UK Training Programme

Regrettably we were not able to hold most training events in 2020, but we are already planning for 2021 – assuming the situation becomes more “normal”! 

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





Sunday 4th April – Friday 9th April.

Plas Menai Sports Centre. Wales This is a must for any young sailor with aspirations. It is a residential week at the Sports centre, with Coaching fees funded by the GP14 Association. Run by a Resident Senior Instructor, and with Guest Coaches every day from the GP14 Class sharing their expertise in different areas. This includes boat set up, tacking, gybing, starts, strategy with some evening seminars. It has been, over the years, the starting block for many of our Gold Fleet sailors. You make friends for life in this environment.

Application forms available on line beginning December 2020.Upon acceptance a £50 deposit will be required and the balance of £235 by the middle of February.
The coaching fees come from the E Howard Davies Memorial Fund

SEA TRAINING  23/24th June 2021

A two day programme based at Brixham Yacht Club Wednesday 23rd June and Thursday 24th June. Maximum 8 Boats This would precede the National Championship. Application forms available early 2021


Other Training opportunities will be going ahead 2021 when the Covid situation becomes clearer
Gill Beddow


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