Cruising, and Vintage Boats

Many GP14 sailors prefer to relax and cruise with their boats rather than race. In the UK these members are represented by Oliver Shaw, who oversees and coordinates our cruising activities over the year.

Oliver can be contacted on email via [email protected] and if you have a cruising activity at your club to which you would like to invite Association attendance he would be pleased to hear from you.

Vintage Boat races:
Two early films
from the 1960 of vintage GP14s racing on the river Ouse in York

Advanced Cruiser Training Weekend – October 12th/13th

Please book this event using the entry form in our Shop

In response to a specific request from a member,  we are offering an Advanced Cruiser Training Weekend at Graffham Sailing Club on the weekend of October 12th/13th.    Arriving on the Friday evening,  and with a pub meal.   

This will be aimed at those who are already basically competent dinghy sailors,  and the intention will be to now equip participants with the specific additional skills for independent cruising.    The course involves both shore-based training and time on the water.
This is subject to sufficient numbers.   It is subsidised by the Association,  and the trainer (yours truly) is meeting his own expenses and not charging for his time;    the cost then works out at £60 per trainee provided we have eight trainees in four boats.   I am assured that that cost is still substantially below the cost of a comparable course provided by a commercial establishment,  if indeed it were possible to source such training at all.
If we are slightly below that number we will revise the cost,  and discuss with those wishing to participate.   If necessary we might be able to reduce the costs by limiting the on-water training to just one of the two days,  which would halve both the RIB costs and the launch fees.
In passing,  it will also equip participants for the cruising skills needed for cruising in an organised fleet event,  since if you have the skills to cruise independently you can take organised cruising fleet events in your stride.
A programme for the course is available from Oliver Shaw on request,  and it will also be emailed to all participants.
Camping is available on site;  £10/night for tents,  £15 per night for campervans/motorhomes
Oliver L. Shaw
Cruising Rep.


GP14 Cruising and Boat Handling Weekend
– Thursday 22 August – Monday 26 August

This  will run along with other bank holiday activities and social events at the club. Join as for as few or many days as you wish!


Should you wish to join the fun, please advise the GP14 office so we can let Bassenthwaite SC know how many will be coming.

Events for 2020

Although it is a year ahead we need to start planning for Cruising and Vintage Boat activities in 2020,   so we ask Members now to let us know what you would like. Click here for details and to add a comment

STOP PRESS – Tuesday 20 August – Monday 26 August

CVRDA Invitation for Vintage Boats

20th Anniversary Rally & National Championship

Members with Vintage Boats are warmly invited to this event,  on Roadford Lake,  in Devon.

You Do Not  Need to Be a Member to take part,  just have a qualifying boat

Basic information available from [email protected],  at least until mid-July (after which the Cruising Rep intends to be away,  er,  cruising);   but it will be updated nearer the date on the CVRDA website or their webpage  or the poster website address

PS camping is available at Roadford Lake;   details are available at,  or contact and search for camping Roadford

Cruising week 2019

A highly enjoyable Cruising Week was enjoyed by three boats and their respective crews,  at Lawrenny in the Milford Haven Waterway,  in the early part of August.

Watch for the forthcoming report in Mainsail,  and if you are interested in cruising do consider joining us next year.

Other Events in 2019

We are also hoping to arrange a number of shorter cruising events during the course of 2019,  so watch this space!

In the meantime,  we have four events on offer (plus one social event and one Vintage boats event (see below)).   Most of these are events run by clubs for their own members,  and they are extending invitations to us to join them for the event.   Please be aware that  –  like a number of other organisations  –  several of these organisations do NOT provide a safety boat;   they rely on competent skippers with seaworthy boats,  and “mutual self-help”.    In strict chronological order,  we have:

  • Members were invited to a week-long event in Poole Harbour,  run by Cody Sailing Club,  from Friday May 31st to Friday June 7th.  This is an excellent and very scenic cruising area,  where we held very enjoyable full Cruising Weeks in 2005 and again in 2010.    However we understand that none of our members took up the offer,  which was a little surprising and disappointing.
  • Members were also invited to join an upriver day-cruise on the Mersey on Sunday June 23rd,  at Liverpool Sailing Club,  where the cruisers have enjoyed several previous similar visits over the years.  Two Association Members expressed interest,  but both reluctantly had to withdraw because of other commitments,  however they have asked to be kept informed for the future because they remain very keen.
  • York RI Sailing Club would be very happy to welcome the GP14 cruising fraternity to join them for their annual cruising and camping weekend at Ullswater, which will be held on 28/29/30 June this year.    Further details from Steve Parry via [email protected].
  • Cruising and Boathandling weekend at Bassenthwaite,  August 22 – 25;    please see top of page.
  • See also the information at the end of the Vintage Boats section,  regarding the Round Holes Trophy.
  • Cruisers are warmly invited to the social element of the End of Season Championship at the Welsh Harp (London) on the weekend of 12/13th October,  but we regret that it will not be possible to arrange any actual cruising at that event.   As with every End of Season event,  a particular highlight is a black tie dinner on the Saturday evening.   We are not expecting people to bring a boat along for this,  but we’d like as many of the cruising fleet to join us in this celebration as possible,  as well as provide photos and comments.

We have been approached about running an Introduction to Cruising weekend with the emphasis on training.   One response to that is the Cruising & Boathandling weekend at Bassenthwaite,  detailed at the top of this page.   We are also intending to offer a more advanced cruiser training weekend in the eastern part of the country,  probably on Rutland Water,  and probably in October (because of when trainer/s are expected to be available).

Looking ahead to 2020,  one of our members approached us a little earlier in the year about running a camping and cruising weekend on Llyn Tegid (a.k.a. Bala Lake).    We did hope to be able to offer this for this present year,  but he now advises that his club have a very full programme already for this year but that there could be a possibility for 2020.   So if there is enough interest expressed by members we will follow this up for 2020.   [email protected] to express interest,  please.

Watch this space!

For a flavour of cruising and vintage events,  see the two reports below describing past events.

If you would like to raise any questions in the meantime,  or if your club can offer a cruising event for either this year or 2020,  please feel free to drop an email to Oliver Shaw or Steve Parry via [email protected].   However for 2019 we are now approaching the point where it is probably better to encourage members to participate in those events already on the programme or in planning,  rather than add yet more and risk finding that all are diluted and none are supported because there is too much choice;  but it is very nice to be in that position!

But we might consider just one or two more for this year,  and in particular if someone cares to offer an event in Scotland,  where we currently have nothing in the programme;   we are  still very much open to offers there.

Looking Ahead to 2020

Possible Event in Brittany

A member who lives in North Brittany, between Paimpol and Perros Guirec,  has offered to put on a cruising event there if there is enough interest.

He writes “It’s a marvellous cruising location with many picturesque coastal islands, along with significant tidal variations and currents that need to be taken into account.

“My club organises an extremely relaxed multi-class regatta in a sheltered lagoon at the beginning of August, along with a few cruises with accompanying security.  …   …   I could easily try to organise a 3-day weekend of events including the regatta and throw it open to the GP14 association. After all, there will already be one GP14 taking part!”

If you would be interested for 2020,  please respond to [email protected] and we will put you in touch.   And if anyone is seriously interested for this present year he would be very happy to accommodate them;   let us know,  and we will put you in touch.


Possible Event at Llyn Tegid (a.k.a. Bala Lake)

Looking ahead to 2020,  one of our members approached us a little earlier in the year about running a camping and cruising weekend on Llyn Tegid (a.k.a. Bala Lake).    We did hope to be able to offer this for this present year,  but he now advises that his club have a very full programme already for this year but that there could be a possibility for 2020.   So if there is enough interest expressed by members we will follow this up for 2020.   [email protected] to express interest,  please.

Watch this space!

Vintage Boats

We are very proud of our historic heritage,  including our vintage boats,  some of them seriously early and still sailing.

Amongst those,  boat no. 2,  Pimpernel,  the earliest surviving sail number in the world,  is now owned by the Association and is currently undergoing an overhaul preparatory to an attempt to sail (and row) the full length of the UK as part of our 70th anniversary celebrations in 2020.

We are also hoping to take her to the World Championship at Skerries in 2020,  and we are gauging interest for the possibility of a vintage fleet racing on that occasion;   this would be on a somewhat less demanding course than the Championship fleet,  in deference to the venerable ages of the boats,  but it would be an excellent way to showcase these boats,  and it would be a highly enjoyable occasion.   If you are potentially interested in attending,  especially with a vintage boat,  please let us know,  as we need to gauge interest before we start making actual arrangements. [email protected]

We are also starting to look into a 70th anniversary vintage boats event at Aberdyfi (Dovey SC),  where the class started.   Again,  please let us know if you would be interested,  as again we need to gauge interest before we start making actual arrangements.  [email protected]

Meanwhile for the current year,  York RI Sailing Club invite members with Series 1 boats for the Round Holes Trophy at their club on Saturday 28th September.    Further details from Steve Parry via [email protected]

Top tips for a good weekend

  • Check your trailer in plenty of time, particularly tyres and bearings,  and also the lighting board;  and it is a good idea to carry a spare wheel.
  • Make sure the boat is all in good working order (cruisers are a friendly bunch and will be happy to help you with unforeseen problems,  but it can be frustrating if the whole expedition is delayed while a boat is rebuilt!)
  • Do not forget the paddle,  or  –   better  –  oars and rowlocks.
  • Do not forget the anchor.
  • Be sure that your competence matches the expectations of the event. Ask for advice in advance if in doubt,  (some events will suit a comparative novice,  but others may be more demanding).

Past Events

Bassenthwaite Cruising Capers Report 2017

Round holes Trophy Report 2017

 Round Holes 2017