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Three Irish Boats in the Top Ten of the GP14 Skerries World Championship Shows Strength of Home Fleet

22nd August 2022
Colman Grimes & Ross Gingles, who finished fifth, were top Irish in the 106-boat GP14 World Championship fleet at Skerries
Colman Grimes & Ross Gingles, who finished fifth, were top Irish in the 106-boat GP14 World Championship fleet at Skerries

The top Irish boat at last week's GP14 World Championships in Skerries was the host club's Colman Grimes & Ross Gingles, who finished fifth in the 106-boat fleet.

As Afloat previously reported, there were three Irish in the Top 10, with Ross Kearney & Andrew Vaughan ( RNIYC) finishing in seventh and Hugh & Dan Gill (Sutton Dinghy Club) 10th.

Ireland's Blay & McNally lead overall champions Dobson & Mee to the mark at the GP14 Worlds in SkerriesIreland's Blay & McNally lead overall champions Dobson & Mee to the mark at the GP14 Worlds in Skerries

Another eight Irish crews in the Top 20 made for a strong showing and highlights the strength of the Irish fleet.

Conor Twohig & Matthew Cotter finished 21st overall and took Silver Fleet from Doire Shiels & Lewis Coppinger in 23rd and Sam Street & Josh Lloyd (Blessington) in 27th.

Conor Byrne & Emer McNally (Darwin SC) and 22nd overall took Bronze Fleet from Kerri-Ann & Megan Boylan (Skerries SC) in 34th and Frankie Brown & Dave Lappin (Skerries SC) in 40th.

World Championship Medals

Curly Morris, the outgoing GP14 International President and a great supporter and facilitator for Youth and Female engagement and involvement in the Irish GP14 Class, announced a major surprise when additional World Sailing Championship medals were to be presented possibly for the first time at a World Championship in Ireland.

World Sailing medalsThe World Sailing medals presented at Skerries

The GP14 International organisation would normally present trophies at the GP14 World Championships to categories such as leading Female Helm, leading all-Female crew and leading Youth, but this was the first year that World Sailing has permitted World Sailing medals to be presented to these categories as well as the Overall World Championship top 3.

To major cheers and emotional scenes, the Skerries prize-giving ceremony concluded with the following presentations:

World Sailing GP14 Youth PodiumWorld Sailing GP14 Youth Podium

World Sailing Youth Championship Medals:

  • Gold: Robert Richardson & Steven Wilson (Royal Windemere SC)
  • Silver: Sam Stree & Josh Lloyd (Blessington Sailing Club)
  • Bronze: Ciaran Keogh & Adam Leddy (Greystones Sailing Club)

World Sailing GP14 All Female CrewsWorld Sailing GP14 All Female Crews

World Sailing All Female Championship Medals:

  • Gold: Kerri-Ann & Megan Boylan (Skerries Sailing Club)
  • Silver: Katie Dwyer & Michelle Rowley (Sutton Dinghy Club)
  • Bronze: Meg Tyrrell & Sorcha Donnelly (Royal Irish YC/ Skerries SC) 

World Sailing Mixed GP14 CrewsWorld Sailing Mixed GP14 Crews

World Sailing Mixed-Crews Championship Medals:

  • Gold: Ger Owens & Mel Morris (RoyalSt. George YC & East Antrim Boat Club
  • Silver: Jane Kearney & Ollie Goodhead (Royal North of Ireland)
  • Bronze: Ruan & Rebekkah O’Tiarnaigh (Ballyholme YC & Sutton Dinghy Club)
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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.

GP14 Ireland Event Dates 2023

  • O'Tiarnaigh (Apr 22-23) Blessington Sailing Club
  • Ulsters (May 20-21) East Antrim Boat Club
  • Munsters (Jun 17-18) Tralee Bay Sailing Club
  • Leinsters (Jul 7-9) Dun Laoghaire Regatta
  • SOYC (Aug 19-20) Rush Sailing Club
  • Nationals (Sep 1-3) Sutton Dinghy Club
  • Hot Toddy (Sep 30-Oct 1) Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club


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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