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Irish GP14 Dinghy Sailing News and Regatta Results
#gp14 – The GP14 UK Nationals concludes today in Brixham and there is every chance of an Irish overall winner. Shane McCarthy & Andy Thompson (Greystones SC) had another superb day finishing yesterday with a 2,1,2 to retain the overall…
#gp14 – With winds gusting well into high 20's (mph) forecast for Torbay yesterday' racing at the GP14 UK Nationals at Brixham was delayed for sometime. Eventually the fleet set out for the race course with more than a few…
Shane McCarthy & Andy Thompson
#gp14 – Greystones Sailing Club's Shane McCarthy & Andy Thompson made it two races out of three for the Irish at Zhik GP14 UK Nationals in Brixham. A 1st and 5th leaves them lying 2nd overall. A 7th & 8th…
#gp14 – Sutton Dinghy Club's Alan Blay & David Johnston won the first race today of the GP14 UK Nationals at Brixham. Greystones Sailing Club's Shane McCarthy and Andy Thompson were third. The nine race series at Brixham Yacht Club runs…
GP14 Leinster Championship
#gp14 – With the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta running this year, the GP14 class were invited to compete in addition to 30 other classes that also included 8 other dinghy fleets. To make the event that extra bit special it…
GP14 Ulsters Won By Greystones Pairing McCarthy & Bracken
#gp14 – Always be apprehensive of a GP14 venue described as picturesque... Lough Erne was described as the most picturesque venue one would ever sail and it definitely delivered on that promise. I got to see every nook and cranny of the beautiful…
Greystones GP14 Pair Win British Inland Championships
#gp14 – Greystones Sailing Club GP14 sailors Shane MacCarthy & Andy Thompson won the GP14 British Inland Championship at Carsington Water Sailing Club 9-10 May. This makes Thompson a double British Inland Champion after his successful win with Tom Gillard in…
GP14 Purcell Trophy Victory For McCarthy & Bracken At Lough Ree Yacht Club
#gp14 – Fresh from their win at the GP14 O'Tiarnaigh challenge two weeks ago Shane McCarthy and Damien Bracken from Greystones Sailing Club took the honours in challenging conditions at Lough Ree Yacht club writes Keith Louden It had been nearly…
Swords Sailing Club Stages GP14 Dinghy Challenge
#gp14 – The GP14's kicked off the season with the Riocard O'Tiarnaigh Challenge sailed at Swords Sailing Club on the weekend of the 18th and 19th of April. A total of 20 boats turned up to compete for the championship…
GP14 Training at Youghal Sailing Club Gives Dinghy Racing A Boost in the South East
#gp14 – The ideal number of six GP14 dinghies with 12 keen sailors ranging in age from 14 to 20 and from four different clubs participated in Easter Training organised under the burgee of Youghal Sailing Club (formed only 4…
GP14 Hot Toddy Event At Newtownards Was Race Officer's 'Nightmare'
#gp14 – The GP14 Hot Toddy 2014 has been won by Ruan O'Tiarnaigh & Mel Morris writes Curly Morris. The forecast seemed promising with warm weather and some wind. However although the autumn warmth was there, Newtownards' sheltered position surrounded by low…
GP14s Return to Howth Yacht Club For Autumn Open Event
The Irish GP14 Class experienced Howth's two days of glorious weather, hospitality and sharp race management at Howth Yacht Club for their Autumn Open and Youth Championship. Under the watchful eye of PRO Harry Gallagher, the fleet completed the full…
Blackwater River Dinghy Cruise Voyages from Youghal to Villierstown
#dinghycruise – As previewed by Afloat.ie, last Saturday four visiting and five local GP14 dinghies crewed by 21 seafarers and two sea dogs set off from Youghal quay in County Cork at low water on the second annual Y2V Blackwater river…
Sailing in Youghal Boost From Blackwater Voyage to Cappoquin
#youghal – The Munster Blackwater is one of Ireland's mystery rivers writes W M Nixon. Despite comparisons to the Rhine, it keeps much of its long and beautiful length well hidden. And even when it reaches the sea at Youghal,…
McGuinness Brothers Take Top Irish Result At GP14 Worlds
#gp14 – Three race wins were enough for Britain's Ian Dobson and Andy Tunnicliffe was more than enough to wrap up the GP14 World Championship on Strangford Lough yesterday. Although British entries took the top five places in the 100–boat…
Nantwich Crew Take Early Lead at GP14 Worlds, Ireland Lying Fifth, Sixth & Seventh
#gp14 – Normal service resumed after Monday's 'Major Rescue' for the second day of the GP14 World Championships at East Down Yacht Club on Strangford Lough yesterday with English crews occupying the top three places in the 14–foot dinghy class…

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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