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GP14 Fleet

As its name implies, the GP14 is a General Purpose 14ft (4.27m) sailing dinghy. It has 3 sails: a mainsail, either a large, overlapping foresail (called a 'Genoa') or a smaller jib and a traditional symmetrical spinnaker set on a spinnaker pole. It offers great racing but is also well suited for cruising under sail or with a small outboard motor clamped to the stern. Nominally for two people, it can carry three in comfort and with just the mainsail set it can also be sailed single-handed. It is therefore difficult to find a more versatile family boat.

Originally designed by Jack Holt in 1949 the class has its origins in Wales (its sail emblem is the legendary Bell of Aberdovey). Over the years the class association has adapted to the times. Construction materials have moved from the original wood and marine ply, through traditional glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) to the latest foam reinforced plastic (FRP) designs which offer superb stiffness and durability. It is also possible to have wooden decks on a plastic hull to achieve the beauty of a wooden boat with the low-maintenance offered by fibreglass. In recent years a Series II design has emerged with a double bottom that comes upright almost empty after a capsize.

  • Length: 4.27m
  • Beam: 1.54m
  • Weight: 133kg
  • Sail area (main and genoa): 12.85m2
  • Spinnaker: 8.4m2
  • Optimum weight of helm and crew: 120-150kg
  • PN: 1127


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GP14 Fleet News & Notices

01 Jul 14 SSSC turnout and win at the Olympic Sailing venue!
04 Nov 13 GP Youths dominated by SSSC Sailing factory
22 Mar 13 SSSC dominates GP Open at Chase SC
07 Nov 12 2012 GP Youth Champs-SSSC win Club Trophy again !
23 Jul 12 LOOE 2012, SSSC sailors warm up with Irish Success
04 Jul 12 South Staffs Sailors triumph at GP Masters
04 Jul 12 South Staffs Young Sailors Win Again !
31 Oct 11 SSSC dominates the GP Youth Championships
05 Sep 11 GP Open Report & Results
16 Aug 11 South Staffs GP14 Open & Training
20 May 11 GP Youth Training - October
02 Nov 10 Lets hear it for the Girls! (and Adam)-GP14 Youths
25 Feb 10 GP Fleet Meeting - THIS Sunday 28th at 3pm (ish)
09 Sep 09 2008 GP14 Open Meeting Report