A Great Performance and Representaiton from Ireland at the GUL 2018 GP14 World Championships
17 Irish boats travelled to Cornwall to represent Ireland competing in the International GUL 2018 GP14 World Championship, held in Mounts Bay Sailing Club from 28th July to 3rd August. Such was the quality of the field that the organisers decided to create a Platinum fleet from the top 15 boats half way through the championship. 2 Irish boats, Shane McCarthy (the defending champion) and Ger Owens, 2004, 2008, 2012 Olympic sailor, qualified for this fleet.
The first day, Sundaty was blown out with a storm. Subsequently the fleet had mixed wind conditions but generally falling light towards the end.
All 9 races were run with everyone in the fleet recording some poor results leaving the championship nicely poised until the end. Mike Senior and Chris White from South Staffs won the last race to take the championship, with Ireland's Shane McCarthy and Andy Davies finishing fourth out of 119 boats in total.
Ger Owens and Melanie Morris also finished in the top ten.
'Top Woman Helm' went to Katie Dwyer of Sutton Dinghy Club and Katie and Michelle Rowley also won 'Best All-female Crew', with a 41st overall.
Mike Senior will defend his title in Skerries in 2020 when the GP14 world championship returns to Ireland.