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Ireland Stays in Contention at GP14 Worlds

30th March 2016
GP14s run downwind at the Barbados World Championships GP14s run downwind at the Barbados World Championships Credit: Courtesy of the GP14 Class

Ireland stays in contention at the GP14 worlds in Bardbados this week but the lack of official results from the Barbado Yacht Club is possibly best explained by today's layday after last night's Rum party. The overall position after race three is unlcear but Irish updates as follows:

Race 2 

British Open Champion Shane McCarthy from Greystones Sailing Club has added a third to yesterday's third with Wicklow clubmate Norman Lee finishing sixth to add to his tenth on Monday. Current World Champion Ian Dobson won the morning race to add to his second in race one and topped the leaderboard. Following a 16th in Monday's first race, Sutton Dinghy Club's Alan Blay finished 28th in the first of yesterday's two races. 

Race 3
Top Irish in race three was John & Donal McGuinness from Moville in County Donegal. Shane McCarthy finished ninth with Keith Louden in tenth. JP McCaldin was 15th and Alan Blay 19th with Norman Lee 30th. Ian Dobson finished sixth with the race won by Richard Instone, a former Irish and British Champion, ahead of former GP14 World Champion Neil Marsden with Nick Craig in third.

A short update from Laura McFarland (GP14Ireland Class Secretary) and crewing for Curly Morris.

Day 2 - Races 2 & 3
Very similar racing conditions - swelling sea, big gusts with oscillating winds. First gate start of race 2 had to be abandoned as the guard boat got 'stuck'. Pathfinder Norman Lee had to keep going through the fleet with no guard boat - he survived with no damage. Didn't take too long to get going again. Ian Dobson & Andy Tunnicliffe took their first race of the championship. Shane Mac Carthy & Andy Davies took another 3rd. Norman Lee & Kevin Martyn took an excellent 6th.
Race 3 was again a bouncing start with Barbadians Jason Tindale & Robert Povey as pathfinder. The gate was stopped at bang on 3 minutes and closed at 4 leaving a few put out of the race and having to sail home early. Richard Instone & Jim Toothill had a terrible start having to go behind boats to get a gap into the gate. It forced them away from the fleet but happily onto a very sweet lift that put them in first position into the windward mark which he held to the finish. John & Donal McGuiness took a 4th which they are over the moon about as Donal's back was full of pain killers the day before. Shane & Andy took a 9th position leaving them 4th overall.


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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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