Celebrating GP14 sailing for all ages
The Welsh Harp Sat 16 and Sun 17 July 2016
STOP PRESS: Final results:
GP 14 Masters 2011 at the Welsh Harp Photo © Richard Blackah
With over 100 members and visitors from around the UK sailing, helping and or just hanging our and enjoying the festivities
be part of our biggest sailing event since the Masters last visited the Welsh Harp in 2011
Helm and Crew under 21 at 31 December 2016
Click here for all 12 youth trophies
The Masters Trophy - over 40, overall winner
The Grand Masters Trophy - first over 55
The Great Grand Masters Trophy - first over 65
The Ton-Up Trophy - Helm + Crew over 100 (combined!)
BBQ, Bar, Ceilidh and Country Dancing on Saturday evening
View and download Notice of Race
Click for timetable & accommodation details
Masters Preview - Steve Cooper
There is no age discrimination in the GP 14 fleet. A Grand Master and a youth sailor placed in the top three at this year’s Gul Inland Championships in Bala. The Masters and Youth championships at the Welsh Harp in July will be a celebration of this diversity.
The Welsh Harp has a long history as a top sailing venue in the South East. Eric Twiname sailed here while writing Start to Win. The GP14 masters has been held at the Harp on numerous occasions most recently in 2005 and 2011.
Wind from the Southwest or Northeast is steadiest. South westerlies blow through the Wembley Stadium arch then on down the length of the lake. Conditions are less predictable and more challenging when the breeze is across the lake, with lifts and headers sometimes courtesy of passing freight on the nearby A406. Despite its urban setting, the lake is a beautiful place, its immediate surroundings are trees and parkland and it is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The event will comprise a four race series for the masters and five races for the youths. Two races for the masters on Saturday will be followed by Tea and Cakes and opportunity to spectate as the younger generation complete their third race. Both fleets race twice on Sunday, followed by a light lunch and prize giving.
Historically clubs at the Harp have been noted for their hospitality, this year will be no different. The evening Barbeque will be followed by a ceilidh dance with live music. This works whatever your age, or level of alcohol consumption. Navigational skills to the fore when dancing to a caller, remember the course, which tack are you on?
There is comfortable bunkhouse accommodation on site and space for a few campervans.
Over 20 GP s race regularly at the Welsh Harp. We look forward to welcoming all visitors, the young and the experienced, on the 16 and 17 of July.