The 2022 Progressive Credit Union GP14 World Championship at Skerries Sailing Club starts tomorrow

The 2022 Progressive Credit Union GP14 World Championship at Skerries Sailing Club starts tomorrow

by Andy Johnston Aug 13 14:45 UTC
August 14-19, 2022

Progressive Credit Union GP14 Worlds 2022: Boat weighing © Andy Johnston


Postponed twice due to Covid, there is only one day left in the first race of the Progressive Credit Union GP14 World Championship organized by the Skerries Sailing Club. With 106 entries, the place is really starting to come alive. The club, with the support of Fingal Co., has set up an amazing tented village to accommodate the many visiting crews and their families from overseas and across Ireland.

It’s 2pm now and with the opening ceremony just a few hours away, the atmosphere on the waterfront and around the Club is really starting to sparkle.

At this point, nearly half of the registrants have completed their registration with registration materials and sponsorship goodie bags to encourage early registration. Some of Ireland’s top hopefuls for the event Ger Owens, Hugh Gill, Adrian Lee, Niall Henry and local hopeful Colman Grimes are already spotted around the dinghy park. Besides being in great shape on the water, Colman Grimes is the World Events Coordinator and the Hon. Sec of host club Skerries. Just saw him sneaking around the water a bit with his Ross Gingles crew.

Chief Measurer Jon Close and his small team of assistants have been busy since early morning carrying out technical checks on all the boats. So last minute checks and adjustments keep many boat crews busy and stay ashore before heading out for a bit of practice. Additionally there is a boat weighing service set up by Jon, Olive Rooney and Andy Johnston of GP14 Ireland Class and it has been very busy. With Mounts Bay in 2018 being the last time the Worlds were held, this is the first opportunity for many owners to see how their boat is settling in. There were a few surprises, with a major lead swap market going on in the dinghy park.

Racing will begin on Sunday with the first of 9 races scheduled for the event. The remaining program is 2 races per day until Friday with a rest day on Wednesday. The PRO Bill O’Hara event is already in place and I’m sure to keep a close eye on the weather situation. While good weather is welcome at this stage to settle in and get the boat ready, fingers crossed that the event will have decent wind between Sunday and next Friday.

The opening ceremony will include a welcome from Curly Morris, GP14 International Chairman and Brian McNally of Commodore Skerries Sailing Club, a marching band and the event will be officially opened by the Mayor of Fingal at 5pm today.

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