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Time to see your GP

28th August 2008

The Irish GP14 Fleet can enter this weekend’s Championships of Ireland on a high following a strong showing at the recent GP14 World Championships held in Abersoch, North Wales. For the first time in a number of years the Irish Fleet produced two top ten finishers.

Hugh Gill and Ciaran Murphy from Sutton Dinghy Club and Alastair Duffin with Stephen Nelson from Newtwonards Sailing Club finishing ninth and tenth respectively in the 105-boat fleet.

The highlight of the week’s performances came from Gerry O’Sullivan and Ben Saunders. Recently graduated from the Mirror fleet the Sutton Dinghy Club sailors showed they had made the best possible use of their Irish Sailing Association funded training weekend with world champion Ian Dobson.

The pairing finished a highly commendable second overall in the Silver Fleet and are certainly a crew to watch for the future. However, the major event on the Irish calendar will be held at Newtownards Sailing Club this weekend. Strangford Lough will play host to 50 crews competing to win the Championships of Ireland.

Sligo pairing Tim Corcoran and Brendan Brogan will be fired up to maintain their 100% record having won all previous GP14 events this season. They will be pushed hard by competitors from all over Ireland and a few hotshots from the England and Wales including two time Irish National Champion Carl Jeffs and last years runner up Tim Jones.

The three-day event will include six races with competitors counting their best five scores. The fleet system will provide added interest through the fleet. Local boat builder Alastair Duffin and ex- Irish Olympic sailor Curly Morris will provide the local challenge to the Gold Fleet.

Gerry O’Sullivan and Ben Saunders from Sutton Dinghy Club will be keen to add the Silver Fleet trophy following their second place in the Silver Fleet at the worlds; local challengers will include Nigel Sloan from Newtownards Sailing Club and Ken Louden from Lough Foyle Sailing Club.

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