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16 GP14s Line up for Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta

23rd February 2021
16 GP14s Line up for Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta

16 GP14s represents the biggest fleet so far for July's new look Volvo Dun Laoghaire One Design Regatta

With four months to the event itself, (and five days to the close of the VDLR Early Bird entry) the Dun Laoghaire Harbour event will be the second on the Geeps 2021 calendar that also doubles as the class Leinster Championships.

As regular Afloat readers will recall, UK visitors Sam Watson and Andy Thompson were victors in 2019 ahead of Donegal's John and Donal McGuinness after eight races sailed in a 31–boat fleet.

So far, there is no sign of Watson on the entry list but the Moville brothers are signed up along with fellow north coast competitor, James Hockley from Lough Foyle Yacht Club.

See the entry list here

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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.

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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