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@example.com 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.
Cruising week 2019
We are reinstating the Cruising Week this year, and we have invited feedback from Members as to what you want (and where and when). As a result of feedback received we are arranging a week in Milford Haven Waterway, where we have previously held two immensely enjoyable Cruising Weeks (in 2007 and again in 2011), from August 5th – 12th (Monday to Monday, not least in order to avoid the potential nightmare of travelling on a Saturday during prime holiday season). At the time of writing (late January) plans are still very fluid, and while the sailors are expected to be predominately “the GP14 family” the actual boats are expected to be a mixture of however many GP14s we get plus at least one trailer-sailer (Privateer 20), and a sturdy dayboat (Falmouth Bass Boat) – both the latter owned by well known “retired GP14 sailors”. We will not be hiring a RIB escort boat, but the above two boats will provide “mother ship” facilities for any towing duties that may be needed.
The detail will depend in part on how many takers we have, but please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the latest information.
Finally, we are inviting feedback now as to what Members would like for our Cruising Week in 2020. That will be our 70th anniversary year, and it is none too soon to start planning for it. Do please respond, and let us have your ideas, suggestions, and hopes.
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, please respond to email@example.com and we will put you in touch.
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 three events on offer (plus 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 are 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. We apologise that this has had to be pushed back a week from the Half Term weekend because of tidal constraints. Members of the Dinghy Cruising Association and the Combined Comet Trio Association are also invited. Please be aware of the note above about safety boats. Realistically they are limited to 8 boats from the GP14 Class Association unless none turn up from the other organisations which they are inviting – and they say that if there is more interest than that it will tell them something!! http://www.codysailingclub.co.uk/ptbo/ All enquiries to
firstname.lastname@example.org, please; NOT to the Association address.
- Members are also invited to join an upriver day-cruise on the Mersey on Sunday June 16th, at Liverpool Sailing Club, where the cruisers have enjoyed several previous similar visits over the years. We had initially hoped to also offer a downriver cruise, but the way the tides happen to fall this year there are no suitable free dates (except midweek). Further details from email@example.com
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- See also the information at the end of the Vintage Boats section, regarding the Round Holes Trophy.
We are also working on some exciting other events which we hope to offer, including (we hope) a camping and cruising weekend on Llyn Tegid (a.k.a. Bala Lake), and also an event in the London area in the autumn.
And we have been approached about running an Introduction to Cruising weekend with the emphasis on training. We are actively exploring the options for this, probably in the eastern part of the country and probably in the autumn (because of likely availability of trainer/s). Do please let us know, with some urgency, if you would be interested in participating in such an event, as this would be a freestanding event, not piggy-backing on another event, so we do need to gauge the interest before committing to setting it up. Again, email@example.com.
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 2020, please feel free to drop an email to Oliver Shaw or Steve Parry via firstname.lastname@example.org. However for 2019 we have now just about reached 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 if someone cares to offer an event in Scotland, where we currently have nothing in the programme, we are still open to offers there for this year.
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@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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@example.com
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).