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Royal North's Kearney Duo Lead GP14 Nationals After Day One at Lough Erne Yacht Club

13th August 2021
Race three start of the GP14 Irish Nationals at Lough Erne Yacht Club
A breezy race three start of the GP14 Irish Nationals at Lough Erne Yacht Club

The 2021 GP14 Championship of Ireland got underway at a breezy Lough Erne Yacht Club.

With wind regularly between 15 and 20+ knots, Race Officer Derek Bothwell had the fleet on the water pretty much as scheduled and completed three championship races.

All three were 'Windy and shifty, blowing 12 one minute, 20+ another, some great reaches and plenty of capsizes.' as related by Dan Gill crewing for his dad Hugh.

Sutton Dinghy Clubs Hugh & Dan managed a third in Race one and lie fourth overall, but they were the only ones to get a look in on the scoreboard as Ross Kearney, Shane MacCarthy and Ger Owens between them owned the remaining top three slots in today's races. Download results below.

Ross & Jane Kearney (RNIYC) lead after day 1 with a race win and a couple of seconds. Shane MacCarthy & Josh Porter (Greystones) lies 2nd after winning Race 2 & 3 and taking a 4th in Race 1 behind Hugh Gill. Ger Owens & Brendan Brogan (RSt.GYC) finished the day in 3rd after a 2nd and a couple of 3rds.

East Down's Patrick Hamilton leads the Silver fleet after a very solid day that included 2 top 10 finishes.

Event first-timers from Sutton Dinghy Club Matthew Cotter & Tom Mulligan in 'The Wrong Trousers' lead the bronze fleet with 3 finishes and 2 in the top 20.

Racing continues tomorrow and Sunday, with the forecast looking less breezy which will certainly be welcomed by some of the younger and lighter crews in the 40 boat fleet who have travelled up to LEYC.

Download results 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.

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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