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MacCarty/Davis Win GP14 Leinsters

28th September 2010
MacCarty/Davis Win GP14 Leinsters

The GP14 Leinster Championship was held in Skerries Sailing Club over the weekend of the 25th and 26th of September, with a great turnout of 40 boats. As usual the members of SSC pulled out all the stops to ensure a great weekend was had by all writes Libby Tierney.

A special mention must go to the PRO, Liam Dineen and his team who expertly managed the racing. As someone who's been racing for years (not very well!) There hasn't been many events I've been to, where I've gotten four hour long races in a single day, with such a slick turnaround between races.

Day one kicked off with moderate NE winds causing a sloppy sea for the competitors.

Race 1 kicked off the a great start for the McGuinness brothers who secured the first bullet of the event, Duffin/Whitecomb taking second & Tiarnaigh/Tierney taking 3rd.

Race 2 Saw Owens/Morris winning easily, with this there only 2nd event I think we should be all worried. 2nd was taken again by Duffin/Whitecomb team with 3rd being snapped up by McCarty/Davis.

Race 3 Saw another bullet from the pairing of Owens/Morris, with MacCarty/Davis moving up another place to get 2n, with the Morrison brothers getting 3rd.

Race 4 Had MacCarty/Davis get there first bullet of the event, 2nd was the Goodwin brothers and 3rd was Tiarnaigh/Tierney combination.

After race four all the competitors made there was back to SSC for a well-deserved BBQ & drinks.
Day two saw light, variable & shifty winds which promised to make things interesting for the fleet.

Race 5 had the Goodwin brothers get there first bullet with MacCarty/Davis in 2nd and the McGuinness brothers taking 3rd

Race 6 the penultimate race of the championship found MacCarty/Davis finishing in 1st, Owens/Morris in 2nd & the Goodwin brothers in 3rd. This is also how the overall event finished up.

A special acknowledgement must go to the only all-female paring of the event, Kissane & McCormack who also took the Leinster Youth Title..

Results attached for download below

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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.

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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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