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Irish GP14 Dinghy Sailing News and Regatta Results
Some final tweaks in the dinghy park before Sunday's first race of the GP14 World Championships in Skerries, County Dublin
Postponed twice due to Covid, there is now only one day to the first race of the GP14 World Championship hosted by Skerries Sailing Club. With 106 entries, the place is really starting to get busy. The Club with support…
Almost 50 boats had amassed to get their Worlds practice in, gate starts and all...
In final preparation for the World Championships in Skerries in a fortnight, the Irish GP14 fleet enjoyed the O'Tiarnaigh Challenge on the Worlds race track The O'Tiarnaigh Challenge has always been a different kind of event. Pioneered by the late…
This weekend the GP14 Ireland fleet head for Skerries for a full event but with an eye to Worlds preparation very much to the fore for sailors and the Race Management team alike
With less than three weeks to go to the GP14 World Championships, the Irish GP14 fleet continues their preparations this weekend (July 30/31) for what will be a massive event in Skerries next month (August 14-19). With 40+ boats in…
The late Pat Kelly from Antrim Boat Club
The late Pat Kelly from Antrim Boat Club on Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland was known far and wide in Ireland. His passing last week at the age of 85, less than a year since he last sailed, was acknowledged…
Jimmie McKee was presented with a GP14 design blueprint during the prize-giving at last weekend’s class Nationals in Cultra, Co Down
GP14 Ireland took time out at last weekend’s Nationals prize-giving at the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club, to acknowledge the efforts and contributions made to the class by Jimmie McKee for more than 50 years.  Jimmie, a winning crew with…
Jane Kearney and Ollie Goodhead from Royal North and South Shields SC (14242) in the mix at a leeward mark
In a warm-up for the 12-day long GP14 Worlds in Skerries in early August, a very competitive 40-strong fleet came to the line for the Ridgeway Irish GP14 Championships hosted by the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on the…
The current Irish GP14 fleet is so strong the whole way through it, that there will be many teams aiming to compete in the top 10
This Saturday the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club is hosting the Ridgeway GP14 Irish National Championships on Belfast Lough and event director Gerry Reid casts his eye over the 40-boat fleet and looks at some of the runners and…
An impressive 60 Irish boats will compete at the 105-boat World Championships in Skerries this August
Host club Skerries Sailing Club in North Dublin has 105 entries for the upcoming GP14 World Championship taking place from the 14th to the 19th of August this year. That number is set to grow further as the event draws…
GP14 Worlds 2022 logo
Over 100 entries have been received for the GP14 Worlds at Skerries Sailing Club from 14-19 August. While early bird entry has now closed, it’s not too late to register and enter your GP14 as entries remain open up to…
Keith and Mateo Louden from Lough Foyle YC racing at the recent GP14 Northern Championships
Ross Kearney and Andrew Vaughan from Royal North YC on Belfast Lough topped the 26 strong GP14 fleet at the Ulster Championships over the third weekend this month. The event was hosted for the first time since 2018 by Lough…
Ger Owens & Mel Morris were the GP14 Spring Open winners
28 boats, six races, eight OCS’s and a whole lotta racing got the 2022 GP14 Ireland season off to a bang on the waters off Rosses Point in County Sligo over the weekend of 30Apr/1 May writes Ryan Devitt The forecast was…
Crew and helm - Ruan O'Tiarnaigh (left) with Tony Cleary in Palma in 2018
It was with great sadness that we heard of the passing of Tony Clery, One of Sutton Dinghy Club's most active, progressive and colourful Commodores writes Andy Johnston As remembered by a close family friend and former Commodore Muriel O'Tiarnaigh,…
The late Fred Ternan of Lough Erne
The boating community and those who treasured the maritime heritage of County Fermanagh’s Lough Erne learned with shock last weekend of the sudden death of Fred Ternan. Fred was a true son of Fermanagh. He was born on Inniscoonra Island…
GP14 Ireland is represented on The GP14 Association stand with Hon. Sec Andy Johnston (left) joining International Class President Curly Morris
The RYA Dinghy show is currently underway across in Farnborough in the UK and with the GP14 World Championships coming to Skerries in August, GP14 Ireland was represented on The GP14 Association stand with Hon. Sec Andy Johnston (who reports…
Ace helmsman Ross Kearney will address the GP14 agm this Thursday
With the Skerries GP14 dinghy World Championships scheduled for this August, Irish crews will be starting to dust down their boats and start their Worlds preparation in earnest. To help try and kick start the process and to make this…
GP14 dinghy 5458 is looking for a loving new home
A ready to go vintage GP14 dinghy restoration project has gone online that might be suitable for a Dublin-based renovation. Facebook poster Tim McAuley asks on the GP14 Facebook page "Is anyone here based in Ireland (Dublin better) and interested…

The GP14 is a popular sailing dinghy, with well over 14,000 boats built.

The class is active in the UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and parts of north-eastern USA, and the GP14 can be used for both racing and cruising. 

Designed by Jack Holt in 1949, with the assistance of the Dovey Yacht Club in Aberdyfi. The idea behind the design was to build a General Purpose (GP) 14-foot dinghy which could be sailed or rowed, capable of also being powered effectively by a small outboard motor, able to be towed behind a small family car and able to be launched and recovered reasonably easily, and stable enough to be able to lie to moorings or anchor when required. Racing soon followed, initially with some degree of opposition from Yachting World, who had commissioned the design, and the boat soon turned out to be an outstanding racing design also.

The boat was initially designed with a main and small jib as a comfortable family dinghy. In a design philosophy that is both practical and highly redolent of social attitudes of the day the intention was that she should accommodate a family comprising parents plus two children, and specifically that the jib should be modest enough for "Mum" or older children to handle, while she should perform well enough to give "Dad" some excitement when not taking the family out. While this rig is still available, and can be useful when using the boat to teach sailing, or for family sailing, and has some popularity for cruising, the boat is more commonly seen with the full modern rig of a mainsail, genoa and spinnaker. Australian boats also routinely use trapezes.

GP14 2022 Irish Fixtures 

Spring Open (Apr 30 May 1)
Sligo YC

Ulsters (May 21-22)
Lough Foyle YC

Nationals (Jul 2-3)

O'Tiarnaigh Pre-Worlds (Jul 30-31)
Skerries SC

GP14 Worlds (Aug 14-19)
Skerries SC

Leinsters (Sep 17-18)
Mullingar SC

Hot Toddy/Youth Championship
(Oct 15-16) - Newtownards SC

Munster Championship
(Nov 5-6) - Cullaun Sailing Club

At A Glance – GP14 Dinghy Specifications

Crew 2
Draft 1,200 mm (47 in)
Hull weight 132.9 kg
LOA 4.27 m (14 ft)
Beam 1.54 m
Spinnaker area 8.4 m2
Upwind sail area 12.85 m2

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