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GP14s Publish Draft 2021 Irish Fixtures Calendar

15th December 2020
GP14 racing on Lough Erne. The 2021 GP14 Nationals will be held from August 13-15 at Lough Erne YC GP14 racing on Lough Erne. The 2021 GP14 Nationals will be held from August 13-15 at Lough Erne YC

The GP14 Ireland Committee has drafted a provisional calendar for 2021 (outlined below) and is also working on ideas and options for the 2022 event calendar. 

The exact dates for the Irish hosted 2022 World Championships (rescheduled from 2020 and 2021 due to COVID) will be confirmed in due course by hosts Skerries Sailing Club.

The Irish dinghy class has been one of the first to give a thumbs up to Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta plans for next July to divide Ireland's biggest sailing event over separate weekends.

GP14 2021 Calendar (Provisional)

  • Munsters (May 15-16) Cullaun
  • Ulsters (Jun 19-20) Newtownards
  • Leinsters (Jul 2-4) Dun Laoghaire Regatta
  • Nationals (Aug 13-15) Lough Erne YC
  • O’Tiarnaigh (Sep 4-5) Mullingar
  • AOYC (Sep 25-26) Sutton Dinghy Club
  • Hot Toddy (Oct 23-24) East Antrim BC
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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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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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