Sat 29-30 Apr
Sat 27-28 May
Sat 17-18 June
Sat 24-25 June
Fri 7-9 July
Volvo Dun Laoghaire
Sun 6-Fri 11 Aug
Thu 17-Fri 18 Aug
Sat 19-21 Aug
Sat 16-17 Sep
Sat 23-24 Sep
Sat 14-15 Oct
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.
U21, U19 & U16 champion - Jack Buttimer
2nd overall Connor Twohig
3rd overall Sam Wray
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
|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
|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 Leinster Championship at the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
The GP14 fleet returned to Dun Laoghaire for a most enjoyable three day Leinster Championship at the four hundred and fifty boat Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta where 27 GP14s competed, for the various honours over the full complement of 8 races . With both World Champion , Shane McCarthy, and Olympian, Ger Owens entered, there was much discussion as to who would win out. However the bookies would have had a field day as the championship was won in a most emphatic fashion, by visiting UK sailors Fergus Barnham and Andy Hunter from Snettisham Beach and Nantwich sailing clubs. All was not as it appeared however, as Ger Owens took the unusual role of crewing for his good friend and former Olympic crew Ross Killian.
Friday saw the fleet on the South Bull race course with Barnham/Hunter laying down an early marker in Race 1, by pulling away to establish an early lead with Keith Louden and crew Alan Thompson signalling their intent by notching a definite second. Norman Lee showed a good turn of speed to sail into third place. Silver fleet sailor, young Peter Boyle crewed by his dad Stephen sailed a great race to slot into fifth place.
Race 2 threw up a great surprise with the first four rounding the weather mark heading off for the outer loop not realising that the inner loop was the correct course. Not quite believing what was unfolding in from of him, and ready to take full advantage ,was Hugh Gill and Conor Twohig who promptly led the rest of the fleet back down the run on the inner loop and went on to take the gun, followed home by the up and coming young guns of Sutton Dinghy Club, Alan Blay & David Johnston in second place, with Louden & Thompson taking third. This left the favourites slightly embarrassed and determined to do better. The final race of the day finally saw Shane McCarthy & Damien Bracken unleash their potential, and left the fleet looking at their transom as they took the bullet with Blay & Johnston showing early consistency by again taking second, and Barham & Hunter not letting go by taking third. Beer, food ,sunshine and happy sailors on the deck at the Royal St George YC afterwards, lent a very Mediterranean atmosphere to the entire weekend!
Saturday ‘s forecast was for very light breezes but a good steady breeze blew all day long, providing great racing for the fleet. The highlight of the day was the three wins recorded by UK pairing of Barnham and Hunter, firmly establishing them in an unassailable position after 6 races. Gill and Louden took a second each with Lawrence Baalham and Robbie Richardson surprising all, by rounding the weather mark in fourth place and finishing the race in second place. The lads are still smiling! Blay & Johnson maintained their pace by notching a 4th and 3rd leaving them in second place with 2 races to go followed by McCarthy and Bracken in 3rd with Gill & Twohig in 4th overnight and all to play for.
In the Silver Fleet, the Boyles held a commanding lead on Saturday evening in front of the Gallagher brothers from Lough Foyle and Doire Shiels and Graham Burns from Skerries.
There was a great battle going on in the Bronze fleet with only 4 points separating the three contenders: Mathew Street from Blessington, Jack Buttimer from Youghal and Martin & Vicki Dews from Donaghadee in that order.
The fleet moved to the Salthill course on Sunday, and were treated to the close up sight of the Moth dinghies up on their foils and racing at incredible speeds in comparison to the comparably rather sedate speed of the regular classes. Quite spectacular! Well, the boys from the UK decided to do a bit of sightseeing around the bay and cruised to a leisurely 4th & 6th in the 2 races which they proceeded to discard, becoming worthy Leinster Championship winners. Keith Louden and Alan Thompson clocked in a very smart 1st & 5th to jump from 5th overall to 2nd overall – a great performance with Gill & Twohig surprising themselves to finish third in the Championship with a 6th & 3rd.
Consistent performer of the day was surely Curly Morris and Laura McFarland who racked up a 3rd and 2nd.
In the Silver Fleet, Sunday saw Peter & Stephen score steadily. But in the last race Gareth & Richard Gallagher threw caution to the wind, started at the pin and steadily drew away to a convincing win which lays down a marker for the future. These are boys to watch when they get the consistency sorted.
Martin & Vicki Dews took a closely fought Bronze fleet by taking a 13th in the last race which saw them win by a mere 2 points from Mathew Street who was on equal points with Jack Buttimer.
Peter Boyle continues to show promise among the youngsters in the fleet and in finishing 7th overall was the leading Youth sailor and so is the new GP 14 Leinster Youth Champion for 2017.
A big thank you to the many volunteers from the four Dun Laoghaire Clubs, to Volvo and the Spirit Motor Group and the many other sponsors who contributed to the weekend.
A great Championship sailed in great conditions by a great fleet of sailors and friends. Long may it continue.
Fergus Barnham and Andy Hunter from Snettisham Beach and Nantwich
Keith Louden and Alan Thompson
Hugh Gill and Conor Twohig Sutton Dinghy Club
Silver Fleet Winners & Best Youth Helm
Peter Boyle and Stephen Boyle from Sutton Dinghy Club
Bronze Fleet Winners
Martin & Vicky Dews from Donaghadee Sailing Club
Prize Giving Photos - © Gareth Craig (fotosail.com)
On the water photos - © David Brannigan (oceansport.com)
|Sail No||Boat||Fleet||Owner||Club||Net||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4||Race 5||Race 6||Race 7||Race 8|
|1||14132||Gold||Barnham||Snettisham Beach and Nantwich||11||1||4||3||1||1||1||4||6|
|2||14214||Gold||Louden||Irish Sailing Association||21||2||3||8||8||2||11||1||5|
|3||14130||Kalaco||Gold||Gill||Sutton Dinghy Club||22||4||1||10||2||10||6||6||3|
|4||14203||Gold||MacCarthy||Greystones Sailing Club||26||6||6||1||6||3||5||5||8|
|5||13977||Temerity||Gold||Blay||Sutton Dinghy Club||28||8||2||2||9||4||3||16||28|
|6||14219||Trouble on the way||Gold||Morris||East Antrim Boat Club||29||9||5||12||7||5||7||3||2|
|7||14116||Silver||Boyle||Sutton Dinghy Club||45||5||7||5||28||13||4||13||11|
|8||14076||True Belle||Gold||Owens||Royal St George Yacht Club||46||28||13||4||3||11||12||12||4|
|9||14209||Silver||Gallagher||Lough Foyle Yacht Club||47||15||10||7||10||6||13||14||1|
|10||13669||YKnot||Gold||Lee||Greystones Sailing Club||51||3||11||13||5||16||10||9||15|
|11||14143||Gold||McGuinness||Moville Boat Club||51||7||14||9||12||15||9||7||7|
|12||14047||Duffi||Gold||McCladin||Lough Erne Yacht Club / Sligo Yacht Club||52||11||9||6||4||28||2||20||28|
|13||14054||Still Thinking Too!||Silver||Shiels||Skerries Sailing Club||58||10||12||11||11||7||8||11||28|
|14||14171||Ananda||Silver||Baalham||Donaghadee Sailing Club||69||13||16||19||14||12||28||2||12|
|15||13981||Cloud Nine||Gold||Street||Blessington Sailing Club||69||12||18||14||28||9||15||10||9|
|16||14144||No Surprise||Gold||Grimes||Skerries Sailing Club||85||16||15||18||28||14||14||8||18|
|17||14138||Silver||Cully||Blessington Sailing Club||87||17||8||16||18||18||18||24||10|
|18||12403||Silver||Pinder||Mullingar Sailing Club||89||20||19||15||13||8||16||18||28|
|19||14074||Silver||Sheridan||Skerries Sailing Club||92||14||17||17||15||17||19||15||14|
|20||13180||Alkoran||Bronze||Dews||Donaghadee Sailing Club||115||18||24||23||22||20||21||21||13|
|21||13466||Joe Batts Arm||Bronze||Street||Blessington Sailing Club||117||28||20||22||17||19||22||22||17|
|22||14133||Kylie||Bronze||Buttimer||Youghal Sailing Club||117||28||21||21||19||21||20||17||19|
|23||13353||Southern Wild||Bronze||MacMahon||Cullaun Sailing Club||121||19||22||20||21||23||23||23||16|
|24||14061||Flyer||Silver||Lee||Greystones Sailing Club||136||28||28||28||16||28||17||19||28|
|25||14165||Com-adee||Bronze||Boyd||Donaghadee Sailing Club||145||28||23||28||20||22||24||28||28|
|26||11111||Hellfire||Bronze||Mulvey||National Yacht Club||154||28||25||28||28||28||28||25||20|
|27||14207||Brane Wave||Silver||Jeffery||East Down Yacht Club||168||28||28||28||28||28||28||28||28|
Mediterranean style sailing on Strangford Lough for the Ulster Championships!
The GP14 Ulster Championship was won by Shane MacCarthy & Damien Bracken.
1st Shane McCarthy & Damian Bracken Greystones SC
2nd Alan Blay & David Johnston Sutton DC
3rd Niall Henry & Ossian Geraghty Sligo YC
1st Gareth Gallagher & Richard Gallagher Moville BC /Lough Foyle YC
2nd Doire Shiels & Andrew Sexton SSC
3rd Peter Boyle & Stephen Boyle SDC
1st Josh Porter& Catherine NSC
2nd Geoff Murdoch & Jane Murdoch NSC
3rd Robson Ogg & James Ogg Donaghadee SC
Ulster Youth Winners
Gareth Gallagher & Richard Gallagher Moville BC /Lough Foyle YC
Report by Ossian Geraghty
The GP14 Ulster Championships took place over the weekend. The fleet were welcomed back to Newtownards Sailing Club by Michael Cox who organised an outstanding event. It felt more like Barbados than the Ards peninsula as we had the most glorious sunshine and temperatures in the mid-twenties all weekend.
On Saturday the wind was 10-15 Knots but moved several times during racing by up to 60 degrees at times, causing major headaches for PRO Ruan O’Tiarnaigh, who as we expected rose to the challenge and got three excellent full races sailed. Saturdays racing was dominated by Shane McCarthy crewed by Damien Bracken (Greystones Sailing Club) taking three bullets with the main scrap happening behind for second place.
On Sunday we had two additions to the fleet, JP and Carolyn McCaldin (LEYC/SYC) and Ger Owens crewed by Melanie Morris (RStGYC). Ger & Melanie turned up to embarrass the rest of the fleet with their performance on Sunday, winning all three races. In fact they were that so far ahead the discussion in our boat centered around a scene from Father Ted, “Is that a small boat Ted? No, its just far away”. It is high time Ger/Melanie shared their light weather upwind speed techniques with the rest of the fleet because it can’t be any fun being that far in front.
In race 2 on Sunday the Gallagher brothers from Moville passed six boats from the first Windward mark and sailed through Shane McCarthy/Damien Braken and Alan Blay/David Johnson (SDYC) at the top of the fleet as though they were first stagers. The Gallagher’s are the boat to watch, up and coming stars, promotion to the Gold Fleet being a distinct possibility.
Overall winners of the weekend were McCarthy/Bracken, with Alan Blay/David Johnson second and Niall Henry/Ossian Geraghty (Sligo Yacht Club) in third overall.
No surprise that Gareth and Richard Gallagher took overall honours in the Silver Fleet also winning the Ulsters Youth event. Doire Shiels and Andrew Sexton (Skerries Sailing Club) took second overall in the silver fleet putting in a very consistent set of results over the weekend, with Peter Boyle crewed by General Pinochet, aka dad, in third.
In the Bronze Fleet, Josh Porter & Catherine (Newtownards Sailing Club) had to slug it out Geoff and Jane Murdoch also (NSC) with the Josh & Cat ultimately winning the Bronze Fleet.
A special thanks from the GP14 Class Association of Ireland to Newtownards Sailing Club, especially to organiser in chief, Michael Cox, PRO Ruan O’Tiarnaigh but also to all the volunteers who gave up their time in preparation and during the event, allowing all of us to go mess around in boats.
The next event on the GP14 Calendar is the Leinster Championships which is incorporated into the Dun Laoghaire Regatta, which takes place on 7th-9th July 2017. The GP14 Class Association are looking forward to seeing you all there.
Video & Sailing photos copyright of David Corkill
More of David's photos on flickr
Prize Giving photos copyright of Laura McFarland
Congratulations to Ger Owens & Mel Morris on their Purcell 2017 win. It was a hard fought battle between Ger & Mel and Greystones Shane MacCarty sailing with Damien Bracken.
Report by Alan Thompson
The Purcell Trophey 2017 was hosted by Greystones Sailing Club in their fantastic new harbour and clubhouse.
After an hours wait on sat morning for the mist to clear the 26 strong GP fleet finally launched.
Race 1 got underway with a clean start and no recall (unusual in this fleet). Get Owens & Mel Morris back in business with the win, Shane McCarthy & Damian Bracken taking 2nd with Alan Blay & David Johnston in 3rd.
Race 2 started with the wind starting to build. Shane & Damian took the win with Ger & Mel in 2nd and John & Donal McGuiness in 3rd.
Race 3 started with gusts of winds of 26 knots. Alan & David retired with gear failure. Ger & Mel continued to dominate and brought home their 2nd win for the day. Shane & Damian picked up an OCD so Colman Grimes & Eoin Boyle came home in 2nd with Alistar Duffin & Andy Corkhill in 3rd.
Race 4 started on Sunday morning with lighter winds and sunshine, Ger & Mel once again on form with another win and Alan & David with their boat repaired took 2nd just ahead of Shane & Damian in 3rd.
Race 5 was a closely fought battle between Ger & Mel and Shane & Damian with Ger &Mel winning and Shane & Damian close behind in 2nd. Simon Culley & Libby Tierney pulled off a fantastic move on the downward leg by going close to the shore and took 3rd place.
Race 6 was cancelled as the wind died. So the gold fleet was won by Ger & Mel.
The silver fleet was dominated by the Gallagher brothers, sailing well once again. The bronze fleet was won by Josh Porter & Sina Hartman in their first event.
1st Ger Owens & Mel Morris RStGYC
|1st||Gold||Senior||14076||Ger Owens||Mel Morris||RStGYC||6||1||(2)||1||1||1||4|
|2nd||Gold||Senior||14203||Shane MacCarthy||Damien Bracken||Greystones SC||26||2||1||(18 OCS)||3||2||8|
|3rd||Gold||Senior||14214||Keith Louden||Alan Thompson||ISA||30||8||4||5||4||(9)||21|
|4th||Gold||Senior||14143||John McGuinness||Donal McGuiness||Movilee BC||36||6||3||8||5||(14)||22|
|5th||Gold||Senior||14192||Alastair Duffin||Andy Corkill||EDYC/Newtownards||36||(12)||7||3||8||6||24|
|6th||Gold||Senior||14219||Curly Morris||Laura McFarland||Newtonards SC/ EABC||35||(10)||10||4||7||4||25|
|7th||Silver||Junior||14080||Gareth Gallagher||Richard Gallagher||Moville BC/LFYC||36||7||6||(9)||9||5||27|
|8th||Gold||Senior||14144||Colman Grimes||Eoin Boyle||SSC||54||9||9||2||11||(23)||31|
|9th||Silver||Senior||14054||Doire Shiels||Andrew Sexton||Skerries SC||48||4||5||12||10||(17)||31|
|10th||Silver||Senior||14116||Peter Boyle||Stephen Boyle||SDC||44||5||8||6||12||(13)||31|
|11th||Gold||Senior||13977||Alan Blay||David Johnston||Sutton Dinghy Club||60||3||(25 RET)||18 DNS||2||12||35|
|12th||Gold||Senior||13669||Norman Lee||Karl Brady||Greystones SC||51||11||12||7||(14)||7||37|
|13th||Silver||Senior||14138||Simon Cully||Libby Tierney||Blessington||63||(20)||14||10||16||3||43|
|14th||Silver||Senior||13951||Steven Preston||Brenda Preston||Donaghdee SC||65||13||13||(18 DNF)||13||8||47|
|15th||Bronze||Senior||13917||Joshua Porter||Sina Hartman||Newtownards SC||68||16||15||13||6||(18)||50|
|16th||Gold||Senior||14074||Cathal Sheridan||David Cooke||Skerries SC||87||14||11||(27 DNC)||19||16||60|
|17th||Gold||Senior||14061||Rob Lee||Mary Horgan||ISA||82||15||18||18 OCS||(21)||10||61|
|18th||Bronze||Senior||13180||Martin Dews||Vicky Dews||Donaghdee SC||82||(21)||21||14||15||11||61|
|19th||Silver||Senior||14040||Bill Johnson||James Johnson||SDC/HYC?||82||17||17||11||18||(19)||63|
|20th||Silver||Senior||13207||Adrian Lee||Lydia Blanke||Youghal SC||88||19||16||18 DNS||(20)||15||68|
|21st||Bronze||Senior||13782||Michael Callendar||Brian Walker||Mullingar||99||(25)||20||16||17||21||74|
|22nd||Silver||Senior||14182||Neil Willis||Peter Sloan||Greystones sc||102||(24)||19||15||22||22||78|
|23rd||Bronze||Junior||13624||Ciaran Keogh||Ben Hutchinson||Greystones SC||105||22||(23)||17||23||20||82|
|24th||Bronze||Senior||13238||Alan Leddy||Steve Waller||Greystones SC||112||18||22||18 DNS||(27 DNC)||27 DNC||85|
|25th||Bronze||Senior||13424||Conor Duff Lennon||Grainne Allen||Greystones SC||113||23||(24)||18 DNF||24||24 RET||89|
|26th||Bronze||Senior||13878||David Snow||Debbie Lee||Greystones SC||120||26 DNS||25 DNS||18 DNS||(27 DNC)||24 DNF||93|
On the water photos copyright of Monica Schaefer
Prize Giving photos copyright of Laura McFarland
Report: JP McCaldin
The Riocard O’Tiarnaigh Challenge 2017 was hosted by Swords SC on Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th April. 17 boats from as far north as Moville and south as Dungarvan, attended despite the challenging forecast which proved to be right.
All boats launched and race one was started on time. Conditions looked fine from shore but once on the race course it was a very different story and most competitors tested the water temperature at least once throughout the day. Bronze, Silver and Gold fleets each sailed in separate flights with 4 boats in the bronze, 5 in silver and 8 in gold.
Race one was won by Sam Wray & Michael Broaders, Sligo YC, in the bronze fleet from Martin & Vicky Dews, Donahadee SC, Bill & James Johnson, Lough Foyle YC, in the silver and Shane McCarthy & Damian Bracken did a horizon job and showed the gold fleet a clean pair of heels. There was a lot of place changing with the McGuiness brothers eventually taking 2nd place and the McCaldins in 3rd.
Race two was quickly started although some competitors chose to head for the shore. No finishers in the bronze fleet, the Johnsons again dominated the silver fleet. In the gold fleet 3 of the top 4 boats capsized within 5 boat lengths of the weather mark, allowing Hugh Gill & Conor Twohig, Sutton DC, to take a clear race win with Keith Louden & Alan Thompson also staying upright to take 2nd. The McCaldins recovered from their swim to take 3rd.
After lunch ashore a depleted fleet reluctantly relaunched to find the conditions even more challenging on the race course. 3 short races were sailed. Two 1sts in the bronze fleet saw Blessington SC’s Matthew Street & Lee McMullan take a single point victory from Sam Wray & Michael Broaders.
One 1st and two 2nds saw the Johnsons take the silver fleet from Stephen & Peter Boyle, Sutton DC with Dungarvan SCs father and daughter team, Simon & Ella Crowe taking 3rd.
McCarthy & Bracken dominated the gold fleet with a further three 1sts showing great speed and boat handling in the gusty conditions. The McGuinness’s secured 2nd place with three 2nds and the McCaldins 3rd with two 3rds and a 4th.
Sunday dawned as forecast with winds mid 30mph, the race officer wisely decided not to hold the finals.
Thanks to Swords SC for hosting the event. Next event on the circuit is Purcell Trophy in Greystones SC (27th & 28th May). Hope to see you all there.
GP14 Ireland Dates
Events & Venues
Jun 19/20 - Ulsters
Jul 3/4 - Leinsters
Aug 13/15 - Nationals
Lough Erne YC
Sep 11/12 - AOYC
Sutton Dinghy Club
Sep 25/26 - O’Tiarnaigh
Oct 23/24 - Hot Toddy
East Antrim BC
Nov 6/7 - Munsters
Aug 14/19 - GP14 Worlds
Skerries Sailing Club