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!


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

Entry fee £20 per boat.  Limited to 12 boats.  There are a small number of places available for visitors.  
For entry contact [email protected]
The day will start early at 9.00am, firstly a briefing in the classroom followed by a period on the water.  After Lunch there is a chance to join in the 14.30 FPSC Pursuit Race.  Alternatively there will be Classroom training with a return to the water around 16.00 for an hour.     Details on food availability tbc

Sunday 24th October to Friday 29th October 2021
 Plas Menai National Outdoor Centre, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

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

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 1st class training.

We are pleased to announce our Guest Coaches:

  • Phil Hodgkins from Ginger boats;
  • Sam Watson, current National Champion;
  • Chris White, current World Champion Crew;
  • Ian Dobson, multi Championship winner; and
  • James Goodfellow, previous GP14 Youth Champion and top 10 Championship sailor.
  • We are also welcoming Ali Young 3 x Laser Radial Olympian for a zoom meeting one evening to talk about the importance of fitness and Sport Psychology.

From the International GP14 Association a big thank you to all our Coaches for giving up their time


2022 Training Events

E. Howard Davies Youth Training week

Monday 11th April – Saturday 16th April 2022:

  • Venue: The Andrew Simpson Centre, Portland Harbour, Weymouth

Training Day at Bala Sailing Club

Friday 20th May 2022

Please register your interest NOW to secure a place! Click here

  • Start time 10.00am.
  • Maximum number 8 boats
  • Coach for the day tba
  • More details January 2022

Sea Training at Llandudno Sailing Club

Thursday 21st July 2022

Please register your interest NOW to secure a place! Click here

  • Hone your sea sailing skills ready for both the Nationals, which follow on and the World Championship at Skerries in August.
  • Start time: 10.00am with boats rigged and ready to launch. 
  • Maximum number 10 boats   
  • Coach for the day tba
  • More details January 2022



Previous Training Events


Midland Area Training day:  Saturday 14th March at South Staffs Sailing Club.  Trainers – Mike Senior am, Jim Hunt pm. All are welcome to leave their boats overnight and join in with Sunday’s racing.  First race 11.30am  



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

Race Training at Papercourt Sailing Club – Saturday 16th March  A rare chance to learn from the best. Ian Dobson,multiple GP14 world champion, will be running a boat tuning and race training event.

Sea Training at Llandudno Sailing Club – Friday 26th April – Prior to the Welsh Area Championships

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

2019 Craftinsure and E Howard Davies Youth Training week – July 28th – August 2nd at Plas Menai.
Top guest coaches from the GP14 fleet. This year’s line-up includes Ellie Devereux, Phil Hodgkins, Neil Marsden, Mike Senior and Paul Simes. Fully residential, excellent value thanks to the continued support of Craftinsure and the E Howard-Davies Memorial Fund.

Sea Training – August 2nd/3rd at Abersoch: Two days of sea training prior to the UK National Championships with Coach:  Neil Marsden.

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

Midland Area:  Race Training – Club and Date TBA



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