UK Training Programme

Our training events are supported by Craftinsure, Exe Sails and the E Howard-Davies Memorial Fund

If you have any comments on training or requests please fill in the online Survey form




Please remember you must be a full member of the Association to take part in any training events

Thursday, 12th August 2021 – Bala Sailing Club

This will be an excellent day pre the 3 day Inland Championship. It is currently restricted to 8 boats.

An entry form will be available online, early entry is recommended. More details to follow.

September 25th 2021 – Training Day at Frensham Pond Sailing Club.

More details to follow

Sunday 24th October to Friday 29th October 2021
Craftinsure and E Howard-Davies GP14 Youth Training Week

 – Plas Menai National Outdoor Centre, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

The Craftinsure and E Howard-Davies GP14 Youth Training Week is an advanced race training course run over five days for helms and crews able to demonstrate racing competency and a desire to compete at GP14 championships. Sailors must also be under 22 on 31 Dec 2021.    Each day we have a guest coach associated with the GP14 Class who have specific skills to give a week of first Class Training

The cost of the week is £285. This cost principally covers your food and accommodation for the week, as the coaching is heavily subsidised by the E Howard-Davies Memorial Fund.  Craftinsure are kindly providing sailors with team hoodies. We can take a maximum of seven boats, so have fourteen places available. We need a minimum of twelve sailors for the week to be viable.

The following guidelines will be used to select participants from the applications received:

  1. Participation in recent GP14 events – as helm or crew – particularly championships and major events such as National or World Championships.
  2. Participation in GP14 or club training events.
  3. Ability to:
    1. sail at a good club racing standard in a range of wind conditions, including planing conditions.
    2. to right a capsized boat
    3. to handle a GP14 ashore
  4. A letter of support from your club Commodore, Training Principal or other recognised person who can confirm your ability and commitment to the GP14.
  5. Access to a GP14 in good racing order.

Please download the application form below to apply for a place and send it to Julie in the GP14 Office. Applications should be received by Wed. 30th June 2021 to be sure of consideration in the initial selection process.  The final decision on who is invited to participate is at the absolute discretion of the Association.

Upon acceptance you will be required pay a deposit of £50. The balance of £230 and medical/consent forms will need to be received by August 30th. Sailors are required to be Youth members of the Association.

This event is being organised by the International GP14 Class Association for its youth members and is not designed to award any specific sailing or racing qualifications. The coaching will be provided on the Association’s behalf by the National Outdoor Centre for Wales who will provide a Senior Instructor for the week.   In addition we have our Guest Coaches.     Sailors will be housed on-site in our own annex. There will be a volunteer house parent system for the under 18s when they are not at the Centre.

Sailors will be expected to arrive on Sunday 24th October to rig their boats before the evening meal. Sailing will start on Monday morning. They should be ready to leave at 1700 on Friday 29th October.

2021 Craftinsure and E Howard-Davies GP14 Youth Training Week – Application Form – v2-1

E-Howard-Davies Youth Training, (sponsored by Craftinsure)


GP14 Office Address:

International GP14 Class Association
Albert House, 42 Seymour Road,
Astley Bridge, Bolton BL1 8PT, UK
Tel: + 44 (0) 1204 590 325
Email: [email protected]







2020 Training Events

Midland Area Training day:  Saturday 14th March 

  • Venue –  South Staffs Sailing Club.
  • Arrival 09.30 for Rigging.  10.00 start.   £12 boat to include teas and coffee; £15 for non Association Members.   Lunch will be available at £2.50 head.  
  • All are welcome to leave their boats overnight and join in with Sunday’s racing.  First race 11.30am
  • Trainers – Mike Senior am, Jim Hunt pm. 
  • No need to book but please contact:  [email protected] to register your interest.
  • Several local B&B’s available


2019 Training Events



Cruising & Boat Handling – August Bank Holiday Weekend, Saturday 24th – Monday 26th  August at Bassenthwaite Sailing Club. A relaxed weekend with the option of on-site camping. See the Event page here


Race Training at Papercourt Sailing Club – Saturday 16th March

Race Training with Ian Dobson
Race Training with Ian Dobson

A rare chance to learn from the best. Ian Dobson,multiple GP14 world champion, will be running a boat tuning and race training event on Saturday 16th March at Papercourt
SC near Woking, Surrey.
All day event, and visitors welcome. Cost approx £10. No restriction on numbers, but please contact Sam Mettam  [email protected]  or 07779010103 so he knows you are coming.

See detailed arrangements here: PaperCourt Race Training March 16th

Note: Join the Papercourt SC Open Meeting the next day to put your training to immediate use!

Sea Training at Llandudno Sailing Club – Friday 26th April

Sea training at Llandudno prior to the Welsh Area Championships over the weekend of April 27th & 28th.

Friday training which is restricted to a maximum of 10 boats.  On-line entry is now available in our Shop here

Race Training at Castle Semple Sailing Club – Sunday 9th June

Please contact Arthur Logan on [email protected] for further details.

Sunday July 28th & Friday August 2nd at Plas Menai.

2019 Craftinsure and E Howard Davies Youth Training week

Run on our behalf by the National Outdoor Centre for Wales with top guest coaches from the GP14 fleet. This year’s line-up includes Ellie Devereux, Phil Hodgkins, Neil Marsden, Mike Senior and Paul Simes.

There are 16 places available and to qualify you must be under 22 years of age on 31/12/19.
Details and application forms are available on our website here 


Note: UK National Championships being held the following week at Abersoch, which is only a short distance along the coast from Plas Menai.

As in previous year’s the training week will be fully residential with volunteer house parents and excellent value thanks to the continued support of Craftinsure and the E Howard-Davies Memorial Fund.

Sea Training – Friday 2nd August & Saturday 3rd August at Abersoch

A two days of sea training prior to the UK National Championships.

Coach:  Neil Marsden.

Restricted to a maximum of 10 boats.  (But we can always up this given time!)

On-line entry will be open soon at In the meanwhile you can contact Julie in the GP14 office to get more details and register interest.

Other events:

Northern Area: Race Training at Budworth Sailing Club – Date TBA

Midland Area:  Race Training – Club and Date TBA


2018 Training

Training is a key part of our service to GP14 sailors of all abilities, and we have provided many training events this year – see below!

This included 2 days of training before the 2018 World Championship at Mount’s Bay SC.

Check out the video – great drone shots of mark roundings showing how to gybe well (most competitors!)
This is followed by an extended close-up section demonstrating clearly “how to roll-gybe and roll-tack” in light winds – great insight for all of us club sailors into how to achieve these more tricky maneuvers!

There are a lot more training videos on our YouTube training playlist here

Previous Events

  • 2018
  • 27/28 July – Mount’s Bay SC – Hone your skills and get to know the Mount’s Bay sailing waters immediately just before the 2018 Worlds.
  • 22 June – Training at Arun YC – enjoy a pleasant evening preparing for the Southern Area Championships.
  • 2 June 2018 – Training at Midland SC –  get ready for the Midland Open on 3 June! All abilities welcome.
  • 19/20 May –  Sea training at Llandudno SC – Sea training ready for the 2018 Worlds. Two full days on the sea at this popular venue!
  • 20 May 2018 – Castle Semple SC – The Castle Semple fleet are arranging this training and cordially invite any other GP14s join them
  • 12 May 2018 – Hollingworth Lake SC – Get ready for the HLSC Open Event the following day
  • 15 April 2018 – Welsh Harp SC – An advanced crewing day following the WHSC open on 14 April. This event will focus on crewing skills and is open to any boat with a crew that wants to get better!
  • 1-6 April 2018 – Portland (Weymouth) – Craftinsure E Howard-Davies Youth Training Week. A residential week with top GP14 coaches. Open to all youths who want to sail in our championships.

Six boats, glorious weather and light breeze plus a top-notch coach, what is not to like! We all learnt loads of stuff about tuning for light airs as well as getting some special Gold Fleet nuggets! Lots of roll-tacking and spinnaker gybe practice, finishing with some capsize fun for those wanting to cool down.
A big thank-you to Neil Marsden for leading a brilliant day and Hollingworth SC for hosting.

Steve Parry, Old Yellow Boat