Please select your home edition
Edition
KZRaceFurlers

GP14 World Championships to take place at East Down YC

by ISA on 24 Jan 2014
. .
The 2014 GP14 World Championships are set to take place this August at East Down Yacht Club, Co Down. This will see one of the largest one-design dinghy fleets ever to compete on the magnificent waters of Strangford Lough, with several world-class dinghy sailors competing for the top prizes.

The GP14 has been a popular general purpose dinghy throughout Ireland and GB for over 60 years, with fleets also in Sri Lanka, Australia, South Africa and the USA. The class is probably the strongest two-hander one-design fleet in the UK and Ireland, at least going by participation at national championships. In 2006, the world championships attracted a fleet of over 110 boats to the turbulent waters off Rosses Point, Co. Sligo.

Whilst the basic hull and rig shape have remained unchanged since the first GP14 was built by Jack Holt in 1949, advances in materials and layout have ensured that the boat remains modern in feel and performance. Both FRP, GRP and wooden versions are equally competitive, although there is an Irish bias for the magnificent wooden boats created by Belfast boat-builder and innovator Alastair Duffin.

Strangford Lough is almost totally landlocked, but completely tidal, providing a sanctuary for seals, porpoises, terns, horse mussels, and many other species of wildlife. With moderate currents and sheltered from ocean swell, the midlough provides some of the best waters for dinghy racing anywhere in the world. Lying in the shelter of Taggart island, a couple of miles north of Killyleagh at the south end of the lough, East Down Yacht Club provides superb facilities for a large dinghy fleet, including hard standing for 150 dinghies, a wide gentle slip, bar and dining facilities, and grounds for camping.

The club looks forward to seeing all of their local Irish and UK boats and GP14 sailors and friends, and plans to make the week of ninth - 15th of August 2014 a spectacular and unforgettable Event website
RS Sailing 660x82Fever-Tree 660x82KZRaceFurlers

Related Articles

Typhoon Lan approaches as five more World Cup Japan champions crowned
Light breeze from the north made things challenging, as the wind varied in strength and direction throughout the morning The Men's and Women's One Person Dinghies (Laser/Laser Radial) and Women's Two Person Dinghy (470) completed their Medal Races but a decision to cancel racing for the day was made at 14:00 local time with the impending arrival of Typhoon Lan.
Posted today at 10:27 am
Fletcher-Bithell head up 49er medal double in Gamagori
The first day of World Cup medal racing in Gamagori on Saturday (21 October) yielded a British 1-2 in the 49er class The first day of World Cup medal racing in Gamagori on Saturday (21 October) yielded a British 1-2 in the 49er class, with World and European Champions Dylan Fletcher-Stuart Bithell claiming the regatta victory.
Posted today at 8:05 am
Typhoon approaches as first medals decided at World Cup Series Japan
In the 49er and 49erFX, the fleets sailed three single point Medal Races within a physical boundary. Come rain or shine, as long as there's wind and conditions are deemed safe for racing, the competition goes ahead and the Men's and Women's Skiff (49er/49erFX) and Women's RS:X medals were decided in a variable breeze that hit 12 knots and went as low as three knots.
Posted on 21 Oct
First set of sailors book Medal Race places at World Cup Series Japan
The day got off to an all too familiar start, for this week, with the wind once again largely absent. For both the Men's and Women's Windsurfer (RS:X) and Men's and Women's Skiffs (49er/49erFX) fleets, today was the last opportunity to book their slots in Saturday's Medal Races.
Posted on 20 Oct
Tickets to the RYA Dinghy Show on sale now
Tickets are now on sale for the RYA Dinghy Show 2018, presented by Suzuki in association with Yachts & Yachting and Gill Returning to Alexandra Palace in London on the 03-04 March, the RYA Dinghy Show welcomes sailors old and new and celebrates everything we love about the sport.
Posted on 20 Oct
Crewsaver launches the #LifejacketSafe challenge
The campaign aims to increase safety awareness by highlighting the importance of wearing a personal flotation device Not only could the advice learnt in the challenge save your life but also, by taking the challenge, you will be automatically entered into the prize draw to win the ultimate lifejacket package!
Posted on 19 Oct
Japanese sailing legacy born at World Cup Series
Itakura's partner Chika Hatae expressed her delight at elite sailing competitions arriving in their home country The wind has remained fickle since the series arrived in Japan, for the first time. The coastal city with a population of over 80,000 people is currently experiencing an extended period of uncharacteristically bad weather.
Posted on 19 Oct
Claim free ticket to London Boat Show - Exclusively for RYA members
Back for its 64th year, the London Boat Show returns in January celebrating everything you can do and enjoy on the water Not only can members claim their FREE ticket for any day of the Show (including Public and Preview Day), they will also be able to purchase up to three additional tickets at the discounted price of £12.00 each (a transaction fee of £1.95 applies for purchased tickets). Also, up to four children (up to age 15) will be admitted for free with every adult ticket presented.
Posted on 18 Oct
World Sailing look to leading influencers to Balance the Boat
There have been some good initiatives within sailing to date, but more work needs to be done to level the playing field. At World Sailing's 2017 Annual Conference, four of sports leading influencers will spark discussion and debate at a special forum titled, Balancing the Boat: growing female participation and developing pathways in competitive sailing.
Posted on 18 Oct
World champions come to the forefront at Sailing World Cup Series
Agnieszka Skrzypulec and Irmina Gliszczynska finished tenth at the Rio 2016 but their decision to compete in Gamagori Challenged by a 5-6 knot breeze over the first two days of the World Cup Series event, the champions have used all their experience to position themselves at the top of the pack or firmly in medal contention.
Posted on 18 Oct