UK Training Programme 2020

We are pleased to say we are building a full calendar of GP14 Association training events for this year. Whether it is “pond” or sea sailing, advanced level or not, there is something here for you!

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

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

POSTPONED: Improvers Training: Saturday 28th March

UPDATE: Due to current circumstances this is postponed to a future date TBA.

  • Venue –  Frensham Pond Sailing Club.
  • Combined training for Frensham Pond SC and Papercourt S.C.
  • Trainer – Chris Beddow     £20 per Boat; and will include entry into the Club Handicap Race in   the afternoon
  • Restriction on numbers  – Please Contact Kate Whyatt    [email protected]


CANCELLED – Race Training:  Saturday 4th April

  • Venue- Castle Semple SC, PA12 4EA
  • Race training, but for those less confident helming in a race.
  • Cost £10.
  • Every assistance given to getting you on the water.
  • Trainer: Peter Collings
  • Contact: [email protected]

Sea Training: Thursday 25th & Friday 26th June

  • Venue: Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy. 
  • On line entry is now open here
  • Entry £20 pp per day.  Limited to 8 boats.
  • 10:00 a.m. start
  • This two day training is being run by The Andrew Simpson Foundation based next to the Academy, along with their experienced Coaches. We have previously used the facility very successfully, for the E Howard Davies Youth Training weeks.
  • Accommodation is available at Portland House  at the competitive rate of £55 per room per night.    Bookings extend over the 2 day Training and the period of the National Championship.  You can book for any number of nights from Wednesday 24th through to Monday 29th.
    Please contact the GP14 Office to book not Portland House direct.
    Portland House is a very pleasant short walk from the Academy.
    Please contact the GP14 Office to book.


2020 Craftinsure and E. Howard Davies Youth Training Week:
Sunday 19th July – Friday July 24th July

  • Hosted by  Skerries Sailing Club
  • Run on our behalf by Skerries Sailing Club with top Guest Coaches from the GP14 Fleet.  .    Application form and more details now available on the GP14 website.


Northern Area Training Day – Saturday 6th June 2020

  • Venue Budworth Sailing Club
  • This Saturday precedes the GP14 Open Meeting at Budworth on Sunday 7th June.
  • More details to follow in the March Newsletter


Cruising, Boat Handling, Spinnaker work – Saturday 29th August – Monday 31st August (August Bank Holiday Weekend)

A relaxed weekend with the option of Camping on site

More dates in the pipeline!



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