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Barbados boats are back

Sat 7 May 2016

Barbados sailors gathered again at Surefreight's yard in Belfast to unpack the 3 Irish containers.  All boats very much in 1 piece.  Shane's winning championship boat was one of the first out.


A little bit of Barbados came back with some bananas being found in a boat's side pocket.  Hmmmm it smelt worse than some of the returning sailing gear.


It was a lot quicker getting them unpacked - all done and away well before lunch.


Will be good to see some of the boats back in the some what cooler waters of Swords at the Purcell Trophy and O'Tiarnaigh Challenge towards he end of May.

GP14 Ireland are Packed for Barbados - Sat 6 Feb 2016


22 Irish GP14s arrived on a drizzly wet Saturday morning at 9am at SureFreight's Yard off the Crumlin Road, Belfast.  Many thanks to Michael Rutherford & SureFright for their facilities.


Racking was put in place very quickly and the first loads were going in by 9.30am.  Hot drinks were flowing with plenty of biscuits and cake to keep the gang going.


Unfortunately 1 accident on the day - chief photographer Garth took a trip and ended up in A&E with a fractured wrist.  He's hoping the cast is off before Barbados otherwise he's going to have the worst white bits of anyone!


Sri Lankan packing experience came in handy and all loading of the boats went smoothly.  Fantastic to get the last container door shut with plenty of time to spare. 


Roll on the sunshine & warm waters of Barbados.


Photos: Laura & Garth McFarland

Entry Form Information


If you have booked your flights you can now enter the GP14 World Championship.

You will need to have all helm, crew and non-sailors details to complete the fom.


Fees - all in US$:

Boat, helm & crew $450 before 30th Nov, $600 after 30th Nov – closing date 30th March 2016

Non sailor over 18 $150

Non sailor 12-18 $75

Non sailor under 12 free


List of entries in the containers


Updated 12 Feb 2016

GP14 Ireland Assoc has 3 containers, with 5 empty slots. 


For queries please contact Laura -


Tally Name Club Container # Fleet
1 Tony Patterson Donaghadee Sailing Club 1.1 Bronze
9 Ivan Heaney Donaghadee Sailing Club 1.2 Bronze
11 James Ogg Donaghadee Sailing Club 1.3 Bronze
12 Neil Boyd Donaghadee Sailing Club 1.4 Bronze
13 Martin Dewes Donaghadee Sailing Club 1.5 Bronze
15 Lawrence Baalham Donaghadee Sailing Club 1.6 Silver
23 Steven Nelson Donaghadee Sailing Club 1.7 Silver
25 Maurice Baalham Donaghadee Sailing Club 1.8 Bronze
19 Brenda & Steve Preston Ballyronan Boat Club 1.9 Bronze
2 Michael Cox Newtownards Sailing Club 2.1 Silver
3 Brian Andrews Newtownards Sailing Club 2.2 Bronze
4 Alan Blay Sutton Dinghy Club 2.3 Silver
18 Robert Gingles East Antrim Boat Club 2.4 Silver
21 Norman Lee Greystones Sailing Club 2.5 Gold
27 Newenham de Cogan Newtownards Sailing Club 2.6 Bronze
5 Curly Morris Newtownards Sailing Club 3.1 Gold
6 JP McCaldin Lough Erne Yacht Club 3.2 Gold
8 Shane McCarthy Greystones Sailing Club 3.3 Gold
10 Keith Louden TBC 3.4 Gold
17 Paddy O'Connor & Brendan Brogan Sligo Sailing Club 3.5 Gold
20 Simon Cully Blessington Sailing Club 3.6 Silver
22 Donal McGuinness Moville Boat Club 3.7 Gold

GP14 Barbados Meeting - 30 Aug 2015 - Newtownards SC 6pm


Meeting details in document below

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Container Logistics


Updated 13 July 2015


Below are some logistics details of the container.  We are still in negotiations with cost and will hopefully get an update on that soon.
The international association have a design completed for metal racking which will carry boats on their trolleys. They have advised that 3 sets of racking can be manufactured for the Irish containers.  Costs have not been advised as yet.
The association is planning a loading day in Chase Sailing Club in the next few weeks to final approve the racking design.
Geest Container
Geest Line have no containers in Ireland, so three have to be brought from the south of England to be loaded in Ireland and returned. This will be done via a local coastal shipping line.
The plan would be to find a suitable location in Belfast docks and that all boats will be loaded in one day or over a weekend.  Keeping all containers in one area will keep the cost down.
Geest Line have advised the insurance cost will be approx £30 per boat. At the time of container packing each boat has to complete and sign a declaration for customs purposes. 
All Barbados port costs, local transport and cranage are being covered by the local authorities.
Containers need to be in Portsmouth by about the 20th February 2016.  They will arrive in Barbados and will be shipped and craned into a compound at the Yacht club on Easter Saturday - 26 Mar 2016.
A customs official will be present when the containers are opened. 
Packing in Barbados is on the Tuesday after the event - 5 Apr 2016.


  • Many self catering villas have already been booked due to the event falling over the Easter holidays.
  • Areas to investigate are Christ Church, Needhams Point, St Matthias, Hastings, Marine Gardens, Rockley, Worthing, St Lawrence (Gap)
    • A bus runs regularly on Hwy 7 where all of the above areas are located.
  • has many villas


  • You can search for others online. 
    • Please be very aware of some online scams where the Villa does not exist! 
  • Alternatively contact your local travel agent


Flights to Barbados


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Email to query dates & prices.  Please make sure you put GP14 as the subject title of the email.


  • There are 50 seats allocated at an airfare of BBD2,300.90 per person, inclusive of taxes/fees/surcharges. 
  • Approx. GBP730.00 per person from Tuesday 22 March to Saturday 26 March 2016, and return Tuesday 5 April to Saturday 9 April.
  • This is for Gatwick to Barbados.  You will need to book your own flight to and from Gatwick.
  • Due to the extraordinary demand for the Virgin flight to Barbados on Friday 25th March 2016 (Good Friday) there are no more seats available through the Virgin office in Bridgetown despite them saving 50 just for the GP14 Association.


Email to query dates & prices.


  • Air Canada via Dublin is much cheaper but is via Toronto so will take longer
  • Here is an example timeline:

Wed 23/3 Dub -Toronto  0915-12.45
Thurs 24/3 Toronto- barbados 0945-13.40
Thurs 7 April Barbados -Toronto 1515-2100
Thurs 7 April Toronto- Heathrow 2310-1105
Fri 8 April Heathrow- Dublin 12.20 - 13.40

  • Cost approx €500 + Toronto hotel on way out/back approx €130 for 2 sharing

  • There may be alternates via Manchester with Thomas Cook but it is a little more restrictive as they only fly once or twice a week. 

Championship Entry & Program


Championship Entry Cost (in US Dollars)

Boat (inc sailors) :
$450 up to 30th November 2015
$600 1st December 2015 onwards


Non sailing person:

$150 (over 18 years)
$75  (12 to 18 years)
Free (under 12 years)

Entry must in before 14 March 2016


Entry is now open for the championship but the form requires your flight details. 



Saturday 26 March 2016 Container unpacking
Sunday 27h March Scrutineering and Opening Ceremony
Monday 28 March Practice Race and Race 1
Tuesday 29 March Race 2/3 (Party Evening)
Wednesday 30 March Layday
Thursday 31st Race 4/5
Friday 1 April Race 6/7 (Party Evening)
Saturday 2 April Layday
Sunday 3 April Race 8/9
Monday 4 April

Race 10/11 (Followed by Prize Giving)


Further details on 


CraftInsure - offer free extended cover for Barbados Worlds

Announced 3 March 2015 on Y&Y and

"Established in 1955, the GP14 Class Association insurance scheme has now been in place for 60 years and has been underwritten by Navigators & General throughout the entire period, making it one of the oldest dinghy class partnerships of any kind.

Although now administered by, the scheme was managed by long standing GP14 Association member and past president, Graham Knox for much of its history, and Graham remains involved as an important link.


As a special gesture marking the 60th Anniversary, and Navigators & General have jointly agreed to extend policies to include the 2016 World Championships in Barbados at no additional cost.


In line with usual charges to extend cover for events outside Europe, an additional premium of £50.00 was expected to apply, and so this should be a very welcome announcement for all those intending to participate who are insured with


Craftinsure's Rod Daniel comments "together with Navigators & General, we are delighted to be supporting the GP14 Association Worlds again, and providing some help to members in attending what we are sure will be a fantastic event".

Although free of charge, Craftinsure advise that GP14 policy holders intending to take their boat to Barbados in March 2016 should still contact them so that cover can be extended for the event."

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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