the fleet home for the day.  The club supplied a plentiful supply of Hot Toddies, soup and homemade bread for the sailors.


The annual AGM was held in the clubhouse after the sailing.  


This was followed by a fabulous beef casserole and a supply of local ales and some not so local beers and a very strong rum punch from Richard Street.  A truly local evening was rounded off with some of the local youth club members playing an Irish session for the GP14 sailors.


Sunday morning arrived with the leaves being blown off the trees being horizontally!  The OOD Fred called a gathering of the fleet shortly after 10am.  He informed the fleet that the forecast was not to improve so he made the early call to cancel the sailing for the day.  3 races meant no discard so the Hot Toddy event went to Colman Grimes & David Lapin, Skerries - their first ever event win.  


Highest placed youth (U21) helm went to Robson Ogg from Donaghadee sailing with his dad James.

The Hot Toddy highest placed boat under 13500 went to boat number 13266 sailed by locals Richard Street & Simon Dick.


An annual award that has been missing for a couple of years is the Travellers Trophy.  This is given to the boat covering the most distance to make it to the Irish GP14 events.  As the whole fleet knows the Youghal sailors make a long trek to each event.  Not wanting to single out a particular boat it was only fair to present the Travellers Trophy for the 2016 season to the sailors and the drivers of Youghal!


Blessington really know how to provide a visiting GP14 fleet with very warm hospitality.  Thanks again to Blessington for putting on a great event and thanks to all of the GP14 sailors who attended the 2016 events.  There was a good youth turn out and hopefully this will continue into 2017.


See you again for the 2017 season.



1. Colman Grimes & David Lapin, Skerries

2. JP & Carolyn McCaldin, Sligo/Lough Erne

3. John & Donal McGuinness, Molville



1. Colman Grimes & David Lapin, Skerries

2. Simon Cully & Libby Tierney, Blessington

3. Steven Nelson & Brenda Preston, Donaghadee



1. Robbie Richardson & Colin Watson, Donaghadee 

2. Martin & Vicky Dews, Donaghadee

3. Anthony & Jack Hutton, Lough Foyle


Special Prizes

Highest placed youth (U21) helm - Robson Ogg, Donaghadee

Hot Toddy highest placed boat under 13500 - 13266 Richard Street & Simon Dick, Blessington 

2016 Travellers Trophy – all sailors and the drivers of Youghal



Rank Fleet SailNo Club HelmName CrewName R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
1st Silver 14144 Skerries Colman Grimes David Lappin 2 1 6 9 9
2nd Gold 14047 Sligo Lough Erne JP McCaldin Carolyn MCCaldin 3 2 5 10 10
3rd Gold 14143 Moville Boat Club John McGuinness Donal McGuinness 1 8 4 13 13
4th Silver 14138 BLSC Simon Cully Libby Tierney 14 4 2 20 20
5th Gold 14068 SYC Keith Louden Alan Thompson 5 3 12 20 20
6th Silver 13901 DSC Steven Nelson Brenda Preston 10 10 1 21 21
7th Gold 14130 Sutton Hugh Gill Conor Twohig 6 7 9 22 22
8th Silver 14074 Skerries Cathal Sheridan David Coote 8 12 3 23 23
9th Gold 14116 Sutton Stephen Boyle Laura McFarland 7 6 10 23 23
10th Gold 13669 Greystones Norman Lee Alan Leddy 9 9 7 25 25
11th Gold 13267 BLSC Richard Street Simon Dick 4 17 8 29 29
12th Silver 13917 Newtownards Michael Cox Josh Porter 11 15 13 39 39
13th Bronze 14171 Donaghadee Robbie RIchardson Colin Watson 15 11 14 40 40
14th Silver 13888 LFYC Peter Fallon James Hultky 12 5 26
43 43
15th Silver 14040 LFYC Bill John James Johnson 13 14 18 45 45
16th Silver 13951 DSC Steven Preston Ali Boyd 18 13 16 47 47
17th Bronze 13180 DSC Martin Dews Vicky Dews 19 16 15 50 50
18th Bronze 14158 LFYC Anthony Hutton Jack Hutton 20 21 11 52 52
19th Bronze 13865 DSC Robson Ogg James Ogg 16 20 17 53 53
20th Bronze 13207 YSC Adrian Lee Richard Gallagher 17 18 19 54 54
21st Bronze 13454 BLSC Brendan O'Brien Manus Sheridan 21 19 22 62 62
22nd Bronze 13624 Greystones Ciaran Keogh Emma Keane 22 22 21 65 65
23rd Bronze 14133 Youghal Jack Buttimer Adam McDonagh 23 24 20 67 67
24th Bronze 13981 BLSC Matthew Street Lee McMullen 24 23 23 70 70
25th Bronze 13891 BLSC Edie Thorup Luke Henry 26
25 24 75 75

UK  Super 8 series - an Irish win...


The UK Super 8 series was kicked off at the Royal Windermere Yacht Club.


It was won by Shane MacCarthy and Andy Thompson - congratualtions guys!


Results and photos can be found 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

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