GP14 Ireland
GP14 Ireland

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
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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 Membership for 2018


Time to renew your GP14 membership.  Fees remain the same as last year.


For details see Become a Member.  Pay online here


GP14ers at Irish Championship - East Down 1991


Do you recognize a few of these youthful sailors...?


Thanks to Bob Torrens for sending it on.

GP14 Youth – Grants for under 22s for 2018 Worlds

Are you a youth boat?  Are you considering going to the World's in Cornwall? You could apply for a grant...


The Jack Austin Fund provides grants for junior boats where both helm and crew are under 22 years.  The grant can be used to help with travel costs. 


Along with the travel grant youth boats will also have a 50% reduced entry fees to the Worlds in Cornwall - fee will be £125.00


Grant applications need to be submitted before 1st March 2018.  World entry form with deposit by 1st April.


The link for Jack Austin Fund is

GP14 2018 calendar is on its way to all Irish members...


Thanks to all of the committee members and sailing clubs for sorting out the 2018 venues and dates.  The committee also secured full sponsorship for the 2018 calendar.  


Special thanks to Andy Johnston for organising the calendar set up and photographs. 

Wishing all GP14 sailors and friends...

RYA Northern Ireland Present Sailing Heros Awards


Congratulations to GP14's Alastair Duffin who received an RYA Exceptional Service Award for his positive impact to the sport of sailing.  He was presented with the award by double Gold medallist Shirley Robertson OBE and Dan Moon representing sponsors Greers of Antrim. The RYANI ceremony was held at Malone House, Belfast on Friday 24 November 2017.

Alastair Duffin

Alastair is a Boat builder in East Belfast, following his joinery apprenticeship he joined his father’s building firm and followed his father into building boats on the side. In his peak years he build many different boats including Cadets, Mirrors, Herons, Scorpions, Enterprises and Wayfarers to name but some, with his busiest year account for 25 boats, something he admits he would not like to do again.


Changing fashions have seen sailors moving from wooden to fiberglass boats, but Alastair would argue that, each wooden boat is unique, with its own character, allowing you to put your own stamp on it making it special. It’s well known that Alastair’s boats are special, having won many GP14 world Championships and his GP14s are revered across the UK and the world.


Alistair’s sailing ability has seen him at the front of the GP fleet for many years, learning first what would make the boat competitive. He has worked with the GP14 Association and been instrumental in the ongoing development of the boat.  Working in wood he had the ability experiment and introduces new design features within the class rules, making it the attractive fast high performance boat it is today. 


A testament to the quiet nature of Alastair could be seen in the protection he received from the nesting Blackbird in the eaves of his building which challenged those who came to visit him.


Another factoid that Duffin Marine followers will know is that Alastair also built a working replica of Harry Fergusons 1909 Monoplane for a BBC Documentary!


Full report





GP14 Ireland 2018 Events


  GP14 CALENDER 2018    
Date EVENT     CLUB    
14TH/15TH O'TIARNAIGH CHALLENGE Swords Sailing Club  
12TH/13TH ULSTERS     Donaghadee SC  
9TH / 10TH PURCELL TROPHY   Lough Ree YC  
7TH/8TH LEINSTERS   Skerries SC  
13TH/14TH HOT TODDY   Newtownards SC  



Once fully confirmed the committee will announce the training dates for 2018

Hot Toddy - Mullingar

14-15 October 2017


The Hot Toddy saw the biggest turn out for the 2017 GP14 calendar with 31 boats in Mullingar.


OOD Fred Ternan, with agreement from sailors, sailed 4 races on Saturday giving only 2 to sail on Sunday in case Hurricane Ophelia made land earlier than expected.  Both days were medium winds with some gusts coming and going over the lough making for great close tactics and some great racing.


Hot Toddy - Race Winners

Race 1, 3, 6 – Shane MacCarthy & Damien Bracken

Race 2, 5 – Curly Morris & Laura McFarland

Race 4 – John & Donal McGuinness


Hot Toddy - Gold Overall

1st – Shane MacCarthy & Damien Bracken

2nd – John & Donal McGuinness

3rd  – Keith Louden & Alan Thompson


Hot Toddy - Silver Overall

1st – Gareth & Richard Gallagher

2nd – Graeme & Rebecca Farrington

3rd  – Michael Cox & Cat Chimney


Hot Toddy - Bronze Overall

1st – James Ogg & Steven Nelson

2nd – Ciaran Keogh & Adam Leddy

3rd  – James & Rose Marie Hackett


Hot Toddy - First boat under 13500

Matthew Street & Rian Ohailin


GP14 Ireland CraftInsure League 2017 winners

Gold – Shane MacCarthy & Damien Bracken

Silver – Gareth & Richard Gallagher

Bronze – Martin & Vikki Dews


2017 Travellers Trophy

Youghal Sailing Club


Report by Keith Louden

The GP14 Annual Hot Toddy event took place over the weekend of the 14th / 15th October 2017 on beautiful Lough Owel hosted by Mullingar Sailing Club.


Racing began on Saturday on flat water and with the wind shifting in force and direction, some large gains were made and lost up wind. At the end of Saturday’s four races Shane MacCarthy & Damian Bracken had two race wins and Curly Morris & Laura McFarland and John & Donal McGuinness one race win apiece. With Keith Louden & Alan Thompson putting together some very consistent results, this meant that any one of four boats could potentially win the event going into the final day. 


Race five began on Sunday morning with individual recalls. The McGuinnesses and Louden/Thompson teams decided to return and start correctly and together with the aid of some large shifts both teams moved through the fleet to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively. Morris & McFarland took the win after MacCarthy & Bracken were judged to have been on course side at the start.


Going into the final race the points were now much tighter. MacCarthy & Bracken still leading, McGuinnesses in second on break of tie with Louden & Thompson and Morris & McFarland in fourth place. 


At the first windward mark of the final race MacCarthy & Bracken led with McGuinesses and Louden & Thompson in close proximity. With Morris & Mc Farland back mid fleet Louden & Thompson choose this time to attack, taking McGuinnesses to windward on the broad reach. MacCarthy & Bracken decided not to get involved but ran the risk of being run over, however held a slim lead at the gybe mark. MacCarthy & Bracken broke clear after the gybe mark and would not be caught leaving McGuinnesses and Louden & Thompson to battle it out for

second and third place, a battle which the McGuinnesses eventually won.


Silver and bronze flees were won by Gareth & Richard Gallagher and James Ogg & Steven Nelson respectively


Thanks once again to Mullingar sailing club for kindly welcoming the GP14 fleet to Lough Owel and for their hospitality during the weekend.



Photos Copyright: Veronica Lucey

Prize Giving Photos Copyright: Laura McFarland


  Fleet SailNo HelmName CrewName Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
1st Gold 14203 Shane Mac Carthy Damien Bracken Greystones SC 1 3 1 3 (32.00 OCS) 1 41 9
2nd Gold 14143 John Mc Guinness Donal Mc Guinness Moville BC 5 -7 2 1 2 2 19 12
3rd Gold 14214 Keith Louden Alan Thompson 3 2 3 2 3 (32.00 DNF) 45 13
4th Gold 14219 Curly Morris Laura Mc Farland EABC / NSC 4 1 5 -11 1 7 29 18
5th Silver 14209 Gareth Gallagher Richard Gallagher Moville Boat Club 2 -11 9 4 4 4 34 23
6th Gold 14192 Alastair Duffin Andy Corkill Newtownards EDSC -6 4 6 5 6 5 32 26
7th Gold 14144 Coleman Grimes Adrian Lee SSC / YSC 7 6 7 8 (32.00 OCS) 3 63 31
8th Silver 14215 Greame Farrington Rebecca EDYC 9 8 11 6 5 -13 52 39
9th silver 14212 Michael Cox Cat Chimney Newtownards 10 -15 8 9 7 8 57 42
10th Bronze 13865 James Ogg Steven Nelson Donaghadee SC -14 13 12 7 11 6 63 49
11th Silver 13928 Sam Wry Luke Henderson Sligo YC 11 -20 13 12 8 9 73 53
12th Silver 14074 Cathal Sheridan David Cooke Skerries -17 9 10 13 13 10 72 55
13th Gold 14047 JP McCaldin Carolyn McCaldin SYC 8 5 4 10 (32.00 DNS) 32.00 DNS 91 59
14th Silver 14138 Simon Cully Libby Tierney Blessington -22 10 14 16 9 11 82 60
15th Bronze 13624 Ciarn Keogh Adam Leddy Greystones SC 16 -21 16 14 10 15 92 71
16th Bronze 13840 James Hackett RoseMarie Hackett Mullingar SC 13 19 15 -23 12 14 96 73
17th Bronze 13644 Stuart Mc Cormick Bernie Briody Mullingar 12 14 -17 15 15 17 90 73
18th Silver 14207 Simon Jeffery Claire Cromie EDYC 18 12 -28 19 14 12 103 75
19th Bronze 13781 Pat McArdle Veronica Lucey Mullingar 15 17 -24 20 17 19 112 88
20th Bronze 14061 Michael Collender Brian Walker Mullingar SC 20 16 18 18 20 -22 114 92
21st Bronze 13466 Mathew Street Rian OhAilin Blessington -25 18 23 17 16 20 119 94
22nd Bronze 14133 Jack Buttimer Adam McDonagh Youghal SC -26 23 20 25 19 18 131 105
23rd Bronze 13981 Joe Crilly Simon Dick Blessington 19 22 27 -28 18 23 137 109
24th Bronze 13180 Martin Dews Vicky Dews Donaghadee SC 21 -26 21 21 25 21 135 109
25th Bronze 13795 Paula Carthy Muriel Carthy Rush SC -28 24 22 26 22 16 138 110
26th Bronze 14182 Des Mac Mahon George Fitzgerald Cullaun SC 23 25 19 24 21 (32.00 DNS) 144 112
27th Bronze 13238 Alan Leddy Stephen Waller Greystones 24 -27 25 22 24 24 146 119
28th Silver 13845 Karl Kerins John Cameron Sligo YC -29 29 29 27 23 25 162 133
29th Bronze 13943 Emily Clarke Clare Moran Mullingar SC (32.00 DNS) 32.00 DNS 32.00 DNS 32.00 DNS 26 26 180 148
30th Bronze 13149 Gearoid O Bradaigh Piotr Bieliecki Mullingar 30 30 26 (32.00 DNS) 32.00 DNS 32.00 DNS 182 150
31st Bronze 13267 Sam Street Richard Street Blessington 27 28 (32.00 DNS) 32.00 DNS 32.00 DNS 32.00 DNS 183 151

Hot Toddy - Mullingar - NOR

14-15 October 2017



Registration: Saturday 14th Oct. 2017 from 9.30am to 11am.
Briefing: 14th Oct. 11:00am
Sat. 14th Oct. 2017 Warning Signal 12:00 Number of races - 3
Sun. 15th Oct. 2017 Warning Signal 11:00 Number of races - 3


The required fee to enter is €50


A regatta meal / social will be held in the Annebrook House Hotel (Mullingar
town centre) on Sat.14th.
For further information please contact:
Brian Walker, Garadice, Kilcock, Co. Meath.
Tel. (086) 8577367

NOR Hot Toddy 2017.pdf
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GP14 CraftInsure League 2017 - results so far - just Hot Toddy to go...


Fionn Lyden is Champion of Champions 2017 - Mullingar Sailing Club - Sailed in GP14s

7th and 8th October


Full report see


"Fresh from winning bronze at the U23 Finn World Championships earlier this summer, Baltimore’s Fionn Lyden has won the All Ireland Sailing Championships at Mullingar Sailing Club today.


The series was decided on a knife-edge finale that saw Lyden match-race to the finishing-line with GP14 World Champion Shane McCarthy from Greystones who was denied victory by the tie-break in the series."


All Ireland Sailing Championship

Mullingar Sailing Club

Sailed in GP14s

7th and 8th October


Good luck to the sailors & Mullingar!


9 of our GP14 Ireland boats are being lent out for the All Ireland Sailing Championship hosted by Mullingar Sailing Club. 


The club are getting good press for the event - see pics below.


From Mulligar SC’s Facebook page:

“All hands are on deck at Mullingar Sailing Club as we gear up to host the Irish Sailing All Ireland Sailing Championship on Lough Owel over the weekend of 7-8 October. The All Ireland Sailing Championships have been running since 1947 and this year marks the 70th anniversary of this unique Irish competition. The aim of the event is to find the “champion of champions” – pitting all types of sailors against each other in one type of boat. Scrolling through the past winners is a veritable who’s who of sailing, from Annalise Murphy, Anthony O’Leary and Mark Mansfield to Mark Lyttle, Brian Craig, and Robert Dix. 

The 16 competitors who are all champions in their own class of boat, will arrive from all over Ireland to Mullingar to compete in the GP 14 (14 foot dinghy) which is the sailing boat adopted by Mullingar Sailing Club. These sailors, expert champions in their own class of boat, ranging from single handed dinghy to the larger keel boats accommodating multiple crew, will certainly be challenged and Mullingar Sailing Club will be on hand to ensure all runs smoothly.

The competitors will be split into 2 fleets and racing will commence at 10.20am Saturday and 10.15am Sunday. A dinner for all sailors will be held in the Barlow Suite of the Annebrook Hotel on the Saturday evening. Prizes will be presented by the Irish Sailing Association at the Mullingar Sailing Club to the winner on Sunday evening. The Club looks accommodating all the competitors and supporters for what promises to be an exciting weekend of sailing.”


Further details can be found on


List of Competitors






2016 Champion RS400

Alex Barry

Richard Leonard

Monkstown Bay SC / Royal Cork YC

Dublin Bay Mermaid

Sam Shiels

Eoin Boylan

Skerries SC


Shane McCarthy

Andy Davis

Greystones SC


Paul Gibbons

Grattan Roberts

Royal Cork YC


Alan Henry

Simon Revill

Sutton DC


Fionn Lyden

Liam Manning

UCCSC, Baltimore SC, Schull SC


JP McCaldin

Liz Copland

Lough Erne YC / Sligo YC

Laser Radial

Sean Craig

David Johnston

Royal St George YC

Laser Standard

Liam Glynn

Ryan Glynn

Ballyholme YC

Puppeteer 22

Colin Kavanagh

Conor Barry

Howth YC


Neil Spain

John Downey

Howth YC


Gareth Flannigan

David Fletcher

Ballyholme YC

Ruffian 23

Chris Helme

Alan Claffey

Royal St George YC


Stefan Hyde

Rob Kerley

Royal Cork Yacht Club

Shannon One Design

Stephen O'Driscoll

John O'Driscoll

Lough Derg YC


Greg Bell

Martin Weatherstone

Royal North of Ireland YC



GP14 Ireland Autumn & Youth Championships

16th & 17th September 2017 - 

Royal Cork Yacht Club




A superb GP14 racing weekend was held at Royal Cork YC in Crosshaven.  Saturday started breezy but eased off to medium winds but was a cold day on the water.  Sunday the sun shone all day to give a great day’s sailing with good breeze around.

Windward leewards were sailed for all races.  Upwind and downwind proved to be very tactical.

The Youth championship was hotly contested and the training that Colman & Blessington organized the weekend before shone through. 


Congratulations to Jack Buttimer on sweeping the Youths to take U21, U19 & U16 titles.


Congratulations to Ger Owens who got to take the top podium place in both the Autumn Open, as helm with Damien Bracken, and the Youth Championships, as crew for Jack.  


A big thanks to all of the GP14 owners lending their boats out to the Irish youth.


Youth 2017

U21, U19 & U16 champion - Jack Buttimer 

2nd overall Connor Twohig

3rd overall Sam Wray


Autumn Open 

1st Ger Owens & Damien Bracken

2nd Curly Morris & Laura McFarland

3rd  Connor Twohig & Rob Dickson



1st Ed Coyne & Colman Grimes

2nd Adrian Lee & David Johnston

3rd  Peter Boyle & Szymon Matyjaszczuk



1st Connor Twohig & Rob Dickson

2nd Sam Wray & Luke Henderson

3rd  Ciaran Keogh & Adam Leddy


Full results and reports to follow.

GP14 Irish Youth Results


  Sail # Boat Helm Crew Fleet Club R1 R2 R3 R4 Discard Points
1 14133 Kylie Jack Buttimer Ger Owen U21, U19, U16 YSC 2 1 14 2 -14 5
2 14165 The Wrong Trousers Conor Twohig Rob Dickson U21, U19 SDC 11 5 5 1 -11 11
3 14214   Sam Wray Alan Thompson U21 SYC 5 3 3 6 -6 11
4 14130 Kalaco Shane McLoughlin Hugh Gill U21 SDC 3 4 4 4 -4 11
5 14105   David Johnston Stephen Boyle U21 SDC 7 9 1 5 -9 13
6 13466 Cloud Nine Matthew Street Richard Street U21, U19, U16 BSC 9 10 2 3 -10 14
7 14144 No Surprise Edward Coyne Colman Grimes U21 YSC/SSC 4 2 9 9 -9 15
8 14116   Peter Boyle Szymon Matyjaszczuk U21, U19, U16 SDC 6 8 6 7 -8 19
9 13993   Adrian Lee Ossian Gerraghty  U21 YSC/SSC 1 6 14 14 -14 21
10 14209 Speranza Gareth Gallagher Richard Gallagher U21 MBC/CFYC 10 7 7 14 -14 24
11 13624 Curved Cold Ciaran Keogh Adam Leddy U21, U19 GSC 8 11 8 8 -11 24
12 14138   Denis Cully Simon Cully U21, U19, U16 BSC 12 12 10 10 -12 32
13 13891   Oisin Brown Warren Brown U21, U19 GYC 13 13 11 11 -13 35



Autumn Open results


  Sail # Boat Helm Crew Fleet Club R1 R2 R3 R4 Discard Points
1 14076 True Belle Ger Owen Damien Bracken Gold Swords 1 2 4 2 -4 5
2 14219 Trouble On The Way Curly Morris Laura McFarland Gold EABC/NSC 4 1 1 6 -6 6
3 14165 The Wrong Trousers Conor Twohig Rob Dickson Bronze SDC 2 4 3 3 -4 8
4 14130 Kalaco Hugh Gill Shane McLoughlin Gold SDC 7 5 5 1 -7 11
5 14214   Keith Louden Alan Thompson Gold IS 5 3 7 4 -7 12
6 14144 No Surprise Edward Coyne Colman Grimes Silver YSC/SSC 3 6 8 13 -13 17
7 13207 This One Adrian Lee David Johnston Silver YSC/SDC 13 11 2 5 -13 18
8 14105   Katie Dwyer Michelle Dowley Gold SDC 20 9 6 7 -20 22
9 14214   Sam Wray Luke Henderson Bronze SYC 11 7 9 9 -11 25
10 13624 Curved Cold Ciaran Keogh Adam Leddy Bronze GSC 8 8 14 11 -14 27
11 14116   Peter Boyle Szymon Matyjaszczuk Silver SDC 10 15 20 8 -20 33
12 13466 Cloud Nine Matthew Street Richard Street Bronze BSC 9 13 12 15 -15 34
13 13180 Alkoran Martin Dews Victoria Dews Bronze DSC 12 12 17 10 -17 34
14 14074   Cathal Sheridan David Cooke Silver SSC 6 16 18 14 -18 36
15 14133 Kylie Jack Buttimer Stephen Boyle Bronze YSC 20 10 11 17 -20 38
16 14061 Geepers Michael Collender Brian Walker Bronze MSC 14 14 15 12 -15 40
17 14138   Simon Cully Libby Tierney Silver BSC 15 17 10 16 -17 41
18 13488 Ella Rose Simon Crowe Ella Crowe Silver VBC 17 18 13 19 -19 48
19 13891   Warren Brown Oisin Brown Bronze GYC 16 19 16 18 -19 50

GP14 Ireland Youth Training

Funded by Exe Sails & The Howard Davis Memorial Youth Fund

10 brave sailors ascended on to the picturesque lakes at Blessington Sailing Club last weekend for some vigorous training and a bit of fun! The poor weather did little to dampen the mood and crews from Youghal, Blessington, Greystones and Rush did not delay in getting their boats rigged and on the water.


We had a nice breeze for the day and with a yellow weather warning due to spoil our Sunday it was decided to maximise the time on the water on Saturday with two long sessions. Thanks to Simon Cully, Richard Street and Colman Grimes for giving the young guns plenty of training drills and it was great to see significant progress as the day went on. Despite there being plenty of breeze at times, we did not have any capsizes (other than one man overboard footstrap snap capsize drill!). A huge improvement for this same group of sailors on last year’s training.


Tired bodies had just enough energy left in the evening to munch on a great feast thanks to the wonderful Jenny & Richard Street and Simon Cully flipping the Burgers while still blowing his whistle. Delicious!


Sunday arrived with more rain and more wind, but nothing that this young bunch couldn’t handle. The very talented Alan Blay arrived to offer his expertise. After a short briefing it was decided to get on the water as soon as possible with the wind forecast to strengthen further. The wind blew hard and Alan put the gang through varies drills, between the odd capsize. The gusts were strong and with energy levels slipping it was decided to head in for some hot showers, soup and some theory to wrap up the weekend.


Good fun was had by all and it was decided that Blessington SC should be on the annual training calendar given its safe waters, quick access to the sailing area, camping and most of all the warm and friendly welcome of its members. Thanks to the participants for showing up and giving it their all and being greats sports, to Richard and Simon for organising everything, Ellis, Lily, Libby and James on Rescue, Paul and Pat on Shorewatch and Jenny and Val for the lovely food all weekend.

On behalf of all the youths thanks to EXE Sails and the Howard Davies Memorial Fund for the continued support.


Best of luck to those heading to the Youths in Cork this weekend where we will be expecting close on 20 boats for this hotly contested event.

See you all again soon.


Colman Grimes   

Youth Organiser / GP14 Committee


Good luck Josh


One of Newtownards SC’s top crew & soon to be top helm, Josh Porter ends an era with his move to his new job with Winder Boats in England.


Wishing Josh the best of luck with the new job.


You can read his article on his National event at Looe with crew Sarah Coleman

You are invited to the 3rd Annual

Villierstown 250

Sailing Race

The Villierstown 250 is a dinghy sailing race that will be hosted by

Villierstown Boating Club (VBC) located on the picturesque

Blackwater River. The event takes place on Sunday 1st October

2017. This exciting event is open to all dinghy sailing classes and

through generous sponsorship from Union Chandlery a top prize

equivalent to €250 is on offer to the overall winner of the event.


Where: Villierstown Boating Club


When: Sunday, October 1st, 2017

Time: First Gun at 13:55hrs



Want to join in the fun? Please contact:


Paul Virtue

Villierstown Boating Club

Mob: 086 847 3562



Over 60 boats signed up for the 2018 Gul GP14 Worlds


Below taken from Michelle Evans' article in Y&Y.

Full article link -


"With ten months to go until the 2018 Gul World Championship in Mount's Bay there are already as many people signed up as there were at the Nationals a month ago with 64 boats confirmed.


This will be the fifth time the class has been to Mount's Bay and with so much early interest it looks set to be the biggest event for at least a decade as a veritable who's who of amateur dinghy sailing are already entered.

A multiple winner in other classes, Nick Craig has yet to crack the GP14s and will be back for another go in 2018.  As will the current GP14 World Champion helm Shane MacCarthy and Solo National Champion Andy Davis, the current multiple National Champions Ian Dobson and Andy Tunnicliffe, former National Champion Mike Senior with Chris White, not to mention OK World Champion Jim Hunt, sailing with Liz Senior.  Also looking for a place in the top five will be the current Fireball National Champion Matt Burge and former Laser 2000 national champion Fergus Barnham, with Andy Hunter...."


Register Online 

To register online for the event see


Team Sligo finish 10th in the Southport 24hr Race


The “24 Hour Race” is the UK’s No.1 dinghy endurance race, and the GP14 class is the largest that takes part in this race, and has been running as an annual event for 50 years! The race is sailed in classic dinghies (Enterprise, GP14, Lark and Firefly) on the relatively safe waters of the Marine Lake at Southport, and racing is continuous for 24 Hours, even in extreme weather conditions.

GP14 Ireland Autumn & Youth Championships

16th & 17th September 2017 - 

Royal Cork Yacht Club





Sat 16 Sep

12:00 hrs  

Autumn Open    

Race 1, Race 2      





Youth Race 1, Race 2  following Autumn Race 2


Sun 17 Sep

11:00 hrs


Race 3, Race 4 



Autumn Open

Autumn Race 3 , Race 4  following Youth Race 4



Required fees are as follows:

              GP14 Autumn Open           € 50

              GP14 Youths                     € 20



Sat 16 Sep - from 10:00 To 11:00 @ club dinghy centre


Youth Categories

Under 21 on 1st January 2017 

Under 19 on 1st January 2017

Under 16 on 1st January 2017


NORs and entry forms below:

NOR GP14 Autumn Open 16th17th September [...]
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GP14 Autumn Open Sept. 2017 Entry Form.[...]
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GP14 Youth Championships Sept. 2017 Entr[...]
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GP14 CraftInsure League 2017 - results so far

includes Purcell, Ulsters, Leinsters & Irish




1 Discard












Sail No








Discard 1



Net Total



Shane McCarthy

Damien Bracken

Greystones SC











Ger Owens

Mel Morris












Keith Louden

Alan Thompson














2 Discards












Sail No








Discard 1

Discard 2


Net Total



Gareth Gallagher

Richard Gallagher

Moville BC/LFYC











Doire Shiels

Andrew Sexton

Skerries SC











Peter Boyle

Stephen Boyle














3 Discards 












Sail No








 Discard 1

 Discard 2

 Discard 3

 Net Total



Joshua Porter

Sina Hartman/Cat

Newtownards SC











Martin Dews

Vicky Dews

Donaghdee SC











Shane MacLoughlin

Rory Murdoch

Sutton DC










For full results see GP14 Leagues page.

GP14 Youth Training @ Blessington

Sat 9th & Sun 10th Sep 2017

Funded by Exe Sails & the Howard Davis Memorial GP14 Youth Fund


Blessington SC have offered to host the rescheduled GP14 Youth Training this September. It will be a great practice weekend for the upcoming GP14 Youth Championship in Crosshaven the following weekend.


Places are limited and we already have 7 boats booked up so if you are interested get in touch as soon as possible. If you don't have a boat or just want to get involved helming or crewing please get in touch as we should be able to pair you up with someone else.


There is a nominal charge of just €10 per person.


Blessington know how to put on a good show and this will hopefully be a memorable event for our ever growing youth fleet. Plenty of camping is available and there is a BBQ planned for Saturday night.


For further information contact

Colman Grimes (00353) 86 8689303 /

Congratulations to Ger Owens & Mel Morris on becoming Irish Champions 2017


Race 1 & 5 won by Shane MacCarthy & Damien Bracken

Race 2 won by Niall Henry & Ossian Geraghty

Race 3, 4 & 7 won by Ger Owens & Mel Morris

Race 6 won by John Hayes & Joel James


Masters won by John Hayes & Joel James

Grand Masters won by Curly Morris & Laura McFarland


Junior Helm won by Peter Boyle

Youth Helm won by Gareth Gallagher

1st Lady Helm won by Katie Dwyer


Overall Fleet Placings


1st Ger Owens & Mel Morris

2nd Shane MacCarthy & Damien Bracken

3rd John Hayes & Joel James



1st Doire Shields & Andrew Sexton

2nd Gareth& Richard Gallagher

3rd Michael Cox & Josh Porter



1st Shane McLoughlin & Rory Murdoch

2nd Geoff & Jane Murdoch

3rd Martin & Vikki Dews


Report by Irish GP14 Association

Irish GP14 Nationals 2017


The 2017 Irish Nationals were held on 19th-21st August at Ballyholme Yacht Club. 29 boats competed which included one visiting team from the UK – John Hayes, an ex 470 campaigner from Southport who was sailing with Joel James. Overall numbers were down a bit on previous years due to a number of mitigating factors. However those unable to attend missed a superb event with a wide range of conditions, superb race management, excellent hospitality and exceptionally close racing.


Chief measurer Jimmy McKee was in attendance on Friday night & Saturday morning to scrutineer and weigh boats. The forecast for Saturday was borderline and the fleet were held ashore initially for an hour or so to allow the wind to subside. When the fleet did eventually take to the water, the lull in conditions proved to be only temporary. Shortly after the start of race one, the committee boat began recording gusts of 30 knots. The ensuing white knuckle race saw Shane MacCarthy & Damian Bracken winning from Sligo’s Niall Henry & Ossian Geraghty with Sutton sailors Alan Blay & David Johnston 3rd. With only 15 boats finishing and conditions refusing to abate, the race committee made the sensible decision to send the fleet home after a single race.  Once ashore competitors enjoyed a superb bar-b-que where the famous Ballyholme rib-eye steaks lived up to all of the pre-event hype.


The forecast for the second day of racing could not have been more different to the first. This time, conditions looked borderline on the light side, with even the most optimistic forecasts predicting gusts of just 7 knots. Nevertheless, with a race to make up the race committee sent the fleet out and after a hour or so floating  around the breeze did eventually appear. Niall & Ossain took first blood in the challenging conditions winning the opening race from English visitors John Hayes & Joel James.  The right hand side of the beats seemed to be consistently paying in the ebbing tide but getting out there through the various holes & shifts was’t completely straightforward!  Ger Owens & Melanie Morris found a way though, knocking in 2 bullets in race 3 and 4 from Alan Blay & David Johnsson and Keith Louden & Alan Thompson respectively.  Silver fleet sailors Doire Shiels & Andrew Sexton also had a good day, recording a 7th and a 3rd to take control of the silver fleet. After a long day on the water, the race committee decided the fleet had had enough after 3 races and the fleet returned home.


The Irish GP14 AGM was held on Sunday evening and saw Stephen Boyle step down after 3 years as class president. David Cooke takes over as the new president and no doubt will strive to continue the excellent progress made over the past few years as the class builds towards a 2020 World Championships in his home club. Following the AGM, many of the sailors gathered in the nearby Jamaica Inn with a surprise birthday cake for class stalwart Hugh Gill who is celebrating another  big one!


With 3 races scheduled for the final days sailing, and just 2 points separating the top four boats the championship was wide open. Race 5 saw Shane & Damien record their second race win from John & Joel. Race 6 and another race winner, this time John & Joel taking line honours with Keith Louden & Alan Thompson in second position.  So going into the final race the championship was set for one of the closest finishes in recent years with Ger & Mel holding a narrow one point lead but Shane & Damian, John & Joel and Nial & Ossian all still in with a real chance of overall victory.

In the end however, Ger & Mel held their nerve and won the last race and with it, the overall event. Doire Shiels & Andrew Sexton won the Silver fleet finishing in 10th overall while Sutton’s Shane MacLoughlin & Rory Murdoch won the bronze fleet. Top youths were Gareth & Richard Gallagher in 12th position overall.


Thanks to our OOD Robin Gray and his team for exceptional race management,  David Fletcher for all his hard work in organising the event and everyone at Ballyholme Yacht Club who contributed to such an enjoyable championship.



  Sail Number Division HelmName CrewName Club Cat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett
19th Aug 20th Aug 20th Aug 20th Aug 21st Aug 21st Aug 21st Aug
1st 14076 Gold Ger Owens Mel Morris Royal St George YC   -7 5 1 1 3 3 1 21 14
2nd 14203 Gold Shane McCarty Damian Bracken Swords YC   1 3 -6 5 1 4 5 25 19
3rd 14188 Gold John Hayes Joel James Southport SC M -9 2 9 3 2 1 2 28 19
4th 14214 Gold Keith Louden Alan Thompson ISA   6 4 (30 OCS) 2 6 2 3 53 23
5th 13993 Gold Niall Henry Ossian Sligo YC M 2 1 5 6 5 7 (30 DNF) 56 26
6th 13977 Gold Alan Blay David Johnston Sutton Dinghy Club   3 9 2 4 -13 10 4 45 32
7th 14143 Gold John McGuinness Donald McGuiness Moville BC M 5 6 (30 OCS) 7 8 8 9 73 43
8th 14130 Gold Hugh Gill Conor Twohig Sutton Dinghy Club M 4 -13 8 12 9 5 7 58 45
9th 14219 Gold Curly Morris Laura McFarland EABC GM (30 DNF) 11 4 11 4 13 6 79 49
10th 14054 Silver Doire Shiels Andrew Sexton Sutton Dinghy Club   12 7 3 -20 12 11 12 77 57
11th 14192 Gold A G Duffin Andy Coshill NSC / EDYC GM 11 10 11 9 7 9 -16 73 57
12th 14209 Silver Gareth Gallagher Richard Gallagher Moville BC Y (30 DNF) 8 7 14 16 12 10 97 67
13th 14212 Silver Michael Cox Josh Porter Newtownards SC M 8 16 10 10 10 17 -18 89 71
14th 1420 Silver Peter Boyle Stephen Boyle SDC Y (30 DNF) 19 17 8 11 6 14 105 75
15th 13901 Silver Steven Nelson Johnny Nelson DSC/NSC   10 12 14 -19 19 14 11 99 80
16th 14105 Gold Katie Dwyer Michelle Rowley Sutton Dinghy Club   15 15 15 (31 DNC) 14 18 8 116 85
17th 14144 Gold Colman Grimes Eoin Boylan Skerries SC   14 14 12 (30 DNF) 22 15 13 120 90
18th 14207 Silver Simon Jeffery Rebecca Jeffery EDYC   (30 DNF) 20 13 13 23 20 15 134 104
19th 14074 Silver Cahil Sheridan David Cooke Skerries SC   (30 DNF) 23 16 16 18 16 20 139 109
20th 13207 Silver Adrian Lee Edward Coyne Youghal SC Y (30 DNF) 17 20 15 15 25 19 141 111
21st 13910 Silver Brian Andrews John McArthur Newtownards SC GM (30 DNF) 21 22 18 17 19 17 144 114
22nd 3 Bronze Shane MacLoughlin Rory Murdoch Sutton DC Y 13 24 23 22 20 -26 24 152 126
23rd 13915 Bronze Geoff Murdoch Jane Murdoch N.S.C. M (30 DNF) 22 18 21 25 21 23 160 130
24th 14171 Silver Lawrence Baalham Robbie Richardson Donaghadee SC M (30 DNF) 18 19 23 21 27 30 DNS 168 138
25th 13180 Bronze Martin Dews Victoria Dews Donaghadee SC   30 DNF 25 24 (31 DNC) 24 23 22 179 148
26th 13466 Bronze Mathew Street Rian O'Haillies Blessington SC Y (30 DNF) 26 26 25 26 22 25 180 150
27th 14061 Bronze Michael Collender Brian Walker Mullingar SC GM 30 DNF 27 21 17 (31 DNC) 31 DNC 31 DNC 188 157
28th 14077 Bronze Michael Brines J Donaldson LEYC   30 DNF 28 27 (31 DNC) 30 DNF 24 21 191 160
29th 2 Bronze Orla Gray Erica Markey Sutton DC Y 30 DNF 29 25 24 (31 DNC) 31 DNC 31 DNC 201 170

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Events & Venues


Apr 20/21

Munster Championships

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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


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